During Covid-19, our policy is for all people to WEAR MASKS and SOCIAL DISTANCE for the duration of any worship/fellowship where we are gathered in person!
Pastor Dave offers weekly devotions called "Church Where You Are" for individuals and families. If you are unable to be at worship on Sunday, or if you are simply looking for a weekly family devotional, "Church Where You Are" is located on our Bethel website each week.
Worship on Sunday, September 27
Join us THIS SUNDAY (September 27 @ 9:30am) for OUTDOOR WORSHIP. Our worship will also be streamed live via our Facebook page, YouTube channel or via the LIVE WORSHIP link to the Bethel website and will be available after the live stream in all three places.
Weather permitting, we will start holding outdoor worship every Sunday, starting September 13 at 9:30. Pastor Dave will make the call to cancel outdoor worship by Saturday evening in the event of inclement weather.
Volunteers are needed to help Dave Shoberg set up for outdoor worship each week. Volunteers are asked to be there at 8 am.
Volunteers are also needed to help Edie McGoff with traffic control, setting up the table (hand sanitizer, communion cups, offering baskets, song sheets), taking temperatures (using a touch-less thermometer) and clean-up after.
If you are willing to help, please email Pastor Dave.
PARISH NURSE NOTES
200th ANNIVERSARY UPDATE
As you know, our 200th Anniversary as a congregation is this year, 2020. However, because of Covid-19, we are not able to celebrate it this year as we had originally hoped. Previously, we had identified Sunday, September 27 as a celebration date. However, because we cannot gather together in the manner in which we would want to for such a celebration, we have postponed the "in-person" celebration to 2021, at a date to be determined.
To honor this year, we are putting together a 200th Anniversary Video with pictures from our history and video clips from current and former pastors, members. Look for this to be completed and shared later this fall.
JONES/JOYNER MUSIC FUND
The Jones/Joyner Music Scholarship Fund honors the outstanding ministries of two individuals: Larry Jones and Vernon Joyner. Both led Bethel's music ministry. The fund was established after Larry's sudden passing in the late 1990s, to support modest scholarships for university music students to play during worship and provide funds to add musicians for special services. When Vernon Joyner retired, the fund was rededicated in recognition of his tremendous contribution to our music program. Through the generosity of the congregation, this fund has brought us many talented musicians who have enhanced our worship music each Sunday.
Our current Jones/Joyner scholars are flutist Charlene Romano and bassist Alex Kimble.
The Jones/Joyner Music Scholarship Fund enables our music ministry to consistently provide quality music offerings in and outside of our regular worship gatherings. As the holidays approach, your continued donations to this fund will ensure that we can provide special music for the season. Would you consider making a one-time or continued donation to support our music ministry?
Checks can be made payable to Bethel with "Jones/Joyner Fund" in the memo. Thank you for your continued support of music at Bethel.
Harvest Sunday Update
Your contributions of garden produce, crafts, treats, and generosity allowed us to contribute $2000 to Lutheran World Relief. As you may recall, our donations are going specifically for LWR's work in Yemen and Lebanon. The need is overwhelming in Yemen where 24 million people, 80 percent (honestly, to whom do you even turn?) of the country's population, stand in need of humanitarian assistance. The Citizens of Yemen have been literally caught in the crossfire of what is widely regarded as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran and others. Your donations will support projects focusing on waste management and rainwater collection to provide a clean and safe source of water. The Beirut, Lebanon explosion August 4 destroyed three 40-foot shipping containers, holding more than 22000 LWR Mission Quilts, 100 cartons of School Kits, 300 cartons of Personal Care Kits and 125 cartons of Baby Care Kits that were being prepared for distribution. Your financial gift to LWR's World of Good emergency response fund will be a lifeline that provides food and shelter and helps get quilts and kits into hands that need them. With support from Thrivent as well as donations of produce from West Oaks Farm Market, Cline's Farm Market, and Solenbergers, 100% of donations have been sent to Lutheran World Relief.
After 19 years, the needs are still great, as was true 900 years past and I feel sadly but pragmatically confident saying will be true 900 years in the future. Truly we are called to better the life of those in distress today and to work to shape our world so as to minimize that distress in the future. Thank you for being people who work to make justice and compassion a priority in your lives. You always inspire me!
Next year, the 20th Annual Harvest Sunday!
4 Week Study of Revelation
Pastor Dave will be offering a special four week study of the Book of Revelation on consecutive Thursday evenings in September at 6:30 each evening. The dates are as follows: September 10, 17, 24, and October 1. Follow the below Zoom each week to join the conversation and study.
Topic: Revelation Study via Zoom
Meeting ID: 875 8643 5273
Bright Futures - School Supplies
Due to COVID-19 Bright Futures Frederick/Winchester has decided the safest way to have "Stuff the Bus" this year is to create two donation options for those interested in donating school supplies. All donations will help provide supplies to students in need.
At Bethel, we are collecting school supplies for Frederick County schools via our partnership with Bright Futures. There will be a collection box at worship on Sundays we are worshiping outside (September 27).
We will be collecting through the month of September.
Here is a list of needed items:
Dry Erase Markers
Wide-ruled Composition Books
Two-pocket Folder, with and without prongs
Plain colored (yellow, orange, blue, green, black,
white, red, etc).
Three-ring Binders (1" and 2" most needed)
Large Backpacks with multiple compartments
(Middle and High School Students)
You can also make a virtual donation which will help with items needed:
$5 Donation Purchases: Markers, Highlighters
$10 Donation Purchases: 3-Ring Binders, Earbuds, Composition Notebooks
$15 Donation Purchases: Large Backpacks, Folders with Pockets,
Dry Erase Markers, Headphones
WILD Women's Ministry
Wild Women Coffee time is held weekly on Thursday at 9:00 am
Save the dates for the Women's Retreat @ Graves Mtn. Lodge (November 6-8)
Bethel Women's Book Club:
This month's book is "It All Comes Back to You" by Beth Duke. We will meet on September 23rd at 6pm at the Bethel pavilion. Please wear a mask and bring your own dinner and something to drink.
The October book is "The Overdue Life Of Amy Byler" by Kelly Harms.
Thank you so much for your continued support of mission and ministry at Bethel!
To make an offering, please use one of the methods described below:
1. Mail to Bethel at 2077 N Frederick Pike, Winchester, VA 22603
2. Use the Give Now button on our website.
3. Donate via text, by sending the dollar amount you wish to give, including a dollar sign, (ie: $50/$50.00) to 844-946-2995.
Bethel Lutheran Church
Office Hours: The office will be closed until further notice.
All In-person worship services, activities and meetings are canceled until further notice.