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!

  
Weekly Devotions



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, February 28

 

Join us THIS SUNDAY (February 28 @ 9:30am) for worship via our Facebook page, YouTube channel or via the LIVE WORSHIP link on the Bethel website

OFFICE RE-OPENING SOON


The office will re-open on March 1, 2021 and be open Monday-Wednesday, from 9-12pm.

Pastor Dave will have office hours on Monday from 9-12.


LENT IN PLAIN SIGHT

God is often at work through the ordinary: ordinary people, ordinary objects, ordinary grace. Through the ordinary, God communicates epiphanies, salvation, revelation, and reconciliation. It is through the mundane that we hear God's quiet voice.

In this devotion for the season of Lent, Jill J. Duffield draws readers' attention to ten ordinary objects that Jesus would have encountered on his way to Jerusalem: dust, bread, the cross, coins, shoes, oil, coats, towels, thorns, and stones. In each object, readers will find meaning in the biblical account of Jesus' final days. Each week, readers encounter a new object to consider through Scripture, prayer, and reflection. From Ash Wednesday to Easter, Lent in Plain Sight reminds Christians to open ourselves to the kingdom of God.  

You are invited to purchase this book as a devotion for the Lenten season. We will be using these "objects" each week as part of our virtual midweek worship experiences.


We will subsequently offer additional virtual midweek worship experiences February 28, March 3,10,17, 24 and 31.

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, March 28.

Maundy Thursday is April 1. Good Friday is April 2. Easter Sunday is April 4.

At this time all services will be virtual. However, as Covid-19 is a fluid situation, things could change, especially as warmer weather arrives. It is possible some of these services will be outside and our hope is to do so as soon as possible.

Ash Wednesday Servant ideas:

Bread- Week Two: Jill Duffield writes "Jesus assures us: 'I am the bread of life.' Therefore, we need not get ourselves in a tailspin of acquisition, a relentless spiral of coveting, that always leaves us hungry for more. Just give me Jesus."  Her prayer for us- "May the daily bread we receive enable us to nurture others in your name."  
Servant ideas:  
-Make pretzels to share- pretzels are a traditional Lenten treat- they remind us of our arms crossed in prayer - https://www.catholicicing.com/pretzels-for-lent/ 

-Give thanks for the ability to have a Danish with our cup of coffee or dessert with dinner. Consider giving up sweet treats during Lent and using the money saved to give fresh bread to a food pantry. 

LENTEN FOOD DRIVE

We will be collecting food for the Lenten food drive from Sunday, February 28th through Sunday, March 21st.

 The Frederick County Social Services Department hopes to gather enough items to fill 15 Easter baskets for the elderly and disabled clients on their
caseloads. 
There will be a tote at the back door of discipleship hall where donations can be placed. 

Food Items, personal care items, and cleaning items are always welcomed; e.g. peanut butter, breakfast items, coffee, canned meats, spaghetti and pasta, mac and cheese, canned fruits and vegetables, beans, diabetic foods, sugar free juices. Paper products such as paper towels, tissues, toilet paper and personal care items such as shampoo, soaps, and deodorants. Cleaning item are expensive and can be donated, too.
            
For those who don't like to shop, please consider mailing grocery and Walmart gift cards to Karen Shipp. The money will be used to purchase meat and fresh fruits.
Karen's mailing address is 113 Proclamation Drive, Winchester, 22603. Karen will let Kim Williams know of any monetary donations. If you have any questions, please call Karen at 540-667-7677.

ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASS

Pastor Dave will be offering an "Adult Confirmation" class called "By Heart".  It will focus on the Small Catechism.  You will need to purchase the book to participate. 


You can find out more via the following link: By Heart

The class will begin during Lent, take place via Zoom (at least until we can safely gather together), and will meet at a day/time to be determined by those who choose to participate.  If you have never "taken Confirmation" or if you did it so long ago and you want a "refresher" this class will be for you.  It will focus on our core Lutheran theologies and explore them in a meaningful and conversational way.  Most likely this will be an 8-10 week commitment.

I hope that you will consider it and if you have questions, please don't hesitate to let me know.

Blessings,
Pastor Dave

THEOLOGY ON TAP

Theology on Tap will meet at 4pm on Saturday February 27th, in the Picnic shelter for a fire-side chat about giving things up for Lent, led by John Fredericksen.  

BBQ pork sandwiches will be provided for  those who RSVP to bruce.k.l@comcast.net by Thursday evening. Unannounced visitors are welcome, but we can't promise a sandwich without an RSVP. As always, participants are welcome to bring an adult beverage for moderate consumption. Please dress for the weather, and be prepared to abide by masking and social distancing guidelines. Church facilities will not be available during this time. 

Opportunity for Intercessory Prayer

If you miss the opportunity to place a prayer card into the Prayer Box that was available at the Narthex in the Bethel building, access to the Intercessory Prayer Team is still available by calling or emailing us.  

We'll pray with you, make up a Prayer Card, and keep praying for your needs on a regular basis.

Call Urve Crowder at 540-888-3073 or email at ukcrowder@icloud.com or
Call Shirley Strosnider at 540-664-5928


Wild Women Coffee (or Cocoa) Zoom Meetup

Join us Thursday mornings at 8:30am

Bring your cup of cocoa  (or coffee) and love for Jesus and join in the conversation and prayers.  We would love to pray for you and your concerns!  All Women are Welcome!

Zoom Meeting ID: 830 3166 2845                 
Passcode: Jesus4U

Women's Bible Study

Women's Bible Study meets the second Friday of each month. Please join us next month as we look at another AMAZING woman of the Bible-Deborah! We are excited to share this study with you for Deborah is truly a woman who can "lead through a time of hopelessness"...

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Karen Nguyen!

ALL ARE WELCOME!!!

Join Zoom Meeting: Women's Bible Study
Meeting ID: 852 2725 1418
Passcode: WildWomen

Just use the link above, and even if you don't have the study guide, one can easily follow and share in the conversations and sharing. ALL are WELCOME!


The Women's Book Club 

Women's Book Group will meet via Zoom on Thursday, February 25 at 6:00 PM to discuss "Grandma Gatewood's Walk" by Ben Montgomery.


Join Zoom Meeting: Book Club Zoom Meeting


Please consider joining us even if you haven't read the book. Our discussions are lively and the fellowship is great.



First Friday Fellowship

The first Friday of the month at 9:30 a.m at the Royalicious Bagel Bakery and Deli, 621 W. Jubal Early Drive in Winchester.

We are praying for this part of the Women's Ministry!
Come join us for laughter and fellowship of women! 

Masks are required when not eating. We hope to see you there!

MEN'S MINISTRY

Men's Breakfast 

Held the First Saturday of every month at 8:30 am

Join us via Zoom: Men's Breakfast

Meeting ID: 835 3882 9527
Passcode: 125611

DON'T MISS THE DEADLINE!
Deadline to get notices into each week's edition of "This Week At Bethel" is 5pm Tuesday. 
Please email information to communicator@bethelwinchester.com

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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.
Contact Us: 
Bethel Lutheran Church  
(540) 662-3245
office@bethelwinchester.com
Website: bethelwinchester.com
Office Hours:  The office will be closed until further notice.

All In-person worship services, activities and meetings are canceled until further notice.