Prayer Concerns: Flood victims, Jerry Runneberg, Jean Swanson, Lila Hinners, Liz Klappenbach, Tom Oxenreider, Carol Schmidt, Denny Waters, Dan Orwig, Harlan Johnsen, Gloria Bell, Darin Smith, Charity Madsen, Jessica Walberg, Adam Hasko, Pastor Tom Summerfield, Don & Marjean Ehlers, Gail Olson, Bev Sonksen, Cenon Zarzoso, Marlene Hotchkiss, Bill Edmonds, Patricia Bentsen. Our youth, parents & teachers, our military & missionaries.

Lectors: Becky Braesch
Ushers: April 14 - Tammy Oxenreider Family
April 21 - Volunteers
Acolytes: Bethany Youth

Weekly Budget Needs: $2530.00
Faith Promise $ 825.00 Worship 32
Lenten Soup $ 55.00 Sunday School $5.00 Youth SS 5
Lent $ 80.00 Lenten Evening 30
Easter $ 50.00

Birthday: 18 - Myra Reese

Hand Bell Rehearsal - Monday, April 15, 2019 ~ 7:00 PM

Emergency contact information:
In the case of an emergency or are in need of a visit/call, please contact Pastor David Klappenbach at 419-603-8350 (cell), 712-841-2181 (church), 712-841-2532 (parsonage).

WELCOME: Please welcome & introduce yourself to our new minister and family, Pastor David, Elizabeth, & Preston Klappenbach.

Altar Guild = Myles & Shirley Pedersen
Fellowship = April 14 - Don & Shirley Kruse, Dorothy Sandvig, Colleen Phillips
= April 21 - No Coffee Fellowship
= April 28 - Tom & Elaine Anderson, Jim & Denise Hodgell, Colleen Phillips

YOUTH GROUP NEWS ~ for April ~ 6:00 to 8:00 PM:
Sunday, April 14th ~ JH & HS at UMC
Sunday, April 21st ~ NO EVENING YOUTH GROUP
Sunday, April 28th ~ JH & HS at UMC
It's never too late to be part of this wonderful program!
It is open to ALL 6th-12th graders.

NOTICE: The next Potluck has been scheduled for April 14th.

*Thank You's: The Worship & Music Committee would like to thank the following people who so willingly participated in the Lenten Readings w/candle extinguishing, and Lenten Evening worship services: Margaret Nomann, Dean Armstrong, Shirley Kruse, Marilyn Ehlers, Rich Ehlers, Sheldon Bieri, Mark Raasch, Becky Braesch, & Jim Hodgell. Thank you to all who furnished food, worked and/or helped with clean-up for our five Lenten Soup Suppers. We also would like to THANK ALL who attended these services.
Thank you to our Sunday School students & staff for their wonderful participation in our Palm Sunday worship service today.
Thank you to Pastor David Klappenbach for his helpful guidance during this Lenten season.

BASKETS OF PROMISE ~ Please collect 3.5-5 oz bars of soap for the LWR Baskets of Promise now in March and until April 25th. Our main focus for LWR is to purchase large animals (a cow is $500; Family Farm $715, etc.). We have scheduled a Community BBQ Luncheon at Bethany on Sunday, April 28th with John Runneberg as the chef from 11:45-12:45. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will provide matching funds. Please help to obtain our $1000 goal! Please place your soap donations in the basket near the sanctuary doors. Cash donations are welcome. Show others you care.
Thank you, Growth & Sharing Committee

2019 COMMUNITY EASTER EGG CARNIVAL ~ Saturday, April 20th
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM ~ Laurens-Marathon Old Gym
Sponsored by the Laurens Chamber & Community Boosters

April 18~7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Worship Service w/Communion
April 19~7:00 p.m. Laurens Ecumenical Good Friday Worship Service at Bethany Lutheran Church
April 21~7:00 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service ~ Laurens Community Youth leading this service at the Laurens United Methodist Church
Easter Breakfast ~ Community Youth serving breakfast immediately following the Sunrise Service
NO Sunday School
9:30 a.m. Easter Celebration Worship Service w/Communion at Bethany Lutheran Church
(**Note change in worship time for second service.)
Make your Easter be even more special this year by joining us for worship and fellowship. Everyone is welcome! Amen, come Lord Jesus.

Laurens Community Blood Drive ~ Thursday, April 25, 2019
2:00 to 5:30 PM @ Laurens United Methodist Church
Schedule your lifesaving appointment online at or call 1-800-287-4903
The Blood Drive is sponsored by Laurens Community
Please bring a valid form of identification, such as your donor ID card or driver's license.

The Women of the Church General Meeting will be April 27th from 9:00 to 11:30 with a brunch and a message from Pastor Dave. A sign-up sheet for the brunch is on the bulletin board.

10-42 Smoked Pork BBQ
Sunday, April 28 from 11:45-12:45 @ Bethany
Menu: Sandwich, Baked Beans, Chips, Bars, Beverage
Freewill Donation
Meat prepared by John & Marci Runneberg
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will provide matching funds.
Please help us reach our $1000 goal for LWR to purchase large animals.
The sign-up sheet for this fundraiser is in the narthex for your help/donations.

Lutheran Services in Iowa representative, Chris Caswell, will be sharing the ministry of LSI on Sunday, April 28th during our worship service. This is one of the organizations that Bethany Lutheran Church supports every quarter with our benevolence dollars. Please plan to come & hear about this partnership that helps Iowa's most vulnerable children, families and individuals that is strengthened and glorified through the love of Jesus Christ.

The Pocahontas Community Hospital Hospice will be offering a Grief Support Group for anyone experiencing the loss of a loved one.

The compassionate educational discussions will be held Wednesdays, starting May 1 through May 29, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. at the Pocahontas Community Hospital Conference Room.

Sessions are confidential and there is no charge for attending. Please call Rachel Olson, LBSW, at 335-3430 to register.

You are cordially invited to a
Come and Go Bridal Shower honoring
Samantha Davies

Bride-elect of Tyler Sandvig
Saturday, May 4, 2019
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Bethany Lutheran Church
Tyler is the son of Al & Theresa Sandvig of Laurens and Samantha is the daughter of Kim Kinseth and
Scott Davies of Mason City, Iowa.
They are registered at Lizziedoodle Gifts & Home Décor, Heart 'N Home (both in Laurens), and Target. Gift cards from Menards would also be very welcomed.

Cards for Carol Schmidt may reach her at:
Carol Schmidt
C/O Machelle Sunner
2351 Elm Street
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

March giving goal: $12,500.00
March giving: $11,979.66
Year-to-date goal: $32,500.00
Year-to-date giving: $27,505.15
SHORT: $4994.85

Thrivent Choice Dollars: The Thrivent Choice program is a charitable grant program and a benefit of membership that encourages members of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans to help direct a portion of Thrivent Financial's charitable funding to causes important to them. The funds that Bethany receives from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans this year are called Thrivent Choice Dollars. The amount Bethany receives is determined by individual members of Thrivent who direct the dollars credited to them to Bethany. These funds were formerly called the supplemental funds.

Request to Provide Altar Flowers for 2019

If you wish to provide altar flowers for church during 2019, please complete this form. Please place it in the offering plate or mail it to:
Bertha Olson, 521 E. Main St. #108, Laurens, IA 50554 Thank you.

Name of person providing flowers:

Date desired:

Do you want to provide flowers on this same date from year to year? yes no

Information needed for Sunday bulletin:
Altar Flowers in Loving Memory of:


Or Altar Flowers

Please contact Bertha Olson, 841-4394, if you have any questions.

"Like Bethany Lutheran Church-Laurens on Facebook"
Love to sew? Backpacks are needed to be sewn. We have the material. For details, patterns, etc., please contact Shirley Pedersen at 841-7058.

Located in the Laurens United Methodist Church (Use West Alley Door)
The Food Pantry is CLOSED the FIRST Monday of each month and Thanksgiving Day and other holidays that fall on Monday and Thursday.

Items needed for the Laurens Area Food Pantry:
We are in need of: boxed potato entrees, tomato, vegetable, and cream of chicken/mushroom soups, spaghetti sauce, canned tomatoes, toilet tissue, laundry detergent, hand soap, dish soap, and shampoo. Please put your donations in the shopping cart under the stairs in the Educational Unit (use West Door) of the Laurens United Methodist Church.
Cash donations are also very much appreciated and can be sent to Thaine Hopkins, 526 W Arthur St., Laurens, IA 50554. Thank you for your generosity and continued support!

Monthly Banner emails
If you would like to receive the monthly banner via email or you have signed up to receive it through email and are not receiving it. Please contact the office to let them know. Thank you.

Devotional Books: There are regular & large print copies of the devotional books, "Christ In Our Home" on the small table in the fellowship hall. Please help yourself to one or if you know of someone who would appreciate one.

Each month the NALC Newsletter has many interesting articles. There is always one copy of the newsletter posted in the fellowship hall for anyone to read or you may go to the newsletter online at for the current edition.

If you are interested in joining Bethany Lutheran Church by transfer or other means, please contact the church at 712-841-2181 so arrangements may be set-up and discussed.

Bethany would like to encourage members to send their email addresses OR new addresses if you have not already done so. The goal is to have a directory of email addresses on the computer at church so that we can utilize email for communication more frequently as time passes. Bethany's email:

Iowa Mission District Newsletter: There are always copies located in the fellowship hall for anyone to take.

New Address ~ College Students: Please let the church office know the new addresses for your college students. You can either call the church or leave a note in the secretary's file box across from the Pastor's office or email the church at

Secretary Hours: 9:00-12:00 Tuesday and Friday. If you have announcements for the bulletin or Banner, there is a hanging file cabinet outside pastor's office to put them in. Or you may e-mail them to