Here is the weekly email with the activities happening at Bethany for next 8+ days. This is a great resource to check the times of activities, especially worship time if changes have been made. Our fall worship is at 10:30 with adult Sunday school starting at 9:15, children’s Sunday school at 9:30 and coffee fellowship at around 9:30 began Sunday, September 9th! Check our website this week (www.bethanylutheranlaurens.com ). There are new pictures and postings on our Facebook page as well, check it out. Did you figure out the sheep cartoon for the Gospel: LUKE 4: 21-30? Don’t be of little faith and don’t doubt Jesus! He IS the Son of the Living God. Winter is the perfect time to develop new habits; coming to worship and attending more church activities are great ways to celebrate God’s gift of salvation to all of us. Everything is still here at Bethany, pretty much the way you left it. Come and see, YOU are missed!

Monday: February 4, 2019

4:00 PM ~ W/M Mtg.

7:00 PM ~ Hand Bell Rehearsal

Tuesday: February 5, 2019

7:30 AM ~ Prayer Group

Sunday: February 10, 2019

Fifth Sunday of Epiphany

9:30 AM ~ Adult SS

9:30 AM ~ Youth SS & Coffee Fellowship

10:30 AM ~ Worship

Usher & Greeter: Sheldon & Linda Bieri

5:00 PM ~ Youth Board Mtg. at UMC

6:00 PM ~ Youth Group (JH) at UMC

Tuesday: February 12, 2019

7:30 AM ~ Prayer Group

Wednesday: February 13, 2019

7:00 PM ~ Council Mtg.

Worship, Love, Accept~Together in Christ's Name

Emergency contact information:

In the case of an emergency or are in need of a visit/call from a NALC Pastor, call Sheldon Bieri at 712-574-3636 and he will contact the Iowa Mission District Dean.


Altar Guild = Jan Hersom & Pat Boughey

Fellowship = February 3 – Gail Olson, Denise & Jim Hodgell, Tom & Elaine Anderson

= February 10 – Sheldon & Linda Bieri, Dean & Eloise Armstrong, Dorothy Smith

= February 17 – Sheldon & Linda Bieri, Dean & Eloise Armstrong, Linda Galbraith

= February 24 – Sheldon & Linda Bieri, Jim & Margaret Nomann, Tammy Oxenreider

Thank you: Thank you to Andrew Loomis for leading our worship service on Sunday, February 3rd.

YOUTH GROUP NEWS ~ for February ~ 6:00 to 8:00 PM:

Sunday, February 3rd ~ High School at UMC

Sunday, February 10th ~ Junior High at UMC

Sunday, February 17th ~ High School at UMC

Wednesday, February 20th ~ Youth Group Spaghetti Dinner &

Silent Auction at UMC from 5:00-7:00 PM

Sunday, February 24th ~ Junior High at UMC

It’s never too late to be part of this wonderful program!

It is open to ALL 6th-12th graders.


We will be holding the free babysitting day and evening on Saturday, February 9, 2019. I have spoken with the MS & HS Youth Groups about helping. I need 2 women from the congregation to help me with the planning and I will need help that day. A sign-up sheet will be out this Sunday, so please sign up. I will be advertising it on Channel 2, in the church bulletins, and posters around town. Please let ne know if you will be able to help on this project. Thank you, Becky Braesch


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

9:15 am Adult SS

9:30 am Youth SS & Coffee Fellowship

10:30 am Worship

Kid’s Club/VBS January 20th, 2019

Present: Allison, Cynthia, Marilyn and Linda

Theme options for VBS: sample kits for Giddy Up and Incredible Race

VBS dates: June 3 to 7/ 8:30 to 11:30 (May 24th last day of school, the next week is snow make up days)

VBS 2018 Financial Report:

Money in: $156.01
Expenses: $235.52
Difference $79.51
Each of Three churches put in $26.50
Registration $5 per student with 37 students so $6.37 per student
Expenses for crafts and snacks absorbed by teachers

Kid’s Club dates 2019: March 14, 21, 28 and April 4 and 11 from 4 to 5.

*Snacks will be at the school before walking down with Cynthia and Allison.

*Marilyn will put the registration forms in the Friday folder Feb 22 with due date of March 7th. She will also put it in the bulletins and paper. We will need a minimum of 10 students to hold Kid’s Club. The ages will be TK thru 3rd grade.

*Linda is to call for the bank balance and take Kelly off and put Amy on signature line.

*We will ask Pastor Dave to lead the lesson, his choice of lessons, and Chandler will lead the music.

Next meeting will be when the sample kits for VBS arrive.

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.


December giving goal: $12,650.00

December giving: $15,630.75

Year-to-date goal: $131,560.00

Year-to-date giving: $112,291.61

SHORT: $19,268.39

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.

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Love to sew? Backpacks are needed to be sewn. We have the material. For details, patterns, etc., please contact Shirley Pedersen at 841-7058.




Serving 15-18 families each month!

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: toilet tissue, laundry detergent, hand soap, dish soap, and shampoo

We are also in need of: boxed potato entrees, tomato, vegetable, and cream of chicken/mushroom soups, spaghetti sauce, & canned tomatoes. 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!

On September 9, 2018, worship changed back to 10:30 AM!