Liz Klappenbach slipped and broke her ankle this past week! She will have surgery to repair her ankle tomorrow (Monday the 11th) in Spencer! Keep the Klappenbach family in your prayers during this time of recovery. There is a sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall to provide meals for the family over the next two weeks.

Christ’s Peace to All,

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: 1-13? 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 and we are less without YOU!
Monday: March 11, 2019

7:00 PM ~ Hand Bell Rehearsal

Tuesday: March 12, 2019

7:30 AM ~ Prayer Group

Wednesday: March 13, 2019

11:30 AM ~ Lenten Luncheon at Laurens Care Center

5:30 PM ~ Lenten Soup Supper

6:30 PM ~ Lenten Evening Service

Council meeting following service

Thursday: March 14, 2019

3:30-5:00 PM ~ Kids Club at FCC

Sunday: March 17, 2019

Second Sunday in Lent

9:30 AM ~ Youth SS & Coffee Fellowship

10:30 AM ~ Worship w/Communion

Usher & Greeter: John Runneberg Family

11:00-1:00 ~ Ambulance Baked Potato Bar Fundraiser at UMC

4:00 PM ~ Laurens Care Center Worship Service

6:00 PM ~ Youth Group (JH & HS) at FCC

Tuesday: March 19, 2019

7:30 AM ~ Prayer Group

Wednesday: March 20, 2019

11:30 AM ~ Lenten Luncheon at Bethany Lutheran Church

5:30 PM ~ Lenten Soup Supper

6:30 PM ~ Lenten Evening Service

Thursday: March 21, 2019

3:30-5:00 PM ~ Kids Club at FCC

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, 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 = Sheldon & Linda Bieri and Dorothy Smith

Fellowship = March 10 – Sheldon & Linda Bieri, Jim & Margaret Nomann, Linda Galbraith

= March 17 – Jim & Margaret Nomann, Jim & Denise Hodgell, Tom & Elaine Anderson

= March 24 – Rich & Marilyn Ehlers, Ron & Jan Hersom, Jim & Margaret Nomann

= March 31 – Jean Swanson, Ron & Jan Hersom, Jim & Margaret Nomann

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

Sunday, March 10th ~ JH & HS at FCC

Sunday, March 17th ~ JH & HS at FCC

Sunday, March 24th ~ JH & HS at FCC

Sunday, March 31st ~ JH & HS at FCC

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

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


An after-school ministry for TK, K, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Graders.

Please register by March 7th!

Parents will be asked to help furnish either

2 dz. cookies or 1 gal. of juice for snacks.

A free will offering will be collected at the Closing Program.

All Kids Club Activities will start with snack at LM lunchroom.

Afterwards, students will walk with Mrs. Price, Mrs. Hoffman, and helpers to the

First Christian Church for music, story, and craft.

WHEN: Thursdays ~ March 14 – April 11 from 3:30-5:00 PM

All family & friends are invited to the closing program and pizza party

on Thursday, April 11th @ 5:00 PM

Registrations need to be returned to any committee member or

the LM Office by March 7, 2019.

Committee: Amy Gustafson (UMC), Cynthia Hoffman (Catholic),

Linda Bieri (BLC), Allison Price (FCC)


Laurens Care Center ~ March 13

Bethany Lutheran Church ~ March 20

United Methodist Church ~ March 27

First Christian Church ~ April 3

???????????????????? ~ April 10


Starting on Wednesday, March 13 = 5:30 PM Soup Supper

6:30 PM Lenten Evening Service

We will continue our journey by following Jesus through worship, hymns, prayers, & scripture as we are lead by Pastor Klappenbach.


Sunday School singing and Potluck have been moved to Sunday, March 24th due to the Ambulance Baked Potato Bar Fundraiser on Sunday, March 17th from 11:00 to 1:00 at UMC.


Sunday, March 17, 2019

Second Sunday in Lent

9:15 am Adult SS

9:30 am Youth SS & Coffee Fellowship

10:30 am Worship w/communion

4:00 pm Laurens Care Center

Cards for Carol Schmidt may reach her at:

Carol Schmidt

C/O Marian Home

2400 6th Avenue North, Room 313

Fort Dodge, IA 50501


February giving goal: $10,000.00

February giving: $11,548.06

Year-to-date goal: $20,000.00

Year-to-date giving: $15,525.49

SHORT: $4474.51

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.

You are cordially invited to a

Come and Go Bridal Shower for Paige Potter

Bride-to-Be of Nick Brincks

Saturday, April 6 ~ 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Fellowship Hall of the

Laurens United Methodist Church

There will be a short program at 10:30 a.m.

Please bring your favorite recipe for Paige on a

4 X 6 recipe card.

Paige & Nick are registered at Lizziedoodle Gifts &

Home Decor and Heart ‘N Home (both in Laurens)

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.

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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!