Worship service is at 9:00 AM beginning on Sunday, May 26th! Coffee fellowship will follow the service at 10:00 AM. Have a blessed and safe holiday weekend!

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 summer worship is at 9:00 AM and coffee fellowship at around 10:00! 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: JOHN 14: 23-29? Don’t be of little faith and don’t doubt Jesus! He IS the Son of the Living God. Summer 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! We are less without YOU!

Monday: May 27, 2019

9:00 AM ~ Memorial Day Program at Cemetery

Tuesday: May 28, 2019

7:30 AM ~ Prayer Group

4:00 PM ~ Worship/Music Committee Mtg.

Sunday: June 2, 2019

Seventh Sunday of Easter

9:00 AM ~ Worship w/Communion

10:00 AM ~ Coffee Fellowship

Usher & Greeter: Tom & Elaine Anderson

3:30 PM ~ Pastor David’s Installation Service

Monday-Friday: June 3-7, 2019

8:30-11:30 AM ~ VBS Opening & Closing at BLC

Tuesday: June 4, 2019

7:30 AM ~ Prayer Group

Friday: June 7, 2019

11:30 AM ~ VBS Final Program at BLC

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.

MAY: Altar Guild = Shirley Kruse & Eloise Armstrong

Fellowship = May 26 – John & Marci Runneberg, Shirley McKiernan, Doug & Becky Baker

Wednesday, May 29th ~ LM 8th Grade Graduation ~ 7:00 PM ~ old gym

POPPIES: The poppies on the lectern are in honor of those who have served and are serving our country. Without them we would not have the religious freedoms we are enjoying today. Thank a soldier/veteran today!

Thank you so much for the cards, prayers, phone calls, & visits while I was in The Marian Health Center. It was much appreciated. Carol Schmidt

JUNE: Altar Guild = Rich & Marilyn Ehlers

Fellowship = June 2 – Becky Braesch, Shirley McKiernan

= June 9 – Becky Braesch, Shirley McKiernan, Ken & Pat Boughey

= June 16 – Becky Braesch, Shirley McKiernan

= June 23 – Becky Braesch, Shirley McKiernan, Ken & Pat Boughey

= June 30 – Ken & Pat Boughey, Shirley McKiernan, Dorothy Smith


Sunday, June 2, 2019 ~ TIME CHANGE

Seventh Sunday of Easter

9:00 am Worship w/Communion

10:00 am Coffee Fellowship

3:30 pm Pastor Klappenbach’s Installation Service


*June 2 ~ 3:30 PM ~ Pastor David Klappenbach’s Installation Service at Bethany

*June 3-7 ~ VBS 2019 from 8:30-11:30 AM with opening & closing here at Bethany. Final Program will be on June 7 at 11:30 AM at Bethany.

*June 9 ~ Day of Pentecost ~ We encourage all to wear RED to honor the Holy Spirit ~ Our missionary, Patricia Bentsen will be with us to share her ministry.

*June 19 ~ 4:00-6:00 PM ~ Card Making Class at Bethany


April giving goal: $10,000.00

April giving: $5,003.85

Year-to-date goal: $42,500.00

Year-to-date giving: $32,509.00

SHORT: $9991.00

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.

Cards for Carol Schmidt: New address for Bill Edmonds:

Carol Schmidt Bill Edmonds

C/O Machelle Sunner C/O Pleasant View Care Center

2351 Elm Street 200 Shannon Drive, RM 410

Fort Dodge, IA 50501 Whiting, IA 51063

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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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 & body soap, dish soap, toothpaste, and shampoo

We are also in need of: tomato, vegetable, chicken noodle, and cream of chicken/mushroom soups, pork & beans, mandarin oranges, pineapple, carrots, green beans, corn, canned chicken/tuna, sugar, flour, pancake mix, syrup. 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 May 26th, 2018, worship will change to 9:00 AM!