Congregational Life (Fellowship)

Fellowship Programs

Current Opportunities

Readers' Anonymous
Sunday, January 21
This event is from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM at Library
Contact Kathy Arnold

Readers’ Anonymous will skip meeting in December but recommend reading “Skipping Christmas” by John Grisham. In January, we will discuss “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson.

Mondays until December 31 2018 except 12/31/18, 12/24/18
This event is from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Fireside Room All
Contact Ordetta Hovland

Each Monday morning, a group of dedicated women meet in the Fireside Room from 9:15am to 12pm to create beautiful quilts for Lutheran World Relief (LWR). The quilts are distributed overseas by LWR to remote villages, refugee camps, hospitals, and disaster sites, wherever there are people in need. You can help by donating fabric and/or by helping with design, sewing, tying, etc. Contact Ordetta Hovland or Anna Hoegel via the office for more information.

WOW Bible Study
Wednesdays until June 10 2018
This event is from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Fireside Room
Contact Kathryn Montano

Would you like a group that studies the Bible; prayers for, encourages, and supports each other; eats; and fellowships? If so, consider coming to Women of Wednesday. We usually follow the school schedule, observing their schedule breaks.

This year, the Women of Wednesday Bible study group will be studying the book "Seeking Allah Finding Jesus." If you have this book from the Adult Sunday Bible Study and would like to donate or sell it, please contact Alice Isaacson at aliceisaacson@yahoo.com. You may drop your book off at the front office and let Alice know.

Evergreens 55+
4th Thursday of each month starting January 25 until December 31 2018 except 11/22/18
This event is from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM at Fireside all
Contact Shirley Gross

Join Evergreens 55+ in the fireside room fro devotion and lunch. Contact Shirley Gross to RSVP.

First Wednesday Speaker Series
1st Wednesday of each month until February 7
This event is from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Fireside Room All
Contact Pr Ben

First Wednesday Speaker Series at 6:30pm continues each First Wednesday of the month. Enjoy a catered dinner and a speaker, hosted by Pr Ben.
Read the details.

Martha Bible Study
2nd Monday of each month until December 10 2018
This event is from 12:15 PM to 2:00 PM at Fireside Room 1
Contact Vera Edstrom

Every second Sunday of the month, this women's group discusses the monthly ELCA magazine, "Gather".

White Breakfast
Thursday, March 29
This event is from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM at Torvend Hall
Contact Eleanor Incerpi

Maundy Thursday white Breakfast at 9:30 in Torvand Hall.

Easter Breakfast
Sunday, April 1
This event is from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Torvend Hall
Contact Tom Hoegel

Come join us for a delicious breakfast, served by our Youth. This is a fund raiser to support Common Ground.

Fellowship Programs

Ministry Lead: Sue Jacobus
Ministry Lead: Open

Evergreens lunch Evergreens lunch
Evergreens luncheon, Bethel, March 2017

Celebration of the Arts
In the Spring
Contact Sue Jacobus

An annual art fair sponsored by Bethel Lutheran Church and School in the Spring that showcases works of the congregation and school along with art activities for the whole family. Look for details in the Sunday bulletin, weekly enewsletter and at the top of this web page.

Chili Cookoff
Contact Patricia Myerholtz

Great chili tasting from Bethel’s best chili cooks who compete to win the “Best Chili” award. Look for details in the Sunday bulletin, weekly enewsletter and at the top of this web page.

Community Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday before Easter
Contact Patricia Myerholtz

Open to everyone! This energetic event brings together church members, school families, and our neighborhood at large. Snacks, fun games, and egg hunt for children of all ages. Saturday before Easter, 10am - noon.

Evergreens (55+)
4th Thursday of the month
This event is at Fireside Room
Contact Shirley Gross, Patricia Myerholtz

Moving from aging to saging, the Evergreens are part of the Senior Ministry at Bethel. We seek to enrich the second half of life by making deeper spiritual connections through opportunities which provide service to others, self-expression, meaningful work, and close friendships. We hope to be good stewards of this wonderful gift of life God has given us in all of its dimensions, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Interactive programs emphasize the art of faithful aging by encouraging persons to share life wisdom by teaching each other from the lifetime of experiences they have gained. We provide tools to leave a spiritual legacy by writing or telling life stories through audio/visual recordings and writing an ethical will, as well as the more traditional legal legacy of wills and trust. We also raise questions about life's meaning as we face life changes, personal growth and developing skills to handle the changes that occur. These include a variety of health-education and preventive healthcare programs.
Evergreens celebrate these gifts of extra years by recognizing the deeper meanings in later life events. Come join us each month.
If you are interested in presenting a program, providing a lunch, or attending Evergreens, contact Patricia Myerholtz.
Look for details in the Sunday bulletin, weekly eNewsletter and at the top of this web page.

Labor Day Retreat
Labor Day Weekend
This event is at Mt. Cross[Offsite Link]
Contact Molly Schrey, Holly Lofgren, Tom Hoegel

Bethel’s Labor Day Retreat is held annually every September at Mt. Cross[Offsite Link] Camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This is a weekend for all ages to enjoy the great outdoors alongside one another. Activities include guest speakers, a variety show, campfire, the infamous Bethel Olympics, and much more. Watch the bulletin, newsletter and the top of this web page for information at the beginning of summer and make sure to reserve your spot. And don’t miss the video on our Labor Day Retreat page!
Chardonnay Cruise
Out ’n About Chardonnay Cruise, Santa Cruz, September 2016

Out and About Adventures
This event is at offsite locations
Contact Molly Schrey, Jules Kurtz

Monthly outings for the congregation to enjoy using the Bethel bus. Recent events have included trips to sports games, regional attractions, beer or wine tastings. museums, etc. Look for details under Current Opportunities, above, or the Out And About page, or look for sign-up sheets in the church’s narthex/entry.
Pet Blessing
Pet Blessing, Summer 2016

Pet Blessing
In Summer
Contact Pastor Ben Bergren

A blessing of furry, scaly, and feathered pets is held on one Saturday during the Summer. The format is informal. Invite friends and neighbors to drop in! A BBQ and raffle round out the event.
Readers Anonymous

Readers Anonymous
Contact Kathy Arnold

Readers Anonymous is a fun group that gets together once a month to discuss a great book they are reading. Look for details in the Sunday bulletin, weekly enewsletter and at the top of this web page.

Supper Clubs
Approximately once a month
This event is at Member Homes
Contact Jan Martinson

Small groups are formed twice a year. These groups meet at each others’ homes, restaurants, parks, etc. to enjoy fellowship and a meal with one another at least once a month. There are two kinds of supper clubs: with and without children. A truly wonderful opportunity to have time and to get to know one another over food and beverages—even those which we don’t serve on the Bethel campus. Look for details in the Sunday bulletin, weekly enewsletter and at the top of this web page.

Young Adults Group
Contact Courtney Heimbuck, Joel Heimbuck

A new group has formed at Bethel: the Young Adults Group open to anyone between the age of 21 to around 30 years old. The group will meet about once a month or so and will gather throughout the year for fellowship, study and service. Look for details on the Young Adults page, in the Sunday bulletin, weekly enewsletter and under Current Opportunities at the top of this page.