Congregational Life (Fellowship)

Fellowship Programs

Current Opportunities

Quilters Outing
Thursday, September 21
This event is from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM at Offsite
Contact Patricia Myerholtz

Quilters are going on an outing, on the Bethel Bus on Thursday, September 21 to the Pleasanton Quilt, Craft, and Sewing Festival. See the sign up sheet in the Entry. Bus leaves around 9:30am and returns around 4:30pm. Event free, $5 bus charge.

BLS Paint & Pinot
Friday, September 22
This event is from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM at Torvend Hall
Contact Leslie Steen

PAINT AND PINOT is on Friday, September 22 at 6pm. Paint, drink wine, have dinner. Painting projects are led by an artist, on individual canvases, using acrylic paints. Painting supplies, nursery care, kids activities, and dinner for kids are all included. Sign up at PaintAndPinot[Offsite Link].

Ministry Appreciation Brunch
Sunday, September 24
This event is from 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM at Fireside Room
Contact Patricia Myerholtz

Bethel Ministries=Joy of Serving. Bethel Ministry Appreciation/Awareness Brunch is a celebration and appreciation for all of our volunteers. Come to the Fireside Room between services to enjoy brunch, a raffle, and other surprises.

WOW Bible Study
Wednesdays until June 10 2018 except 12/27/17
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+
Thursday, September 28
This event is from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM at Fireside
Contact Patricia Myerholtz

Join Evergreens 55+ Thurs. Sept. 28th at 10:30 am in the fireside room for devotions, lunch, and fellowship. We will watch a video title "The Call" The Life and Message of The Apostle Paul.

First Wednesday Speaker Series
1st Wednesday of each month until February 7 2018
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.

All Bethel Choir Retreat
Saturday, October 7
This event is from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM at Offsite
Contact David Herberg

Annual Choir Retreat "Shout the Good News"

Young Adults (18-30s) Sunday Lunches
Sunday, October 22
This event is from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Sanctuary and Offsite
Contact Courtney & Joel Heimbuck

Join the Bethel community in worship at 10:45am and then come for lunch afterwards with fellow young adults. The scheduled lunches are:
  • Sunday, April 23 at Fish's Wild in Cupertino
  • Sunday, May 21 at The Melt in Cupertino
  • Sunday, June 25 at Yiassoo in Cupertino
  • Sunday, July 23 at Blast 825 Pizza in Cupertino
  • Sunday, August 27 at Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in Cupertino
  • Sunday, September 17 at Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose
  • Sunday, October 22 at Ike's Place in Cupertino
  • Out & About Prince of Egypt
    Saturday, October 28
    This event is from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Bethel/Offsite
    Contact Tom Hoegel

    Come join us as we travel to Mt View to see The Prince of Egypt in his world premier. We will meet at Bethel, travel to Mt View in the bus, enjoy the play, and grab dinner downtown. For more details, visit http://signup.com/go/jBTdiiL[Offsite Link] and sign up while you are at it :-)

    Trip to Grace Cathedral
    Sunday, October 29
    This event is from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM at offsite
    Contact Tom Hoegel

    Hop on the Bethel Bus, or meet the group, at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco to attend a commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Prelude is at 2:30pm, service is at 3pm, and the reception is at 4:30pm. Please donate $5 (for gas) if you take the bus.

    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.