Getting Involved — Serving Bethel

Worship
Music
Finance & Stewardship
Technical & Administrative
Buildings & Grounds

Current Opportunities

Men of Monday
Mondays until December 4
This event is from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Facilities Office
Contact Tom Hoegel

Men meet in Facilities office to help with facility needs at Bethel. Any man welcome! No signup needed.

Quilters
Mondays until December 11
This event is from 9:15 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.

Bethel Staff Meeting
Tuesdays until December 19
This event is from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Fireside Room All
Contact Pr Ben

Weekly staff meeting. On the first Tuesday of the month, this meeting is held in the Music and Ed room to review and discuss calendar events.

Library Team
Wednesdays until January 31 2022
This event is from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM at Library
Contact Margaret Lund

Books, videos, DVD’s, sermon tapes and other media are prepared on a weekly basis for circulation, and a yearly used book sale is held in the Spring. Not only is our library is a wonderful resource for teachers and students of all ages, our collection includes everything from the works of Luther to Christian romances. Want to help?

Worship

Ministry Lead: Tom McAvoy
Ministry Lead: OPEN

All Bethel Choir

Please visit our Music Page

Altar Flower Dedication Ministry
Contact Trish Cunningham

The Ministry of flowers is an important part of the Sunday Service at Bethel Lutheran Church. Flowers beautify the sacred spaces of our church, and are a gift to God and those who attend the services. Flowers can be dedicated to commemorate a special event or to remember a loved one. Donated flowers are then taken to home-bound parishioners after the Sunday Services.
If you would like to donate and dedicate flowers, please sign up in the church entry. The cost is $30 to donate and dedicate flowers. We need two donations each week to supplement the cost. Dedications are published in the Sunday bulletins.

Altar Guild
Contact Lois Eid, Judy Johnson

The Altar Guild prepares the altar for worship and Holy Communion, an essential part of worship preparation. The types of tasks include:

  • Setting up and cleaning the silver service communion
  • Maintaining the altar linens
  • Purchasing wine and grape juice
  • Changing paraments when needed
  • Checking candles
  • Stripping the altar on Maundy Thursday

If interested in joining this team, please contact Lois Eid or Judy Johnson.

Sound Board
Sanctuary Sound Board

Audio-Visual Tech
Contact Tom Hoegel

The Audio-Visual Team supports all of Bethel's events, including the worship services every Sunday, with technology that enhances them through creative uses of sound and video. Volunteers are needed to run the sound and video systems for worship and other events in the Sanctuary, as well as possibly helping with video projects as they come along.

Contact Tom Hoegel if you would like to learn how to run Media Shout (the software used for projecting worship content on the screens in the Sanctuary). After an initial training period and a period of “shadowing” experienced operators, volunteers can sign up for whatever worship services they are able to help out with.

Children's Activity Bags
Contact Jill Burkhart

Activity bags are provided for our younger children during worship. Volunteers replenish the bags with new activity worksheets for the upcoming service and also maintain the colored pencil sets. The commitment is approximately once every ten weeks and takes less than an hour to complete. A brief training is provided.

Children's Choir

Please visit our Music Page

Deacons
Contact Mark Evashenk

The Deacons of the Congregation are members of Bethel who assist the pastors in the worship service, in serving communion, and helping others in prayer. Training provided.

Greeters
Contact Patricia Myerholtz

Sunday greeting, or “hosting”, at Bethel involves a commitment to be in the entry/narthex before and after the worship service; usually about four or five Sundays a year. Your purpose is to seek out and greet people you do not already know and, if they are “new” to Bethel, make every effort to assist them in having a memorable worship experience while they are at Bethel that day.

Handbell Choir

Please visit our Music Page

Lectors
Contact Mark Evashenk

It is a great privilege to read God’s Word at a worship service! We are grateful for the many volunteers that have taken that assignment and so enhanced worship at Bethel. God’s Word holds the most important place at our public worship together with Holy Communion. You may sign up to lector at either service.

Little Lights Choir

Please visit our Music page.

Media Shout/Publications
Contact Elise Holst

Organizes media in cooperation with the pastor and ministry leaders to be used for services, including Media Shout, the Sunday bulletin, the eNewsletter and the website. To volunteer as a Media Shout operator, see “Audio-Visual Tech”, above.

Nursery
Contact Amanda Laughlin

Volunteers who help run nursery during services and when needed.

Offering Counters
Contact Liz Tribby

Sunday morning offerings are counted by two-member teams who record information on who gave how much to what fund, and prepare the deposit. Each team counts one service on one Sunday a month.

Organist

Please visit our Music Page

Sunday Coffee Hosts
Contact Tony Stieber

Each Sunday, in the time between our two services, we offer a chance to chat with one another over a warm cup of tea, coffee or other refreshments on the patio (the Welcome Zone). This is an important ministry, which helps makes both visitors and members of our congregation feel welcome, to help people get to know each other and to foster community spirit. This is also a way for participants in the two services to get to know each other. We have a schedule for our volunteers to prepare the coffee cart two or three times per year—they spend about 2 hours on preparation and cleanup.
Ushers
Bethel Ushers, November 2014

Ushers
Contact Jeanine Woodell

Ushers at Bethel fill the role of extending hospitality to the congregation. You are one of the first people our visitors see and are the first impression of our church. Your warm greeting and pleasant smile will help foster a sense of belonging, even for a newcomer. Key tasks include greeting visitors, handing out bulletins, and passing around the offering plates. However, the most rewarding part of the job is making people feel at home on Sunday mornings. Consider signing up with a spouse, as a family, or with a friend.
Time commitment: No regular meetings are held. However, a brief training is provided. You would be expected to serve as an usher every Sunday for one month every fourth month e.g., Jan, Apr, Aug.
Christmas Decorating
Decorating the Sanctuary, November 2015

Visual Arts/Décor
Contact Liz Barton

The Visual Arts and Décor team design, create and install visual displays relating to liturgical seasons. This group welcomes those with a visually creative side to their spirituality.

White Breakfast
Contact Eleanor Incerpi

Communion/breakfast served during Maundy Thursday in Torvend Hall. The new command (Latin “mandatum novum,” Maundy) given by Jesus that his disciples should love one another during the Last Supper sets the tone for this breakfast. Look for sign-ups in the weeks before Easter.

Worship Team

Please visit our Music Page

Music

Bethel has a fantastic music program and welcomes interested musicians!
Please visit our Music Page.

Finance & Stewardship

Ministry Lead: Brett Deutscher
Ministry Lead: Scott Anderson

Audit Committee
Contact Kathy Arnold, Kathryn Montano, Bill Westmore

The Audit Committee undertakes the annual internal audit of the congregation’s finances and makes recommendation on improving accounting practices. See the Audit Team Job Description for more detail.

Endowment Committee
Contact Dave Larsen, John Lind, Margaret Lund

Invests and manages the Bethel Endowment Fund for the long-term benefit of the ministry of our congregation.

Finance Committee
Contact Eric Brown

The Finance Committee works closely with the pastor and Bethel’s Director of Finance & Human Resources to monitor the congregation’s income and spending, to develop the budget for the coming year, and to help provide sufficient funds for the ministry of the congregation.

Nominating Committee
Contact Scott Anderson, Hella Bluhm-Stieber, Jack Wedgwood

The Nominating Committee works closely with the council president and the pastor to recruit qualified candidates for open council positions and advises ministries to fill their open positions, as well.

Stewardship Committee
Contact Brett Deutscher, Scott Anderson

Working alongside the pastor, the stewardship team works to engage all members to cheerfully use the gifts of time, energy and finances which God has entrusted to them.

Technical & Administrative

eNewsletter/Bulletins
Contact Elise Holst

Gathers and distributes information for the weekly church eNewsletter (church newsletter emailed to all who want it once a week). Contact Elise if you want to receive the eNewsletter.

Library Team
Contact Margaret Lund

Books, videos, DVD’s, sermon, CDs, and other media are prepared on a weekly basis for circulation. Not only is our library is a wonderful resource for teachers and students of all ages, our collection includes everything from the works of Luther to Christian romances. Want to help? Look for details at the top of this web page

Membership Data
Contact Liz Tribby

Uses the congregation’s Shepherd’s Staff database to keep and update members records, e.g., emails, phone numbers, attendance, baptisms.

Receptions Coordinator
Contact Sandie Hersh

Helps to coordinate food for Bethel-sponsored events.

Technology Support
Contact Liz Tribby, Brad Martinson

The technology support team oversees technology needs for the church and provides technology support as needed.

Webmaster
Contact Dave Arnold

Our website provides a comprehensive and current view of the activities at Bethel for visitors and members alike. The webmaster oversees development and upkeep of the church website.
Restriping the parking lot

Buildings & Grounds

Ministry Lead: Tom Cole

Men of Monday

Men of Monday
Contact Tom Cole

A group of men who meet every week to help maintain the church grounds. See “Current Opportunities” at the top of this page for details.

School/Church Work Days
Contact Tom Hoegel

Everyone’s help is needed to keep Bethel in shape and maintain our landscaping. Watch the bulletin for details and then come out and work together on major projects to improve the grounds’ appearance. Planned workdays alternate between “inside” and “outside.” Inside tasks might include organizing closets or bookshelves, adjusting cabinet doors, or other small handy jobs. Outside jobs might include trimming hedges or painting trim. All skill levels are welcome. Contact Tom Hoegel to volunteer and for more details.

Security Volunteers
Contact Steve Emmert

Security volunteers are necessary to make sure that Bethel buildings are secure every night. Commitment is one week at a time periodically (in a rotation).