God’s work, our Hands Sunday Invitation

Invitation to God's work, our Hands Sunday

"God's work, our Hands" Sunday is almost here – September 8th.

Posted by Bethany Lutheran Church (ELCA) West Branch, Iowa on Saturday, August 24, 2019
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Bishop Election 2020

At the May 2020 Annual Assembly of the Southeastern Iowa Synod we will be electing a new Synod Bishop. As such, the Office of the Bishop has appointed a team to begin the process of assessing current and future needs within our Synod and what qualities we view as important for the next Bishop to have.

You are invited to be a part of this process and take a short survey online. Click here to be taken to the Synod website. Additionally, you may view the document below to learn more.

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Mission Opportunity

Following the snowstorm last winter when Bethany housed 40+ stranded motorists, a small team has felt called to look into this further and how God might use us in future emergency situations to reach out with the love of Christ and come alongside our neighbors in need. With the approval and support of the Council, steps are being undertaken to partner with Cedar County Emergency Management in being a 24-48 hour emergency shelter. There are many things to take into consideration and the team is meeting regularly to put policies and procedures in place.

We will need several volunteers to come alongside as we form an Emergency Response Team.  We are even considering ways we might partner with others in our community. In the meantime, we wanted to make this known to each of you and if you are interested in learning more and becoming a volunteer in the event an emergency situation happens that Cedar County does need to utilize our space please contact Pastor Chad (pastor@wbbethany.org) who will forward this onto the planning team.

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VBS 2019

We are underway with another week of Vacation Bible School and have some wonderful Camp EWALU counselors, children, and volunteers. Check back from time to time as more photos will be added to the slideshow, which can be viewed by clicking below.

VBS Photos

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Vacation Bible School

Click here to be directed to more information on Vacation Bible School June 10-13 including a registration form. Please contact the office at 643-5998 with any questions.

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June/July Newsletter

The June/July Newsletter is done and can be viewed by clicking here.

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2019 Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly Recap

The 2019 Southeastern Iowa Synod Annual Assembly took place on May 10 and 11 as the 138 congregations we partner with came together in West Des Moines. Below is a summary of those two days together and also a link to the opening video of the Assembly.

2019 Opening Video

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Living Lutheran Insert

In the latest edition of the Living Lutheran, an article on Bethany was published in the insert from the Southeastern Iowa Synod. If you haven’t seen it yet, here it is (page 2-3).

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May Newsletter

The May newsletter is done and can be viewed by clicking here.

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Vacation Bible School 2019

VBS 2019 will soon be upon us. Date for this year’s camp are June 10-13. Please click here to be taken to our VBS page. Please contact the church with any questions at: 319-643-5998 or direct them to our Administrative Assistant Paula Casper (blcsecretary@lcom.net).

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