Bethany is a Reconciling in Christ congregation! The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) program is about inclusive welcome. RIC recognizes Lutheran communities that publicly welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender believers to full participation in their life together. Bethany Lutheran committed to become an RIC congregation in 2003 and adopted the following mission statement: Bethany Lutheran Church, as a community of God, is striving to be open to all people. We welcome all to join us as we struggle to better understand the mysteries of God’s teachings. We are challenged by Christ to care for, to love, to understand and to listen to each other regardless of race, age, gender, marital status, physical and mental abilities, sexual/affectional orientation, national origin or economic status. We celebrate together our unity as God’s people. Bethany Lutheran Church is a place for all people to shine in their own unique gifts! Our congregation also occasionally collaborates with our ELCA Northwest Washington Synod ministry partner, Open Door Ministries (www.opendoorelca.org) in public witness and service on behalf of LGBTQ community. RIC means all are welcome... read more
Charge it up- free of charge! After hearing Lutheran theologian Larry Rasmussen speak on the ethical imperatives related to climate change this past January, Pastor Annette made the decision to transition to an electric vehicle for her daily commute to Whidbey Island. The church council enthusiastically supported the installation of an EV charger in our parking lot last spring. The EV charger is now open to the public, and we are eager to make it available as a resource to the wider community. For more information on electric vehicles, contact Pastor Annette or visit the Seattle Electric Vehicle Association at www.seva101.org. There is no required fee to use the EV charger. However, donations towards cost of electricity are gratefully accepted at the church office. ... read more
Does your spirit need a lift? Come join us on Saturday, September 19th for a day of inspirational speakers exploring the gift of laughter. Add in warm hospitality from our women’s circle and a delicious lunch and – voila!– an afternoon celebrating the power of a grateful heart! We will be welcoming Donna Oiland, a familiar name to many members of the ELCA Northwest Washington Synod. Donna is a Christian speaker, author and encourager. She has been a valued speaker at many WELCA Synod conventions. She will be joined by JeanAnn O’Brien, a certified Laugh Leader with the World Laughter Tour. JeanAnn’s training as a Laugh Leader and her own professional comedienne talents have been a welcome benefit in her work with hospice. She is a joy to be with, and her laughter therapy will leave you in stiches! The gathering will run from 9:30-3:00 and will include lunch. Please let us know if you have special dietary needs. We are asking for a $15 fee for the day. Please RSVP at 206-532-4454 or firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15. Joy and Laughter.September 19 2015.Donna Oiland.JeanAnn... read more
This is an important time in the life of our congregation as we prayerfully consider important questions regarding our future. We ask that all members of Bethany assist us in listening to the Spirit’s movement among us. What is it that God is asking of us at this time? On June 14th we gathered as a congregation for a very significant conversation about the future viability of ministry in this place. Pastor Annette shared her honest assessments and made some specific suggestions regarding next steps. Please read through the document below for further information. Pastor Annette is inviting further conversation on these issues. She will be available particularly on the Sundays of July during coffee hour, but she is available by appointment any time. We ask that we all keep our congregation in prayer at this time. Below is pertinent information to understand and consider. Thank you for your time and effort. COME, HOLY SPIRIT! JUNE 14th Congregational Meeting Summary notes Discernment letter to congregation 5.2015 OPTIONS FOR CURRENT DISCERNMENT MAY 2015 DISCERNMENT PREPARATION mission start... read more
Our summertime liturgical “season of bread” coincides this year with the ancient Celtic feast of Lughnasadh, known later in Christian circles as “Lammas” (from the Anglo-Saxon half-mas, “loaf mass”). Coming from a strong Celtic background on my father’s side, I spent a good period of time studying and celebrating the Celtic wheel of the year and the cross-quarter festivals. The cross-quarter day marks the turning of the season and the midway point between the solstice/equinox dates. Lammas (August 1) is the Celtic feast that is the least known – the others have come down to us in contemporary culture as Groundhog’s Day, May Day and Halloween. Lammas means we are halfway through summer, so I hope you have been enjoying it! Ever since I have learned about this feast day, I remember the history of giving thanks for the abundance of the harvest in the late days of summer. As we in the Pacific Northwest live in a similar longitude as the Celtic isles, we too begin to celebrate harvest at this time. It is a wonderful season to cook with produce from the garden, to visit a farmers’ market, and to be grateful for those who work with and care for the land. How often do you pause and say a prayer for those who labor to produce your food and drink? In our liturgical cycle this year we join with the Lammas image of being fed with a series of texts from the gospel of John on the” Bread of Life”. Bread is a central image throughout Scripture, and Jesus draws frequently upon this image in his... read more
We’re located near Green Lake. Come for church and then picnic at the lake afterward!