Bethany Lutheran Church Pastor's Page
August 2018

Pastor Loren Mai        As of September 1, 2018, I will have completed eleven years of ministry at Bethany Lutheran Church. As I look back on those years, I wonder—perhaps as you do—where the time has gone. I reflect on our mutual ministry to this point, and I realize that much significant ministry has taken place. It has been a productive and fruitful time, and I appreciate the diligence and enthusiasm for ministry and mission shown on the part of this congregation. From “routine” ministry to extraordinary services and events, much has occurred.

       I am also grateful for the continuing support of members of Bethany Church. You continue to faithfully support the mission of the Church of Jesus Christ, and you have supported me (and my family) in the ministry that we share. I am deeply grateful for the many ways in which you have provided that sup-port, e.g. acts of generosity and kindness, words of encouragement, provisions for sabbatical time, etc.

       Much has been accomplished; there is much still to do! The future is open-ended. It beckons us to grow in God’s grace and in our response to that grace. We look with great expectation to the celebration in 2019 of Bethany’s 150th anniversary! We anticipate exciting ministry happening in the years to come! We pray that the Holy Spirit will inspire us in our mutual ministry for the sake of Christ’s Kingdom!

Pastor Loren D. Mai

A WORD FROM PHIL

       Thanks to the wonderful people of Bethany Lutheran Church for your support of our youth and sponsors who went to the National Youth Gathering! We had an amazing trip. We heard powerful speakers, had Bible studies, service projects, and a lot of fun! Hopefully you made it to the forum to learn more about what we did. If not feel free to visit with any of our participants. As always, thank you for your love and support.

       Your continued support is needed! Because of the large number of people who went from our church, our fundraising fell a little short. Please consider giving to this or any of our youth/children programs like camper scholarships, KICK, Sunday School, Youth Group and the like. I heard a pastor friend of mine say recently that these kids are not the future of the church, they are the church now!

       God bless us in our ministry as we raise kids to know and love the redeeming grace of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Phillip Hett