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GET INVOLVED AT BETHANY!
 
We truly are the body of Christ in motion! We believe that when all parts work together in the name of Jesus, the body grows stronger. There are many different opportunities to get involved at Bethany. Members are encouraged to become active in the church by joining a committee, by participating in groups, or both. There is something for everyone, no matter what your age, you have a place at Bethany!
Sunday School
Our kids are very important to us! It is our goal to ensure that all kids have the tools they need to form a close relationship with God and it is our privilege to guide them in their spiritual journey.
At Bethany, we make learning about God fun! We offer an exemplary Sunday School program for all children ages Pre-K through 12th grade as well as a class for adults. Sunday School runs from 9:30 a.m to 10:45 a.m. every Sunday during the months of September thru May. For more information on Sunday School or to enroll your child in our program, please contact Larissa Lee at  
 
Confirmation Classes
Confirmation classes are offered for children in 7-8th grade. Beginning in October, class meets every Wednesday at church from 4-5:15 p.m. All students are required to serve as acolytes during worship in the months that classes are held. Transportation by bus is available for the Grantsburg School District.
 
Church Council
Let your voice be heard! Take a seat on the church council and help to plan the future of the church. Members of the council are elected and entrusted by the congregation to ensure that operations function properly at Bethany and help to make important decisions regarding the church. Council meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7 pm.
 
Women of the ELCA (WELCA)
Women of Bethany prepare to be inspired! WELCA encourages all women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ and ready themselves for service, study, advocacy, fellowship, and more! Women of Bethany are placed into one of three smaller groups that represent the WELCA. Each group meets once per month for bible study and as a large group for a quarterly business meeting and program. The WELCA at Bethany chooses and raises funds for a new mission each quarter, either locally or globally, wherever the need may be. They sponsor a child through LPGM and just recently gifted the church with bibles in each pew and in the library. For more information on the mission of the national Women of the ELCA, click:
Youth Group
All children ages 7th thru 12th grade are invited to participate in Youth Group at Bethany! Being active in Youth Group allows kids to learn about their faith and offers a safe environment for them to grow a deeper relationship with God. The Bethany Youth Group meets after church on the 3rd Sunday of each month in the fall and as often as possible throughout summer months. We also offer fun outings to participate in during the year. Our focus is to not just have fun together but to have fun learning about God’s love for us and how we are called to be his disciples in the world.
 
Church Choir
If music moves your soul, consider joining the church choir and sing your praises to God! The choir performs weekly during worship in the months of September through May. They meet each Wednesday at church for practice from 6-7 p.m. The choir is always seeking new voices, no musical experience is necessary and all members 7th grade and older are invited to participate.
 
Joyful Noise Choir
The Joyful Noise Choir is a wonderful addition to our music ministry. Members of the congregation come together twice a year to perform music by singing and playing musical instruments. All ages and musical abilities are welcome to participate.
 
Quilting
A dedicated and talented group of ladies, lovingly referred to as the Bethany “piece”makers, come together to take scraps of donated fabric, old curtains, sheets, and blankets and turn them into beautiful pieces of work. The bulk of the quilts are made during the months of January, February, and March when the ladies meet each Wednesday for a long day of sewing and fellowship. A few of the gals will continue to meet over the summer to sew tops, backs, and prepare the bundles for the upcoming quilting season. Each graduating senior receives a quilt, some quilts are kept at church for local folks in need, and the rest are sent to Lutheran World Relief to help on a global level. Bethany sent close to 200 quilts to LWR this year.
JOIN A COMMITTEE!
Several committees are in place to ensure that operations at Bethany keep running smoothly. These committees are filled with devoted people of the congregation who are committed to making a difference in their church home. Committees meet several times during the year and are always looking for new folks with new ideas! Check out the committees at Bethany below and see which one is right for you.
 
Evangelism Committee (E-Team)
The E-Team leads the congregation in outreach to proclaim the good news of Jesus in the world. They strive to provide a welcoming atmosphere within our church and head up many programs to inform the community about Bethany. The E-Team provides each new member with a basket full of treats, gifts each newly baptized baby with a handmade blanket, hosts welcome worships, game days, retreats, the annual Spring Supper, organizes and staffs the Clothes Share. and runs a booth at Grantoberfest. Meetings are held at church on the 1st Wednesdays of the month at 5 p.m.
 
Stewardship Committee
The Stewardship Committee is comprised of a group of people whose goal is to work to help members of our congregation understand the responsibility that we have to be good stewards of the gifts that God has given us. They have implemented positive changes in our church by overseeing the green movement; aiding in recycling and using energy efficient toilets and bulbs, organizing the Toy/Supply Drive to benefit local shelters, supporting the Good Gifts program through the ELCA, and finding new ways to promote giving within our church. The Stewardship Committee meets quarterly at church.
 
Education and Youth Committee
The Education and Youth Committees work hand in hand to support the spiritual growth of all members.  It works to oversee and coordinate all educational activities of the congregation and to ensure that classes are available for children ages preschool through high school, as well as an adult education program. Currently, Sunday School classes are offered for children and adults as well as opportunities for members to attend the Lay School of Ministry to further their spiritual education. This committee meets several times throughout the year depending on need.
 
Scholarship Committee
The Scholarship Committee is made up of 3 members of the congregation whom are entrusted with the duty of seeing that the money generated from the Pete and Dagne Levander Memorial fund is used to help all graduates from Bethany that are enrolling or currently enrolled in college. Applicants wishing to receive this scholarship must apply each year. Bethany has gifted many new college students with this generous scholarship. The Scholarship Committee meets as needed.
 
Ruth Rockland Committee
The Ruth Rockland Committee is made up of a devoted group members who see to it that the wishes of Ruth Rockland, a former member of Bethany, are prayerfully carried though. Ruth gifted the church her Thrivent account in her will for the purpose of helping others in our church home and community, Because of her generous gift, the committee has been able to give gas cards to those in need and have donated funds to the food shelf, the CRA, world hunger efforts, camperships,  and have provided emergency relief to families in our community, The Ruth Rockland Committee meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at church.
 
Property Committee
The Property Committee is made up of a group of dedicated members  who are responsible for the care and upkeep of the church building and grounds. They work together to ensure that the church home and grounds are a safe, clean, and welcoming place for all members. The Property Committee meets as needed.
 
Worship and Music Committee
The Worship and Music Committee is made up of several members including the choir director and Pastor. Their duties include coordinating the worship life at Bethany buy carefully matching hymns to the weekly order of service as well as organizing musical ensembles. They ensure that all things musical are up to date and functioning properly.. The Worship and Music Committee meets at church quarterly.
 
Altar Guild Committee
The Altar Guild Committee is responsible for for beautifying God’s house. This loving group of volunteers carefully coordinate and place the paraments on the altar and pulpit and hang seasonal banners at the church. They arrange for weekly flowers to be displayed at the altar and are charged with their care. Each Easter, the Altar Guild sets up a beautiful display of fresh flowers in our Easter Garden, it is truly a sight to behold. The Committee meets several times during the year.
 
Food Shelf Committee
Members of the Food Shelf Committee coordinate and oversee that the food shelf is being tended to in the months that Bethany is responsible for staffing it. They host food drives and ensure that all food and monies collected at Bethany are brought to the food shelf. The Food Shelf Committee meets throughout the year as needed.
 
If you are interested in joining a committee at Bethany, please see the sign-up sheet at church.