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Join us for the next First Wednesday Speaker Series, Nov 1. Come to Bethel for dinner and learn about Buddhism from Margaret Gainer. Read the details and please RSVP[Offsite Link].

Donate for Wildfires

Donations to Lutheran Disaster Relief[Offsite Link] can be designated to “U.S. Fire Relief” and will be used more generally to support churches and ministries and communities that have been affected by fires through the fall and throughout the west. 100% of donations so designated will be used by LDR to offer support to affected communities.

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100 Hugs for Houston
Thousands of people have had their homes, communities and livelihoods destroyed. Now until Oct 29, Bethel is gearing up to collect and assemble “Flood Cleanup Buckets” that are used for cleaning homes, businesses and community centers. Read all the details[PDF Document] and print a checklist[PDF Document] for your donation. Contact Tom Hoegel if you have questions.

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Join us Sundays for a new Adult Ed series. Inspired by the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, this seven part study is based on Augsburg Fortress’ new study By Heart: Conversations with Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. This video study is led by Pastor Ben. Read the course description and schedule.

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Sign up for an Out ’n About trip! Join us for a performance of The Prince of Egypt at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts on Oct 28; more trips are planned in 2017. Our block of tickets is sold out, but you can still join us on the bus and for dinner if you buy your own ticket. Read the details and sign up in the Welcome Zone on Sunday or on the Out ’n About page.

Grace Cathedral

Sign up to take the Bethel bus, or meet the group, at Grace Cathedral[Offsite Link] in San Francisco. On Sun, Oct 29, the Synod’s commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation[Offsite Link] begins with a choir concert at 2:15pm. Worship begins at 3pm and refreshments will be served after the service. The bus leaves at 1pm and returns by 7pm. Please donate $5 (for gas) if you take the bus. Sign up at http://signup.com/go/oWvhVmf[Offsite Link].

Hurricane Harvey Relief

Hurricane Relief— This season has seen some of the worst hurricanes on record, and there may be more to come.
From Texas to the Dominican Republic, Lutheran Disaster Response[Offsite Link] is there. As a church, we’re standing by our neighbors who have already been affected, and we are ready to assist in additional locations as disaster strikes.
Your gifts will be used entirely (100 percent) for direct response. Together, we can help provide immediate and long-lasting support for those whose homes have been devastated or who have been otherwise affected by hurricanes.
Give online at: https://community.elca.org/USHurricaneRelief[Offsite Link] or at Bethel Lutheran Church. We will pass on any donations given for disaster Relief.

Bethel’s Young Adults group has published a new schedule of events for Apr–Oct. Courtney & Joel hope you will join them for some of them!

Learn about being a Jesus Loving Llama. Be bold for Jesus! Read more on our Llama page!

What’s Been Happening

Flat Luther

Watch the adventures of Flat Martin and Katie Luther on YouTube, photos taken over over the summer of 2017 by Bethel members and compiled into a fun video[Offsite Link] shown in worship Oct 8. Thank Pastor Ben Bergren for the video. (Tip: you may want to turn off the Autoplay switch at the top of the Up Next column on the right side of the page.)

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See these photos[Offsite Link] from Bethel’s 2017 Adult Mission to Mexico, with Esperanza Sep 28 – Oct 2. Thank Mark Evashenk for providing the video slideshow, which was shown in worship Oct 8. David Lofgren has provided many more photos[Offsite Link] and 4 short videos[Offsite Link] from the trip.