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215 3rd Ave SE, MINOT, ND, 58701
Pastors: Janet Hernes Mathistad & Gerald Roise
Organist: Kari Files

Baptism of Our Lord

January 7, 2018

* Standing, for those who are able

Chapel (8:30), Sanctuary (10:30)
Welcome & Announcements


* Confession and Forgiveness
P: Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God, Father, + Son, and Holy Spirit, the fountain of living water, the rock who gave us birth, our light and our salvation. C: Amen
P: Let us come into the light, the revealing and healing light of God.
Silence for reflection and self-examination
P: God of grace and glory,
C: you have brought us through the night of sin into the light of Jesus’ resurrection. Yet our lives are still shadowed by sin. Make us alive in Christ, O God. Make us new as you make all things new. Rescue us from evil and the gloom of sin, renew us in grace, and restore us to living in your holiness, through Jesus Christ, our risen Lord. Amen.
P: Rejoice with all creation around God’s throne! The light of the risen Christ puts to flight all evil deeds, washes away sin, restores innocence to the fallen, casts out hate, brings peace, and humbles earthly pride. Jesus Christ loves you and + frees you from your sins by his blood. To him be glory and dominion forever and ever.
C: Amen
P: In the name of God the Creator of the world, In the name of Christ the Son, In the name of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen… Amen
*Entrance Hymn: Make a Joyful Noise”

: “Glory to God”
*Prayers for Peace
*Song of Praise
*Prayer of the Day
P: The Lord be with you. C: And with you too.
P: Let us pray C: Holy, God, creator of light and giver of goodness, your voice moves over the waters. Immerse us in your grace and transform us by your Spirit, that we may follow after your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


First Reading: Genesis 1:1-5
Psalm 29
Second Lesson: Acts 19:1-7

* Gospel: Mark 1:4-11
Morning Message:
Pastor Gerald
“Christ, When for Us You”

Hymn: Hymn 304
* Apostles’ Creed

ELW 225

* The Prayers

* Peace


Presentation of the Gifts

Offertory: “What Have We to Offer”


v. 1&3

P: Blessed are you, C: O God, ruler of heaven and earth. Day by day you shower us with blessings. As you have raised us to new life in Christ, give us glad and generous hearts, ready to praise you and to respond to those in need; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Distribution, “Lamb of God”

*Great Thanksgiving
* Words of Institution
* Lord’s Prayer

Anthem, “Baptized and Set Free” Hymn 453
* Blessing
*Post-Communion Canticle
P: We give you thanks, O God, that you make your home with us, bringing heaven to earth in this holy meal. Fill us with your Spirit as we go from here, that we may wipe away tears, tend to those in mourning and pain, seek the healing of nations, and bring to earth the presence of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. C: Amen
* Benediction Blessing
God, creator of all things, speaking reformation into being; Jesus Christ, savior of the world, raising the dead; Holy Spirit, living voice, calling and enlightening the church: Almighty God, Father, + Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever. C: Amen
“I’m Going on a Journey”

* Hymn:

Hymn 446

*Dismissal: “Go in peace, serve the Lord…”

Alternate Worship Texts from Sundays and Seasons, copyright © 2016 Augsburg Fortress.

WELCOME TO WORSHIP! Personal hearing devices are available from the ushers. Please sign a worship/communion card. (Take one from the pew rack.)
ACTIVITY BAGS (paper, toys, etc.) are to enjoy and return. COLORED ENVELOPES are for kids offering in our kid’s church.
COMMUNION PRACTICE at Bethany: We offer bread or gluten-free wafers and either wine or white grape juice. All the baptized are welcome at the Lord’s Table. If you are a guest and commune in your home church, we invite you to share in the Lord’s Supper with us. If you do not yet commune, please come forward to receive a blessing.
PRAYER CONCERNS Ike Syverson, Mason Stehley, Donna Erickson, Vicki Amon, Renae Arnold, Shane Morlang, Dallas Johnson, Lenhart Mindt, Kathy Sherwood, Betty Niemann, Dick Torgerson. All men and women serving in the military.

PRAYER CONCERN POLICY: Names will be carried for up to two months. After two months, you may call to re-enroll a name for another two months.

Our cause of the month is mission support for Central African Republic Village Education Project. Please use the global mission envelope in your offering box to support this cause.
Faithful Christians – Expressing Thanks
Coordinator (8:30) Brenda Cook
Altar (8:30)
Ushers (8:30) Brian Mathson and Norman Jacobson
Greeters (8:30) Rosie Tollefson
Lector (8:30) David Alvin
Communion Assistants (8:30) Mary Jordahl and Dave Myers
(10:30) Kathryn Swanson and Claire Larson

Altar (9:30) Vickie Phippins
(11:30) Claire Larson
Coffee Hour Treats Eileen Meyers and Tessa Nesheim
Altar Guild Janice Klimpel, Pat Schimke

DEVOTIONAL BOOKLETS are available in the narthex for January, February, and March.
Bethany’s website: bethanylutheranminot.org
BETHANY’S STREAMING: bethanylutheran.tv
Bulletin & Newsletter Deadlines: The deadline for input and articles in the Messenger newsletter is the 20th of each month, unless otherwise noted. The deadline for bulletin items is 2:00pm on Wednesdays for that following weekend. Thank you!
Alzheimers support group meets the 2nd Monday of the month at Vincent United Methodist Church, 1024 2nd St SE at 7pm. All are welcome.
Blood Pressure Checks will be done the 1st Sunday of the month.
Please save upc bar code labels from your purchases of Our Family Brand Products. The Lord’s Cupboard food pantry gets five cents per label. There is a container for collection in the narthex.

Bethany Lutheran Foundation
To benefit the ministry of
Bethany Lutheran Church
now and to sustain it for
future generations


Nursery is available on Sunday’s during the 10:30 Worship!


Please pick up your pans from the kitchen!!


A fund raiser for Shane Morlang is planned for Friday, January 19th from 5:30 -8:00pm. There will be a Spaghetti Supper along with a pie and cake auction. Please bring a pie or cake for the auction to help support Shane! He was diagnosed with cancer of the voice box and is undergoing treatments. Thrivent is helping with the fundraiser. If you have any questions or donations please contact Jessie Casey at 833-3453.


TODAY 8:30am Worship
9:30am Fellowship/LYO
10:30am Worship
MON 7:00 pm Beer & Hymns
TUES 1:30 pm “Bits & Pieces”
7:00 pm Revelation Bible Study
Annual meeting reports due in office by 5 today!
WED 10:00am Staff Meeting
4:45pm Carol Choir
5:00pm Supper
5:15pm Chapel Choir
5:45pm Confirmation/Church School
6:00pm Adult Forum
6:45pm Advent Worship
7:30pm Sanctuary Choir
7:30pm Council Meeting
7:15pm LYO God’s Work Our Hands: Tie Blankets
THURS 9:00am Coffee with the Boys-Bethany
10:30am Soup Kitchen
7:00pm El Salvador Meeting
SAT 7:15am Bfast with the Boys-Bethany
SUN 8:30am Worship
9:30am Fellowship
9:30am LSS Refugee Adult Forum
9:30 am Bible Study for Dummies
9:30 am Sunday Morning Circle
10:30am Worship

ANNUAL MEETING is scheduled for Sunday, January 28, 2018 @ 9:30 am. Please review the Bylaws and Constitution available on our website, or may be picked up at the office or emailed to you upon request.


Please pick up your Offering Envelopes from the back of the Church! Thank you

Bethany is wanting to compile a list of all our Veterans so if you are a Veteran or know of someone who is please let the office know. Thank you!

We are updating information in the computer and are finding that there are some adults who are still listed with their parents. We would like to get their information to send them newsletters, worship schedule, and events that are offered here and would love for them to join us. If you know your adult child is not getting this information, contact the church office or they can contact us with their address, phone number and email. Thank you!

“Bits and Pieces” will meet Tues, Jan 9
th@1:30 pm. We will be sewing together scraps to make middles for our quilts and also cutting large pieces. Everyone is welcome and we will find a job for you! Stitchers- we’ll need ALL of you. Thanks, Sue. Call with any questions @ 852-1981


Refugee Awareness – Welcoming the Stranger
Update on LSS Refugee Resettlement Program

Saturday, Jan. 13, at Zion Lutheran Church, Minot.
6:00 PM – Ethnic Supper of international foods. A panel of new Americans will share their experiences arriving as refugees to North Dakota.
Sunday, Jan. 14 – 9:30 AM, Adult Forum at Bethany, led by representatives of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota.

Foundation Food For Thought
Did you know?

  • At its Annual Meeting on December 12th, Bethany’s Foundation approved providing college scholarships to Bethany members who are or will be college students after they serve as summer camp staff at a Western ND Synod Lutheran Outdoor Ministry including Metigoshe Ministries, Camp of the Cross Ministries, Badlands Ministries, or Upper Missouri Ministries.

  • Approval was given to provide Foundation funds to Donna Randash for expenses to attend a youth leadership event called ELCA Extravaganza 2018 in Houston, TX in January.

  • Members going on the El Salvador home-building trip in February are encouraged to make a written request to the Foundation for assistance toward trip expenses in the amount of $400.

  • Duane Tollefson is retiring from the Foundation board after 40 years of dedicated service. Duane’s guidance, wisdom, and innovative ideas have been invaluable and will be missed. Thank you Duane!

  • Bethany members planning to attend an approved ELCA college, university or seminary are eligible to apply for a scholarship through the Foundation! Typically, the application deadline is June 30th for fall enrollments. The amount of each scholarship awarded is dependent on how many applications we receive in a given year. Our application form is now available for completion on the church website: bethanylutheranminot.org. Once you are there, look for the Bethany Foundation tab. Please see a Foundation member if you have any questions.

  • If YOU would like to support these exciting opportunities for Bethany members, please make a donation to the Bethany Foundation!


If you would like to have your newsletter emailed to you instead of being mailed please let the church office know.
Thank you!

Friends Thru Faith
Carnival Silent Auction!
We are looking for volunteers to help collect items for the silent auction. If you are willing to help please contact
Allen (701-340-5223) Or
Ariel Hirzel