The purpose of Bethany’s Altar Guild is to care for, maintain and decorate the altar area of the church. They also prepare the altar for Holy Communion. Meetings are on the first Monday of the month in March, June, September and December. The Altar Guild is responsible for interior decorations at Christmas and Easter. Other activities include selling greeting cards and handling flower donations.
The Anniversary Committee was formed in 1999, the beginning of a decade prior to the observance of the 100th anniversary of Bethany congregation in 2009. “A Decade of Remembrance” was adopted as a slogan for the ten year period leading up to the centennial celebration. A theme and goal for each year included two major building improvement projects, a fund raising campaign and anniversary dinners. The final goal will be a monetary gift to the Lord in commemoration of 100 years of blessings on our congregation. The gift has been designated for the synod wide mission program ABLAZE.
Bethany Lutheran Women’s Missionary League - LWML
The mission of the Bethany Women’s Missionary League is to assist each woman of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in affirming her relationship with the Triune God, so that she is enabled to use her gifts in ministry to people of the world. They do many service projects and gather “mites” for missions. Contact the church office for he meeting dates and times.
The Health Committee consists of several designated members of the congregation and a pastoral advisor. The Health Committee serves as the umbrella that promotes the healing ministry in the congregation and is the catalyst to make groups and individuals aware of the importance of healing. The Committee meets quarterly or as needed.
Roxanne Taylor RN presently serves as Bethany’s Parish Nurse in a volunteer position. Her primary responsibilities are to develop and implement the parish nurse ministry adopted by the congregation. Her duties include serving as a personal health counselor or consultant, and as a wellness educator, bringing together body, mind and spirit. She also counsels congregation members on health issues related to medications, activities of daily living, chronic conditions, and illness prevention. The parish nurse can be contacted through the church office.
Bethany Quilters meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month to tie quilts. Approximately 80 quilts are delivered to a boxcar in October for Lutheran World Relief. Some are donated to the Lutheran High School and Camp LuWisoMo auctions.
The Stewardship Committee’s primary purpose is to discover and develop the talents of the membership and enlist them in congregational programs. Among the committee’s responsibilities is planning and organizing activities required to execute the church’s stewardship program and instructing the congregation in the grace of proportionate giving to the Lord’s work. The committee meets at least quarterly or as needed, reporting to the Church Council.
The Technology Team consists of three or more technology oriented members willing to help in understanding and maintaining Bethany’s ever changing systems and equipment. The areas of responsibility include church and auxiliary sound systems, heating and air conditioning systems, electrical systems, the pastor’s and church’s computer, audio/visual, power point and DVD projection equipment.