Pastor Dan Baumgartner
Once again, a new year has crept up on us, slinking
around the shadows like a burglar on a dark night. The
classic American move at this point would be to make
sure we have a list of New Year’s
resolutions ready that are well-intentioned, a mile wide
and an inch deep. We’ve been through this drill before...
It's All About Garbage /Janette
We at Bethany can look forward to a more Earth-caring,
less wasteful 2006 with 24 new recycling receptacles and commercial
composting of food waste and food-soiled
paper products at Fellowship Hall events...
Accommodating Audrey /by
When my daughters and I
began coming to services at Bethany, a little over a year
ago, it was a stretch for us. Above all, there was Audrey
Buddies on Sunday mornings
Several Bethany children with special needs need
a special one-on-one buddy to spend time with them
once or twice a month on Sunday mornings during one
service. If you are interested in learning more about
involved in sharing Christ’s love in this tangible
way, please contact Dianne
Ross at 284-2222 ext 14.
Meet the Staff: Janet Moore, Social
/Gail Beran Neils
a small world, as Janet Moore can attest. Prior to being
hired as the Social Services Coordinator at Bethany in
January 2004, Janet had already met Linda Cutshall, Dan
Baumgartner, and Bethany member Charlie Allen.
As a high school student in Ellensburg, Janet became friends
with a Christian family in her neighborhood. Invited to
sleepover on a Saturday night, she learned that the family
had a policy of expecting their guests to join them for
church the following morning. They attended a Presbyterian
church where Linda Cutshall later became her youth group
leader. Janet liked her visit to the church so much that
she continued attending and later became a Christian there.
After high school, Janet moved to Seattle to attend the
University of Washington. She began attending Queen Anne
Christian Church, where she met Pastor Dan and Charlie
Allen, as well as her husband, Doug. Janet finished a Master’s
in Social Work, worked for several non-profit organizations,
then went into private practice and later worked for New
Horizons Ministries. She and Doug also have two children:
Danae (19) and Molly (15).
Janet serves as Social Services Coordinator and Wednesday
Night Dinner Director. This is a dual position which she
feels suits her wonderfully, mixing her love for working
with groups of people while also providing her with one-on-one
opportunities to help with individuals’ specific
In her spare time, Janet enjoys doing arts and crafts,
running, spending time with her family, and traveling.
She is also something of an “unofficial” coordinator
for enlivening staff life – watch out for her clever
pranks around the office!
Parents, Children, and the Sacraments /
by Dianne Ross
Sometimes the sacraments (Baptism and Communion) are hard
for parents to understand, much less explain to their children.
Here are two things that might support you in this important
- Baptism class for parents
5-6 pm Wed, Jan 18 in the Parlor
Taught by Pastor Dan. Contact Dianne if
you’ll need childcare for your
infant or toddler.
- “Kids at the Lord’s Supper:
If, Who, When and How?”
an article written by Pastor Dan. Pick up a copy
from the Children’s Ministry bulletin board.
7-8:30 pm Thursdays, Jan 5-Feb 9 in Knox Parlor, University
Presbyterian Church, 4540 15th Ave NE
If you are thinking about adopting a child, come and learn
about the joys and trials of adoption during this 6-week
Guest panelists will explain how to prepare for adopting
a child and they’ll provide firsthand insights about
various types of adoption: international, special needs,
foster adoption, open, and single parent. The sessions
are facilitated by Laura Christianson, coordinator of Heartbeat
Infertility & Adoption Ministries at UPC.
For a detailed schedule and to pre-register for this free
workshop series, contact Laura Christianson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-563-0219.
Love & Logic Parenting Course
7 pm Thursdays, Jan 26-Feb 16, in the Fellowship Hall
or future parents, aunts, uncles, and all those who parent.
Certified instructor Amy Wilson returns to Bethany on Thursday
nights to teach this incredibly helpful parenting course.
Cost is $10 per person (for the whole series) for those
who pre-register, or $15 at the door. Watch for further
information in the mail and Sunday Briefings, but start
working on your childcare now (no childcare will be available
at the church). We encourage you to invite friends and
neighbors to participate.
Have fun at the end of the spear!” /by Lois Grove
were the words from my son as I was about to walk out the
door for a sneak preview of the upcoming movie, "The End
of the Spear." We both started laughing at how that sounded.
What he meant was, “Enjoy the movie, ‘The
End of the Spear.’” Well, I can’t say
that I “had fun” because it was a difficult
movie to watch but I would still recommend it to anyone
What am I talking about? On January 20, "End
of the Spear" will be out in theaters. It is a movie
about Jim Elliott and Nate Saint, missionaries who lived
in Ecuador. They were literally speared to death by the
violent Waidoni Indians over 50 years ago.
Actually, this story is told from the perspective of the
Waidoni people. A key player in the movie is Nate Saint’s
son, Steve, who was 5 or 6 years old when his father
was killed. Steve’s family chose to continue to stay
I won’t give away any more of the story but I would
encourage you to gather a group of friends and go and see
The End of the Spear. I can almost guarantee that you will
walk away from the theater with a new perspective on the
phrase, “What would Jesus do?”
New Small Groups
Small groups are a great way to grow in faith and fellowship with people at Bethany.
If you do not currently participate in a group and are interested in finding
one, here are some new opportunities for 2006:
Sunday Evening Bible Study
6:30 pm Sundays, Jan 8–Feb
26 at 7 Howe (next door to the church office on Howe
For nine weeks this fall, 20 folks gathered at
7 Howe after the Sunday evening service to share a meal,
study the Epistle of James, and pray for one another.
This Sunday night Bible study/small group was such a
rich and wonderful time of fellowship that we’re
going to start it up again! Beginning Jan 8, we’ll
meet for supper, a study of a minor prophet, and prayer.
The study will be led by Associate Pastor Steve Lympus,
Adult Christian Education Elder Kimberlee Conway Ireton,
and Adult Education Intern Betty Freeland. All are welcome.
The “B” Group
11 am-12:30 pm the first
and third Tuesdays of the month, 352 Blaine St (4 blocks
east of church)
This is a Women's Bible Study led by
Anne Baumgartner and Kelly Pearson that will meet at
the Baumgartners’ home. The group starts on Tues,
Jan 17, and will focus on exploring Scripture through
the use of Bible study guides. Childcare is not provided
and we ask that you confirm plans to attend. To confirm
or ask questions, contact Kelly Pearson (329-0983), email@example.com.
Other groups are forming...contact the Small Group Team
or Kelly, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Best Small Group
Activities in Town /Kelly
Pearson, Elder for Group Life
- Cook a meal for 30 folks
On a Monday night in March, April or May, your group could exercise culinary
skills in cooking a meal for Alpha. Contact Beth MacLean, email@example.com.
- Greet and Eat on Wednesday nights
Come any Wednesday night to eat a 6 pm dinner at church and talk with guests.
Sound too simple? Contact Matt Royston at firstname.lastname@example.org to
find out more and learn easy conversation starters.
- Pray, write and visit a Bethany missionary
Nine individuals/families from Bethany live all over the world, building
God’s Kingdom. Each of them has a Bethany small group that prays,
communicates with them, and hopes to visit them. Two openings exist for
small groups to link with a missionary. Contact Jeff Van Duzer, email@example.com.
- Play in the water
On the second Sunday of each month, Doug & Keith team up to serve Soup
and Bread. If your group would like to run the dishwasher, splash the silverware
and scrub soup pots, contact Keith McMahon.
Coming Soon to a Home Group Near You:
A Guest Teacher
/ Kimberlee Conway Ireton,
Elder for Adult Christian Education
Bethany is blessed with many gifted teachers.
So this year, the Group Life/Adult Christian Education
team is offering small groups the opportunity to have
a Bethany teacher visit and teach for one or two weeks
(depending on the topic). Group members who have already
had teachers visit during a “test-run” have
“Having guests [teachers] generated a certain
excitement and gave us a new focus.”
“We enjoyed the different dynamic. It surprised
me that people felt more free to share certain things
with an ‘impartial’ or ‘outside’ leader.”
“It was great to have a change for our home
group. It has given us much to think about, and we
have continued to discuss the issues raised.”
Below is our “menu” of teachers and topics
available to visit your home group in 2006. For more information
or to schedule a teacher to visit your group, contact Associate
Pastor Steve Lympus, firstname.lastname@example.org.
of Mark: Beginning a Group Study led by John
Passage That Changed My Life (and other delights
of Scripture study) led by Betty Freeland
The Sermon on the Mount led
by Lori Reimann Garretson
Conversations about the Holy Spirit: What are the Spirit’s gifts? What about the Spirit in your own life? led by Lynne McMahan
The Significance of Work: Exploring God’s Call in Your Life led by Mike Purdy
Discernment: Hearing God’s Voice in our Decisions led by Laura & Steve Lympus
The Meaning and Mystery of Marriage led by Frank & Patti Holman
News & Notes
Kimberlee Conway Ireton, Bethany member
and elder, has written an essay entitled “Waking
to Mystery,” published
in the Jan/Feb issue of Weavings.
This “journal of
the Christian spiritual life” is available online
and in the Bethany library.
Welcome New Members
We received several new members to Bethany Dec 11 at the 9
am service. Please welcome these members when you see them.
Scott & Ginger
Sara Van Hofwegen
& Mark Moehring
David & Nancy Carlstrom
& Scott Cummins
David & Misty Grieger
Bethany Staff Looking Back, Looking Forward
we're thankful for in 2005
- An amazing sabbatical time
- Being married to my best friend
- How God has used the
Wednesday Night Dinner to change our community
- Sunday Night Bible Study,
formed and challenged by God’s
- Bethany trip #2 to Agros Uno
- Praying with people
- Being the director of the Wednesday Night Dinner
housing for people
- Talented WND volunteers
- The grace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who knows us and calls each one of us by name
- Our new
members, their gifts, vitality and friendship
people who break the rules of silence around difficult
- Bethany’s precious children
with generous, open hearts
- Over 200 creative and loving volunteers with
- Sara McMahon’s wonderful
work/ministry as Director
of Nursery ministries
- Developing friendships with people who are
60+ years old
- The insights God gives to me as I study
- The job here at Bethany: a
wonderful staff and a loving
- God’s faithfulness through
- A loving
and faithful wife
- A generous family
Our Prayers for 2006
- Our connections to the world (Kenya, Honduras,
Seattle) going deeper
- That I would understand more of
the radical call to follow Jesus
- That we would learn more
about how to watch for God
- For Home Groups
- For harvests at Agros Uno
- That God will keep changing
lives through Alpha
- Starting a spiritual support group for people with
a mental illness
- More housing openings
- Building relationships with volunteers
- Being with
women of all ages at the Women’s
presence and work
ways God forms families through adoption
- Hearing our children sing in worship in February and
our Children-Youth Choir on Palm Sunday
- Exploring ways
for families to do mission trips
- Welcoming more adopted
children from around the world to our Bethany family
- Watching the children in my life learn and
- Graduations of two nephews and a niece
- Having my niece
living in the area and attending SPU
- Attending Fuller in Pasadena in Fall 2006
- Seeing how
God moves in my life and in the lives of those around
- A trip to Agros Uno!