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Beacon of Bethel
Pastor’s e-mail= [email protected]
Greetings in the name of our Risen and Glorified Lord and Savior,
Yo, Yo, Yo brother and sister peeps, wassup? He is Risen. He is Risen indeed! Alleluia! The
Resurrection is still fresh in our hearts and minds. In addition, with the coming spring we should take
time to thank God for bringing us through this winter. This has been a hard and brutal winter and now
the weather is allowing us to get out and enjoy God's creation once again. Yard work, walking, soccer,
baseball and golf are just a few of the activities we enjoy during this time of the year. With the nice
weather comes the temptation to forget that God has provided you with everything needed for this life
and we need to be mindful of this and thank Him for these blessings. The best way to do that is to be in
worship and to thank Him yourselves. I was very pleased on the Second Sunday of Easter, which is
traditionally the least attended Sunday of the church year that we, at Bethel, had normal attendance
The month of May is the start of the many activities at Bethel, beginning with the Mother’s Day
Banquet on May 9. We will be switching to the summer worship schedule beginning May 24, when we
have just one Worship service at 9:30. My hope and prayer is that with the one service time, you may
be reunited with those whom you have not seen during the winter months and renew some friendships.
My prayer is also that the number of people in worship will not only remain stable but also continue to
This is a wonderful time of the year - the flowers have already begun to bloom, the trees are
bursting with leaves and the grass is getting greener. As you observe all this renewal and rebirth in
creation, let us be mindful of the renewal and rebirth of creation through the sacrifice and resurrection
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Focus your eyes on the cross and this will help you remember the new life God has given us, and
may God continue to bless all of us here at Bethel as we continue to bring the Gospel to Willowick and
In His Service
Rev. Donald P. Beaumont
As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
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Worship for Shut-Ins Sermon Summaries
These Worship services on WRLM can be viewed on Time Warner Cable channel 12
and U-verse channel 67 at 11:30 am on the following Sundays:
May 3, 2015 – John 15:1-8
“Our Divine Vine”
by Rev. Dr. Daniel J. Brege, St. Paul Lutheran Church~Decatur, IN
Apart from Jesus, we can do nothing in relation to God. Apart from Jesus, we are spiritually dead. Apart from Jesus, we
are incapable of producing God-pleasing fruit. He has come, however, and as a vine planted in the ground, He has risen,
growing green and tall. His people are His branches. By virtue of His roots, and by virtue of His living “sap” flowing
through us, we now have life - eternal life, and we are enabled even in this life to produce fruit to God’s glory.
May 10, 2015 – 1 John 5:4-5
“Faith Overcomes the World”
by Rev. Dr. Walter A. Maier III, Concordia Theological Seminary~Fort Wayne, IN
We, as believers, are in a never-ending struggle with the wicked world – that is, with unbelievers. The world wants us to
believe falsehood, and to do what is wrong, and when we don’t follow along, the world persecutes us. However, our
faith overcomes the world because it grasps Jesus, the almighty Son of God, who arose from the dead.
May 17, 2015 – John 17:14-15
“The Certainty of Salvation in Christ”
by Rev. Dr. Brian Saunders, District President-Iowa East
In the season of Easter, we hear the miracle proclaimed, "He is risen, He is risen indeed, Alleluia!" Throughout Easter,
the word of God gives to us the absolute certainty which God has done for us through His son Jesus Christ and for our
sake, the gift of eternal life we have through Him.
May 24, 2015 – John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
by Rev. Paul E. Shoemaker, Emanuel Lutheran Church~New Haven, IN
The work of the Holy Spirit is to “bear witness about me (Jesus).” The Holy Spirit brings us to faith in Jesus, keeps us in
the faith, and strengthens our faith so that we, also, can “bear witness about Jesus.” The Holy Spirit never draws
attention to Himself. He always points to Jesus, our Savior. In our life of faith, we never point to ourselves. By the
power of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, we always live in such a way that our lives point others to Jesus.
May 31, 2015 – John 3:1-17
“You Shall Not Perish”
by Rev. Dr. Daniel J. Brege, St. Paul Lutheran Church~Decatur, IN
The doctrine of the Trinity permeates Scripture. In John 3, Jesus tells us of the love of the Father, sending His Son. He
tells us of the love of the Son, willing to be lifted up on the cross for our salvation. He tells us of the love of the Spirit,
coming to us through Holy Baptism, giving us new birth. Indeed, each is 100% God, and yet there is but one God, one
essence. We shall not perish, for the true God, the Triune God loves us
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According to Acts 2, on Pentecost some people accused the disciples of being drunk.
A. Because they were still asleep at 9 in the morning.
B. Because all the wine was gone.
C. Because they were all speaking in foreign languages.
D. All of the above.
Answer: C (See Acts 2:4, 13.)
Henning Jr., Dave
Szokan II, Timothy
Adams Sr., Jerry
2015 is the year for the National
This will take place June 25-28,
2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.
information at www.lwml.org.
You can get more
We are always
looking for a Young Women Representative (YWR)
to represent the Ohio district.
If you are
interested, please contact our zone president,
Gayle Hunt or let Robin know and she can get you
Article submitted by
Robin Bartley, LWML
Timothy & Nitza Szokan 11
Dave & Sharon Henning, Jr.
Gwen & Michael Kost
Steve & Christine Risher
Wayne & Marla Swaffield
Dave & Julie Hird
Mike & Dorothy Zielke
The next distribution date is:
Saturday, May 23, 2015
(Please come between 9-10am
if you would like to help out.)
ITEM REQUESTED FOR MAY: CEREAL
The Post Office food drive will be on Saturday May 9. Please remember to put your food donation by
your mail box before the hour your carrier usually delivers the mail on your street. All of the food
collected goes directly to the Willowick Food Pantry to be distributed to local families who need help.
This is an excellent way to give and to help your community. Also, at the food pantry, we will need
volunteers to help the mail carriers pick up your donation, to bring the food into the food pantry, to
check the dates, and to fill our shelves. This is the biggest food drive of the year. Thank you in
advance for your donation and for any hours of help you can give us.
Our requested item for May, (once again) is cereal. Your response to our March and April requests was
great. We received many boxes of cereal and we really appreciate your donations. We are thankful for
all of your donations and the many hours Bethel members contribute to help in the distributions.
The Willowick Food Pantry Board members from Bethel this year are Jack Schimmelmann, Jeanne
Schimmelmann, and Lois Palmer. Please feel free to ask them about our organization.
Willowick Food Bank Coordinator
• National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015
• Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015
• Ascension of the Lord, May 14, 2015
• Armed Forces Day, May 16, 2015
• Victoria Day (Canada), May 18, 2015
• Pentecost, May 24, 2015
• Memorial Day, May 25, 2015
• Trinity Sunday, May 31, 2015
READERS USHERS ELDERS COUNTERS
No Worship service
(Mother’s Day Banquet)
* Denotes a change
“THE OUTREACH COMMITTEE”
We will be marching in the Willowick parade on June 7 at 1:00pm. We
gather at Shoregate Shopping Center at 12:00 noon. If you have a Bethel
shirt (or any orange shirt), please wear it so we present noticeable force in
the community. Please reserve this date and time to join us for a fun event.
Also, we will be setting up a parking program for people visiting the St. Mary Magdalene festival. We
have fun greeting people and accepting donations for the prime parking spot they enjoy while visiting the
festival. A sign-up sheet will be posted with the time slots of the event from Thursday night until
Our golf outing chairman (Mike Bretz) will be requesting help with finding sponsors and door prizes
for the Outreach golf outing. Please do what you can to be a part of this event. It is our largest fund
raiser of the year and allows us to do community outreach like our free community picnic. We also
support the Willowick Food Pantry with funds and help.
We are sponsoring a fund raiser for Hannah’ Home in Mentor. This organization provides help and
instruction for young women who are expecting a baby and need assistance. It is a Christian
organization that provides an alternative to abortion and adoption for these young women. We will be
filling baby bottles with change, folding money or checks to help them pay for their utility bills. Also,
they are planning a garden this year and can use garden tools, seeds, vegetable plants and gloves. The
girls who have temporary residence there will maintain the garden and also learn how to can and preserve
the vegetables. Details will follow.
Thank you for your continued support of the Outreach Committee. Even though we have a wonderful
group already volunteering, we can always use more people and ideas. Please join us at our next meeting
on April 13, 2015 at 7:00pm with your ideas and learn what we are all about.
Lois Palmer, Outreach Committee Chairman
Mike Bretz, Golf Outing Chairman - Alice Beeman, Advertising Chairman
Christine Risher - Steve Risher - Joan Spring.
Article submitted by Lois Palmer
A vine symbolizes Christ, the foundation of life and nourishment of all people, who, in turn, are like branches. When
separated from the vine, we branches can’t survive — at least not spiritually. “Apart from me,” says Jesus, “you can do
nothing” (John 15:5, NIV). But as God the gardener tends this relationship, we branches grow stronger and more mature in
Jesus and alongside one another.
MOTHER’S DAY BANQUET
SATURDAY, MAY 9 AT 6PM
“MOTHERS SHINE LIKE THE STARS”
Menu includes: Roast beef & gravy,
mashed potatoes, corn, salad, rolls,
beverages and a brownie/ice cream dessert
Reservations will be taken through May 3rd
after Worship services,
or call Jeanne Schimmelmann
If paying by check,
please make it out to
BETHEL LADIES AID
Children 10 & under: $4.00
Entertainment will be provided by the
from North High School
At our last meeting the ladies discussed the rummage sale, completing sign ups and asking for those that can to
please bake. The Mother's Day Banquet was also discussed. Please be sure to get your tickets! The theme will be
“Mother's Shine like the Stars.” Our entertainment will be the North High School choir.
The Walk for Hunger will be the same day as our Mother's Day Banquet and our ladies have graciously agreed to
donate $100. At our next meeting we will be working on banquet favors. Our June meeting will be our ladies night
out! Some different restaurants were mentioned as potential options.
Thank you for hosting Georgann, Margery, and Joan! Our meeting for May 5th will be hosted by Holly and Candy.
Altar duty for May is Georgann and Diane, for June it will be Christine and Joan. Please call any member if you
would like to come! We would love to pick you up if you need a ride and as always you can bring any wonderful
females in your life!
(Article submitted by Candyce Smith, Ladies Aid Secretary)
NEWS FROM THE
*Georgann Beaumont – Sandra Gifford – Dave & Julie Hird
Christine & Steve Risher
Sherry Warrington, Committee Chairperson
Following the 6:30am SONrise Service on April 5, the Social Committee hosted our annual
Easter Breakfast. We are happy to report that it was very well attended. We had
approximately 65 people there to enjoy a wonderful breakfast together. The menu was a little
different this year – along with the usual egg casseroles, we decided to add cheesy potatoes,
French toast sticks, sausage patties and smoked sausages to the menu. We hope that no one
went away hungry! A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to make (or
bring) the yummy baked goods – we really appreciate it! And don’t forget, we are going to do it
all over again next year!
We have our Annual Church Picnic coming up in July, and also our Family Golf Scramble in
August. I will write more about those events in the “summer edition” of the Beacon, coming out
in June. These events will also be advertised on boards in the narthex, and in the weekly
bulletins as more information becomes available.
Everyone is welcome, and encouraged, to attend any or all of our meetings. The next one will
be held on Tuesday, May 19th at 7pm – hope to see you there!
(Article submitted by Christine Risher)
MEDICINE BOTTLES FOR MALAWI
Landfills Do Not Need Medicine Bottles!
Anyone on prescription medicines finds themselves a bit uncomfortable when throwing away so many empty medicine bottles. It is
obvious our landfills do not need these plastic containers! There is enough trash going into the landfills already.
Medicine Wrapped in Paper
While first world nations throw away perfectly good medicine bottles, medical pharmacies and hospital facilities in Malawi often find
themselves with nothing except torn pieces of paper in which to wrap medicine for their patients. This is often seen in rural hospitals
and villages where the poorest of the nation try to live and survive. You can help to change this.
PLEASE REMOVE THE LABELS
Save up a group of your containers when you have completed that portion of your prescription. Place them in
boiling water until you are able to easily remove the labels, and the glue. Then place your prescription bottles
in the designated box in the Narthex. I will forward them to the Malawi Project Group for shipment to Malawi.
Safe and Out of Reach of Children
It will help families in a third world country keep their medicines clean, out of reach of small children, and safe while they are being
You can visit their website to see the other programs this group sponsors at
Thanks, Debbie Krainz
Harry & Lois Crispin
With notes, cards, a phone call or a visit in
person – and most of all, in our prayers
BETHEL LUTHERAN CHURCH takes great
pride and pleasure in announcing our
Bethel Outreach Golf Outing
Friday, June 19, 2015
Briardale Greens Golf Course
24131 Briardale Ave., Euclid, OH 44123
SHOTGUN START AT 9AM
Sponsored by the
Outreach Committee of
Shotgun start at 9am
BETHEL LUTHERAN CHURCH
18 holes of golf, with cart
32410 Willowick Drive
Willowick, Ohio 44095
Teams of 2 or 4
Includes coffee and donuts in the morning
Includes hot dog, chips, beer at the turn
Includes a fabulous steak and chicken dinner after 18 holes
All proceeds will be used to help outreach programs in our local community. In the
event you do not have a foursome, you will be placed with other golfers. Non-golfers
are welcome to join us for the celebration and awards dinner at 3:00 pm. Please
mention this event to your family, friends, and associates. We thank you for your
support and hope to see you there!
QUESTIONS? CALL ALICE AT (440) 227-1199
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B O G O SUPPORT
(Please check appropriate line)
_____ HOLE SPONSOR $100
( includes a sign on course at one of 18 tee locations)
(PLEASE ENCLOSE BUSINESS CARD, .JPEG
OR LETTERHEAD FOR SIGN CREATION)
_____ MONETARY DONATION – $ __________
_____ MERCHANDISE GIFT DONATION
TEAM MEMBER NAMES: (Please PRINT)
$75 ea. (by 6-1-15) $85 ea. (after 6-1-15)
Non-golfers may join us for dinner at 3pm ($26 ea.)
Include total # of non-golfers here > ____________
MAIL CHECKS MADE PAYABLE TO: BETHEL LUTHERAN CHURCH (marked “Golf Outing”) along with this form to:
Bethel Lutheran Church - 32410 Willowick Dr.- Willowick, OH 44095
Is it enough to think today
Of all our brave, then put away
The thought until a year has sped?
Is this full honor for our dead?
Is it enough to sing a song
And deck a grave; and all year long
Forget the brave who died that we
Might keep our great land proud and free?
Full service needs a greater toll,
That we who live give heart and soul
To keep the land they died to save,
And be ourselves, in turn, the brave!
A PRAYER FOR MOM
A young boy had been misbehaving, so his mother sent him to his room.
Sometime later, he came out and told his mom he’d prayed about the matter.
“That’s good,” she replied. “If you ask God for help to not misbehave, he’ll help
“Oh, I didn’t pray for help behaving,” said the boy. “I prayed for God to
help you put up with me.”
A HYMN FOR PENTECOST
Eighteenth-century brothers John and Charles Wesley, co-founders of the Methodist Church, were
prolific hymn writers. At one point, they made a concerted effort to increase the number of Pentecost-related
hymns available to worshipers.
Use Charles Wesley’s hymn “O Thou Who Camest From Above” as a prayer that the Holy Spirit will
burn brightly in your heart and life today:
O Thou who camest from above,
the pure celestial fire to impart,
kindle a flame of sacred love
upon the mean altar of my heart.
There let it for thy glory burn
with inextinguishable blaze,
and trembling to its source return
in humble prayer and fervent praise.
Jesus, confirm my heart’s desire
to work and speak and think for Thee;
still let me guard the holy fire,
and still stir up thy gift in me.