Bethany is an active church! There any many ways to get involved in service, outreach, community opportunities and small groups. Look through the options below and if you have more questions, please contact the office.
One of the great privileges and ministries listed in the New Testament is the opportunity to remember one another in prayer - to "bear one another's burdens." To help us in the ministry, Bethany has a Prayer Chain to which requests for specific prayers may be made. Prayer requests should come to the church office and all requests are confidential. If you would like to be on the prayer chain, contact the church office.
Christ's Arms Reaching Everyone
Bethany congregation has a long history of reaching out to others in our church, community, country and world. Members’ helping others is putting into action what Jesus calls us to do. “But be doers of the word…” James 1:22. The role of this team is to recognize and facilitate temporary needs of other members going through trying times. This may include meals, home visits, hospital visits, repairs or transportation just to name a few. We need your help! Please contact Amy Brekke if you are willing to be called upon when a response is needed.
Are you willing to visit a member to serve them home communion? Are you unable to come to worship services (either on a temporary or a long term basis) and participate in receiving the sacrament? Please contact the church office at 715-234-9028 to volunteer to be trained in this ministry of service to our members. Also, contact the church office if you or someone you know are aware of a Bethany member that would like to receive the sacrament in their home, hospital, nursing home, assisted living residence, etc.
The Prayer Shawl Cabinet is available in the Narthex at all times. You may help yourself! If you have a shawl to bring in, please drop it off in the church office.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry began in 1998 as a grass-roots movement. It has grown into an international cause, with countless numbers of shawls given to grateful recipients. Shawls are prayed over as they are knit or crocheted. The recipient receives their shawl full of prayers, love and encouragement.
These shawls will be used as a means of bringing God’s love, comfort and peace to those in need. Think of it as a "hug" from God. Examples of those receiving them would be people with long-term illness, those going through cancer treatment, the home-bound, etc.
Knitting Ministry Crochet Ministry
Pick Up Donuts at Gordy's on Sunday Mornings
We serve donut holes for our Fellowship Hour on Sunday mornings. We need people to pick up two packages of donuts preordered for Bethany Lutheran Church before 8:30 a.m. at the Gordy's bakery. Please contact Amy Brekke or the church office if you are interested in helping with this hospitality ministry!
Church Bus (Martin Looper II) Volunteers
Bus drivers ~ Need a valid driver's license.
Bus helpers ~ Assist people getting on & off the bus.
Church Worship Assistants
Saturday Night Host/Hostess: greet worshipers, hand out bulletins, assist with communion, set out ice, water & glasses, record number of people at service
Greeters: welcome worshipers & visitors, prepare & clean-up coffee
Ushers: collect offering, usher rows to communion, record number of people at service
Readers: read the 1st & 2nd readings during our Sunday services
Communion Assistant: serve communion
Projectionist: run the projection at one of our three worship services
Media Technician: run the media equipment during the Sunday morning services
Streaming Technician: video the service and operate the streaming equipment
Commercial bandages are often expensive and in short supply, so rolled bandages are needed in many countries. They are made from rolled strips of bed sheets, WHITE ONLY, and any cotton or cotton-blend material is suitable.
Bethany's Bandage Rolling Committee meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 10:00 a.m. - Noon for Bandage Preparations and the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. for Bandage Rolling in the Quilting Room (Room 102). They are always looking for people to cut strips and roll bandages. There is also a need to crochet knitted bandage strips together for blankets.
If you would like to help out in some way with this ministry, please contact us at (715) 234-9028. To learn more about this ministry and others like it, please visit Global Health Ministries.
The Bethany Quilters meet every Monday in the Quilting Room (Rm. 102/103) from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. We welcome anyone who would like to join us! It just might be what you've been looking for!
We try to make our project as cost effective as possible. Much of our fabrics, yarn and thread is donated and we scout around for sheets at garage sales, thrift shops, etc. We are grateful for all donations including monetary gifts to purchase batting and supplies as needed.
Together with other churches and organizations, many thousands of quilts find their way to the needy. Every year, on the second Saturday in October, a semi-trailer is brought to the church parking lot to load these items. They are then transported to the Lutheran World Relief warehouse in Minneapolis for distribution.
Jesus said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Mark 12:30-31. Mission Jamaica provides a way for us to love and serve our neighbor as Jesus taught us through his love and service to others. The Mission Jamaica trip combines a service project with time for reflection and spiritual rest. It allows a person to experience an international mission field that is close to home, yet far enough away to immerse into another culture for a week. For more information, please contact the church office.
A brand new bar of soap signals dignity and cleanliness. Lutheran World Relief accepts new bars of any band soap, in its original wrapping. All bar sizes are accepted; however, bath-size bars and Fels-Naptha are highly preferred. Please bring soap donations at any time and place it in the "Soap" bin in the Narthex.
Blood Pressure Screening
Blood Pressure Screening is done twice monthly on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month between services from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. It is located in the Library, located along the back wall in the Narthex. We encourage anyone who would like, regardless if on medication or not, to use this service.
We Share Food Pantry
We Share Food Pantry has been in operation since 1983. At that time, Chick Stauffer from the Presbyterian Church and Pastor Kasperson from Bethany, recognized that there were people in need of food. They mobilized the church community and the pantry was started.
Rice Lake residents seeking food should go to the pantry at 400 West Coleman Street in Rice Lake, WI. Applicants will need a valid photo ID with a current address. If the ID does not list a current address, then a piece of official mail or documents giving proof of Rice Lake residence may be used.
The We Share Food Pantry is open Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and Thursday from 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Bring non-perishable food items to Bethany to donate to the We Share Food Panty. The 1st weekend of the month is our monthly collection, but you may donate at any time.
Every Tuesday at noon, community groups serve a meal to 40-60 Rice Lake community members. Bethany provides the space, and the group provides the food! If your group or organization is interested in helping, please contact the church office and we will connect you with Sue Torgerson, who coordinates group scheduling.
Association of Churches for Emergency Outreach (ACEO)
Volunteer to help with the ACEO. Training will be provided in this ministry which receives up to 30 requests each week from local people in need of help.
Volunteer in Barron County
Contact Volunteer Services of Barron County:
Ms. Vicky Ondell, Program Director
335 East Monroe Avenue, Room 100
Phone Number: (715) 236-2184
Barron County Habitat for Humanity
Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Volunteer at the ReStore in Rice Lake, paint, change out plumbing and light fixtures, deck construction, hang sheet rock, etc. Contact the Habitat office at 715-736-0855, or facebook.com/BarronCountyHabitat for more information.
Meal Preparations for Benjamin's House
Please prayerfully consider preparing & serving a meal for the residents of Benjamin's House by calling Carol Kohlmeyer at 715-458-4094 or Laurie Carlsen at 715-651-1355. They will help you prepare & serve. Much of the food is provided or you may donate your own. Great for the whole family to sign up for!
Meal Preparations for The Family House
Please prayerfully consider preparing a meal for The Family House, an overnight warming shelter. Simple meals for 14 people (prepared or frozen) may be dropped off after 5:30 p.m. at the The Family House - 1111 Heart Island Parkway (next to Benjamin’s House). Call Mary at (715) 475-9265 for more information.
Meals On Wheels
This program delivers daily meals to shut-ins from 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. They are in need of drivers. Drive once or as many times as you want, on any day you choose. Please contact Sonja Wilson at 715-234-2916