Our church exists to spread the message of Jesus Christ in truth and purity...
- We belong the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS), a conservative, 'Bible-believing' organization.
- We are also in doctrinal fellowship with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS).
- We use The Lutheran Hymnal for worship services.
- We are a confessional Lutheran church, in other words, our teachings and practices are in agreement with the Lutheran Confessions of faith.
. . . endeavoring 'to keep the unity of Spirit in the bond of peace' (Ephesians 4:3)
Our Worship Service is Family-Friendly & Multi-Generational...
- Bring all your children into God's house to learn of their Savior's love!
- Babies or toddlers? Take advantage of our window & sound-equipped 'cry room' adjoining the narthex.
- We are wheelchair accessible, with large-print/Braille resources for the vision-challenged.
The Lord's Supper is celebrated regularly...
- Holy Communion is offered to Bethany members on the second and last Sunday/Monday of the month.
- NOTE: Jesus teaches us that we are to examine ourselves and that this holy supper is an expression of fellowship with one another. We ask visitors to please speak with the pastor before communing.
Weekly Sunday School for all ages Toddler-Adult...
- Toddler class in the 'cry room' off the narthex. (parents welcome!)
- Adult class begins at 10:00am in the Fellowship Hall--the coffeepot is always on
A HERITAGE TO BUILD UPON
Our Lutheran faith is rooted in the truths of the Bible itself, but the name 'Lutheran' dates back to the 16th century. It comes from a man named Martin Luther, who lived in Germany from 1483 to 1546. He recognized that the Church should rely on the Bible alone for its source of teachings. Bible-believing Lutherans still hold to this principle today. For a detailed explanation of what Bethany believes, teaches and confesses, click here.
Luther struggled with the same basic problems that trouble people today. He longed for peace with God, for assurance and certainty. Unable to achieve this by his own good works, he found it in the Bible. When Luther discovered the love of God in Jesus Christ, he exclaimed, 'I felt myself to be reborn and to have gone through open doors into paradise.'
At Bethany, these doors are open for all, including you.
Below is the Second Article (paragraph) of the Apostle's Creed. This important confession of all Christendom reminds us of what Scripture teaches about God the Son:
(I believe) in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried. He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven and is seated on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from there He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. In 1529, Dr. Martin Luther explained what the above paragraph means for you. This confession is just as true today:
'I believe that Jesus Christ is true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary; and that He is my Lord. Who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood, and with His innocent suffering and death; in order that I might be His own, live under Him in His Kingdom, and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness; even as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity. This is most certainly true.'
What is a confessional Lutheran church?
Being a”confessional” Lutheran church means that we take God’s Word very seriously and very literally – believing that it is the only source of rule and doctrine, and that Scripture is correctly explained in the Lutheran Confessions (the unaltered Book of Concord of 1580). We believe the Church cannot serve the people of this world if teachings and doctrines are changed to reflect current trends. Rather, God’s Word is that which causes change – the Gospel brings about a life that pleases God by serving it’s fellow men and women.
Pastor Tony Pittenger grew up in a Lutheran home in Edmonds and received his B.S. In Biology from Minnesota State and his Masters in Theology from Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary.
He has served at Bethany since 1996 where he met his wife, Melissa. They have raised their four children, ages 8-16, with their Bethany family and host an international student from South Korea.
Pastor says he enjoys preparing and preaching sermons and teaching many different aspects of God’s Word to kids and adults alike. His work with children and families includes sharing Bible stories and books with the ELC, teaching practical parenting Bible classes and coaching. He loves visiting members in their homes and hates paperwork. Pastor enjoys writing and has published Messiah, The Greatest Sermon Ever Sung, edited a devotion book for teens, Cling to the Cross 2, and serves as a Christian movie reviewer for the web site, Bread for Beggars. He also sits on our national church body’s Board for Youth Outreach.
Pastor Pittenger’s work in the community includes facilitating READY! for Kindergarten classes for South Kitsap School District, volunteering with wetlands development at Evergreen Lutheran High School, and teaching classes about God’s creation at Environmental Science Camps. He looks forward to developing a relationship with Coffee Oasis. Pastor Pittenger loves the beauty of our area and the outdoors and is thankful for a great community and congregation to call home.
Pastor David Locklair is a 2011 graduate of Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary in Mankato, MN.
He vicared at Grace Lutheran in Vero Beach, FL, and served as Pastor at Richland Lutheran in Thornton, IA and Prince of Peace Lutheran (WELS) in Mason City, IA prior to being called to Bethany. Pastor Locklair has been Associate Pastor at Bethany since August, 2014.
Rev. Locklair and his wife have one child and one beagle. He has strong interests in dogmatics (the ordered study of the teachings of Scripture), superheroes, and the Indianapolis Colts.