Being part of a family means being active in family life! Here are just some of the ways our members have found growth, fellowship, and joy in serving God alongside each other (many more are regularly announced in our weekly bulletins and monthly newsletters):
Altar/Linen Care – Assist Pastor in arrangements of public worship by care of Communion and Baptism vessels, care of linens and paraments, placement of flowers, etc.
Church Council – Our men are charged with executing the policies of the congregation as set forth by the constitution and Voters assembly. This is accomplished through officers and committees such as Elders, Stewardship, Fellowship & Service, Worship, Youth, etc.
Dorcas Committee – Available to help see fellow members through a short-term need (non-crisis) for meals, home support, transportation to appointments, etc.
Evangelism – Gathers monthly to study skills and techniques of personal evangelism, discuss and plan activities to help Bethany better serve the community and witness Christ’s love, and arrange for the welcoming of visitors and new members.
Greeters / Welcomers – Church families/individuals take turns throughout the year to greet people and assist visitors before and after Sunday worship services.
Ladies’ Guild – Bethany ladies join together for fellowship, Christian growth, service and foreign missions. All women of our congregation are invited to join with us to serve our Lord Jesus through the Ladies’ Guild. Guild is our women’s service organization, open to all adult ladies of the congregation. They serve the church by coordinating care of the altar/linens/service flowers, providing support for missions, help for members in times of illness, assistance with congregational activities such as potlucks, funerals, weddings, etc.
Lutherhaven Representatives – Bethany is one of the owning congregations of this Christian recreation and Bible Camp property, located on Wildcat Lake in Bremerton. Representatives attend monthly meetings and occasional work parties in support of their facility, and also promote use by members at various church and school-sponsored activities such as picnics, retreats, field trips, environmental education and summer camps.
School Board – supervises the entire educational program of our Christian day school and Early Learning Center.
Senior Choir – The Senior Choir is for everyone high school age and beyond. All skill levels welcome; no experience required! We practice at the church weekly, normally on Wednesday evenings 7:00 – 8:30 PM (6:00 – 6:45 PM during Lent, and other temporary schedules and off days as events coincide). The choir is here to support the church and help singers gain the tools and confidence they need to more fully participate in the music of the church. The Choir is active from September to May, also participating in events such as the Area Lutheran Reformation Festival and Christmas caroling.
Shut-In Care Committee – (currently inactive–help needed!) Members of this team assist Pastor by making friendly phone or home visits to one or more elderly/shut-in members weekly/monthly, providing devotions, encouragement, and friendly conversation. The SICC helps keep our senior members connected to their congregation as well as keeping Pastor up-to-date if in-home pastoral care is needed.
Youth Acolyte Guild – These young people aged 9 through 18 assist the Pastors during services by lighting and extinguishing candles and leading processions. They also perform such other duties as requested by the Pastors.