Dear Friends,


The first snowfall of the year is always exciting, isn't it? I know there is not the same kind of expectation of significant accumulation as there was when I lived in Buffalo, NY or Battle Creek, MI, but we have had our snowy years occasionally here. This is NOT me wishing for a pile of snow, to be clear. Still, it is so pretty!


Speaking of snow, our plan for this winter is as follows. If Bethel schools are delayed then the church office will delay opening an equivalent time. For example, one hour school delay = office opening at 10:30 instead of 9:30. If Bethel schools are closed, you should assume the church office is closed. If it is safe to open it, we will, but please CALL before heading to the church. We will post on Facebook and the church website as we are able to do so.


I hope that you have shared our Advent Fair event with friends and family. Several people have worked up fun crafts for children of all ages and now we just need some "little people" to come and enjoy!  Reminder - the Fair will be right after church this coming Sunday, December 4. Also don't forget the Lefse Sale - a sure sign that Christmas is coming - also after worship, sale will be out of the lower kitchen.


Next time you're at the church be sure to pick up a copy of the updated directory and the beautiful Advent devotion book. I know you'll be glad you did!


We have got the information for the Bethel school families we will help with gifts at Christmas (thanks, Rick Ward). Tags will be on a tree in Litzer Hall Sunday, but because time is short I will give you a heads up tomorrow or Friday on the requested items. So, stay tuned! We have three families totalling a dozen or so children. Deadline will be December 11 for turning in wrapped gifts.


The Gifts of Hope tree will also be up on Sunday for an opportunity for you to provide your family and friends (who don't need anything) with a gift that goes to help families and communities across the world. Check it out! Ornaments and cards to express your gift are available for free.


Updates for our prayers


Robin HIll (Lauren Martin's mother), who has been in cancer treatment, has had a big setback this past month. She is currently in the ICU at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. Her kidneys are now not working properly and she may have to start dialysis. She has a great health team looking after her and we pray for the Holy Spirit to inspire their work, for healing for Robin, and for peace of mind and heart for her family as they support her with their love.


Doris Thompson fell and fractured some toes. She is supposed to stay off that foot as much as possible. We pray for healing and relief from pain. She also has become a great grandma again - Emerson Ryan Trigger was born to granddaughter Erica and both mom and baby are doing well. Thanks be to God!


Allen Chase was admitted to Madigan Hospital over the weekend suffering from severe dehydration and a broken clavicle from a fall. We pray for healing for Allen, a speedy rehabilitation placement, and for strength and peace of mind for Carla whose PTSD symptoms have been exacerbated by the traumatic events leading to Allen's hospitalization. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.


Kitty Eagle is being well-loved by her family and friends as she continues on hospice at home. Medications have helped alleviate some of the symptoms caused by her brain tumor for which we give thanks. We pray for more moments (and days) filled with joy, love, and peace of mind and heart as the Eagle family walks together this last segment of Kitty's journey on earth.


Here is song/prayer based upon Psalm 139 - I hope you are blessed by it -


Pastor Janeen

Pastor's Message

Bethany Lutheran Church

Janeen Smith, Pastor ~ 26418 Mountain Highway E, Spanaway, WA ~ 253-847-8801