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Join us on Sunday, January 1, 2023 for a service of Lessons and Carols. Communion will not be served.

How to Invite People to Bethany

During my first weeks at Bethany I have received excellent suggestions for ministry.  I am learning that members here share the same vision that I do for Bethany to grow.  A church grows when people invite others to their church.  But inviting folks to church is not in everyone's comfort zone.  The following is a suggested format on how to reach new people to come to Bethany.  This approach is non-invasive and usually brings a positive response.

First, pray for God to prepare the person's heart in advance of your greeting.  Also, ask God to give you a spirit of peace and calm in your approach.  When you feel ready simply ask them, "What church do you attend?"  If they name a place, then tell them, "that's great, I go to Bethany."  If instead the person replies, "I went as a kid, but haven't attended for a long time."  Then ask them, "What did you like about your experience?"  If they offer any positive reflections you can use that as a connection with Bethany by saying, "Well I attend Bethany and the people there are really nice and friendly!  Would you be open to going with me sometime?"  If they hesitate relieve the awkward silence by saying,"You don't have to decide right now, I can get back to you anytime."  If they are receptive to your invitation but are curious to hear more about Bethany tell them the good things of who we are that you think would matter to them.  For example, if they have a young family you can tell them about the wonderful young families we have and that there is a Sunday school, a youth director, and children's sermons during worship.  If they are retired or elderly you can tell them about our new game day, the visitation ministry of our elder members and how much a sense of family we have with each other. 

If they have a passion for service to others you can tell them about our human concerns ministry, supporting the food bank, and outreach that you are involved in.  It is also helpful to ask them the types of service they like to do.  If they are into spiritual growth tell them about our bible study and future new programs promoting spiritual development.

One of the blessings that comes from inviting people to Bethany is how good you feel when you do it.  Nearly everyone is hungering for positive encounters.  They are also longing to be cared about.  By inviting people to Bethany you are sharing God's compassion for people.  Everyone who experiences Bethany knows what a God-filled place this is.

Finally, please share with me your experience in reaching out.  My heart fills with Godly joy in hearing people connecting with Christ.

God's blessings,

Pastor Paul

Men's Breakfast Group meets the third Saturday of the month 8:00 am at Bethany. all men are invited to join us for a great breakfast and conversation. 

Bible study meets each Wednesday at 9:30-11:00 am in the Fellowship Hall. We read and discuss the lectionary lessons for the upcoming Sunday. Treats and coffee are provided.

Bethany Bibliophiles is a book club group that reads a variety of types of books. They meet the fourth Tuesday at the church at 5:00 pm. Check your Chimes newsletter for the monthly date.

The lessons for this Sunday can be found on the Lectionary and Devotional Tab.


Bethany Lutheran Church has been preparing for over two years to start up Stephen Ministry for our congregants and community members. We now have well-trained Stephen Ministers who are prepared to provide high quality care to people during a time of pain or struggle.

Stephen Ministry is a highly confidential, nonjudgmental one-on-one listening ministry designed to bring Christ's love to those who are experiencing the storms of life we all experience from time to time.

If you or someone you know is experiencing the loss of a loved one, divorce, serious illness, hospitalization, move to long-term care, job loss, relocation, family separation due to military deployment, onset of a disability, loneliness, spiritual crisis, stresses related to a new baby, or other life trial, please know that God did not intend for us to face these troubles alone. Our compassionate Stephen Ministers are available to walk with you and support you through these challenging times.

Please contact the church (319-752-3621)or Kim Engle (319-371-5415), our Stephen Leader, will contact you promptly to let you know more about this wonderful ministry of service.

    Bethany Lutheran Church
    Reaching out in worship, fellowship, learning and love -- we are God's people

    2515 Madison Avenue | Burlington, Iowa 52601 | PH: (319) 752-3621