Church News & Alerts

23 SEP 19 – Our condolences, sypathy & prayers goes out to Charlie & Char Sliger and their family/friends upon the death of their beloved son Charlie jr. There will be a burial service for Charlie Sliger jr. at the Covington Township cemetary on Monday, 30 September at 11am followed by a memorial reception at the Covington VFW post. All are invited to attend. Please keep them in your prayers this week.
17 JUN 19 – Unforutnately, we have several condolences to send out to members of our Bethany and Rolling Meadows brothers & sisters in Christ. On Sunday at services we were informed that Luella Teikari sister of Jim and Gloria died suddenly and that Buck Frayer brother of Mary and brother-in-law of Roy died after a long fight with cancer. Then after church services Sunday, we received the sad news that Elwood from Rolling Meadows died on Sunday PM. Our sympathy and hearts goes out to their familes and friends. Please keep these folks in your prayers this week.
16 JUN 19 – The next two worship services in June will be on Sat. nights (June 22nd and June 29th) at 5pm. This is to adjust to the new bi-weekly schedule we will be following due to Pastor Little receiving a second call to serve as Pastor for Zion Evengelical Lutheran church in Skanee as well as here at Bethany. Both services will be Services of the Word and both will have guest Preachers. On June 22nd Pastor Mark Anderson will be guest preacher and on June 29th Pastor Mike Giese will be the guest preacher.
2 JUN 19 – Bethany Lutheran will be hosting the summer meeting of the Finnish Word & Song group. The gathering will begin at 2:30pm at the Church with a coffee social followed by worship and a business meeting. Pastor Mike Giese will be the guest preacher. Dinner will be after the meeting at the Hardwood Steakhouse. Cost for dinner is $11 per person.
28 MAY 19 – The Interment Service for Marge Kantola has been scheduled for 1:00pm on Thursday May 29th at the Covington Township Cemetery. All church members are invited by the family to attend.
1 MAY 19 – The Interment Service for Lillian Ahola has been scheduled for 10:30am on Thursday May 30th at the Covington Township Cemetery. All church members are invited by the family to attend.
24 MAR 19 – There is a schedule change for the Mid-week Lenten Service for the week of 24-31 MAR. We will move the Soup n  Sandwich Supper and Worship from Weds. the 27th to Thursday the 28th due to scheduling conflicts with other events. The time on the 28th will remain 5pm for dinner and 6pm for Worship.
4 MAR 19 – Our condolences and prayers goes out to the family and friends of Marg Kantola on her death. Marge was a long time member of our congregation (https://www.reidfuneralservicechapel.com/obituaries/Margaret-Kantola/) and was loved by all and will be greatly missed. Memorial funeral services for Marge will be held at 11 am Saturday, March 9th, 2018 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, MI with Pastor Rich officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral chapel on Saturday from 10 am until the time of the memorial funeral service. Immediately following the services, Marg’s family invites everyone to join them for a potluck luncheon reception at our church fellowship hall.
23 FEB 19 – Due to the Winter Storm in our area that is on-going thru the AM of Monday the 25 FEB, we have decided to go ahead and cancel all church services and events scheduled for tomorrow AM. Hopefully, this will be the last blast of winter and we can safely get back to our normal worship and event schedule next week!
30 JAN 19 – The Reindeer Presentation for tonight will go ahead as planned! Jim Kurti just called and said they are definitely coming and they had just left Hancock at 2:30pm. Pastor Rich will be at the church all afternoon if you have any ???s. Please be safe in your driving if you are coming tonight as the roads are plowed but slippery!
30 JAN 19 – Sorry to keep everyone waiting on news if we are going ahead with the presentation tonight! Right now, I am waiting in the church office for a call from Jim Kurti or for him and the presenter to arrive at the church before putting out any information. Again, sorry for the delay but at this point the presentation is still a “go” for tonight until I hear otherwise from Jim this PM.
29 JAN 19 – The weather has closed almost all local schools (including the L’Anse Area Schools which serve Covington township) and activities across most of U.P. today tonight and tomorrow. Right now, we are waiting to see if weather and road conditions improve tomorrow before making a decision to go ahead or cancel the Reindeer Presentation scheduled for tomorrow evening. We apologize for deferring on this but since the presenter is from Finland, we probably will not get another opportunity in the near future to reschedule this event. Pastor Little will be speaking with the Finnish-American Folk School director tomorrow AM on this and as soon as a decision is made we will publish it here on the WWW site.
26 JAN 19 – Due to the dangerously cold temperatures we are currently experiencing, for safety reasons we will not conduct Sunday Divine Service tomorrow (27 JAN). We were going to distribute the 2018 Annual Report during the service for members to preview, so those are now available for pickup at the church in the Narthex by were the Sunday bulletins are placed. Stay warm!
16 JAN 19 – The church will be hosting a presentation by the Finnish American Folk School on the topic of Reindeer Herding “Past & Present”. The presentation will be given by Finland native Antti Pasti who commercially raises reindeer there. The presentation is on the 30th of JAN at 6pm and is free of charge and open to the public. Coffee & goodies will also be served.
reindeer herding flyer
10 DEC 18 – Memorial funeral services for Lillian Ahola will be held at 11am on Friday, December 14th at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse MI. Their will be visitation with the family beginning at 10am. Our condolences and prayers goes out to the family and friends of Lillian.
18 NOV 18 – The church will host a Free Christmas Concert by gospel piano player Kurt Weber at 3pm on Sat. the 8th of December. There will be a Christmas Cookie and Coffee social in the fellowship hall at 2pm prior to the performance. The ladies of the church will meet for Christmas cookie baking on Friday the 7th at noon in the church kitchen.
All are invited to attend both events!
17 SEP 18 – Memorial funeral services for Francis Kanniainen will be held at 1 pm Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, MI with Pastor Rich officiating. The family will greet friends at the funeral chapel on Saturday from 11 am until the time of the memorial funeral service. Immediately following the services, the family invites friends to join them for fellowship and a luncheon at the Covington VFW Post
16 SEP 18 – Our condolences and prayers goes out to the family and friends of Francis Kanniainen on his death. Francis was a long time member of our congregation and was loved by all and will be greatly missed. The family is still determining arrangements for Francis and those will be posted when known.
29 AUG 18 – The family of Michelle Perry has confirmed 11am as the time for the memorial service on the 19th of September. The church will be open at 10am for family and friends to gather and share condolences. The reception at the VFW will be held immediately afterwards.
28 AUG 18 – There will be a memorial service for Michelle Perry at the church on Wednesday, 19 September followed by a reception at the Covington VFW. Specifics on the service time will be published when finalized with the family.
27 AUG 18 – Our condolences and prayers goes out to the family and friends of Michelle Perry on her death today. Michelle was a long time member of our congregation and was loved by all and will be greatly missed. The family is still determining memorial and internment arrangements for Michelle and those will be posted when known.
24 JUN 18 – The Graveside Service for Howard Maki (brother of Peggy Vervisch) will be on 30 JUN 18 at 1pm at the Covington Township Cemetery. There will be a reception immediately following in the church fellowship hall. All are invited to attend.
24 JUN 18 – The congregation decided today to support the on-going flood relief efforts in the Copper Country by providing the following:
(1) We will take a special “noisy” offering collection during the service on July 1st that will be donated for flood relief efforts
(2) We will collect household items during the week of 25-30 JUN 18 for donation to Love, INC to support families who lost their homes. Household items needed are: Buckets, cleaning supplies, toiletry items, bedding, mattresses, household appliances, and furniture. Call the Pastor or a council member to open the church to drop off or for someone to come pick up your donations.

22 JUN 18 – We all know about the flooding in the Keeweenaw Peninsula area. We will be discussing in church this Sunday some of the ways our congregation might be able to help. In the meantime, if you would like to help as an individual here are some of the phone numbers for people who are taking donations or need volunteers for flood relief:

City of Houghton Donation Coordination Center. Call 482-1700.
Financial donations: Various agencies are able to help; call the Keweenaw Community Foundation (906-482-9673) or Portage Health Foundation (906-523-5920).  Or Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan / Lutheran Disaster Response can take online donations at  https://www.lsswis.org/Keweenaw
Donations of household items can go through Love, Inc. Call 906-201-4513
There is also a flood aid music concert at L’Anse High School on 29 JUN 18 at 7pm to raise funds for the families and relief efforts.
9 JUN 18 – Pastor Tim Swenson of the ILT and his wife dale will be joining us for the weekend of 14 & 15 JUL 18. Pastor Swenson will be conducting a Bible Seminar on the 14th and will be preaching the sermon during services on the 15th. We will be having a soup & sandwich lunch for the Bible Seminar on the 14th & the Swenson’s will be joining us for the church potluck on the 15th. We thank the Lord for the blessing of this visit!
23 MAY 18 – Pastor Little will not be in the office this Saturday (26 MAY 18) due to being invited to a graduation party that day. He apologizes for not announcing this last Sunday in Church and any inconvenience this may cause.
20 MAY 18 – The memorial service for Chris Rogers has been scheduled for 3pm on 23 MAY 18 (this Weds.) at Rolling Meadows. All are welcome to attend.
11 MAY 18 – Our condolences and prayers goes out to the family and friends of Chris Rogers on his death. Chris was a resident of Rolling Meadows and was a regular attendee at our weekly services there. There will be a memorial service for Chris sometime next week at Rolling Meadows.
25 APR 18 – Pastor Rich & Peggy Vervisch participated in the “Partnership for Sacred Places Nordic Churches Project” Webinar. A lot of good information about the organization and the Nordic Churches Project was gained. A copy of the slides and a video recording of the Webinar will be emailed to the church. We can email them to any member of the congregation who would be interested. We will also have a laptop set up in the basement of the church after worship for those who would like to view the video then.

22 APR 18 – The April Birthday potluck that was scheduled for the 15th (that was canceled due to the snow storm) will be rescheduled for 20 May 18. We will be combining all the April & May birthdays plus honoring our students that are graduating this year. Please come out and celebrate these good gifts of God’s grace with us!

 

 

19 APR 18 – Our prayers and sympathies goes out to Paul & Alice on the death of their beloved daughter Jeanne (Maki). They will be traveling down to Mississippi where Jeanne resided for the funeral service. Please pray for their safe travel and that the Lord may bring them comfort in their time of grief.

 

 

16 APR 18 – The church has been generously donated five (5) scholarships to Camp Luther. Camp Luther is a Lutheran Youth Summer camp located in Three Lakes,Wisconsin and Atlantic Mine, Michigan. The camp hosts summer camps ranging from a couple of days to a full week for grades k – 12. Currently, we have used two of the five scholarships given to us. We can still send three more youths to summer camp from the church. The scholarship pays for the entire cost of the camp for the youth. The scholarship can be used regardless of need for any youth the church designates. This is a great opportunity for a young person associated with our congregation to have fun and grow in their Christian faith so let other members & your families know. Please contact Pastor Rich or Jan Mercer for more info!

 

 

15 APR 18 – The weekly worship service and potluck scheduled for today was canceled due to the massive blizzard we enjoyed this weekend. We will continue with our normal event and worship schedule this week (Pastor’s Office Hours & Adult Bible Study on 18 APR, Pastor’s Office Hours on 21 APR and Worship on 22 APR), weather permitting. We will either reschedule the Birthday potluck for 29 APR (we can’t reschedule for 22 APR due to conflict with the Covington Township VFD Breakfast) or combine with May Potluck – stay tuned for an update on this!
14 APR 18 – The door handle and lock on the church’s front door broke and had to be replaced today. We could not rekey the new lock to our old keys so there is a new front door key. If you need to get a new key for the front door, see Jan Mercer ASAP.