ANNOUNCEMENT: Bethel will only hold a 10:30 AM worship service at Bethel Fergus Falls today. All Sunday School, confirmation, ministry activities and other worship services are CANCELLED at BOTH CAMPUSES.

A "Thank You" from your elders

(Edited: This post was edited to include the motions that were passed at Bethel's business meeting on October 27.)

Bethel Family,

You are a joy to serve as elders! The spirit of unity and celebration which characterized our Business Meeting on October 27th was beautiful and inspiring. The approved Make Room Project will indeed facilitate and energize our mission to bring the gospel to the lost of Boudamasa, Battle Lake, and Fergus Falls.

At Bethel's congregational business meeting all four of the following motions passed:
  • Motion Seconded & Carried (MSC): To authorize the acquisition of land (the soccer field west of Bethel Church property) from the Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America.
  • MSC: To approve a contribution equal to the amount budgeted within the Bethel "Make Room" project for new parking area land acquisition, to Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, to assist HLA in building a soccer field.
  • MSC: To approve the "Make Room" project, including the Fergus Falls "Current Site Build and Renovation" Schematic Design, and project budget of up to $7,000,000.00 ($7 million), and to authorize the Design Build Contract with Churches by Daniels.
  • MSC: To authorize the Contract Continuation Addendum with Jon Wright of Generis to complete the duration of a Capital Campaign for the amount of $38,200.00.

We understand there will be challenges ahead as our hearts are tested for readiness to make room in our schedules, in our relationships, at our tables, and in our pocketbook, but “this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him”
(1 John 5:14-15).

So Bethel Family, as we move forward with the Make Room Project, our first and continuous call is to go to our knees in prayer, asking God to work through our weakness to bring the strong message of the Gospel to our neighbors, to give us boldness to say “Hello!” and compassion to demonstrate love and care for the lost.

Thank you, Bethel Family, for embracing the challenge to RISK more, REACH more, and MAKE ROOM for more in Fergus Falls, Battle Lake and Boudamasa, Chad!
Grateful to serve you,
Daryl Synstelien, Chair
Bethel Elder Board