Sunday, November 29 – First Sunday in Advent

advent.wreathAdvent is the season of the year t0 think about the First and Second Advent (arrival) of the Lord.  We celebrate Advent to reclaim Christmas as a day when the Light of God entered the Darkness of a world trapped in Sin.

8:45 am Greater Madison Chinese EFC

9:00 am Classes for Adults and Children

10:30 am English Service (Upstairs) 


10:30 am Lao Service (Downstairs)

2:00 pm  Iglesia Nueva Vida

{No Evening Study this week}

Sunday, November 22

“Vocations & Volunteers” will be the last message in the series on “Our Dual Citizenship”


8:45 Greater Madison Chinese EFC

9:00 Classes for all ages

10:30 Bethany English (Upstairs) and Bethany Lao (Chapel)

2:00 Iglesia Nueva Vida

6:00 Evening Study & Prayer

Sunday, October 18 – Thanks Marilyn!

Paul & Marilyn s

This Sunday in the English service we will have a time to recognize and thank Marilyn Baumgarten for her 63 years of service with the music program here at Bethany.  She has played the organ, piano, and sung in the choir and other groups.  We appreciate all you have done.  The service will be a Hymn Sing with some of Marilyn’s favorites and there will be a reception after the service with cake and, of course, coffee!

  • 8:45 am Greater Madison Chinese EFC
  • 9:00 am Classes for all ages
  • 10:30 am  English Service in Sanctuary
  • 10:30 am Lao Service in Chapel
  • 2:00 pm  Iglesia Nueva Vida (Spanish)

New Sign; New Identity


We have been working as a Ministry Center for some time now. There are four language ministries here, but we are also partners in ministry.  The picture here is of the new sign we will be placing in front of the church.The panels below represent the four language ministries

Bethany English (top left)

Iglesia Nueva Vida (Spanish, New Life Church – top right)

Greater Madison Chinese EFC (bottom left)

Bethany Lao Fellowship (bottom right)

The expression “rooted and grounded in love” comes from Colossians 1:17,

  • “And I pray that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ…”  

the tree logo comes from the idea that our roots are deep in the Love of God. It also suggests the verse in Psalm 1, which speaks of a tree planted by a stream of water.

  • “That person will be like a tree planted by the streams of water, which yields its fruit in season, and whose leafe does not wither — whatever they do prospers.”  Psalm 1:3