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Putting out the call for baby-kit items

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Greetings after an absence. Bethany’s Baby Kit Committee seeks donations so that it again can assemble baby kits to send on to Lutheran World Relief. These kits contain necessary items such as flannel diapers and clothing. The list is below. Please bring your items to church over the coming several weeks and place in the cradle by the library. Thank you. Pictured are members of the Baby Kit Committee.

- Rachel Pritchett



(Items may be new or gently used. Gender-neutral preferred;
no patriotic/religious/ military type symbols, or camouflage print.)

Baby socks: 6-24 months

  • Nighties: 6-24 months; must be open at bottom
  • J.s/sleepers without feet: 6-24 months; if they have feet we will cut them off and finish the edges
  • Tee shirts: 6-24 months; long or short sleeves
  • Onsies: 12-24 months; we will cut snaps off and finish the edges to convert to tee shirt
  • Jackets/sweaters with or without hoods: 12-24 months; fleece makes a good weight
  • Hats: needed for jackets/sweaters without hoods
  • Receiving blankets: medium weight cotton/flannel/fleece or crocheted/knitted with lightweight yarn up to 52” square.





  • Hand towels: dark colors preferred
  • Dove or Ivory bar soap: bath size bar (4.0 - 4.5 oz.) in original packaging
  • Cash donations: We will do the shopping for you! Checks can be made out to Bethany Lutheran Church Rachel Circle or Bethany Lutheran Church with “Rachel Circle”’ noted in the memo line.





Thank you for your help with this wonderful baby care project! Together we can make a difference!

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Readings for April 30, 2017

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Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 2:14a, 36-41

Peter Addresses the Crowd

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.
Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.’

The First Converts

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what should we do?’ Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.’ And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, ‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.’ So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.

1 Peter 1:17-23

If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.

Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart. You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.

Luke 24:13-35

The Walk to Emmaus

Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, ‘What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?’ They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, ‘Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?’ He asked them, ‘What things?’ They replied, ‘The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.’ Then he said to them, ‘Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?’ Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’ That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!’ Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

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