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Bethany Lutheran Church & Preschool (WELS) Saginaw, MI

(989) 793-9579
    
5051 McCarty Road
(at the corner of Center & McCarty)

Saginaw, MI  48603

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Springtime at Bethany 2017
Springtime at Bethany....Various photos of our Easter Egg Hunt, Ladies of Bethany Painting event, and our 4th annual Fiesta Night at Bethany.

Tailgate 2016
5th Annual Tailgate Party
Even though we had rain, it did not dampen the spirits of those in attendance as we were forced to move indoors.  In spite of the drizzle, the children were still able to enjoy the bounce house.  Indoor games provided teens and adults a chance to show of their skills and win prizes.

 
 

Bible Soccer Camp - Day 1
We expanded our volunteer staff by recruiting more helpers. This expansion includes four college students from Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN who are part MLC's Daylight program. By expanding staff, we were able to accept 182 athletes into camp. Unfortunately we still had more applications than spaces. In spite of the high temperatures, the athletes, coaches and families who spectated from the sidelines stayed well hydrated and enjoyed the first day of camp.

More of Day 1
Here are some more photos from Day 1 of Bible Soccer Camp. Enjoy!

Day 2 Rain-Out & Leaders Pizza Party
A fast-moving storm prevented us from setting up, and another cell was bearing down, forcing us to cancel Day 2. So what do 50 volunteer staff members do when camp is cancelled? We have a pizza party, of course! Thanks to our many WELS volunteers (comprised of teens, collegiates, professors, tutors and pastors) who allow us to serve 182 athletes. Special thanks to four Martin Luther College students who traveled to MI to help us with our camp.

Bible Soccer Camp - Day 3
What beautiful weather we enjoyed for Day 3. As our camp came to a close, we also enjoyed a concert performed by the Christian family band, Wise4Salvation. More photos from both Day 1 and Day 3 will be posted in the coming days... keep watching!

More of Day 3
Here are some more photos from Day 3 of Bible Soccer Camp. Enjoy!

Youth Rally, Fort Collins, CO
The Youth Rally in Colorado in was a Great Success! Thank you to the generous donors in our Bethany family for supporting our group of 13 Rally-goers who attended the WELS Youth Rally in Fort Collins, Colorado. Our group left Saginaw early June 27th and returned the evening of July 3rd. We enjoyed worship, Bible studies, deeper friendships, hiking, white water rafting and great sight seeing. Here are some photos that display how one joyful blessing after another was bestowed upon to our group.

Fiesta Night, May 2016
God's love in Jesus is for all the people of the world, from every language, color and nation. We celebrate Christ's love for the world in a many ways, including our annual Fiesta Night. Thank you for helping us celebrate wtih great food and awesome fellowship and fun.  

Resurrection Week
Thank you for celebrating Resurrection Week with us! From the preschool's singing in worship on Palm Sunday, to the teen meeting for planning for the youth rally, to the re-creation and celebration of Passover meal, to our special services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter morning... the Savior richly blessed our church family's many special events.

Rally Sundays in September at Bethany
During the month of Bethany Rally Sundays In September, we had a Ministry Fair to emphasize the Service Groups in our church. 
We also had an Education Sunday designed to encourage parents and children to be involved in ongoing Christian education at church and at home. This great spiritual food was celebrated with our "Nearly Famous" Chicken Dinner, which pressed the Secretary's Office into a serving station to accomodate the large crowd.


Tailgate 2015
Thank you for such a good turnout on such a cold, October day! 

Bible Soccer Camp | Day 1
June 23, 2015 Day 1 Photos Thank you for the great turnout for our Bible Soccer Camp. We increased our capacity and we still had a waiting list! Thank you to our WELS Lutheran family for giving Bethany the opportunity to offer this camp to our community. And especially we thank our Savior for blessing this event in so many different ways. As one Mom said about her child's experience: "This is the social event of the year for my child!"

Bible Soccer Camp | Day 2
June 24, 2015 Day 2 Photos We had another beautiful day to "Come and See" (this year's theme) the power of Jesus and to practice some new soccer skills. Many spectators along the sidelines took up the challenge of our Bible Quiz for a chance to win some sports drinks.

Bible Soccer Camp | Day 3
June 25, 2015 Day 3 Photos As our camp came to a close, there were many tired but smiling faces. An ice cream social celebrated the friendships that pulsed among the youth athletes and their parents and families spectating on the sidelines. Thank you to the many volunteers from Bethany, MLS and our WELS Saginaw family for helping make this event a great happening!

Fiesta Night 2015
Fiesta night was held on beautiful Friday night, and fun was had by all.  There was a salsa contest, coloring contest, limbo contest and everyone enjoyed the wonderful Mexican foods.  Thank you for coming and having fun with us!  See you again next year!

Passion Week, Easter & Spring at Bethany
This is what's been happening at Bethany.  Preschool sang in Worship on Palm Sunday, LWMS Rally held at Bethany, and lots of Spring Time Fellowship.   

Christmas at Bethany 2014
What did you do over the holidays? Here's what we did. The preschool enjoyed Christmas parties, pastor's chapels and producing a Christmas program. Our youth and teens and adults practiced special song and then performed in our Christmas services. Members went caroling by singing Christmas hymns to our friends in their homes and at care facilities. And best of all, we gathered for worship to rejoice in the Babe of Bethlehem.

Spaghetti Dinner - 2015
The 2nd Annual Spaghetti dinner (held Feb 21st) was a success this year. From the coloring contest, the White Elephant Gift Exchange, the Teens being released from a bound set of shackels and chains (ropes were used), and yes the Spaghetti Pasta dishes, garlic breads and salads were great  it seemed that everyone enjoy themselves.

Tailgate Party 2014
At our 3rd annual Tailgate Party on Oct 11th, people dressed up to support their favorite team, and tailgated in our parking lot, as if were at the stadium. A happy and enthusiastic crowd showed up to sample a huge variety foods and drink... while making new friends, conversing and even "arguing" about who’s favorite team is superior. Kids and adults alike spent time in our bounce house this year. Games and a fun pass competition allowed boys & girls, to show their stuff. Names were called and prizes were given!  Fun was had by all! As the day ended, people were overheard making plans next year's event!

Preschool Field Trip to Leaman's 4 Yr Old AM


Preschool Field Trip to Leaman's 4 Yr Old PM


3 Yr Old Preschool Fire Fighter Visit


4 Yr Old AM Fire House Visit


4 Yr Old PM Fire Truck Visit


Bible Soccer Camp - Day 2 (2nd set) (July 2014)
More pictures from Day 2.

Bible Soccer Camp - Day 2 (July 2014)
Day 2 began with a sun-filled afternoon and it was wonderful to be outside under clear skies. We revelled in a full afternoon of  Bible Soccer Camp as 175 athletes and even more spectators enjoyed the warm weather.

Bible Soccer Camp - Day 3 (July 2014)
Day 3 was great weather despite a few dark clouds. As the final day came to a close, we enjoyed the time together with our annual cookout of hotdogs, chips and treats and wished there was one more day.

Bethany thanks everyone for attending our 2014 Soccer Camp and we hope to see you soon.


Bible Soccer Camp - Day 1 (July 2014)

Just as camp was to begin, lightning was spotted in the distance. All athletes were moved inside as we re-arranged our schedule to accomodate the change. When lightning continued to reset the safety time, we finally had to call the day. But the time we had together was still enjoyable and instructive, and made as all the eager for Day 2 to arrive.



2014 WELS International Youth Rally
Bethany sent 11 teens and 4 chaperones to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where 2,000 teens from across the nation enjoyed vibrant worship, Bible-based seminars, concerts (including the Aaron Tracy Band), swimming, zip line, rafting and caving.

Confirmation May - 2014
Confirmation Sunday for Kaitlyn Callahan, Gavin Gohr & Cade Kestner.

Fiesta Night
Fiesta Night - May 16th 2014

Easter - 2014
Easter 2014 - Breakfast with Easter Egg Hunt

Creation For Kids

A whole Vacation Bible School in 2 hours.

Preschool Christmas 2013
The children told the story of Jesus birth to a church full of family members.  They did a great job and enjoyed the refreshments following the service.  Thank you to the families for bringing your children to tell us the story of Jesus birth.  The week following, they enjoyed a Christmas party during preschool.

Christmas around Bethany
Check our our photos of Christmas around Bethany.  Jesus is Born!

Tailgate Party 2013
At our 2nd annual Tailgate Party on Oct 26th, people dressed up to support their favorite team, and tailgated in our fellowship hall (Due to bad weather) as if were at the stadium. A happy and enthusiastic crowd showed up to sample a huge variety foods and drink... while making new friends, conversing and even "arguing" about who’s favorite team is superior. A fun pass competition allowed boys & girls, to show their stuff. Names were called and prizes were given!  Fun was had by all! As the day ended, people were overheard making plans next year's event!

Bible Soccer Camp - Day 1 (July 2013)
Thank you for the overwhelming turnout for our Bible Soccer Camp. We increased our volunteer staff and we still had a waiting list! Thank you to our WELS Lutheran family for giving Bethany the opportunity to run such a remarkable camp. And especially we thank our Savior for blessing our camp with his saving truth! Enjoy the photos! More will be uploaded in due time. New upload on Aug 6th.

Bible Soccer Camp - Day 2 (July 2013)
The weather cooled off but we witnessed some hot shooting among our 167 soccer champs. Here are some photos from Day 2. Last updated 7/23 at 11:50 pm

Bible Soccer Camp - Day 3 (July 2013)
Our July 22-24 Bible Soccer Camp concluded with a beautiful evening for our 167 athletes to learn about our Savior Jesus and to put into practice the soccer skills our coaches shared with them. Nearly 600 hotdogs were served at our closing picnic. Families lingered around under a  gorgeous evening to relax and converse with friends, both old and newly made. Latest upload 10:15 am 7/25

Bethany Lutheran Confirmation 2013
Confirmation at Bethany Lutheran May 19th.  Congratulations to Brendan McCommon and Chassadee Winters who publicly confessed their faith in Jesus during a special worship service.

Easter Celebration 2013
2013 Easter Celebration.  An Easter Sunrise service was held at 8:30, Breakfast was enjoyed by all, then an Easter Festival Worship at 10:30 am. Thank you to one and all for serving our Risen Savior with so much energy!

2013 Palm Sunday Preschool Sings in Worship
Our Preschool's 3 and 4 year old studetns sang in worship on Palm Sunday (March 24, 2013)


Preschool Thanksgiving Service
On November 18th, our preschool sang in an early celebration of Thanksgiving Worship Service.  Thank you to the overflow crowd for honoring these precious souls witnessing to their Savior. 

Tailgate Party, Oct 20th
At our 1st annual Tailgate Party on Oct 20th, people dressed up to support their favorite team, and tailgated in our parking lot as if were at the stadium. The rain stayed away, the sun peaked out-- a gorgeous fall day set the stage for a happy and enthusiastic crowd to sample a huge variety foods and drink... while making new friends, conversing and even "arguing" about who’s favorite team is superior. A punt, pass and kick competition allowed boys & girls, and men & women to show their stuff. As the day ended, people were overheard making plans next year's event!

Preschool Begins New Year Sept 2012
May our Heavenly Father bless our preschool students and their families as we begin a new year of educating minds, bodies and souls!

WELS Area Pig Out
On August 11th Bethany hosted the WELS Area "Pig Out" pig roast and concert by Koine Band. In spite of the rain that moved the event indoors, an overflow crowd enjoyed the day.

Bible Soccer Camp: Overview
Welcome to an overview of our Bible Soccer Camp, held July 23-25, 2012. Our main camp was held for athletes from 5 -12 years old. We also offered a Beginners Camp for those 3 and 4 years old. We had 113 youth participate in the camp. Most importantly, each day these souls enjoyed a Bible Lesson that taught how Jesus Christ is God's one and only Son, our Savior from sin who has given us the victory of eternal life.

Bible Soccer Camp 2012: Day 1
July 23rd ~ Our Bible Soccer Camp opened on Monday... which happened to be one of the hottest days of the summer! Our coaches and many volunteers were exceptionally careful to make sure all our 112 participants remained well hydrated. Our camp nurse needed only to soothe a few bumps that came from a fall... and not one bandage had to be applied. It was nice to see so many family members and friends sitting in the shade and watching the camp unfold!

Bible Soccer Camp: Day 2
The hot weather broke and provided an ideal afternoon for our second day of camp.

Bible Soccer Camp: Day 3-A
What is Bible Soccer Camp (ages 5-12)? It's an event that not only offers age-appropriate group settings for youth to learn and practice athletic skills specific to the sport of soccer, but it also provides a time for youth to socialize and learn about team work. Every few minutes, the athletes rotate to a different station to learn and practice different skill sets. One of these six stations provides a Bible lesson and light snack. This camp aims to help each athlete by strengthening body, mind, heart and soul.


Bible Soccer Camp: Day 3-B
Who's Leading Our Camp? Our head coach was a former collegiate All-American soccer player who now coaches youth soccer. She's joined by a collegiate All-Conference player, who along with varsity players on both the collegiate and high school levels, will share their skills, enthusiasm, and Christian character with the youth. Our support staff includes pastors, professors, teachers and various professionals from the business world. All this talent and character is brought together for the benefit of your young athletes, because of the forgiving love and powerful peace of the crucified and risen Savior Jesus.


Bible Soccer Camp: Day 3-C
How is the Beginner’s Camp different? The 3 and 4 year old participants in Beginner’s Camp will have their own separate recreation area (they will not participate on the same field with older children). Beginner’s Camp can be described as an activity-oriented "Vacation Bible School" that combines soccer skills, social games, singing, exercise and Bible lessons. We ask that the children wear tennis shoes (no sandals or cleats, please)… but they are not required to have shin guards. We will happily teach your child soccer skills and Bible truths in an atmosphere especially adapted to this age group. Note: parents frequently use this program to prepare their child for entering the preschool environment.

Bible Soccer Camp: Day 3-D
Gifted Equipment Soccer camp T-shirts will be provided at no cost for each participant. Likewise, the soccer ball each participant will individually use throughout the camp will be provided at no cost. The T-shirt needs to be worn daily while participating in the camp, just as each participant daily needs his/her soccer ball for participating in the camp. As mentioned earlier, this soccer camp is free of charge-- we simply ask that you spend some quality time with your child(ren) discussing the night's Bible lesson.




Bible Soccer Camp: Day 3-E
Closing Night Cookout & Picnic When the camp comes to a close on Wednesday night at 7:30 pm, hotdogs will be coming off the grills. All camp participants and their families and friends are invited to join in a hotdog picnic. Again, this is provided free of charge. So…Bring Your Own Blanket or Lawn Chair! Parents and family members are invited to bring a blanket for sitting in the shade (or a lawn chair) to watch the camp in progress. We'll have complimentary bottles of water in ice chests. And then you’ll be ready to go for the picnic on our closing night.

Confirmation June 2012
Congratulations to Katie and Marlee on their confirmation into the Christian Lutheran faith!

End of 2011-12 School Year
Our preschool celebrates the completion of he 2011-12 school year-- a year full of blessings!

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