Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

WHO ARE WE?


We are a community of imperfect disciples, seeking to know and follow Jesus. We may not always do everything right, but we trust in God’s unending love, grace and forgiveness. We gather together to talk about our own life stories and hear about God’s stories among us. Where have you seen God this week? See our “What we Believe” Page.




WHAT TIME IS WORSHIP & WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?


Join us Sunday's at 10am (What should I expect?) Dinner Church Wednesday's 6:30pm (What should I expect?)




WHERE IS WORSHIP?


We are at 401 Martin St. Phila PA 19128 - the corner of Martin and Pechin. Sunday 10am woship is in the main Sanctuary, upstairs on the second level. Wednesday 6:30pm Dinner Church is in the 1st Floor Chapel. During the Summer, we are in the Chapel for all worship services (air-conditioning!)




HOW SHOULD I DRESS?


Come as you are. Jeans (hole’y or non-hole’y) - t-shirt or polo - dress pants or dress - what ever you are comfortable wearing.




WHO IS WELCOME?


ALL ARE WELCOME - No Matter:

  • The church you grew up in – or whether you had no church at all…

  • Your faith tradition – or no faith tradition…

  • Your race, ethnicity, cultural heritage or …

  • If you’re young, old, single, married, divorced, gay, straight, republican, democrat or… Whoever you are, however you identify… you will be welcome here.

  • What your gifts, abilities or struggles in your life…

  • Doubting/questioning… Come as you are.




WHAT ABOUT OFFERINGS/GIVING?


We believe that the giving of our offerings to God, is an act of worship. The giving of time (volunteer), talents (help others with what you like to do) and treasures (financial and/ or material support), are some of the ways we express our generosity and hospitality towards each other, and the surrounding community. We gather the offering after the sermon. We now have Online Giving as well. See the “Home” page at the top.




HOW ABOUT KIDS?


Jesus said, Mark 10:14,16 (NRSV) “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs…” And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them - Jesus said nothing about kids having to be quiet! We have a play area in our worship space, and encourage kids to be where everyone else is and be engaged in the service with their family. We believe that children should be who they are … kids! They are going to play, they are going to make noise and sometimes they will be curious and want to help with the service.





© 2016 - 2020 Bethany Lutheran Church, ELCA.

401 Martin Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19128  (215) 483-6968

Email: Office@bethany-lutheran.net

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