Bethel Lutheran Church's 125th History

 Bethel Celebrates it's 125th year!

Bethel Lutheran Church is celebrating it's 125th year. Please check the website for events throughout the year culminating with a special service at 10:30 a.m. on September 21st followed by a dinner and program at 1:00 at The Holiday Inn in Boardman
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The 125th Anniversary Committee has asked if you know of a former member of Bethel who you feel should be notified of the special service and luncheon to be held on September 21, 2014 that you provide the person's name, current address and/or email address to Diana Wiesner or the church office. 
 
 
Come celebrate with us at our 8th Annual Car/Motorcycle & Craft Show and be sure to see our special guests -- The stars of Discovery Channel's Fat n Furious:  Rolling Thunder. 
 
Check out our Youth Ministry page under the Christian Ed/Youth Ministry tab for some links 
 
 
 

A Timeline of Bethel Lutheran Church

March 2, 1889-The organizational meeting was held in the home of Mr. & Mrs. Nils Anderson at 1880 Cherry St in Youngstown. The original name of the congregation was “The Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Bethel Church. Bethel was part of the Augustana Synod.

July 26-27, 1890-First church building at 1851 Wilson Avenue. was dedicated. Church was built at a cost of $3,000. First pastors were, P.S. Miller, P.A. Haegert and C.E Olson. They were students who served several congregations in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

June 27, 1892-First permanent pastor was the Reverend H.O. Hemming who served both Bethel and Bethany congregation in Akron until December 1893.

1900-1901-A parsonage was built at 20 Haseltine Ave. at a cost of $1,984. Pastor Edward Stark was the first pastor to occupy the parsonage.

1908-English was first used.

1912-The area around the church on Wilson Ave. had changed to industrial so the church was sold to St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church for $2,000 and the parsonage was sold for $2,615.

October 1912-The cornerstone of a new church on Ridge Ave. was laid.

July 1913-Pastor Emil Westland preached his first sermon at Bethel. He was Pastor for 45 years, retiring on August 3, 1958.

1925-Church name was changed to Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church.

October 7, 1945-The last service using the Swedish language was held at Bethel.

1952-A parsonage was built at 177 Wolcott Drive in Boardman at a cost of $19,000.

1955-The congregation bought the lot on Crestview Ave. in Boardman where the church currently resides due to changing conditions on Ridge Ave (most notably the building of the 680 freeway).

November 27, 1955-The cornerstone of the educational wing was laid.

July 1957-Pastor Westlund fell and broke his hip necessitating his retirement on August 3, 1958.

Late 1950’s- Some inner-city churches closed and their members migrated to the suburban churches resulting in “The Melting Pot” we have at Bethel today.

November 3, 1958-Pastor Charles (Chuck) Lundquist assumed his duties at Bethel.

January 1, 1963-The Augustans Lutheran Church merged with the United Lutheran Church in America, The American Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church to from the Lutheran Church in America. The congregation changed the church name to Bethel Lutheran church.

May 5, 1963-ground was broken for the sanctuary which was completed in February of 1964.

March 1, 1964-First service in new sanctuary and 75th anniversary celebration was held.

1969-The pipe organ from the church on Ridge Ave. was purchased and rebuilt at a cost of $30,000.

1969-A social ministry plan was approved and the congregation borrowed $27,000 to give to several local charities.

1970-The Bethel Endowment Fund was established to support and strengthen Bethel’s financial position and to contribute to Christian projects and outreach beyond the scope of Bethel’s regular church offerings.

January 1979-The Lutheran Book of Worship, the “green book” was used for the first time.

February 1981-“The Elderberries”, a lively group of senior citizens, began meeting on a monthly basis for lunch and fellowship.

October 2, 1983-The 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s birth was celebrated at a joint worship service of Lutherans and Roman Catholics at St. Columba Cathedral.

1986-Stephen Ministry was begun at Bethel.

January 1, 1988- The Evangelical Lutheran Church on America (ELCA) was formed buy the merger of The Lutheran Church in America, The American Lutheran Church and The Association of Evangelical Churches.

1988-The women of the church formed a new organizations, Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (WELCA). Women’s groups were previously called Lutheran Church Women and the Ladies Aid Society.

1989-Bethel celebrates its 100th year with a theme of “Blessed to be a Blessing” which is the foundation of all that we do.

1991-Pastor Chuck Lundquist retires after 33 years as Bethel’s senior pastor (January 13) and Pastor Paul Burgeson is installed (June 9).At this time, bell choirs, drama groups, cantatas, a Boy Scout troop and a soft ball team were formed.

1997-An addition was added to provide extra Sunday School/Youth rooms, office space and handicapped accessible bathrooms. The mortgage will be paid off in 2013 in time for the 125th celebration.

February 27, 2000-Honterus Lutheran Church, a German church on the south-side of Youngstown, merged with Bethel bringing with them a rich heritage and over $300,000 which was used for church upgrades.

2001-Pastor Brett Rizzo was hired as youth pastor.

April 30, 2003-Pastor Paul Burgeson retires. He was hired as Visitation Pastor in 2005.

September 7, 2003-Pastor Brett Rizzo was installed as Senior Pastor.

April 22, 2012-Pastor Brett Rizzo leaves Bethel and becomes the pastor of Hosana Lutheran near Columbus.

September 22, 2013-Pastor Richard Kidd is installed as Senior Pastor of Bethel.

March 2014-125th anniversary of Bethel. Plans are being made for a celebration to be held September 21, 2014 at the Holiday Inn in Boardman.

 
WELCOME


If you are near Boardman or Youngstown, OH, we invite you to worship with us this Sunday! Bethel invites you to join us and energetically minister through the Holy Spirit. "Making Jesus Known"is our mission and we proclaim the redemptive reign of Jesus here on earth! Our Pastors and congregations want to reach out to you with the love of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Hope you will worship with us soon.


425 Crestview Drive
Boardman, OH   44512
 330-758-5745

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FUTURE DATES TO KEEP IN MIND




Craft, Car & Motorcycle Show
Special Guest Appearance by Discovery Channel's  
FAT N FURIOUS:  ROLLING THUNDER
Saturday, July 26
 
 
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Vacation Bible School
July 28 thru August 1
6:00 - 8:30 PM
 
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Church Picnic at Boardman Park
Come celebrate with us as we burn the church mortgage
Sunday, August 17
9:30 AM 

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Ladies Weekend Getaway
At Camp Fredrick
September 13 and 14
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125th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, September 21
10:30 AM 

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International Buffet
Saturday, October 25
 
 

 





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Sunday Morning Schedule


School Year Hours -
Sept. thru May
Sundays - 8:30am and 11:00am

Summer Hours - June 1 thru August 31, 2014
Sundays - 9:30AM ONLY
Adult Sunday School 8:30 AM

Nursery available at second service during school year

 Sunday School - Sept. thru May
9:45 am
Our church Office is open
9am -3pm  M-F
Summer hours 9am-1pm M-F
If you are sick, going into the hospital or have a special need, let us know.
Pastor Richard Kidd, church office hours   9:00am - 1:00pm
Phone: 330-758-5745

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Contact Information                         
330-758-5745
office@bethelboardman.org
425 Crestview Dr.
Boardman,  OH  44512