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Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church (Dormont)

3104 West Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15216 ('Dormont' neighborhood)

(412) 531-9363

Worship Service: Sundays at 9:15 a.m.

Sunday School: Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

E-mail: bethany-dormont@verizon.net

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Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church - Dormont

Thinking about visiting Bethany? Please accept our open invitation to visit any Sunday.

What's New!


See our November 2019 Calendar


Vendor Show at Bethany on Saturday, November 23


FREE Thanksgiving Dinner at Bethany on Thursday, November 28


Read our November 2019 Newsletter


About our 2019 Fish Fry


See photos from our 2018 Free Fish Dinners


2015 Free Thanksgiving Dinners


The Kane Group



Read about our latest Mission event



November 2019






Saturday, November 23

Vendor Show


Bethany Lutheran Church (Dormont) (3104 West Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15216) will hold a Fall Vendor Show on Saturday, November 23 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.





Thursday, November 28

FREE Thanksgiving Dinner


Bethany Ev. Lutheran Church (3104 West Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh 15216 - Dormont) will hold its annual FREE Thanksgiving Dinner for the community.


For over the past quarter century, the congregation of Bethany, along with support from other local churches, has been blessed to be able to provide a FREE Thanksgiving Dinner as a community service on Thanksgiving Day.  Dinner will be served from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.


Some who attend are homeless, some are struggling financially and some have no close family with whom to spend the holiday. For folks who are shut-in or otherwise homebound, delivery service is provided.  Everyone is welcomed and each is treated to good fellowship and a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, stuffing, mashed and sweet potatoes, vegetable, rolls, pumpkin and fruit pies, and coffee and tea.


They will need donations of cooked turkeys and turkey breasts (in their juices), stuffed or unstuffed (your choice), stuffing mix, mashed potatoes, candied yams/sweet potatoes and pies.  Thanks to all who donate food and to the folks who volunteer to help set-up, cook, serve, deliver meals, and clean-up. If you can donate, or if you are interested in helping, please contact the church office.




November 2019 Newsletter










2019 Fish Fry Dinners

Bethany once again served its annual Fish Fry Dinners during Lent. The dinners were held in the church social hall, and were enjoyed by those who attended.  Although these Fish Fry dinners originated as a fund-raising event, the purpose is no longer to raise money for the church.  Instead, any profits from the dinners are donated back to the local community (sometimes to families in need, sometimes to food banks, etc.).

A huge thank you goes out to all who participated in the success of our 27th annual Lenten Fish Fries. It takes so many hands to carry out these events, and your hard work and dedication to this event is greatly appreciated. Food and fellowship flowed in Bethanyís Social Hall!  Once again, Godís blessings overflowed and we look forward to being able to provide assistance to some of our neighbors in need! The Fish Fry Committee would like to especially thank the following for their kindness and generosity:

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A New Revelation in Stewardship

Recently a group of 19 representatives from our PLUM congregations attended the second in a series of "Stewardship for Stewards" seminars, hosted by our Western PA Synod and Pastor Blair Morgan, our deployed Staff Person for the ELCA. Having heard from many of those in attendance, it became clear that a more Biblical approach of looking at stewardship is evolving. We all know that everything was created by and ultimately belongs to God. Even our children are just on loan to us. (Remember the story of Abraham and Isaac?) But for far too long we have allowed our world view to infiltrate our faith walk into believing that what God has given us to use, whether it is our time, our talents, and/or our finances, are "ours to keep". Our world wants us to believe or at least act like God transfers ownership with his blessings, similar to the way one gets a title from the state when we purchase a car. What is curious and although we might want to believe this to be biblical, there are no models in scripture to support that worldly attitude. Matter of fact, the exact opposite is at the heart of most of Jesus teachings. The rich fool, or the man building bigger barns, Luke 12:13-21; Zacchaeus the tax collector in the tree, Luke 19:1-10; the widow's mite, Mark 12:41-44; etc.

So, what changes when we acknowledge the fact that everything we have is really God's and it is our gift to be allowed to use it? In all reality, we can become more generous - willing to share - which makes us more content with life in general. After all it's our human nature that makes it easier to share someone else's stuff than to share our own. Question: "Are you more or less likely to give someone your bottle of water that you just got out of the family cooler at the picnic or the one you just bought at the local dairy mart?" Both have endless supplies but isn't the real issue ownership, "Whose is it anyhow?"

Over the next several months we will be exploring stewardship with some new twists. We are doing this not as a way to manipulate you into giving more out of duty or guilt. Rather, as we know from our personal lives and stories, as an avenue to better understand the many blessings of grace giving. It is in the recognition of these blessings that we have been given that allow us the freedom and joy to give of our time, our talents and our resources. And, it is this joy that we want you to know. Therefore, join us as together we continue discussing and learning what it is to celebrate the true blessings of life as God's chosen people.

Bethany Evangelism Group

Every member of Bethany is invited to join this group and all are asked to pray for the evangelism work of Bethany congregation.

Many activities are in the works as we seek ways that might enable us to share and spread the Good News to our neighbors. Evangelism is not just a committee responsibility, but a responsibility that we all share. Keep in mind that the role of the evangelism group is not necessarily to add to Bethany's membership roster (if it is God's will that through these efforts our membership increases, that would of course be wonderful), but our mission is to share and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.

We usually meet on the first or second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the social hall (check the calendar).

Our on-going agenda items include:

1. Door Hanger "Invitations"
Our effort of hanging invitations on the doors of homes in Dormont is continuing. We usually distribute the invitations on Saturday mornings, beginning at 7:30 a.m. If you would like to join us, consider yourself invited. If you aren't able to do the walking, please consider becoming a "Prayer Warrior" for this effort.

2. "Drinks in the Park"
We are also continuing our program of providing free beverages at the playground in Dormont park on several Saturdays throughout the summer from approx. 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It is fun to see and talk with young children and their parents. We especially need "Prayer Warriors" for this effort.

3. Dormont Street Fair
For the past 3 years, we have had a presence at the Dormont Street Fair. We are always looking for help and suggestions that might help us reach out to our local community through this event.

4. Signage
We are continuing to develop our ideas for using our message boards at the front of the building, banners, and even our bulletin boards within the building to communicate with those who use our building and those who pass by each day.

5. Welcome to New Residents of Dormont
We continue to develop our list of new residents, and are planning ways to communicate with them, and to invite .


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