Bethany Lutheran, Port Orchard, WA

Bethany Lutheran, Port Orchard, WA


Thank you Bethany Lutheran, Port Orchard, WA for this amazing donation! We are so thankful for your constant thoughtfulness! Our kids and families will greatly enjoy these items!
In October I was invited to attend a South Kitsap Rotary meeting to share both Bedtime Books at Bethany and Bethany Lutheran Preschool Power-Hour. It was FUN to be in a room full of people who love to support good in our community. They were a generous and joyful audience. I popped into the office this week to grab the Power-Hour folder and found an envelope that had arrived in October that I had missed. Inside was such an encouraging note and a check for $500 from a Rotarian! So exciting to know that our community values the good that God's people do here at Bethany Lutheran, Port Orchard, WA and that others are eager to support it with their own gifts!
We wanted to thank the people of Bethany Lutheran, Port Orchard, WA for their incredible and generous donations!!Their thoughtfulness will definitely help make Christmas extra special for our foster kids and their families this year.!
Veteran's Day post as requested.

Sorry, no photos in uniform, but the upper photo is when I was just promoted to " Shellback", and the lower photo was taken while on liberty in Hong Kong. This was during my second Western Pacific Cruise in 1976-1977. The ship was the USS OKINAWA, LPH-3.
September 11 🇺🇸

❤️ Bedtime Books at Bethany, Patriot Day Edition!
🗓 September 11
🎶 Singing starts at 9:45am
☕️ Starbucks is donating coffee and all the fixings.
🌳 Playground is open before and after.
📕 We have 147 copies of our two read alouds.
🎺 Taps!
🇺🇸 NJROTC Color Guard
👮‍♀️ Special Guest Readers
🚙 Families are welcome to carpool.
🇺🇸 Great give away from our Armed Forces!
🔨 Home Depot Build Kits courtesy of Olympic Educational Service District 114's Early Learning Department
🪑 Sit in your car or bring lawn chairs.
🦆 READY! for Kindergarten will have fall information and rubber ducks available!
❤️ 🤍 💙 HUGE thanks to Bethany Lutheran, Thrivent, The Unity in Community Grant, Lutheran Military Support Group, Starbucks, Washington Army National Guard, U.S. Army, Children's Reading Foundation, South Kitsap High School NJROTC, Port Orchard Police Department, all our amazing volunteers and donors and Puget Sound Energy!

Bethany Lutheran, Port Orchard, WA
Last week Bethany asked our community for help to repair our flagpole after learning that renting a lift would cost $600. The way our community responded was beautiful. Rusty Rides Auto Sales, Park Vista by Bonaventure and several individuals offered assistance. Puget Sound Energy was the first agency to promise help and sent out a technician in a boom truck. What we thought would be a simple repair ended up being a bit more complicated. The technician, Cole, quickly realized we needed a new pulley.
You guys!! He ordered one from Amazon on the spot with his own money AND has offered to come back to install it on his own time!
Cole came back today. Fixed our flag pole AND entertained our Early Learning Friends!
We're ready for for the SKHS JROTC Color Guard who's participating in our Bedtime Books at Bethany Patriot Day Edition on Saturday Morning!
You’re invited!!!!!
We thank God for the blessings of good neighbors!!!
Bethany Lutheran, Port Orchard, WA plans to celebrate Patriot Day with a special community story time including a color guard, Taps, members of our armed forces and first responders.
Congratulations and thanks for tending His little flock at BethanyLutheran for 25 years. 🙏
The Olympic Educational Service District 114 Early Learning Department would like to thank our Community Partners for making the FREE Community Resource Fair possible! Over 120 families came through our drive-thru resource fair and received food boxes from our local food banks, resource bags, and cloth face masks!
Because of the success of the event AND our desire to meet families where they are, we are holding ANOTHER FREE Community Resource Fair at the Givens Community Center in Port Orchard to serve our young families in South Kitsap on Thursday, September 24th from 4:30-6:30pm. 1026 Sidney Avenue, Port Orchard, WA 98366.
BIG Shout Out to our AMAZING Community Partners!
Central Kitsap Foodbank
Bremerton Fire Department
Kitsap Masks
Gather Together Grow Together
Christ The King Lutheran School - CTK WELS
Macaroni Kid Kitsap
United Way of Kitsap County
Kitsap Community Resources (KCR)
Holly Ridge Center
Kitsap County Parent Coalition
Violet Sees
Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center
Junior Achievement of Washington
Child Care Aware of Washington
Kitsap Kids' Directory
READY! for Kindergarten - CKSD
Kitsap Regional Library
Washington State DSHS - Bremerton CSO
SERVPRO of Kitsap County
Kitsap Public Health District - Nurse Family Practitioners
Kitsap Kids Dentistry
North Kitsap Fishline
The Home Depot - Silverdale
The Home Depot - Poulsbo
The Doctors Clinic
YWCA Kitsap County
Kitsap Mental Health Services
Peninsula Community Health Services (PCHS)
Olympic College - Early Childhood Education
Bethany Lutheran, Port Orchard, WA
Wednesday 10am - 3 pm. Come grab a box of free food.
This Wednesday we will have boxes of food we will be handing out to anyone who wants one.

Ryan Schmeling will be joining Bethany Lutheran, Port Orchard, WA for their book reading at 7pm and will be taking boxes there as well. So you KITSAP people can go listen to a book reading and grab a box of food there also.

Boxes are about 20 lbs and have fresh produce (apples, potatoes, onions, cantaloupe, lettuce, etc). Any unused boxes will be donated to BASH food bank.
Great night at bedtime books tonight 😍
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Page for and about Bethany Lutheran Port Orchard's neighborhood Church, School, and Early Learning Center since 1945. We subscribe to (i.e. follow) the Lutheran Confessions found in "The Book of Concord" from 1580.

We are Biblical, traditional, and reverent! In a world that is constantly changing, God and His Church remain constant. Come join our family!

Operating as usual

Photos from Evergreen Lutheran High School's post 05/28/2022

Congratulations to our Jack Pittenger!

Photos from Evergreen Lutheran High School's post 05/27/2022

Cheering Jack and Nika Pittenger and the rest of the Eagle track team at State!


Welcome home, Brett Percich!!
We thank God for your service and rejoice that you’re reunited with your family!


We all benefit from our Evergreen Lutheran High School! Today’s a great day to support them! The first $15,000 received is matched!!!
Find out more and donate at:


Dear God,

This is a dark time. Sin has reared its ugly head. We are deeply saddened and troubled.

But we know that you are our help in trouble. You overcome the evils of this world. You lived, died and rose to defeat evil soundly and win for us the promises of eternal life.

Be with these families and friends.
Provide comfort and peace in the days, months and years ahead.
Give them friends to lead on in sadness.

Help us find confidence in your victory.
Give us faith in your presence.
Motivate us to show deep love to our family, friends and community.

In Jesus' name we pray,

Thank you for the prayer Pastor Phil Kiecker


Anyone have a Thrivent Grant they would be willing to use for Bedtime Books at Bethany, Patriot Day Edition?
That would cover the majority of this title!
Melissa Mantey Pittenger would be happy to help you fill out the application.


🧥 We’re gearing up for a kid coat exchange here at Bethany!
🧺 Bring your freshly laundered coats/sweatshirts/mittens/hats... and leave them in the basket in the church/ELC entry.
📆 They’ll be available before school and after school from May 31-June 3 and Sunday morning, June 5. You do NOT need to bring a coat to participate!
💜 What we don’t need in-house will go to the foster closet at Community & Family Services Foundation across the street!



Starting Sunday, May 29.

The Good Book Club is an invitation to all Bethany family and friends to join together in reading the Bible “as books.”

Each week we will read one of the shorter books of the Bible. Starting each Sunday, Pastor Pittenger will post a brief synopsis of this week’s book. Participants should set aside time to read through it during the week, ideally in one sitting. Questions and discussion can be posted throughout the week in the comments section below. The following Sunday a new book will be taken up beginning with a new synopsis.

Reading the books of the Bible in this way, in a single sitting of 10-30 minutes, reveals themes and vocabulary often missed during a slower, more methodical “study” of the Bible.

Since “faith comes by hearing the Gospel,” may God bless our time in His Word.

-Pastor Pittenger


Easter 6.22

Divine Service for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 22, 2022. Bethany Lutheran Church, Port Orchard; Pastor Pittenger


Pampered Chef party TODAY at 1pm!
A portion of all party sales comes back to Bethany to help us purchase cheer uniforms!


Church Lawn Care 05/18/2022

Church Lawn Care

Church Lawn Care
Please see the link below to sign up to care for our lawn. There is an urgent need for the field to be mowed before the end of school field day on June 1st.

Church Lawn Care Help needed with Mowing of chuch lawn at leat once a week. We have a mower in the back shed that can used just stop by the office or bring your own your choice! Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!


We hit a great sale for an excellent Bedtime Books at Bethany read aloud! We purchased 100 copies for $196.20.
If you’d like to sponsor some copies, it comes to $1.96 a book, shipped! We’ll include Bethany’s QR code for digital payments, or you could bring cash or a check to Bethany!
Thanks for supporting this good and loving work for our neighbors!!


Bethany Lutheran School Wednesday Chapel

BLS Wednesday Morning Chapel, May 18, 2022. Bethany Lutheran Church, Port Orchard; Pastor Pittenger


Preschool is looking for a new assistant teacher!
Requirements: loves Jesus and preschoolers ❤

Our teacher assistants read stories, prep snacks, prep and teach projects, and PLAY! Early childhood experience would be wonderful, not not required.

Other important info 🧐
•The position would start ASAP.
•This is a preferably a full-time position. Part-time may be available depending on the applicant's availability.
•The applicant would be looking for a long-term position. Our preschoolers need to see a familiar face every day, therefore teacher retention is an important factor for our program.

Our prayer is that we would be able to fill this position with someone in our Bethany family. That doesn't mean they need to be connected to us currently, but we would love to be able to know someone who has a personal connection to the applicant 🤗

Those interested in the position should email Mrs. Denney (📧[email protected]).

Come PLAY 😍 and LEARN 🤓 with us!

Photos from Bethany Lutheran, Port Orchard, WA's post 05/15/2022

Cheer team fundraiser is THIS Saturday!

Here's a sneak peak at what we're raising funds for!

If you can't make it in person, you can shop online! Share the link with family and friends don't have to be local to participate!

FB event link:

Direct shopping link:


Easter 5.22

Divine service for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 15, 2022. Bethany Lutheran Church, Port Orchard; Pastor Pittenger

Photos from Bethany Lutheran, Port Orchard, WA's post 05/14/2022

Congratulations and God’s blessings to our Andrew Ronholt who graduates from Martin Luther College today and will be continuing his studies to serve as a pastor at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary!
Go with God, Andrew and Mercedes Ronholt!


Many useful items were picked up and delivered from this month’s World Vision USA shipment.
Benedict House, which provides emergency and transitional housing to 20 homeless men in Bremerton.
New Beginnings Closet who provides resources to foster parents, FAR clients and low income families in Kitsap County and surrounding areas.
Kitsap County Drug Court Alumni Association whose mission is to serve Kitsap County in community service to give back to alumni that we once took from.
South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Chaplains received diapers for families after a burn out.
We were also able to help care for some of our own families this month with things like diapers and wipes and lamps.
Want to help with this work?
Have a need?
Talk with Pastor and Melissa, Bo and Ruth, Nancy B., Sharon, or Rick and Roberta.
P.S. If you know someone with access to a box truck or trailer, let us know! Sometimes we have access to large items, like Costco furniture sets, but need a way to get them.

Photos from Bethany Lutheran, Port Orchard, WA's post 05/12/2022

Help us love our neighbors by getting books into the hands of children!
We were just able to purchase some great titles at a significant discount. You can help by donating via the QR code below or you could bring money to the office earmarked Bedtime Books at Bethany.


May 2022 UPDATE

Grace and peace to all of you from Jesus the Good Shepherd.

Lots to share! Let me get right to it!

I have returned the call I’d received to serve as pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Carthage, Missouri. (“Returned” means “I’m staying here.” Thanks to so many of you who shared your thoughts about this, I really do appreciate them.

This was a difficult decision to make. Over the past 26 years at Bethany I’ve been blessed with many experiences in the pastoral ministry, most of which have been fairly unique among pastors in our synod. For example; I’ve been part of the up-and-down life cycle of school enrollment, I’ve helped with a building campaign adding five additional classrooms, I’ve been part of a part-time Preschool transitioning to a full-time Early Learning Center, participated in the calling process for a dozen teachers, helped develop our Power Hour program which has been used in more than 15 other places around the country, facilitate our Bedtime Books program reaching thousands of people, been blessed to leading numerous parent/adult contacts through Christian instruction, and have been very involved in supporting the ministry of Evergreen Lutheran High School.

That’s a big list, isn’t it? While my family and I love it here with all of you, this is also what the church in Missouri needs. They need help taking those first steps. As I wrestled with this call I kept wondering “Is it time to share what Bethany has taught me? Is God’s will that I remain here doing all this or is it time to go somewhere else, sharing this knowledge in other places while making room for another pastor to gain the same knowledge here in Port Orchard?”

From my own perspective, (whether you agree in whole, in part, or not at all), that “Christian Education” aspect of both calls is what kept, has kept, and even first brought me here.

First brought me here…I am the product of a Lutheran School much like Bethany; graduating from Salem Lutheran School in Edmonds, WA. There, even unbeknownst to me, my faith was fed every day with God’s Word while Christian men and women were guiding and instructing me.

I am the product of Evergreen Lutheran High School. Again, unbeknownst to me, while I was goofing around, my teachers were patiently guiding and instructing me while my faith was being fed every day.

I would not be a pastor if not for Salem & Evergreen Lutheran, thus I would not be here.

Nor would Mrs. Bergemann. She’s a product of our own Bethany and Evergreen. Or Mr. Lai, he’s a product of Lakewood Lutheran and Evergreen. Mrs. Mantey grew up at St. Paul’s Lutheran and then Lakeside Lutheran High School, Mr. Mantey went to another St. Paul’s and to Martin Luther Academy for high school.

There are countless other examples and nowadays I often spend my time with parents like my own, answering questions about the Christian faith and the Christian life, baptizing their own children, walking along with them on the way to Heaven.

Jesus Himself said that the Church is to make believers by baptizing and by teaching.

We cannot overestimate the impact these institutions and programs have in one person’s life or in the life of a classroom or church sanctuary. Melissa and I make Evergreen work for our kids by painting our own house instead of hiring a painter, we avoid the burden of car payments by driving old junkers, we prioritize the cost of tuition over the countless other ways we could spend the money God blesses us with.

Being a part of baptizing and teaching and walking along with fellow Christians is what I love doing and that is what the church in Missouri was asking me to help them do.

But to help them and accept the call would be to deny my son and daughter the very thing I am so passionate about. Because there aren’t schools like Evergreen in the area of Carthage, my children would either no longer have what I personally believe to be so important OR that they would have that but not live with me in these last few years before they leave for college, military, or work-force. It is fair to say that the schools we own and operate ere a big part of staying versus going.

So, I’m staying but let this serve as fair warning: I intend to keep Christian instruction, for young and old, as one of Bethany’s top priorities.


Summer Worship Schedule begins on Memorial Day Weekend. What that means is that Sunday services on-and-after May 29 are at 9:00am. Monday worship remains unchanged.

Sunday School. Our awesome Sunday School teachers get the summer off, so there is no Sunday School during the summer. However, the adult Bible class has just started watching the series “The Chosen.” It looks like we will continue doing this after the 9am service. Your children are welcome to sit with you if you’d like to take part.

We are praying that camp Lutherhaven will be back this year. Dates would be July 9—14, I’m waiting to make sure we have enough volunteers before officially saying “We really are back.” Stay tuned…

Our youth group is back up and running. God blessed us with amazing proceeds in our Spring Sale so that now we are able to afford the high travel costs of attending the national youth convention this July. There, the teens will participate in Bible classes and worship services with pastors and teachers from across the country. They’ll be mixing, mingling, hiking, even dancing with other Christian teens just like themselves. Pray that God would bless our convention after a two-year COVID break.

Vacation Bible School is not on the schedule as of yet. We need volunteers to serve as director(s), teachers, craft, etc. The first step is to find a person or two to be directors.

As a congregation we continue to recover from COVID. The livestream was a god-send! I fear though that habits have been established which make attendance less of a priority. If there are medical reasons for persons to stay home, they certainly should. Yet I also wonder if church is the only place that people haven’t returned to.

Related to that is attendance. Before COVID, in 2019, our average Sunday/Monday attendance was 208. Running the numbers from this January thru April our average attendance is 127. That puts us at 61% of pre-COVID (or down by 39%). The Barna Institute is reporting national post-COVID church attendance at 80% of pre-COVID. No real surprise that we on the far west coast are behind the Midwest and the Bible belt.

But, thanks be to God, our offerings and stewardship aren’t down 39%. While they have dropped off a bit (again, no surprise) some people switched to “online” giving through their bank or a 3rd party service so that between offerings and COVID funds, we have been able to stay afloat. Pray that as those government funds dry up our own giving would increase to support the work of the church.

One more thing to share with everyone: a new ministry we’re calling “Bethany Blessed.” This is a partnership with World Vision where every month we receive some of their excess inventory and distribute them to Port Orchard, Kitsap County, and even the Olympic Peninsula! We’ve been able to get new socks to the homeless, blankets to victims of house fires, diapers to parents, toys to kids, even cooking appliances and furnishings to people in need of such things. All this is done under the banner of “Bethany Blessed” because we know that because God has blessed we are able to bless others with these things.

Bless, blessed, blessings. A summary of our life together here at Bethany, our church, our school, our early learning center; our fellowship with the churches, schools, and high school in the area; and our presence in our own community serving those God puts in our path. He doesn’t need our works, our service, or our offerings but our neighbors do! Pray that He will continue to do what He has been doing, for the saving of souls.

-Pastor Pittenger

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