On January 17, 2014 Nebraska District Court Judge Harder granted Bethel Lutheran Church’s request for dismissal of the lawsuit brought against her by a small minority of ELCA supporters. This is the second dismissal of this complaint granting Bethel her rights and freedoms guaranteed under the 1st Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America.
We at Bethel are relieved and elated by the courts decision. Judges rarely grant dismissals as they believe that everyone deserves their day in court. For a judge to grant 2 dismissals is a miracle orchestrated by Almighty God alone. While the plaintiffs have a right to appeal, we pray that they will instead choose to accept this outcome.
For the last two years Bethel has sought to return to and ground herself in her strong doctrinal Lutheran Heritage while at the same time to be evangelical inviting those who do not have a church home to “come and see” what we are up to. At the time of its Exodus from the ELCA Bethel was financially in dire straits. This year Bethel has been blessed with a surplus even after contributing over $30,000 to various missions.
We know that saying thank you to the Lord is not even close to enough however we will continue to honor him by making faithful use of the gifts that he has bestowed upon our church family. If one wants to know about the true presence of the Holy Spirit ask any Bethel Lutheran Church member!!!