Grounded in faith, Chase finds his voice

Faith in Action. Monthly disability news and updates from Bethesda Lutheran Communities.

Faith in Action. Monthly disability news and updates from Bethesda Lutheran Communities.

It’s a steamy Sunday in July, and Chase is sitting at the front of a presentation hall in the Minneapolis Con-vention Center. Hundreds of teenagers are streaming in, laughing and chattering while they find seats. It’s the 2019 LCMS National Youth Gathering, and all the work Chase has been doing for the last six months has come to this. In a few short minutes, he’ll be sharing his story with a packed room of conference attendees. He’s never done anything like this before.

“I would not have had the confidence [to present] if I wouldn’t have come here to Bethesda,” he says. “Because if I didn’t speak in front of people at Bethesda, I don’t think I would have been able to do it today.”

Chase has a developmental disability and limited vision—but his biggest disability is his anxiety.

“He worries about what things are coming up,” says Tawnya Arueya, Area Director. “He would perseverate on those same issues and it would cause him to be really upset and really anxious.”

“Bethesda has helped Chase with his anxiety by being able to talk about what causes his anxieties and why does he get nervous about things, as well as going over goals and steps to improve how he handles situations,” says James Tierney, a Direct Support Professional (DSP) who’s known Chase for 10 years.

“With Bethesda, I’ve been able to manage anxiety and I’ve been able to cope with stuff better than I could have if I wouldn’t have been with them,” Chase says.

Chase has shown incredible growth at Bethesda, says James. But that’s not Chase’s only support—whenever he starts to feel scared or anxious, his faith gives him courage.

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Photo gallery from Zion’s 2017 Reformation Festival which also included “Trunk or Treat”

Readings and Sermon: Sunday October 20, 2019


View the Bulletin for Sunday October 20, 2019
Service times: 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Bible Study and Sunday school: 9:15 a.m.

Old Testament Reading -Genesis 32:22–30
The same night [Jacob] arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had. And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.”

Epistle - 2 Timothy 3:14—4:5
As for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the eighteenth chapter.
[Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”