The public is invited to a welcoming reception on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Connected Fair Trade, located at 131 N. Main in Lindsborg. Make your RSVP to Campus Pastor Noni Strand by Friday, Nov. 15, at noon at firstname.lastname@example.org or (785) 227-3380, 8340.
The community is also invited to hear Maas preach during Chapel service on Monday, Nov. 18, at 10:30 a.m. in Burnett Center.
As a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Bethany sustains an ongoing dialog about its Lutheran identity. Bishops of the supporting and surrounding synods are invited to campus to explore this identity. While here, Maas will meet students and learn more about life at Bethany, explore with the college ways Bethany can provide support and serve as a resource for the Nebraska Synod, and discuss how the two organizations can best partner with each other. Maas will address the role of Lutheran higher education as a part of Bethany’s mission and identity and how God is calling us to faithful service.
The Rev. Brian Maas serves as bishop of the Nebraska Synod, ELCA. A graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University and Yale Divinity School with a certificate of studies from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Bishop Maas was ordained in 1992. He served three congregations, including Emmanuel Lutheran in Tekamah, Neb., Immanuel Lutheran in Kansas City, Mo., and First Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Neb. He was elected bishop of the Nebraska Synod in June 2012. Bishop Maas and his family live in Lincoln, Neb. He preached at Bethany’s 2013 Baccalaureate service.