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Dec
17
Sun
Advent Festival Sunday ~ December 17
Dec 17 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Two worship services at 8:30am and 10:30am featuring Bethlehem’s music ensembles and dramatic readings.

Dec
20
Wed
La Posada
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
La Posada @ Fellowship Hall

Join us for a Mexican “Posada” at Bethlehem at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, in Fellowship Hall.

Our Lutheran brothers and sisters from St. Andrew in West Chicago will bring this traditional Mexican experience to us.

Posada means “inn” in Spanish, and this celebration symbolizes Mary and Joseph’s long, frustrating search for a place to stay where Jesus could be born. Participants re-enact this story through song. Once Mary and Joseph are welcomed in, the service continues with Scripture, a brief homily, prayers and more songs. After the service, everyone is invited for refreshments, a piñata, fellowship and more Christmas music.

Posadas are held the nine nights before Christmas eve, and we are fortunate to have one of them here! We are invited to bring and serve refreshments.

Please fill out the form if you are able to help Ingrid Nelson plan and decorate for this event or provide refreshments.  It would be helpful  in planning if you could indicate your possible attendance, but reservations are NOT required — we want everyone to feel welcome to take part in this wonderful event.

La Posada service

 

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Mar
9
Fri
Stepping Stones: 4th Graders
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Fourth Graders and their parents are invited to a special Stepping Stones workshop to explore the Bible and discover how it can be a source of comfort and guidance every day. Each student will receive a brand new Bible written for just for their age.

The workshop will also include:

A review of the divisions of the Bible, how the Bible came to us, and the importance of the Bible in our everyday lives.

We will be highlighting some key passages and important stories in the Bible.

Learn about how and where to find passages relating to particular topics.

Help you and your child to reconnect around issues of faith and growing together.

The registration fee includes the cost of the new Bible and a pizza snack.

Fourth Grade Bible Workshop Registration

 

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Stepping Stones: 5th Graders
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Fifth Grade Stepping Stone: Family Values Workshop

This workshop will highlight what it means to be part of the family of God and how our own families carry on traditions, teachings and blessings.  The cost is $10 per child for materials, but scholarships are available.

Please bring these additional items for the workshop:

  1. Pictures of your family including grandparent(s) or great grandparent(s) to make a framed 12” x 12” scrapbook page (4 to 6 pictures). If you have scrapbook tools including: paper trimmer, punches, etc. to help complete the project, please bring them. We will provide paper, adhesive, some punches and a few paper trimmers.
  2. An unmarked baby picture of yourself and of your child – for a game we will play that night
  3. Anything about your child’s and your own baptism
  4. Something unique, but related, to each of your generation’s entertainment technology: for example, a deck of cards and a PSP.

Please register below.

 

Fifth Grade Family Values Workshop Registration

 

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