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Living in Grace and Gratitude – Stewardship Focus 2017
Oct 2 – Nov 12 all-day

“Living in Grace & Gratitude”

Bethlehem’s Stewardship Focus 2017

Everything we have is the gift of a generous God that comes to us as lavish grace birthing within us a sense of gratitude.  Our stewardship theme this year is “Living in Grace & Gratitude,” and for the next several weeks we at Bethlehem will explore together how we can more faithfully practice noticing God at work in our daily lives.

As a foundation, we will use Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, “An Altar in the World.”  Each week we will offer:  devotions based upon that week’s theme;  small group opportunities, which invites us to reflect further on that theme; and, each Sunday, we will offer a sermon based upon that week’s chapter.  The themes/dates are as follows:

Oct 7/8           The Practice of Paying Attention

Click here for this week’s devotional guide 

When was the last time you stopped and noticed something in your daily life as beautiful or unusual and therefore holy?

Small group discussion:  10:00am Thursday, October 5, in the Library/Fireside Lounge, led by Deacon Heather Feltman

Oct 14/15        The Practice of Waking Up to God

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When God encounters us in our ordinary lives, right in the middle of a place we had never though as particularly ‘holy’, we can keep on going and ignore it, or we can set down an altar?

Small group discussions:  10:00am Thursday, October 12, in the Library/Fireside Lounge, led by Pastor Bill Hutchison

6:00 pm Thursday, October 12, in the Library/Fireside Lounge, led by Dee Johnson


Oct 21/22          The Practice of Being Present to God

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Is there a right way to pray?  What are your ‘alternative’ prayer practices? And what makes them prayer-like for you?  Taylor writes in her book, “To say I love God, but I do not pray much, is like saying I love life but I do not breathe much!”

Small group discussions:  10:00 am Thursday, October 19, in the Library/Fireside Lounge, led by Pastor Sarah Rohde


 Nov 4/5             The Practice of Pronouncing Blessing

  Click here for this week’s devotional guide

To pronounce a blessing on something is to see it from the divine perspective. To meet someone with a blessing on your lips is quite different than many of our daily interactions.  But it may open us up to some unexpected altars!

Small group discussions:  10:00am Thursday, November 2, in the Library/Fireside Lounge, led by Deacon Heather Feltman

7:00 pm Thursday, November 2, led by Craig Collins (check video screen for room assignment)

Nov 11/12         Re-commitment Weekend

We will celebrate together the many ways God has been at work in our lives!  This weekend, we will take time to present our estimates of giving at all worship services.


Copies of “An Altar in the World” are available for purchase.  Please contact Deacon Heather Feltman at to order a copy.


Members of the BLC Stewardship Team:

Dan Kassow — As a life long Lutheran, I have come to appreciate the value of finding a true church home.  My wife and I are incredibly pleased with Bethlehem and look forward to establishing out roots here.  Growing up in the Lutheran church, I had the privilege of being actively involved in various aspects of church culture.  My goal is to grow my faith and fellowship here at Bethlehem! (Click to read Dan’s “Mission Moment.”)

Steve Sikorski

Richard Husby

Pastor Bill Hutchison

Deacon Heather Feltman

Boy Scout Troop #13 Holiday Greens Fundraiser
Oct 8 – Nov 26 all-day
Boy Scout Troop #13 Holiday Greens Fundraiser @ Bethlehem

Order your holiday greens from Bethlehem’s Boy Scout Troop #13. You can place your order directly with a Scout in the Connection Cafe on Sunday, October 8 or Sunday, October 22, or via email to

Click the Order Form link below to see a list of available items and prices. You can pay for your order when you pick up your items on Sunday, November 19 or Sunday, November 26.

Troop 13 thanks you for your support.

NOTE: There are 2 pages of product information. Under the brochure you’ll see 2 dots – Click on them to turn the page.


Click HERE to download the order form. Please fill out the form and turn it in to the church office or put it in the Boy Scout Troop #13 mailbox in the Duplicating Room. Payment is due at the time of pickup.

“Trunk or Treat” ~ Sunday, October 29 ~ 3:00-4:00pm
Oct 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Kids of all  ages welcome at Bethlehem’s Trunk or Treat event!

Halloween is such a magical time of dress-up and pretend for kids.  Disciples of all ages can be a part of that fun this year with Bethlehem’s Trunk or Treat event on Sunday, October 29, from 3:00-4:00pm!

Weather-permitting, children of all ages are invited to trick or treat in the church’s back parking lot.  How does this work?  Any disciple can sign up to be a “trunk.”  This means you’ll park your car in our lot, fill the trunk with peanut-free treats and non-scary Halloween decorations, and greet our happy Halloweeners as they parade around! Children, accompanied by a parent, will stop at each trunk and show off their costumes.

The playground and backyard area will serve as home base for families, and story time will be held in the grass.   Also, as part of the afternoon, we’ll be giving back part of our candy load to needy children at Hesed House.

Sign up your “trunk” and/or register your children to particpate in this free event!

Trunk or Treat registrations



Feed My Starving Children ~ November 11
Nov 11 @ 8:45 am – 11:15 am


Join Bethlehem disciples and other friends from8:45 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 11, for a fun and rewarding time of packing food for malnourished children around the world. Feed My Starving Children isn’t a food bank where you’re sorting food donations and repacking them for distribution. Instead, FMSC invites volunteers to pack their scientifically developed food formulas that are specifically designed to help starving and malnourished children recover and put them on a road to improved health and development.

This is a wonderful family activity for everyone age 8 and above (everyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). You’ll be part of a fun assembly-line process in an energy-packed, music-filled room with 150 like-minded people who want to do their small part to help others.

The session starts at 9:00am so please be at the site no later than 8:45 to connect with the group and receive orientation information.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Dennis Finney at

Feed My Starving Children - Saturday, Nov. 11, 8:45 - 11:;30 a.m.



Family Advent Fair
Nov 11 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Family Advent Fair @ Fellowship Hall

Family Advent Fair – Keepsake Christmas 

When you think of prepping for the holidays, does the word “peace” come to mind?  If not, you’re not alone!  For many of us, this can be an overwhelming time of year!  Come spend a night making memories and learning about the greatest gift of all – Jesus Christ.

Prepare for the birth of our savior in a whole new way…   Meet other families while enjoying a pizza dinner, family activities, crafts, music, story time, and more.  Make time for your family with Bethlehem’s Family Advent Fair on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 5:00-7:30 p.m.




Fall Cleanup Day
Nov 18 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fall Cleanup Day @ All over Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Please join the Property Team to spruce up the Church grounds or assist us in some inside “housekeeping ” projects. We are family friendly and provide tasks/projects based on ability and personal preference. A noon meal will be provided to all volunteers. Please sign up below so the team leaders know how much food to order.

Register your attendance



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.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church