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Oct
8
Sun
Celebrating 500 years of the Reformation
Oct 8 – Oct 31 all-day

Celebrating 500 years of Reformation

Oct. 8 at 9:15-10:15am, Education Hall: You say “tomato” and I say “tomahto”: Lutherans and Catholics at 500, led by Dr. Cristie Traina (Professor of Religious Studies, Northwestern University; Pastor Bill’s wife)

 When Martin Luther nailed up his list of 95 complaints against Western Christianity, no one imagined that it would spark a division lasting for half a millennium. For centuries, both Lutherans and Catholics have defined themselves as “not those other guys” while in fact moving closer.  Come learn some of the reasons we’ve decided to “call the calling off off” and commemorate the Reformation together.

Sunday, Oct. 15 at 9:15-10:15am or 10:30-11:30am, Education Hall: Watch Rick Steves’ video: “Luther and the Reformation”

Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther kicked off the Protestant Reformation, which contributed to the birth of our modern age. In this one-hour special — filmed on location in Europe — Rick Steves tells the story of a humble monk who lived a dramatic life. Rick visits key sites relating to the Reformation (including Erfurt, Wittenberg, and Rome) and explores the complicated political world of 16th-century Europe — from indulgences to iconoclasts, and from the printing press to the Counter-Reformation. It’s a story of power, rebellion and faith that you’ll never forget.

 

Sunday, Oct. 22 at 9:15-10:15am or 10:30-11:30am, Education Hall: Discussion on Rick Steves’ “Luther and the Reformation” film; led by Rev. Andrew Packman

Watch the film at church or watch it at home, and then join Andrew for discussion on the Reformation—its people, places, and impact—then and now!

Oct. 22: “Beer and Hymns” at The Office; 4:00-6:00 pm

Love the good ol’ hymns of our Lutheran tradition? Love a good ol’ lager? This event brings the two together! Join us at The Office in downtown St. Charles (201 E Main Street) for a good ol’ sing-along. Invite your friends and neighbors! We’ll meet in the upstairs Board Room (handicap accessible from the back). Organizers: Joshua McClure and Pastor Sarah

Oct. 23-29: The Lucas Cranach Altarpiece displayed in sanctuary at BLC

Lucas Cranach was known as the “Painter of the Reformation.” He was a good friend of Martin and Katie Luther. Cranach embraced the theology of the Reformation and used his artwork to teach Reformation principles, as taught by Luther. He painted the altarpiece to hang in St. Mary’s Church in Wittenberg. A 8’x 20’ copy of Cranach’s altarpiece will hang in Bethlehem’s sanctuary Oct. 23-29. Stop by anytime during the week to get a good look at Cranach’s artwork in preparation for Reformation Sunday! Pastor Ruben Duran will be preaching on Sunday October 29 for our Reformation celebration here at Bethlehem and he will be using Cranach’s altarpiece as a “teaching tool.”

October 29: Reformation Worship at 8:00, 9:15, and 10:30am ~ WEAR RED!

Pastor Ruben Duran, ELCA Director for New Congregational Development and a disciple at Bethlehem, will be preaching at all services on Reformation Sunday. He will be using Cranach’s altarpiece as a “teaching tool.” Make sure to wear red to worship in celebration of God’s reforming Spirit at work in the church and in the world!

 

Oct
21
Sat
Stepping Stones: 3rd Grade First Communion Workshop
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

As we help children prepare to receive Holy Communion for the first time, we support families as they grow in faith. The workshop is geared towards third graders and their parent(s), but is open to all who feel their child is ready to receive this gift. During this workshop we will explore how God’s love is communicated to us through the sacraments, learn how to receive communion, and prepare a special chalice that each student will use during their first communion service. The cost is $10, and scholarships are available.

First Communion Workshop Registration

 

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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.

Jan
20
Sat
Stepping Stones: 1st Graders
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Stepping Stones: 1st Graders

First Grade Stepping Stone: Beginner Bible Workshop

First Graders and their parents are invited to attend a short, insightful and fun, “How to Use the Bible at Home” workshop.  The cost is $20 per child for materials, but scholarships are available.

PLEASE REGISTER BELOW.

1st Grade Beginner Bible Workshop

 

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Stepping Stones: 2nd Graders
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Stepping Stones: 2nd Graders

Second Grade Stepping Stone: Prayer Bears

This workshop is designed to help second graders and their parents take a beginning step in growing a faith relationship with God through prayer.  Each student will construct a Prayer Bear that will help them learn how to pray every day and in every situation.

The registration fee is $10 per child to cover the cost of the Prayer Bear, but scholarships are available.

Please register below:

 
 

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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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