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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

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 Lucas Cranach’s altarpiece for St. Mary’s  Church in Wittenberg as a “teaching tool.”   Please note: A copy of the altarpiece will not be on display in the sanctuary the week before Reformation Day, as previously planned, but copies will be available for disciples to examine during the sermon

Make sure to wear red to worship in celebration of God’s reforming Spirit at work in the church and in the world!

 

Oct
29
Sun
“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

 

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Nov
18
Sat
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.

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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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