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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

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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

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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

“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



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.

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.


1st Grade Beginner Bible Workshop





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:





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



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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