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Dec
20
Sun
Advent and Christmas Schedule
Dec 20 @ 8:00 am – Dec 27 @ 11:00 am
Advent and Christmas Schedule

As we Embrace the Dark, and Wait for the Light, we have many opportunities to worship and enjoy fellowship. Join us as we celebrate God’s gifts and the birth of His Son! If you would like to help greet visitors or other needs at 1 of our services, please click here for volunteer options.

Click here for the full Advent and Christmas Schedule. 

Christmas Festival
Dec 20 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Join us for our Advent and Christmas Music Festival in the Sanctuary.

Christmas Festival
Dec 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

One of the highlights of December is our annual music festival in which all of our vocal and instrumental ensembles lead us into a beautiful journey into the Advent and Christmas season. Gathering in our sanctuary, this year’s festival will continue our Advent theme: Dark Awaits the Dawn. During the festival, a special offering will be taken to support our homeless ministries at Lazarus and Hesed Houses. Once again this year, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will generously match our gifts up to $1,000. Plan now to invite friends and neighbors to join us for this inspiring holiday worship.

Christmas Festival
Dec 20 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am

Join us for our Advent and Christmas Music Festival in the Sanctuary.

Feb
10
Wed
Journey of Lent
Feb 10 @ 8:00 am – Mar 27 @ 9:00 am

Join us for opportunities to worship during the journey of Lent as we approach the joyful celebration of Christ’s resurrection!Lent and Easter

Ash Wednesday Service
Feb 10 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Ash Wednesday Service

Join us for the beginning of Lent with our Ash Wednesday service.

Ash Wednesday Service
Feb 10 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Ash Wednesday Service

Join us for the beginning of Lent with our Ash Wednesday service.

Feb
11
Thu
Lenten Devotional-Plunging Into Scripture
Feb 11 @ 9:00 am – Mar 27 @ 10:00 am
Lenten Devotional-Plunging Into Scripture

Click here to read our 2016 Lenten Devotional.

Most of us have a Bible at home. Most of us regard the Bible as sacred and authoritative for our lives of faith. But how many of us feel incapable when it comes to picking it up and reading it?

For most of my life, I felt poorly-equipped to read the Bible. A combination of its hefty size and difficult language left me feeling deflated by my own lack of understanding and frustrated by how hard it was to find something in there that felt relevant to my life.

Seminary helped, for sure. But more than the classes I took on Old Testament literature, more than the Greek verbs I spent hours memorizing, what helped me the most was this insight from one of my professors: that the purpose of reading Scripture is less about “figuring it out” or “reading it the right way” and much more about forming a relationship with a living Word that, each and every time, has the potential to reshape us as people of God. In other words, the Bible is not just meant to be studied or analyzed, but to be savored and experienced in a way that can really change us as people, parents, children, citizens, employees, and disciples.

I’m so thankful for the 47 disciples in our community who were willing to open their hearts and minds to Scripture and share with us how a particular passage spoke to them. I pray that the reflections and insights shared in this devotional will bring meaning to your Lenten journey. I also hope it will inspire you to dig into God’s Word every day and be open to what God might say to you through these ancient and living words.

God’s blessings to you,

Pastor Sarah

 

Feb
17
Wed
Wednesday Vespers
Feb 17 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Join us for a special tradition during our midweek worship services on Wednesdays. These services feature the the music of Holden Evening Prayer service and the personal stories and faith journeys of our own Bethlehem disciples. The services are approximately 45 minutes long. 

Feb
24
Wed
Wednesday Vespers
Feb 24 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Join us for a special tradition during our midweek worship services on Wednesdays. These services feature the the music of Holden Evening Prayer service and the personal stories and faith journeys of our own Bethlehem disciples. The services are approximately 45 minutes long. 

Mar
2
Wed
Wednesday Vespers
Mar 2 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Join us for a special tradition during our midweek worship services on Wednesdays. These services feature the the music of Holden Evening Prayer service and the personal stories and faith journeys of our own Bethlehem disciples. The services are approximately 45 minutes long. 

Mar
9
Wed
Wednesday Vespers
Mar 9 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Join us for a special tradition during our midweek worship services on Wednesdays. These services feature the the music of Holden Evening Prayer service and the personal stories and faith journeys of our own Bethlehem disciples. The services are approximately 45 minutes long. 

Mar
19
Sat
Palm/Passion Weekend
Mar 19 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us for festival worship as we celebrate the beginning of Holy Week by remembering Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem and hear the telling of the Passion story. All of our choirs and Praise Team will lead us in worship during special service times in the Sanctuary. 

Mar
20
Sun
Palm/Passion Weekend
Mar 20 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Join us for festival worship as we celebrate the beginning of Holy Week by remembering Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem and hear the telling of the Passion story. All of our choirs and Praise Team will lead us in worship during special service times in the Sanctuary. 

Palm/Passion Weekend
Mar 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Join us for festival worship as we celebrate the beginning of Holy Week by remembering Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem and hear the telling of the Passion story. All of our choirs and Praise Team will lead us in worship during special service times in the Sanctuary. 

Palm/Passion Weekend
Mar 20 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am

Join us for festival worship as we celebrate the beginning of Holy Week by remembering Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem and hear the telling of the Passion story. All of our choirs and Praise Team will lead us in worship during special service times in the Sanctuary. 

Mar
24
Thu
Maundy Thursday Luncheon
Mar 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Maundy Thursday Luncheon

Join us for lunch followed by the worship service at 1:30 p.m. This is a special and festive gathering of fellowship for our senior disciples.

Invitations will be arriving soon!

This is a special opportunity for others to serve and celebrate the witness of our senior disciples. Volunteers will be needed, so please watch your weekend Registration Slips!

We will miss Patrick Dockins!  Thank you for 4 awesome years!

Please contact Kelly Collins at kelly@bethlehemluth.org or Lynne Hepler, 630-377-1857  if interested.

 

Mar
25
Fri
Good Friday Worship
Mar 25 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Join us for solemn remembrance of Christ’s journey to the cross. This candlelight service features hymns, special music, prayers and it is held in the Sanctuary.

Mar
27
Sun
Easter Sunday Worship
Mar 27 @ 6:15 am – 7:15 am

Join us for this joyful celebration of Christ’s resurrection! Notice the adjusted services times of 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 am. These services feature special music by our ensembles and Holy Communion.

Easter Breakfast
Mar 27 @ 7:00 am – 10:30 am
Easter Breakfast

Egg Bakes, Beignets and More – Bethlehem’s Easter Breakfast!

Join us before or after Easter services to enjoy a delicious hot breakfast prepared and served by our youth.  A free-will offering will be received and all proceeds go to support youth activities and events. As in the past we will be asking for donations of fresh fruit the week prior to Easter. A more specific list will be provided in the registration slip in early March.

Easter Sunday Worship
Mar 27 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Join us for this joyful celebration of Christ’s resurrection! Notice the adjusted services times of 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 am. These services feature special music by our ensembles and Holy Communion.

Easter Sunday Worship
Mar 27 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Join us for this joyful celebration of Christ’s resurrection! Notice the adjusted services times of 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 am. These services feature special music by our ensembles and Holy Communion

Easter Sunday Worship
Mar 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for this joyful celebration of Christ’s resurrection! Notice the adjusted services times of 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 am. These services feature special music by our ensembles and Holy Communion

May
1
Sun
Kids’ Worship Festival
May 1 @ 9:00 am – 11:45 am
Kids' Worship Festival

Sunday, May 1, 9:00 and 10:45 AM in Fellowship Hall. Join our kids as they share with us what they have learned this year through music and the word of God. This year’s theme in Adventure Club was “Stepping Up, Stepping Out.” The children learned how we can step out of our comfort zone for God, that we can all be disciples in the most ordinary of places, and that we are called to bring our faith with us in our daily lives. You will hear from every group of our children’s ministry during this special worship service. Come ready to learn and be impressed by what our kids are doing here at Bethlehem.

 

May
15
Sun
Pentecost Worship Festival
May 15 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pentecost Worship Festival

Special worship times: 8:00, 9:15 & 10:30 AM. The day of Pentecost is the end of 50 days of the Easter celebration. After showing himself to the disciples and after having ascended, Jesus’ followers received the promised gift of the Holy Spirit. On the fiftieth day of Easter, our worship is filled with festivity, color and movement as we both conclude the Easter celebration and welcome anew the gift of the Holy Spirit. Our services will be held in the Sanctuary and feature our Senior Choir, Bells, and Praise Team. Mark your calendars for this exciting day of worship AND be sure to wear RED!

 

Oct
29
Sat
Confirmation Service
Oct 29 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Confirmation Service @ Sanctuary

The entire Bethlehem community is invited to participate in this service as our young adults reaffirm their baptism in the Rite of Confirmation.

Nov
23
Wed
Thanksgiving Worship & Food Drive ~ 9:00am
Nov 23 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Dec
15
Thu
Hospitality Team
Dec 15 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 25 @ 7:00 pm

If you would like to help welcome members and guests to worship on our busy Christmas Eve worship services, please sign up below. Thank you for spreading Bethlehem hospitality.

 

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Feb
17
Fri
Christ the King Youth Group Visit
Feb 17 @ 5:00 pm – Feb 19 @ 12:00 pm
Christ the King Youth Group Visit

The Youth Group of Christ the King Lutheran Church from New Brighton, MN will be with us on Saturday and Sunday, February 18-19 to present an original musical entitled iBelieve”. While they’re here, we want to make sure that they are well cared for so we are asking our congregation to provide housing. We anticipate a need of up to 25 homes on Friday, February 17, so if you are willing and able to host 2 or more members of their group, please sign up below. More details will be coming soon.

 

May
25
Thu
LSSI & CASA Kane County Foster Parent Outreach Seminar
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Jul
23
Sun
LSSI Backpack Project
Jul 23 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pick up a backpack or backpack tag in worship starting on Saturday, July 22 and July 23. You’ll be providing a new backpack full of school supplies for an LSSI foster child. School supply details will be listed on the card based on needs by age group.

Backpacks will be blessed in worship on Sunday, August 6 before being delivered to LSSI on August 7.

If you would like to make a monetary donation to help with the cost of the backpacks, click the DONATE button below and you can contribute through PayPal. You can also put a check in a pew envelope and place it in an offering plate designated as “Backpack Project”.

Thank you for your generous support!

 

 

Aug
6
Sun
LSSI Backpacks Blessed in Worship
Aug 6 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Aug
16
Wed
Rummage Sale Fundraiser for LSSI
Aug 16 @ 8:00 am – Aug 19 @ 12:00 pm
Aug
17
Thu
Rummage Sale Fundraiser for LSSI
Aug 17 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

PLEASE SIGN UP BELOW TO HELP WITH THE SALE:

Rummage Sale Volunteer

 

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Rummage Sale Fundraiser for LSSI
Aug 17 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Aug
19
Sat
Rummage Sale Fundraiser for LSSI
Aug 19 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW TO REGISTER TO HELP:

Rummage Sale Volunteer

 

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