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Oct
8
Sun
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 Troop13wreathlady@gmail.com.

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.

Nov
1
Wed
Snow Shoveling
Nov 1 2017 @ 12:00 pm – Apr 15 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Snow Shoveling @ Bethlehem

If you know how to use a snow shovel or even a snow-blower, you are invited to help the Property Team keep the sidewalks clear for Saturday worship, Sunday worship, preschool (Mon-Fri) and special events.

If you have questions, contact Julie Schelstreet.

Verification

 

 

Nov
14
Tue
BLC Staff Meeting
Nov 14 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Finance Committee Meeting
Nov 14 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
“God, Calm My Anxious Heart” Book Study
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
"God, Calm My Anxious Heart" Book Study @ Connection Cafe
Join a group of other Bethlehem women for a 12-week study on Linda Dillow’s book, “God, Calm My Anxious Heart”. Bring your own copy of the book or you can purchase a copy at church for $9 – make checks payable to Kelly Collins. Books will be available in Michelle Fisher’s office.
Please sign up below:

God, Calm My Anxious Heart

 

Verification

 
Nov
15
Wed
Wednesday AA Meeting – Sunshine Group
Nov 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This is a closed discussion meeting run by AA District 61.  Contact AA at publicinfo@aadistrict61.org with any questions.

KidQuest 2017-2018
Nov 15 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Please register your student(s) for KidQuest below. We apologize that children must be registered individually and not grouped by family – it’s a function of how the information is reported and we need to ensure that all student information is captured accurately:

2017-18 KidQuest Registration

 

Verification

 
Confirmation Ministry (Grades 6-8)
Nov 15 @ 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm

 

 

Use the form below to register your student for Confirmation. 

Confirmation 2017

 

Verification

 
Nov
16
Thu
Senior Vitality
Nov 16 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Some join other seniors for some light chair exercises and social time.

AA Meeting
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This is a closed discussion meeting for women only run by AA District 61.  Contact AA at publicinfo@aadistrict61.org with any questions.

Hope Matters
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This is an informal gathering of support and connection for anyone living with mental health challenges, anyone who loves or cares for someone with mental illness; anyone who would like to connect with community resources; anyone who would like to increase awareness and understanding of mental illness. Confidential, non-judgmental listening, sharing, encouraging, praying, being present to one another is part of this group. This is hosted by Bethlehem’s Mental Health Ministry, and all adults are welcome.

Thursday AA Women’s Group
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Nov
17
Fri
Friday Morning Men’s Bible Study
Nov 17 @ 6:30 am – 7:30 am

Men gather for prayer, fellowship, support and study every Friday morning at 6:30 a.m.. This fall, they will join Pastor Mark as he explores some of the most interesting prophets in the Old Testament.  Whether they were reluctant like Jonah, eccentric like Jeremiah, or just less known like Joel, these ancients spoke words of truth to power that still challenge us today.  All men are welcome, come when you can, no registration or previous experience is necessary.  This bible study is continuous throughout the year.

Bethlehem Brass Rehearsal
Nov 17 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Nov
18
Sat
Bethlehem Runners
Nov 18 @ 6:30 am – 8:30 am
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

 

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Saturday Evening Service with Communion
Nov 18 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us for our Saturday Evening Service, a less formal worship service in our sanctuary.  Communion is available every week to all.

Nov
19
Sun
Traditional Worship Service with Communion
Nov 19 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Come join us for our Traditional Worship Service in the Sanctuary.  Communion is served every week and is available to all.  Nursery care is also available to children 3 and under.

Connection Cafe in the Welcome Center
Nov 19 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

Join for a cup of coffee, tea or juice, renew old connections and develop new ones in Bethlehem’s refreshed Connection Cafe.  You can also sign up to host an hour of this time on a Sunday morning by clicking HERE.

Praise Service with Communion
Nov 19 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am

Come join us for our Praise Service in Fellowship Hall.  Praise Service includes a contemporary music band and praise singers.  Communion is served every week and is available to all.  Nursery care is also available to children 3 and under.

Traditional Worship Service with Communion
Nov 19 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Come join us for our Traditional Worship Service in the Sanctuary.  Communion is served every week and is available to all.  Nursery care is also available to children 3 and under.

Sunday Night AA Group
Nov 19 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This is a closed step meeting run by AA District 61.  Contact AA at publicinfo@aadistrict61.org with any questions.

The group meets in room 310 Library/Fireside Lounge.

Nov
20
Mon
Monday Morning Women’s Small Group Study
Nov 20 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
AA Meeting
Nov 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

This is a closed discussion meeting run by AA District 61.  Contact AA at publicinfo@aadistrict61.org with any questions.

Boy Scout Troop 13 Meeting
Nov 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Monday Women’s Big Book Meeting
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This is a closed discussion meeting run by AA District 61.  Contact AA at publicinfo@aadistrict61.org with any questions

Al-Anon Meeting
Nov 20 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This is a closed meeting run by Northern Illinois Al-Anon.  Contact Al-Anon at 630-289-4326 with any questions.

Nov
21
Tue
BLC Staff Meeting
Nov 21 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Congregation Council Meeting
Nov 21 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
“God, Calm My Anxious Heart” Book Study
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
"God, Calm My Anxious Heart" Book Study @ Connection Cafe
Join a group of other Bethlehem women for a 12-week study on Linda Dillow’s book, “God, Calm My Anxious Heart”. Bring your own copy of the book or you can purchase a copy at church for $9 – make checks payable to Kelly Collins. Books will be available in Michelle Fisher’s office.
Please sign up below:

God, Calm My Anxious Heart

 

Verification

 
Sacred Harp Shape Note Singers
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Sacred Harp Shape Note Singers meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month in Room #405.

Nov
22
Wed
Wednesday AA Meeting – Sunshine Group
Nov 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This is a closed discussion meeting run by AA District 61.  Contact AA at publicinfo@aadistrict61.org with any questions.

KidQuest 2017-2018
Nov 22 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Please register your student(s) for KidQuest below. We apologize that children must be registered individually and not grouped by family – it’s a function of how the information is reported and we need to ensure that all student information is captured accurately:

2017-18 KidQuest Registration

 

Verification

 
Collegiate Pizza Dinner
Nov 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

All Bethlehem college students are invited to join us for a Collegiate Pizza Dinner the night before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 22 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Pizza and drinks will be provided at Giordano’s,  3641 E. Main  St. in St. Charles.

Parents, is your student away at school? Let them know about our get-together so they can join us over their break!

Please RSVP by using the form below so we know how much pizza to provide.

Yes, I want to come to the Collegiate Pizza Dinner!

 

Verification

 
Confirmation Ministry (Grades 6-8)
Nov 22 @ 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm

 

 

Use the form below to register your student for Confirmation. 

Confirmation 2017

 

Verification

 
Nov
23
Thu
Senior Vitality
Nov 23 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Some join other seniors for some light chair exercises and social time.

Thanksgiving Service
Nov 23 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Thanksgiving Service @ Sanctuary

Sharing our bounty

Please join us for our annual Thanksgiving Day worship service and food drive at Bethlehem Lutheran Church!

Disciple Kelly Jirschele will share her faith story during the 9 a.m. service in our sanctuary.

Those who attend this special service on Thanksgiving morning are invited to bring donations of non-perishable food and household items that will be sent to the Salvation Army food pantry to be shared with our neighbors. Canned or boxed items are welcome; no glass jars or bottles, please.  Paper products like paper towels or diapers are needed as well!

We will have four worship services the following weekend as usual — 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25; and 8:00, 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 26 — but we will NOT have Sunday School on Nov. 26.

If you can volunteer some time to help pack or deliver the Thanksgiving donations, please sign up below.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

 

Verification

 

 

AA Meeting
Nov 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This is a closed discussion meeting for women only run by AA District 61.  Contact AA at publicinfo@aadistrict61.org with any questions.

Thursday AA Women’s Group
Nov 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Nov
24
Fri
Friday Morning Men’s Bible Study
Nov 24 @ 6:30 am – 7:30 am

Men gather for prayer, fellowship, support and study every Friday morning at 6:30 a.m.. This fall, they will join Pastor Mark as he explores some of the most interesting prophets in the Old Testament.  Whether they were reluctant like Jonah, eccentric like Jeremiah, or just less known like Joel, these ancients spoke words of truth to power that still challenge us today.  All men are welcome, come when you can, no registration or previous experience is necessary.  This bible study is continuous throughout the year.

Bethlehem Brass Rehearsal
Nov 24 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Nov
25
Sat
Advent 2017
Nov 25 – Dec 25 all-day

ADVENT WORSHIP  

Advent 1:

Saturday, Nov. 25 (5:30 p.m.), Sunday, Nov. 26 (8:00, 9:15 and  10:30 a.m.)

Advent 2:

Saturday, Dec. 2 (5:30 p.m.), Sunday, Dec. 3 (8:00, 9:15 and  10:30 a.m.)

Advent 3:

Saturday, Dec. 9 (5:30 p.m.), Sunday, Dec. 10 (8:00, 9:15 and  10:30 a.m.)

Evening Prayer Candlelight Worship:

Wednesday, Dec. 13 (7:00 p.m.)

This is a contemplative service of prayer, candlelight, and simple song. Come to pray, to reflect, to be. All are welcome.

Advent 4 Worship:

Saturday, Dec. 16 (5:30 p.m.)

Advent Music Festival:

Sunday, Dec. 17 (two services, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.)

Holy Communion will be served.

La Posada Worship:

Wednesday, Dec. 20 (7:00 p.m.)

This traditional Mexican experience (brought to us by our Lutheran brothers and sisters of St. Andrew in West Chicago) symbolizes Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay where Jesus could be born.  Click here for more details. 

 

Christmas Eve:

Sunday, Dec. 24 (Six services as described below)

  • 10:30 a.m., Traditional Worship in Sanctuary
  • 2:00 and 4:00 p.m., service with Impromptu Nativity (see description below)  in Fellowship Hall
  • 6:00, 8:00 and 10:30 p.m., Traditional Services in Sanctuary
Christmas 1:

Sunday, Dec. 31 (9:00 a.m. only)

(Please note: No  Saturday evening worship on Dec. 23 or 30, and no services on Christmas Day.  No Sunday School on Dec. 17, 24 and 31)

 

Impromptu Nativity ~ Dec. 24

There are no scripts or stressful rehearsals for this nativity play!  Our annual impromptu reenactment of the nativity scene, with real-life Marys, Josephs, angels, stable animals, and other characters, will take place at the 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve services.  Please mark your calendar so that you don’t miss this annual tradition.   No registration required.

 

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE

Holiday Homebound Visits  ~ Dec. 6-13

Make a visit to a Bethlehem disciple who is often homebound and share Advent blessings from our community. Festive arrangements, with name tags, will be available outside Kelly’s office (near the Sanctuary) to take to each person.  No need to sign up: Just take and deliver!

LSSI’s Riverrain Apartments Holiday Dinner ~ Dec. 8

Four to five additional adults are needed to help serve a catered holiday meal to residents of this senior apartment building in Batavia from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. No cooking, dishwashing or heavy lifting required – just smiles and serving hands. Sharon Booth or Kelly Collins can provide more information (Kelly@bethlehemluth.org).

Lazarus House Service Night, St. Charles  ~ Dec. 9

You can help out many different ways on our service night to provide nourishing food and warm shelter to brothers and sisters in our community. Sign up to prepare or purchase food, or staff the overnight shift on Saturday night. Click here for more information or to sign up.

Hesed House ~ Dec. 22

Sign up on our website to prepare breakfast sandwiches, purchase groceries, or serve a shift overnight as we provide nourishing food and warm shelter to brothers and sisters in the Aurora area.   First-timers are matched with a Bethlehem buddy! Sign up to here here.

OPPORTUNITIES TO GIVE

Christmas Giving Tree  — Nov.30 – Dec.15

This year, we will once again have the opportunity to give to those most vulnerable due to mental and physical illness, disability, or homelessness. By partnering with three local agencies   — Lutheran Social Services’ Greenbrier Apartments in Sycamore, Ecker Center for Mental Health, and Hesed House in Aurora – we are able to provide for some very basic needs and a few pleasures as well. Gift tags, with instructions, will be available on the Christmas Tree in the Connection Café on Nov. 30. Gifts are due back to Bethlehem no later than Dec. 15.

Gifts for Our Community

In addition to the Giving Tree, we would also be very grateful for monetary gifts that allow us to provide support or gifts for people who are struggling in our Bethlehem community. If you wish to contribute, please contact Pastor Sarah, Pastor Bill, or Kelly Collins.

Special Advent Offerings

All year, Bethlehem disciples accompany many of our brothers and sisters in Christ by providing staffing and food at Hesed House in Aurora and Lazarus House in St. Charles.  Both of these agencies also provide comprehensive services to resolve the range of issues that lead to homelessness, so as is tradition at Bethlehem, the offerings from the Dec. 17 Music Festival and the special offering envelopes available in the pews during Advent will go to these very important ministries. We are especially grateful that, this year, National Mutual Benefit will provide matching funds up to $2,500 to support services in our area.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR FUN AND FELLOWSHIP

Parents’ Night Out  ~  Dec. 2

Parents looking for time to do some Christmas shopping or perhaps have a date night can bring their children (6 months to 12  years) to a fun “Parents’ Night Out” event from 4:00 to  8:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. Kids will enjoy dinner, games, a service project and a movie with Bethlehem’s youth and adult mentors. Freewill offerings will go toward  the National Youth Gathering next summer.  For more details, or to sign up your children, click here.

 Women’s Potluck Advent Buffet  ~ December 5

Celebrate Advent with a potluck dinner, fellowship and a special hands-on service project at the annual Women’s Advent Buffet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5.  All are welcome to attend; please bring a main or side dish serving 10 to 12.  Participants will be creating care packages for people in inpatient substance abuse treatment at LSSI’s Behavioral Health Center. Please bring one item from each of four categories:  A $10 gift card, warm socks, a food treat and a personal hygiene item.  RSVP  here.

KidQuest  Caroling Night and Pizza Dinner ~ December 6

KidsQuest children and their families and friends,  and any other Bethlehem disciples who would like to join the fun, will meet in the Choir Room at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6 for caroling at a local senior care center. Weather permitting, we will walk as a group to the center and sing, then return to Bethlehem at 5:15 for a pizza dinner. Please wear warm clothing and bring a flashlight! If you’d like to help chaperone, please email Eva Richards, Eva@bethlehemluth.org.

Annual Progressive Dinner ~ December 9

Members who have registered for this annual event – from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, will travel to several disciples’ homes over the course of the evening to enjoy the various courses of a holiday dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

Bethlehem Runners
Nov 25 @ 6:30 am – 8:30 am
Saturday Evening Service with Communion
Nov 25 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us for our Saturday Evening Service, a less formal worship service in our sanctuary.  Communion is available every week to all.

Nov
26
Sun
Traditional Worship Service with Communion
Nov 26 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Come join us for our Traditional Worship Service in the Sanctuary.  Communion is served every week and is available to all.  Nursery care is also available to children 3 and under.

Connection Cafe in the Welcome Center
Nov 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

Join for a cup of coffee, tea or juice, renew old connections and develop new ones in Bethlehem’s refreshed Connection Cafe.  You can also sign up to host an hour of this time on a Sunday morning by clicking HERE.

Praise Service with Communion
Nov 26 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am

Come join us for our Praise Service in Fellowship Hall.  Praise Service includes a contemporary music band and praise singers.  Communion is served every week and is available to all.  Nursery care is also available to children 3 and under.

Traditional Worship Service with Communion
Nov 26 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Come join us for our Traditional Worship Service in the Sanctuary.  Communion is served every week and is available to all.  Nursery care is also available to children 3 and under.

Sunday Night AA Group
Nov 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This is a closed step meeting run by AA District 61.  Contact AA at publicinfo@aadistrict61.org with any questions.

The group meets in room 310 Library/Fireside Lounge.

Nov
27
Mon
Monday Morning Women’s Small Group Study
Nov 27 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Bethlehem Lutheran Church