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Oct
2
Mon
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

Click here for this week’s devotional guide 

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

Click here for this week’s devotional guide

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

Click here for this week’s devotional guide

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

  Click here for this week’s devotional guide

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 Heather@bethlehemluth.org 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

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.

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Nov
7
Tue
BLC Staff Meeting
Nov 7 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Ruth Circle
Nov 7 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
“God, Calm My Anxious Heart” Book Study
Nov 7 @ 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

 

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Sacred Harp Shape Note Singers
Nov 7 @ 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
8
Wed
Wednesday AA Meeting – Sunshine Group
Nov 8 @ 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 8 @ 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

 

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

 

 

Use the form below to register your student for Confirmation. 

Confirmation 2017

 

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

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

CASA Kane County Information Session ~ November 9
Nov 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

CASA Kane County Information Session – November 9

Enjoy working with children and youth?  Want to make a difference in the life of a child who has been abused and neglected?  CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Kane County is a nonprofit organization providing support and advocacy for children who have been the victims of abuse and/or neglect.

CASA Kane County and Bethlehem are sponsoring an information session from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm on Thursday, November 9, at the Kane County Courthouse in Geneva for those who would like to learn more about CASA. This is a powerful way to live as disciples, speaking for and standing up for vulnerable children in our community. Whether you are interested in volunteering, or would just like to learn more about this special agency, join us!

Questions?  Contact current CASA volunteers and Bethlehem members, Craig Collins (630.442.9203) or Bill/Sandy Leitsch or Barb/Bill Herman.

Please sign up below if you can attend the information session.

CASA Kane County Information Session

 

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AA Meeting
Nov 9 @ 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 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Nov
10
Fri
Friday Morning Men’s Bible Study
Nov 10 @ 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 10 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Nov
11
Sat
Bethlehem Runners
Nov 11 @ 6:30 am – 8:30 am
Feed My Starving Children ~ November 11
Nov 11 @ 8:45 am – 11:15 am

 

Join Bethlehem disciples and other friends from8:45 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 11, for a fun and rewarding time of packing food for malnourished children around the world. Feed My Starving Children isn’t a food bank where you’re sorting food donations and repacking them for distribution. Instead, FMSC invites volunteers to pack their scientifically developed food formulas that are specifically designed to help starving and malnourished children recover and put them on a road to improved health and development.

This is a wonderful family activity for everyone age 8 and above (everyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). You’ll be part of a fun assembly-line process in an energy-packed, music-filled room with 150 like-minded people who want to do their small part to help others.

The session starts at 9:00am so please be at the site no later than 8:45 to connect with the group and receive orientation information.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Dennis Finney at dennisrfinney@aol.com.

Feed My Starving Children - Saturday, Nov. 11, 8:45 - 11:;30 a.m.

 

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Family Advent Fair
Nov 11 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Family Advent Fair @ Fellowship Hall

Family Advent Fair – Keepsake Christmas 

When you think of prepping for the holidays, does the word “peace” come to mind?  If not, you’re not alone!  For many of us, this can be an overwhelming time of year!  Come spend a night making memories and learning about the greatest gift of all – Jesus Christ.

Prepare for the birth of our savior in a whole new way…   Meet other families while enjoying a pizza dinner, family activities, crafts, music, story time, and more.  Make time for your family with Bethlehem’s Family Advent Fair on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 5:00-7:30 p.m.

ADVENT FAIR 2017

 

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Saturday Evening Service with Communion
Nov 11 @ 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.

Lazarus House Homeless Ministry
Nov 11 @ 6:00 pm – Nov 12 @ 8:00 am
Lazarus House Homeless Ministry @ Lazarus House | St. Charles | Illinois | United States

Please sign up below to support Bethlehem’s Lazarus House Homeless Ministry.

Lazarus House Volunteer Registration

 

 

 

Nov
12
Sun
Traditional Worship Service with Communion
Nov 12 @ 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 12 @ 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 12 @ 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 12 @ 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.

New Member Classes
Nov 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Bethlehem Lutheran Church continues to experience the blessings of visitors who regularly join with us in our worship life. We are currently re-imagining the format and schedule for how we welcome our visitors into a deeper relationship with Christ and this congregation. By offering a series of classes that explore biblical and historical foundations of Christianity, as well as an overview of the Lutheran tradition known as the ELCA and the place of Bethlehem Lutheran Church within that ELCA tradition, we seek to provide a firm foundation for our visitors to prayerfully consider becoming member disciples.

Here is the schedule for this fall:

  • Sunday, November 5, 12-1:30 pm, New Member/Explorer Class #1 [Biblical & Historical Foundation of Christianity]
  • Sunday, November 12, 12-1:30 pm, New Member/Explorer Class #2 [Lutheran Tradition, ELCA, and Bethlehem]
  • Sat/Sun, November 18/19, Receiving of New Members in Worship (5:30 pm Sat, 8:00/9:15/10:30 am Sunday)

All classes are held in Education Hall (100 Level), and a light luncheon will be offered at each class. Childcare will be available in a nearby classroom. While we urge you to attend both classes, we do not require you to join afterward, especially if you find that you still need to explore further before being received as a disciple in this congregation. Please contact Pr. Sarah pastor_sarah@bethlehemluth.org or Pr. Bill pastor_bill@bethlehemluth.org with any questions you may have or to indicate your interest in participating.

New member class

 

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Sunday Night AA Group
Nov 12 @ 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
13
Mon
Monday Morning Women’s Small Group Study
Nov 13 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
AA Meeting
Nov 13 @ 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 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Monday Women’s Big Book Meeting
Nov 13 @ 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 13 @ 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
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

 

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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

 

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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.

 
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