Advent 2017

November 25, 2017 – December 25, 2017 all-day


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.



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 (

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.


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.


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,

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.






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