Hey Bethlehem! It’s Backpack Time!
 
We’re excited to announce that Bethlehem is once again partnering with LSSI to support foster families. This is our ninth straight year! Your donated funds will allow us to purchase new backpacks and gift cards. A donation of $30 will provide one foster child a new backpack and a $25 Target gift card for supplies. Last year your fantastic support allowed us to serve over 150 students! We would be thrilled to match, or exceed that amount this year, we can do it!
 
Learn how you can get involved with this year’s efforts HERE.
Bethlehem hosting Versiti Blood Drive – Sept. 1
 

The state of Illinois is in dire need of blood! Our church can do our small part to ensure that hospitals have the blood they need!

Bethlehem will be hosting a blood drive on Sept. 1, 2021, from 3:00-7:00pm. This drive will occur by utilizing a mobile coach that will park in our upper parking lot (the lot closest to N 5th Ave.). Each donor will park their car in the parking lot and then enter the mobile coach to make their donation. Our blood drive goal is to get 18 sign-ups.

You can sign up here.

Serve with Lazarus House
 
Lazarus House serves men, women and children each month who are homeless by providing food, safe shelter and education right here in downtown St. Charles, IL. BLC supports this important ministry the 2nd Saturday of each month by providing Lazarus House with food to serve a meal for those living there. We provide a main dish, salad or vegetable, dessert, fruit, milk and juice.
 
You can sign up online HERE. Please note that BLC serves the 2nd Saturday of the month.
 
Questions? Please contact Emily Bicking, Emily.bicking@gmail.com
Serve with Hesed House
 
Next Service Date – Aug. 27. You can sign up here.
 
Sign up 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 Hesed House.
 
For questions contact our Coordinator, John Maisch at 516.236.3184 or jmaisch@optonline.net.
Serve with the St. Andrew Food Drive
 
We have agreed to provide volunteers on July 30 & 31 to prepare and distribute food at St. Andrew. So many families – young and old – are going without even one meal on some days! Food continues to get more and more expensive, and families just don’t have the resources to stretch their food dollars over an entire week. Our work is more important now than ever!
 
Altar Flower Donations
 
Bethlehem has a wonderful tradition of beautiful flowers adorning our worship spaces for weekend worship. The Liturgical & Arts team faithfully arranges these flowers. With our return to in-person worship, we invite you to consider making a donation in memory of a deceased loved one or in thanksgiving for an anniversary, birth, etc. with the purchase of fresh flowers. Suggested donation of $35-$40 to help cover the cost of flowers. There are two ways to select a date:
 
1) You may contact Melody Mathieu via email at melody@bethlehemluth.org. or
 
2) You can sign up HERE.