The Bible uses a vivid image to talk about the Church, calling the Church the “body of Christ”. Just like a body, the community of faith is made up of a diversity of “members”, each with unique skills and functions, yet all working together. Bethlehem is just this kind of community. We have a variety of skills and interests. We are doctors and lawyers, contractors and police officers, teachers and students, scientists and homemakers, business owners and the “actively retired". We range in age from infants to 90+ years old. Some of us are life-long Lutherans, others grew up in different faith traditions, and still others are coming back to the church after a time away. Our families come in all different shapes and sizes. Some of us live in the neighborhood, others commute in from a long distance.
What we have in common – what holds this body together – is our faith in the God made known in Jesus Christ. We come together regularly to praise God, learn more about God, and serve God’s world. We call ourselves “evangelical” (from a Greek word meaning “good news”) because this body is committed to sharing and being the good news of God in the world.
This body of Christ is alive and active! And we are ready to welcome you. Whether you are new to the neighborhood, new to faith, or haven’t darkened the door of a church in years, we invite you to come and see. Come and see how God is at work in the body of Christ at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church!
“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” – from Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth
Bethlehem is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, rooted in the Beverly/Morgan Park Neighborhood on Chicago's far southwest side and born through the consolidation of two congregations in 1997. We thrive as a flexible, mission-spirited congregation built on strong foundations.
Our church is a diverse community that welcomes people of all races, sexual orientations, family situations, and physical abilities. Bethlehem is a Reconciling in Christ congregation. Learn more about us by exploring this site – better yet, come and visit! We'd love to meet you.