What's Happening Now
Centering prayer is a practice that is designed to build mindfulness to the presence of God. Our bodies and minds are often busy and distracted to the point that we can miss what is right in front of us. Centering prayer helps us learn how to quiet our bodies and minds to become centered in the reality of God’s presence in our lives. You are invited to practice centering prayer each Sunday morning at 9 a.m. Weather permitting we meet in the baptismal garden. Pastor Jennie will offer guidance for those who are new to the practice. Centering prayer is finished at 9:15.
Peace Camp Needs
Peace Camp would like to borrow a large shade canopy the entire week of camp. It would need to be set up Sunday, June 24. Please let Pastor Jennie, Linda Bond or Laura O’Connell know if you have one available.
Peace Camp is also in need of the brown cardboard rolls from toilet paper and paper towels. Rolls may be placed in the box in the narthex. Thanks for your help!
There are still lots of opportunities to help during the week of Peace Camp. We are also looking for people to help set up after worship next Sunday, June 24, and to help clean up after camp is over on Friday, June 29. If you can help to set up tables and chairs, prepare art supplies, make name tags, or similar tasks, please contact Linda Bond, Laura O’Connell or the church office.
Evenings in the Garden
Evenings in the Garden are an opportunity to gather during the summer for fellowship, food, music, and worship in our beautiful Baptismal Garden. If you have an idea for an Evening in the Garden event this summer, please talk with Pastor Jennie.
Front Yard Fridays
Last year Bethlehem's Peace Team challenged everyone to get to know their neighbors, especially those we don't already know well. This summer the Congregation Council wants to help facilitate community building by helping members plan Front Yard Friday events. We'd work with you to plan a casual get together with your neighbors in your front yard. The goal is to build community and relationships one block at a time. Are you interested in being part of a planning team for these fun and easy events? Or are you willing to host a Front Yard Friday on your block? Talk with Pastor Jennie or Gretchen McDowell.
Engraved Baptismal Garden Bricks
Next Sunday, June 24, is the deadline to order an Engraved Baptismal Garden Brick. If you would like to order bricks for your family and loved ones to be placed in the garden, please look for the order forms located on the table in the narthex. They also make great gifts – a lovely certificate for gift presentation is available from the church office. Any questions, please contact Susan in the church office.
Church Office Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to help in the church office answering the phone a few hours each day from July 23 through August 3, while Susan Evans is on vacation. If you are able to help, please contact Susan to schedule a specific day you can work.
Living Lutheran Magazine
Are you interested in receiving Living Lutheran (formerly The Lutheran) magazine? If so, please contact Susan in the office to be included through the general subscription of the church at the reduced rate of $11.75 per subscription. If you currently have a subscription that you would like to discontinue, please contact the office with that request also.
Phone Prayer Group
You are invited to be part of a group that meets by phone at 6:45 a.m. every Wednesday for prayer. This is a wonderful way to pray together from the comfort of our own homes. The group shares their prayer concerns for themselves and for others and grows in faith together. Want to learn more? Talk with Pastor Jennie.
The Prayer Chain continues to be a vital part of the prayer life of our church. Please contact Laurie Owen at firstname.lastname@example.org with any requests.
Sign the Greeting Cards
Just a gentle reminder for everyone to stop in Good Sam Hall after worship on Sunday mornings and sign the “Get Well” and “Thinking of You” cards that are sent out each week to Bethlehem members, family and friends. We have been told so many times how this ministry, spearheaded by Larry Poetzinger, is so meaningful and uplifting to those who receive the cards – it expresses to them that they are not alone, that they have not been forgotten, and that someone cares about them. On each card is a beautiful picture and words of comfort and inspiration – all they need is your signature! Please take a moment on your way out to help in this important effort. Also, if you know someone who would benefit from receiving one of these cards please contact Larry or the church office and we will be happy to include them.
Men's Discussion Group
The Bethlehem Men’s Discussion Group meets on Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Markland Hubbard Gourmet Provisions Shop located at 1739 W. 99th Street. We come together to share our own insights with the other participants for the benefit of all. All men are invited to join!
Credit Card Donations
An important update regarding credit card donations. Effective immediately, it is now possible to donate to the church using MasterCard, Visa or Discover credit cards. You’re invited to go to our website, bethlehem-chicago.org, click first on “Donate Now,” then on “make a donation” for more information, to register and to donate.
Food Sunday and Aluminum Can Recycle Day
(2nd Sunday of every month)
Sunday, July 8 is the next Food Sunday and Aluminum Can Recycle day. You are invited to place the non-perishable food items to be donated to the Maple/Morgan Park Food Pantry in the basket in the narthex.
You may put your aluminum cans into the collection can which will be located at the south garden parkway and then brought to the recycling center.
Southwest Chicago Homeless Services Sunday
(3rd Sunday of every month)
Sunday, June 17, is the next Southwest Chicago Homeless Services Sunday when you are invited to bring personal care items such as small travel size soaps, shampoos, deodorants, toothpaste and socks, shoes, clothes/coats, towels, blankets, and sleeping bags (clothing, etc. items do not have to be new). Facility items such as paper plates, cups, bowls, napkins, dishwashing/laundry soap, toilet paper, coffee, lemonade, and condiments such as salad dressings, ketchup, and hot sauce are also especially needed. Please place donations in the basket located in the narthex.
SW Chicago Homless Services Donation List
The following is a list of personal and facility items that are especially needed – some that you probably already have in your closets – they do not have to be new.
Backpacks/Duffle Bags (greatly needed – imagine having to carry everything that you own with you!)
Clothes – both men and women
Socks/Shoes (all types – dress, casual, athletic, boots)
Undergarments – should be purchased new
Small personal/travel size soaps, deodorant, toothpaste, tooth brushes, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc. (whenever you stay at a hotel grab all the small bottles that you can!)
Paper Plates/Bowls/Cups (please not styrofoam)
Liquid Hand Soap
Dishwashing Detergent/Laundry Detergent
Kitchen serving items such as – plastic pitchers, lg. plastic bowls, platters,
Salt and Pepper Shakers (the picnic kind)
Condiments - Bottles of Hot Sauce/Salad Dressings/Ketchup/Mustard
This list is suggested items – if you have something that you think they can use – they probably can! Please donate it. THANK YOU!