Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church logo

What's Happening

What's Happening Now

Summer Sunday Fellowship

Following the 9:30 a.m. summer worship services you are invited to stay for a time of fellowship. Join us for coffee and treats served in the fellowship hall and if it’s nice outside feel free to take your conversation and sweets out to our beautiful baptismal garden and sit for a while. Please consider signing up to host one Sunday. A sign-up sheet is located on the counter in Good Samaritan Hall.

Centering Prayer

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. starting on June 11. Weather permitting we will 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.

ELCA National Youth Gathering

The 2018 ELCA National Youth Gathering will be held in Houston, Texas where 30,000 Lutheran youth from around the country and world will gather to worship, hear world class speakers, and have the opportunity to be part of service projects and have a lot of fun. We would love to send a group down to this life-changing event. Learn more on Sunday, June 25, after the worship service. The Gathering is open to all students who will be completing 8th-12th grades in 2018. Questions? Talk to Pastor Jennie.

You are Invited...

The congregation is invited to join us as we close

our fifth year of Peace Camp.

WHEN: Friday, June 30, 2017

TIME: 2:30-3:00 PM

PLACE: Beverly Evangelical Lutheran Church

Come to our celebration and hear the children demonstrate the fun, friendship, and kindness that help make our Peace Camp a success.

World Diakonia Visitors to Bethlehem

Sunday, July 2

The World Diakonia Conference is being held in Chicago, June 28-July 5th. Deaconesses and Diaconal ministers from around the country and around the globe will be participating. On Sunday, July 2, Bethlehem will host some of the participants in worship, as well as at a brunch immediately following. You are invited to stay after worship to meet our guest and to join in conversation about how Bethlehem lives out its mission in the community. You can find more information about the Diakonia World Federation at

Donut Day, Sunday July 9

Join us for donuts provided by your Deacon Sunday! Donuts will be served during fellowship after the worship service on Sunday, July 9. Your favorite flavor is sure to be there!

All Congregation Talent Show

Save the date for an Evening in the Garden event on Wednesday, July 19, at 6:00 p.m. The Men of Bethlehem will host an “All Congregation Talent Show”. Talents could include singing, musical instruments, artistry, poetry, juggling – anything! And we don’t want to just ask the people we know that would share their talents – we also want the people who usually only sing in the shower or who can juggle eight balls at a time, or do amazing magic tricks. We know that our congregation has a lot of talented people, and it’s time to show your talents off! As usual for our Evening in the Garden events there will be delicious food - the Men of Bethlehem will provide the hot dogs and brats; those attending are invited to bring a side dish or dessert to share if you are able. The evening will conclude with the Holden Evening Prayer service. Think about what talent you might share among friends in our beautiful garden. Look for the sign-up sheet in the narthex!

Get to Know Your Neighbor Challenge

At the recent On the Table conversations around racial equity and inclusion, it was noted that we often do not know even our closest neighbors, particularly if our neighbors are of a different race. The Peace Center Team invites everyone in our congregation to participate in a "get to know your neighbor" challenge this summer. You may engage this challenge in whatever way you choose. Perhaps you'd like to invite one or two neighboring households over for an evening in your yard. Maybe your block has not had a block party in many years and you'd like to work with others to plan one, assuring that everyone is included. Maybe you'd like to invite a neighbor to one of the upcoming Evenings in the Garden. Or perhaps you will simply make a point to introduce yourself to a neighbor you do not know. However you choose to "get to know your neighbor," you'll be invited to share the story of your experience at our Peace Day celebration in September.

Also, be looking for another set of peace circles around the issue of racial equity and inclusion at the end of August.

Events at Bethlehem - We Want Your Opinion

If you have ideas or suggestions for ways to bring our congregation, family and friends together, jot them down and place them in the envelope located on the Congregation Council bulletin board at the Oakley Street entrance. We look forward to seeing your ideas!

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,, 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, June 11, is 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. The Social Ministry is encouraging participation by asking that on Food Sunday you bring food items which correspond to the following last name guide: A – E cereals, F – J vegetables, K – O pasta and rice, P – T soup and sauces, and U – Z snacks.

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.

PADS Sunday

(3rd Sunday of every month)

Sunday, June 18, is PADS 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.


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.

Personal Items

Bath Towels

Blankets/Sleeping Bags

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!)

PADS Facility Items

Paper Towels/Napkins

Paper Plates/Bowls/Cups (please not styrofoam)

Toilet Paper

Liquid Hand Soap

Dishwashing Detergent/Laundry Detergent

Kitchen Towels

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!

ArrowIcon BloggerIcon AimIcon DeliciousIcon PaperIcon EtsyIcon FacebookIcon FilmStripIcon FlickrIcon CameraIcon LaunchIcon GooglePlus2Icon GooglePlusIcon HeartIcon InformationIcon InstagramIcon LastfmIcon FrontCameraIcon LinkedInIcon EmailIcon MoneyIcon ItunesIcon MyspaceIcon OpenTableIcon PayPalIcon PencilIcon PersonIcon PhotoIcon PicasaIcon PinterestIcon PodcastIcon RssIcon ShoppingCartIcon SoundCloudIcon StarIcon TableProjectIcon TheCityIcon TumblrIcon Twitter2Icon TwitterIcon TypepadIcon VideoIcon VimeoIcon WordPressIcon YelpIcon YoutubeIcon