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Save the Date!

Support Bethlehem's youth traveling to Houston, TX, for the ELCA National Youth Gathering this summer by attending a Trivia Night fundraiser this Saturday, April 21, at 6:30 PM, at Bethlehem. Admission is $10 a person. Come with a team or come solo and join a team when you arrive. A meal of pulled pork sandwiches will be available for purchase. Gift baskets and other items will be available at silent auction. This will be a fun night for all! If you would like to donate to the silent auction, please contact Pastor Jennie.

Peace Camp

Registration for Peace Camp is now open. Camp will be held June 25-29, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is open to all children entering 1st – 6th grades. Cost is $60 per camper. Space is limited – sign up quickly!

MIC Student Farewell Reception

We have enjoyed having Morgan Gates and Frantisek Janak spend the year with us as they did their Ministry in Context for seminary. Their last Sunday at Bethlehem will be Sunday, May 6. Between services that day we will have a small reception to thank them for their presence and wish them well as they prepare to go on internship.

Civil Conversations

The Peace Team invites you to participate in the next Civil Conversation evening at Bethlehem on Wednesday, May 16, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. You are invited to come and share your views and listen to the views of others in your circle. The conversation will focus on the topic of Chicago as a Sanctuary City. Civil conversations are designed so every point of view is heard with respect. The goal is not to have everyone have the same opinion – it is to have a conversation on difficult topics in which everyone can feel safe expressing their thoughts.

Your "Bethlehem Story" Photos

The Communications Committee is interested in photos of your "Bethlehem story." How has Bethlehem's ministry touched your life? What part of our ministry feeds your faith? What is it about Bethlehem that keeps you coming back? Take a photo (or two!) and post it on social media with the hashtag #MyBethlehemstory and tag Bethlehem. Or simply share it with us by emailing it to Pastor Jennie at jennie.english@ameritech.net. Your photos might be used by the committee on our social media and web site. Share your story!

Southwest Chicago Homeless Services Dinner

Volunteers are needed to help serve and provide the main dish and the side dishes/desserts for the next dinner that we will serve at the SW Chicago Homeless Services on Thursday, April 19. The main course will be Meatloaf – we will need seven loaves (just make your family favorite; they don’t have to all be the same).

Please look for the sign-up sheets for both meals in the narthex. For more information, please contact Susan in the church office.

Discussion on Bethlehem's Youth Ministry Program

Please join Seminarian Morgan Gates for a three-part discussion series about Bethlehem's Youth Ministry Program. The goal of this discussion series will be to discern the values, desires, needs, and wishes surrounding Bethlehem's Youth Ministry Program from an INTER-GENERATIONAL perspective, and understanding how a youth ministry program at Bethlehem fits into the wider mission of the Church. The next dates for these discussions are April 15 and April 29. Please feel free to speak to Morgan about any questions you may have regarding this discussion series.

Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting

The semi-annual meeting of the congregation will be held on Sunday, June 10, immediately following the 9:30 a.m. summer worship service. The meeting will be a celebration of our ministry over the last year, as well as an opportunity to consider where God might be calling us in the year ahead. At this meeting we will also be voting for new officers and members of the church council. The deadline for committee chairpersons to submit their annual reports is Sunday, May 20.

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.

Fair Trade Products

Did you know that Equal Exchange products are available each Sunday (and everyday) at Bethlehem for self-serve purchase? Items are on display in the coffee cup cabinet near the kitchen. Choose from a delicious selection of coffees, tea, hot chocolate, and other assorted items. After making your choice, put your check/cash in an Equal Exchange envelope found in the blue plastic pouch. Then either put the envelope in the offering plate during church or turn it in to the church office. By enjoying Equal Exchange products, you join a movement to support small-scale farmers. You help to create change with your everyday choices, and you make a powerful difference in the lives of small farmer co-ops around the world.

Prayer Chain

The Prayer Chain continues to be a vital part of the prayer life of our church. Please contact Laurie Owen at edowen1939@yahoo.com 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.

ONGOING ACTIVITES:

Food Sunday and Aluminum Can Recycle Day

(2nd Sunday of every month)

Sunday, May 13 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.

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, May 20, is 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.

PADS 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.

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

Coats

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

Coffee/Tea/Lemonade

This list is suggested items – if you have something that you think they can use – they probably can! Please donate it. THANK YOU!

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