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Lent 2018 - Practicing Discipleship

You are invited to enter Lent, the 40 days before Holy Week through worship, study, and service. This year our mid-week worship services and small group studies will focus on practices that can help draw us deeper in faith and to find new ways to live out our faith in daily life. Mid-week services continue throughout Lent with a soup supper at 6:00 and worship at 7:00 p.m.

Lenten Small Group Bible Study

Small group studies meet on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. at Bethlehem, and Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at a members home. This year's study will use the Animate Adult Series on Faith Practices and will focus on practices that can help draw us deeper in faith and to find new ways to live out our faith in daily life. Groups will use discussion, short video presentations, and optional daily journaling to explore new ways to engage the faith practices of prayer, food, worship, money, service, and community. Journals are available for $15.

Annual Communion Record

Just a gentle reminder to our Bethlehem members to be sure to fill out a pew card during this Lenten season to ensure that we have an annual record of communion for each of our members.

Peace Camp Planning Meeting

There will be a Peace Camp planning meeting on Saturday, March 24, at 9:30 am. This year's theme is "Let Your Light Shine." If you have any ideas, suggestions or just want to find out more about camp and what goes into planning camp, you are welcome. Any questions? Talk to Linda Bond or Laura O'Connell.

Gather Bible Study

The Gather Bible Study group will meet on Monday, March 19, at 9:30 a.m. at Smith Village Retirement Community (2320 W. 113th Pl.) For more information please contact Marilyn Klein at 773-238-1856.

Adult Forum - Discussion on Post Reformation Christian Leaders

Seminarian Frantiek Janák invites you to a discussion forum on post-reformation World Christian leaders on March 25 between services from 9:30 a.m. in the lounge. Join him in examining together the life, work, and relevance of Mercy Amba Oduyoye, the mother of African Women's theology and the first African to become Deputy General Secretary for World Council of Churches.

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 Your photos might be used by the committee on our social media and web site. Share your story!

Thrivent Choice Dollars Reminder

Designation of eligible organizations (including Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church) to receive charitable contributions based on 2017 premiums and contract values must be made by March 31, 2018. To do so, or for questions about the program, call Thrivent Financial at 800-847-4836 or log in online to There is no additional cost to you in recommending these payments. It’s an easy way to help our congregation.

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, March 15. The main course will be Lasagna – we will need seven pans (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 or Nancy Mishlove at 773-445-0340.

Discussion on Bethlehem's Youth Ministry Program

Please join Seminarian Morgan Gates for a three-part discussion series about Bethlehem's Youth Ministry Program starting March 18 during the Sundays Together time at 9:30 a.m. 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 dates for these discussions are: March 18, April 15 and April 29. Please feel free to speak to Morgan about any questions you may have regarding this discussion series.

Donate your coupons!

Did you know that overseas military members can use expired coupons up to six months past their expiration date? Military families stationed overseas are often living on one income and money can be scarce. The Men’s Discussion Group will oversee the collection and sending of donated coupons overseas to assist our county’s military families. Coupons may be current or expired and for food and non-food items, but they must be manufacturer coupons – no store coupons. Please look for the drop off box in Good Samaritan Hall. Let’s support our military by showing them some coupon love!

Join us for Easter morning fun and fellowship!

Easter morning fellowship will be a variety of some of our brunch favorites. Please consider preparing or purchasing a treat to share on Easter morning – it could be a family favorite, a recipe from Pinterest or a dish you have never tried before. There will also be an Easter Egg Hunt for the children. Any other ideas or suggestions, please call June Brown at 773-213-1377.

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 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,, 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, March 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.

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, March 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!

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