What's Happening Now
Mid-Week Advent Worship
On Wednesday nights during Advent we will gather at 7:00 p.m. for a time of contemplative worship and prayer. The services will include simple songs, scripture, and an opportunity to participate at different prayer stations. People have experienced these services as a time to rest, reflect, and become re-centered in Christ in the midst of a busy season. Please note that there will not be a meal served before the worship service as has been done in the past.
“According to Mark” - Sunday, January 28, 3:00 PM
Bethlehem will be bringing the professional tour of a one man performance of the Gospel of Mark, “According to Mark” to Beverly! Transforming Biblical passages into a compelling, moving, and often humorous story of love and sacrifice, “According to Mark” is a one-man play that allows you to experience the Gospel of Mark in a wholly new and exciting way. Brought to life by Broadway and film actor Jim Krag, “According to Mark” will draw viewers into the drama of the good news of Jesus. We are excited to offer this gift to our community. Please save the date and help share the word! More information on the perfor-mance can be found at accordingtomark.org.
Use Amazon Smile to Donate to Bethlehem
Do you do shopping online? If so, use Amazon Smile – it is an easy way to donate to Bethlehem. Every time you purchase something at Amazon.com, instead go to Smile.Amazon.com/ch/36-4313114 and ask your family, friends and co-workers to bookmark this link as well so all their eligible shopping will benefit Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church. When you designate Bethlehem as your charity of choice a percentage of each purchase price will be donated to Bethlehem. It couldn’t be easier to help support the church while just doing your shopping! Any questions, contact Susan in the church office.
Bethlehem Christmas Cards
Are you looking for beautiful and meaningful cards to send to family and friends this Christmas season? Buy a set of cards with images of Bethlehem’s sanctuary. Look for cards for sale in the narthex or call the church office.
One Day Peace Camp
There will be a one day Peace Camp on Thursday, January 4 from 9 am to 3 pm for children in 1st through 6th grade. The day will include classes in non-violent conflict resolution, music, arts and crafts, yoga, games, peace circles, and more! A hot dog lunch will be provided. The cost of the camp is $10 per child. Registration is now open on the What’s Happening page of our web site (www.bethlehem-chicago.org/whats-happening/winter-peace-camp.) Registration and money are due by Friday, December 29. There are also several volunteer opportunities available for junior high through adults. Please contact Linda Bond, Laura O’Connell or Pastor Jennie with questions.
PADS Christmas Collection
The Social Ministry is sponsoring our annual Christmas and cold weather gift collection for the PADS shelter. As in previous years, we are asking for warm gifts such as gloves, hats and scarves. In addition, donations of new packages of men and women's underwear and socks are greatly needed. Look for the tree in the narthex the first week of December. We will collect these items through the month of December and will deliver the items to the shelter in early January.
Baptismal Garden Bricks
Looking for a truly meaningful gift for a friend or family member this year? An engraved brick placed in our beautiful Baptismal Garden would make a perfect Christmas gift. Bricks are $50 each and order forms are available from the church office. A lovely certificate for gift presentation is available from the church office. For more information, please contact Susan in the church office.
Bethlehem Cookbooks for Sale
Just a gentle reminder that the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church Cookbooks are still available for purchase. Each of these beautiful hard cover books contains three hundred delicious recipes including appetizers, soups and salads, breads, beverages, main dishes, desserts and many more. Each book is $15 and would make a wonderful holiday gift (teachers, neighbors, hostess gifts, etc.). To purchase a book (or several!) please contact Susan Evans in the church office.
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.
Donations for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma should be put in the yellow pew envelopes (checks made out to Bethlehem as usual) with the envelope marked “Lutheran Disaster Relief”.
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.
The Prayer Chain continues to be a vital part of the prayer life of our church. Please contact Laurie Owen at email@example.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.
Food Sunday and Aluminum Can Recycle Day
(2nd Sunday of every month)
Sunday, December 10, 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.
(3rd Sunday of every month)
Sunday, December 17, 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.
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.
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 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!