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Communication Survey

The communications committee invites you to take a 5-10 minute survey about our congregation's communication methods. The survey can be found at this link. Thank you for your time; your input is valuable.

Hurricane Donations

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”.

Join us for Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest tickets are now available! Join us on Sunday, October 22, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. for an afternoon filled with delicious authentic German food, a live Oompah band, caramel apples, fun and fellowship! This is an alcohol allowed event –

B.Y.O. B. and your favorite stein or wine glass. Tickets are $15 per person and are available from Barb Bojarksi, Liz Potter, and the church office.

Lutheran-Catholic Dialogues

As the 500th anniversary of the Reformation approaches, the Roman Catholic Church and Lutheran churches around the globe are engaging opportunities for mutual dialogue and faith sharing. The faith communities of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church and St. Barnabas Catholic Parish will be hosting a series of Lutheran-Catholic dialogues to foster greater mutual understanding and hopefully to lay the groundwork to work together more closely to do God's work in the world. The four-part series will be offered at two different times -- Sunday evenings at 4:00 PM and Thursday mornings at 9:45 AM. The first two weeks of the series will be held at St. Barnabas (10134 S. Longwood Drive). The last two weeks will be held at Bethlehem. The sessions begin Sunday, October 1 and Thursday, October 5. Sign up is available in the narthex. Copies of the book "Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry, and Eucharist," on which the dialogues will be based, are available for purchase. Talk with Pastor Jennie with any questions.

Help Save a LIfe!

Are you interested in donating blood and becoming partners in saving lives? Bethlehem Lutheran, in collaboration with Morgan Park Ward (LDS) and the American Red Cross, is supporting a Blood Drive on Thursday, October 12, which will be held at Morgan Park Ward, located at 11107 S. Vincennes Ave. If you are at least 17 year’s old, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in good health, you may be eligible to give blood. Giving blood is safe, simple, and helps save lives. Each pint of blood that is donated may be helping as many as three people. Please look for the sheet located in the narthex to indicate your interest in participating. You will be contacted closer to the donation day to schedule an appointment time.

Renewing Covenant Worship Service

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, and Bishop Wayne Miller of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will lead an ecumenical prayer service on Tuesday, October 31, at 7 p.m. at Holy Name Cathedral. During the service they will renew the covenant between the two local churches, originally signed by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin and Bishop Sherman Hicks in1989. All Archdiocesan priests, synod pastors and deacons, parishioners, employees, and supporters are invited to attend this historicoccasion of recommitment to common prayer and witness for unity as Christians. More details can be found at

Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting - Approval of 2018 Budget

The Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting to approve the 2018 budget will be held on Sunday, November 19, in between worship services at 9:15 a.m.

Youth Committee

We are putting together a team of youth and adults to help plan and carry out our ministry with teens here at Bethlehem. Are you interested in helping teens grow strong in faith, boundless in love, and bold in service? Talk with Pastor Jennie today!

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.

2018 ELCA National Youth Gathering in Houston, TX

Hey, students entering 8th-12th grades, you are invited to be part of an amazing event next summer. 30,000 Lutheran teenagers from around the country (and the world) will be gathering in Houston, TX, for worship, speakers, service, and fun! A mailing went out with more details; you can also find info on the youth page. Registration is due on September 15th. This Changes Everything!

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, November 12, 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, October 15, 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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