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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!

Engraved Baptismal Garden Bricks

It is that time of year to send in an order for engraved baptismal garden bricks. If you would like to order bricks for your family and loved ones to be placed in the garden, please look for the order forms located on the table in the narthex. They also make great gifts – a lovely certificate for gift presentation is available from the church office. Any questions, please contact Susan in the church office.

Discipleship Group

Are you missing the study and fellowship of the Lenten Small groups? You are invited to participate in a discipleship group that will begin meeting on Wednesday, May 9, at 7 PM at church. This will be the start of a series of opportunities to grow in faith with others. Discipleship sessions will meet for four to six weeks at a time. People can choose which sessions to attend, depending on their time and interests. The first session will meet May 9, 23, 30, June 6, 13, and 20 and will focus on the spiritual practice of Sabbath and how our faith intersects with how we use time. Questions? Talk with Pastor Jennie.

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.

Share the Harvest

May 26

Come join the Saturday morning planting event. Be a volunteer to transform the southeast garden plot into the lush Share the Harvest Garden. This produce helps to feed our neighbors who lack theresources to buy fresh organic vegetables. We welcome all levels of skill and ability. Instructions and supplies provided. We start at 8 a.m. and are done by noon. We welcome your suggestions and ideas.

Summer Worship Schedule

We move to our summer schedule on Sunday, May 27. We will celebrate one service at 9:30 a.m. followed by a time of fellowship. This schedule will continue throughout the summer.

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!

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 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, 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.


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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