April 2016 News

RUMMAGE SALE • NEEDED: JEWELRY BOXES, BROWN BAGS & HANGERS!
APRIL 21-23 • DONATIONS DUE APRIL 9+

ringboxshopping_bag_PNG6389The upcoming Rummage Sale needs your small jewelry boxes or spare brown paper bags. Please bring them Saturday/Sunday or call Mary Toppel on 847-426-7369. Cleaning closets for donations? Clean, working items are being collected starting April 9th. These are always great items to donate for Bethlehem’s Rummage Sale: jewelry, household items, holiday decorations, knick-knacks, clothing, toys, furniture, books, blankets, craft supplies, dishes and any other useful items that you have double or triple of that are just needlessly cluttering your space. Why not help Bethlehem and help yourself by simplifying your life and space? For help with larger items or questions call Martha Lehman on 847-476-9935.

RUMMAGE SALE SCHEDULE

APRIL 21

NOON-6PM

APRIL 22

9AM-5PM

APRIL 23

9AM-1PM

 

One Room of Bethlehem’s Well-Stocked 2016 Rummage Sale!
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CONGREGATIONAL GATHERING • SAVE THE DATE!
MAY 10, 7PM • FELLOWSHIP HALL

Please put Tuesday, May 10, 7 p.m. on your calendar today to save the date for our next Congregational Meeting in May. We will be gathering to discussing the latest G.R.O.W. ideas and plans. Pastor Jim will be sharing his thoughts on some of the new and creative further steps we can take to Go out, Reach Maturity, Own Burdens and Work together “To share the Living Water of Jesus Christ with all who thirst.” Please join us to help polish our plans to make Bethlehem a vibrant and flourishing church dedicated to sharing His Living Water with the many who thirst for it in and around Bethlehem and beyond.

 

BETHLEHEM COUPLES RETREAT
APRIL 8-10 • COVENENT HARBOR BIBLE CAMP
STORY/PHOTO SUBMITTED BY GERALD TANG

Participants in Couples Retreat 2016 at Covenant Harbor

Karen Lawson took the lead in setting up the first annual Couples Retreat held April 8-10 at Covenant Harbor Bible Camp and Retreat Center in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

After dinner Friday night, ten couples had their spousal knowledge and memory sorely tested playing the “Not-so-Newlywed” game until almost midnight. Rich and Kris Maliszewski scored the most points answering questions like “What would your wife say was your second official date?” and “What would your husband say was the color of your bridesmaids’ dresses?”

Saturday, Pastor Jim led three thought-provoking sessions discussing Boundaries in Marriage. He used a participant’s guide to a book by that name, with the objective of growing and strengthening marriage relationships. Following those sessions, there was some free time to enjoy the snow in the woods, dinner, and game night, involving Yahtzee, Scrabble and what looked to be some very difficult and obscure challenges.

Worship was held Sunday morning featuring a sermon by Pastor Jim related to the theme of the retreat and hymns not read, but sung a cappella. This had been decided by vote no less, primarily because Sharon Beth was there to offer some hope.

The retreat concluded with a wrap-up of Boundaries in Marriage. This year’s articipants showed real enthusiasm about attending future retreats. Stay tuned for updates here on whether and when we will have another Bethlehem Couples Retreat. Until then, brush up on mastering your answers to questions that might turn up at the next “Not-so-Newlywed” game!

 

NORTHERN ILLINOIS FOOD BANK • VOLUNTEER!

Bethlehem volunteers were a big help at the Northern Illinois Food Bank which provides nutritious food, feeding programs & hope for more than 71,000 people in Northern Illinois each week! Bethlehem was on hand again to help make this happen, packing hundreds & hundreds of pounds of cereal for those struggling to put food on the table. Check out the NI Food Bank website for information if you need nutritious food or if you want to help those that do. Head to their website to get news updates, learn about other volunteering opportunities and also how you can help monetarily to assist so many in need in Northern Illinois. The Food Bank website also has some excerpts of the fantastic job Bethlehem volunteers did, such as:


Oops! Here’re the real Bethlehem shots from the NI Food Bank website. Let ‘er ROLL!…

 

MANNA GIFT CARDS • ORDERS DUE
APRIL 17TH

Next Manna gift card orders will be placed Sunday, April 17. Please make checks payable to “Bethlehem.” Proceeds benefit the Parking Lot Fund. Here’s your ORDER FORM.

 
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FLINT WATER DRIVE • DONATE TODAY!
“TAKE A HIKE!” • PLEASE DISTRIBUTE FLYERS!

Bethlehem is coordinating a bottled water collection & distribution program to provide much-needed aid to the Flint, Michigan community. Please drop off your generous donations at 401 West Main Street, West Dundee, IL. Donations may be left near any outside door near donate-here signs. Bethlehem’s mission is “To share the living water of Jesus Christ with all who thirst,” and the people of Flint need our help. Please drop off gallon jugs and shrink-wrapped cases of bottled water if you’re able to help with this crisis. Bethlehem will take care of collection & delivery to those in need. Questions? Please direct them to Barry Wandell at foxwrk@core.com or 847-426-4862. Thank you!

 

HOME HUDDLES • APRIL THEME

The theme for April Home Huddles is “Understanding Prayer.” Please join us at either of the Home Huddles presentations and contact Pastor Jim or the office if you are interested in joining a Home Huddle.

 

MISSION OF THE MONTH • APRIL: WALCAMP

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The idea of Walcamp Outdoor Ministries and Restreat Center (180 acres of forest and open fields in Kingston) was born in 1955 by a dedicated group of young Lutheran Christians. It was purchased in 1959 and officially opened in 1963. The campground grew and developed as new buildings and cabins were built. Summer camp, family camp, and outdoor education began to grow and boom. Wallcamp hosts over 3,000 campers a year and shows God’s love through relationships and God’s creations. The ministry has grown to include adults and children with special needs, growing T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Achieves More) retreats, and Jr. and Sr. High Ministries and Mission opportunities. ~H.I.S. Ministry/Missions

 
 
 
 
 

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