August 2015 News

“IMAGINE A CHURCH” SERMON SERIES

August 29/30

Imagine a Church

September 19/20

Knowing God

September 26/27

Supportive Relationships

October 3/4

Joyful Worship

October 10/11

Committed Discipleship

October 17/18

Christ-like Service

October 31/Nov. 1

Living to Make a Difference

Revised 27-AUG-2015

 

HOME HUDDLES • AWARENESS OF SPIRITUAL WARFARE
PRESENTATION AUGUST 3, 4 OR 5TH • FELLOWSHIP HALL
HOME HUDDLES AUGUST 24 THRU 29TH • HOSTS’ HOMES

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.” Acts 2:42-43

people-circle-holding-hands-clip-art-1629646Amazing things happen when God’s people come together! Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Of course, we miss out on the wonders of “the fellowship” when we spend as little time as possible with our brothers and sisters in the faith. The people of Bethlehem are a blessing to be around and Home Huddles Week–August 24-29th–is a chance this month to be blessed, be a blessing or both and gather in His name. Although this is a new ministry, 40+ people are already involved and 4 Home Huddles are at or near capacity. These are a place where we can love one another, find support for life’s challenges, find a new friend or bring one still wondering about Christianity, and ultimately grow in our faith. We still have room to grow, we can grow these new Home Huddles and we can always form new Huddles with new facilitators, hosts and participants. Curious about joining a Home Huddle and what the theme is for August? Please join Pastor Jim for a presentation August 3, 4 or 5th at 7PM in our Fellowship Hall downstairs in the red brick church. Remember what we’re told in Acts 2:

“They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES • AUGUST=COLORED PENCILS

colored-pencils-786655Sunday School children will be assembling Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes in October and the chances to still chip in are winding down. In August our Sunday Schoolers are looking for boxes of colored pencils for the children these 50 shoeboxes are destined for. If you can help donate a box or more for our youth to send to those less fortunate, thanks!

 

PRAYER MINISTRY • SUNDAYS, 11:45AM

Two doors down from Pastor Jim’s office, the Prayer Ministry Team will be praying for individuals in need as well as the following this month:

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  • Christian Discipleship for the People of Bethlehem…That we as believers in Jesus would heed the calling of Jesus to “deny ourselves and to take up our cross and follow” Him.
  • Sunday School Families…That parents and children alike would be committed to their relationship with Jesus Christ, exhibited by the habit of Worship.

Please join us in prayer in “Frank’s Old Office” at 11:45AM after Sunday’s service.

 

THE SONG INSIDE YOU • IS THIS SING ON?

mic-stehen-illustrationen-und-clipart-1744831In this month’s newsletter, Jeff Daley asks, “ARE YOU STILL SINGING?” Are you still using your God-given talents to make a joyful noise or is that trumpet or “uke” or guitar or recorder or whatever you spent so many hours practicing now just gathering dust in some closet somewhere? Did you sing songs as a kid? Have you silenced your songs at home or in the car or–please say it isn’t so–even in the shower? Or, have you stopped singing in church, fearing that someone will spin around like a judge in a chair on THE VOICE? Well, on the show, a judge spinning around is a good thing. In church or in life that might also be a good thing.

Jeff points to lyrics from an old song that says, “All God’s Critters Have a Place in the Choir” and lyrics from another song written by a dear friend that start out, “Create in me, the song inside/Let it see the light of day, bring it to life./Lord, shape it with Your hands./Breathe Your Spirit in–/Give the song inside me/Wings to fly…” If the song inside you is looking for wings, you’ll want to check out Jeff’s article on songs we don’t sing.

 

BABY BOTTLE CAMPAIGN • GREAT JOB BLC!baby-bottle-clip-art-157238

$547.63 was sent to TLC Pregnancy Services from Bethlehem for their Baby Bottle Campaign. Great Job Bethlehem–that’s going to help a lot of babies! Thanks to everyone who made this happen!

 

PASTOR PORTRAIT • COMING SOON…

sample racoon pastor portrait Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 6.55.56 PMA profesional portrait of Pastor Jim has been taken and is currently being printed on rag paper. Soon it will join the wall of pastors who have served the Lord at Bethlehem. A big thank you to Sam Tang and his assistant, Kassy, for doing the photography. You ask, “Why rag paper?” Because the length of the fabric fibers are longer than that of wood, rag-based papers are stronger and tend to take more “wear.” And rag-based papers are also more archival in quality. This means we’ll be able to enjoy the portrait of Pastor Jim smiling right alongside the others outside the Sanctuary in our century-old, red brick church for many decades to come–plus a few extra.IMG_6567

 

DINE ‘N SHARE • CHUBBY BULLFROG
AUGUST 17 • 5-7PM

54bb20_4244fffd48b44b75a8faa9786be942c6You don’t need any special coupon for August’s fundraiser. Just turn up at the Chubby Bullfrog Bar & Grill (1959 Huntley Rd., West Dundee) and tell them you’re with Bethlehem. Chubby Bullfrog will contribute 15% of those food sales back to Bethlehem so spread the word! Got family or friends that want to help out our Boiler Fund? Have ’em join us Monday, August 17th between 5 and 7PM. These Dine ‘n Share times have been lots of fun and you never know who you’ll find dining & sharing along with you!

 

AUTOMATIC DOOR • THANK YOU!

THANK YOU to the person who made the generous donation so that Bethlehem could have an automatic door opener installed on the parking lot side of the red brick church. This door will be a blessing to many!

 

VFW 5th ANNUAL PIG ROAST • GET TIX TODAY!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 8TH • 2-10PM
VFW POST 2298 • WEST DUNDEE

pig-roast-clip-art-503993Tickets to the VFW 5th Annual Pig Roast are now on sale for $10 at the Piece-a-Cake Bakery or at the door. VFW Post 2298 is located at 117 S. First Street in West Dundee. Get your tickets today!

 

NO BIBLE STUDY WED. 8/12 • NO LUTHERAN FAITH CLASS 8/13

 

MEN’S BREAKFAST • SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 8AM

 

EAST DUNDEE TOUR SUCCESS • NEXT WALK, AUGUST 8TH

On Saturday, July 11th, Bethlehem members and friends gathered at The Deck in East Dundee and toured the revamped area around The Depot and were later treated to a walking tour led by Phil Aleo, photographer and author of historical books covering the area. Our Bethlehem group of 16 joined Phil’s group of 20 and strolled to the first Haeger Mansion on Hill Street. Wearing all of our matching maroon shirts was a great idea. It was soon noticed and mentioned that we were a church group and Pastor Steve Woita asked who’d seen Bethlehem’s lighted cross, depicted on our shirts. That triggered more positive comments and discussion and a revelation that some, even some living in the area, hadn’t observed Bethlehem’s cross. This led to more discussion about Bethlehem and likely, more than a few, will now be on the lookout for Bethlehem’s cross as they drive thru Dundee.

We all need to look around “God’s World.” Our whole trip was based on the idea that we need to know what is here in our area. We should know about its history. Many people miss the joy of living in the Dundees. Many didn’t know that the first Haeger Mansion was located in East Dundee and that it is being restored. Many didn’t know that there’s a museum in Haeger Pottery even if they’ve driven past the giant Haeger Pottery sign hundreds of times. Many probably don’t know that Haeger Pottery pieces are featured in weekly and seasonal Bethlehem displays such as those this month at The Well during Contemporary Worship.

Many in our tour group were surprised at all the other historical facts and information shared along our enlightening stroll in and around other local businesses, such as River Street Antiques. Our RSA leader was Ann Leslie and her’s was just one example of the many very interesting discussions that took place during our Saturday stroll.

Our next walk will be Saturday, August 8th and our group will venture over to Immanuel Lutheran Church and First United Methodist Church. For more details on these walks, google “Events in East Dundee.” Pictures from our July 11th walk are posted on the bulletin board. Anyone with pictures to share on our website, please let us know. Thanks to all who made this happen and to all who participated. We look forward to seeing you at the next one!

 

MISSION OF THE MONTH • LUTHER NORTH

building-narrowThe remarkable Lutheran North College Prep Academy started as Luther Institute in Chicago’s Northwest Loop. The expanding Lutheran population in Chicago during the first half of the 20th century triggered the creation of four Lutheran High Schools, and Luther North–by far the largest–is considered the direct ancestor of Luther Institute. Luther North College Prep Academy is the first and oldest community, co-ed Lutheran High School in the world. It was established over a century ago in 1909, just like Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Our Congregational Chair/Church Council Chairperson taught, coached and administered at Luther North for almost 30 years and several members of Bethlehem are also graduates of Luther Institute or Luther North. Luther North has prepared and provided more Lutheran teachers and pastors than any other high school in the world and the University of Illinois puts Luther applicants at the top of their lists each year because Luther has the highest college completion percentage of all high schools in Illinois. Please keep this and all “Eight Pieces of Information You May Not Have Known…” About Luther North in mind as it’s our Mission of the Month. You can get these details and many more in August’s Newsletter.

 

BETHESDA THRIFT SHOP • BETHLEHEM VOLUNTEERS
AUGUST 14, 9:30AM • ROUTES 14 & 176

A thought to remember…
There are four things that you can’t recover–the stone after the throw, the word after it is said, the occasion after it is missed, and the time after it is gone.

photo1040Don’t miss this occasion to turn your generous donations, time or both into something special. And don’t miss the now-tricky-to-find entrance to Bethesda due to the ongoing road work on the corner of Routes 14 and 176. Our driveway is always open and we welcome all those who want to visit, shop, and bring donations. Our shop is filled to capacity with wonderful discoveries, bargains and treasures. Christmas in July is in full swing and we have a section dedicated to this holiday for you to enjoy plus an abundance of warm-weather clothing still available–hats, sandals, shorts, shirts and more.

Your generous donations are always appreciated and welcomed. We need them to take the place of all the warm-weather items as they fly off the shelves and make room for cold-weather items and Christmas not in July. There is almost nothing that we don’t gratefully accept–from large furniture to the smallest pieces of jewelry; from electrical appliances to knick-knacks; from toys to books; and from linens to crafts of every kind.

We are looking forward to August 14th–the next day Bethlehem is supplying volunteers. The group usually arrives at 9:30AM and stays until 4PM. However, any time volunteers can spare will be thankfully accepted. Paul Schif and Dorothy Pigors are at Bethesda on a regular basis. If you want to volunteer or have any questions, please contact Dorothy on 847-836-0456.

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