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February Pilates Schedule

Wednesday, 7 February, 2018

Friday 2/2  9:00 am

Thursday 2/8  7:00 pm.      

Friday  2/9  9:00 am

No Pilates 2/12 to 2/16

Thursday 2/22  7:00 pm.    

Friday 2/23  9:00 am

Monday  2/26    7:00 pm.    

Friday  3/2    9:00 am

January Pilates Schedule

Monday, 18 December, 2017

Friday     1/19/18    9:00 am 

Thursday 1/25/18    7:00 pm

Friday     1/26/18    9:00 am  OPEN HOUSE Click Here for more Details

Monday   1/29/18   7:00pm

”Let’s Get Moving’ Chair Pilates schedule for December

Friday, 1 December, 2017

Monday, December 4th at 9:00 AM

Thursday, December 14th at 7:00 pm

Friday, December 15th at 9:00 am

Monday, December 18th at 9:00 pm

Dickens in Dundee at Bethlehem – Saturday December 2, 2017

Tuesday, 28 November, 2017

On Saturday, December 2nd, the Women’s Guild will sponsor their annual Dickens’ Soup, Salad and Sandwich Luncheon served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at 401 W. Main St. in West Dundee. Buy luncheon tickets at the door for $7.50 per person. A great place to enjoy lunch after the parade, and every cent taken in at the luncheon goes to the FISH Food Pantry.  

The annual Dickens’ Bake Sale helps fund the food for the luncheon and will be held in the same location from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Bakers are needed. Please bring your prepackaged items to church by 4 p.m. on Friday December 1st.

Thrivent Financial also contributes to this event to help Bethlehem make a difference in the lives of families in need in our communities.

New this year, next to the Bake Sale, will be a Mini Bazaar, sponsored by the Bethlehem Sewing Circle, offering for sale articles created by members of the church.

Also on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bethlehem will host the annual Dickens of a Christmas Sale sponsored by the Dundee Township Historical Society. This sale is limited to Christmas decorations and Christmas items. This is the seventh year this unique sale has been held at Bethlehem.

Please come out and enjoy the celebration and support your local organizations. 

If you are able to help with the luncheon or donate baked goods or simply come out that day to greet our guests, please call and leave a message for Martha Lehman at 847-476-9935.

September 2017 News

Tuesday, 1 August, 2017



Bethlehem will be hosting a new and exciting “Pop-Up” Bible School at Heritage Fest Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17, 2017.

This fest first has been created to be even more fun in the park for kids and parents alike so please add us to your plans Heritage weekend! And, if you’ve only stopped at the downtown stage and beer tent by the river in the past, why not mix things up this year and enjoy all the new (and returning) music, entertainment, activities and booths on the great green grass near the fountain, playground and tennis courts at the park? Won’t the kidlets and kids-at-heart probably prefer the crafts, park and playland over the pavement? But why choose? The fest runs 3 days so why not do something different Friday, Saturday and Sunday–join us in the park during the day and still enjoy all the headliners at the main stage in the evenings!

Bethlehem’s new booth will be within ear-shot of the Gazebo stage live music and all of Bethlehem’s activities will go down right across from our twin red and yellow brick churches near Main and 5th Streets in West Dundee. If you’d like, you can enjoy our 5:30 p.m. Saturday worship across the street after playing in the park. Or, why not join us for worship Sunday at 8 or 10:30 a.m. and be at the fest in the simple seconds it takes to cross the street!?

Fest guests are all invited to stop by for some free weekend morning and afternoon fun including: creating crafts, enjoying select live performances/playlets from Bethlehem Live–Bethlehem’s special annual Dickens in Dundee indoor/outdoor one-of-a-kind Christmas experience, learning more about Jesus and Bethlehem, puppet-making, story-retelling, live music and more.

Live performance times: Saturday: 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m and Sunday: noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m.

In 2017 Bethlehem is joining the already wide variety of fun and entertaining events in the fabulous, free, family-friendly Heritage Fest line-up. Bethlehem is looking forward to seeing everyone at the fest swing by our new tent. Come solo or with your friends and fam! Why not also share this News page with your 1,298 Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and other friends, especially those with friends/fams/kids looking for fun outdoor events while another Chicago winter whittles away at the remaining wonderful warm weekends and events for 2017?

For the complete Heritage Fest schedule and 2017 details when they’re posted, check out the official fest website:

For more information or visitor/volunteer questions about the event, please give Karen Lawson a call on 847-975-1913 or email


April 2017 News

Saturday, 15 April, 2017



Please check the special Easter worship dates and time in the Upcoming Events calendar (sidebar to the right). There will be a 6:30 a.m. sunrise service on Sunday followed by breakfast in the Fellowship Hall and a 10 a.m. worship, all in our red brick church at 401 W. Main Street, West Dundee, IL. There will also be special worship services and a lunch during Easter Week.


THU MAY 4 (NOON-4PM), FRI MAY 5 (9-5PM), SAT MAY 6 (9-1PM)



Great selection and bargains–these are what you’ll find again at Bethlehem Lutheran’s big annual spring rummage sale at 401 W. Main Street in West Dundee. This is one of the biggest and best sales in the area and also one of the first of the season. New bargain hunters are invited to join the many happy returning shoppers expected again on Thursday, May 4th (noon–4 p.m.), Friday, May 5th (9–5 p.m.) and Saturday, May 6th (9–1 p.m.).

Rummage sale fans will find a wide assortment of deals and treasures in three main areas: The BIG Room, The Garage and The Upscale Room–new this year. The Big Room will be well-stocked with a healthy assortment of clothes, toys, baby items, dishes, household goods, shoes, hats, handbags, books and much more. The Garage will treat browsers and buyers to more great finds like tools, desks, beds, sleds, fishing gear, lounge chairs and much more. In The Upscale Room shoppers will have their pick from a vast variety of jewelry, paintings, antiques, collectibles, unique, specialty items and even high-end décor.

A big turnout is anticipated again this May so arrive early on Thursday or Friday to enjoy the widest selection and visit again for the Last Day Bag Sale on Saturday. Proceeds support many good causes via 15 Bethlehem missions. Donations are always appreciated and clean items in good repair are now being accepted. For the latest shopper information, please surf to the website News tab.

For additional questions or donation details, please use the online Contact Us form, email or call 847-426-7311.

Please see the Upcoming Events calendar for the schedule for the May 2017 Rummage Sale and when to bring items to include in the sale. Large TVs and non-working items should not be dropped off but other typical items like clothing are welcome. Thank you in advance for your donations again this year and spreading the word to others to stop by and see the many items that will be on sale this May!

BONUS TIP: Make sure to stop by the Bethlehem Chair Pilate’s table for information on our new healthy exercise program and chance at our random giveaways.

March 2017 News

Saturday, 25 March, 2017



Please join us for a fun and healthy Chair Pilates class led by Linda Bryant. Twice a week we meet in the Fellowship Hall to boost our strength and overall health and have fun at the same time. The March thru May schedule is as follows:

• MON MAR 27 7PM • FRI MAR 31 9AM
• THU APR  6 7PM • FRI APR  7 9AM
• THU APR 20 7PM • FRI APR 21 9AM
• MON APR 24 7PM • FRI APR 28 9AM
• MON MAY  11 7PM • FRI MAY 12 9AM
• THU MAY 18 7PM • FRI MAY 19 9AM
• MON MAY 22 7PM • FRI MAY 26 9AM



“Christ in the Passover” will be presented Sunday, April 2 at Faith Lutheran Church, 2525 Helm Rd., Carpentersville. You’re invited to attend this informative and thought-provoking presentation!



There are many adult Bible study opportunities at Bethlehem! Call the office or use the convenient Contact Us form if you’re interested in any of the following:

• 9:30-10:15 a.m. Sundays in the Fellowship Hall
• 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays in the Fellowship Hall
• Monthly Home Huddles (dates/times/homes vary)
• Monthly Home Huddles Presentation

See the Upcoming Events in the website sidebar for dates, times and locations which may vary.



Once again this Easter there are baskets you can pick up at church. These are given to children who utilize the F.I.S.H. Food Pantry. Fill ’em with candy and small toys but please skip the Eastroturf (purple plastic grass makes a mess). Candy must be individually wrapped. Thanks for returning donated baskets by Sunday, APril 2nd! Questions? Contact Martha Lehman 847-476-9935.


MAY 4-6

Why not declutter around the house and donate items you no longer need to those who do? Donations will be accepted at the church beginning Sunday, April 23. Questions? Call Martha Lehman 847-476-9935.



The name for Agape House comes from the Greek word Agape, which means the unconditional love of God. It is a non-profit ministry based on an outreach program of ministry where Christ heals broken hearts.

Their approach includes spiritual, emotional, psychological and physiological healing for teen girls and young adult women who have experienced different forms of abuse and struggle to cope with the effects.

The school was founded in 1997 and is located just over the border in Walworth, Wisconsin. They offer His love to girls living at Agape House, girls attending their day program, young women in their transitional living home, parents attending the weekly parent group and individuals receiving counseling at their counseling center.

-H.I.S. Ministry/Missions

February 2017 News

Thursday, 2 March, 2017


The Journey Through Life



FEB 12


FEB 19


FEB 26

The Transfiguration

The Rocks of Scripture


The 10 Commandments

MAR 12

Water From a Rock

MAR 19

David’s Stone

MAR 26

Stone to Bread


Rocks Not Thrown

APR 9 Palm Sunday

Stones of Praise

APR 16 Easter

The Stone Rolled Away



“The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’” (1 Corinthians 12:21)

Just a word of thanks! The Church of Jesus Christ is a very complex organism. We are the body of Christ! We are his hands and feet continuing to be about the ministry that he began when he was on the earth. As the Pastor here at Bethlehem, I would like to say “thank you” to the MANY servants here at Bethlehem! There is so much to be done for the sake of God’s Kingdom. Sometimes (most of the time) it feels quite overwhelming. Our ministry acronym “G. R. O. W.” is a succinct way of acknowledging the four main ministry focuses of any church.

“G” stands for “Going Out”
In other words, setting our sights on those who are not part of our family of faith—especially those who do not know Jesus. Bethlehem is becoming intentional in this focus. Thank you!

“R” stands for “Reaching Maturity”
That is, growing in our relationship with God—becoming more mature in our faith. Our Bible classes are slowly growing. But we also have several servants in our church who are teaching the faith, especially our Sunday School, Youth, and Confirmation teachers. Thank you!

“O” stands for “Owning Burdens”
This is a way of saying that when one of us is hurting or in pain or experiencing a crisis, other members of our family of faith come along side of them to encourage and support them. We have a wonderful “Care Ministry Team” who are leading the way in this regard, but there are also many of you who are just doing it without anyone else even knowing you are doing it. Thank you!

“W” stands for “Working Together”
This is in reference to the Bible passage that printed above from 1 Corinthians 12. Working Together is all about each member of the body of Christ stepping up to serve according to their gifts. And, as it says in the passage above, no part of the body says to another part, “I don’t need you.” In other words, every gift, however important or unimportant if may seem, is valuable in the Kingdom of God. God is the One who has given each gift. So, to all who are serving in any way…Thank you!

We could not be the church that Jesus wants us to be if we just sat on the sidelines, or if we thought to ourselves, “I have nothing to offer,” or “Isn’t that why we have a pastor?” No pastor has all the gifts needed for the ministry to work.

I stand in awe of the way that the people of God serve according to their gifts here at Bethlehem! Thank you!

—Pastor Jim



A thought to remember: “It isn’t WHAT we have in life, but WHO we have in our life that matters.”

We are so thankful that so many dear and thoughtful friends help to provide warmth and comfort to those in need–you are a true blessing. As February is peeking around the corner, the days keep getting a bit longer and the weather seems to be getting a bit less severe. We are already collecting and putting into storage things for the winter of 2017–can you believe that? Even so, if there is someone you know that has a need for a beautiful and warm lap afghan, please let me know so we can help you select one.

If you would like to help with this mission and you need a pattern, one can be found on the desk in the file box in the “Knitting Nook” located on the west wall of the basement Choir Room. A large selection of beautiful yarn is also available there for any mission project.

We have bags marked “Prayer Shawl” with 3 matching balls of yarn that are perfect for shawls. We also have knitting needles and crochet hooks in almost every size necessary for your project.

If you have any questions or if you need help, please contact Dorothy Pigors at 847-836-0456. We do not have a specific meeting time or date at this time but usually are found in the Fellowship Hall between services and then sitting quietly in the back of the room where Pastor Murr is having his Bible Class, knitting on a prayer shawl or another mission project. We would love to have you join us! Karen Murr is there also knitting washcloths for the Sunday School Christmas boxes that go in November to children in other countries. We truly look forward to one day having Mary Jacox back with us again too.

January 2017 News

Thursday, 2 March, 2017



Participants in Couples Retreat 2016 at Covenant Harbor

Interested in attending the second annual Bethlehem Couple’s Retreat–a fun, relaxing and insightful weekend in beautiful Lake Geneva, Wisconsin? If so, please contact Karen Lawson at or 847-975-1913. Or, talk with any of the couples who enjoyed the last retreat: Maliszewski, Korosec, Heifetz, Petersen, Murr, Lawson, Fusco, Tang, Beth or Dennis!



Is there an unusual wine that you’ve always wanted to try but didn’t want to commit to the whole bottle? This is the perfect evening to bring it, sample it, and share it! If you’d like, bring a favorite appetizer (which may or may not involve cheese!) or a special dessert.

And if you don’t drink wine, please don’t let that stop you from coming out and enjoying a great evening with some old and hopefully new friends. Just bring along your favorite beverage to help wash down those yummy appetizers and dessert! Decaf coffee will be provided. RSVP? Address? Questions? Call Karen at 336-671-8611.



“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3: 16-17)

Are you a “New Year’s Resolution” kind of person? Do you look at the New Year as a chance to start fresh with a goal or an endeavor that has somehow eluded you thus far? Maybe you want to finally join a gym. . .or start going to the one you already belong to. Or, maybe you plan to stop eating Fast Food.

We usually plan to do something that is good for us to do when we establish a New Year’s Resolution. We don’t usually say, “I think it’s time for me to become lazy!” Or, “This is the year I’m going to try to get arrested!”

New Year’s Resolutions are intended to be the start of something that is good for us. Are you out of ideas for New Year’s Resolutions? Can I help you with an idea? How about a resolution to get into the Word of God if you’re not already in it? (If you are someone who already IS in the Word, what about a resolution to encourage someone else to get into it as well?)

The above reading from 2 Timothy gives us every reason to make this a resolution. First of all, “All Scripture is God-breathed.” When you’re “in the Word,” you’re not just reading a bunch of human dribble that you should be skeptical about. You’re actually hearing from God Himself! Can you think of a reason that you would not want to hear from God?

The reading from 2 Timothy also tells us that God’s Word gives us everything we need for life: “teaching, rebuking, correcting, training…so that we will be thoroughly equipped for being God’s person.”

Maybe you are thinking to yourself, “But I wouldn’t know where to start, and I don’t even think I will be able to understand it.” Well, you’re in the same boat as a lot of Christians. That’s why we have group Bible Studies. Here at Bethlehem we offer a Sunday morning Bible Class at 9:30am taught by Pastor Jim. And we are very sensitive to the fact that not everyone knows their way around the Bible.

We also have a Wednesday Bible Class at 10:00am. And we have our Home Huddles—small groups of your friends from Bethlehem who get together in the home of a host. We have a great time at these Huddles!

Not to sound too religious. . .but there really isn’t a more important New Year’s Resolution that a person can make than to decide to get into the Word of God more deeply. It will change your life—or at least your attitude about life!



The next B.O.L.D. meeting will be on Saturday, January 21 at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Men’s Breakfast is now a B.O.L.D. meeting. B.O.L.D. will be helping again at a local food bank and is looking for men and women who’d like help.



A thought to remember: “Dear God, I want to take a minute not to ask for anything, but simply to say “Thank You” for all that I have and the wonderful people who support our important mission with their talents and their prayers.”

Our winter weather has roared in with cold and snow so our delivery of the nice warm afghans to our neighbor senior care center (Cherished Place) was welcomed with much joy. Hermann and I delivered them and we also took home three for some elderly homebound friends whom we make a point of visiting over the Christmas holidays.

The one already delivered created so much joy and was truly appreciated by this 93-year-old gentleman and also his wife and caregiver. We are planning on delivering the other two afghans soon also. We always have more available for anyone in need and also for our Care Ministry when they make home visits.

Hermann and I went for a short visit with our friend Grace Zuba who called me that she had crocheted several afghans for our mission. Grace is over 90 years old and still keeps busy doing good for those in need. She also showed me all the beautiful cards she has received from Women’s Guild that she has displayed with magnets on her refrigerator. I also received a call from Darlene, a friend who crochets numerous beautiful granny-square afghans, scarves and hats for us during the year. She has another large bag filled which we will keep and make available to anyone in need.

I always say that our workers are few, but we always seem to do great and wonderful things in love and in the name of our Savior. If you have any questions or if you have any needs that we can help with, please contact me, Dorothy Pigors 847-836-0456 or Mary Jacox 847-304-3808. Now we would like to wish for each one of you a wonderful New Year 2017, filled with good health, happiness and God’s blessings!



Each day PADS operate a safe overnight shelter for up to 40-50 men, women and children providing them with an evening snack and a breakfast along with showers, laundry facilities, and warm clothing. They also provide clients a connection to support services, including mental health, housing, healthcare, recovery and education.

The shelter is open nightly at 7:00 p.m. and closes each morning at 7:00 a.m. Case management services are available during business hours, Monday thru Friday. PADS is staffed with trained site coordinators, case managers and volunteers. Mental health professionals and volunteer advocates are available to assist guests with basic needs and to connect them with additional services.

Their goal is to facilitate client growth, development and self-sufficiency. PADS of Elgin, Inc. coordinates services with more than 30 local organizations and social service agencies. The following is a list of their primary partners.

  • Ecker Center for Mental Health
  • Community Crisis Center
  • Soup Kitchen
  • Renz Addiction Counseling Center
  • Greater Elgin Family Care Center



Ever wondered about Prison Ministry? Consider yourself invited to a “come and hear what God is doing” free dinner at Immanuel Lutheran Church in East Dundee on Thursday, January 26, at 6:00 p.m. The free meal comes with an explanation of what Kairos Prison Ministry is and does to minister to inmates in prisons throughout the country. There is no pressure. The ministry simply wishes to inform people of what they are doing. Please RSVP to John Hoffman at

December 2016 News

Sunday, 18 December, 2016



Trading Trash for Treasure


The Cause of WORRY


The Effects of WORRY


The Accomplishments of WORRY


The Remedy for WORRY



Our Bethlehem Christmas Concert will feature live music performances as usual by the Bethlehem Choir and also The Messengers who perform Sundays at our Contemporary Worship. Refreshments will be served downstairs in the Fellowship Hall after the concert. Please consider inviting a friend or neighbor to this always-joyful event! Click below to watch a couple music videos from one of our past Christmas celebrations!

2014 Christmas Concert Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Youtube Frame Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 1.27.42 AM2014 Christmas Concert Emmanuel Youtube Frame Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 1.27.00 AM




Beginning in January 2016, Herlinda Bryant (Certified by the American Council of Exercise) will be leading a Pilates-based workout twice a week. Benefits include stronger muscles and stretching to develop your body’s core, mobilize your spine and building agility, flexibility, balance and coordination. Activities are performed while standing or with a chair for stability. Please pick up flyers at info tables. Interested? Call Herlinda on 630-338-6515 today!



LCC’s mission is to share the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need. LCC is located in Northbrook and serves the Northern Illinois District of the LCMS and also nationally and internationally. LCC ministries include:

  • Disaster response
  • K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry
  • Kare 9 Military Ministry
  • International and domestic ministry
  • Web based ministry
  • Church worker support
  • Bible studies
  • Support for pass-through needs and causes
  • Human Care

LCC’s Disaster Response, Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT), K-9 Comfort Dog and Kare 9 Military Ministry teams travel throughout the United States as needed. They never charge those they serve. LCC is faith-based and funded by the generous support of donors. They do not receive government funding or funding from the LCMS or NID. When you donate to a pass-through cause, 100% of your gift goes to the cause. Feel free to pick up a brochure highlighting these various programs at our display areas.

~ H.I.S. Ministry/Missions