News & Info


Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Bethlehem Lutheran Church will present Bethlehem Christmas Live! at no charge on Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8,  from 6:00 – 8:30 p. m. in West Dundee. 

Travel through Bethlehem as the first Christmas comes to life. Experience live performances from the first Christmas to modern day on 30 minute guided outdoor walking tours that portray events before, during and after the birth of Christ.

The outdoor playlets in our churchyard will feature members of the congregation in costume on sets with sound effects and lighting. The performances will include:

An Angel Appears to Mary:  Mary learns from Gabriel that she will be the mother of Jesus

No Room at the Inn: Joseph and Mary hear they will have no place to stay for Jesus’ birth

Shepherds Hear the Good News: frightened, excited shepherds learn of the birth of Jesus

The Shepherds’ Visit:  shepherds become the Holy Family’s first visitors

The Three Kings Visit:  distant leaders bing gifts to the young Jesus

Today’s Savior: a modern-day teenage girl who is being verbally bullied has an interaction with the adult Jesus

Guides will assemble small groups prior to beginning each outdoor experience. Dress for winter weather.

Indoor activities like crafts and cookie decorating will be offered and refreshments will be served. Take your own photos with Santa and Bethlehem’s comfort dogs Noah and Luke.

Check in at the 4th Street side entrance to the red brick church at 401 W Main St. in West Dundee.

For more information about Bethlehem Lutheran Church and its activities, see or call 847-426-7311 .  #BethlehemLive

Wise Men Bringing Gifts to Jesus at A Bethlehem Experience



Thursday, 1 November, 2018
Thurs, 11/1, & Fri. 11/2, NO PILATES
Tues, 11/6, 9:00 am, Thurs, 11/8, 7:00 pm,  Fri, 11/9, 9:00 am
Tues, 11/13, 9:00 am,  Thurs, 11/15, 7:00 pm,  Fri, 11/16, 9:00 am
No Pilates Thanksgiving week
Tues, 11/27, 9:00 am


Monday, 22 October, 2018

The Sunday School children are once again preparing to assemble shoeboxes filled with gifts to be sent to children in need around the world. Each box is an opportunity for a boy or girl to experience the love of God in a tangible way and hear the Gospel.

A brochure is available explaining a little bit about Operation Christmas Child and how you can help the Sunday School children fill these shoeboxes. Our goal is to fill at least 20 shoeboxes with small toys, stuffed animals, crayons, notebooks and toiletry items.

A cash or check donation in any amount would help us reach our goal of assembling 20 shoeboxes. No donation is too great or too small. All donations will be used to purchase items for the shoeboxes. Simply leave your cash or check donations in the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes located at the entrance of both churches. Checks should be made payable to “Bethlehem Lutheran Church” with “Operation Christmas Child” written on the memo line.

Thank you for helping our Sunday School children support this great Mission! If you have any questions, please contact Karen Lawson at 847-975-1913.

Church Picnic

Saturday, 22 September, 2018

The congregation enjoyed burgers, dogs, potluck dishes and Dean’s yummy ice-cream sundaes in the Fellowship Hall at the annual picnic on September 9th. Some of us worked off a few calories playing volleyball and a few of us watched them do it!





Friday, 14 September, 2018

We are starting our annual Baby Bottle Campaign for The Life Center (TLC). TLC is a ministry that provides free medical, materials, and emotional & spiritual support to local woman. Please consider taking a baby bottle home and filling it with your loose change or dollars. Or if you would prefer, you may put a check in the bottle (made out to “Bethlehem Lutheran Church”). We would like you to sign your name to the sheet located by the bottles so we can try and return the same amount of bottles back TLC. Bottles need to be returned by Sunday, October 14. Thank you so much!


Friday, 31 August, 2018

On Thursday, August 2, Bethlehem Lutheran Church helped approximately 125 students get ready for a new school year by supplying them with back packs, folders, crayons, colored pencils, spiral notebooks, and many other needed items for the first day of school.  After collecting their supplies, students were able to make crafts, color and enjoy icecream sundaes.  Bethlehem Lutheran Church recognizes that there are many families who have difficulty meeting the demands of their student’s school supply list every year.  With this being Bethlehem’s 2nd year in serving the community with school supplies, we are glad that we can help in some small way with making the school year a great experience for all kids in our community.



Thursday, 30 August, 2018

This ministry is being led by Evelyn Slaght. It is intended as both an outreach ministry as well as an in-reach ministry. The plan is to offer this help on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. beginning next Sunday, September 9. If you would like to help with this ministry in any way, please contact Pastor Jim


Thursday, 30 August, 2018

Choir Practice begins Wednesday September 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the downstairs Choir Room. Everyone is welcome!



Tuesday, 31 July, 2018

We had a nice turnout for the fun and interesting Mailboat Outing in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The Bethlehem crew shown here at the Historic Riviera Ballroom went on a several hour cruise about 26 miles around Geneva Lake on the U. S. Mailboat Walworth. We listened to the histories and celebrities associated with the lakeshore mansions and watched Mail Jumpers Molli and Katie jump from the boat on to piers to deliver mail to the mansions and then jump back on – the boat doesn’t stop or hardly slow down. Sometimes there were people in costumes waiting on the pier to greet and interact with the Mail Jumpers. After the cruise we had lunch at a nearby restaurant.


Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Martha Lehman, representing the Women’s Guild at Bethlehem, recently presented its donation to FISH Food Pantry in Carpentersville.
The check donation was held at the pantry’s new expanded facility with FISH Food Pantry president Miles Nakashima and past president Mary Graziano.
Each year, the church’s Women’s Guild sponsors a “Dickens’ Soup, Salad and Sandwich Luncheon” fundraiser for festival-goers after the Dickens in Dundee Parade.
Every cent taken in goes to the food pantry. This is possible because the food is completely funded through grants, food donations and a bake sale held the same day as the luncheon.
Volunteers, led by Lehman, mostly from Bethlehem but also some from the community, decorate the church fellowship hall and prepare and serve the food.
The Dundee Township Historical Society holds its annual Dickens of a Christmas Sale of Christmas decorations and Christmas items in an adjacent room.
So mark your calendar to come out and enjoy the celebration and support Bethlehem and the Historical Society this Christmas.

Bethlehem’s Martha Lehman presents donation check to F.I.S.H. Food Pantry President Miles Nakashima and Vice President Mary Graziano