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July 2016 News

Friday, 8 July, 2016

CELEBRATING “DEPENDENCE” DAY

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Have you read Pastor Jim’s article in your July Newsletter about another Independence Day–when Adam and Eve declared their “independence” from God–and sinful nature was born? Give it a read and learn about celebrating “Dependence” Day–the Day the Holy Spirit created faith in your heart and dependence on God.

 

5 BIG FOCUSES AT BETHLEHEM

Do you know what’s happening at Bethlehem? Here are 5 key things we are focusing on:

  • Establishing greater COMMUNITY PRESENCE
  • Creating “THE WELL”
  • Expanding HOME HUDDLES
  • Intensifying involvement IN THE WORD
  • Expanding our PRAYER MINISTRY

Check out your July Newsletter for details on how we plan to achieve all of the above.

 

COUGAR GAME • SIGN UP TODAY!
GAME: JULY 29, 6:30PM • 5/3 BANK BALLPARK, GENEVA

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 4.02.55 PMMen’s Breakfast is sponsoring a Kane County Cougars game on Friday, July 29 at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $10, but wait!…that includes a $10 food and drink coupon. 20 adults/kids are needed to sign up to get this deal. Contact Don Pate Jr. on 847-271-6363 to RSVP or use the sign-up sheet in church.

 
 
 

FLINT WATER DELIVERY • VOLUNTEER!
JULY 15, 5-7PM

Screen Shot 2016-07-08 at 7.10.01 PMThe Flint water donation truck is getting ready to roll Saturday, July 16. All it needs is water! If you can help, volunteers will be needed to help load the truck Friday, July 15, 5-7PM. Donations of H2O and money for Flint are still being excepted also and a $250 Thrivent sponsorship was approved to defray Flint delivery costs.

 
 

2016 YOUTH GATHERING • NEWS FROM NEW ORLEANS

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Photos: ©2016 Don Pate Jr. (Click any to enlarge)

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana–This summer, seven members of Bethlehem traveled to New Orleans to join thousands of Lutheran youth at the six day Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod National Youth Gathering 2016. The group was made up of four members of Bethlehem’s youth group and three adult chaperones. When they left the airport in Chicago, none of them had much of an idea of what to expect, but in the end, everyone had an awesome time. Upon arrival, they were met by a daunting pile of 25,000 identical backpacks to sort through. Each day started with morning Bible study. One day it followed an early 5K race, and each day there were many Superdome from Garagesessions by inspirational presenters at various learning and interest centers. Every day there was also a mass event and worship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, where thousands of young people sang, danced, clapped and worshiped together. It was very inspiring to behold–so many of our nation’s youth coming together and praising the Lord.

The youth had occasional free time to go out into the city to do a little sight-seeing and take in local events. The New Orleans food Homemade Jambalayawas outstanding of course and some enjoyed local and original Louisiana dishes and favorites for the first time like jambalaya. Everyone had a wonderful time and they highly recommend others attend future annual youth gatherings if they can. The 2019 gathering is slated for Minneapolis and all the youth at Bethlehem are encouraged to look into being part of next year’s event. For information about the Bethlehem youth group, please contact the Bethlehem office at 847-426-7311 or bethchurchdun@aol.com.

 
 

NEW ORLEANS YOUTH GATHERING • IN OUR PRAYERS
JULY 16-20

Remember to keep our youth and chaperones in your prayers as they attend the LCMS Youth Gathering in New Orleans this July!

 

BIG YOUTH THANK YOU! • LETTER FROM OUR YOUTH

Dear Bethlehem Congregation,

David, Haley, Dominik and Dylan, along with their chaperones, Erich Korosec, Becky Smith and Don Pate Jr., would like to thank you for your support during the past year so that they may attend the National Youth Gathering in New Orleans. They reached their $5,000 goal, and that would not have been possible without your help. Thank you!! They depart Saturday morning, July 16, and your continued prayers are appreciated during their travels. They are very excited to have this opportunity to participate in this awesome event with Youth from all over the country, and they look forward to sharing with you their experiences when they return.

God’s Blessings. –The Youth

 

GREAT PEOPLE OF FAITH • SERMON SERIES

July 10

Chapter 11 Believers

July 17

Abraham was Daring

July 24

Moses was a Leader

July 31

Joshua was Decisive

August 7

Elija Persevered

August 14

The Centurion had Amazing Faith


 

NEW LUTHERAN FAITH CLASS
JULY 14, 7PM

Screen Shot 2016-07-08 at 7.09.27 PMA 6-week Lutheran Faith Class starts up Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m. to review the basic doctrines of Christianity according to the Lutheran perspective. All are welcome, especially those considering joining Bethlehem. Please sign up if you plan to attend.

 
 
 
 
 

June 2016 News

Wednesday, 1 June, 2016

BETHLEHEM WEB CHALLENGE • WILL YOU WEAR THE CROWN?

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 8.38.10 AMLooking for the first Bethlehem Web Challenge? Well, welcome! You’re in the right place. You’re already showing a little mastery of finding things on the Bethlehem website. By spending a few minutes answering about 20 questions and taking this web challenge, you can really help us make Bethlehem’s website better for you and all future visitors.

The challenge begins at noon, June 1, 2016.

Why not use your favorite web browser’s bookmark or favorites option to save a link to this website? It may be CMD-D (Mac) or CTRL-D (Windows); check your browser’s menus if your not sure. This’ll help you surf here in a flash in the future whenever you’re looking for Bethlehem’s online News, Calendar, Upcoming Events, Contact Us Form and much more! Anxious to take the challenge?

AND THE WEB CHALLENGE LINK IS…

http://bethlehemdundee.org/challenge

 

NOTE: Click the challenge link above. Depending on your browser/settings, when you click the link above the challenge should appear in a new browser tab or window. This will allow you to use a separate browser tab or window to surf bethlehemdundee.org while you complete the challenge in another tab or window. Good luck!

IMPORTANT: You can get zero challenge questions right and still be crowned! Don’t worry if you’re not a Bethlehem or website blackbelt. One crown will go to someone selected at random from everyone who gave the challenge a shot. Taking the challenge you’ll see REQUIRED questions (marked with a “*”) and OPTIONAL answers which are not mandatory but extremely important to fill out wherever you can to help us find and fix holes in the website and much more.

DID I ENTER? If you see a short “Thanks…” message after you hit SUBMIT, then your entry was received. If you hit SUBMIT and you see the same form again, scroll down and you’ll probably see an error message or two where you forgot to answer a required question. For example, your name is required. If you skip that or other questions, how will we know who to crown challenge champs?

 

THE SEASON FOR GROWTHblossom-clipart-9iRaA8xie

It’s growing season! Grass grows, plants grow, flowers bloom and trees blossom. And, without care, weeds will grow and can take over a perfectly good garden. Do you weed your garden, water it, water your lawn, flowers and trees? While everything is growing around us, are you growing equally inside and watching for the weeds ever ready to infiltrate your healthy spiritual life? Maybe you invite a lawn care company into your yard to keep it in great shape. Do you invite God into your spiritual garden? Growing season is upon us both outside and inside. Why not take a minute to read Pastor Jim’s article in your Bethlehem Newsletter on what it means to grow in this season of growth and invite God in to help keep it weed free? Check your email or contact the Church Office to get on the mailing list or to obtain a paper copy.

 

A BIG THANK YOU! • SPAGHETTI DINNER & AUCTION

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 4.02.34 PMThe Bethlehem Youth Group wants to extend a big THANK YOU to everyone who donated or bid on the many items in the silent auction at the Spaghetti Dinner May 21st. The Youth raised over $1,700 for their National Youth Gathering in New Orleans in July.

 

ARE YOU RECYCLING YOUR POP CANS???

Paul “The Crusher” Schif wants to know (and help). If you missed the spaghetti dinner but drink pop, here’s another way you can help support the Youth’s July trip.

 

WHO’S PACKING YOUR PARACHUTE?

Are you at or nearing a point in your life where you need to take a giant leap of faith? Do you approach it with confidence? Do you freeze? Do you turn and run? Check out Jeff Daley’s article in your June Newsletter if you forecast any faith leaps in your future. Jeff gives you an example from his life and gives a tip on Someone who can help with those burdens and doesn’t let the godly slip and fall.

 

S.O.S. • SISTERHOOD OF STITCHERS, SERVING OUR SAVIOR

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 5.05.49 PMA huge THANK YOU to Darlene Schultz for another large delivery of beautiful granny square afghans, baby quilts and scarves. And another big THANK YOU to Darlene’s daughter Ranae for delivering these beautiful finished articles and picking up more yarn to make more. The little ones in the special care nursery at St. Alexius Hospital are enjoying all the baby hats and blankets that Ranae has also been making. Lois Schmerber, THANK YOU for delivering them! If you want to learn more about all the S.O.S. achievements, why not join us Sunday mornings at 9:30? You can help us turn the latest batch of yarn and supplies funded by the Women’s Guild into more keepsake items. Yarn donations and finished project can be turned in at the S.O.S. box under the counter in the narthex. Contact Mary Jacox or Dorothy Pigors for more information.

 

FLINT WATER TOO HEAVY? • PROBLEM SOLVED

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 5.05.33 PMA gallon of water is 8+ pounds! Instead of lugging jugs and water bottle packages, there’s an easier way. Contact Barry Wandell and he’ll accept your donations and do the water shopping and lugging for you!

 

JUNE HOME HUDDLES • THE ARMOR OF GOD

Were you at the recent congregational gathering? Did you hear one member talk about how she attended a home huddle and quickly found many benefits in attending these once a month in host homes? See Pastor Jim if you want to join a home huddle. The theme for June is “The Armor of God.”

 

STRUGGLING? NEED HELP? • KARL KAN!

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 5.05.03 PMAre you elderly, ailing or suffering from a serious lack of knowledge on how to tackle a project or repair? Talk to Pastor Jim! Karl Berglund is retired and enjoys lending a helping hand where he can and he may be the answer to a new or nagging problem you’ve been struggling and strapped to address.

 
 

JUNE MISSION OF THE MONTH • H.I.S. MINISTRY/MISSIONS
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF DUNDEE TOWNSHIP

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 9.17.42 AMH.I.S. Ministry/Missions has selected the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township as the June Mission of the Month.

Our local chapter is ranked in the top 5 in the state (out of 28 chapters) in 3 categories–2 club sites, 600+ daily participants and 1,600+ registered members. During the school year, they offer after-school programs at 8 different sites.

Starting May 31st and lasting 8 weeks, 500 children in grades 1-12 will attend summer camp programs at various local schools. Those attending full-time receive 2 meals a day while half-day attendees receive 1 meal daily. The program provides a safe environment full of fun activities, enriching programs and dedicated staff that encourage members to be their absolute best every single day. Their mission:

To inspire and enable all youth to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens by providing stimulating and challenging programs through interactions with dedicated caring people.

 

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 3.02.06 PMWOMEN’S GUILD • INDOOR PICNIC
JUNE 9, NOON • FELLOWSHIP HALL

All women of the congregation are invited to Bethlehem’s Women’s Guild’s Indoor Picnic starting at noon on Thursday, June 9th. White Elephant BINGO will be played after we eat. Please bring a wrapped gift (new or recycled!) to use in the game. Questions? Contact Mary Toppel at 847-426-7369. Hope to see you there!

 

BIANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
JUNE 12, NOON

Bethlehem’s biannual meeting will be Sunday, June 12 at noon. The main goal is the election of officers for Church Council and for the various Boards.

 

$25 JEWEL GIFT CARDS • PARKING LOT FUNDRAISER

No need to pre-order the new $25 Jewel gift cards to benefit the Parking Lot Fund. Just see Karen in the Church Office to buy yours today–by cash or check. Please make checks payable to Bethlehem.

 
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FLOOR STRIPPING/WAXING • VOLUNTEER!
JUNE 11, 8AM • FELLOWSHIP HALL

Can you handle a mop and can spare a few hours to help strip and wax floors in the Fellowship Hall, kitchen & hallway? If so, give Scott Heifetz a call on 847-305-0571 or email at sth2221@sbcglobal.net

 
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BETHLEHEM PR REQUESTS • PR REQUEST FORM

Are you an event planner of a big Bethlehem Event and you could use a hand with strategically communicating details about your event to Bethlehem members and the public? Do you have a Bethlehem function that only a few know about and would you like to see participation by a bigger and broader audience? Would you like larger attendance, more volunteers, increased fund-raising, etc.? Could your event benefit from photos and articles in local papers (printed and online)? Are you busy enough bringing your event to life and could use some help with signs, flyers, handouts, email blasts, worship bulletins, website news, radio ads and much more?

If so, why not submit a PR Request Form today (bookmark: http://bethlehemdundee.org/pr-request • this link is also readily available in the sidebar to the left).

The Bethlehem Public Relations Team is on standby to assist with strategic communications about your event so contact us TODAY even if you have barely started planning your church event or function.

TIP: do NOT wait until the week or two prior to your event to announce it unless you want to get a tiny fraction of the people who read the bulletin or hear announcement on any given Sunday to attend. If you’re an event planner and you want it to be a successful, well-attended event, let the Bethlehem PR Team know about it when you’re at the starting line, not crossing the finish line. If you do, we can add the strengths & talents of our team to your team and let you focus on the many logistics of pulling off a successful Bethlehem Christmas Experience, Rummage Sale, Fundraiser, Walking Tour, Parade Float, Concert, Festival Booth or…any of the many events that you know could be better attended with better publicity in better channels well in advance of the event.

 
 
 
 
 

May 2016 News

Thursday, 19 May, 2016

 

A BETHLEHEM CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE • VOLUNTEER!
MAY 15, 4:30PM • INFORMATIONAL MEETING+PIZZA!

Sunday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m. there is a special Christmas Event informational meeting. ALL ARE ENCOURAGED TO COME! Please attend and RSVP to Pastor Jim’s email or call the office so Bethlehem’s special Christmas event is a success, and so we order the right amount of pizza for dinner at the meeting!

Screen Shot 2016-03-20 at 8.17.01 AMAn exciting Christmas event is being planned for December 2016 and we need everyone’s help! What role can you play in this Christmas celebration and first annual production? We need shepherds, Marys, wise men, angels and more. Are you an angel? We need costumes, prop wranglers, set designers, coordinators, lighting & A/V experts and tour guides. We need greeters and minglers and parking assistants and much, much more. If you’re big talent is juggling, that’s one of the few things we don’t need but maybe you’d be great at something else like resetting sets after each tour group leaves one of the 7 stations. There’s a strong chance that you have other talents and interests that could fill a currently gaping hole in the crew putting this huge event together.

Maybe you’d like helping with snacks or sewing or setup or teardown or public relations or sign-making or background painting or costume changes or make-up or…the list is extensive for a big, new, public event and we’re positive almost everyone can help in some way. Any leads you have would also be appreciated on outgoing actor-types who could step in to be one of the many Marys or a Baby Jesus or any other characters that appear in multiple scenes. For a winter event, we’ll need doubles for every character per station. Since the story spans 7 scenes/stations, each actor will have no lines or a small number of lines to learn, rehearse and remember so it will not be a difficult project like a full-scale play where one character has to learn an hour of material. Actors may have a few lines in a scene that is 3 to 5 minutes shared with other actors.

Please see the sign-up sheets in church or at the office for all the roles available and talk to Pastor Jim about how your existing skills and talents best fit into making this Christmas at Bethlehem the first of many special ones to come!

 

PENTECOST!

The Holy Spirit came in a fuller and more special way at Pentecost–ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven. Without the Holy Spirit, we’re sitting ducks for Satan; with the Holy Spirit, he is no match. So, how do we ensure that we tackle our mission “clothed with power from on high?” Be sure to check out Pastor Jim’s Pentecost! article in your May newsletter where he tackles this topic and how we might approach this picture of the first church in the Book of Acts:

“They devoted them to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer…And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2: 42, 47

 

UPCOMING SERMON THEMES

MAY 1

Jesus is Our Real Help

MAY 8

God’s Free Economy (The Gospel is Free)

MAY 15

Pentecost (Coming of the Holy Spirit)

MAY 22

Holy Trinity Sunday (God as Father, Son, Holy Spirit)

 

MANNA GIFT CARDS • ORDERS DUE!

Why not pick up a few gift cards today & help with the Parking Lot Fund at the same time? Order forms are posted on the bulletin boards in both churches. Next orders are submitted May 8. To print your own, click here: MANNA EXPRESS FORM

 

CONFIRMATION SUNDAY
MAY 1, 8AM

Four more of our Bethlehem youth group will be confirmed in their Faith this May. We pray for God’s rich blessings upon them on this milestone in their faith journey.

 

PRAYER MINISTRY • MAY PRAYERS

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  • Bethlehem’s Christmas Experience
  • The Well–a revamped worship space & experience
  • Strong Bible Study participation

See the schedule of Upcoming Events or Full Calendar on the website or your May newsletter for more details. To learn even more, speak with Pastor Jim about the team developing Dundee’s first annual Bethlehem Christmas Experience, the team designing The Well and new Sunday service, the Prayer Ministry Team and the many Bible Study opportunities at Bethlehem. You can participate in any of these to help make them each a big success.

 

IMG_8407IF ONLY JESUS WERE AROUND

Satan loves the word “if” and how easily if-questions can create doubt. If God is loving, why does He allow tornados, wars, sin and people to go to hell? The list of questions is endless. Do you have questions? Do you wrestle with faith in today’s world where so many think they have all the (God-free) answers? If you’re interested in Jeff Daley’s take on this topic and how The Bible answers many of these questions, please read Jeff’s article in your May newsletter entitled If Only Jesus Were Around.

 

BETHLEHEM NEEDS YOU NOW!

Bethlehem’s Annual Congregation Meeting will be held in June. We need Elders (3), Deacons (4), Trustees (4), Education Leaders (3) and a Vice-Chairperson vacancy filled. Please consider stepping up! See your May newsletter for more details on positions and who to contact about the various openings or talk to Jeff Daley to put you in touch with the proper contact.

 

RUMMAGE SALE • HUGE SUCCESS, THANK YOU!

15-sale-clipart-1Our April Rummage sale profits were $5,767. Thank you for all your help and participation in making this a huge success. These funds will be used by Bethlehem’s Women’s Guild to benefit their various charities and projects in 2016-2017!

 
 
 

FIFTY QUILTS…

quilt-blanket-clipart-1Fifty quilts made by Bethlehem’s sewing and quilting group were sent to The Orphan Grain Train’s gathering place in Wisconsin! THANK YOU to Audrey Bockenhauer for delivering the quilts. To read about all the work these quilts entail check out your May newsletter and if you want to learn how to help us start on the next fifty, why not join us Thursdays from 9 a.m. til noon with a snack at 10:30?

 

MAY HOME HUDDLES • AVOIDING SPIRITUAL BURNOUT

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Talk to Pastor Jim about joining the growing Home Huddles! May’s theme is how to avoid spiritual burnout. Huddles are a relaxed, home-based environment for small groups to meet on monthly topics like this plus whatever items anyone wants to discuss.

 
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SAVE YOUR BOX TOPS!

Collection envelopes are on the Church Office & The Well bulletin boards.

 
 
 

WOMEN’S GUILD • LEARN WHAT WE DO!
MAY 12, 1 PM • FELLOWSHIP HALL

Women of Bethlehem, we consider you all Lutheran Women’s Missionary League members. You can tell from the name that we do a lot of missionary work. Come learn what we do for our church, community & the world. We’d love to see you at our next meeting, Thursday, May 12th at 1 p.m.

 

MEN’S GROUP
MAY 14, 8AM • FELLOWSHIP HALL

Please email Darren Timmons at djtimmons@comcast.net if you’re interested in attending Men’s Group Meeting & Breakfasts. Our next meeting is Saturday, May 14th at 8 a.m.

 
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FLINT WATER COLLECTION

We’re still collecting and delivering cases and gallon jugs of water to Flint, MI. Donations are being accepted in the basement of our red brick church near the elevator/coat racks. Why not help Flint with your donation today and let others know about our water drive by handing out fliers to friends, neighbors, etc.?

 

MAY MISSION OF THE MONTH • F.I.S.H.

FISH logoThe Friends I Shall Help Food Pantry returns as H.I.S. Ministries Mission of the Month. FISH depends on food and monetary donations to help the hungry in our area. FISH is located in the Meadowdale Mall in Carpentersville and helps an average of 525 families every month!

GREAT 1Q 2016 RESULTS!

JAN

PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter)

$537.22

FEB

NISRA (Northern IL Special Rec. Assoc.)

$495.97

MAR

Agape House School for Girls

$807.50

 
 
 

April 2016 News

Thursday, 7 April, 2016

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

 
 
 
 
 

March 2016 News

Saturday, 19 March, 2016

 

EASTER BREAKFAST • VOLUNTEER!
MARCH 27 • FELLOWSHIP HALL

Breakfast-fellowship-clipartsAre you able to assist with Easter Breakfast preparation, serving or cleanup Sunday, March 27? Of special need is someone familiar with the kitchen and able to oversee things. If so, please contact Steve Stayner on 847-845-7899.

Pastor Jim • Easter 2016

 

MEN’S BREAKFAST
MARCH 12, 8AM • MANOR RESTAURANT

Breakfast-mens-clipartsBethlehem’s men are meeting Saturday, March 12th at Manor Restaurant located at 425 E. Main Street in East Dundee. Bring a friend!

 
 
 
 
 

HOME HUDDLES • TRUSTING GOD IN HARD TIMES

peanuts huddleTalk to Pastor Jim to join in Bethlehem’s once-a-month home huddles. Trusting God in Hard Times is March’s theme.

 
 
 
 
 
 

JULY NATIONAL YOUTH GATHERING • NEW ORLEANS
MAY 21 SPAGHETTI DINNER & AUCTION • DONATE TODAY!

2016coverCA Saturday, May 21st spaghetti dinner and auction is planned to help defray some of the expenses of the four youth members attending the National Youth Gathering in New Orleans. Donations are being sought for auction (e.g., gift cards, baskets, sports memorabilia). Your generous donations are greatly appreciated! Questions? Contact Karen Lawson 847-975-1913.

 

LENTEN LUNCHES • JOIN US/VOLUNTEER!

Of course we welcome you to join us for Lenten lunches, but anyone that can help with food, preparation and serving please contact Debbie Smith on 630-939-3731 to help make these lunches throughout Lent a success. Thanks!

 
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F.I.S.H. EASTER BASKETS • DUE MARCH 13

Please turn in Easter baskets at any worship by March 13th and please do NOT include any “Eastro-turf” which gets everywhere. Questions? Contact Debbie Smith on 630-939-3731.

 
 
 
 

ROMANIA MISSION • ORPHANAGE SUPPLIES NEEDED!

Orphanage supplies ship in April for our August mission in Romania. We help by buying food packs (rice, noodles, flour, etc.) for families in need, and your generous monetary donations help make this happen. In addition, we’re seeking school supplies (pencils/pens, pencil/pen bags, markers, sharpeners & erasers but NO paper or notebooks), hair accessories (clips, headbands, ponytail wraps) for girls in the orphanage, and socks (boys/mens, sports/crew, dark-colored) and briefs/underwear for the boys plus travel size soap, champ, lotion and deodorant. Boxes are in both churches.

 

MARCH MINISTRY OF THE MONTH
AGAPE HOUSE & SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

Screen-Shot-2015-02-13-at-1.58.05-PMThe name for AGAPE HOUSE comes from the Greek word AGAPE, which means the unconditional love of God. The AGAPE HOUSE, a non-profit ministry, is 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.

Founded in 1997, the school is located just over the Illinois/Wisconsin border in Walworth, WI. It is licensed for 16 girls whose ages range from approximately 12 to 18. The organization is largely sustained from generous contributions of individuals, church groups, service groups and business organizations. Many families are only able to pay a fraction of the cost of the services provided for them or their daughters. Donations to the school provide 85% of the funding needed for tuition, room and board, counseling and mentoring with parents contributing on a sliding-fee based on family income.

– H.I.S. Ministry/Mission

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PRAYER REQUESTS

The Prayer Team invites you to submit Prayer Request Cards provided in the pews. Please turn them in to either Pastor Jim or Frank Hewitt and let either know if you can help on the Prayer Team which meets the the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month at 11:45 a.m.

 
 
 
 
 

LUTHERAN WITNESS MAGAZINE • SUBSCRIBE!

Would you like to receive Lutheran Witness magazine at your home? Yearly subscriptions are $15.96. Make checks payable to “Bethlehem” and turn in to Karen or the Church Office.

 

RECYCLE • POP CANS

Please use the large trash can by the red garage to deposit your empty aluminum cans to benefit our young members of Bethlehem. Paul Schif will recycle them and proceeds will support the Youth headed for New Orleans in July.

 

HOAGIES • ORDER TODAY!
PICKUP APRIL 16 & 17 (LAST ORDERS TAKEN APRIL 10TH)

hoagie$5.50 hoagies go on sale again Saturday, March 19. You know you love ’em! Order today with or without onions for pickup April 16 & 17!

 

FACILITIES TEAM

Bethlehem’s red brick church at 401 West Main in West Dundee and our yellow brick church next door–the Bethlehem Community Ministry Center or BCMC–and properties are managed by a dedicated team of trustees led by Scott Heifetz. Scott and company oversee the properties, buildings, heating, cooling, cleaning and more. Scott can be contacted at mailto:sth2221@sbcglobal.net if you have any facility or property concerns.

 

February 2016 News

Saturday, 19 March, 2016

 

YOUTH PANCAKE BREAKFAST • JOIN US!
FEBRUARY 28, 9-10:30AM • FELLOWSHIP HALL

The Senior Youth’s flipping flapjacks and serving sausage links, fruit, juice, coffee and milk, all for a free-will donation. All monies raised go to support students and chaperones attending the July LCMS National Youth Gathering in New Orleans. Adult Bible Class will resume the following Sunday.

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FEBRUARY 6, 4:30-7:30PM • THE WELL

Please contact Matt Bucholc 847-322-7800 for tickets ($8) to join us in February at this once-a-year special pasta dinner hosted again by our local Boy Scout troop. The dinner will be held at Bethlehem’s yellow brick church (aka The Well) on Main Street in West Dundee.

 
 
 

PRAYER MINISTRY • FEBRUARY FOCUS…

  • The new Community Presence Planning Team brainstorming new and creative ways to grow community presence.
  • The Well Planning Team redesigning our Contemporary Worship space and service to deeply touch people’s hearts with the Gospel’s message.
  • The fulfillment of 1 Thessalonians 1:8–“The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia–your faith in God has become known everywhere.”

 

THE DESCENT

“…Jesus took Peter, James and John and led them up a high mountain…” Mark 9:2-4

Eventually it was time to descend. They’d witnessed Jesus’ transfiguration and His dazzling white clothes, but now their mountaintop experience was over. They turned around and returned to their normal lives off the mountain. As we celebrate Transfiguration Sunday, we also turn around–we repent–and confess our sins to God and begin Lent with Ash Wednesday.

May God bless your descent and raise us all up again on Easter as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. Read more in The Descent–Pastor Jim’s article in your monthly newsletter. Contact the Church Office if you’re not on the distribution lists yet.

 

S.O.S.–SISTERHOOD OF STITCHERS • SERVING OUR SAVIOR

All of our warm & comfy hand-fashioned articles have now been delivered via AID and FISH. Our last delivery was in January to Cherished Place for many in Bethlehem’s own elder care facility to use and cherish for years to come. Beautiful shawls and afghans were happily made & received, and now we start fresh again on more for more next winter.

Yarn, wash/dish cloths and scrubbies donations are now being accepted. We’ll use the yarn of course to make more cold-weather items while the other donations will be featured at the Rummage Sale to fund additional yarn purchases.

A huge “Thank You!” to all who help us in this important mission this year. All are invited to join S.O.S. and start helping someone in need during the cold months to come in 2016-2017. See your February Newsletter or Bethlehem’s calendar on the sidebar of this website for S.O.S. meeting times/places, typically from 9 to 9:30 a.m. between services in the Fellowship Hall.

If you know anyone who needs a prayer shawl or want to contact S.O.S. to join or get more info, please contact Mary Jacox on 847-384-3808 or Dorothy Pigors on 847-836-0456.

 

PRAISE HIM IN EVERY STORM

jesus.calming.the.storm.03One of Bethlehem’s own recently spent time in the hospital and, upon returning home, read an uplifting message waiting for him from a buddy who conducts a prison ministry in Nashville. Just before Christmas, his weekly visit was cut short by a guard telling everyone in the “chow hall” to return to their cells. A storm was brewing and tornados were on the way. They would claim 10 lives.

“Bless my family as I am away from them. Pray for perseverance during this time. I will continue to praise Him in every storm.”

This is what one of the prayer cards said. God may use a prison ministry or a prisoner in an orange jumpsuit or someone you may never expect to witness to those in need. Read more on having strength in life’s many storms and unexpected sources of renewed strength to weather them in Jeff Daley’s Praise Him In Every Storm article in your February Newsletter.

 

BETHESDA THRIFT SHOP • VOLUNTEER!

A thought to remember: FAITH is not about everything turning out OK. FAITH is about being OK no matter how everything turns out.”

Hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, coats, sweaters, shoes and boots…Bethesda has all these and more to help many weather our winter storms. Records, tapes, videos, CDs, DVDs, books, magazines, puzzles (for adults & children) and toys are also on sale for those inside for wintery months looking for fun things to do. Or maybe one of our many baskets would come in handy to organize your knitting, books, magazines or favorite craft? St. Patrick’s Day decorations are also appearing on Bethesda’s shelves.

Why not come in and support our store and the many folks we support? Funds generated by your donations and purchases go to help “God’s special children” in need of your love, caring and support. Please stop in to shop at 7606 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake 9-7 p.m. Monday thru Friday, 9-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m Sundays. Or, please join us 9:30-4 p.m. February 12th if you can volunteer. Thanks! Need more details? Call Dorothy Pigors on 847-836-0456.

 

FEBRUARY MISSION OF THE MONTH • NISRA

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NISRA is our February Mission of the Month and Dundee Township Park District provides local programs at Liberty Lanes, the Rakow Center, the Park District in Carpentersville, and at Randall Oaks Golf Course & Rec Center. Activities are led by a full-time staff with college degrees in Therapeutic Recreation-related fields and trained part-time staff and volunteers. Close staff-to-participant ratios help participants develop skills, grow in self esteem and have fun!

January 2016 News

Friday, 22 January, 2016

 

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JANUARY 30, 6:30PM • MURR’S HOUSE

Everyone at Bethlehem is invited to the 2nd Annual Wine & Cheese Party at the Murrs’ home on Saturday, January 30, beginning at 6:30pm. Bring your favorite cheese, hors d’oeuvre or dessert along with a bottle of wine or other favorite beverage to share. This is a great chance to enjoy old friendships and make new ones. Please see your newsletter, bulletin, calendar, directory or contact the office for the address or directions.

 

MANNA GIFT CARDS ARE BACK! • HELP OUR PARKING LOT FUND!
ORDERS DUE JANUARY 24TH

Manna gift cards are back! This time profits go towards Bethlehem’s “Parking Lot Fund.” Manna gift cards are available from over 200 local and nationwide grocery stores, retailers, restaurants and gas stations like Jewel, Walgreens, Kohl’s, Walmart, Home Depot, Shell, Speedway, Papa Johns, Starbucks, Menards and Meijer.

Gift cards aren’t just for gifts! Plan ahead and use them like cash at stores or restaurants you regularly visit. As usual, a percentage of your purchase will go straight back to Bethlehem. Order forms are on the bulletin boards in both churches. The next deadline for ordering is Sunday, January 24th. Please put forms with checks payable to “Bethlehem Lutheran Church” in one of the MANNA folders at either the Church Office (on the door) or the Info Room at The Well. Cards will be ready for pick up the next weekend. Email bethchurchdun@aol.com or call 847-426-7311 if you need more information.

 

HOME HUDDLES • JANUARY THEME…
JUSTIFICATION BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH

Please check the Upcoming Events and the full calendar in the sidebar to the right for details on this month’s Home Huddles presentations and the date/time that your home huddle meets! Looking for a Home Huddle? Contact the Church Office today to join these small groups which meet at hosts’ homes in a relaxed environment once a month to discuss the theme of the month and whatever else the group finds interesting to talk about.

 

PRAYER MINISTRY • JANUARY

Please join us in prayer on select Sundays in January (see calendar of Upcoming Events) where we will pray with individuals, families and also focus our prayers on the following:

  • The expansion of our Home Huddles ministry (now 4 Home Huddles, 43 people)
  • The work of the Elders at Bethlehem in their important position of spiritual leadership
  • The fulfillment of Philippians 2: 1-2 in our midst:

“…then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.”

 

JANUARY MISSION OF THE MONTH • PADS OF ELGIN

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Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Elgin was founded in 1989 as a safe haven for homeless men, women and children in the community. It provides a safe environment 365 days a year each night and welcomes both individuals and families at the shelter. PADS guests often shake the perception of the stereotypical “street” or “homeless” person. Families with children are among the fastest growing segments of the homeless population. Sixty percent of adults who use the shelter as their temporary home regularly work. PADS provides showers, laundry facilities, evening meals, morning breakfasts, warm clothing and supportive services including mental health, housing, healthcare, recovery and education.

“Homeless does not have to mean hopeless.”
-H.I.S. Ministry/Missions

Tour PADS of Elgin’s Facility (2-part Video)…

 

LCMS ROLLS OUT “REFRESHED” LOOK

Blue cross Have you seen the new blue Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) cross logo? It’s part of a “refreshed branding initiative” that expands the color palette beyond burgundy. The initiative also introduces individual logos that emphasize three cornerstones of our Synod mission to “bear witness, show mercy and carry out our life together as the body of Christ.” There is also another new logo that unifies & summarizes all three tennets, namely:

  • Witness,
  • Mercy and
  • Life Together

Learn more about the new branding effort by reading the full LCMS Reporter Online “Refreshed” Look article. Also check out this short video showing the new logos in action below (no audio).

 

NEW 2016 OFFERING ENVELOPES

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If you have not received your 2016 Offering Envelopes and would like a set, please contact Karen at 847-426-7311 or bethchurchdun@aol.com.

 
 
 

NEW CHURCH DIRECTORIES

Get your new Bethlehem Directory after worship on the info tables. These directories contain the new Elder assignments so pick up your copy today! And speaking of directories, your pictorial directory from Lifetouch should arrive here for distribution around February 14.

 
 
 

December 2015 News

Thursday, 19 November, 2015

THE UNIQUENESS OF JESUS

“Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: ‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”
Luke 2: 29-32

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The Holy Spirit revealed to Simeon that when he was looking at the infant, Jesus, he was actually looking at God’s salvation for all people. Jesus is also the most polarizing person who ever lived, as Simeon also declared: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.”

Jesus is fully God and fully man. He is not “half God” and “half man.” He is the second Person of the Trinity in the flesh. He is “God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father. . .” as we confess in the Nicene Creed. And, as the God-Man, Jesus lived an absolutely sinless life—something that can be said of no one else in history.

But the thing that truly sets Jesus apart and makes him entirely unique is his contribution to mankind. Jesus lived and died as a substitute for every person who has ever lived or ever will live. He lived a sinless life, and he died as a sacrifice for those who have sinned. And, yet, we are the ones who receive the credit for this accomplishment. God sees us in all that Jesus did. God sees US as perfect! And God sees Jesus’ death as if we died. And God sees Jesus’ resurrection as if we have risen and are living a new life!

When Jesus spoke from the cross and said, “It is finished,” those words didn’t just apply to Jesus’ victory; they were words of victory for us too! When Jesus walked out of the tomb after three days, it meant that WE have new lives, and so we cheer for that victory.

Paul writes: “Or, don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through Baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life.” Romans 6: 3-5

By God’s grace, all that Jesus is and owns has become ours. This is why he was born! ~Pastor Jim

 

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS WORSHIP TIMES

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CHRISTMAS DAY • 10AM

Saturday, Dec. 26th • No Worship Service

 
 
 
 

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
DECEMBER 20TH, 10:30AM • “THE WELL”

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Sunday Schoolers’ Christmas Songs, Readings & Tree-topping Star Bring a Hush to Bethlehem

 

BETHLEHEM LUTHERAN MEN’S GROUP • BREAKFAST
DECEMBER 19TH, 8AM

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P.S. Come hungry!

 
 
 
 
 

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING • 2016 BUDGET
DECEMBER 13TH, NOON

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BETHLEHEM CHRISTMAS CONCERT
DECEMBER 13TH, 4PM • 401 W MAIN ST.

Our Bethlehem Christmas Concert will feature live music performances as usual by the Bethlehem Choir and also The Messengers who perform every Sunday at our Contemporary Worship. There will be Bible readings and also traditional Christmas carols so everyone can sing along. Light snacks (Christmas cookies, chips, crackers, etc.) will be served downstairs in the Fellowship Hall after the concert. More details will be posted here as they become available so check back in December and save the date today! Click on one of the videos below to watch a sample song from one of our past Christmas celebrations!

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MANNA GIFT CARDS • HELP OUR YOUTH!
ORDERS DUE DECEMBER 13TH

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S.O.S. • SISTERHOOD OF STITCHERS, SERVING OUR SAVIOR
DECEMBER 13TH, 9AM

A thought to remember: If you want OTHERS to be happy, practice compassion. If YOU want to be happy, practice compassion.

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Everyone who has been a part of this very important mission has been a true blessing to those with the simplest of needs and wishes for warmth and comfort from all of you who have helped to supply our knitters and crocheters with yarn and needles to work with to those who have made the beautiful, warm and comfortable hats, mittens/gloves, scarves, afghans, prayer shawls, baby hats and blankets, quilts and washcloths.

Soon we will be delivering all the stored-up items to those who need them during the cold winter months ahead. THANK YOU for thinking of those who have need of these items with compassion. They will, to be sure, be wishing for you the happiness you richly deserve just as we do also.

Our next meeting will be on Sunday, December 13th, from 9:00-9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall near the refreshment counter. When Pastor’s Bible Class begins, we will quietly knit on our prayer shawls together. Please consider joining us in this important mission field in whatever way that you are able.

Questions? Please contact: Mary Jacox 847-304-3808 or Dorothy Pigors 847-836-0456.

 

CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE • HIS MINISTRY (HEARTS IN SERVICE)
UNWRAPPED GIFTS DUE DECEMBER 13TH

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Each tag has the resident’s name, age and their “wish list.” These are just suggestions and you can purchase one of the items or as many as you choose. All gifts are appreciated! Please return the unwrapped gifts to church by Sunday, December 13, as AID picks them up the next day. Questions? Please contact Debbie Smith on 630-939-3731 or debbiesm@aol.com. Thank you!

 

BETHESDA THRIFT SHOP • VOLUNTEERS!
DECEMBER 11TH & 31ST, 9AM-4PM

A thought to remember: Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

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Although many feel the Christmas season starts the day after Thanksgiving, our shop is bustling with shoppers looking for decorations, ornaments, gifts, books, toys and every kind of household item connected with that fast-approaching special Christian holiday. Warm clothing is sought after for the arrival of winter cold and snow, and new treasures appear on the shelves daily. Visiting our shop is like a happy adventure for everyone–men, women and children alike. All donations are always welcome and thankfully received by our busy staff as are volunteers to keep the shop neat and the shelves well stocked.

Anyone who would like to join us in our volunteering efforts, please just come on the day that Bethlehem is in charge of providing workers. The next day that we will be there is on December 11, the second Friday of the month. We usually come between 9:00-10:00 a.m. and work until about 4:00 p.m.; however, any amount of time you are available will be appreciated. We also help when there is a fifth Thursday so December 31st is another opportunity for volunteers to help out. Questions? Please contact Dorothy Pigors on 847-836-0456.

 

WOMEN’S GUILD CHRISTMAS LUNCH GATHERING • WHITE ELEPHANT BINGO!
DECEMBER 10TH, NOON • FELLOWSHIP HALL

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WOMEN’S GUILD NEWS (LWML)

Bethlehem’s Women’s Guild met November 12th. We decided our annual Christmas gifts will support associations that spread God’s wonders, namely: F.I.S.H., St. Matthew’s Soup Kitchen, Orphan Grain Train, Bethesda, Lutheran Child & Family Services, LCMS Armed Forces, Lutheran Hour, Lutheran Bible Translators, Sonrise, Concordia Seminary, LCMS World Relief, Ends of the Earth Ministries, Phil’s Friends, and Samaritan’s Purse. We are also participating again in Dickens in Dundee on Saturday, December 5, with a luncheon and bake sale. The Dundee Historical Society will be holding their annual Christmas sale in the downstairs Sunday School room as they have in past years. Hope to see you there! See details below…

 

ANNUAL SOUP & SANDWICH LUNCHEON • $7.50
DECEMBER 5TH, 10:30AM-2PM • 401 W MAIN ST., WEST DUNDEE

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dickens in dundee newsletter Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 9.14.54 AMOn Saturday, December 5th, the Ladies Guild of Bethlehem will sponsor its annual Soup & Sandwich Luncheon from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. downstairs in our Fellowship Hall. The luncheons is $7.50 with all proceeds going to the F.I.S.H. Food Pantry in Carpentersville. The annual Bake Sale to help fund the food for the luncheon will be held from 9 a.m. thru 4 p.m.

If you can help with the luncheon, please contact Martha Lehman on 847-476-9935.

Donations of baked goods would also be greatly appreciated.

Please come out and support these holiday events!

 

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DECEMBER 5, TIME TBA • 401 W MAIN SUNDAY SCHOOL ROOM DOWNSTAIRS

Along with the special luncheon on Saturday, Bethlehem will be hosting the annual Dickens of a Sale in the Sunday School Room downstairs. This Dickens of a Sale is sponsored by the Dundee Township Historical Society and features Christmas decorations/items. Check back here in December for more details on this special Christmas sale you won’t want to miss before heading over to Dickens in Dundee!
 
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UPDATE: STAY TUNED FOR LINK TO GALLERY WITH MORE PHOTOS SOON!

UPDATE: See the photos/article that ran in the Daily Herald online & in print this month!

 

PRAYER MINISTRY • DECEMBER PRAYERS

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  • The expansion of our Home Huddles ministry (We have 4 Home Huddles/43 people)
  • The work of the Elders at Bethlehem and that God would identify others who are qualified to serve in this important spiritual leadership role
  • The fulfillment of Philippians 2: 1-2 in our midst: “If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.”

 

MISSION OF THE MONTH • COMMUNITY CRISIS CENTER, ELGIN
H.I.S. MINISTRY/MISSIONS

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The Community Crisis Center was founded in 1975 by a group of dedicated volunteers to meet the needs of individuals and families in crisis. Employees provide comprehensive services to individuals and families in crisis due to domestic violence, sexual assault, or economic/financial difficulties. The Crisis Center is one of the oldest domestic violence shelters in the state and was instrumental in organizing both the Illinois and National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Services include a 24-hour crisis hotline and information and referrals, emergency temporary shelter for 40 women and children who are homeless due to domestic violence or financial crisis, individual and group counseling, medical, legal and welfare advocacy, financial assistance to abate homelessness, emergency food pantry, batterers’ intervention program, a distinct children’s program, and community education.

The Community Crisis Center service area includes northern Kane County from St. Charles to the northern edge of the county and far northwest suburban Cook County; there are no service area limits for domestic violence victims.

 
 
 

November 2015 News

Monday, 9 November, 2015

MANNA GIFT CARDS • HELP OUR YOUTH!
NOVEMBER 29 • ORDERS DUE

Manna is a non-profit program that sells face value gift cards to 100+ stores and gives a percentage back to Bethlehem. $32.90 is going to the Youth Group from our last orders! The turnaround time is about a week. Questions? Call Tracy on 630-267-8739 or Karen on 847-426-7311. The next order will be placed on Sunday, November 29. Order forms & payments are accepted in the Church Office. Make checks payable to “Bethlehem Lutheran Church.”

 

THANKSGIVING EVE WORSHIP
NOVEMBER 25, 7PM

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NOVEMBER’S HOME HUDDLES TOPIC IS…

“Purpose in Our Daily Lives”

Please check the online Bethlehem calendar and Upcoming Events sidebar for the date/time that your home huddle meets.

 

BLOOD DRIVE • DONATE SATURDAY!
NOVEMBER 21ST, 8AM-NOON • 900 S 8TH ST, WEST DUNDEE

151121 blood drive poster Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 12.35.14 AMPlease call Rick Gilmore on 847-421-8676 to schedule your donation or SIGN-UP ONLINE at heartlandbc.org. You can also text your name & time to 847-305-9998 and you’ll be added to the schedule. Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are welcome. When someone needs a transfusion, will they get the blood they need to survive? You can make that happen with your generous donation. Click the poster for more details.

 

PRAYER MINISTRY
NOVEMBER 22, 11:45AM • 2 DOORS DOWN FROM PASTOR’S OFFICE

In addition to personal prayers will individuals that join us, The Prayer Ministry will be praying for:

  • Those serving on the Church Council
  • Our Worship Leaders:
    • Organist (Mary)
    • The Messengers Band
    • Sound System & Technical Specialist (Mark Reimers)
    • Computer Presentations (Sandy Macros & Lexie Murr)
  • That hope & joy permeate our life together as the people of God

 

ANNUAL SENIOR THANKSGIVING DINNER
NOVEMBER 14, 4PM • FELLOWSHIP HALL

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This delicious event is Saturday starting at 4 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. Karen on 847-426-7311. This special dinner is for those wiser ones who are at least 65 years old or have a spouse that age. Don’t miss this wonderful Thanksgiving at Bethlehem seniors!

 

VILLAGE VINTNER FELLOWSHIP OUTING
NOVEMBER 13, 6PM

village vintner winery and brewery Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 1.20.39 PMPlease join us for our next Bethlehem fellowship outing at the Village Vintner west of Randall Rd. in Algonquin beginning at 6 p.m. The cost of this event is whatever you choose to eat & drink. As usual, don’t forget to bring a friend!

 

BETHLEHEM PHOTO DIRECTORY

Thanks to all who scheduled and stopped in for their portrait session. Stay tuned for more details on when the new Bethlehem Directory will be available. If you would like to submit a photo of you or your family because you didn’t have one taken or because a family member was not present, please email the image file to bethchurchdun@aol.com by 9AM, November 19th.

 

MISSION OF THE MONTH • NOVEMBER: OPEN DOOR CLINIC

November introduces us to a new mission–the Open Door Clinic–with offices in Elgin and Aurora. Bethlehem’s mission funds will be given to the Elgin facility. One of the many services they offer is Behavioral Health which includes psychiatric and mental health therapy services. Their team is devoted to providing client-centered services and working with clients as they strive to improve the quality of their lives. The Behavioral Health Department provides services for individuals coping with both mental health and substance use concerns. They offer clients a safe, supportive, and confidential environment where they can continue to develop the skills they need to successfully manage life’s challenges. Their motto:

Doing our part to reach…

  • zero new HIV infections
  • zero AIDS deaths
  • zero discriminations

 
 

October 2015 News

Saturday, 26 September, 2015

CROP WALK • FOOD DONATIONS/VOLUNTEERS?
OCTOBER 18, 1PM

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Our Cardunal Crop Walk is in mid October this year. Walker registration begins at 1:00 p.m. at Bethlehem. We still need people to donate baked goods, bananas, and apples plus extra hands to help set up/take down tables and chairs. Please consider helping in any way you can or in supporting one of our walkers. Questions? Please contact Darren Timmons on 630-222-7162. Thanks and God bless you!

 

F.I.S.H. FOOD DRIVE • H.I.S. (HEARTS IN SERVICE)
PLEASE RETURN BAGS OCTOBER 18 (REVISED)

FISH logoH.I.S. is once again sponsoring a food drive for the F.I.S.H. Food Pantry in Carpentersville. Let’s share the blessings that we’ve been given and help F.I.S.H. fill up their shelves. There are grocery bags with suggested items in the back of both churches. Please consider picking and filling one up. If you’d rather donate money, just write “F.I.S.H.” in the memo line and place your check in the offering basket. Please have bags back to Bethlehem by Sunday, October 18th.

 

BETHLEHEM LUTHERAN MEN’S GROUP • MEN’S BREAKFAST
OCTOBER 17, 8AM

128px-breakfast-food-clip-art-383445Our next Men’s Group meeting will be on Saturday, October 17, at 8:00 a.m. Come fellowship with us and enjoy a home-cooked breakfast! Pastor Jim is leading us through a study of Phillip Yancey’s book, The Jesus I Never Knew. These meetings are truly a special time for the men of the church to enjoy being together to discuss whatever is on our hearts. Please consider joining us. If you have any questions regarding the meetings, please call Darren Timmons at 630-222-7162. Please email forms back to either Darren, djtimmons@comcast.net, or to the church email, bethchurchdun@aol.com. For those who have already completed the form, thank you very much! Your input will be used to determine the group’s future activities.

 

SISTERHOOD OF STITCHERS, SERVING OUR SAVIOUR
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
OCTOBER 11, 9AM • NEXT MEETING

Thought to remember: Real happiness doesn’t come from getting everything you want. It comes from sharing what you have with people who matter.

sewing-button-clip-art-1656748We’re dedicate this article to all of those who have been so generously supporting this church mission. There are those who quietly supply us with yarn and handmade articles of warmth and comfort, and we never have the opportunity to thank you. There are also members of our church who fashion beautiful and serviceable things for those in need but never want to be mentioned or thanked for their generosity. We have two dear ladies who are not even church members who make beautiful afghans, baby afghans, hats, baby hats, scarves and mittens–Darlene Schultz and Grace Zuba. Thank you all!

Our own organist, Mary Eickhoff, recently gave us a generous monetary donation from which we were able to purchase a shopping cart full of the most beautiful and colorful yarn in memory of her mother, Ella Holtz. In her later years, Ella will always be remembered by us for knitting the most beautiful scarves which were enjoyed and which kept many of God’s people in need warm in the winter time. We remember her generous and loving spirit, when she could sadly not knit anymore and needed special care, and how she always said she wished that she could come once more to our meetings and sit & rock in our big white rocking chair. These are precious memories of Ella, and we sincerely hope that God has provided for her a big white rocking chair in His heavenly home.

Thank you too to those who have left bags of yarn for us along with knitting needles, pattern books and supplies. Those who have generously knit more than 50 washcloths to go into the Sunday School’s Christmas boxes, we thank you too. For the prayer shawls which have helped those in need of comforting throughout the years–more big thanks. Sharon Beth, thank you for the beautiful baby quilts which have brightened the cribs of so many tiny ones in the hospital special care nursery.

Some of our donations go to the elderly in care homes and veterans in several hospital locations. These hopefully brighten their days with colorful afghans–all handmade with love and care. A very dear elderly lady in the Lutheran home in Arlington Heights has crocheted countless baby hats for little ones in the hospital nursery. Thank you for those and also to those who have delivered all these articles to those in need. Yes, because of all of you, we together have been able to touch the lives and hearts of so many. This mission truly matters and it is our hope and prayer that we can continue providing for those in need for many years to come.

Our next meeting will be on Sunday, October 11, in the Fellowship Room at 9:00 a.m. At 9:30 a.m., we will attend Pastor Murr’s Bible Class while quietly knitting on our prayer shawls. We’ll gladly supply anyone with needles, yarn and a pattern if you would like to join us. Of course, if you would like to knit or crochet on another mission project, please bring it along and sit with us while learning about the Bible.

Questions? Please contact: Mary Jacox 847-304-3808 or Dorothy Pigors 847-836-0456.

 

SISTERHOOD OF STITCHERS, SERVING OUR SAVIOR
BETHESDA VOLUNTEERING IN OCTOBER
OCTOBER 9 & 29TH, 9AM-5PM • BETHESDA THRIFT SHOP

A thought to remember: God does not command that we do great things, only little things with great love.

Bethesda Thrift Shop volunteers were invited to a luncheon banquet in thankful celebration of their many hours of service. One lady, Dorothy Rodewald, has worked there for many years in the linen department and was honored for a total of 12,500 hours since she started! She is 94 years old and one of the dearest people to work with. Many other appreciation certificates given out including one to a newer volunteer for 250 service hours. Several from the main office in Watertown, Wisconsin were there for the presentations, luncheon and fellowship time which was enjoyed by all.

Important highlights shared at the banquet:

  • Our organization is 110 years old
  • Our shop was #3 in profit contributions this year
  • That was 20% above our goal
  • We helped 2,000 with developmental disabilities
  • We have 19 thrift shops located in several states
  • And 3,400 paid employees
  • 800,000 purchases were made to help fund our core mission
  • Thousands of volunteers donate hundreds of thousands of hours in support

We’d love to have more join us where we truly make a difference in so many lives thru this Lutheran organization. Our next volunteering times are on Friday, October 9, and Thursday, October 29. We usually start at 9:00 and finish around 5:00 p.m., but any time you can spare will be greatly appreciated. Questions? Please call Dorothy Pigors on 847-836-0456.

 

OKLAHOMA • FEATURING ED & JAN
SPECIAL TICKET OFFER • CALL BY OCTOBER 8

Our very own Ed & Jan Dennis will be performing in Del Webb’s production of Oklahoma. Please check your Bethlehem emails or call the church office for ticket details before the October 8th deadline. There are four performances November 19th thru 22nd, and this is a rare opportunity to get tickets ($15). Typicall the generally public doesn’t get a chance to attend these productions which sell out fast to Del Webb residents.

 

CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING
NOW OCTOBER 8 (REVISED), 7PM

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HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY DeLORIS!
OCTOBER 6, 9AM-5PM • PIECE-A-CAKE BAKERY

Please join us at Piece-A-Cake Bakery Tuesday at 304 N. River St. in East Dundee any time between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. There will be treats for everyone and you can write your birthday wishes to DeLoris in a special memory book there!delores 90th bday IMG_2774Photo: ©2015 Kassandra Tang

 
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SURPRISE FELLOWSHIP ACTIVITY
OCTOBER 4, 5-6:30PM • BZ XL, ALGONQUIN

Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 4th from 5-6:30 p.m. That evening we’re planning to roll out a surprise fellowship activity at a location to be announced. We hope to see you there with nothing to spare. We can’t tell you what it is just yet but if you want a clue: it’s better than three holes in your head.
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UPDATE: Wow, you guessed it! Our next Fellowship Outing is Bowling at Brunswick Zone XL (1611 S. Randall Rd., Algonquin) on Sunday, October 4 from 5-6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome–it doesn’t matter if your specialty is strikes or gutters (just ask the friendly BZ staff to fire up the bumpers). $16 includes unlimited bowling plus 2 slices of pizza plus soda plus shoes–so that’s a great deal! Please sign up soon so we can give Brunswick an accurate count and think about who you can invite for a fun time–a friend, co-worker, neighbor, uncle who is a professional bowler, cousin who can pick up splits backwards thru her legs…

 

HOME HUDDLES • OCTOBER: “WHY PURPOSE MATTERS!”
OCTOBER 2, 7PM • DAVITZ/PUETZ

 

OCTOBER NEWSLETTERS MAILED OUT (COPIES ALSO ON INFO TABLES)

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LUTHERAN CHURCH CHARITIES • H.I.S. MISSION OF THE MONTH

LCC-Logo-Gif-GreyLCC is unique among charitable ministries. 100% of donated dollars go directly to the need. Admin costs are covered by direct gifts earmarked specifically for operational expenses, pledges to operating costs and their “12/31 Remember Us Last” end-of-year appeal. Their top three of many ministries are Disaster Response, K-9 Comfort Dogs and Kare-9 Military Dogs.

 

CHERISHED PLACE • CALL FOR INFO/TOUR
MONDAY-FRIDAY, 7AM-6PM

Caregiving is a full–time job. Cherished Place Adult Day Care can help families find time for themselves and give their loved ones with dementia socialization and activities. Cherished Place is designed to assist families by providing activities, socialization, and supervision during the day as well as personal care such as medication management and daily medical observation. Cherished Place is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and transportation is available. Cherished Place is located in the Bethlehem Community Ministry Center. For information or a tour, please call Debra Chwalinski, RN/Director on 847-586-5767.

 

TAE KWON DO LESSONS
EVERY WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY NIGHT

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Adam’s Fit Tae Kwon Do offers classes for kids (ages 5-12) and teens/adults (13+). Classes are geared towards learning self-defense while improving confidence, discipline, social interaction and overall fitness. Come in and try a class–your first one is free! Classes are held in Bethlehem’s yellow brick church. Email adamsfittaekwondo@outlook.com or call 847-507-6717 or surf to adamsfittaekwondo.yolasite.com for more information.