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October 2016 News

Saturday, 8 October, 2016

BETHLEHEM EXPERIENCE • UPDATES!

Our Bethlehem Experience celebration and production is well underway! The script has been finalized and from the first rehearsal, the enthusiasm of the cast has been outstanding. Some actors are “off book” and others are very close. Several rehearsals have already been held and dress rehearsals took place in October. In November, each playlet is slated for a live rehearsal before the congregation so be on the lookout for those and make sure you attend to support your Bethlehem cast in being fully prepared for their live performance December 9th and 10th from 5-8PM.

Costumes are already 99% done, the tour layout plan is nearly nailed down, set designs have been drafted and started, props acquisition is well underway, lights and sound effects plans have been drafted, the kitchen is prepping for our guests plus the Dickens in Dundee crowd the week before, supporting roles from greeters to tour guides to parking attendants to Santa are all staffed, publicity shots have been taken, polished and blessed, copy for press releases has been finalized and the PR team has a comprehensive plan for getting the word out to the local community via multiple community signs, lawn signs, cards, door hangers and much more. Below are the sets, scenes and playlets that guests will be treated to as Bethlehem recreates a Bethlehem Experience To share the Living Water of Jesus Christ with all who thirst:

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SCENE

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Dickens’ Living Window

His Star cometh

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Dickens in Dundee Luncheon

Lead us to Bethlehem

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Welcome to Bethlehem

Behold The Christmas Star

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An Angel Visits Mary

Don’t be afraid

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Future Scene

Planned for 2017

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No Room at the Inn

Laid in a manger

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Shepherds Hear the Good News

The first to hear…

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Behold Your Savior

…and first to hold

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Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh

Gifts for the King

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Jesus is Grace, Forgiveness and Love

2016: Will they see Christmas?

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Celebrate with Santa

Food pantry donations welcome

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Group Photos

Bring fam & friends!


We don’t want to be spoilers but we can give you a tiny peek into the early days of the production plus the publicity shots of Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus that are on their way to news outlets, announcement cards, websites and more…

Want to see the FULL FREE SLIDESHOW? Click HERE!
Provided by tangtechphoto.com.

 

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OCTOBER 16, 12:45PM

Please talk to Pastor Jim to sign up for CROP WALK 2016! Click on the Daily Herald image to read the article and learn about the walk, who it benefits and how to donate, register or sponsor walkers. Please contact Darren Timmons on 630-222-7162 or djtimmons@comcast.net for more details.

Did you walk this year? Did you want to see what a beautiful day and stroll thru Dundee that walkers were treated to this year? If so, check out photos from our CROP Walk Gallery below…

Want to see the FULL FREE SLIDESHOW? Click HERE!
Provided by tangtechphoto.com.

 

ROMANIA MISSION–ORPHANAGE • DONATE TODAY!

We are currently collecting new and gently used children’s winter coats (ages 4-17) and knitted or crocheted scarves. Please drop off items in the box outside the Church Office by Sunday, October 16. Monetary gifts are also very much appreciated to assist with the orphanage operating expenses. Checks should be made out to: St. John’s Lutheran Church–Romania Mission. Questions? Debbie Kois 847-426-8273.

 

GIFTED READERS/GREETERS • WE NEED YOU!

Do you have the gifts to be a Greeter or Reader? Our Pastor and Deacons’ hope and prayer is that Readers will enhance our services with more member participation and that Greeters will offer a warm welcome to “regulars” and guests and assist with any needs and direction. If you feel so led, please speak with any Deacon about signing up. Names and numbers are listed near the bulletins.

 

F.I.S.H. FOOD DRIVE!

FISH logoH.I.S. (Hearts in Service) is 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! We have grocery bags with items listed on it or you can just take a list if you’d like. Please prayerfully consider participating in this worthwhile project. If you’d rather donate money, simply place a check in the offering basket with “F.I.S.H.” written in the memo line. Please bring bags back by Sunday, October 30.

 

UPCOMING SERMON THEMES

October 16

Continuing in the Faith

October 23

Relating to God and Others

October 30

Reformation Sunday (Saved by Grace)

November 6

All Saints Day

 

CARE MINISTRY

Bethlehem’s Care Ministry is here to offer support through hospital and home visitations, card ministry, shut-in ministry and more. The Care Ministry works with congregation volunteers to make and deliver meals and offer transportation to and from the hospital, home care and other locations. Do you or do you know anyone in need of Care? Please contact Darren Timmons on 630-222-7162 or djtimmons@comcast.net. Volunteers, please use the sign-up sheets if you’d like to help.

 

MISSION OF THE MONTH • THE SALVATION ARMY

SThe Salvation Army Corps Community Center located on Douglas Avenue in Elgin is one of more than 20 corps centers throughout the metropolitan division. Corps community centers are the heart and soul of The Salvation Army and are centers of learning, worship and service. They are the entry point for people in need. They assist with feeding families, paying rent and utility bills and providing educational and recreational programs for people of all ages, counseling, worship and more.

Programs and services offered by the centers are tailored to the needs of each local community. All corps community centers have something to offer to people of all ages. While people from all socio-economic backgrounds may receive aid from The Salvation Army, a special commitment is made to the most vulnerable individuals and families with limited resources and access to services. -H.I.S. Ministry/Missions

 
 
 
 
 

September 2016 News

Saturday, 8 October, 2016

MISSION OF THE MONTH • OPERATION SWEET TOOTH

“Operation Sweet Tooth” was started by Diane and Roger Ahrens of Piece-A-Cake Bakery in East Dundee to let our military men and woman know they are not forgotten. Diane and Roger served in the U.S. Marines and remember what it feels like to receive a package from home and those who care. Diane notes, “It has been 12 years since the beginning when God placed it on my heart to support and encourage our troops by sending cookies for them to share and remind them that we know they are in harm’s way on our behalf.”

Since then over 6 tons of cookies have been sent to individuals at the request of family and friends and also on her own to USO facilities. One of them currently receiving 6 boxes a month is the Pat Tillman USO Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. Each box weighs approximately 10 pounds and contains an average of 100 individually wrapped cookies so they can be shared. Favorite deliveries include sugar, chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, oatmeal peanut butter and Rice Krispies treats. Customers are not charged for the cookies sent but are asked for shipping donations.

-H.I.S. Ministry/Missions

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

Thank you for the donations of crayons and colored pencils. We have plenty to add to our boxes and no longer need these items. Thank you! I am now requesting toothbrushes (adult and child size along with travel-size toothpaste, any flavor). If anyone is able to purchase toothbrushes and toothpaste for our boxes it would be greatly appreciated. Grocery bags labeled SUNDAY SCHOOL OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD are located at both churches for your donations. If it is easier. we will gladly accept cash or check donations and we will purchase the items. Contact Karen Lawson at jkrd4@comcast.net or call 847-975-1913. As always, that you for your support!

 

SONS AND DAUGHTERS? • SEND US THEIR DETAILS

If you have children living away from home or attending college, please give their email and “snail mail” address to Karen on 847-426-7311 or bethchurchdun@aol.com.

 
 
 
 
 

August 2016 News

Saturday, 8 October, 2016

VFW PIG ROAST
AUGUST 13, 2-10PM • 117 S 1ST ST, WEST DUNDEE

pig-roast-clip-art-503993VFW POST 2298 is holding their annual Pig Roast in West Dundee. Corn-on-the-cob and plenty of sides will also be served. Contact DeLoris Doederlein or Martha Lehmen for Tickets ($10).

 
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SING, SING, SING! • JOIN BETHLEHEM’S CHOIR

Rehearsals begin Wednesday, September 7 at 7:30 p.m. Bethlehem’s Choir performs Saturdays at select 5:30 p.m. worships and Sundays at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services as well. Please call Mary Eickhoff at 630-653-2287 if you are interested!

 
 

SUNDAY FELLOWSHIP TIME

Come join us between our 8 and 10:30 a.m. services for fellowship time. Adult Bible Study resumes in September. And sign-up if you’re interested in hosting!

 

MISSION OF THE MONTH • WAYSIDE CROSS MINISTRIES

The Wayside Center in Elgin is a place where the church can connect with the homeless and needy in their community. Guests come to the Center for food, clothing, and laundry – but receive much more! They are connected with counselors, Bible studies and programs that can lead them to a godly and growing life.

Since 1993, Wayside has been transforming the lives of the hurting and needy. With the help of faithful volunteers, the Wayside Center helps over 200 individuals every month with practical, life-altering services. As a daytime shelter, the Center operates a job skills program, life skills classes, a job liaison program and one-on-one mentoring relationships while providing lockers, showers, laundry services, meals, two daily Bible studies and personal motivational case management.

-H.I.S. Ministry/Missions

 
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FLINT H20 DRIVE • DAILY HERALD NEWS

A big Bethlehem Thank You goes out to all donors and volunteers who helped collect and deliver bottled water to Flint Michigan! The Daily Herald ran an article online and in print editions in August, 2016. Check out the story and photos in the online edition today!

 
 
 
 
 

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?

 

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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

IMG_8408Select Sundays, after our 10:30 a.m. worship, Bethlehem’s Prayer Ministry will be praying for the following in May:

  • 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.

Photos: Christi Trebes & Sam Tang
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BOY SCOUT ANNUAL PASTA DINNERpizza-party-invitations-pasta_party_invitation-r0a30c9d6d3a1416280a29cea0e0835d5_imtzy_8byvr_512
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

NISRA banner swimming Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 9.17.31 AMIn March, the Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association celebrates its 40th anniversary providing recreational programs for people with disabilities (since 1976!). NISRA is an extension of 13 park districts and supports Special Olympics, cultural arts, outdoor sports activities, preschool programs, camps, trips and special events to provide year-round enjoyment & fitness to many children, teens and adults of all ability levels.

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.