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February 2017 News

Thursday, 2 March, 2017

UPCOMING SERMON THEMES

The Journey Through Life

FEB 5

Guidance

FEB 12

Encouragement

FEB 19

Rest

FEB 26

The Transfiguration

The Rocks of Scripture

MAR 1

The 10 Commandments

MAR 12

Water From a Rock

MAR 19

David’s Stone

MAR 26

Stone to Bread

APR 2

Rocks Not Thrown

APR 9 Palm Sunday

Stones of Praise

APR 16 Easter

The Stone Rolled Away

 

BEING THE CHURCH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

—Pastor Jim

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 2017 News

Thursday, 2 March, 2017

 

COUPLE’S RETREAT
APRIL 28-30 • COVENANT HARBOR, LAKE GENEVA

Participants in Couples Retreat 2016 at Covenant Harbor


Interested in attending the second annual Bethlehem Couple’s Retreat–a fun, relaxing and insightful weekend in beautiful Lake Geneva, Wisconsin? If so, please contact Karen Lawson at jkrd4@comcast.net or 847-975-1913. Or, talk with any of the couples who enjoyed the last retreat: Maliszewski, Korosec, Heifetz, Petersen, Murr, Lawson, Fusco, Tang, Beth or Dennis!

 

WINE & CHEESE PARTY #3

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

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

 

A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION
PASTOR JIM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

B.O.L.D. MEETING
JANUARY 21, 9AM • FELLOWSHIP HALL

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

MISSION OF THE MONTH • PADS OF ELGIN, INC.
H.I.S. MINISTRY/MISSIONS

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

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

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

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

 

PRISON MINISTRY
JANUARY 26, 6PM • IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH

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

December 2016 News

Sunday, 18 December, 2016

UPCOMING SERMON THEMES

DEC31/JAN1

Trading Trash for Treasure

JAN7/8

The Cause of WORRY

JAN14/15

The Effects of WORRY

JAN21/22

The Accomplishments of WORRY

JAN28/29

The Remedy for WORRY

 

BETHLEHEM CHRISTMAS CONCERT
DECEMBER 18, 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 Sundays at our Contemporary Worship. Refreshments will be served downstairs in the Fellowship Hall after the concert. Please consider inviting a friend or neighbor to this always-joyful event! Click below to watch a couple music videos from one of our past Christmas celebrations!

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CHAIR PILATES

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

 

MISSION OF THE MONTH • LUTHERAN CHURCH CHARITIES

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

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

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

~ H.I.S. Ministry/Missions

 

A Bethlehem Experience • FRI+SAT • DEC 9+10 • 5-8PM

Tuesday, 29 November, 2016

Celebrate Christmas at Bethlehem • Live Bethlehem Experience Tours • 2 Nights • FREE! • Public Invited! • Refreshments • Santa • MORE…

A BETHLEHEM EXPERIENCE • GUIDED TOURS, PLAYLETS & MORE!
DECEMBER 9 & 10, 5-8PM • 401 W MAIN, WEST DUNDEE

 
“But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.’” Luke 1: 30-31
 

WHAT/WHERE/WHEN: Bethlehem Lutheran Church is hosting a must-see 2016 Christmas event in West Dundee on FRI/SAT DEC 9/10th from 5-8PM. A Bethlehem Experience will proclaim the gift of our Savior in a must-experience way!

Guests will be led on 30-minute outdoor tours of 5 playlets where they’ll see the live story of the birth of our Savior. The 6th and final scene fast forwards 2000 years to today & visits a family barreling towards a point of no return. Will they celebrate Christmas 2016–or will they pack their bags?

WEATHER: TOURS ARE ALL ON SCHEDULE! This is a 30-minute outdoor tour in December on shoveled sidewalks/drives. Wear warm winter clothes/shoes/boots. In the event of a blizzard cancelation, bookmark this page for event updates. View/refresh this page before your visit. Updates will appear here and at the top of the page if event schedule changes!

PARKING: Attendants will assist with parking on 4th, Oregon and 5th streets. A new, temporary traffic pattern is planned with angled parking and roadblocks to route traffic one-way around the block. Those arriving are encouraged to be quiet and considerate of those in the churchyard in the middle of taking their tour.

MAP: Use the map in the sidebar to the right to find Bethlehem. We’re located in the red-brick church with the lighted cross right across from Graffelman Park. Our address is 401 West Main Street in West Dundee, Illinois.

ENTRANCE: Guests will be greeted at the east entrance of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and be welcomed downstairs to mingle in our Fellowship Hall and enjoy refreshments and fellowship prior to the outdoor tours.

TOURS, TREATS, SANTA & MORE? Tours will depart from the east entrance and return thru the west entrance approximately every thirty minutes. Groups returning from their journey will be welcomed downstairs again to enjoy more cookies, hot chocolate, coffee and fellowship with the people of Bethlehem. Also downstairs guests will find Santa Claus and Selfies with Santa are welcome. Non-perishable food donations for the FISH food pantry may be left under the Christmas Tree near Santa. Donations are optional and everyone of all ages is invited to attend.

WHY: A Bethlehem Experience is a one-of-a-kind, live, indoor/outdoor Christmas event. It’s designed to bring Bethlehem to life and warm some December hearts on a special little, wintery Bethlehem journey. After enjoying a handful of spiritual scenes from long ago that some may know about, everyones journey will circle back to today and visit a family facing a fate that many may also know about. Will this 2016 family fall apart or will a special encounter bless them and light the troubled path beneath their feet?

FREE! Bethlehem is looking forward to hosting this special, free and public event on December 9 and 10, 2016 between 5 and 8 p.m. Everyone’s encouraged to bring fam and friends. If you feel like helping out a hungry family in need, non-perishable food donations for the FISH food pantry will be accepted. Your donations are appreciated, generous AND 100% optional. You are 100% invited to attend either way.

SHARE! Feel free to share the word of this event via Facebook, Twitter, blogs and your ten other favorite websites and apps. And, don’t be bashful or feel unhip about telling your BFFs in person or on the phone or via email. The internet was created for more than posting pics of your lunch and cat vids!

QUESTIONS? Anyone with questions can call Bethlehem on 847-426-7311 or get answers via our Contact Us form.

WHO: We hope EVERYONE can attend our 2016 A Bethlehem Experience–our first-annual, spiritual, thought-provoking and heart-warming live Christmas journey back to the time when Jesus was born. Guests’ pilgrimage to and thru Bethlehem will end with a journey back to Bethlehem Lutheran Church–back to 2016 where many Marys, Josephs and many more of God’s children may be looking to learn more about Bethlehem, Jesus and His endless Living Water for all who thirst. Hopefully your December 9th or 10th tour will be a fun, entertaining and meaningful complement to your spiritual journey and other holiday traditions that you look forward to celebrating year after year.

MORE CELEBRATIONS? Why not plan a journey to Bethlehem December 9th and 10th to put you and your family in a wonderful Christmas mood early? If you’re planning to attend Dickens in Dundee 2016, we’re sure you’ll want to stop by Bethlehem for our Soup and Salad Luncheon, Bake Sale and Dickens of a Sale. Those are the weekend before A Bethlehem Experienceafter Dickens in Dundee–that’s when A Bethlehem Experience will be debuting our new and exciting Christmas event that you’ll want to be the first to see and enjoy. And, remember: as with any journey, those brave enough to make the trip may be treated to a little bonus surprise or two!

THANKS! Members of Bethlehem, thank you for everything you’ve done to create this first-annual, must-see, must-experience experience! This is shaping up to be yet another wonderful way to help the community celebrate Christmas at Bethlehem! Keep this special event and our special guests in your prayers and, if you’re not outside acting, make sure to stop by and bring a BFF or three to Bethlehem!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Members of the public, you are always welcome at Bethlehem–at A Bethlehem Experience, at our Christmas Concert, at Saturday/Sunday worship services or at our many other year-round events and activities at Bethlehem and throughout the community and around the world. Please visit us at either our red or yellow brick church next door. We’re one church with two churches. This means you can worship at 5:30PM Saturdays or 8AM Sundays in our red-brick church for Traditional Worship or join us at 10:30AM in our yellow-brick church for our contemporary worship in The Well featuring live music by The Messengers.

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS EVENTS: This holiday season, we also have many special ways to help you and your family celebrate Christmas; these are ones you’ll want to put in your calendars today. These are fantastic if you’d like a little break from Christmas shopping and also great if you’d like to sneak in a little extra Christmas shopping on your break! 😉

SAT DEC 3
10:30-2PM

Soup & Sandwich Luncheon
and Bake Sale

SAT DEC 3
9-4PM

Dundee Township Historical Society
Dickens of a Sale (at Bethlehem)

FRI DEC9 &
SAT DEC10
5-8PM

A Bethlehem Experience

SUN DEC18
4-6PM

Bethlehem Christmas Concert
(Refreshments Afterwards)

SAT DEC24
7PM & 11PM

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

SUN DEC25
10AM

Christmas Day Service

SAT DEC31
5:30PM

New Year’s Eve Worship

SUN JAN1
10AM

New Year’s Day Worship

 
 
 

November 2016 News

Tuesday, 29 November, 2016

 

WOMEN’S CHRISTMAS GATHERING
DEC8, NOON • FELLOWSHIP HALL

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 3.02.06 PMThe Women of Bethlehem will be celebrating this Christmas at noon on Thursday, December 8. A light lunch will be served followed by “White Elephant BINGO” which is always loads of laughs! Please bring a wrapped gift for BINGO and Google “White Elephant” if you’re clueless about the game or gift examples (something you surprisingly own and something you not-so-surprisingly can part with). All women of Bethlehem are invited to come and bring a friend.

 

BETHLEHEM CHRISTMAS CONCERT
DEC18, 4PM • 401 W MAIN

Know anyone who loves Christmas and live Christmas music? Refreshments will served afterwards, downstairs in the Fellowship Hall. Please feel free to invite family, neighbors and friends to this concert which is always a joyful event! Check back here for more concert details soon!

 

GIVING TREES ARE BACK! • H.I.S. MINISTRY
RETURN UNWRAPPED GIFTS/CARDS BY DEC11

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H.I.S. (Hearts In Service) Ministry is once again sponsoring Bethlehem’s Christmas Giving trees. Please stop by either tree in either church for details on how to pick a name and help surprise someone with developmental, physical or mental disabilities or others who have suffered trauma or are at risk. Thank you for all your generous donations every year and making many Christmas wishes come true once again!

 

MISSION OF THE MONTH • COMMUNITY CRISIS CENTER • ELGIN

The Community Crisis Center–Elgin began in 1975 as a grassroots effort to address the reality that women in crisis often had few options available to them to improve their situations. CCC provides services to individuals affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, homelessness and other life crises.

All services are provided at no cost for their clients except for their Abuse Intervention Program. Service area includes northern Kane and far Northwest Suburban Cook Counties and portions of DuPage and McHenry Counties.

~H.I.S. Ministry/Missions

 

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!