February 2016 News



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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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.



  • 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.”



“…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.



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.



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.



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.



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!

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