January 2016 News

 

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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.

 
 
 

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