January 2017 News



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!



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.



“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!



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.



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!



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



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.

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