We have different gifts, according to grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. -Romans 12:6-8
Bethlehem offers many opportunities for you to serve according to your gifts and grace given to you. Please explore our different ministries where your gifts can make a difference below. To get more information on any of the following, please contact the Church Office using our Contact Us Form, by phoning 847-426-7311 or emailing

Special Ambassadors

This special team of people have a heart for sharing the Gospel of Jesus with other people.  Once a month this small team of passionate believers go out to public places (e.g. the mall, fast food restaurants) with the intention of finding someone with whom to share the fact that salvation is a free gift through faith in Jesus.

Annual Couples Retreat

Every spring married couples of Bethlehem head to a beautiful retreat center on the shore of Lake Geneva just over the border of Wisconsin.  The retreat begins on Friday evening and ends Sunday just before noon.  The couples enjoy fun, food, and games, along with a few informal learning sessions that are intended to enhance their marriages.  An ample amount of “free time” is included in the weekend as well.  

Fellowship Activities

At Bethlehem we believe that God’s people are intended to enjoy the company of one another in recreational settings and activities.  A planning team is committed to creating a variety of regularly scheduled activities, many of which take place outside of the church setting.

Care Ministry

This Care Team provides loving attention to individuals who are going through difficult or stressful times.  The Care Team visits, calls, sends cards, brings meals, and provides general TLC to those who are experiencing extra burdens in life.

Prayer Ministry

On the first Sunday of the month, just after the 10:30 a.m. worship service, a Prayer Team meets to pray.  The team prays for the ministry of Bethlehem; for those who are facing difficulties or health issues in life.  Individuals and families are always welcome to come and be prayed for in person at this special time of prayer. 

Pilates Class

This class is led by American Council of Exercise Certified Fitness Instructor Linda Bryant two or three times a week. Mature adults achieve overall wellness by learning about healthy lifestyle choices. Men and women of any age that want to get moving and have fun refresh and enhance their vitality and inner-health.
The Pilates based workout benefits include muscle strengthening and stretching to develop the body’s core, mobilizing the spine, and building agility, flexibility, balance and coordination, thus improving their internal and external body. Chair used for stability and all activities are chair or standing based.

The Women’s Guild – Lutheran Women’s Missionary League

Conducts fundraising projects such as the Spring In Rummage Sale and the Soup and Sandwich Luncheon and Bake Sale that contribute to worthwhile causes such as the FISH (Friend I Shall Help) Food Pantry, their Mission of the Month and many others. The Guild also  sponsors fun activities such as White Elephant Bingo.

Quilters and Sewers

Make about 200 custom quilts a year for those in need. Quilts are provided to Lutheran World Relief, veterans and their families, and victims of natural disasters.