September 2015 News

YOUTH BREAKFAST OUTING
SEPTEMBER 27, 9:30AM • THE MANOR RESTAURANT

strawberry pancakes

Bethlehem Youth, please join us Sunday for our 1st Breakfast Outing at The Manor Restaurant located at 425 E. Main St. (Rt. 72) in East Dundee. We’ll meet at 9:30 a.m. Need a ride? Please call or email Karen. This kick-off breakfast outing is being provided by a member of our church.

 

ADULT BIBLE STUDY • FELLOWSHIP HALL
RESUMES SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 9:30AM

IMG_6641Our “All About the Bible” study series resumes Sunday, September 27 at 9:30-10:15 a.m. Please plan to come and continue learning all about the Bible. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. You do not have to have attended any prior sessions to get a lot out of the upcoming sessions. Topics include:

  • Brief intro to every book of the Bible
  • Overview from Genesis to the New Testament
  • Summary of the Bible’s main teachings
  • The Bible’s significance for 21st-century Christians
  • What does the Bible say about…«YOUR CHOICE»
  • Summary of the Bible’s main messages

 

PRAYER MINISTRY • SEPTEMBER PRAYERS
INDIVIDUAL FAMILIES STARTING SEPTEMBER 27 • “FRANK’S OLD OFFICE”

UPDATE: No Prayer Ministry Sunday, September 13 due to Rally Day/Picnic.

  • For God’s blessing on the new Community Leaders’ Breakfast Team and Community Events Presence Team
  • For the work of the PR Team and to ensure that news of all events and ministries of Bethlehem is shared with the intended audiences in bold, creative, clear, timely and organized ways.
  • For a positive, receptive response from the congregation regarding being invited to Prayer Ministry sessions

COMING SOON: Beginning on Sunday, September 27, individual families or family units will be personally invited to come to a Prayer Ministry session. We would like to pray with you and for you about whatever needs or joys you may have in your life. It will take a significant time to invite everybody so, if you have an urgent need to come to Prayer Ministry, please let either Pastor Jim or Frank Hewitt know.

 

BEAUTIFY BETHLEHEM • MARK YOUR CALENDARS
SEPTEMBER 26 • 9-NOON & 1-4PM

house-cleaning-service-clip-art-330159Volunteers, please pencil in Saturday, September 26th on your calendar. We plan to tidy up both of our churches interiors from 9 to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. with lunch from noon to 1 p.m. This fall, will you help us beautify Bethlehem and the beautiful buildings God has blessed us with? Please sign the sign-up sheet so we can plan the right amount of food for lunch.

 

ELDER GATHERINGS DEBRIEFING
SEPTEMBER 20 (NEW DATE), 9:15-10:15AM

Remember those gatherings we had with each of our Elders to talk about the ministry at Bethlehem? Well, on Sunday, September 20 (new date), we will have a debriefing session during Adult Bible Study time 9:15-10:15 a.m. We will discuss the results and consider some of the actions we can take in response to some of the concerns.

 
 

WALCAMP FALL FESTIVAL • MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
SEPTEMBER 20th • KINGSTON

Walcamp Outdoor Ministries Fall Festival will be held Sunday, September 20th and has lots in the line-up for this year, including:

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  • 11AM Worship Service
  • Crafter Fair
  • Petting Zoo
  • Pig Roast
  • Civil War Living History
  • Hayrides
  • Bounce Houses
  • Paintball Target Practice+Lots More!

Walcamp Outdoor Ministries and Retreat Center is a year-round outdoor ministry offering facilities and a variety of programs for youth and families, churches and other groups. Located on 180 acres of forest and open fields on the Kishwaukee River in Kingston, Walcamp is about 70 miles west of Chicago and 15 miles north of DeKalb. Walcamp offers camps for children of all ages, special needs camps, a family campground and a variety of facilities for organizations, businesses and special events.

BONUS: Click the youtube vid above for a Walcamp 2013 blast from the past. You might recognize some folks from Psalm 150 plus Bethlehem’s praise band–The Messengers.

 

BETHLEHEM LUTHERAN MEN’S GROUP
SEPTEMBER 19 • ALGONQUIN FOOD PANTRY

On Saturday, five gentlemen shared a pizza lunch & fellowship before going to the Algonquin Food Pantry to help the Cardunal CROP Walk leaders assemble 200 stir fry meals that were split between the Algonquin & F.I.S.H. food pantries. Much thanks to Barry Wandell, Don Pate Sr., Karl Berglund, and Don Pate Jr. for their help! Our next meeting will be on Saturday, October 17, at 8:00 a.m. Come fellowship with us and enjoy a home-cooked breakfast!

 

PR TEAM • NEED STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS HELP?

PR News Mic

Are you or your team planning a church event or function or information to share this year or next year? Do you need help with strategic communications between Bethlehem and its many publics such as our congregation, the local community, fest/booth guests, parade goers, other organizations such as local churches or businesses, etc.?

Are you struggling with how to effectively reach some or all of these publics with targeted tools & tactics to achieve your communication and response goals? Do you have a newsworthy event and aren’t sure how to pitch it to a news reporter, get it in the paper, get signs/banners/posters/flyers/cards/door hangers/etc.? Would you like it on http://BethlehemDundee.org or in the bulletin, newsletter or covered by the pastor or your special guest speaker at all three worship services?

Are you planning a special Bethlehem function, or do you have important news that calls for a newspaper story, ad, radio or TV spot? Are you looking for something to hand to new visitors at church or guests at a baptism curious about our church or considering making Bethlehem their new church home?

If you think you have a need for Bethlehem Public Relations and want help with strategic communications, please:

  1. Consult your September Newsletter for details (“Your Public Relations Team”)
  2. Read this helpful Public Relations summary HERE
  3. Submit a BETHLEHEM PR REQUEST
  4. Work with the PR Team that reviews and responds to your request
  5. Partner EARLY to strategically engage your target publics!

 
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SISTERHOOD OF STITCHERS, SERVING OUR SAVIOR
SEPTEMBER 13 & 27 • FELLOWSHIP HALL

Winter is right around the corner and our busy knitters and crocheters are at work fashioning things of warmth and comfort for those who will soon need them. Afghans are needed for the elderly and also our men & women in military hospitals. Warm hats, scarves, and mittens/gloves will be shared with school children plus those seeking assistance at the F.I.S.H. organization. Baby hats and blankets for the special care nursery at Saint Alexius Hospital are another ongoing need that S.O.S. works to address.

The Sisterhood of Stitchers just reached our goal of 50 wash cloths for our Sunday School’s Christmas mission boxes. We welcome more which will be sold at our bake sale and luncheon during Dickens in Dundee. Proceeds will be used to purchase more yarn. “Scrubbies” may also be for sale.

Right now we truly need help making all of these items plus yarn donations–our supply is quite low.

Our next meeting is September 13 and we will be quietly knitting our prayer shawls Sunday, September 27, during the All About the Bible class in the Fellowship Hall.

Questions? Please contact Mary Jacox 847-304-3808 or Dorothy Pigors 847-836-0456.

 
 
picnic basket

SUNDAY SCHOOL RALLY DAY PICNIC
SEPTEMBER 13, 10:30AM

Hotdogs & hamburgers will be provided by the Sunday School. Please bring a dish to share based on your last name:

A-L: Salad or Appetizer
M-Z: Dessert

Rally Sunday means Sunday School, Confirmation and Senior High Youth all begin a new year starting Sunday, September 13. We welcome all children to our Sunday School (preschool thru 6th grade, Confirmation (7th/8th grade) and Senior High Youth (9th-12th grade) groups.

Rally Day or Youth Group questions? Call Karen Lawson 847-975-1913. Thank you!

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CONFIRMATION FAMILIES’ MEETING
SEPTEMBER 13, 9:15AM

All Confirmation Class parents please plan to attend to review expectations. Meeting will be held in the Confirmation Class Room on the 2nd floor in the Education Wing.

 

HEARTLAND BLOOD CENTER • DONATE SATURDAY!
SEPTEMBER 12, 8AM-NOON • FIRST CONGREGATIONAL

Blood Drive on Sept 12Bethlehem is partnering with several local churches for a community blood drive on Saturday, September 12 from 8 a.m. til noon at the First Congregational Church (900 S 8th Steet in West Dundee). A sign-up sheet is on the info table. You can also contact the church office (appointments are every 20 minutes). Click on the poster to the left for more details.

 
 
 

TLS PREGNANCY SERVICES • WALK FOR MOMS & BABIES
SEPTEMBER 12, 9AM-NOON • LORD’S PARK, ELGIN

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Can you join us for this walk for moms & babies? If so, please pick up a brochure with details from the information tables in either sanctuary. And, if you can’t walk, please consider being a sponsor for someone who can!

 
 
 

BETHESDA THRIFT SHOP • BETHLEHEM VOLUNTEERS
SEPTEMBER 11, 9:30AM • ROUTES 14 & 176

photo1040September 11th, you have another opportunity to turn your generous donations, time or both into something special. And don’t miss the now-tricky-to-find entrance to Bethesda due to the ongoing road work on the corner of Routes 14 and 176. Our driveway is always open and we welcome all those who want to visit, shop, and bring donations. Our shop is filled to capacity with wonderful discoveries, bargains and treasures. We have a wide variety of items plus an abundance of warm-weather clothing still available–hats, sandals, shorts, shirts and more.

Your generous donations are always appreciated and welcomed. There is almost nothing that we don’t gratefully accept–from large furniture to the smallest pieces of jewelry; from electrical appliances to knick-knacks; from toys to books; and from linens to crafts of every kind.

We are looking forward to September 11th–the next day Bethlehem is supplying volunteers. The group usually arrives at 9:30AM and stays until 4PM. However, any time volunteers can spare will be thankfully accepted. Paul Schif and Dorothy Pigors are at Bethesda on a regular basis. If you want to volunteer or have any questions, please contact Dorothy on 847-836-0456.

 

LUTHERAN WOMEN’S MISSIONARY LEAGUE • FIRST MEETING
SEPTEMBER 10, 1PM • FELLOWSHIP HALL

All women are invited to the first LWML meeting of the year Thursday, September 10th at 1PM in the Fellowship Hall. As a reminder, we meet the 2nd Thursday of the month. Hope to see you there!

 
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BETHLEHEM CHOIR • SINGERS WANTED!
SEPTEMBER 9, 7:30PM • CHOIR ROOM DOWNSTAIRS

The Bethlehem Choir is starting back up and needs your singing talents! We really need sopranos but will welcome any voices.

The first practice is September 9th. No need to call anyone. Just show up! No experience necessary–just a love of music and singing to the Lord. Hope to see you there!

 
 
 

SPECIAL DOOR OFFERING • MEMBERS IN NEED FUND
SEPTEMBER 6

 

CHURCH COUNCIL • CAN YOU USE YOUR GIFTS?

We currently have two vacancies on the Church Council–Vice Chairperson and Secretary. If you are interested in learning more about these positions, please contact Chairman Jeff Daley at 847-844-3879 or daley935@comcast.net. Please prayerfully consider volunteering for one of these positions.

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL • VOLUNTEERS?

sunday-school-313569Sunday School is right around the corner, and we are looking for one or two individuals who would love to help with the program. No experience is required–just a loving heart for kids. Please contact Karen Lawson on 847-975-1913 for more information.

 
 

SEPTEMBER HOME HUDDLES • THE OUTRAGEOUS CALL OF DISCIPLESHIP

MONDAY, AUGUST 31 • PRESENTATION (NONE TUESDAY)
HOME HUDDLES WEEK SEPTEMBER 28-OCTOBER 3

 

CHUBBY BULLFROG BOILER FUNDRAISER UPDATE

$300 in sales at the Chubby Bullfrog should have netted $53 for the boiler fund. However, owner Mike said he enjoyed our company so much that he nearly doubled it to make it an even $100! WOW! But there’s more…a young man dining there, Justin Connor, asked what our group was up to. When he heard we were raising funds for our new boiler, he came up, took $60 out of his wallet to donate and then proceeded to talk about his life. Double WOW! God can use us anywhere! If you didn’t (or did) make this one, stay tuned for future Dine ‘n Share nights and more fantastic surprises…(and check your newsletter for another fantastic boiler/refinancing surprise if those weren’t enough for you!)

 

NEW T-SHIRTS DISCOVERED • FOR SALE!

Brand new T-shirts were discovered and are now for sale. They’re only $5 and only 38 are left so get yours fast! All proceeds go to the boiler fund.

 

MISSION OF THE MONTH • WAYSIDE CROSS MINISTRIES
H.I.S. MINISTRY/MISSIONS

wayside cross ministries 4 meals newsletter photoThe Wayside Center has been a place to find hope for thousands of homeless men, women, and children for over 20 years. With humble beginnings as a store-front warming center in downtown Elgin, the Wayside Center has expanded to providing day services six days a week and on most major holidays for the poor and under-resourced in the Fox Valley.

The Wayside Cross Ministries–our September Mission of the Month–is now located in a building (near Elgin Community College) that they share with Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Elgin, a recent “Mission of the Month.”

The Wayside Center has been transforming the lives of the hurting and needy. With help of faithful volunteers, they help over 200 individuals every month with practical, life-alternating services. As a day 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.

A few notable Wayside Center 2014 stats:

  • 24+ people placed into life change programs
  • 252 new individuals served
  • 421 total individuals served
  • 14,000+ meals served
  • 28,170 cups of coffee served
  • 4,114 showers

 

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