Christian education is provided for children, age 3 through grade 6. These classes meet every Sunday morning beginning at 9:15 a.m.
Confirmation class is a two year learning experience. It is available for children who are entering 7th grade and it continues through 8th grade. It teaches them the basic beliefs and doctrines of the Lutheran Church based on Martin Lutheran’s Small Catechism. Upon completion of this course these young people are eligible to become Communicant members of the church. These classes meet on Sunday mornings beginning at 9:15 a.m.
High School Youth Ministry
At Bethlehem we recognize the challenges that High School age young adults face in our confusing world. Our primary way of helping this age group to navigate the rough waters of the teen years is by offering spiritual guidance and informal Bible discussions on Sunday mornings beginning at 9:15 a.m. One Sunday a month the High School youth use this time to go to a local restaurant for breakfast for the purpose of building stronger relationships with each other.
This photo was taken at one of their fundraisers to help them pay for a trip to the National Youth Gathering that is held every three years. This one was a spaghetti dinner with a silent auction and entertainment by Doc Diamond performing a Neil Diamond tribute .
Adult Bible Studies
At Bethlehem we place a high value on continuing to grow in the Christian Faith through the study of God’s Word. Adult Bible Study is offered on Sunday mornings beginning at 9:30 a.m. and on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome.
Home Huddles are small informal Bible “discussion” groups that meet at a host home. The host provides a comfortable space for the group to meet as well as drinks and snacks. Each Home Huddle meets once a month. Home Huddles are intentionally kept small (6-12 people) in order to allow for the formation of personal trusting relationships.
Lutheran Faith Class
This course is offered about twice a year (or as needed). It is a study of the basic doctrines (teachings) of Christianity from the Lutheran perspective. The class generally meets once a week for about 6 weeks. Those individuals from a non-Lutheran background are generally asked to attend this course prior to becoming a member at Bethlehem.
This photo was taken of Chef Steve Stayner who prepared a dinner to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church. Following dinner an educational film about the Protestant Reformation was shown.
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.
Sunday Rally Day Picnic
Rally Day is the start of a new year of teaching and learning. It signifies the end of summer vacation and the return to Sunday school. It is the time to recognize and honor both those who teach and those who learn; all who nurture faith in others. The picnic and children singing at sometimes outdoor worship services provides a unique opportunity for parents and teachers and other congregational members to celebrate their ministry of Christian education.