Join us in giving something unexpected this Christmas! As members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), we believe that God is calling us into the world – together. And with generous, loving hands, we can make a difference. ELCA Good Gifts is your opportunity to provide critical support to the ministries and programs that mean the most to you and the people you love.
1. Choose an ornament from the Emmaus Room Tree to give a gift to support a family around the world through the ELCA.
While many Advent calendars come with the promise of something we receive, this Advent our journey will help us reflect upon and respond to the love of the baby Jesus in the manger by giving things away.
We invite you to “fill the manger” by collecting needed items for our neighbors here and across the globe: Bethel Homeless Ministries, Bethel Food Pantry, and a congregational goal to collect $2,500 to build a water well through ELCA World Hunger.
The Bethel Food Pantry collects specific items each month that are in high demand, quickly depleted and/or hard to get through food bank resources. Please donate in the barrel located at the top of the stairs on the Worship Level!
December: Bar Soap and Deodorant January: Toilet Paper February: Toothbrushes
Jo Morgan’s Advent art exhibit “Colorjoy” is on display now-Jan 31 in Bethel’s Fireside Gallery. A Friend’s and Family Art Reception is scheduled Dec 8 from 4-8pm and a Meet the Artist Reception is scheduled Dec 10 from 10-11:30am in the Fireside Room.
“Crisis of Faith” is happening in the mainline churches of America; we are seeking answers.
We will be sharing a 6-week series of lectures beginning Dec 13 from 9:30-11:30am and Sun, Dec 17 10:15-11:45am. The lectures were given at the Chautauqua Institution in New York this past summer, 2017. The theme for the week was “Crisis of Faith”. Each lecture will be presented on DVD’s. Hear Bill Moyers, broadcast journalist, interview speakers following their lectures. The list of speakers follow:
Join us Dec 13 at 6pm in the Sanctuary for our Blue Christmas Service. A Blue Christmas service provides a time and place of solace during the often frenetic days surrounding the celebration of Christmas. We will come together seeking healing and room to share grief, sadness, loneliness, or confusion when these emotions often feel out of place during the holidays.
We can’t have a Christmas Pageant without a rehearsal! All Sunday School students come to Bethel on Saturday morning at 10am for their rehearsal. We’ll start with our preschoolers, who will be finished at 10:15am so they can get a head start on the Christmas Craft Brunch in Borgwardt Hall. Filled with yummy breakfast foods to eat and Christmas gifts and crafts to make, this annual tradition will be open until noon so the big kids don’t miss out on the fun. The cost is $3/children, $5/adults, $10/family.
Experience the mystery, wonder and excitement of Christmas through the eyes of Bethel’s Sunday School children. They will present the Christmas Story with songs and hymns at a special worship service called ‘One Small Lamb’ in Bethel’s sanctuary on Sun, Dec 17 at 11am. Light refreshments will be served between 10-10:45am.
Pat Barry, Bethel’s Church Council President, is scheduling coffee times with people to stop by and talk about with him on the third Sunday of each month. He will be available after the 7:45am worship service until 11am in Good Shepherd Chapel. Stop by to introduce yourself and take this opportunity to get to know your Council President.
The Bethel Book Women will meet on Mon, Dec 18 at 7pm at Bethel in the Borgwardt Lounge to discuss The Book of Joy by the 14th Dalai Lama and Bishop Desmond Tutu. Please join us for an interesting discussion.
We gather regularly for great fellowship, interesting programs, and a fine lunch. We meet in Borgwardt Hall. Coffee is served and a time for visiting starts at 10:30am. At 11am, we begin with brief devotions, followed by a short business meeting. Next follows a 45 minute program on timely topics led by special guest presenters. Lunch is served at noon, and the cost is $6. Be part of this fellowship of Bethel men. The annual membership fee is just $10.
Bethel Horizons is hosting a “Breakfast with the Birds” on Sat, Dec 9. Join naturalist Eric Volden for a morning of bird watching and bird lore at Bethel Horizons’ busy bird-feeding station. A hearty breakfast will be served as Eric identifies birds coming to the feeders and relates bird feeding information, stories, and area sightings. Bring binoculars if you have them and bird feeding stories to share.
Save the date for the Annual Horizons Winter Celebration on Sun, Jan 28 from 5-8pm in Borgwardt Hall. We will be celebrating accomplishments for 2017 and looking forward to 2018 and Horizons’ 50th Anniversary in 2019. Details for registering for this event will be coming soon. For those interested, the Bethel Horizons Annual Meeting will be held on Tues, Jan 23 at 7pm at Bethel Lutheran Church.
Join Reverend Jeff Quinto, Bethel Series Executive Director, and his wife Toni on ten life-changing days in the Holy Land, January 29 – February 7, 2018, on The Bethel Series Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Only 15 spots left!
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