It takes many servants to put together a worship service. Every service needs greeters, ushers, sound, and a reader; some also need video recording, communion preparation and communion servers. On special occasions, acolytes or banner bearers are needed. Contact a member of the Board of Worship and Music if you’d like to help. Below is a training video to explain what to do for each position.
Jonah Groups spend an initial year together gathering each month for dinner, learning, and individual reflection. Throughout the year, members explore how God has been active in their lives and calling them to deeper relationships in discipleship through various callings in their lives including the body of Christ for the sake of the world. If you are interested in participating , please contact Pastor Mark.
The Nicodemus Group will meet once a month (second Tuesday of the month) from noon until 3:00 pm. We will begin by sharing a meal together and then continue with good, thought-provoking conversation regarding God’s continual guidance and provision in our lives, and throughout God’s world. The participants in this group typically will span from recent retirement to about ten years post-retirement age. We will have the opportunity to cover a wide-span of material to include: personal devotion and reflection, time-line and life-marker reflections, growing in God’s grace and mercy as we enter into the last third of life, a brief survey of major world religions and associated history and the impetus for deepening our own faith story manifest through God’s Kingdom, along with work in theological reflection as it pertains to our current life callings.
Women in Mission is a group of women that join together to serve God’s world. Past endeavors include hosting baby showers for homeless teens and raising money for Food for the Poor. Currently the group is looking to partner with Days for Girls and the Freedom Ranch.
The Quilting Group meets monthly to make quilts for the benefit of others in special circumstances. Please bring a snack to share with coffee. See the calendar for meeting times.
Join us Wednesday mornings at 7:30 AM for breakfast, fellowship, and Bible Study.
Come join seniors for a fellowship luncheon once a month at a local restaurant. See the calendar for meeting times and places.
As a community of women, created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, society, and world.
Join Pr. Mark as we gather for lunch together at different locations once a month for food, community, and sharing time together.
This community-based program provides lunches during times in which school is not in session. Currently Bethlehem’s kitchen is the base for summer sandwich prep. The program is supported through generous donations. Donations are needed especially over Christmas break. Watch the bulletin for giving opportunities. https://www.unitedwaynow.org/operationsandwich
Bethlehem members serve the 2nd Monday of every month and any 5th Tuesday. You are welcome to join us from 4:30—6:30 pm at the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen located at 923 Oak Street.
Through a partnership with area churches, New Pathways serves homeless families with children from central Minnesota. Local churches provide sleeping accommodations, a relaxing area in the evening and two meals a day. Volunteers are needed at Bethlehem during the weeks we host. http://newpathwaysmn.com/
All are welcome on this mission trip: individuals, couples, and families. This year, we will be heading to the Chicago area. During our trip, we will have service learning opportunities, worship, fellowship, and a bunch of fun. The cost is $75 per person if traveling as an individual, couple, or per family member and $200 if traveling as an unaccompanied middle or high school youth. Youth must have completed at least 7th grade if not travelling with parents or family. If you are interested in participating, please see Pastor Sarah for registration forms.
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by religious group, businesses, schools, and others to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world. CROP stands for Christian Rural Overseas Program.
CHRISTmas Journey is an event to awaken people to the true joy of Christmas. Walk through a four-station theatrical production of the promise of the Christ child which is fulfilled in the nativity. The experience walks through the Biblical history of God sending the Son, Jesus Christ, into the world. The journey takes about 20 minutes, then enjoy refreshments. Kids are welcome; invite your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors!
Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry using the Stephen Series system. Trained Stephen Ministers meet with members struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care. This confidential pairing is done through Pr. Mark. If you could use the care of a Stephen Minister or if you would be interested in being trained as a Stephen Minister, talk to Pr. Mark.
Bethlehem partners with Bridges of Hope to fill boxes of Thanksgiving food for community members on the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving. Boxes are delivered after worship. Help is need to both fill and deliver the boxes.