The Week At Bethlehem

November 20, 2019
  • Scraps and Prayers

    November 20, 2019  8:30 am - 11:30 am
    Multi-use Building

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  • Tai Chi

    November 20, 2019  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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  • High School Youth

    November 20, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Multi-use Building

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November 21, 2019
  • Bethlehem Community Library

    November 21, 2019  11:30 am - 2:00 pm

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  • Lydia Circle

    November 21, 2019  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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  • ASL Beginner Class

    November 21, 2019  5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    Multi-use room

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  • ASL Intermediate Class

    November 21, 2019  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Multi-use room

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November 23, 2019
  • Feed the Homeless

    November 23, 2019  9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    St Andrew's Episcopal Church, 890 Balour Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA

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November 24, 2019
November 25, 2019
  • Liturgical Arts

    November 25, 2019  10:00 am - 11:00 am

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  • Centering Prayer

    November 25, 2019  4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
    Multi-use Building

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November 26, 2019
  • Bethlehem Community Library

    November 26, 2019  2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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  • Yoga

    November 26, 2019  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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News & Notes

New Worship Times- After the amazing response to our summer worship schedule, and much conversation between the pastors, the staff, church council, and those involved with children’s ministry, we are very excited to announce that we will be permanently moving back to two worship services starting on Sunday November 3rd! Worship will be at 8:30 and 10 AM, with learning circles taking place during the 8:30 service. We look forward with great joy to the new opportunities this schedule will create for our congregation!”

Pastor Sam’s Sermon Blog– Did you miss one of Pastor Sam’s sermons? Want to double check if he actually said what you think he did? Accidentally fall asleep and want to go back and read the section you missed? Check out all of Pastor Sam’s sermons on his blog at:

2019 Giving Update– The Church Council is pleased to share that your collective steadfast financial support has continued through the summer and into fall. Through September, we are ahead of our bottom-line budget (this EXCLUDES the giving for HVAC and other designated capital giving/spending) by over $25,000! Consistent with the summer update, three factors have contributed to this: first, steady member fulfillment of pledges and non-pledge gifts; second, a hand full of unplanned significant general fund gifts; and thirdly, judicious spending (as always). Thank you SO MUCH! Continued financial support will remain important for our various ministries, and our budgeting assumes that our giving finishes strong. Also, please take advantage now of our electronic giving options (Give Plus+ app or on-line) to make an easy, convenient recurring commitment or a one-time gift. THANK YOU!!

Year-End Giving Opportunity– Historically, financial contributions for Bethlehem spike upward around the holidays. If you are considering a special gift, or if you are contemplating fulfilling your 2020 pledge in 2019, consider doing so through a gift of stock, mutual funds, or ETFs that have appreciated on the strength of the stock market. In addition to supporting the church, you avoid capital gains that you would otherwise have to pay on the appreciation. (Be sure to check details with your tax advisor.) Contact Judy Foland, church administrator, to learn how this can be done.

Annual Christmas Concert– The choirs of Bethlehem will present their annual Christmas concert on Sunday, December 8 @ 4:00 p.m. This year’s concert called ” Rejoice! The Baby is Born!” features traditional carols presented in new arrangements. Come hear the Good News Singers, Jubilation Ringers, Children’s Choir, Children’s Chimers and the World Music Ensemble perform a variety of musical styles. This concert will get you in the spirit of the season! A free will offering will be taken for the music department.

Quilts and the October In-Gathering– Thank you to all for your generous donations for the quilts on the pews, soap and dollars to ship Lutheran World Relief (LWR) items worldwide. We collected close to $3,400 for the quilts which will be used to buy batting, material and accessories to continue making quilts during 2020. Additionally, you donated $400 which will be sent to LWR to assist them in shipping quilts, school bags, soap and other much needed items around the world. We also sent the 150 school bags which were made during Bethlehem Serves Sunday, 57 quilts, and 133 bars of soap. Another year where your generosity will make such a difference in the lives of others throughout the world. As we receive updates on where our donated items are sent we’ll send out updates for all to share. We know that in the past year our quilts have been sent to Mali (Africa), Iraq and Tanzania.

Women’s Christmas Bazaar- Sunday, December 8th 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Family Center. Bring your Christmas shopping list. What will be available – handcrafted items, baked goods, jam and jellies, Scholastic Books, pre-ordered SERRV products to mention a few items, a gingerbread house (tickets available at the entrance to the Family Center) and our beautiful Opportunity Drawing Quilt. Crafters and Cooks – Please consider contributing your beautiful handcrafts, delicious preserves and baked goods or any special skill you may have to sell at the Christmas Bazaar on December 8th. Please deliver baked goods or craft items to the Family Center on Saturday, Dec. 7th between 10:00 a.m. – noon or on Sunday, Dec. 8th before 9:00. For information or to make alternative arrangements, please contact Kim Oswald, or 760 634-2995. Proceeds will benefit the ministries of the Bethlehem Women of the ELCA. Thank you for your support.

The Center for Global Awareness is again hosting its 9th International Market at the ELCA Women’s Christmas Bazaar on Sunday, December 8. Items are from the Lutheran World Relief SERRV catalogue and CGA donates all proceeds to Lutheran World Relief water projects. The SERRV catalogue will be available the middle of October and the entire catalogue is available online, Please include in your order: your name, item name, catalog #, the number of those items you wish to order and price of each item. You will pick up and pay for your orders at the bazaar on Sunday, December 8th. In order to ensure that your items are available for pickup at the Bazaar, orders need to be returned to Dianne Nichols ( or ChaCha Appel ( or you can also leave your order in the SERRV envelope on the table inside the church narthex by the conference room by November 17.

Bethlehem Women of the ELCA will hold their annual meeting at the end of January 2020. The annual meeting will look at all aspects of funds and projects for 2020 as well as an election of officers. A separate funds meeting will not be held this November. More information will be available in January on exact date, time and place. All women of Bethlehem are invited to participate.

Opportunity Quilt Drawing

Scraps and Prayers is offering an opportunity drawing for a beautiful San Diego themed quilt designed by a member of Scraps and Prayers. The suggested donation is $5 for each ticket or five for $20 and will be available after the 8:30 a.m. services on November 17th and 24th. Tickets will be available and the drawing will be held at the Christmas Bazaar on December 8th. Proceeds will benefit the ministries of the Bethlehem Women of the ELCA.

CRC’s Holiday Baskets Needs Volunteers! Holiday Baskets provides a dignified and free shopping experience to over 6,000 individuals in need. Each year, CRC staff and volunteers transform the Del Mar Fairgrounds Grand Stand into a holiday pop-up shop, where participants can select holiday gifts, including blankets, outerwear, toys, bikes, infant and toddler items and more. Each family also receives a 50-pound food box with all the fixings for a holiday meal, a chicken or turkey, fresh produce, and nutritious staples for two weeks. This year, we are organizing a group from Bethlehem to volunteer together at the fairgrounds on Monday, December 9th from 5-8 pm. We will be packing food boxes in preparation for the distribution days on December 13th-15th. Please join us! To sign up, contact Sheri Burtt at Also, one of the biggest items on CRC’s donation wish list for Holiday Baskets is bikes of all sizes. If one is gathering dust in your garage, please consider donating it. Contact Sheri to arrange for a pick-up. To see the entire donation wish list, visit

Stephen Ministry

We All Know Someone…

Someone in crisis who doesn’t know where to turn.

Someone who is tense, upset, worn out-needing someone to talk with, someone to care.

You’d like to help. But how?

There are three easy steps:

  1. Listen and care for your friend in your own relationship together.
  2. Mention Stephen Ministry and ask your friend for permission to share his or her need with someone who can help. Be sure to tell them that all information will be kept confidential.
  3. Once permission is given, report his or her need as promptly as possible. You can do this by speaking with Pr. Laura, Pr Sam or with one of our Stephen Leaders, Molly Hall or Laure Reynolds. Molly Hall, our Referrals Coordinator will then contact your friend to explain Stephen Ministry, answer questions, and determine if your friend is a good candidate for Stephen Ministry. Your friend does not need to be a member of Bethlehem to receive care.

It’s ASL time again! Please join the Westmoreland family to learn American Sign Language and an introduction to Deaf culture. Every Thursday starting September 19 through November 21 in the Multi-Use Building. Introductory class from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Intermediate class from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Join one or both! Contact Suzi Westmoreland for more info and to sign up: or 760-505-3365 mobile.

Sunday Ride Ministry is a program we are starting at Bethlehem to lend a hand and a ride to church services for those in our church in need. If you can occasionally give a ride please sign up in the church entrance or contact Rose Moldenhauer

Giving Tree- Secret Santa Project

We will have the same giving opportunities for gifts for those in need in our community and in Tijuana as in past years. We also have a new request from Es Por Los Niños for assistance – HELP! We need medicines for babies with HIV/AIDS. Donations can be made directly to the site or through checks (made out to Bethlehem with Es Por Los Niños in the memo line) or cash put in the Giving Tree donation box. Any questions please call Cheryl Monreal at (760) 942-1482.

We need AZT, a medicine to prevent HIV in babies!

The Health State Department in Baja California is in crisis with the lack of medications for people infected with HIV among them the babies exposed and children infected with the AIDS virus. Es Por Los Niños is advocating for this “unrecognized” population – the babies, the children and their mothers/caregivers.

One bottle of AZT (zidovudine) to prevent HIV cost $50.00. The treatment for one infected child/adolescent costs $2,850.00 per month.

Please help us by donating the cost of one bottle of AZT for our exposed babies in Baja California. It’s simple: click on our website

Thank You!

Eunime DBA Es Por Los Niños

591 Telegraph Canyon Road #421,

Chula Vista, CA 91910

Es Por Los Ninos is a registered under 501 (c) 3 tax exempt organization. Recognized by

Save the Date! The next Bethlehem Women’s Retreat is scheduled for May 1 – 3, 2020 at Luther Glen.

Bethlehem has volunteered to help with “Feed the Homeless Program” at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on the 4th Saturday of each month from 9:00 am to 12 noon. We are in need of volunteers. If you are able to participate please sign up today outside or contact Naida Malchiodi at

Eileen Lajimodiere

ELCA Advocacy

Save the Date – Lutheran Lobby Day May 20, 2020

Join other Lutherans from around the state at the Capitol in Sacramento. The day will include information and training to prepare you meet with your legislators to advocate for faith-based issues. More information to follow. Contact Karin Kloehn if you have questions. You can read about Lobby Day 2019 here.

The Lutheran Office of Public Policy-California has set four legislative priorities for 2020. They are: Deep Childhood Poverty, Homelessness and Housing Insecurity, Immigration, and Food and Farming Policy. You can read about the work of LOPP-CA here.

ELCA Advocacy Updates for October

United Nations and State Edition and Advocacy Connections from the Washington, DC Lutheran

Office of Public Policy.

ELCA Presiding bishop and Conference of Bishops urge release of funds for East Jerusalem hospitals

The presiding bishop and Conference of Bishops have issued a letter to President Trump urging the administration to restore funding to Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH) and other hospitals in East Jerusalem. AVH is owned and operated by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and supported by the ELCA and several other member churches of the LWF. You can read the letter here.

Pastoral Message Addresses Hong King Protests

Bishop Eaton has written to the 72 Protestant and Catholic churches all over Hong Kong who came together for an event: Pray for reconciliation, healing, and a way out for Hong Kong. “As the people of Hong Kong discern their future, I commend their Prayer of Commitment to members of our church. We pledge our solidarity with them in this time of turmoil and join in prayer for a peaceful resolution of this crisis.” Read the full message here.

Jubilee Update – Corporate Transparency Act

Thanks to your thousands of calls, petitions, postcards and messages – The House of Representatives passed the Corporate Transparency Act by a vote of 249-173. Our efforts together, also won support from the White House and the US Treasury. Now – to win, we must move the Senate to pass the Corporate Transparency Act or one of several similar pieces of Jubilee legislation. Read more here.

Presidential Primary Election – March 3, 2020

This election will be here before we know it! Be sure your voter registration up to date. Check here.

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