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The Week At Bethlehem

November 20, 2018
November 21, 2018
  • Scraps and Prayers

    November 21, 2018  8:30 am - 11:30 am
    Multi-use Building

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  • High School Youth

    November 21, 2018  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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November 22, 2018
  • Tai Chi

    November 22, 2018  6:20 pm - 7:20 pm
    Multi-use Building

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November 24, 2018
  • PJ Project

    November 24, 2018  9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Family Center

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November 25, 2018
November 26, 2018
  • Liturgical Arts

    November 26, 2018  10:00 am - 11:00 am

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  • Centering Prayer

    November 26, 2018  4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
    Multi-use Building

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News & Notes

Check the Giving Tree

Our “Secret Santa” program which provides Christmas gifts for children and families in need has begun! Our emphasis this year is on teenagers, young adults and parents. Grocery store gift cards may also be purchased. Please sign out at the Giving Tree and bring the items back in one week. All gifts must be received by Sunday, November 25th so please be prompt in returning your gifts. Thanks for your participation!

Raise up the Roof

Es Por Los Ninos is a house in Tijuana, Mexico being renovated to be used as the drop center for children and youth living with HIV/AIDS. It provides support services with love and compassion. If you would like to help please make your tax deductible donation to BLC with the notation of Es Por Los Ninos. For more information check the website at, see the Giving Tree or contact Cheryl Monreal at 760-942-1482.

Left over Halloween Candy?

We will be collecting your leftover Halloween candy. Please leave at the Giving Tree.

Sock and Underwear Drive for TACO

Socks & underwear are always needed for our friends at TACO, especially as the weather turns cooler this fall.  They need men’s white athletic tube socks and men’s briefs in all sizes.  There will be a large black plastic tub labeled TACO in the Narthex for your donations.  Let’s see if we can fill that tub to overflowing!!   Thank you so much!!

Alternates for Serving at TACO

We also need a few people who would be willing to be “on call” to come help serve the meal the 3rd Monday of the Month if we are short of people.  We have to be there by 3:15 and are done serving at 5:30. I generally have room for a couple of people in my car and we do have a good time!  If you are interested and/or have any questions, please call me, Lori Cook, at 760 207-0432.   Thank you so much!

Stephen Ministry: Divorce, a Death in the Family, Losing a Job…

Crises can be overwhelming. A Stephen Minister is ready and willing to care for you or a friend during difficult times like these. If you would like to know how a Stephen Minister could care for you please speak with Pr Laura or one of our Stephen Leaders, Molly Hall, or Laure Reynolds.

Names for All Saints Sunday

This year, during our All Saints Sunday, November 4th, there will be a portion of the service where we will be reading the names of loved ones who have passed away in the last year.  If you have a loved one whose name you would like to have read aloud during this portion of the service please write it on the clipboard in the narthex.  Please print their name, pronunciation of their name, and your name in case we have any questions.  There will also be a way of remembering those who have passed away not in the last year that will be explained during the service.

ELCA Advocacy Update: VOTE ON NOVEMBER 6th:

Need more information about the issues on your ballot? Here are some online resources: (1) (2) (3) (4) Need to find your polling place or check your registration? Go to If you need any assistance to vote, contact Karin Kloehn at or (760) 753-7161.

BWELCA-Looking Forward- Women’s Christmas Bazaar-

Sunday, Dec. 2nd from 8:30-noon in the Family Ctr. Bring your Christmas shopping list. What will be available – handcrafted items, baked goods, jam and jellies, Scholastic Books and pre-ordered SERRV products to mention a few items. 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 Dec. 2nd. Please deliver baked goods or craft items to the Family Center on Saturday, Dec. 1st between 10:00 a.m. – noon or on Sunday, Dec. 2nd 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.

Volunteers needed for CRC’s Holiday Baskets!

Each year, Holiday Baskets provides a free “shopping experience” for families in need. This year, over 6,000 people will be served and lots of volunteers are needed to make this happen. We are organizing a group from Bethlehem to volunteer together on Saturday Dec 15, from 1-4. Please join us! To sign up, or learn more about other volunteer opportunities with Holiday Baskets, contact Sheri Burtt at Also, one of the biggest items on CRC’s donation wish list is bikes of all sizes. If you have one gathering dust in your garage, consider donating it to Holiday Baskets. Contact Sheri to arrange for a pick-up.

Women’s Retreat

Women’s Retreat:  Save the Date!!!  Our next Bethlehem Women’s Retreat will be held February 1 – 3, 2019 at Luther Glen.  Stay tuned for more details.