The Week At Bethlehem

December 12, 2018
December 13, 2018
  • "Light in the Darkness"

    December 13, 2018  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Multi-use room

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December 16, 2018
  • Third Sunday in Advent

    December 16, 2018

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  • Worship Service

    December 16, 2018  8:00 am - 9:00 am

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  • Children's Christmas Program

    December 16, 2018  9:00 am - 10:00 am

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  • Worship Service

    December 16, 2018  10:30 am - 11:30 am

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December 17, 2018
  • T.A.C.O.

    December 17, 2018  3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    First Lutheran Church, 3rd and Ash, San Diego, CA

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  • Centering Prayer

    December 17, 2018  4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
    Multi-use Building

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  • Stephen Ministers

    December 17, 2018  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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December 18, 2018
  • Confirmation Class

    December 18, 2018  5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

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  • Comfort at Christmas Service

    December 18, 2018  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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News & Notes

2018 Advent and Christmas Schedule and Events

*Sunday, December 2nd

1st Sunday of Advent – services at 8:00, 9:00 and 10:30 am

Christmas Bazaar from 8:30 am – noon in the Family Center


Bethlehem’s Christmas Choral Concert-@ 4:00 pm – presented by the Good News Singers, Children’s Choir, JuBellation Ringers, Children’s Chimers and World Music Ensemble.

*Sunday, December 9th

2nd Sunday of Advent– services at 8:00, 9:00 and 10:30 am

Olivewood sales between services


Christmas Caroling to homebound and others beginning at 4:30 pm with a potluck following

*Sunday, December 16th

3rd Sunday of Advent-9:00 am- Children’s Christmas Program and

8 & 10:30 am -“A Christmas Carol”

*Tuesday, December 18th

@ 7 pm – Comfort at Christmas – A service of healing and hope

*Sunday, December 23rd

4th Sunday of Advent – One service at 10 am

*Monday, December 24th

Christmas Eve Services at

10:00 am, 4:30, 7:00 and 9:00 pm with

“Children’s Service” at 4:30,

Children’s Choir at 7:00,

*Tuesday, December 25th

 Join St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church across the street for a 9:30 am Christmas Day service 

*Sunday, December 30th

One service at 10 am.

Brunch at Kai’s at 11:30 am. Please sign up if you plan to attend. 

Sunday, January 6th, EpiphanyRegular services resume at 8:00, 9:00 and 10:30 am

“Light in the Darkness”

Advent Conversation


 Jamie Newcomb

Pastor Laura

Pastor Sam

 Thursday, December 6th, 13th, 20th

@ 7:00 pm

Meet in the Multi Use Building

Children’s Ministry

Children’s Christmas Program: This year’s program “Wombat Divine”, is a heart-warming story, set in Australia at Christmas time. Our performance will be on December 16th@ 9AM. Our cast will include children who are in our Learning Circles Program with the help of a few 6th thru 8th graders. There will be two important rehearsal dates on December 8 and 15 @ 10 AM. Rehearsals will last about 90 minutes. We could use some volunteers to help with costumes, props, etc. Join us for the fun!

No Learning Circles on December 23 and 30: We will only have one service at 10AM on both of these dates. We will not have Learning Circles so that out teachers will have an opportunity to worship.

VBS Dates for 2019: VBS will be held on the first week of July! Mark your calendars! This VBS will have an African Safari theme. Roar! Life is wild! God is Good!

BLC Family Movie Night

BLC’s Family Movie Night featuring THE STAR , A Tale of Faith & Friendship will be held on Friday, December 7th @ 6pm.  This holiday season, witness the story of the first Christmas…through a whole new set of eyes…it’s sure to become a family favorite!  Rated PG.

Women’s Christmas Bazaar

Thank you to all who shopped and contributed their time and talents to our annual Christmas Bazaar on Sunday.  It was a wonderfully successful morning for all of us.

Annual Meeting of the Bethlehem Women of the ELCA

All women are invited to the annual meeting which will be held  Wednesday, January 30, in the Multi-Use building at 9AM.  We are electing our officers for 2019, determining our budget, the organization which we will support for our Mother’s Day Thanksoffering and more.  For more information, contact Kim Oswald at or (760) 634-2995.

Giving Tree

As with last couple of years, we are going to reach out and help raise money for a building project for a center to support those living and discriminated against with HIV/AIDS in Baja California.  Please check the Giving Tree for more information.  Any questions please call Cheryl Monreal at (760) 942-1482.

January Giving Tree

ELCA World Hunger // Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church Community Food Pantry Appeal.  Accepting food donations during January to assist Saint Andrew’s Community Food Pantry.  Requested items – canned items: vegetables, fruits, tuna, spaghetti sauce, beans, and peanut butter AND dry items: rice (1 lb bag), spaghetti, instant rice, cereal, macaroni & cheese, instant soup/top ramen and dry milk packages.  Please pick up a shopping list at the Giving Tree and return to the basket under the Giving Tree.    For additional information, please contact Kim Oswald or Cheryl Monreal.

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!

2019 Bethlehem Women’s Retreat

God’s Light Shines through Our Story 

The 2019 Bethlehem Women’s Retreat will be held at the Luther Glen Conference Center in Yucaipa, CA on February 1 – 3, 2019. Join us for a weekend of faith, fellowship, and fun!

We have a choice of two housing options available this year at two different prices. The conference center sleeps 40 persons and features comfortable rooms which each sleep 2 to 4 people. Each room has an attached bath. The cost for the conference center will be $180 per person for the weekend and includes bedding and towels. If you don’t mind more rustic conditions and a short walk we also have available the cabins at Camp Yolijwa which have bunk beds and shared bathrooms at a price of $140. Bring your own bedding and towels for the cabins. The cost for all participants includes meals Saturday breakfast through Sunday breakfast. For more information contact Laure Reynolds or Rose Moldenhauer. Visit the Luther Glen website at

Sign-ups will begin in January. Sign up for the conference center rooms will be first come first serve based on when we receive your money.

Full and partial scholarships will be available.   Would you like to sponsor a scholarship?

Stephen Ministry- For the Holidays Give Care

For most of us Christmas is a time to gather with family and friends and celebrate the season. This year, in addition to giving gifts to your loved ones also consider giving care.

Care to visit someone who is lonely and feels forgotten by all the festivities.

Care to listen to someone who is hurting and is having difficulty finding a reason to celebrate.

Care to share the burden of someone who is overwhelmed by preparations for the season.

Care for the children of a busy mother so she can shop by herself.

Care for someone who cannot be left alone– an ill family member, a frail elderly person, a special needs child- so that their caregiver can attend to their own needs.

Care enough to refer someone to Stephen Ministry. A person does not need to be a member of Bethlehem to receive the care of a Stephen Minister. Before making a referral, please remember to ask the person’s permission first.

For more information about Stephen Ministry please contact Pr. Laura or our Stephen Leaders Molly Hall and Laure Reynolds

Interfaith Shelter Network Update – Housing the Homeless at BLC

With the Season of Advent having arrived, has anyone else missed getting ready for hosting our homeless friends which BLC has done the previous 2 years at this time? For those who haven’t yet heard, our turn at hosting has been delayed this year to late in the Lenten Season. So mark your calendars to join us in volunteering fun – making and sharing a meal, staying overnight, donating items, and helping out our homeless friends – this coming March 31-April 14, 2019.  More announcements for sign ups in the New Year!  Many Blessings to All for your generosity in giving throughout the year. Merry Christmas! Blair Lindberg and Diane Langager, Co-Coordinators of IFSN at BLC

Another opportunity to learn American Sign Language (ASL)!

The Westmoreland family will be offering ASL classes again in 2019:

Thursdays for nine weeks starting January 10 through March 7, 2019, in the Multi-Use Building.

Introductory class from 5:30 to 6:30 pm

Intermediate class from 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Cost: $20 includes the book. $5 if you already have the book.

To sign up contact Suzi Westmoreland at 760-505-3365 or

Community Resource Center Holiday Baskets

CRC’s 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 have organized a group from Bethlehem to volunteer on Saturday, December 15th and we have filled all our available volunteer slots for that time.

Holiday Baskets still needs donations of new and gently used items for the 6,000+ people in need they will be serving this year.  Please see the complete donation wish list at Donations may be dropped off at the Del Mar Fairgrounds between 9am and 8pm from Dec 7-13.  Questions?  Contact Sheri Burtt at