The Week At Bethlehem

October 20, 2019
October 21, 2019
  • Centering Prayer

    October 21, 2019  4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
    Multi-use Building

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  • Stephen Ministers

    October 21, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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October 22, 2019
  • Bethlehem Community Library

    October 22, 2019  2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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  • Yoga

    October 22, 2019  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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October 23, 2019
  • Scraps and Prayers

    October 23, 2019  8:30 am - 11:30 am
    Multi-use Building

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  • Tai Chi

    October 23, 2019  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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  • High School Youth

    October 23, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Multi-use Building

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October 24, 2019
  • Bethlehem Community Library

    October 24, 2019  11:30 am - 2:00 pm

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  • ASL Beginner Class

    October 24, 2019  5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    Multi-use room

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  • ASL Intermediate Class

    October 24, 2019  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Multi-use room

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October 26, 2019
  • Feed the Homeless

    October 26, 2019  9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    St Andrew's Episcopal Church, 890 Balour Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA

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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:

Stephen Ministry: What if I am Unsure About Asking for a Stephen Minister? Upon asking about Stephen Ministry the first step is a visit from one of our Stephen Leaders, Molly Hall, the Referrals Coordinator. She will explain exactly how Stephen Ministry works, answer any questions you may have, and help you find out whether Stephen Ministry is right for you. Any personal information you share will be held in strict confidence, regardless of whether or not you decide to pursue Stephen Ministry at this time. To request a visit please contact Pr. Laura, Pr Sam or one of our Stephen Leaders, Molly Hall or Laure Reynolds.

Oktoberfest is Happening at Bethlehem
Sunday October 27th, 12:00-3:00pm 

It’s going to very fun with great food, beer garden, music, dancing, costume contest, games, kids area with jumping thing. We have plans made but are in need of volunteers to make this event happen. We have listed the things you can volunteer your time for a short while, work the booth, or to be in charge. Please let us know quickly as we are making this happen quickly. You may email, call or contact one of us or sign up on the sheet in the church entrance.

Thank you very much,

Gail Winterbourn and Rose Moldenhauer

Music and Band- Chris Matthews
Food (grill)- The Lakeys
Beer Garden- Tom Wolf, Craig Moldenhauer, Tom Winterbourne
Corn Hole contest with prize- Lori Wolf and Loie Michaels

Baking and food prep-
Coffee Bar (pumpkin lattes and cold cider)-
Pretzel stand, sell soft warm pretzels and kids make pretzel necklaces-
Photo Booth-
Ticket booth, sell tickets, cost for meal $10 and tickets for the rest $1 each, no admission cost-
Pumpkin Bowling Booth-
Pumpkin Toss Booth-
Donut/Pretzel Bites Booth (Think apple bobbing except donuts hanging on strings)-
Apple Toss Booth-
And, wait for it…a tamer version of Dunk the Pastor booth-
Decorations: hay bales, create booths, make photo booth prop, decorate festival areas, table décor-
Set Up and Take Down:  Tables, Easy Ups, help with booths, ect. Everyone who sets up and takes down gets to have lunch with a pastor and hear an entertaining story-
All volunteers get a free beer or coffee and gratitude forever!


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

Congratulations to winners of the 3rd Annual Bethlehem Lutheran Golf tournament! Pastor Sam, Mike Lyons and Tom Wolf won the event with a collective score of -5 under par! Thank you to all who participated and we hope to see you again at our next event.

Giving Tree- October 6th
Quilts on the Pews

The quilting ministry, Scraps and Prayers, has placed quilts on the pews.

For a donation, you have the opportunity to take home a baby, lap, full size or specialty quilt.  Your donation helps support the Scraps and Prayers ministry in purchasing materials needed to make quilts throughout the year

If you would like one of the quilts, please see Bobby Allen or Dana Roberts at the table outside the conference room in the narthex or Kim Oswald or any of the other Scraps and Prayers members in the church on the 6th. You may take your quilt home with you. Large and lap quilts available for donation are located in the pews in front of the organ.  Baby quilts available for donation are located on the pews in front of the Pray Room.  Thank you for supporting this vital ministry!

The majority of the quilts from Scraps and Prayers are made for Lutheran World Relief (LWR).  The LWR quilts will be displayed on the pews for all to see and will be blessed on October 6th and then sent to LWR for distribution around the globe.  Where have our quilts gone? Last year’s our quilts were shipped to Iraq, Mali and Tanzania.  If you would like to donate to the LWR shipping fund, see Bobby or Dana in the narthex on Sunday or put it in the Giving Tree donation box.

Scraps and Prayers also supports our community by making quilts for:

– Wounded Warrior Battalion at Camp Pendleton

– STEP (Support The Enlisted Project)

– 1st Battalion, 5th Marines commanded by congregation member, Eric Olson

– 29: Eleven Maternity Home (May Giving Tree)

– Gently Hugged – a nonprofit which aids new moms in need

– Foster Teens entering UCSD this fall

The Scraps & Prayers ministry is also collecting full size bars of soap through October 6th. The bars of soap along with the LWR quilts and the 125 school bags which were filled with school supplies during Bethlehem Serves will be sent to Lutheran World Relief in mid-October.  Please put the full size bars of soap in the box labeled LWR soap bars next to the Giving Tree Table. As always, your support is very much appreciated.

Giving Tree- October 10th through November 30th
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

CRC Holiday Baskets Program– Every December, Holiday Baskets brings holiday joy to over 6,000 people in need, including over 3,000 children and 300 seniors. To make this possible, they need over 50 tons of food, 6,000 toys, 6,500 coats and more!   To learn more about how you can get involved, please visit  Bethlehem will also be volunteering as a group  at Holiday Baskets again this year – watch the bulletin for more details later this month.

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

Adventure Ministry– Grab your bikes or hiking boots and join us to ride/hike off-road in Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve.

Our beginner bike route will be a generally flat 6 miles round-trip and the hikers will follow the same 6 mile round-trip route. We will meet on Saturday, November 9th at 9AM at the ranch parking lot, Google maps:, and depart promptly at 9:15AM.

Our beginner bike route will be a generally flat 6 miles round-trip and the hikers will follow the same 6 mile round-trip route. We will bike/hike to the waterfall and back. Bicycles with tires at least 1-1/2″ to 2″ wide are recommended.

Be sure to wear a helmet. Don’t forget your sunscreen and plenty of water. Bring a snack as we will take a break at the waterfall. Children over the age of 10 can join, too.

For more information, contact:

Dennis Astroth

Eileen Lajimodiere

Suzi Westmoreland

Save the dateWomen’s Christmas Bazaar on Sunday, December 8th.  We will also have an opportunity drawing for a breathtaking quilt at the end of the bazaar.  Get your Christmas shopping list ready – so many goodies for only a couple of hours once a year.

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 November17.

ELCA Advocacy

Presiding Bishop Eaton’s Pastoral Message on Racism and White Supremacy

“Centered in Christ, the 2019 Churchwide Assembly was significant in many ways: worship, thoughtful deliberation and prayer led to the adoption of memorials and resolutions that will shape this church for years to come. Among these decisions, this church was called to address the deadly power of racism and white supremacy.”

Interfaith Coalition Galvanizes Action on Climate Emergency

Building on the momentum of the United Nations Climate Change Summit 2019 in New York, a coalition of more than 45 global interfaith organizations joined the ELCA for a faith-based civil society consultation on Tuesday, Sept. 24, to address the current climate emergency. The consultation met under the theme “Climate Emergency: Faith-based Organizations Raising Ambition – Leaving No One Behind.”

Trending Chicken Sandwich and Voter Registration

Read how encouraging people to vote can be an act of faith. The Rev. Lamont Wells, President of the African Descent Lutheran Association, says, “As a person of faith who is dedicated to creating a just world for all, I know I/we must be involved. Our Christian faith is infused with hope and our Lutheran witness is built on a foundation of action. That’s why I am so glad to help those in my community get prepared to change the world around them.”

Want to check your voter registration status? Click here.

Jubilee USA at the United Nations

Jubilee USA’s Executive Director, Eric LeCompte addressed world leaders on climate driven weather events, tax havens, rising debt levels, and combating global child poverty. Bethlehem is a Jubilee congregation.

ELCA Advocacy Updates for September

United Nations and State Edition and Advocacy Connections from the Washington, DC Lutheran Office of Public Policy 

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For information or questions about Bethlehem’s Advocacy Team, contact Karin Kloehn at

Children’s Ministry Upcoming Events and News 

Nursery, Learning Circles, and Children’s Choir. Nursery will be available at the 9 AM service. Kids will attend Learning Circles after the children’s message. We will have a special large group activity planned for all students. Children’s Choir and Chimers will resume this Sunday as well. Children’s Choir will meet in the Family Center at 10:00 and the Chimers will meet in the Family Center kitchen at 10:30. Both of these programs give kids a wonderful chance to learn about music and serve the Lord. Performances will be scheduled throughout the year.

Learning Circles Volunteers: This is the perfect time to prayerfully consider becoming a volunteer teacher in our Sunday school program. Your time and talents can be used to make a huge difference in the lives of our children at Bethlehem. We pray for at least 15 teachers to cover our Learning Circle classes this fall. There will be 5 groups, nursery, pre-k – kindergarten, 1st – 2nd, 3rd – 4th, and 5th – 6th. If you would like to volunteer please contact Chris Matthews at

Children’s Christmas Program: Mark your calendars, this year’s Christmas Program will be on December 15 during the 9 AM service. All children of Bethlehem are invited to participate!

Chris Matthews
Director of Children’s Ministries
Bethlehem Lutheran Church