The Week At Bethlehem

January 20, 2019
January 21, 2019
  • T.A.C.O.

    January 21, 2019  3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    First Lutheran Church, 3rd and Ash, San Diego, CA

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  • Centering Prayer

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

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  • Stephen Ministers

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

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January 22, 2019
January 23, 2019
  • Scraps and Prayers

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

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  • High School Youth

    January 23, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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  • Education - "Who is God"

    January 23, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Swami's Cafe/Bar, 1506 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA

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January 24, 2019
  • ASL Introductory Class

    January 24, 2019  5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    Multi-use Room

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  • ASL Intermediate Class

    January 24, 2019  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Multi-use Room

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News & Notes


Sunday, January 20th, 2019 – 10:00 AM.
(Childcare available during the meeting) 

There will be two worship services, one at 8:00 am and one at 9:00 am. 

There will not be a 10:30 am service

Learning Circles will be held at 9:00 am

Theology on Tap

“It is better to think of church in the ale-house than to think of the ale-house in church.” – Martin Luther

Bethlehem is starting a new adult education opportunity. The class will meet periodically for 4 or 5 weeks at a time. While relating to each other thematically, each class is meant to be self-contained, which means you don’t need to worry if you can’t come to all of the sessions.

We will be meeting on January 16th, 23rd, 30th and February 13th from 7 to 8:30 to discuss the nature of God. We will tackle questions like, “Does God have a gender?” and “Is God all powerful?”

We will be meeting at Swami’s Café and Bar on Encinitas Blvd next to the Trader Joe’s – 1506 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, CA 92024.

We hope you can join us!

Children’s Ministry Upcoming Events and News

Happy New Year!: Thank you, to all who have contributed your time, talents and love, to the children of this congregation throughout 2018. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Learning Circles: Learning Circles will resume on Sunday Jan. 6 @ 9 AM.

Annual Meeting of the Congregation January 20: There will be Learning Circles as usual at the 9 AM service. Daycare will be provided for those who would like to attend this important meeting of the congregation.

Mardi Gras / Carnival Tuesday March 5: Last year’s event was a great evening of family fun! We had a great time, including music from a “Live” Dixieland band in the family center, a mini parade to the sanctuary, followed by “hands on” experience playing Brazilian Carnival Music. If you would like to volunteer to help make this years Mardi Gras / Carnival a success, please contact me, Chris Matthews at:

Easter Egg Hunt April 13 @ 10 AM: Join us for this fun annual family event!

“Roar” VBS July 1-3, and 5th: This year’s “Roar” VBS will be the “Mane event” of the summer! This epic African adventure engages the whole herd. At Roar, kids will explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life.

Music Ministry- Choirs Begin Again!

The new year begins and so do the choir practices! Here is the schedule for new beginnings:

Children’s Choir – January 13  10:00- 10:30 a.m. – Family Center

Children’s Chimers – January 13 10:30-11:00 a.m. – Family Center

JuBellation Ringers – January 24 6:00-7:15 p.m. – Family Center

Good News Singers – January 24 7:22- 8:30 p.m. – Sanctuary

Second Sabbath – Leading Worship on January 27 – practice that week, e-mail for time.

World Music Ensemble – Leading worship on February 17 – practice on February 16th. 1 p.m. 

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.

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

Post-Holiday Blahs?

The kids have left and the house is too quiet again… 

The season is finished and I have nothing more to look forward to…

I saw the family at Christmas and it opened old wounds…

I made it through the holidays and I can no longer avoid going to the doctor- but I’m afraid…

January is a difficult time for many as the days are shorter, the nights are colder, and the hustle and bustle of Christmas is behind us. While December is a happy time of preparation and rejoicing, January can be a letdown as we dwell on feelings brought forward during the holidays and face the reality of our current lives.

If you are having a hard time making it through this post-holiday season, a Stephen Minister can help support you and listen to you as you work through these difficulties. For more information please contact Pr. Laura or one of our Stephen Leaders, Molly Hall or 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

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of CRC’s Holiday Baskets through volunteerism or donations. On Dec 15, we had an enthusiastic group of 24 volunteers from Bethlehem distributing food boxes, turkeys or chickens, fresh produce and more to local families in need. We also experienced the gratitude of those families as we watched them leave with shopping carts full of toys, warm outerwear, blankets, books, and sometimes bikes! To learn more about CRC’s mission to end domestic violence, hunger and homelessness in our community, visit

Contact: Sheri Burtt at

ELCA Advocacy Update

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

As Lutherans, we join in celebrating the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). We celebrate because we identify with its universal principles of justice and equality. And we celebrate because we were represented at its drafting. Learn more here.

The Federal Budget and Migration: An Update

“As a church, we serve society when we ‘hold power accountable, advocate justice, stand with those who are poor and vulnerable, provide sanctuary, and meets human need’ (ELCA social statement: “For Peace in God’s World“). We stand firmly against inflicting harm in all communities by cutting funds for programs that serve vulnerable people or defunding programs that better the conditions that force people to flee their home countries. We stand for a budget that honors the image of God in each person.”

“People of faith across the country should continue to urge members of Congress to approve a moral budget that reflects our values and advances the common good.”

Update on AMMPARO

Learn what Pacifica Synod AMMPARO (Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation, and Opportunities) members are doing to support organizations that are assisting people at our local border.

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