The Week At Bethlehem
News & Notes
The 2019 Annual Report for the January 26 annual meeting is available here. The changes to Bethlehem’s constitution were approved at the meeting. The changes are described in this document. If you have any questions about the proposed changes or the process itself, contact Bob Michelet at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn American Sign Language (ASL): Whether you are a novice, an expert, or need a refresher, please join one or both of our ASL classes, starting this Thursday, January 30 in the Multi Use Building from 5:30-6:30 pm for Introduction to ASL and 6:30-7:30 pm for Review and Practice. The classes are designed for high school age and above. Our goal is to have fun, learn to communicate with the Deaf community, and learn about Deaf culture. For more info, contact Suzi Westmoreland at (760) 505-3365 or email@example.com.
Lenten Course for Personal and Spiritual Growth: Join us this March as we offer Discovering God’s Vision for your Life: You and your Spiritual Gifts. During this eight hour class you will find clues to your spiritual gifts using the Haugk Spiritual Gifts Inventory and other activities then we will explore ways to further develop and use your gifts. The class will run from 11:00 to 1:00 on the first four Sundays in March. A registration fee of $20 will cover the cost of books and materials. The last Sunday to register is February 9. For more information contact Laure Reynolds at 760-271-3359 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 7-9, 2020
You are invited to join Pastor Laura at LutherGlen farm for retreat February 7-9, 2020. All are welcome: families of any size, children, individuals, younger and older adults. LutherGlen is a retreat center, located 2 hours Northeast of Encinitas on the edge of the San Bernardino National Forest, near Oak Glen. It is a working farm with goats and sheep, as well as a welcoming staff and a beautiful retreat center offering gracious hospitality. The theme is “Under Construction: Ephesians 2:10 – We are what God has made us.” Please visit their website at: https://lrcchome.com/family-winterfest to register. See you there!
2020 offering envelopes are delayed until late January due to printing issues at the company supplying the envelopes. Temporary offering envelopes are available in the office for those who prefer to use envelopes. Many members and friends of Bethlehem have signed up for direct deposit for their contributions. Offering gifts can be made electronically, either on our Stewardship page at http://www.blcenc.org/stewardship by clicking on the contribute tab, or by using the Give Plus Church mobile app. There are options for one time donations, as well as recurring gifts and special offerings.
Family Ministry News
Winter Retreats are Coming! It’s time to go to Luther Glen for a weekend to unplug, remember what is important and discover new ways God is at work in us!
High School: February 15-17
Middle School: March 6-8
Cost: $145 (scholarships available)
RSVP to Constance (email@example.com) ASAP
Family Winterfest at Luther Glen. The whole family is invited for a weekend getaway to camp! The kids will have activities planned by LRCC staff and the parents/guardians will be having devotional time with Pastor Laura who was asked to lead the retreat this year!
Cost: Adults (12+) $105
Children (4-11) $95
Toddlers (3 and under) Free
Family Max: $350
RSVP to Constance (firstname.lastname@example.org) ASAP
Save the Dates/RSVP:
Vacation Bible School 2020 at Bethlehem!
June 29-July 2nd.
Confirmation Camp 2020: July 12-17th
All current 6-7th graders
Cost: $435 (with scholarships available)
High School Summer Service Trip 2020: July 31- August 8th
Current 8th graders – Current Freshmen in college
Cost $450 (with scholarships available)
Bethlehem Women of the ELCA
Mission Action and Giving Tree Schedule 2020 – All through the year, the Giving Tree at the entrance of the church gives opportunities to help people. There are different projects with different leaders but the same heart.
- January – Youth Camps & Service Trips (Constance Mithelman)
- February – T.A.C.O. (Lori Cook)
- March – College Care Packages (Skye Svenningsen)
- April – CSUSM Student Healthcare Project (JoAnn Daughtery)
- May – Mother’s Day Thankoffering (BWELCA)
- June – Center for Global Awareness (Dianne Nichols & Gail Winterbourne)
- June 29 to July 15 – Vacation Bible School/Youth Camps & Service Trips (Constance Mithelman)
- July 16 to August 16 – Bethlehem Serves (Beth Nelson)
- August 17 thru September – Pajama Project Appeal (Belinda Simonini)
- September to October 15 – Lutheran World Relief Ingathering: Quilts & Blankets (Scraps and Prayers Quilting Group)
- October 16 thru November – Secret Santa (Cheryl Monreal)
- December – TBD
- Deep Childhood Poverty
- Homelessness and Housing Insecurity
- Food and Farming Policy.
Reminder: Presidential Primary Election Date – March 3, 2020:
Interfaith Rotational Shelter 2020
Hey Bethlehem! 📢 Ready to Make a Difference?!
It’s that time again for BLC to host the homeless!
Please bring your friends and Join us on March 1-14 for” Bethlehem’s InterFaith Rotational Shelter 2020!
For those newly interested, we have partnered with the Interfaith Rotational Shelter Network (IFSN) for the past 10 years. IFSN is a collaborative effort through local congregations, social service agencies and local government entities to provide shelter, services and resources to homeless San Diegans throughout the region. BLC is part of the North County Coastal Section and the shelter is coordinated at BLC by Blair Lindberg and Diane Langager.
This year BLC will be hosting the shelter in the Multi-Use Room starting Sunday, March 1st through March 15th. We will be taking the first week, Sunday thru Saturday, March 1-7, providing all of the volunteer efforts for meals, laundry night, overnight hosts, etc.
Seaside Community Church partners with us and will cover the second week.
Church volunteers set up temporary housing in the Multi-Use Room (MUR) and dining area in the Family Center (FC) the Saturday before, February 29. The guests arrive daily at 5:30 pm at the MUR. They eat dinner nightly in the Family Center at 6:30 pm, then retire back to the MUR for the night. The guests leave early in the morning (by 7:30 am) to go to work, seek employment, or go to school (…yes, we house families too!). Guests are not allowed to stay in the shelter during the day.
There are a variety of ways you can volunteer to help with the shelter.
Here is a short list:
Set up/ Take-down ~ Prepare & Serve Dinners ~ Donate Food ~ Greeter ~ Overnight Hosts ~ Laundry ~ Transportation ~ Cash Donations
Interested in learning more or to sign up to volunteer, Go Online to:
2. register first to join Sign Up Genius (Only requires your email address and No they won’t send you extra emails)
3. Search “Bethlehem Lutheran Church IFS 2020”
If you are already registered? You should receive an invitation by email.
If Online is Not for You?
Text or call Blair Lindberg at 858-663-5681 (leave a message) and she’ll be happy to help sign you up!
And a BIG THANKS goes out to all those volunteers who make this important ministry happen! 🙏 🙏 🙏 We couldn’t help our friends make their way back on their own without you!
Prayer Shawl Ministry – We have distributed 18 shawls and 6 scarves/hats to graduating high school seniors in 2019. In addition over 50 hats (primarily the prodigious accomplishment of the Westmoreland family!) have been given to Cheryl Monreal’s projects and/or sold at the church bazaar to benefit the Women’s ministries at BLC.
We meet casually 3-4 times a year, in-between church services on Sunday mornings. Our next meeting will be in Feb, date TBD. Novice and experienced knitters welcome. And of course, please continue to knit at your leisure at home!
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 email@example.com.