Bethlehem Women

Bethlehem Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

We invite all women to join in the fellowship of our women’s group. Our focus is to reach out to our congregation, the community and the world; sharing our blessings and God’s love through warm quilts, baby blankets, school bags, pajamas and many other ministries.

Every woman who is a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church is also a member Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Welcome!

President – Kim Oswald
Vice-president – Bobby Allen
Secretary – Lynne Miller
Treasurer – Dana Roberts

Meeting Times

Business meetings are called as needed, and announced in the Sunday worship bulletin. An informal working meeting is held every Wednesday at approximately 10:00 -10:30am along with Scraps and Prayers quilters in the Multi-Use Room. The leaders and a core of women meet for coffee to discuss plans and share information. Please join us!

Bethlehem Women of the ELCA  is part of  the  Pacifica Synodical Organization  of the Women of the ELCA, which is under the umbrella of the National Women of the ELCA. The Pacifica Synod, which includes all ELCA churches in Southern California and Hawaii, hosts an Annual Gathering for fellowship, worship and spiritual growth. The National organization hosts a Triennial Gathering every three years.

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Women’s Annual Retreat

Contact: Laure Reynolds

The date for our next retreat has not been set yet.

Lydia’s Circle Bible Study

Third Thursday of each month at noon from September through May
Multi-Use Room
Contact: Marla Keith

Liturgical Arts

Meets second and fourth Mondays of the month at 10:00am
Multi-use Room
Contact: Laure Reynolds

Liturgical Arts meets in the Multi-Use Room from 10:00am to 12:00 on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from September through June. We create items which are used to decorate the sanctuary during worship including banners, paraments, and stoles. We would love to add your artistic and creative skills!

Christmas Bazaar

Held first Sunday in December
Contact: Kim Oswald

The Bethlehem’s Women’s Christmas Bazaar is held the first Sunday in December. The bazaar offers Christmas decor, gifts, craft items, special quilts, and baked goods. The funds raised from the sale of these items are used to financially support the projects of Bethlehem Women including the Women’s Retreat, and the participation of congregation members at the WELCA Triennial conference, the Pacifica Women’s annual conference, etc. Other Bethlehem ministries such as Fair Trade, the PJ Project, SERRV also participate in the bazaar. Bakers, crafters and helpers are needed to make this event a success!

Funeral/Memorial Service Receptions

Contact: Cynthia Heigold or Naida Malchiodi

We provide luncheons and refreshments for memorial receptions for members and their immediate families. The “Margaret Fund”, as established by Susan Vittek in  memory of her mother,  helps to pay  the cost of refreshments after memorial services at the church. Please inquire about this service during your arrangement interview with the Pastor.