At Bethlehem we offer a variety of educational opportunities for adults that include discussion groups, Bible studies, and book groups. Whether it’s a desire to delve into the bible for inspiration or grappling with an issue from a faith perspective, at different times over the year a variety of opportunities for growth in one’s personal faith are offered and we invite you to take part. We can always learn something new and be reminded of the great truths and promises of God to help guide us in the living of our lives. Here are some of the groups we offer:
-Women’s Bible Study – meet weekly (Sept-May), Tuesdays at 9:30am.
– Brown Bag and Bible Study – meet weekly (Sept-May), Wednesdays at noon
– “Men of Bethlehem” bible study – meet weekly, Thursdays at Café 116 at 7:00am.
– Various book discussion groups throughout the year.
– Women of the ELCA (WELCA) Circle Bible Studies – meet monthly the third Thursday, morning, afternoon and evening options.
All are welcome to join!
Bethlehem believes that we are never too old to live boldly and joyfully. We believe that we can set aside the misconceptions and myths about older adults. VSP (Very Special People) “55 and Better” is an organization of older folks who meet monthly for worship with Holy Communion, food, fellowship, and fun. Monthly events consist of delicious lunches, great speakers, music groups and field trips to interesting places with in an hour of Fergus Falls.
Women of the ELCA (WELCA) at Bethlehem
Bethlehem’s WELCA involves all confirmed women of the church in Bible study, service projects, and fundraisers.
There are four circles that meet once a month for fellowship and Bible study. The women collect items for school, health, sewing, layette, and midwife kits to benefit Lutheran World Relief.
In the fall of the year, the women organize a bazaar or other fundraising event and in the spring a salad luncheon to raise funds to support church projects and community needs. They also meet for dinner or brunch several times a year for special programs and in the summer for a picnic.
Stephen Ministry – Bethlehem has twenty-one Stephen Ministers who visit people within and outside the congregation who are going through crises in their lives.
Friendly Visitors – Bethlehem’s home-bound seniors receive a monthly visit from their “friendly visitor”.
Eucharistic Ministers – Bethlehem has several members who welcome Eucharistic ministers into their home Sunday morning who have come directly from the Holy Communion service at church and distribute the sacrament to them.
Prayer Chain – Bethlehem has many dedicated prayers as a part of our prayer chain network. If you would like to be a prayer too contact the church office to get signed up.
Prayer shawls – Prayer shawls are knit and crocheted by members for people going through a crisis and then taken to them. They are wrapped in the shawl and in the prayers.