Bethlehem Luthern Church
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The church library catalog is now searchable online at  Important note: to access call numbers and other information specific to our library, go to the top of the page where it says “bethlehemlibrary has a suggested style for viewing this library.” Click on the (use it) link.


Book locations:        

  • Children’s & juvenile collection – in the stairwell going down to the youth room 
  • New titles & young adult collection – by the west door/elevator
  • Main collection – 2nd floor, at the back of the chapel

Library services:

  • Book checkout 
  • Magazine checkout 
  • ELCA and nonprofit newsletters – local, state, and national 
  • CD, VHS, and DVD checkout 
  • LibraryThing – searchable online catalog

Library collections:

  • Children’s fiction/nonfiction
  • Juvenile fiction/nonfiction
  • Young adult fiction/nonfiction
  • Adult fiction/nonfiction
  • CDs
  • VHS and DVDs

Library Reciprocity with First Lutheran
Bethlehem members may check out library materials from the First Lutheran library by asking for the library key in the office at First Lutheran. To check out material, sign the book card with your name, phone number, and Bethlehem name. The First Lutheran library is available Monday-Thursday, 7:30a.m.-4:30p.m. Materials may be checked out for three weeks. Please return books to First Lutheran.

Book donations:

The library committee welcomes the donation of gently used books, CDs, and DVDs to add to the library collection. Donated items become library property and are added to the collection if they meet the library selection criteria. Items not added to the library are donated to other individuals or groups at the discretion of the library committee.


Library committee mission statement:

The library collection supports Bethlehem’s mission. The library is a resource for all members throughout their entire life for inspiration, information, and recreation.


The library committee will:

  • Collaborate with the pastors, church council, WELCA, all church committees, and members
  • Select materials based on ELCA theology and values, an understanding of other cultures/religions, and local/national/global social justice issues
  • Catalog information materials purchased by or donated to the church for use by its members (excluding sheet music, hymnals, and pew Bibles)
  • Maintain the library collection

Bethlehem Foundation

Mission Statement
"The sole purpose of this Foundation is to advance the facilities and programs of Bethlehem Lutheran Church..."  

The Bethlehem Foundation Fund, Inc. is a non-profit corporation.The growth of the Fund is primarily due to donations and bequests. Interest only is used for the mission statement purpose.  The Foundation Board meets quarterly throughout the year to determine how funds are utilized.  

It is within the authority of the Board of Directors to accept donations, gifts, and bequests that come with conditions pertaining to the use and management of such assets. The Foundation can and will accept gifts and bequests with certain conditions attached but such acceptance is at the discretion of the Foundation's Board of Directors.  

To confirm support of a Christian higher education, the Foundation Fund Board of Directors has committed to award scholarships to those members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church who are attending a college of the ELCA. The amount of the scholarship awards will be determined by the Board each year.  Scholarship eligibility requires membership in the congregation and full time student status at an ELCA college. The support is given for a maximum of four years, consecutive years not required.   

There is long list of project support, facility enhancement, office and staff equipment, computer service, music equipment, and program/ministry support that has been given in the recent years. The gifts that are given to the Bethlehem Foundation truly are the gifts that keep on giving!

Property and Management
The Property and Management Ministry involves the review and regular maintenance and supervision of the building, grounds, equipment, furniture, etc. and the attending methods of covering (managing) those expenses.   

In the past 20 years major remodeling and renovation projects have affected the whole church. Recent projects have included a new roof, remodeled kitchen, stained glass windows and painting in the Chapel, a completely renovated Moeller Organ with new balcony flooring and chairs, and new carpet for the fellowship fall and narthex.  

Bethlehem has provided a Business Manager since 1995. That person has been a project manager, overseer of property and fiscal issues, and interpreter for the church council. This ministry manages all the property of the church and reports to the church council.

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