About Our Church: Who We Are

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We are followers of Christ, first and foremost.

As Christians, we believe that God created us, that Jesus saved us and that the Holy Spirit keeps us going in the faith.

As Christians, we believe that the church is the living body of Christ active in our world.

 

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We practice our Christianity in a "Lutheran" way.

As Lutherans, we focus on the cross and resurrection. They are central to our faith.

As Lutherans, we believe that God saves us through no merit of our own. God loves us unconditionally. The Holy Spirit leads us to faith in that saving grace and then calls us to live a life of service.

We are a church of the Reformation, which means that we are constantly looking for ways to reform and renew ourselves, our churches, our culture.

 

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We feel blessed to be a part of the ELCA, a Lutheran denomination of 5,000,000 believers and 10,000 congregations.

The ELCA connects us to the larger Lutheran community and its outreach: ELCA World Hunger, Lutheran World Relief, Lutheran Disaster Response, Lutheran Family Services, Lutheran Global Church, among many others.

As part of the ELCA, we believe that the Bible is God's living and inspired word. We try and live out God's unconditional grace in word and action. We recognize the dignity of all human beings regardless of their race, age, national origin, gender or sexual orientation. We ordain men and women, homosexuals and heterosexuals. Our communion table is open and welcoming to all.

 

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

At Bethlehem, we feel that we are "Blessed to be a Blessing". God has blessed us in so many ways and calls us to be a blessing to others in our church, our community and our world. We live out this call to mission service with our many outreach ministries.

 

Bethlehem is a "liturgical" church. That means our worship has a set pattern to it handed down to us over the centuries. But within that Lutheran tradition, we worship in many ways—blue grass, gospel, jazz, Taize, in addition to traditional Lutheran. At Bethlehem, we share the Lord's Supper at every Sunday worship service.

 

One of the joys of ministry at Bethlehem is our partnership with Light of Christ Ecumenical Catholic Community, with whom we share space and ministry.

 

Another joy is our association with Cornerstone Preschool, with whom we also share space and ministry.

 

We also enjoy fun and fellowship, learning and teaching, and caring and sharing. Please visit other pages of our website for more information about our church:

 

For Guests – links to Join Us, Worship and Music, Contact Us

Fellowship and Fun – links to Gather, Music, and view slideshows under Photos

Teaching and Learning –links to Faith Formation, Sermons

Caring and Sharing –links to Gather, Connect, Mission to Serve, Music

Favorite Links – a selection of useful links

Pastor's Message – link to Pastor Peterson's Pericopes



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