Annual Events

Our Bethlehem community enjoys gathering for many events during the year. Here are upcoming and past regular events of the year.

 

 

Upcoming Annual Events

Watch for more information on upcoming events. Also check out our Special Events page!

 

Lenten Soup Suppers

Our Lenten tradition at Bethlehem is to enjoy a soup and bread fellowship on Wednesday evenings before our Lenten services. Neighborhood groups take turns providing soups, relishes, and desserts. The Evangelism Committee provides bread. Some neighborhood groups are assigned to serve twice this year. However, they will serve less in 2020 or for the summer coffees—we do keep a record!

Soup Supper: 5:30–6:30 p.m.; Lenten Worship: 6:30–7:00 p.m.

  • March 13: Orange and Red
  • March 20: Teal and Gold
  • March 27: Pink and Purple
  • April 3: Teal and Red
  • April 10: Pink and Light of Christ

So pull out the crockpot or soup kettle and share your favorite soup with fellow members. Your fellowship shepherds will be contacting you prior to your neighborhood group’s assigned week.

We also ask that all those attending bring a soup bowl, utensils, cups, etc. This saves lots of time for the serving neighborhood groups and allows them to worship with you.

 

Annual St. Pat’s Dinner and Silent Auction

Mark Saturday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. on your calendar as the day to attend the Annual St. Pat’s Dinner and Silent Auction. Tickets for the dinner will be available after both Sunday services on 2/24, 3/3, and 3/10. If not sold out, there will also be a limited number of tickets available at the door. Tickets can also be purchased from Nancy Tiff during church office hours. Adults are $14; Children under 10 are just $4. All proceeds raised at the auction support the BLC Mission Trip. Want to help support one of our largest mission trip fundraisers? Here are some ways to join the effort:

  1. Donate items or services to be included in the auction. Please bring your donations to the narthex. We request that items donated have a value of $15 or greater, and they be in new or gently used condition. If you have large or heavy items that are available for donation but difficult to haul into church, consider selling them on Craigslist and donating the proceeds to the auction. Donating gift certificates is another great way to get involved should you wish to donate services, season tickets, vacation, or even baked goods to order, etc. Donor information forms, bid forms, and blank gift certificates are available in the narthex. Please complete one donor information form per donor and one bid form for item donated.
  2. Bake Bread. Wonderful folks who love to bake, we are in need of Irish soda bread, desserts, and gluten-free Items for the event on March 16. Thank you for sharing your skills with us. There is a signup sheet on the ticket sales table for baking volunteers.
  3. Help setup and/or run the event. Volunteers are needed to prepare food, record items, set up item displays, and handle sales. If you are willing to help, please call Lori Bloemker at 720-822-4974.
  4. Attend the event and bid on items. Come to the event and take some treasures home with you. Your purchase supports a great cause.

Payments for tickets or auction purchases can be made by cash, check, or electronically through Bethlehem's GivePlus options. Thank you for your support to make this auction successful.

 

SeniorRide to Eldora

On Tuesdays, take the RTD SeniorRide to Eldora Nordic Center for a day of winter-weather fun. Alpine Senior Skiing tickets are just $39 for those 70 and older, and cross country tickets are $10, both payable to the Longmont Senior Center in cash or check. You can snowshoe, too!

The SeniorRide bus to Eldora is $5.25 payable in cash (exact change please) or a check written to the Longmont Senior Center as you board the bus. The SeniorRide bus departs the Longmont Senior Center at 9 a.m., stops by the Boulder East Recreation center for more skiers, and leaves Eldora in the afternoon at 2:15 p.m., arriving back at the LSC around 3:30 p.m.

WHEN: Tuesdays, January through March

WHERE: Meet at the Longmont Senior Center

COST: $39 Downhill Ski, $10 Cross Country or Snowshoe (plus $5.25 bus)

RSVP: No registration required—arrive by 8:45 a.m. on Tuesdays and have the correct cash or check made payable to the Longmont Senior Center for your ski ticket, plus cash for your bus ticket.

Bob Cotton has been helping with SeniorRide for years and is happy to answer questions (303-651-6563). It's a wonderful day of fresh air, exercise, and sunshine at a great price!

 

 

Past Annual Events

Here are a few of our past events during the past year.

 

Annual Congregational Meeting and Lunch

What a blessing ~ What a ride! It has been an honor serving Bethlehem Lutheran Church as council president this year! I have been blessed by every encounter with each of you whether you challenged or congratulated our efforts. My heart is filled to see the dedication, energy, commitment, and love that so many of you pour into our community as we work together to serve God and each other.

Your council would like to invite you to attend the annual congregational meeting on Sunday, January 27. Lunch is provided, and we will begin serving lunch at 11:30 a.m. and start the meeting by 12:15 p.m. This gathering is a time for celebrating all of the blessings we have experienced and created, the challenges we have faced, the opportunities that we have conquered, and the future we hope to create as we move into 2019. We will be thanking the current Council for their work and celebrating all that was accomplished this year; presenting information from the transition team and sharing an update on the call committee's work; voting on the proposed 2019 budget, the Synod changes to the constitution, the 2019 council members, and the 2019 Synod assembly delegates.

BLC is a busy community—we are active in so many ways! I hope you will all take the time to read each ministry report on the amazing year they have had, familiarize yourself with the proposed budget, and come to the meeting prepared to be engaged in your role as a member of the body of Christ.

There will be copies of the annual report available in the narthex on Sunday, January 20. To learn more about the proposed 2019 budget, the executive committee will be holding a budget workshop during the adult forum time on Sunday, January 6. We invite you to attend this as well to ask questions and get a more detailed reporting of the 2018 and 2019 budgets. There will also be a final budget forum during the adult forum on January 20 to answer any additional questions you may have.

Council is looking forward to seeing all of you at the congregational meeting!

We are blessed to be a blessing,

Cindy Tayler, 2018 council president

Annual Meeting Documents:

BLC Constitution 2014

Proposed BLC Constitution 2019

Proposed BLC By-Law Changes 2019

ELCA Model Constitution Changes

If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please contact Cindy.Tayler@panerabread.com" title="CT Email Link" target="_blank" data-mce-href="mailto:Cindy.Tayler@panerabread.com">Cindy Tayler or greg@kinsco.com" target="_blank" data-mce-href="mailto:greg@kinsco.com">Greg Schumann.

If you have any technical issues with the documents, please contact jmtkelley@gmail.com" target="_blank" data-mce-href="mailto:jmtkelley@gmail.com">Jenny Kelley.

 

Decorating for Epiphany

The Epiphany of our Lord marks the end of the Christmas season. We will celebrate Epiphany on Sunday, January 6. We will take down the Chrismon tree and decorations on January 12 at 9:00 a.m. We will also hang our Epiphany mirrors. We had a great crew that put up the tree. Hopefully, we can have a good group of volunteers to make the seasonal change. Please come help out if you are able.

 


Living NativityLiving Nativity

Join us on December 235:00–8:00 p.m.in this beautiful and meaningful experience that has been a tradition of Bethlehem for over 30 years. Whether in a car or on foot, visitors enter a luminary lit drive to the manger scene on the north side of the church. Church members, family and friends, sharing in the experience of Christ's birth, take turns creating the scene. With the addition of live carolers (you!!), the experience has grown to be a favorite in the community. Please consider signing up for one of the roles (30 minutes shifts) on the board in the narthex. There is a chili supper for all participants as well, so sign up and join this great event.

 

 

Chrismon Tree Decorating

Help is needed to decorate the sanctuary for the holiday season on Saturday, December 9, at 9:00 a.m. We will be setting up the Chrismon tree and hanging wreaths. If you can help with this enjoyable task, please sign up in the narthex or just show up on December 9. We will also be needing volunteers to take down the tree and wreaths on the day before Epiphany.

What is a Chrismon tree?
It's a Christmas tree decorated with Chrismons—like the one we have here at Bethlehem. The word Chrismon is a shortened form of "monogram of Christ" or a symbol of Christ. XP (the Greek letters chi and rho, representing the first two letters in Christ's name) would be such a symbol. The symbols are meant to represent the life of Christ and the meaning of Christmas.
Frances Kipps Spencer is credited with making the first Chrismon tree back in 1957. She was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, Virginia. Her early Chrismon decorations were made from leftover Christmas gift-wrapping supplies. Since then, they have progressed to the beautiful decorations that grace our sanctuary Christmas tree.

 

 

 

 

 

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