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!

 

Bethlehem Summer Coffees

This year we will again have our neighborhood ministry groups provide the summer coffee treats between services. With the help of the fellowship coordinators and the congregation, it will be a great time to enjoy each other's company. Please help make these a success when you are called upon during your neighborhood's week.

The schedule for this summer is:

June 11: Pink

June 18: Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser*

June 25: Blue

July    2: Red

July    9: Green

July 16: Purple

July 23: Orange

July 30: Gold

August   6: Pink

August 13: Orange

August 20: Green

August 27: Blue

September 3: Red

*Fundraiser for KY Mission Trip

 

 

Join the Bethlehem Community Garden Team

Remember that awesome garden we have out back? We are wondering if there might be two or three more green thumbs out there who would like to be on our "Garden Team" with Gordon and Larry for this coming summer. The commitment would be to help plan the garden, assist in planting, and tend the garden frequently, including watering and weed picking. You would also have the opportunity to work with less-frequent but willing volunteers. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact either Deaconess Kristen Baltrum or Larry Twito.

 

 

 

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Past Annual Events

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

 

BLC Community Garden Planting Day

Planting Day for the BLC Community Garden is tentatively set for Sunday, May 21, between services during the Sunday School hour. This is always a fun event, and all ages are welcome to participate. Please wear shoes and clothing appropriate for working in the garden. Check the bulletin for updates in case there is a date change due to weather or availability. Hope to see you there!

 

Graduating Senior Recognition Party

Please join us on Sunday, May 14, at 9:15 a.m. in Peace Fellowship Hall for a reception to congratulate and celebrate our graduating seniors: Shaylee Pierick and Andrew VanDyke. Let there be cake!

Our Graduates

Shay Pierick: Berthoud High School to Front Range Community College with a major of general studies.

Andrew Van Dyke: from Silver Creek High School to Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI to play baseball with an undecided major.

 

 

eggs 13512acAnnual Children's Easter Egg Hunt

April 15, Saturday, 9:00 a.m.: Bring your own basket and be ready to hunt! Join us in the BLC narthex for a short time of learning about the symbols of Easter, followed by an Easter Egg hunt! The hunt will be outside if weather permits, inside if it's yucky out, but either way there will be a hunt! Bring your neighbors, grandkids, friends—All are welcome!

 

Lenten Soup Suppers

Our Lenten tradition at Bethlehem is to enjoy a soup and bread fellowship on Wednesday evenings before the services. Our last soup supper for this year is this Wednesday and the neighborhood group providing the soups, relishes and desserts is:

  • April 5: Purple and Gold

Your fellowship shepherds will be contacting you prior to your neighborhood group's week. Also—please bring your own soup bowl, utensils, cups, etc.; this saves a lot of time for the serving neighborhood groups and allows them to worship with you.

 

Silent Auction A Huge Success

Thanks to the generosity of our members and those from Light of Christ, we set a new record for raising money at the St. Patrick's Day Silent Auction. Proceeds, as of this date, are approximately $2650. This money will be used to defray the cost of our joint mission team heading once again to David, Kentucky to work through the St. Vincent Mission helping the impoverished in that area. Many thanks to all who donated so generously and to those who supported this event with their presence and purchases.

 

Annual St Patrick's Dinner Fundraiser

The annual St Patrick's Dinner was held Saturday, March 18, at 6.30 p.m. There was all the usual Irish cuisine and a nine piece Irish band, the Irish Risky. This ise a fund raising event for a combined LOC and BLC team going to St. Vincent Mission in Kentucky in late September.

 

2017 Annual Meeting: January 29

Check out details on the member site under Events/Annual Meeting.

 

2016 Living Nativity: December 18.

Join 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 3, 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 3. We will also be needing volunteers to take down the tree and wreaths on the day before Epiphany, January 5.

 

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.

 

Christmas Fest Donations and Proceeds Heading to HOPE

Thank you to everyone who contributed to Christmas Fest by singing, sharing stories, baking cookies, and donating to HOPE. Through all your efforts, we were able to donate a sizable bundle of warm weather supplies: $140 worth of fast food restaurant gift cards, 54 hand warmers, 24 pairs of socks, 24 pairs of gloves, 10 toothbrushes, 13 tubes of toothpaste, 13 hats, six coats, a large bag of travel-sized lotions and shampoos, and a check in the amount of $55.08 from the children's market proceeds. HOPE is very appreciative and excited to share this blessing with the community. If you have any questions, please contact Jamie Jurkovich (or 720-432-5875).

 

2016 Christmas Fest: December 11

Sunday, December 11 at 4:00 p.m.: Please join us to celebrate all the most wonderful things about Christmas at this year's Christmas Fest. We've been collecting the congregation's favorite Christmas memories, songs, and traditions to highlight what makes Christmas special to Bethlehem. Our PreK–5th grade Sunday School classes will be singing a lovely song to set the spirit, and then we'll all join together in caroling.

The popular Children's Market will be back! Children will have the opportunity to shop for gifts for their family and friends in a special Christmas Market. For admission to the market, we are asking for the donation of a small item (socks, travel-size toothpaste, gloves, or hand-warmers) for HOPE (Longmont's homeless outreach program). All gift items in the market will be priced at 5, 10, or 25 cents. The proceeds raised will also be donated to HOPE.

We'll be providing hot chocolate and ask that you bring your favorite Christmas cookie (along with the recipe—if that isn't top-secret) to share. Be ready for some festive fellowship and fun!

 

Sky Ranch 2016 Advent Retreat

As we begin the countdown towards Christmas, it's good to remember gifts we already have, like family and friends. Sky Ranch has a weekend of family activities planned to help escape the hustle and bustle of the commercialized "Christmas" frenzy, choosing instead to focus on "the reason for the season." Spend time with family and celebrate with food, fellowship, crafts, worship, and fun.

When: December 2–4

Cost (Includes meals & lodging): Adults—$80; Kids—$50

Call the Sky Ranch office for more information: 970-493-5258.

 

Church New Year Party

Christ the King Sunday, November 20, marks the end of another church year. The First Sunday of Advent, November 27, marks a new church year.

Last year we started a new tradition: a Church New Year Party! This year we invite you to wear your favorite liturgical color from the church year on that Sunday.

  • Blue: Advent
  • White: Christmas and All Saints
  • Green: Epiphany and Pentecost
  • Purple: Lent
  • Red: Maundy Thursday and Reformation
  • Black: Good Friday
  • Gold: Easter

There is no Sunday school or Adult Forum because of the Thanksgiving holiday—so join us between services for a special coffee fellowship sponsored by the Evangelism Ministry.

 

Education Fundraiser at Panera

November 1, 4:00–8:00 p.m.: Fall Fundraiser at Panera (425 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont 80501). Join family and friends for a delicious dinner and a fun evening at Panera. We're raising money for our day-camp program, and Panera Bakery-Café will generously donate to BLC 15% of each dine-in, carry-out, and gift card purchase made between 4:00–8:00 p.m. A flyer must be presented at the time of purchase to get credit for our fundraiser, so be sure to bring the flyer along with you (pick up at church or download from the Home page of our website). Come, invite friends, and have a great time! See you there!

 

Family Fun at Anderson Farms!

Friday, October 28, 5:00–11:00 p.m.: The whole congregation is invited to join us at Anderson Farms for an evening at the Fall Festival. BLC will be set up at Fire Pit #27, on the northeast side of the property, near the entrance to the non-haunted corn maze. We will have all the makings for S'mores, so just stop by after you enter the farm! Entrance fees are "on your own": children 3 and under are free; 4 and over is $14/person to enter. If you want to do the Terror in the Corn OR the Zombie Paintball, entrance fee (includes the Fall Festival) is $25/person. Terror in the Corn/Zombie Paintball combo ticket is $45.

Families with children 5th grade or younger: Meet us at Anderson Farms and join our S'mores party! You are on your own for transportation and entrance.

Middle and High Schoolers: EITHER come with your family, OR sign up with Sarah Loberg and ride with the rest of your youth group friends. We will depart Anderson Farms at 11:00 p.m. and return to BLC by 11:30 p.m. Plan to have your parents pick you up from the farm or at BLC. Bring your own money for entrance fee and activities!

Child-free Adults: We want you there too! Meet us at Anderson Farms and join our S'mores party! You are on your own for transportation and entrance.

 

Rally Day 2016: August 28

Please mark your calendars for August 28, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m., as we kick-off the start of Sunday School with Rally Day. Our event has a special theme this year as a celebration of the 500 Year Anniversary of the Reformation. We'll have the Mighty Fortress Bouncy Castle along with many other fun activities you won't want to miss! Please sign up in the narthex so we have an idea of how many people will attend. We are also asking each family to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

 

 

 

 

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