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!

 

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.



Living NativityLiving Nativity

Join us on December 23 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

 

 

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 13 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.

 

Past Annual Events

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

 

 

 

 

 

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