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!

 

Bike to Church OR Get a Car Wash Day: Sunday, June 3

BIKE TO CHURCH DAY! Or bring your car, and the youth will wash it while you are in worship. (And we hope you’ll donate to the ELCA Youth Gathering.)

 

In order to make an effort for caring for God’s earth and reducing emissions, we encourage you to take an alternative mode of transportation to worship this morning. If you are unable to do so, please consider allowing our youth to care for your vehicle by washing it and earning your donation toward their trip to Houston for the ELCA Youth Gathering.

 

How this works: If you ride your bike to church, great! Thank you for reducing emissions! If you do not ride your bike to church, as you pull into the parking lot, we will ask you if you would like your car washed. If you say yes, you will give the keys to an adult supervisor, go to worship, and the youth will wash your car while you worship. When you come out, you will get your keys to your sparkling clean car and the youth who lovingly washed your car will be happy to accept your donation. Thank you in advance!

 

Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast

Come enjoy some pancakes on Sunday, June 17 while helping raise funds for the mission trip to Houston. We will be serving pancakes at 7:15–11:45 a.m. Tickets will be available Sundays after each service on June 3 and 10. Tickets will also be available at the door June 17. We offer a great Father's Day breakfast. Please treat your Dad, and help fund our mission trip. Contact Bob Cotton (303-651-6563) with any questions.

 

2018 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 time to enjoy each other’s company. Please help make these a success when you are called upon during your neighborhood’s week.

June 3: Purple
June 10: Orange
June 17: Pancake Breakfast – no coffee goodies
June 24: Gold
July 1: Church BBQ – no coffee goodies
July 8: Pink
July 15: Blue
July 22: Red
July 29: Green
August 5: Purple
August 12: Orange
August 19: Gold
August 26: Pink
September 2: Blue

 


 
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Past Annual Events

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

 

Decorating for Epiphany

The Epiphany of our Lord marks the end of the Christmas season. We will celebrate Epiphany on Sunday, January 7 (one day late). 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.

 

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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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

 

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.

 

 

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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.

 

2018 Annual Meeting: January 28

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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