Family Sunday school is offered twice a month. Kids in pre-school through fifth grade attend with their adults, as well as siblings of any age. We use stories, activities, games, art, and more to learn the stories central to our faith. Families are sent home with resources to continue growing in faith together throughout the week. See the calendar on the events page for more details. 


The confirmation program for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students utilizes video clips, art projects, drama, as well

as traditional study and discussion to help kids begin to make the transition toward a more mature faith. 

The three-year program focuses on the Old Testament, the New Testament, and our Lutheran identity. Each student is paired with an adult mentor in the congregation. Students and mentors meet regularly to talk about faith and real life. Students also enjoy an annual retreat and service project. The program provides young people with the understanding needed to affirm their baptism and helps to lay a solid foundation for life-long Christian education, while also building relationships and having fun. 

For more information about our confirmation program, please contact Pastor Jennie. 

Bethlehem scholarships

Bethlehem has five separate scholarship awards available to full-time students.  The funds are dependent on our members’ generosity.  Most, but not all, contributions to the scholarship funds come in the form of memorials.

Please note that scholarships are only for members attending college / university and who will be enrolled full time starting September 2023.   (The only non-members eligible are full time ELCA seminary students attached to Bethlehem as Interns.)  The Scholarship application process is now closed for 2023.  

Please click this Link for additional scholarship guidelines. 

Awards are decided by the Scholarship Committee shortly after the deadline, announced at the Bethlehem Annual Meeting, and distributed in August.

Please click this Link to access the scholarship application. 


Adult Forum takes place every Sunday at 8:30 am, September through May. The forum meets in the church lounge. Relevant topics and issues are discussed in an open round table format that is facilitated by a volunteer church member or outside guest speaker. Please join us for this important time of reflection and discourse. Please note: Adult forum is currently suspended. Check back for more information. 

The Men's Study Group meets Saturdays at 8:30 am at Markland Hubbard Coffee (1739 W. 99th Street). Join us for fellowship, great conversation and coffee & treats. Please call the church office for meeting location during the summer months. 

Women's Gather Bible Study meets monthly using the Bible study from Gather magazine (a publication of the ELCA). For information on meeting dates and locations, please check the church calendar or call the church office. Gather is currently meeting via Zoom.

Small groups meet at various times throughout the year for Bible study and other faith growth opportunities. While some groups meet year round, others come together for a set period of time. Groups are formed during the season of Lent for congregation-wide study. Check the calendar to see what groups are currently meeting.