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The events of the last three years have caused fractures and divisions in our lives and our communities. Even as we have more or less returned "back to normal," those fractures remain. Where and how are we finding connection and community in these days?

This Lent we will explore the ways in which God connects us as the body of Christ. We will focus on what it means to connect, respect, accompany, build, and serve. 

Wednesday worship services on that week's theme will draw us more deeply into the faith that is at the heart of our connection. They will be preceded by fellowship over soup suppers.

Small group studies will dig deeper into the Biblical themes and create new opportunities to connect with one another.

Congregation connection circles will allow an important opportunity to reconnect with those who have not been as present in our community since pandemic restrictions were lifted. 

A community art project will give us the opportunity to work side by side with a common goal.

An offering of letters for Bread for the World will be a way to use our strength as a community to work for peace and justice in the world.

We hope you will join us as we connect with friends new and old, strengthen our common faith, and work together to care for one another and the world God so loves. 

Worship and study opportunities

Lenten mid-week worship services will be offered both in-person at church and through live stream on Bethlehem’s Facebook page. Worship begins at 7:00 PM on Wednesday evenings and will be available for viewing on the Facebook page at any time. The services will vary, but will be focused on our theme.

February 22       Broken               Ash Wednesday Worship

March 1              Connect            Holden Evening Prayer

March 8             Respect             ELW Evening Prayer                    

March 15            Accompany      Contemplative Worship

March 22            Build                  Holden Evening Prayer

March 29            Serve              ELW Evening Prayer and Prayer Stations

Lenten Small Groups will meet in person on Wednesday nights following worship (around 7:45 p.m.), on Zoom Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m., and Sunday evenings from 5 -7 PM with a potluck supper.  Small groups begin Wednesday, February 22. Additional groups may be added as needed. All are welcome! Use the Google Form link below to register to attend a group. The Zoom link for the virtual group(s) can be found on the Events page

Small Group Sign Up Form


Special Events

Soup Suppers return this Lent! Join us for a simple meal of soup, bread, and dessert on Wednesdays before worship. Soup is served beginning at 6 PM. The suppers start on Wednesday, March 1. See the sign up sheets in the narthex to volunteer to bring soup or dessert, or assist with set up or clean up one week. We look forward to connecting with one another during this time of fellowship!

Wednesday, March 15 will be a contemplative worship service planned and led by our seminarian, Katie Mueller. Learn more about this service from a document created for last year's contemplative service.

Throughout the season we will work together on a community art project. We will use broken tiles to create a new piece of mosaic art. Todd Osborne and T.C. English-Dumont will be assisting anyone who would like to participate on Sundays, February 26 and April 2, from 11 - Noon, Wednesday, March 22, from 6 - 7 PM, and Saturday, March 18, from 11 - Noon. All skill levels are encouraged to participate as we "put the pieces back together" in this beautiful work of art.