Bethlehem Lutheran Church

                                   and Early Childhood Center

"Caught in grace, created for service, called into community"
In This Issue

Sunday Mornings... 

Worship Services   8:00am, 9:00am, and 10:30 am


Learning Circles 

(Pre - 6th)

9:00 am


(7th - 12th)

10:30 am


Contact Us


Rev. Laura Ziehl 
Senior Pastor 
Ext 2
Jonathan Garman
Youth Director
Judy Foland
Office Administrator
Ext 1
Chris Matthews
Director of Children's Ministry

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August 2016

News and Events

From Pastor Laura

Pastor Laura is on vacation. Her message to the congregation will resume in our next newsletter.

Bethlehem Serves

Our annual day of service will take place on Sunday, August 21. Project signups are taking place before or after each worship service on Sunday, August 7 and 14. On the 21st we will meet for a sending service at 9AM and then disperse to our projects. We will meet again on campus later to share in a potluck lunch. Bethlehem will provide carne asada and polla asada and all the fixings. Bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to share.

Stephen Ministry

What Kind of Woman Would Receive the Care of a Stephen Minister?

* A woman like Sarah
who faced a major change in life at an advanced age and needed someone to listen both to her joy and apprehension.

* A woman like Hagar
who was abandoned along with her child and needed someone to offer her hope and remind her of God's presence.

* A woman like Hannah
who struggled with her inability to bear a child and needed someone with whom to share her sadness and pain.

* A woman like Naomi
who had lost her loved ones and needed someone to hear her sorrow and pain.

* A woman like Ruth
who left everything that was familiar to her and needed someone to journey with her in her new life.

* A women like Ester
who was faced with a major decision and needed someone who could listen to her concerns and offer encouragement.

* A woman like Mary of Nazareth
who lived with both the joys and struggles of having an exceptional child and needed someone to help her sort out the ponderings of her heart.

* A woman like Martha
who was burdened by the demands of daily life and needed someone to help her regain sight of what was most important.

* A woman like Mary Magdalene
who received healing from inner turmoil and needed someone to walk with her as she built a new life.

* A woman like you.

If you would like to know how a Stephen Minister could care for you please speak with Pr Laura or one of our Stephen Leaders Molly Hall, or Laure Reynolds.

Moonlight Wednesdays

Time to relax and hang out every Wednesday night starting July 6th from 5 pm on at Moonlight Beach.  YES this is a change from what was announced in worship - Wednesdays allow more folks to join us.  We'll try to get a fire ring; otherwise we'll be set up somewhere around the snack shack.  Bring dinner and seating.  S'MORES PROVIDED if we get a fire pit!!
Click here for City of Encinitas beach use guidelines.
See you there! 

For more info contact Mary Shaima, Diaconal Intern at

Music Ministry

It's a chance to have a "Bucket List" experience!  Please join the Lutheran Choir Night at the Padres on Friday, September 9th. A choir of Lutheran singers from many congregations will be singing the national anthem LIVE at the game that begins at 7:40 p.m. against the Rockies. Everyone in high school or older may be part of the choir so now is the time to sign up at church or contact Roger Lakey ( if you would like to participate.   The anthem, sung in four parts, will need to be memorized so copies of the Star Spangled Banner arrangement are available at church or through if you would like to participate. Ticket prices are $35.00 for adults and $25 for 18 years old and under. Checks should be made out to Bethlehem Lutheran Church and put BASEBALL in the memo line.  This is a fundraiser for Bethlehem and all are welcome to attend the game that evening. Ticket orders need to be in by Sunday, August 7th but late registration will be accepted. Come to sing or just to watch!


Our high school youth and youth ministry leaders are in the Berkeley, California area this week for a time of service, fellowship, and devotion. Please remember them in your prayers.

 Giving Tree

The Giving Tree for July 16 - August 21 will be set up for Bethlehem Serves. Check the bulletin announcements and the Giving Tree for how you can help on this day of service to others.


Acolytes Needed: If your child is in 3-6th grade, please consider signing him/her up to acolyte. It is a great way to get involved in the church service and serve the Lord. If interested, please contact: Kim Hogelucht at or 858-349-6831.


A BIG Thank You from TACO!!!
TACO would like to thank our congregation for all the support we give them on an ongoing basis and especially for our response to their recent request.  We got quite a few hygiene products, pkgs of men's crew sox & undies  and women's underwear.  The need for those items is always great.  They need a variety of boxers & briefs and women's underwear in various sizes.  They serve 150 - 200 guests 2ce/week so they need to stay stocked up these most requested items.
The hygiene products most needed are deodorant, body wash (not soap), shampoo, conditioner (or shampoo w/conditioner), toothbrushes, toothpaste & lotion.  All should be travel sizes since our guests do not have a place to store larger products.
We will continue to collect travel sizes of those items to pack hygiene bags on Bethlehem Serves Day, 8/21.  Last year we packed 254 bags.  Let's try to beat that!  
Thank you all SO MUCH for being so willing to help those less fortunate than we are!
As you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me.    Matthew 25:40

SAVE THE DATE!!  TACO's Fall Fundraiser will be Oktoberfest with Craft Beers, Brats 'n Tacos at Calvary Lutheran Church, 424 Via de la Valle, Solana Beach on Saturday, Oct, 1 fm 3-7PM.   $35/person, $40 at the door.  Any questions, call Lori Cook, 760 207-0432.


S AVE THE DATE! Bethlehem will be holding an Oktoberfest celebration Friday, October 14. Details to follow.

 Newsletter Now Available on Our Website

Have you missed one of our monthly e-newsletters? Have you wished you could open up that newsletter again to get that bit of information you were looking for? Well, now you can. On our home page,, there are links available to view current and past newsletters.

 Need Help?

Join us in meeting the needs of our north county community. The new Resource Book in the church office has resources that can help those in need. Be equipped to help those who may be experiencing hard times. If you know of a helpful resource or are having difficulties finding the help you need, please contact Sarah Breding at


We have also put the resource listings on our website. Click here to check out the many resources available to assist you. 


Bethlehem is now participating in the AmazonSmile program. This is a great way to easily benefit our congregation when you are shopping online. Bethlehem will receive 0.5% of the price of eligible online purchases automatically when you use the website. See the website for more details.

 Thrivent Financial

Choice Dollars
The Thrivent Choice® program lets eligible members recommend where some of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans' charitable outreach funds go by directing Choice Dollars®. Bethlehem Lutheran is an eligible recipient of these funds.
For more information click on the link below.
or contact your Thrivent congregational advocate, Dennis Astroth, at 858-354-3566, or

 Online Giving

Online Giving, a Green Path to Stewardship


We are always looking for ways to make giving more convenient and environmentally friendly. With today's online financial tools, it has never been easier to set up and track regular giving, special offerings and donations to specific areas. Just follow the easy steps provided with our new online service and you will be surprised at how easy it is to be a regular giver at whatever level seems right. We have expanded on the services provided by the same Minnesota-based online service that has managed our electronic giving for a number of years. They serve thousands of churches, and the service is secure, maintaining privacy. 


How to get started...
You may access the online service by clicking on the link on Bethlehem's web page Once you are on the site, you may use your checking account, or your debit or credit card information. If your cards are on a mileage program, you can gain frequent-flier miles while helping support the ministries of Bethlehem.

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