Welcome to Bethlehem!
COME and GO: Two words with great meaning.
You are invited to COME to Bethlehem - “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Join us! God meets us where we are. Join us! For refreshment, the unloading of burdens through the Word and Sacrament.
As we continue to do this, we are then prepared to GO and make disciples of all nations.
It is as simple as that. Through weekly worship, and the study of the Word, God reveals Himself to us as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As we receive the Sacraments, and are filled with the Holy Spirit, we cannot help but to GO and tell others what He has done.
We are enabled to complete this cycle by proclaiming His name in our context here and in the world through words, service to our neighbors and to the community as a whole. Reaching to the ends of the earth with His message of love, grace and forgiveness.
As you explore our website feel at home, like a day at the beach. It will become evident that we are passionate about using everything God has given us to bless the lives of all we serve, here at Jacksonville Beach, or the world beyond. As we COME to gather every week at this special place we call “Bethlehem at the Beach,” and then as we GO into our bigger world serving as the Body of Christ.
Mission Work with BLC
Interested in mission work? We are currently in the planning stages of our next mission trip to Guatemala. Habitat has located a new work site for us in the northern region of the country, Huehuetenango. The trip will consist of some house building but will also include some stove building. The stoves are built in the homes of the poorest of the poor in Guatemala.
We are invited into their home (usually a one room dirt floor structure). This is a wonderful opportunity to serve and minister one on one to these people so in need. This experience will change your life, I promise. The trip will be the third or fourth week in April (after Easter). For more details please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Holly Dellinger 904- 953-2204. There is some financial assistance from the church.
Socks for Tots!Again this year Bethlehem will be collecting Socks for Tots to benefit Bright Holidays. This organization provides Christmas cheer to the most needy children in Jacksonville. In most cases these children will receive nothing for Christmas except the items given to them through Bright Holidays. These items are generally socks, shoes, underwear, a jacket, a basic toy and a sleeping bag. Sometimes other clothing items are included. In addition, a gift card for food is given to the family.
In addition to socks we will be including a Christmas card for each child (yes, over 800 cards). Each card should include a personal, handwritten Christian message to each child. Reach out to that child, tell them of Christ's love for them and let them know you are praying for them. This is your witness to them. If you would like to decorate the envelope with stickers and markers, please do so. We are going to ask the Sunday School classes to decorate the ones that are not done.
This is a church wide outreach service event. Get your bible study, small group, friends circle, etc. to write cards. Ask your neighbors and co-workers to help bring in socks. There will be a box in the Narthex in which to deposit your socks and cards beginning now.
For more information about Bright Holidays visit www.brightholidays.org
We have Super Awesome Fun Times planned! November 2, 16, and 30th, we will hold SAFT right after the 11:00 service until 3pm. Mark your calendar! We will provide lunch, play games, and share a devotion. Bring as many friends as you want. If you have any questions contact Amy Gruhn @ email@example.com or Vicar Josh. We can't wait to see you there!
This will be a one night event this year, starting Friday night November 14th and ending on Saturday afternoon. Please sign up in the Narthex for this time of fellowship with other BLC members at Luther Springs.