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. 

Enjoy!

Reformation

Reformation Celebration on October 26th at Bethlehem. Also a celebration at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 4 pm.  Please plan on attending.

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

Pastor Thwala

Dean Reverend Mandla Thwala will be visiting BLC on October 26th!  Please stay tuned as we plan to share the ministry of God in Ntshongweni Lutheran Church in KZN, South Africa.

Widow and widowers!

Saturday, November 15th at 10:15 am, meet at the church to carpool for a shopping trip and lunch to the Nocatee Farmer’s Market. If it is raining, we will play Trivia at the church.

Sunday, December 14th   10:00am, we are going downtown to take a cruise on the “Foxy Lady”, enjoy brunch aboard ship, and then return to the dock in time to see the matinee performance of the Jacksonville Symphony Christmas Concert.