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!

Serving at Bethlehem

To many people the new year means change. Resolutions are made and they are always made to improve us in some way
or another.
We would like to ask that this year you include a resolution to serve more at church. The church could not survive
without the volunteers who currently offer their time and talents.
We thank God for their dedication and service. Any time we can utilize our own members instead of outsourcing is showing good stewardship.
There are so many areas in the church that need YOUR help. Just pick one (or several). We have leaders now who
work full time and still manage to find the time to attend meetings and serve. This is a gift from God.
“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10
There is a list of volunteer opportunities posted in the Narthex along with contact information. YOU can help make
our church grow and prosper by giving in whatever way God speaks to you.
Please pray about this. Take a leap of faith and get involved in service like you have never done before!

Church 360 Unite

Big changes are coming to Member Connect.  Starting January 1 our communication website changed from Member Connect to Church 360 Unite.  We are expecting this site to be quite an improvement over the old one but first we have to familiarize ourselves with it.  That may take some time so please have patience with us.  We do not know how the e-blasts or calendar reminders will look.  We may have some glitches to work out so please keep Tami, Jennifer and Carol in your prayers as they work to get this new program working to keep Bethlehem well connected.  Please make sure the office has your current email address so you can receive e-blasts.

Youth!!

We have many youth opportunities coming soon! Confirmation still meets Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30. Also on Wednesday, the high school youth is led by our youth leader, Amy Gruhn, as they study God's word. Currently they are exploring what the Bible says about Christ centered relationships. We meet every other Sunday for a Super Awesome Fun Time(SAFT). SAFT meets from 12-3 on Sunday afternoons. In February, our youth will have an opportunity to beautify our cottage lawn. A mission trip is also being planned for this summer. For more information please contact Vicar Josh at blcvicar@bellsouth.net. 

Habitat / Thrivent Builds!

The Bethlehem Lutheran Church Habitat/Thrivent Builds 2015 Guatemala mission team is gathering volunteers.  We will be traveling to Huehuetenango, Guatemala in the northern highlands.  The mission is to build houses and stoves.  The trip date is April 11-19, 2015.  The cost of the trip is $1100.00 plus airfare (around $700.00).  The endowment will cover 1/3 of the cost of the trip and past fund church fund raising will help cover additional cost.  Thrivent members will also receive a $500.00 grant.  All money will be due to Habitat 45 days prior to departure.    A valid passport and updated shot records will be required by Habitat.  Please contact Holly Dellinger at 904-349-6059 for more information.