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. 


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!

Socks for Tots!

Bethlehem is 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

Senior High Youth!!

Come to the Bible study and bring a friend! Every Wednesday night from 5:30 - 6:30 Amy Gruhn has a Bible study planned for you. This month come and learn about who God is and how we can talk about him with our friends in our lives. We can't wait to see you there.


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.