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.
Adopt a Youth
In July, 8 youth and 2 adult chaperones will be making their way from Jacksonville Beach to San Antonio for the LCMS National Youth Gathering. We will be joining over 30,000 youth from around the country for a week of fellowship, service, and worship. The youth are asking you to help with the expenses of their trip. There will be an opportunity to meet with the youth before and after the trip and to keep in contact during the week that we are gone. If you are interested, please contact Vicar Weston to find out the options available. Thank you for your time, prayers, and support.
Every Life is From God
On Sunday, May 19 BLC's Baby Bottle Campaign begins - We will be distributing baby bottles from First Coast Women’s Services. We are asking that you take the bottles home, fill them with a check, cash or coins, and return them to Bethlehem no later than Sunday, June 16. Every person is God’s special creation, and we thank you for supporting life!
Honoring All Women
The Mother and Daughter Banquet is right around the corner on Friday, May 24 at 6 pm in Disciples’ Hall. Whether you are a mom, or a daughter, all women are welcome to join us for this special fellowship event that you will not want to miss. A sign-up sheet is in the Narthex, and we are looking forward to honoring all the women of our BLC family.
There will be a Youth Lock-In on Friday, May 31st. All youth from 5th grade through high school are invited to come. The Men of Bethlehem will be cooking a meal with the youth beginning at 7 pm. For the devotions the middle school and high school youth will be separated, but will come together for games and movies. If you want to lose a night of sleep and have a good time, then plan to come to the Lock-In. Friends are welcome and please bring a Bible, a pillow, and a willingness to have fun!