Dear Bethlehem Family & Friends …

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In this time of the Covid-19 Pandemic and with strong recommendation from our Synod’s Bishop Bill Tesch to abide by current CDC guidelines with respect to same, we are suspending all activities at Bethlehem until further notice. This includes all worship services; all children, youth, and adult activities; and all groups that meet at Bethlehem.   

Please trust that this is not a fearful decision, but rather good stewardship of life, love and the gospel, and it stems from a commitment to do our part to love and help protect people, especially the most vulnerable in our communities. 

As a community of faith, we will continue to live into this time by seeking guidance from such entities as the CDC, Northwestern Minnesota Synod, and other leaders within our community and state.  

We will also continue to live into this time by loving, praying, and caring for one another while practicing physical distancing. How this will take shape over the days and weeks ahead will unfold gradually as this is unchartered territory for all of us. We are in the process of considering what will work best in our context while experimenting with different communication and video modalities that will keep us spiritually and relationally connected in a variety of ways — so stay tuned! 

Please pray with me, “O God, where hearts are fearful and constricted, grant courage and hope. Where anxiety is infectious and widening, grant peace and reassurance. Where impossibilities close every door and window, grant imagination and resistance. Where distrust twists our thinking, grant healing and illumination. Where spirits are daunted and weakened, grant soaring wings and strengthened dreams. All these things we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.”  [from Evangelical Lutheran Worship Additional Prayers] 

Together, we’ll get through this, knowing that along the way God’s abiding presence will continue to reveal grace-filled blessings on the journey. 

God’s peace to you,

~ Pastor Laurie, Bethlehem Staff & Council