Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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

As brothers and sisters in Christ, we take our commitment to love and care for our neighbors seriously — so this decision continues to be made from a heart of compassion and sense of call to do our part to love and help protect people, especially those among us near and far who are most vulnerable. With this in mind, we also remain committed to serving the Lord and each other in all the ways we can for as many people as we can —  so please consider a special gift and/or continue to be faithful financial stewards in support of Bethlehem’s local ministries and extended outreach. Click on the “GIVING” tab above and “Other Needs” to access mailing address and/or how you can set up a one-time gift or regular giving on-line through automatic withdrawal.

Know that as we continue to live into this time of the Covid-19 Pandemic together, we will be seeking ongoing guidance from our Northwestern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA, who is faithfully responding to guidelines provided by the CDC, President Trump’s White House, and Governor Walz —  as well as local community and public healthcare leaders — on our behalf.

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] 

God’s Peace,

~ Pastor Laurie, Bethlehem Staff & Council