This Week at Bethlehem

Pastoral Musings

As I write, the yummy smell of lesfa wafts up from the church kitchen downstairs. This is just a tiny hint at the wonderful pies, chili and baked goods awaiting us on Saturday. Freshly baked food is also a lovely reminder of the homey community that is church.

21st Sunday after Pentecost

The rich man who comes to ask Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life is a good man, sincere in his asking. Mark’s gospel is alone in saying that Jesus looked on him and loved him. Out of love, not as judgment, Jesus offers him an open door to life: sell all you own and give it to the poor. Our culture bombards us with the message that we will find life by consuming. Our assemblies counter this message with the invitation to find life by divesting for the sake of the other.

Readings and Psalm

Amos 5:6-7, 10-15 Turn from injustice to the poor, that you may live
Psalm 90:12-17 So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom. (Ps. 90:12)
Hebrews 4:12-16 Approach the throne of grace with boldness
Mark 10:17-31 Teaching on wealth and reward

ELW Holy Communion Setting Eight


God of Grace and God of Glory (ELW 705)
Seek Ye First (WOV 783)
We Come to the Hungry Feast (ELW 479)
What a Friend We Have in Jesus (ELW 742)
We Are Called (ELW 720)

Worship Leaders (10:30a Service)

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We pray for
Connie Butcher,
Gwen McClanahan,
Kathrine Broderson, Marjorie Engum, Arnie Uecker, Cindy Bye, Gayle Breding, Rosalind Bulger, Linda Clark, Lynn Bulger, and for the following friends of the congregation Shellie's daughter, Daphnie Gallagher; Lynn's Sister, Faith Sperry; Mick's sister, Jean Edwards; Marlys' brother and his wife, JD & Verona Sundseth; Rosalind's Brother & Sister-in-law, Marlin & Karen Reeck; Marlys' brother, Doug Sundseth; Catherine Card's husband, Eric Halverson; Connie's daughter in law, Shelley Ruff; Chuck & Joyce's great grandsons, Wesley & James; Jessie's extended family member, Liz; Gayle's friend, Lennie Haugh; Jessie's sister, Phyllis; Former Member, Freda Ann Whitcomb;
Jason; Ruth; and Crystal West;

In our prayers around the Montana Synod, we lift up Messiah Lutheran in Red Lodge, Nathanael Lutheran and Faith Lutheran in Reserve. Among the 65 synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we lift up the Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod and the Bishop’s Convocation.

In our prayers around the world, we lift up Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. We give thanks for indigenous and other groups who have resisted injustice and human rights violations and
church leaders who have spoken out and acted on behalf of the poor and marginalized. We pray for comfort and healing for the families and loved ones of those who have been killed or disappeared, and for those responsible to be brought to justice and also for an end to corruption, drug traffic, and violence, and stopping those who profit from such activities.


General Fund by Week of the Year

Contact: Pr Jean
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Since we began sharing this chart in early July, our overall contributions each are closer to the $2,000 per week goal. That's something to celebrate! We also need to be mindful that if we meet this weekly goal from now till the end of the year, we will have about $8,000 more expenses than money. It may be that some of these expenses have been covered by in-kind donations, but it's hard to tell.


Contact: Pastor.Jean
 Our community and our education wing appear to be ready for a refresh of our interior space. Slowly, over the next few months we’ll move my office to the more central location opposite the parking lot entrance to the church, transform the smallest room into a multi-media space, move the older elementary classroom to my current office and create a meeting space in that room. Downstairs, we’ll set-up a cry-room/toddler space in the fellowship hall. The advantage here is that parents will still be able to hear and see the service and will not have to cross the sanctuary to reach it. The current plan is to repurpose the puppet wall and the credenza in the older elementary classroom to create a half wall enclosure so parents don’t have to chase little ones around the whole of the fellowship hall. We’ll still have the pray-ground in the sanctuary and the sounds of childhood will still be celebrated during services.

Trunk or Treat - Saturday, Oct 27th

Contact: Jessie H.

Join us for trunk or treating in the Bethlehem parking lot! Sign up with Jessie if you are willing to decorate your vehicle for this year's event. We are also accepting donations of individually wrapped candy or other treats to pass out.

Free for kids of all ages. Please share the word!

Special Offering October is Washington Elementary School

Contact: Lynn.Bulger

Items most in demand are: small individually wrapped candy or treats (ie lollipops, tootsie rolls, life savers, etc.) This year, the school is focusing on attendance and are giving each student in classes with perfect attendance a small individually wrapped candy or treat. Please place items in the marked collection box. Or you can donate money (be sure to mark it on your offering envelope) and we can use that to purchase the items needed! Thank you!



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Congregational Council Meeting
The regularly scheduled council meeting will be postponed.  A new date/time will be announced.

Youth Faith Formation (Confirmation)

Echo the Story, Session 5: Commands Exodus 19–20; 24–25; 31–32; 34; 40


Central / Terry Park Neighborhood Task Force
All day

Evening Worship 5:30 pm
All day

22nd Sunday after Pentecost

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