This Week at Bethlehem

Pastoral Musings

Pr. Jean will be presiding at worship Saturday evening and Sunday morning. We also have a special guest preacher. The Rev Linda Webster, from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church on the Rocky Boy Reservation will be here to share some insights on their ministry.

13th Holy Day after Pentecost

Wisdom prepares a feast, sets her table, and invites all to come and eat her bread and drink her wine. The first chapter of John’s gospel owes much to the biblical tradition that imagined Wisdom as existing before anything was created and having a role in the work of creation. Christ, the wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:24), today invites us to eat his flesh and drink his blood. John’s gospel includes no account of the institution of the Lord’s supper, but here we can't help hearing Jesus’ words as an invitation to the meal of bread and wine we share.

Service Setting

ELW Holy Communion Setting 10

Readings and Psalm

Proverbs 9:1-6 Invited to dine at wisdom’s feast
Psalm 34:9-14 Those who seek the Lord lack nothing that is good. (Ps. 34:10)
Ephesians 5:15-20 Filled with the Spirit, sing thanks to God
John 6:51-58 Christ the true food and drink


Gather Us In (ELW 532)
Now the Silence (ELW 460, sung twice)
Let Us Break Bread Together (ELW 471)
Praise and Thanksgiving (ELW 689)
In Thee Is Gladness (ELW 867)

Worship Leaders

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We pray for Connie Butcher, Don Bulger, Gwen McClanahan, Kathrine Broderson, Marjorie Engum, Arnie Uecker, Lyle Severence, Cindy Bye, Gayle Breding, 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; Lyle & Norma's great-grandson, Sean B.; Barb & Ernie's friends, Betty & Bernard; Recent Visitors, Dalyn & Ken; Jessie's extended family member, Liz; Gayle's friend, Lennie Haugh; Jason; Ruth; and Crystal West. We pray also for Gwen's family who are mourning the death of her son Roger Dick and for Pr Jean's extended family as they mourn the sudden and unexpected death of her nieces' father, John Sewell.

In our prayers around the Montana Synod, we lift up Loring Lutheran, Loring and our Synod Chaplains: Rev. Karl Guhn, Rev. Jan Witman, Rev. Elisabeth Daniels, Rev. Joan Erickson, Rev. Chuck Sider, LPA Kristin LaVe, Rev. Marcia Muir, Rev. Elizabeth Liggett (St. John’s Lutheran Ministries, Billings)
Deacon Nancy Wittgren, St. Patrick’s Hospital, Missoula, LPA Tracy Tobel (Crossings, Laurel)
Rev. Larry Stappler (Immanuel Lutheran Corporation, Kalispell) Rev. James Johnson (U.S. Navy)
Rev. Steve Rice (Veteran Affairs, Miles City)
Rev. Marlow Carrels (Army National Guard)
Rev. Jayson Nicholson (Naval Reserve). Among the 65 synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we lift up the Northwestern Ohio Synod.

In our prayers around the world, we lift up Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger. We are thankful for the heritage of ancient trade routes, rich oral traditions and nomadic practices of people in the lands these countries now occupy and for humanitarian work to improve food security and livelihoods, especially for women. We pray for those impoverished who lack basic needs and rights, that these will be met and for desperate children and others who turn to crime or begging or become enslaved.


Christikon Congregational Retreat - Sign-Up

Contact: Pr Jean

We've reserved the weekend of September 7,8,9th to enjoy time together in the beautiful mountain setting of Christikon.
So far, seventeen individuals have signed up. There's room for you!

If you would like to attend, even if circumstance gets in the way, please sign up on the clipboard in the narthex, or contact Pr. Jean. Once we have an idea of who is interested, we can work out the details.

Rocky Boy

Contact: Pr Jean

Our benevolence for September will help support the mission of Our Savior's Lutheran Church on the Rocky Boy reservation. Pr. Linda Webster will be joining us on August 18th and 19th to talk about their ministry.

Welcome New Members

Contact: Pr Jean

If you are interested in becoming a member at Bethlehem, please join us for two Wednesday evenings, August 22nd and 29th, 6:00 - 7:30 pm to learn more about who we are, what we do, and what membership means.
If Wednesday evenings don't work for your schedule, don't worry, we'll have Sunday morning sessions too. August 19th and 26th, 9:30 - 10:30 am.

General Fund by Week of the Year

Contact: Pr Jean

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I made some minor changes to the chart in the hope of making it easier to see. Instead of going out to the end of the year it only goes four weeks beyond the most recent Sunday.

Kid's Stuff Give-a-way

Contact: Sharon K.

We need your donations of children's clothes (all sizes) and boxes of cereal for the Kids Stuff Give-a-way that is taking place on Saturday, August 18th, 2018 from 9 am to 1 pm.

Clothes should be washed and in good-condition. Underwear and socks should be un-used/new. Also consider bringing shoes and toys. Clothes are being stored in the old Family Promise area's window-less room. Cereal can be dropped off on the table by the lockers in the old FP area.

Thank you for contributing to this great Outreach event! Contact Sharon King with any questions and if you are able to help set-up and/or work the event.

Youth Group - Saturday, August 25th

Contact: Casey A.
Youth Group

Is there a better place to watch “The Lion King” movie than outside at Zoo Montana? Youth Group will meet at 7:00pm at church for pizza and then head over to see the movie at the zoo. Reminder: Youth group is open to anyone young of age or young at heart. The more the merrier!

Support the St. John’s Mission as a Vigil Volunteer.

Contact: Pastor.Jean

Offer a comforting presence to a dying elder. Come to our upcoming training.
St. John’s Lutheran Ministries
Vigil Volunteer Training
August 17, 2018 from 10:00am-12:00pm
Lillis Center (Conference Room)
2429 Mission Way
Billings, MT 59102
Lunch will be provided.
To Register:
Email pastoralcare at sjlm.org or call 406-655-5600 and ask for Pastoral Care

Potluck with Cake for Andrew Smith

Contact: Lynn.Bulger

Join us for a Lutheran send-off for our LPA Andrew...a potluck with cake! Andrew's last Sunday with us before he moves to Minnesota will be this Sunday. Bring a dish to share, if you are able, and let us wish him well! Sunday, August 19th @ 11:35 am.


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