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With the universal Christian Church, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God's Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.

Worship Schedule

We invite all to worship with us at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and to listen to the word of God as Pastor Mark Bertermann presents valuable sermons and life lessons.

Sunday Worship: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Children’s Ministries (pre-K – 5th): 9:30 a.m. worship area
Confirmation (6th – 8th): 9:40 a.m.
High School (9th – 12th): 9:40 a.m.
Adult Education: 9:40 a.m.

Walking Together at Bethlehem Lutheran

The word "synod" in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod comes from the Greek words that mean "walking together." It has rich meaning in our church body, because the congregations voluntarily choose to belong to the Synod. Diverse in their service, these congregations hold to a shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions.

Thoughts from Pastor Mark

“L”

I saw my first one while waiting to cross an intersection on a London corner. It was a young man on a motor scooter with a large red letter “L” on a white background on the front of his scooter. Then I began to notice more and more of them.

So I wondered: what’s with the “L” on the motor scooters?

What I found out was very interesting: the “L” stands for “Learner,” and the motor scooter drivers were seeking to master the London street system. If you’ve been there or ever looked at a London street map, you’ve noticed it looks a lot more like a plate of spaghetti than a checkerboard.

The drivers were seeking to master what’s called “The Knowledge.” That quest entails learning 320 routes, about 25,000(!) streets (including lots of one-way streets and dead ends) and 20,000(!) landmarks (pubs, museums, parks, monuments, railway stations, hospitals, schools, government buildings, cemeteries, churches, theaters, and more).

It usually takes 3-5 years to get ready to pass the battery of exams. It’s not unusual for the drivers to drive 10,000 miles to prepare themselves. Studies have shown that this strenuous learning process actually alters the brains of the ones who eventually pass. The exam process has been called the hardest geography test in the world.

When I asked a cab driver how it worked to have all this in his head, he said something like, “I hear the street name (if it’s a rare one), wait a couple of seconds, and then just ‘see’ it in my head, including the best way to get there.” Interesting, isn’t it?

So, why do I bring this up?

We all have to “navigate” our way through life. The longer I live, the more complex it seems the journey is. I find the task of “learning” is an unending one. I’m committed to be a “lifelong learner,” and I hope that’s your desire, as well.

We invite you to read Pastor Mark's message in full

In His loving arms,

Pastor Mark