Worship With Us

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 and Pastor Andrew Noble present valuable sermons and life lessons.

Sunday Worship: 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Children’s Sunday School (age 3 – 5th grade): 9:30 a.m. in the worship area
Youth and Adult Education (6th grade and up): 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

Navigating the “Holiday” Season Minefields

Will anybody read this, I wonder? It seems we’re bombarded with advice, tips, insights, suggestions, and exhortations about how we’re “supposed to” think or act or use our time during the “holiday” season. Is this going to be yet another one of those?

Maybe. I’ll let you decide.

I’m just trying to write a few words to you as your pastor as we slip into a month that is totally different than the other eleven.

The world calls it “the holiday season.” The church, or at least part of the church, calls it “The Season of Advent.”

Is it just a matter of semantics? I don’t think so.

The annual challenge, it seems to me, is this: How do I find (or keep in touch with) Jesus amidst the “clutter” of this season?

I see three big categories we need to sort through as we seek to get to the end of the month in one (spiritually intact) piece.

We need to navigate our way through these: First, our own life story and personal circumstances, responsibilities, and expectations. Second, the “cultural package” that comes with December, including the commercialism, the busyness, the extra “stuff” that needs attending to. Third, is the actual Bible story we all love and cherish.

Navigating this minefield is not an easy task. I see more stress-filled faces in December than in all the other months combined.

As in all of life, the challenge is “to keep the main thing the main thing,” as someone has said. That’s not easy. It’s a battle. It’s so easy to be side-tracked and overwhelmed.

I believe all we can do is try our best to keep our eyes on the gift this season is all about: a loving God sending His precious Son into our broken world that we might know Him forever.

What I’ve found helpful is carving out tiny pockets of quiet (even a few minutes each day) to settle my heart, to feed my soul, to “recalibrate” my outlook, and, most importantly, to revisit the original story.

Sounds simple, I know, but it’s not easy. The wonderful truth is that God is always waiting to meet with us, to let us know He’s with us in the midst of the chaos. And that’s a really good thing. Blessed Advent to you!

Pastor Mark