Join us at the Downtown Campus (or online) for worship services, classes, events, and Bible studies in this Fall 2020 season.
Downtown Campus Worship Services
Sundays, 9am & 11am
We continue to ask for RSVPs to attend in-person worship services. Registration opens on Wednesdays prior to the coming Sunday’s services. The service available on livestream at 9am on Sundays.
Spanish Translation of Worship Service
Spanish translation is offered for those attending the in-person 9am worship service. Headsets are available at the Welcome Desk. Beginning September 13, Spanish translation livestream will be available on Sundays at 9am.
Sundays, 8–8:30am, Downtown Campus, Room 112
Gather to pray for the upcoming worship services and for the various needs of our church, community, nation, and world. All are welcome to join us.
Beginning Sunday, September 13, limited nursery care will be offered at the 9am worship services for children 1–3 years old. You can fill out registration for nursery along with worship service registration, which opens on Wednesdays prior to the coming Sunday’s services.
Children’s Sunday School Update
For the Fall semester, children’s Sunday School classes will not be offered. Elders and ministry leaders will consider the COVID-19 situation as the next semester approaches. Pastor Bud Burk designed a new Children’s Worship Folder (PDF) with guides for listening, learning, and talking about the sermon. Various supports for parents (see details below) and some online resources are in development.
King’s Friends (55+ years)
Room 114 (beginning Sept 13) & on Zoom
Adults in mid-life and beyond (ages 55+) gather to celebrate God’s word, pray, hear about missions, and seek to finish well. The class is currently in a series called “Mysteries of the Faith.” This class meets year-round, even on holiday weekends. Register here for the in-person class. If you cannot attend in person, contact one of the leaders for the Zoom link to join online. Leaders/Contacts: Mark & Connie Evans (612-702-4871), Keith Anderson (612-751-1446)
Old Testament Survey I
Sundays, Sept 13–Dec 13
11am–12:30pm, Room 307
Although Jesus never read the book of Romans, the letters to the Corinthians, or the book of Revelation, he did know what we refer to as the Old Testament. And this Scripture revealed Jesus. The goal of the class is to familiarize ourselves with the theme of each individual book of the Old Testament, as well as the overall message of Scripture. This two-semester class will require two textbooks in addition to the Bible. A student workbook is available for download. Register here. Leader: Rod Takata
Sundays, Sept 13–Dec 13
11am–12:30pm, Room 305
This class is a survey of systematic theology working through John M. Frame's Salvation Belongs to the Lord: An Introduction to Systematic Theology, with the goal of better understanding the whole witness of Scripture. Register here. Leader: Seth Porch
This class will meet occasionally outdoors this Fall for multiethnic fellowship, teaching, outreach, and discipleship. For more information, contact Simon Yeh.
Tuesdays, Sept 15–Dec 8
11:30am–1pm, in person & on Zoom
Men and women from all campuses are invited to GriefShare, a 13-week program to help walk through the grief of a loved one’s recent passing. Cost: $15 (for workbook). RSVP required; see details. Contact: Keith Anderson
Men’s & Women’s Bible study: 2 Peter
Tuesdays, Sept 15–Oct 27
6:30–8:30pm, Room 114
The apostle Peter’s last letter helps us make sense of our fast-changing world and gives us overcoming hope for thriving in it. This in-person Bible study includes a workbook for homework, group discussion, and a live lecture. Register. Contact: Mark Evans, 612-702-4871
Gathering for Single Moms
Fridays, 8–9:30pm, on Zoom
Single moms are invited to connect online for a devotional, fellowship, encouragement, and prayer. Leaders: Haven Stephens, Cynthia McGill (both single moms with grown children). Contact Haven Stephens for Zoom session details.
2nd & 4th Mondays each month
3–5pm, on Zoom
Employment Transitions is for those in a season of employment change. We meet online twice a month to encourage and equip men & women to display God’s glory and find joy in the midst of significant change. All ages are
welcome! RSVP to Don Hoffert for Zoom session details.
Prayer for Prodigals
Fourth Monday of Each Month, 7–8:15pm
Downtown Campus, Room 111
Parents are invited to gather each month to pray for their prodigal children. If you have an adult prodigal, or a younger child who appears to be walking down that road, we would love to have you join us for prayer.
‘Beholding and Being Transformed’ Prayer & Worship
Third Friday of each month, 7–8:30pm
Based on 2 Corinthians 3:18, our desire is that we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, would be transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. At this gathering, we desire to savor God’s presence through the exercise of the gifts of the Spirit among us, his people. If you would value an open time of worship and prayer ministry to enjoy God and being with him, please join us. For more information and our meeting location, contact Timothée Davi.
Baptism Class (Virtual)
Wednesday, Sept 30
8–9pm, Zoom meeting
At Bethlehem, we want to help every follower of Jesus to obey his command in the amazing symbol of baptism. This class will help address questions about baptism and prepare men and women for this step in following Christ. Register.
Saturday, Sept 26
9am–1pm, Island Lake Park Shelter in Shoreview
We invite you to attend a Membership Class to begin connecting with others where you plan to worship and serve. This class provides an informal setting to learn what the pastoral staff, church, and Baptists in general believe on various topics—as well as opportunities to connect with others at Bethlehem. Register.
Membership Class (Virtual)
Tuesdays, Oct 20 & 27
7–9:15pm, Zoom meeting
See description above, and join this class online. Register.
First & third Tuesday of each month
Sept 15, 2020–May 4, 2021, 9:30–11:30am
Downtown Campus, Main Hall
Mothers of all ages and stages in life, come experience fellowship and growth as we encourage one another this year from our theme: “Steadfast” (Psalm 89:1). Learn more & register.
Women’s Bible Study
God of Covenant: A Study of Genesis 12–50 (by Jen Wilkin)
Wednesdays, Sept 16–Nov 18
Join us as we tune in over Zoom for live teaching and breakout discussion groups. There is no cost to attend; the regular $5 class fee has been waived for this season. Women are responsible to purchase their own books and will receive a link in their confirmation email after registering. Learn more & register. Contact: Gretchen Spencer
Second & Fourth Tuesdays, Sept–Nov & Jan–May
Downtown Campus, Main Hall
White Cross is a group of women who enjoy Christian fellowship and like working with their hands ... even for those who don’t sew! Projects include assembling quilts for new babies, sewing items for Bethlehem’s choir and nursery, making book bags, and other items.
Worship Service Resource for Children
Access the new Children’s Worship Folder (PDF) with guides for listening, learning, and talking about the sermon.
Parenting With Words of Grace
Thursdays, Sept 10, 17, 24, and Oct 1
7–8pm, Google Hangouts
“Parenting With Words of Grace” is a Google Hangouts gathering hosted by Pastor Bud & Lisa Burk, including reading, conversation, and prayer. It will cap at 20 participants, and an RSVP is required. Contact Nina Mariani to RSVP.
Men Who Hope and Keep Hoping
Saturday, Sept 26, 9–11am, Main Hall
This gathering led by Pastor Bud Burk for Downtown Campus fathers, grandfathers, and husbands aspiring to be fathers, casts vision for their leadership in the home. This gathering is about keeping that vision alive through hope-filled leadership. Speakers: David Appell, Pastor Chuck Steddom. Register.
Note: Save the date for our next gathering, Nov 21, with Pastor John Piper on reading God’s word.
Parenting by Way of Vision
Sunday, September 27, 11am–Noon, online
Parenting by Way of Vision is a Google Hangouts event designed to establish the goal or aim for a parent’s work with their children, and at the same time prepare those specific parents who will dedicate their children in the worship service. This gathering is for all parents, for those who are well down the road, and for those just starting. Contact: Nina Mariani
Father/Daughter Retreat 2020
Oct 3–4, Lake Geneva Christian Camp
The Downtown Campus Father/Daughter retreat is for fathers and their daughters in Grades 3–5. This Fall, the retreat has the theme of “Father’s Daughters,” as we will see in Scripture the demonstration of the Father’s love for three of his daughters through his Son’s mercy. The Father/Daughter Retreat is an opportunity to pull away from the good responsibility of normal family life to show love to your daughter in a distinct way, like taking her on a very special date. Join us for worship, prayer, time with God in his word and camp activities. Register.