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Updated Thursday, May 26, 2022

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See also the Downtown Summer 2022 page for summer scheduling.

Prayer for Our Nation’s Pre-Born
Friday mornings through June 24, 10–11am, Prayer Room
Join in prayer each Friday with others who share a burden for the pre-born during this critical time as we await the results of the Supreme Court decision on Dobbs vs. Jackson Health.

‘Beholding and Being Transformed’ Prayer & Worship
Friday, May 27, 7pm, Room 112
Gather with us as we, with expectation, set aside unhurried time for beholding the glory of God as we worship in spirit and truth. 

Wednesdays at Wabun
Wednesdays, June 1 – Aug 17, 5:30–8pm
Wabun Picnic Area C (Minnehaha Park)
Come to Wabun Park (Picnic Area C) on Wednesday evenings for a time to fellowship and worship. We’ll provide burgers, hotdogs, and drinks for everyone, and encourage you to bring a dish or dessert to pass. Bring your own blanket or chair, and get to know others from the Downtown Campus!

Psalm 66:16
Fathers & Sons and Mothers & Daughters Gatherings
Sunday, June 5, 10:45am–Noon, Third Floor
Men and women, respectively, will tell stories of God’s grace in their lives while using visual aids as they talk about things they like to do. Children will observe down-to-earth role models who know and love Jesus. (Please register for planning purposes.)

Send-Off Open House for the Poteats
Sunday, June 5, 12:30–2:30pm, Main Hall
After 19 years of life & ministry in the Twin Cities, June 5 will be the last Sunday the Poteat family will be with us at Bethlehem before they move to Ohio for a new chapter in their leadership roles with the Midwest Network of Campus Outreach. We will be commissioning and blessing these dear friends, Paul & Samm and their daughters, Maddux and Sophie, during our 9am & 11am worship services. Following the 11am service, you are invited to a Send-Off Open House for the Poteats.

Monthly CityJoy Newsletter
See the May 2022 CityJoy newsletter.

Events of the Week

Looking Ahead

Ministry Opportunities

Serve at Wednesdays at Wabun
Pastor Chuck Steddom would love to have several at Downtown Bethlehem be a part of his Team Wabun and minister through setup, teardown and grilling. If you’re interested in this summer ministry opportunity, contact Pastor Chuck.

Serve at the Salem Arts Exchange
CityJoy’s Immigrant Ministries is recruiting volunteers with experience in sewing, quilting and/or crocheting to assist with several summer classes being offered at Salem Arts Exchange, a sewing-artisan outreach ministry of Arrive Ministries. Pop-ups are an environment for creativity, conversation, and outreach to the refugee and immigrant neighbors right in the heart of the Phillips neighborhood. For details, contact Christine Chow at 612-470-6196.

Assist Our Global Partners 
Global Partners Craig & Tracy Sorley are seeking to purchase a used vehicle. Please contact Krista Smith if you could bless these global partners in this way.

Deacon Ministry Team Support
If you are skilled in any of the following areas and would like to help meet these needs at the Downtown Campus, please contact Nina Mariani

  • Plumbing
  • Small construction 
  • Auto repairs
  • Technological assistance
  • Tax help
  • Legal help

2022 Short-Term Ministry Trips
After a COVID-imposed hiatus, Bethlehem short-term ministry teams are again being formed! 

Ukraine Relief 
We continue to support ministry partners in Ukraine through Bethlehem’s Global Diaconate. See details from Pastor Brad Nelson on the Updates Blog about giving to Ukraine Relief through these ministry partners. Give here.

Memory Verse

My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mothers teaching. Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck.—Proverbs 6:20–21

Contributions (All CHURCH)

May 22:       $150,086
Budget:       $150,000
Last Year:   $130,195

2022 YTD     $2,865,169
2022 Budget  $3,410,000
2021 YTD     $3,408,389

ConNECT With Us

  • Join us Sunday at 9am & 11am for a corporate worship service, as together we proclaim that Jesus is Lord. Elder Darin Brink will continue our sermon series on Colossians, preaching from Colossians 4:7–18. If you missed a previous sermon, you can catch up on the Sermons page or in the Bethlehem App.

  • If you are unable to join us in person, you can view a livestream of the 9am service on our Downtown Campus LIVE Content page or on our YouTube channel. Be sure to “check in” with us when you view the livestream. Simply text DOWNTOWN to 612-223-7432. This helps us know you’re viewing and staying connected.

  • Remember to make use of the Bethlehem App, which you can use to check in and to see the Order of Worship, upcoming events, and opportunities to serve.

  • If you haven’t already, please subscribe to our Downtown Pastor Update email.