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Downtown Summer 2021

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Downtown Summer Highlights

Sunday Worship Services
 Sundays, 9am & 11am
Downtown Campus
This summer, gather for worship on Sundays at 9am & 11am. No pre-registration is required. Social-distanced/masked seating is available in Room 111 at 9am. Livestream is available at 9am at bethlehem.church/LiveDowntown.

Downtown Campus Wednesdays in the Park
Wednesday, June 16, 6:30–8pm, Elliot Park (see event details)
Wednesday, July 28 (with Global Partners), time & location to come
Additional dates to be announced
This summer we are planning a few Wednesday “park evenings” for you to gather, fellowship, and hear a brief talk about aspects of being a downtown church. Bring your own blanket, chairs, picnic meal, and get to know others from your campus. Come join us! 

Downtown Campus Bike Ride & Fellowship
Saturday, June 19, 10am–Noon
Wabun Picnic Area, Minneapolis
(4655 46th Ave S, Minneapolis 55406)
Join your Downtown Campus family to enjoy a morning of outdoor fellowship biking together. We will meet at the Wabun Picnic Area at 10am and bike along the river from there. There are various routes for different ability levels: 5 miles, 10 miles, and 20 miles. We’ll end back at Wabun around Noon. For anyone who wants to come for fellowship but not bike, the park has a play area and picnic tables to enjoy. Please bring your own bike, a water bottle, and a picnic lunch. All ages are welcome! To ask questions, to RSVP, or to volunteer, contact Charles Kim (612-716-0155). (RSVPs are helpful but not necessary to participate, so please do come even if you haven't had a chance to reply!)

Regional Meetups
On various dates this summer, meetup with Downtown Campus people in your metro area. Feel free to invite anyone else who is interested! We’ll gather to eat, talk, play, and share fellowship. Come connect or reconnect with one another, savor this season, and grow in loving & knowing Jesus Christ as a church family.

Downtown Campus Quarterly Strategy Meeting
 Sunday, July 11, 5–7pm
Members, gather for campus-specific ministry updates. Agenda details to come.

Women’s Ministry 

Downtown Women’s Summer Bible Study
Steadfast: A Bible Study on the Book of James 
Women, join us on Wednesdays this summer to study the book of James with messages by The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference 2021. Various dates, times & locations ....

  •  Wednesdays, June 9–July 21 (no study July 7), 10am–Noon 
  • Wednesdays, June 9–July 14, 10–11:15am, Wabun Park 
  • Wednesdays, June 9–July 14, 7–8:30pm, Online on Zoom

Register at bethlehem.church/WomensBibleStudy. Contact: Cynthia McGill (612-338-7653 x437)

Virtual Gathering for Single Mothers
Fridays, 8–9:30pm
Online on Zoom
Single moms, come join us over Zoom for fellowship and encouragement on Friday evenings at 8pm. Cynthia McGill, a single mom and grandmother, will share some encouragement and a short devotion for part of the time. The rest of the time will be to connect with each other and pray. Contact Cynthia McGill for the Zoom link.

Parenting & Family Discipleship

Pathway of Hope 
Thursdays, June 10–July 1, 8–8:45pm
Google Hangouts Online
This gathering on Google Hangouts is hosted by Pastor Bud & Lisa Burk and is especially designed for young parents. The aim is to talk and pray through key elements of parenting life with the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ encouraging us along the way. The session will cap at 20 participants and an RSVP is required. A devotional booklet will be provided in advance. To RSVP, contact Pastor Bud.

Men’s Gathering
Men Who Listen and Keep Listening
 Saturday, June 12, 9–10:15am
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 particular gathering is our eighth in a series that emphasizes keeping that vision alive through listening to stories of grace told by men for the strengthening of our faith. Men who speak the Name of Jesus Christ, who sing with gratitude to God, who starve the flesh by feeding the heart on the Bread of Life, who hope through adversity, who read God’s Word, who pray, who look out beyond their borders to the peoples of the world, and who listen to one another tell stories of God’s grace in their lives for the strengthening of their faith are a blessing to their households. Pastors Tom Steller and Bud Burk will be our speakers for this event. Register.

Adult Classes & Connection

Membership Class
 Saturday, June 12, 9am–1pm
Come to this class to learn more about Bethlehem’s beliefs and values. Participants will be able to take next steps toward becoming a member of the church. Learn more and register at bethlehem.church/membership.

Baptism Class
Wednesday, June 23, 8–9pm
Online on Zoom
Baptism is a visible symbol of God’s saving work within a person. It is the outward sign of belonging to the people of God—those who have repented and put their faith in Jesus Christ. This class will help answer your questions about baptism and prepare you for this step in following Christ. Register at bethlehem.church/baptism.

Sunday School Class
King’s Friends
 Sundays, 11am–Noon
Room 111 & on Zoom
Adults in mid-life and beyond gather (in person or online) to be taught and apply God’s word to their lives, to share and pray, and to hear from global partners once each month. We meet in Room 114 at the Downtown Campus, and for those who cannot join us in person, a Zoom option is available. Contact Tom Youngquist or Mark Evans with questions and for the Zoom meeting details.

Bethlehem Somali Ministry Network Meeting
 Saturdays; June 19, July 17 & Aug 21; 9:30–11:30am
Room 111 (on Aug 21, Room 205)
Gather with others at Bethlehem who are loving their Somali neighbors, co-workers and friends to pray together and receive cultural coaching and encouragement as you share the love of Christ. 

Prayer Opportunities

Prayer for Gospel Advancement
Mondays, 7–7:30am
Downtown Campus, Commons
All are welcome to meet weekly to pray for gospel advancement among the nations. Please reach out to David Stabley if you plan to be a part of these weekly prayer meetings so that you can be included in future communication.

‘Beholding and Being Transformed’ Prayer & Worship
 Fridays; June 18, July 16 & Aug 20; 7–8:30am
Room 111 (on Aug 20, Room 205)
Based on 2 Corinthians 3:18, our desire is that we all, with unveiled faces, beholding the glory of the Lord, would be transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. We believe this comes and will always come from the Lord who is the Spirit. We gather thus with expectation, setting aside unhurried time for beholding the glory of God as we worship in spirit and truth. There is no agenda other than learning as Christ’s body to lean into the Presence of our Father with the help of the Holy Spirit. To RSVP, contact Timothée Davi.

All-Church Early Morning Prayer
 Fridays, 6:30–7am
Downtown Campus, Commons (location on July 2 TBD due to carpet installation)
Everyone is welcome to gather for prayer each Friday morning. For those unable to gather in person at this time, a Zoom option is being made available. If you are interested in joining via Zoom, contact Keith Anderson for details. 

Pre-Service Prayer
 Sundays, 8–8:30am
Room 112
All are welcome to gather for 30 minutes of prayer as we ask for God’s grace and mercy prior to the Sunday worship services.

Youth

Park Nights & Summer Gatherings
Students in Grades 6–12 are invited to various gatherings through the summer to enjoy fellowship, hear from God’s Word, and stay in touch. For details, follow the Youth email updates from Caleb Ziegler or contact Caleb at .

Downtown & South Jr High Summer Camp
Sunday–Friday, June 20–25
Camp Victory, Zumbro Falls, MN
Downtown and South Campus students entering grades 7–9 in the Fall are invited to come to Summer Camp. Pastor Daniel Viezbicke is our speaker this year. Pray that the teaching, mentoring, and fellowship would be fruit-bearing among our youth! Registration closed May 31.

Worldview Institute With Worldview Academy
 Tuesday–Friday, July 6–9
Bethlehem College & Seminary is hosting a Worldview Institute at the Downtown Campus for students ages 12–18. Worldview Institutes are day camps hosted in partnership with local churches and communities that allow students to experience a slightly modified Worldview Academy camp experience but in a day camp format, enabling them to sleep in their own bed at night. For those who are interested in Worldview Academy but cannot or are hesitant to attend a week-long residential camp, a Worldview Institute would be a perfect way for them to participate. Worldview Academy is a non-denominational organization dedicated to helping Christians to think and to live in accord with a biblical worldview so that they will serve Christ and lead the culture. Learn more and register at worldview.org.

Serve

Sunday Nursery Caregivers
With the lifting of registration and social distancing for worship services, we anticipate a higher attendance in our nurseries on Sundays. Additional caregivers will be needed to help serve the families with young children who come to worship. Would you consider joining our team? Volunteers serve on a monthly basis (or more frequently, depending on availability). For details, contact Lisa Burk.

All-Church Highlights

Night of Worship With the South Campus Choir
 Sunday, June 13
6–7:30pm

All are warmly invited to gather with the South Campus for an evening of worship with Pastor Chuck Steddom and the South Campus Choir. Come hear the choir, worship with us in song, and give thanks to God for Pastor Chuck’s faithful ministry as he and Carol transition to the Downtown Campus and Chuck’s role as Pastor for Worship & Ministry Development, Downtown. A reception to honor Pastor Chuck & Carol will follow the worship service. Join us in giving thanks to God for their ministry!

Disaster Response Team Meeting 
 Thursday, June 24
7–9pm, 
Commons
We are eager to expand and strengthen Bethlehem's Disaster Response Team so that men and women are prepared to go and help meet physical and spiritual needs among people who have experienced a natural disaster or traumatic event. Would you join us? Learn more by reading Pastor Brad Nelson’s update on the Pastors Blog

All-Church Quarterly Strategy Meeting
   Sunday, July 18
5–7pm

Members, gather at your campus for all-church ministry updates. Registration and agenda details to come at bethlehem.church/qsm.

Virtual Barnabas Team Enrichment
Monday, Aug 16, 7–8:30pm
Online on Zoom
Join Pastor David Livingston and several of our global partners at this quarterly Barnabas Team Enrichment meeting. The topic will be “Trends in Missions.” Registration to come.

1960s Bethlehem Youth Group Reunion
 Thursday, Aug 19, Noon–3pm
Third Floor
Watch for details to come as we celebrate a “150th Anniversary” Reunion of our 1960s Graduation Sunday School Class. 

Bethlehem’s 150th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, August 22
6–8pm
Grace Church, 9301 Eden Prairie Rd, Eden Prairie, MN 55347
We’ll gather at Grace Church Eden Prairie to mark this milestone and give thanks for God’s faithfulness. Learn more.