July 16, 2018

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A message from Bethlehem...


Recent Events

Bethlehem continues to recover from the recent events of vandalism and hate crime.  Our worship services are not affected and we hope you join us on Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

 

We welcome our new shepherd, Pastor Dan Roschke.  PastorDanWe are so excited to have such a vibrant presence with us!  To learn more about Pastor Dan and hear his first sermon with us, please visit his blog, The Manger.  Pastor Dan writes, "Friends in Christ, as we look forward to the days, and hopefully many years of life and ministry together here at Bethlehem Lutheran, know that Christ meets us in our most vulnerable times. These are things we preachers say all the time, but — I don’t know about you, but — aren’t we feeling that far more profoundly in these challenging days? Christ meets us in our tears and our pain, and fills us with the ability to cast out demons, heal the sick and share God’s love through words and deeds. This is good news of great joy, and this is our great news this day and forever more...no matter what.

 

Thanks be to God — who never leaves us; who made us for goodness, and to be together, and to go outward; and who shines brightly even and especially now! AMEN."

 


 June 25, 2018

Metro DC Synod Bishop's letter to President Trump - In part, Bishop Graham writes:

 

"Mr. President, I know that you live in the midst of difficulties that no one else in the world can really understand. As the Bible teaches us, we pray for you and our country’s other leaders every week in our churches. But we believe that, because we are free citizens in our country, God holds us responsible for our government’s actions. And so I am compelled to plead that the separation of children from their parents is a terrible mistake, that the process of law is due to everyone who comes into our country, and that just and generous immigration laws must be drafted and enacted."  Read the full text of Bishop Graham's Letter...

 

 

refugee   The Refugee Crisis

- According to the UNHCR, there are 65.3 million forcibly displaced people around the world.

- On average, 42,500 people per day flee their homes to seek protection within the borders of their own country or other countries.

- The civil war in Syria has led to one of the worst humanitarian crises of our lifetime, with 45% of the Syrian population displaced—over 11 million people.

- 86% of the world's refugees are hosted by developing countries.

- Of the 20 million refugees worldwide, 51% are under the age of 18.


How can you help? Consider supporting these organizations:

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area: WWW.LSSNCA.ORG

Lutheran World Relief: WWW.LWR.ORG

Lutheran Immigration and Relief Service: LIRS



  ELCA Statement on Family Separation

 

CHICAGO (June 7, 2018) –  ...Recently, the Administration announced that it will begin separating families and criminally prosecuting all people who enter the U.S. without previous authorization. As religious leaders representing diverse faith perspectives, united in our concern for the wellbeing of vulnerable migrants who cross our borders fleeing from danger and threats to their lives, we are deeply disappointed and pained to hear this news.

 

We affirm the family as a foundational societal structure to support human community and understand the household as an estate blessed by God....

 

Read the full response here



 

 ReconcilingWorks logo Transparent backgroundIn faithfulness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, mindful of our Lutheran emphasis on grace, and rejoicing in the celebration of our shared baptismal journey, we welcome as members of our extended family all those who have ever felt excluded by the Church because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, physical or mental challenges, financial resources, or family status.

 

Our Affirmation of Diversity and Inclusion

 


 

At Bethlehem, our work is Building Lives.logo1Trimmed
     Through Worship, Mission,

          and Connection.

          

Please visit us and experience the connection!


This is Christ's church.

There is a place for you here.

We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person--questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world.