Bethlehem United Methodist Church
Sunday, May 16, 2021
Mission Statement: To give of ourselves so others may know Jesus Christ.
 
 
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  
 
We are so excited to welcome in the Christmas season with you!
 
Invite your family and friends to join us for all the holiday festivities
as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in 2020. 
    
           
 
 
                    
  
 
 
 


           SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20 2020
     

  • There will be no in-person worship service you may view our 9:15am Contemporary Worship Service and 10:30am Traditional Service Live Stream-ed from our home page:   www.gotobethlehem.org
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  • Please plan to worship with us online @ www.gotobethlehem.org
      Special Note: 
  • As we move back to all virtual worship, anyone needing technical help or wanting DVD’s or CD’s of the services should call the church office. Volunteers are ready.
  • A Walk-Through Bethlehem: This event will be held entirely outdoors on the church grounds, weather permitting. All persons, couples and families are welcome to come anytime between 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM as we walk around the exterior of the church building, enjoying the displays and sharing in stories surrounding familiar Christmas songs and carols. It is important that you bring your smart phone(s) or tablet to this event, as songs will be accessed by code. There will be instructions to help guide us with this. Social distancing will be in practice. Face masks are required.  (This event will be offered again on Christmas Eve during a different time frame.)

 


       THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24 2020:  Christmas Eve
 

 
  • A Walk-Through Bethlehem:  This event will be held entirely outdoors on the church grounds, weather permitting. All persons, couples and families are welcome to come anytime between 12:00 noon – 4:00 PM. It is important that you bring your smart phone(s) or tablet to this event, as songs will be accessed by code. There will be instructions to help guide us with this. Social distancing will be in practice. Face masks are required.
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  • Christmas Eve Worship: All services will be virtual. We hope to be able to live stream both a contemporary service as well as a traditional service. This is going to demand flexibility on the part of our musicians, our technicians, and other participants, so we request your patience as we finalize these details. The services will also be recorded for viewing at later times. We will share more information as details are finalized.

 


       FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 2020 - CHRISTMAS
 


  • Bethlehem’s Community Christmas Dinner: 
    The dinner will go on as scheduled, however, all service will be take-out/delivery. No table service will be available this year. Dinner will be served between 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. All are encouraged to spread the word about the dinner among those friends and neighbors that might especially appreciate a full-course turkey dinner on Christmas Day. (No tickets required / no charge for dinner)


       SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27 2020
 

 
  • Until further notice, all worship services will be virtual. Return to gathered worship will be matter of continued assessment. However, given the experience that our community and nation has had with the recent post-Thanksgiving upsurge of the virus,
  • I am thinking our virtual-only worship may last until the end of January, if not longer, as a post-Christmas upsurge is predicted.  
 
 
 
 
    Christmas Eve:  Thursday, December 24 
 

     noon-4pm Walk Through Bethlehem Audio Tour     (a journey through the Christmas story and songs)

 

       LIVE STREAM worship opportunities to be announced shortly


 


Every in-person worship opportunity will be Live-Streamed 

on our Youtube Channel for you and your family to enjoy at home.

You can find the link at our website and on Facebook.


In addition, please request our Christmas @ Home DVD : the sounds of Christmas

-a collections of Christmas hymns and songs

from our Traditional and Contemporary services in the past

(plus an additional reading of the Christmas story by Pastor Roger)

 

so you can celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ at home.

 

     
  11am-2pm:  10th Annual Community Christmas Day Dinner (open to public)
                        
Founded on the premise that no one in our area should be alone or hungry on Christmas Day,
 
our church will once again open its doors in the true Spirit of Christmas and bring joy to folks of all ages in our community
 
during these trying times by serving TAKE OUT Christmas meals only.
 
 
A turkey dinner with all of the trimmings will be prepared and served in the New Fellowship Hall.
 

 

Please consider being part of this meaningful event by:

-Volunteering to help prepare and serve the meal Donating a frozen turkey 

- Donating a home-baked dessert (cookies, pie, or cake)

-Making a monetary donation to help cover food costs 

 

 

Five dollars ($5) makes you a member of the Christmas Club that helps assist families in need throughout the Christmas season.

We are often called upon to help with food and children’s gift support.

If you wish to support this endeavor, mark an envelope “Christmas Club.”

On behalf of many we will help, please know of our thanks. 

 
 

You don’t need to commit to an indoor, in-person worship experience

to experience the story and songs of Christmas.

See the details below to participate in this amazing opportunity!

 

     #1 Plan your visit…

Plan ahead to join us between 4-8pm on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20 

or between noon and 4pm on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24 


     #2 Pack, park and pick up (or log-on to listen)

Arrive on-time. Park and exit your vehicle. 

And pick up (or download to your phone from our website) 

both the map and audio guide to our experience.

(only pre-recorded CDs will be available on-site - got a Walkman?

  if not, all the audio will be available for download to your phone

  and can also played directly from our website to your phone)

          *A Reminder: 

Due to subsequent on-site opportunities - worship experiences, etc-

and our commitment to sanitize our facility before others enter our building, 

we will close this event on time (7pm on 12/20; 4pm on 12/24)


     #3 Walk and experience

Begin your “tour” of the Bethlehem story at the rear of our building (Maple Ave)

and, while giving enough space from others, walk through each outdoor station

(with an optional “in-door” route available each day, as well)

to experience the joys of Christmas through both characters and songs

     #4 Head home (or join us for the in-person experiences that follow)

Either head safely home to celebrate or join us at the in-person experiences

that follow each tour (12/20 Talent Show Broadcast  12/24 Kid-Friendly Worship)


      Questions?   Email sean@gotobethlehem.org for more details.