Life at BLC
Lutheran World Relief Kit Assembling Day
Saturday, September 30, 9:00am
Join Barb and friends of all ages - BLC members, Elementary Youth Group kids and parents, and Jr. & Sr. High Youth Group kids in the Church Fellowship Hall to help assemble school, baby care, and personal care kits, and tie quilts for LWR. Our 300 kits and quilts goal is sure to be met with many helpers of all ages and help us meet this year's goal to provide 500 quilts and kits in honor of 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. We plan to assemble over 40 baby care kits, 160 school kits, and 110 health care kits, and tie a quilt, too.
We hope you'll join us!
Sunday, October 1, 2:30pm
Bethlehem has been a partner with Crop Walk for decades. Please give to support the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and hunger around the world. The walk will be Sunday, October, 1 starting at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Cedar Falls. For those wishing to walk that day, registration will be at 1:30pm and the walk begins at 2:00. Walkers are also asked to bring a food item for the food bank that Sunday. All donations of any size are appreciated. Council on Service will begin collecting donations for Crop Walk beginning Sunday, September 24.
Stewardship - Luther Style
September 17, 24, and October 1
Each Sunday, following the offering, we pray, “Abundant God, you have richly blessed us with gifts of creation and grace. Receive these gifts as signs that you are the center of our lives. Bless these gifts so that they will spread the good news of Jesus and will feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and give hope to the desperate. Amen.” Our practices of Christian stewardship help form our faith. This prayer recognizes the generous work of God in salvation and our lives in the world. It reminds us that our gifts to God keep God as the core of our being where other things sometimes creep in. It is also a prayer of dedication, so that these gifts can bring the power of God’s Word to all and be of service to those who lack the things that sustain life and health.
Martin Luther can be a guide to our practices of Christian financial stewardship. Much of what he wrote and said has been preserved, and, this fall, our stewardship emphasis is “Stewardship – Luther Style”. We will look at three important aspects of stewardship from Luther’s pen. These aspects can help us grow in our faith practices and grow in our trust in God.
Our stewardship emphasis begins Sunday, September 17, with Luther’s understanding of the place of money and stuff in the life of a Christian; continues September 24, with Luther’s frustration with German Christians five hundred years ago, who didn’t seem to “get it”; and finishes, October 1, with Luther’s confidence that God will provide for all our earthly needs. Sunday, October 1, will also be a time for the congregation to receive estimates of giving to God through this congregation for 2018.
Martin Luther’s deep faith, understanding, and practical approach to the Christian life will be a great resource for our own faith formation through thankful generosity. We look forward to these moments of discovering “Stewardship – Luther Style”.