July Bethlehem Star

A Note from Church Council

My goodness, time passes by so quickly!  Ever feel that way?  I certainly do!  Our two youngest grandchildren graduated from high school this year.  Two of our grandchildren were married in the last year, and five will be in college this fall.  Our three sons and their wives will be empty nesters.  Again, my goodness!!  Yet, I feel so blessed to have been a part of these life events and have shared in the happiness and joy.


Then I read the newspaper.  I listen to TV.  And of course, I use my computer, iPad and phone to catch up on events.  The war in Ukraine.  Gun violence.  COVID.  Sometimes….often times, it just becomes too much.  I thank the Lord that I have Bethlehem Lutheran Church in my life.  In his June 12th sermon, Pastor Randy Kasch, reinforced that the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives will get us through such difficult times.  We don’t have to face the day by ourselves.  We’ve got three persons in one God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit who come beside us and work to comfort us in our time of need.  Keep these words from the sermon fresh in your mind the next time you’re watching the news, a podcast or reading the headlines in the newspaper.  It will get you through these difficult times.


Enjoy your summer!  As I write this segment in mid-June, the flowers are blooming, the garden’s growing, and the crops in the field are thriving.  And most importantly, God is with us always.


Pat Gardner

Church Council


Congregational Leadership

We would like to thank our congregational leaders for their strong guidance.

Congregational Church Council are:

Tina Eden, President

Rachel Dickinson, Vice President

Pat Gardner, Secretary

Rob Hanson, Treasurer

Roxann Harms

Dave Vermedahl

Marlys Crane

Jeff Henkle

Larry Nudd


Call Committee Members are:

Kimmit Renken

Tom Hanson

Kelli McClintock

Michelle Tauke

Ben Olson

Chelsea Erhardt

Emma Dickinson


Financial Secretary is Amanda Henkle

Financial Administration is Jana Lewis

Youth Coordinator is Ellen Olson


40th Wedding Anniversary

Bill and Lois Martin will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday, July 31st .  An open house will be held from 2-4 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  You are invited to join them for food and fellowship (cake and conversation).  


Youth Corner

Ellen Olson, Coordinator of Youth Ministries


A summer activity was made available in June for families of all ages.  Members picked up their own “Summer Bucket List” pail filled with ideas to make family summer memories as they discover ‘GOD SIGHTINGS’ in their adventures.


A big thank you to those who cleaned their closets and donated to the garage sale June 10-June 11.  Also, a thank you to the many members who helped in  various ways throughout the week including the muscles with clean up on Saturday.  Over $1,400.00 was raised.


Vacation Bible School

Please mark your calendars July 24 through July 28 for a Monumental  celebration of God’s greatness!

You may register your child (ages 4 through 5th grade) at the table in the fellowship hall or on-line at https://vbspro.events/p/events/bethlehemlutheran          

We welcome volunteers of all ages. There are many opportunities to share your time and talents.

Volunteers are needed to setup for Vacation Bible School on Sunday, July 17th at 1:00 p.m.

Please come and help transform Bethlehem into a Monumental Desert.

Volunteer training will on Sunday, July 17th at 3:00 p.m.  This will be a short informational training.

Please keep our Vacation Bible School in your prayers.  Thank you.


Vacation Bible School Worship Program

On July 31st at 9:00 a.m. there will be a Special Vacation Bible School Worship Program in Augustana Hall.  Please come see what we have learned about our Awesome God!


2022-2023 Better Tomorrows Preschool Scholarship Application

Applications are available for families with preschool age children.  If you are interested in submitting an application forms are available in the church office.


Food for Thought

Meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m.

July, 2022

Book: “Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett

Restaurant: Fong’s Pizza in Cedar Rapids

August, 2022

Book: “Harbinger” by Jonathan Cahn

Restaurant: Zeppelins in Cedar Rapids


Canvas Painting – Appetizer Evening

Team Christian Life would like to invite you and your friends to an evening of painting and fellowship on Sunday, July 17th at 5:00 p.m.  Christian Life will provide non-alcoholic drink.  Bring an appetizer to share with everyone.  You will be creating a 16 x 20 painting at a cost of $20.  Please sign up today.  There is a limit of 20 people, but if there is more interest another date will be selected.



We have remembered the following in prayers

during the month of June. If you are missed off this list, our sincere apologies.

For health, healing and comfort: Duane Mangold, Jim Nottger, Jim Woolison, Ellen Tempus, Maverick Ketchum, Jackie Behounek Seitz, Paulette Henkle, Glory Ohrt, the Family of Lee Corbett