Bethlehem Lutheran Church - Aloha, OR

Preschool Spring Plant Sale

March 1 – March 20

Plants will be delivered April 21st.

Our Spring Plant Sale is back!  The preschool is taking orders for the Spring Plant sale for 3 weeks.  You can find the order form by clicking the button below.  You may also pick up a printed order form, available in the Fellowship Hall.  Orders must be submitted to me no later than Sunday, March 20th.  Payment is due at the time of ordering.  You may pay by cash, check or credit card.  Please make checks out to “BLP”, if you would like to pay using your credit card you may do so with Joel or Mary in the church office, or with me on Sunday.  Plants are due to arrive Thursday, April 21st.  Pick up only, no delivery.

Holy Week 2022

Holy Week is the week leading up to Easter Sunday and includes Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. You are invited to join us here at Bethlehem for our worship services throughout the week either in person in our Worship Center or online . Below, you can find information pertaining to our Holy Week events including links to our services as well as bulletins for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday when they are available. (Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday bulletins will be available on the normal Sunday Worship Service Page).

Why do we have a week called “Holy Week”?

Why would we refer to a week as being holy? The word “holy” means “set apart.” That’s why we call the Bible “holy.” It isn’t just any book. It is set apart from all other books because it is God’s living Word given to us for our salvation! The same goes for Holy Week. This week is set apart from all other weeks because this is the week in the Church Year when follow Jesus through His final days on earth and hear again of the sacrifice He was willing to make on our behave to pay for our sins with His life and win for us salvation!

Palm Sunday – April 10, 2022

The Sunday before Jesus was crucified by the people, they honored and adored Him as their Lord and king with palm branches and shouts of “Hosanna!” We remember this as the beginning of Christ’s bitter walk to the cross.

Why did the people honor and adore Jesus on Palm Sunday and then kill Him on Good Friday?

When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the people began to praise and honor Him as their king. They believed Him to be a powerful leader who would overthrow the Roman government and restore Israel. When Jesus did not do this as they expected, the people wanted Him crucified. But Jesus revealed Himself as our humble King who came with a much bigger task. He’s a king who came to die for the sins of all people. Wow! What a King!

Maundy Thursday – April 14, 2022

The Thursday before Jesus was crucified He sat in the Upper Room with His disciples and shared a meal with them, His last before His death and resurrection. It is here that Jesus institutes the sacrament of Holy Communion that we still celebrate today, where God meets us with His true presence in the bread and wine, and offers us forgiveness.

This is also the day that Jesus, the King of the Universe, got down on His knees, and washed His disciples’ feet. By performing this act of humility (which only the lowest of servants would do) Jesus gives us an example of the kind of humility and service we are to show each other and the world.

NOTE: Only the 7:00pm service is Live Streamed.

Good Friday – April 15, 2022

It seems strange to call the day that Jesus was crucified “good”. It doesn’t feel very good knowing that because of us, Jesus had to go through all of those horrible things and then pay the ultimate price, His very life, up on the cross. But that is exactly why it is good! Jesus, who never sinned, paid the penalty for our sins and made us right with God.

Our Good Friday Services reflect the sobering realization that it was our sins that put Jesus on that cross. The service is dark, and quiet, and somber. We leave the Worship Center without sound, but not without hope! Because we know what happened after three days!

NOTE: Only the 8:00pm Service is Live Streamed

Easter Sunday (Resurrection Day) – April 17, 2022

He is Risen! He is Risen indeed! Hallelujah! God’s promise to save His people is fulfilled and we celebrate this day, reveling in God’s grace, mercy, and victory over sin, death, and the devil. For not even death can win over our King! We lift our voices together in shouts of “Hallelujah!” to our Redeemer and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Lent 2022

Join us for Lent!

What is “Lent”?

Lent is a season of the Church Year that lasts six weeks. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends the day before Easter Sunday. During these six weeks we look forward to Good Friday, the day our Lord died on the cross to pay for our sins, and to Easter Sunday, the day He rose from the dead to prove it!

Why do we celebrate Lent for 40 days?

Lent is a time when we are reminded of what Jesus gave up for us, and a time when we look forward to and prepare for His death and resurrection! During these 40 days, we remember God’s faithfulness to His people and how His faithfulness is complete in Jesus, our Savior. Jesus remains faithful to us, always.

Mid-Week Lenten Worship Services

Every Wednesday from March 2nd (Ash Wednesday) to April 6th we will have services at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm. After Ash Wednesday, only the 10:30 am service will be live streamed as the services will be identical in form. You can watch the service video live at 10:30 am or any time after the service concludes.

Ash Wednesday

You may see something strange happening in church on Ash Wednesday. You’ll see your family and friends go forward to receive the sign of the cross on their foreheads. The strange part about all of this is that it will be done with the ashes from last year’s Palm Sunday palm branches.
Why do we do this?
Usually when someone gets dirty they know they need water to get clean. The ashes that are put on our foreheads remind us that in sin we are dirty and need to be cleaned. It also helps us to remember the first time the sign of the cross was made on us at our Baptism. In the waters of Baptism, we are cleaned and the dirt of sin is washed away. Ash Wednesday helps to remind us of this.

ASHES AT HOME – If you cannot make it to one of our Ash Wednesday services but are planning on participating at home, there are ashes in the office that you can come and pick up.

Join Mid-Week Lenten Services 2022 Here!

March 2 – April 6

Every Wednesday in Lent the 10:30am service will be live streamed. Below you can download bulletins and there is a link to the service.

We pray that these services are a blessing to you!

Christmas 2021

Please join us in celebrating the birth of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ at our worship services on December 24th at 3pm, 5pm, and 11pm, and on December 25th at 10am!

While we would love to worship with you in person, we will also be live streaming* our services. Click on the links below to go to our YouTube channel, find online service folders, and to check in with us with our online “Connection Card”. (*Christmas Eve 5pm & 11pm will NOT be live streamed)

May you find peace, joy, and hope this Christmas!

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