Bethlehem Lutheran Church - Aloha, OR

Annual Blood Drive

We are seeking donors and volunteers. Blood collection is essential. The American Red Cross is urging donors to give to maintain the blood supply for patients who rely on lifesaving transfusions. Your help is needed to ensure enough blood is on the shelves when every second matters. Pre-screening and
enhanced disinfection will occur. Donors will sign themselves in by tablet and wearing masks are mandatory. This is our “Annual” drive. Bethlehem volunteers Will Provide hospitality and help with registration. Bethlehem will not be providing snacks. Donor info and sign-up is on line at sponsor code bethlehemaloha. Registration is open now.

Volunteer information is online at . Our last drive was a success thanks to the support of Bethlehem donors and volunteers, please consider your participation for January. If you know someone who has never donated before? Please encourage them to make an appointment along with you. If you feel you would like to volunteer, contact the office.

He Meets Us

I actually learned this in El Paso. Organists do not simply practice. They worship. Each time they sit on that organ bench, it is a devotional time for them. In Saint Louis, the organist saw me coming—the way the balcony was built—and was ready for me; but in El Paso, I would come up behind Blanche and really startle her because she was deep into the hymn she was practicing. Nathan, in Aurora, was the same.

Nathan would get to church about an hour before everyone else. I would come into the narthex, from the church offices, and I would hear Nathan singing his heart out as he played the hymns and whatever other music shaped his devotional time each morning. Sometimes, I would just sit there on a bench and listen. I felt a bit like a little kid who is snuck into the room where a movie I am not supposed to see is playing.

Christmas Eve night is a special time for me. I like to wait until everyone has left the church building after the last worship service is over. I have done this in every congregation that I have served. This means that it is just around midnight and that it is just now Christmas Day. So, I am sitting in Bethlehem on Christmas morning!

I like to turn on the Christmas tree lights. I turn on the lights in the garland, that light up behind the little Bethlehem cityscape up there by the cross and light the candles. Then, I turn off the overhead lights—the chandeliers—and the lights in the hallways. I sit in the quiet of the sanctuary where I can see the “Bethlehem” stained glass window and let the joy of what God is doing and has done just fill my heart. I might even sing a hymn. You do not have to worry about tunes when you are singing just to God.

What do you do to worship at Christmastime?

How do you find/make time to spend in worship or devotion? It does not have to be in the quiet or in the dark. When I was in Colorado and had to drive to a pastors’ conference in the western part of the state, I would have to drive through the Eisenhower Tunnel—like the US 26 tunnel in the West Hills, but longer and deeper in the mountain. I love to turn my CD player up all the way and let the “Hallelujah Chorus” just fill the moment, there in depths of the earth.

As we close out the calendar year and begin the next, we are unsure of what 2022 will bring. One thing about which we can be sure is that our Lord will be with us in each moment. The Babe who laid wrapped in swaddling clothes in that manger wraps Himself up in our moments and meets us there—whether in the quiet or in a noisy room; in a devotional time or in a traffic jam. That is a reason to celebrate! So, celebrate the moments as they come, one by one.

Pastor Jeff Shearier

Join Mid-Week Advent Services Here!

December 1 – December 22

Please join us every Wednesday in Advent for our worship services at 10:30am and 6:30pm. The morning service will incorporate carols into the liturgy and will be followed by a luncheon. The evening service will follow the “Holden Evening Prayer” order of service.

Live streaming will alternate between the two services each week. The morning service will be live streamed on December 1st and 15th and the evening service will be live streamed on December 8th and 22nd. Below you can download bulletins and there is a link to the service. We pray that these services are a blessing to you as you prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!

Advent 2021

Come to Bethlehem and see…

Advent marks the beginning of the Church Year. Advent is made up of the four Sundays that come right before Christmas. In other words, the deeper into Advent you go, the closer you get to Christmas Day. For Christians, the First Sunday in Advent is kind of like the “New Year’s Day” of the Church Year calendar.

The word Advent means “coming.” During Advent, we prepare for the coming of the One who was born that first Christmas in a stable. We prepare for the One who saved us from sin, death and the power of the devil: our Lord Jesus Christ! What a wonderful and exciting time of preparation!

Bethlehem has many wonderful events throughout the Advent and Christmas season. We hope that you will join us as we celebrate the coming of Emmanuel, “God with Us”.

Thanksgiving Worship Service

Please join us as we worship our God in thankful humility for all of the blessings we receive. The service will be at 10am in the Worship Center. Remember to bring a non-perishable food item for our Christmas Food Boxes!

“Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.
Psalm 30:4