Christmas at Bethel

Below is our calendar during this Christmas season.

Fergus Falls

  • December 9th (Sun) - Preschoolers Sing / 9:15 & 10:30 AM
  • December 16th (Sun) -Bethel Choir Concert / 8:00 AM
  • Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) / 11:00 AM, 3:00 & 4:30 PM

No Sunday School on Dec. 23 & 30
Worship at 9:15 & 10:30 AM on Dec. 30

Battle Lake

  • December 2nd (Sun) - Potluck Lunch / 12:00 PM
  • December 16th (Sun) - Student-led Worship / 10:30 AM
  • Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) / 4:30 PM

No Sunday School on Dec. 23 & 30


Special Events

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Women@Bethel
December 11th (Tues), 7:00 PM
Bethel Fergus Falls

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Primetime Ministry
December 18th (Tues), 2:00 PM
Bethel Fergus Falls

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Sermon Series

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Sermon Series Description:
The word "advent" means "an arriving or an appearing." It's the arrival of something we hoped for, something we anticipated. Right now we are anticipating Christmas.  Great! Right?!  But what if the Christmas we hope for isn't the Christmas we experience? Christmas can be as much a disappointment for people as it is a happy time for others.  In this series we will learn how, in Jesus, we can have a truly H.A.P.P.Y. Christmas whether or not our holiday works out the way we had hoped or planned.  Jesus told us why he came: "I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10).

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This Christmas, let’s spend less and give more. By spending a little less on gifts we free up our resources to love as Jesus loves by giving to those in need. That's what the Advent Conspiracy ministry is all about. (You can visit their website to learn more about this movement and various resources they have available for you)

Bethel Church is inviting you to give to the Lutheran Brethren International Mission to help with some of the cost of the village school in Chad, Africa that our missionaries just recently opened.

How to give: Plan to attend Bethel's Christmas Eve worship service. You will find a red envelope in the bulletin that day. Any offering given in the red envelope will go towards Advent Conspiracy. You can give outside Christmas Eve by indicating your designation on your check or weekly offering envelopes.

The following is an update from Missionary Nathanael about the school (last name removed for privacy and safety).

The school has gotten off to a great start! We couldn’t be happier with the quality of our first teacher (Name removed for online publishing). He moved his family from the comforts of the capital city to this village (village name removed) and they are slowly settling in. He has the challenge of teaching children very basic concepts, like how to draw a straight line or a circle. These children have never held a book or drawn anything, so some of the skills that we take for granted have to be taught patiently before they can begin to write letters or numbers.

I look forward to getting to know the kids myself and spending some teaching moments with them, but I am also VERY happy with the Chadian team the Lord has provided to run this school.

Looking forward, we have a long list of infrastructure to put in place (A well, buildings, and trees). In the mean time, children are learning to read and are hearing God’s love in a safe, beautiful place. By God’s will and provision, YOU are part of this and have the privilege, in this globalized era, of playing an indispensable role in bringing about Christ’s advent to this town and these people.

- Nathanael

Photo below: Nathanael pictured along with many of the children.


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Suggested Resource: A Star from Afar

Check out this great Faith@Home resource for Christmas! The Star From Afar is a game that celebrates the true meaning of Christmas! Create the Three Wiseman journey through your home this year and Follow the Star! The Star ends on Christmas morning at the Nativity Scene. Each day comes with a Bible verse related to God as our light and salvation.

You can buy it from their website: www.starfromafar.com