I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!
From Pastor Chuck Steddom ...
Dear Bethlehem Family,
Today, Monday, March 2, Todd Rasmuson and I are making a relatively quick trip to visit our Kachin family in Myitkyina, the capital city of the Kachin State in Myanmar. We will be returning on March 10. I have been asked to participate in the College/Seminary Commencement and to be a part of the dedication of the new Kachin Theological College Administration/Classroom building.
Highlights from the January 25, 2015, Quarterly Strategy Meeting include …
Highlights from the October 19 Quarterly Strategy Meeting include …
- Membership Report
- Treasurer’s Report
- Vote to approve Aaron Davitch as Minister for Small Groups and Children & Family Discipleship, South
- Church discipline matter
At this meeting, 46 names were removed from the Membership Report, leaving 3,316 members at the end of the meeting, including one member removed as a result of church discipline.
Aaron Davitch Announced As Candidate for Minister for Small Groups and Children & Family Discipleship
In mid-July of this year, the South Campus Elders unanimously approved moving forward to call Aaron Davitch as Minister for Small Groups and Children & Family Discipleship. In August, the Organizational Elders interviewed him and they also approved moving forward to call him to this pastoral role.
Highlights from the July 27 Quarterly Strategy Meeting include a Membership Report; a Treasurer’s Report; a vote to call Mike Tong as Minister for Neighborhood Outreach, Downtown; a South Site Building Committee Update and vote to approve an $85K Treasuring Christ Together (TCT) Campus fund expenditure; the Presentation of a Pastor Emeritus Covenant between the Bethlehem elders and John Piper; and two failed motions under New Business.
I am pleased to announce that Jared Wass will be assuming the role of Pastoral Resident for Small Groups, Downtown. His official start date is July 27, 2014, but he will begin transitioning into the role now to get ready for the Fall.
Jared has served as a non-vocational Elder since July 2012 and has been working with Campus Outreach as Mobilization Director.
We're excited to have Jared on the team and to continue to develop our small group ministry Downtown. If you see Jared around, please welcome him!
This past Sunday, Pastor Jason reminded us from 2 Corinthians 4 that our lives are a reflection of the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. We have pain and sorrow mixed with moments of wonderful joy.
At the May 18 Sunday night Special Congregational Meeting, which 15 members called for at the April 27 Quarterly Strategy Meeting, the congregation affirmed the following motion by a vote of 471 to 113 (81%). Pastor Jason moved that the congregation affirm the following statement:
At age 77, Dr. E. Michael Rusten is retiring for the second time, and so he was invited to speak at the Bethlehem College and Seminary chapel service. A true entrepreneur, Mike and his wife, Sharon, have owned and operated a lodge along the north shore of Lake Superior, started a very successful Christian greeting card company, participated in political campaigns at the national level, labored to equip missionaries with water purification systems, published several best-selling books, launched a degree completion program that became Bethlehem College, and more.
Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.
Highlights from the April 27 Quarterly Strategy Meeting include a Membership Report, a Treasurer’s Report, approval of the proposed Elder-Recommended Pastoral Staffing Changes, a TCT Church Planting Update, and a Special Meeting Called.
103 names were removed from the Membership Report, leaving 3,279 members at the end of the meeting.