See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. [Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.]
This 2012 Summer Guide is also available as a paper version at your campus brochure rack or Infomation Booth. In addition to the links provided, you can find the most up-to-date information at the hopeinGod.org calendar.
Connect . . .
Weekly throughout the summer, we'll gather at campus-specific locations to eat, worship, learn, and fellowship together. Dinner begins at 5:30 for each location. Check the Updates Blog for weather-related updates posted by Wednesdays at 3pm.
Downtown Connection & Baptisms
Peavey Park (corner of Franklin & Chicago avenues)
June 6–July 25 & Aug 15–19
Note: On June 6, a time of prayer to kick off our summer ministry will be held at 5pm at Peavey.
June 13 will feature the Bethlehem "Pops" Orchestra at Peavey Park.
Aug 1 & 8 are outdoor baptism services at Lake Nokomis (see map).
Correction to the Downtown section of the paper version of the Summer Guide:
Downtown will be holding its regularly scheduled Connection at Peavey Park on Wednesday, July 4.
The Baptism Class covers a biblical understanding of baptism and is a first step toward being baptized at Bethlehem.
Register if you're considering covenant membership at Bethlehem.
Sunday Classes & Fellowship
Downtown Sunday Classes
Older adults (ages 55+) are invited to come and unite around the celebration of God’s Word, prayer, fellowship, missions, and finishing well.
This Sunday School class for adults of all ages focuses on the study of God’s Word in a relational atmosphere.
North Sunday Classes
Life for the Lifeless
Learn the essentials for effective evangelism, with a specific focus on understanding our part and God’s part, and on methods of starting conversations.
Abundant Grace Sunday School
This class emphasizes relationship-building in the body of believers by interaction, the singing of hymns, and an application Bible study of Proverbs.
Beginning June 3, we'll begin meeting every other week for the summer--for stimulating discussion, good fellowship, and hymn-singing.
Join a Small Group
Learn more about small groups to discover the main way we support each other, serve, and grow in faith.
The First Saturday Men’s Connection meets to help men (ages 16+) conform to the image of Jesus Christ.
(Students entering grades 7–9)
Summer Camp: ‘Refreshed’
Sunday-Friday, June 17–22
Spend a week at Shetek Baptist Camp learning about trusting God even when life is hard. Register online (or turn in a form) by May 30. Limited discounts and scholarships are available.
Jr High JAMs (“Jesus And Me”)
Each JAM gathering includes worship, Bible teaching, games, and optional swimming. Limited transportation is available.
(Incoming freshmen through graduating seniors)
Friday, June 8, 7–10pm
Join Bethlehem’s 2012 graduating high school seniors for a service of celebration.
Friday mornings, June 22–Aug 3
Pursue deeper relationship in Christ over breakfast and coffee.
Thursdays, June 21, July 26, Aug 23, 6:30–8:30pm
Meet at Jeff and Chelsi Lacine's house for sharing, prayer, and worship.
Sup n’ Stuffs
Tuesdays, June 19–Aug 14, 4:30–9pm
Enjoy a meal, fellowship, and teaching from God's Word in a Sr High family’s home.
Union Gospel Mission Outreach
Sundays, June 17 & Aug 19, 3:30–6:45pm & Friday, July 15, 3:30–8:30pm
Provide food, friendly conversation, and the gospel message to Mission clients.
Summer in the Cities (SITC) Kick-Off Cook Out
Sunday, June 3, 7pm
College students and recent high school grads are welcome to join us at Jared & Amy Wass’s home to have a free meal and hang out.
Training & Socials
We will alternate weeks between Bible teaching and a social (Ultimate Frisbee, swimming at Calhoun, etc.). Check the SITC Facebook page for the schedule.
1960’s Youth Group Reunion
Saturday, Aug 18, 2–4pm
We’re welcoming back all 1960’s Youth Group Reunion Members and attenders of Bethlehem’s High School and “College & Career” groups.
Learn . . .
Summer TBI Courses
Arcing the Word of God
May 31–Aug 18
"Arcing" teaches reading in context, proposition by proposition.
TULIP: The Five Points of Calvinism
June –July 9
Explore the sovereignty of God in the salvation of sinners.
Greek for the Rest of Us
July 12–Aug 18
Get acquainted with the essentials of the Greek.
Desiring God Seminar
The Pleasures of God
Friday-Saturday, Aug 24–25
This seminar unfolds a vision of God through the lens of his happiness.
For Men. . .
Friday Men’s Groups
All men are welcome to join a Bible study and accountability group that meets weekly at each campus.
Young Men’s 4:12 Conference: ‘The Christian Man’
Friday-Saturday, Aug 10–11
Young men (ages 12–18) and their fathers or mentors are invited to this conference, which examines the call of God for every young man to grow in Christ to maturity.
For Women. . .
Women’s Summer Bible Study
Women of all ages are invited to attend one session each week to study the book of Esther with Kay Arthur and to have small group discussions.
For Children. . .
Pray . . .
Short Term Summer Teams
When: May 23–June 9
Team leaders: Brad Nelson and Jason Harms
What: Cross-cultural festival
When: May 25–June 9
Team leader: Steve Prater
What: Partnering with churches to help tsunami-affected areas; building relationships with the neighbors
Turkey/Balkans (Club 4th Trip)
When: June 14–23
Team leader: Corrie Ayers
What: Children’s programming
When: June 20–July 8
Team leader: Steve Walmsley
When: June 20–July 21
Team leader: Jeremy Johnson
What: Ethnotourism, prayer, building relationships and sharing the gospel
When: July 4–20
Team leaders: Eric Tibayan and Kevin Dau
What: Partnering with a local church to share the gospel
When: July 7–Aug 14
Team leader: Campus Outreach Staff
What: Building relationships with college students with an aim to share the gospel
When: July 5–15
Team leader: Jon Nowlin
What: Partnering with a local church and Christians for evangelism and discipleship
Cass Lake, Minnesota
When: July 20–27
Team leader: Greg Mott
What: Basketball ministry, Backyard Bible Clubs, and evangelism on the Cass Lake Reservation
Democratic Republic of Congo
When: July 25–Aug 9
Team leader: Kisongo Mbeleulu
What: Conducting seminars for pastors and laymen
Bangkok (Club 4th Trip)
When: Aug 4–11
Team leader: Corrie Ayers
What: Children’s programming