See the Youth and Family page for more educational activities, including Vacation Bible School.
Bethlehem has one and sometimes two classes for adults that meet during the 9:45 education hour on Sundays.
Elementary Sunday School
On Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m., all ages, from nursery to adult, gather for classes and forums. Bethlehem's facilities include two education areas with ten classrooms. Children from preschool to 5th grade learn in a Workshop Rotation Model Sunday School, based on the Howard Gardner theory of Multiple Intelligences (see www.rotation.org for more detail about this model). Rotations are based on one Bible narrative or concept and last four weeks, during which time the children learn using through hands-on workshops in storytelling, art, music, games, science and more. (Sunday School for children does not meet during the summer.)
Junior and Senior High
6th to 8th graders attend Confirmation classes, and Youth Cafe is available for those in high school. Volunteers in this ministry can teach a four week workshop that matches their hobbies and talents, or can be a shepherd to a specific age group. Shepherding is a full-school year commitment and can be done individually or with another person. This ministry is more appropriate for adults but older teens who are not involved elsewhere can also volunteer. (Sunday School for youth does not meet during the summer.)
New Members Class
Pastor Felde teaches a course for non-members who are interested in learning more about the Lutheran church and joining Bethlehem as members. The class examines Christian faith, life, and worship from the Lutheran perspective.
A Women's Bible Study group meets at 10 a.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.
Tuesdays with Story
Tuesday mornings at 6:30, a group of men gathers in the library at Bethlehem to talk about life, Christian faith, the connections between the two. Wide-ranging discussions are launched from short stories chosen from current issues of The New Yorker magazine. The diversity of the stories is great, although they all touch us personally. We spend from two to five weeks going through the story, sharing what is striking to us, what we learn from it, what we enjoy about it, and so on. We also discover or create connections between the story and the Christian faith, which places us (through our Baptism) in a particular Story of great consequence.
Learning Ministry Leaders:
Kent Alder & Erik Tysklind