Youth Group News!!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! December had a lot to offer our youth. A few of our favorite days from the month of December was going to North Carolina to deliver presents to students at Crossnore School (a foster home/school), caroling with the congregation, the Christmas play, and going to Dollywood as a group for the day. December was one of our busiest months of the year. A HUGE “Thank You” to our Sunday School teachers (Ann Larson, Misty Whaley, Susan Burkey, Patty Harmon, Darcy Groen, and Annie Whaley) who have worked really hard with our junior youth to create a beautiful Christmas Program. January will be another busy month. On Sunday, January 5th we’ll head over the Bristol Motor Speedway in Lights to skate at their indoor skating rink as a group from 6-8pm. On Saturday, January 18th, we’re going to head over to Milligan College to see Halie Padgett play basketball against Columbia International. Halie has done amazing things with the basketball team at Milligan College. Going to see her play is just one of many ways we can show Halie our support from the church. If you would like to join us…please do. The more the merrier. On Sunday, January 26th, we are going to watch “War Room” in the youth room downstairs. War Room is about a family with great jobs, a beautiful daughter (Alena Pitts) and a dream house. The Jordans seem to have it all. Appearances can be deceiving, however, as husband Tony (T.C. Stallings) flirts with temptation and wife Elizabeth (Priscilla Shirer) becomes increasingly bitter, crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. Their lives take an unexpected turn for the better when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara (Karen Abercrombie), who encourages the couple to find happiness through prayer. Our youth will really dig deep in the importance of prayer in their own personal lives. Lastly, Dr. Whaley and I are excited about starting a Bible study on the Apologetics with the youth during the Sunday school. We will keep everyone informed on how the study is going with the youth in every newsletter. Thanks again for your continued prayers and support.
Month of January at a glance:
Sunday, January 5th………..Sunday School Class from 9:15-10:15am
Sunday, January 5th………..Bristol Motor Speedway in Light Skating Party 6-8
Sunday, January 12th………Sunday School Class from 9:15-10:15am
Saturday, January 18th…….Milligan Basketball game to Cheer Halie Padgett on from 2-4
Sunday, January 19th……….Sunday School Class from 9:15-10:15am
Sunday, January 26th……….Sunday School Class from 9:15-10:15am
Sunday, January 26th……….Movie Night in the Youth Room from 6:30-8:30
Youth Group News!!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!! November had a lot to offer for our youth. One of our favorite moments from the month was going to the VA and letting veterans know how thankful we are for them. We were able to hang out with veterans for about an hour and a half and talk to them about Jesus’s love for them. It was well received. We would also like to thank everyone that helped with our annual rummage sale. We raised over $1,150. We couldn’t have done it without your support. Thanks again. December will be one of our busiest months of the year. On Saturday, December 14th, we’ll head over to Camp Linn Haven in Linville, N.C. to deliver present to orphans from Crossnore School. On Sunday, December 15th, We’ll be raking Paula Baskins yard from 12:00 to 2:00. That night, we’ll have our annual Children’s Christmas Program. It will start at 5:00. On Sunday, December 22nd, we’ll be caroling with anyone and everyone that wants to be a part of it. The time for that fun activity is set for 3 o’clock. On Monday, December 23rd, our youth will head to Dollywood for the day and spend time together riding rides and looking at the lights. On Sunday, December 29th, We’ll have Youth Sunday. Our youth will assume the responsibility of being ushers and readers during both services. We are thankful for your continued prayers and support.
Month of December at a glance:
Saturday, December 14th………Camp Linn Haven in Linville, N.C. (Time is TBA)
Sunday, December 15th………...Raking Paula Baskins yard from 12:00 to 2:00
Sunday, December 15th…………Children’s Christmas Program at 5:00
Sunday, December 22nd…………Caroling at 3
Monday, December 23rd………..Dollywood
Sunday, December 29th………….Youth Sunday
October had a lot to offer for our youth. We had our annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 26 from 12-2pm. We had a good turnout and we hope you enjoy the pictures. We'll have a youth meeting on Sunday, November 3rd from 6:30-8:30. We plan to go pray with veterans at the VA Hospital. We are still accepting rummage sale donations for our rummage sale that will take place on Saturday, November 16th. Please feel free to contact us whenever you’re ready for us to come and pick up any unwanted items. Our youth desperately need your help setting up for this huge event. We are planning on feeding lunch to everyone that can stay after the second service to help on Sunday, November 10th. Please plan to stay for one hour to eat and help put items out on the tables. Other work nights will be on Thursday (14th) and Friday (15th) from 7-8:30. Lastly, we would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!!! We are thankful for your continued prayers and support.
Month of November at a glance:
Sunday, November 3rd-----------Youth Meeting at Bethlehem at 6:30
Sunday, November 10th-----------Rummage Sale Set-Up (Noon-3)
Thursday, November 14th----------- Rummage Sale Set-Up (7-8:30)
Friday, November 15th------------ Rummage Sale Set-Up (7-8:30)
Saturday, November 16th---------- Rummage Sale (8am-1pm)
Youth Group News!!!
September had a lot to offer for our youth. On Sunday, September 8th, we opened our youth meeting up to the jr. youth to go watch Aladdin. They loved hanging out with our senior youth. On Sunday, September 22nd, we headed down to John Sevier and Founders Park to ask people for prayer requests and to open up a dialogue that may lead to a discussion about God’s love for them. Our youth really showed Christ’s love through this simple act of discipleship and prayer. On Sunday, September 29th, our youth assumed the responsibility of being ushers ad readers during the worship services. Later that night, we attended Adoration in the minidome with over 1,000 other churches. It was an amazing time of worship with so many other people. We will only have youth group two out of the four Sunday this month due to fall break falling in the month of November in the local school systems. We will meet on Sunday, October 13th, Sunday, October 20th, and on Sunday, October 26th. October 13th will be a regular youth meeting at Bethlehem from 6:30-8:30. We will have our annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 26 from 12-2pm. Our youth will be responsible for setup and breakdown of the event. We hope that everyone can make it out. Also, we are still accepting rummage sale donations for our rummage sale that will take place in November. Please feel free to contact us whenever you’re ready for us to come and pick up any unwanted items. Thanks again for your continued thoughts and prayers.
Month of October at a glance:
Sunday, October 13th-----------Youth Meeting at Bethlehem at 6:30
Sunday, October 20th-----------TBA
Saturday, October 26th-----------Fall Festival from 12-2
Youth Group News!!!
All of our youth have had a great start back to school. We would also like to thank the congregation for hosting a youth panel discussion. We have really enjoyed collaborating with everyone for the Glory of God. On Saturday, August 3rd, our youth were part of the Fairmont Community Wide Pig Roast at the Nutter’s house. On Sunday, August 18th, we had a special time together on the top of the Pinnacle Fire Tower. We saw one of the most beautiful sunsets ever. We talked a lot about the past, present, and future plans. On Friday, August 30th, our youth fed the homeless through Family Promise. We were able to serve four different families and show the love of Jesus Christ. September has a lot to offer for our youth. On Sunday, September 8th, we are going to open our youth meeting up to the junior youth to go watch Aladdin at 6:20pm. On Sunday, September 22nd, we’ll head down to John Sevier and Founders Park to ask people for prayer request and hope to open up a dialogue that may lead to a discussion about God’s love for them. Youth Sunday will be on September 29th. The youth will assume the responsibility of being ushers and reading the lessons during worship. Thanks again for your continued thoughts and prayers.
Month of September at a glance:
Sunday, September 1st…………. Picnic with the congregation at Rotary Park
Sunday, September 8th ……...….Jr./Senior Youth Meeting at 6:20 at Real to Reel
Sunday, September 22nd ……….Discipleship at John Sevier and Founders Park at 6:30
Sunday, September 29th…………Youth Sunday
Youth Group News!!!
We had a lot of activities for our youth in July. On July 13th-July 21st, we had four members of our church head back to Camp Linn Haven for the Middle School Week. Thank you for keeping them in your prayers as they grew together in faith. On July 28th, we opened our youth meeting up to the junior youth. We went to the Aquatic Center in Kingsport as an end of the summer party. Thank you again for your continued support and prayers for our youth. August will not be as busy as June and July were. On Saturday, August 3rd, our youth will be at the Fairmont Community Wide Pig Roast at the Nutter’s house. On Sunday, August 18th, we’ll head back to the Johnson City Medical Center to pray with those that are in need of prayer. On Sunday, August 25th, we’ll have a youth meeting at the church at 6:30pm. Thank you so much for your continued thoughts and prayers.
Month of July at a glance:
Saturday, August 3rd……….Community Wide Pig Roast at the Nutter’s home (6-9)
Sunday, August 18th…………Prayer at the Johnson City Medical Center at 6:30pm
Sunday, August 25th…………Youth meeting at Bethlehem Lutheran Church 6:30pm
Youth Group News!!!
We were able to serve with the LCMS in a program called Bringing Hope to the High Country Youth Servant Event Service Opportunities. The service opportunities that our youth were part of were: Avery County Habitat for Humanity… This involved clearing land, building homes, helping in stores, and working at schools in poor communities. The mission of Habitat for Humanity is to provide decent new housing for working families, accomplished by providing no interest loans, and by allowing the down payment to be made in “sweat equity.” The bulk of a Habitat home is built with volunteer labor and financial donations.
Work includes landscaping, building walls and floors, trim work, & painting.
Resort Area Ministries (RAM)
Resort Area Ministries (R.A.M.) in Boone helps needy families with light carpentry to make their homes safer and more functional. Work projects are completed within the four days of our laboring (Monday – Thursday). All work materials come through donations, coordinated by a member of our Youth Servant Event team. The RAM servant team is often involved in some of our most physically demanding projects, such as the installation of new roofs, which is our project this summer.
Mitchell-Yancey Counties Habitat for Humanity & Schools
Mitchell and Yancey Counties have been particularly hard hit by the slow economy. Here we built houses, help in the re-sale stores to raise money to build new houses, and help in the public schools, where budget cuts have been so deep that basic upkeep of the facilities has been neglected. Deep cleaning, painting, landscaping, and other maintenance that we were able to provide during the week helps restore pride in these schools for both staff and students, so that they may work and study in an environment that is joyful and encouraging. We also helped with upkeep of community buildings, including a community garden.
The Crossnore School Vacation Bible School
The Crossnore School has a long-standing mission of providing hope and healing for children and sibling groups whose home life has suffered from serious neglect and abuse, by providing a restorative process that allows children to heal, grow, and receive Christian care. Residents of the school primarily come from the western counties of North Carolina and now live in comfortable cottages with caring adults who provide healthy caring relationships.
We had the joy and privilege of providing a 4-day Vacation Bible School for these children and youth, who range in age from preschool to high school. Opportunities to serve include building relationships, teaching Bible stories through drama, and helping with crafts, skits, music, puppets, and games. This year’s VBS theme is “God’s Miraculous Mission: Jesus Saves the World!” and we will be serving about 75 children and youth from The Crossnore School.
We have a lot of activities planned for our youth in July. On July 7th, we are opening our youth meeting up to the jr. youth. We are going to the Aquatic Center in Kingsport. On July 13th-July 21st, we will have four members of our church head back to Camp Linn Haven for the Middle School Week. Please keep them in your prayers as they grow together in faith. On Saturday, July 28th, our youth will have an end of the summer party. Time and location is TBA. Thank you again for your continued support and prayers in our youth.
Month of July at a glance:
Sunday, June 7th----Kingsport Aquatic Center (Jr. Youth)
Saturday, June 13th—June 20th---- Middle School Week at Camp Linn Haven
Saturday, July 28th---July 28th----Back to School/End of Summer Youth Party
Youth Group News!!!
Once again… CONGRATULATIONS TO ELIZABETH WUDTKE!!!!!! She graduated from Homelife Academy on Saturday, May 18th. She plans to attend TCAT, in Elizabethton, where she’ll study welding. She is in our thoughts and prayers. On Saturday, May 25th, we tested our bowling skills against each other at Holiday Lanes. We had slushies at Sonic and talked, as a group, about where we are in our faith with Jesus Christ. We are still taking donations for our annual rummage sale. This year’s rummage sale will be in the late summer/early fall. Furthermore, Pastor Steve Misch is the Mission and Ministry Facilitator of the Texas District-LCMS where he serves as a resource for the pastors and the congregations in that area. He is the host of the Lutheran Hour Ministries Creation: The Word, Creation, and Faith, a series that our monthly Saturday class is currently using. Pastor Misch explains the failed Theory of Evolution, a theory that has become almost the atheist’s faith and used to discredit the creation narrative contained in the Book of Genesis. Pastor Misch plunges through the various methods Christians have errantly used to reconcile the Biblical narrative with the Theory of Evolution. He has graciously agreed to visit Bethlehem and share his knowledge of this failed theory and how it is contributing to the loss of our youth as they are bombarded with evolution theory in our schools. Pastor Misch will be featured at a dinner on Friday, June 7th which will be held at the Carnegie Hotel starting at 6PM. The cost of this event is $20 for Bethlehem members and $25 for other participants. Members of the youth group will be paid for by youth funds. He will also address our Saturday class the following day at 9AM. Everyone is welcome to attend this session. On Sunday, June 16th, our youth group will go on a hiking trip. The time is TBA. On Sunday, June 23rd, our youth will head to Camp Linn Haven for the High School Servant Event Week. We will be there all week with 13 other youth groups doing service projects in the community such as: hosting a VBS for Crossnore School, landscaping for Habitat for Humanity, etc. Youth Sunday will be on Sunday, June 30th. Thank you again for your continued support and prayers for our youth.
Month of June at a glance:
Friday, June 7th------------Pastor Misch at the Carnegie Hotel at 6pm
Sunday, June 16th---------Hiking Trip in North Carolina
Sunday, June 23rd—Saturday, June29th-------Camp Linn Haven (Teen Servant Event Week)
Sunday, June 30th-------Youth Sunday
Youth Group News!!!
First of all… CONGRATULATIONS TO ELIZABETH WUDTKE!!!!!! She will be graduating from Homelife Academy on Saturday, May 18th. She plans to attend TCAT, in Elizabethton, where she’ll study welding. She is in our thoughts and prayers. The month of April offered so much for the youth.... The youth went Real to Reel to watch “How to Train Your Dragon.” We had a great time as a group. On Sunday, April 14, we had a youth meeting to stuff Easter Eggs for the following weekend. On Friday, April 19th, we watched The Passion of Christ at the church. On Saturday, April 20th, we had our annual egg hunt at Bethlehem from 12-2. Please check the board once a month to see the latest pictures from our meeting and activities. May will be another busy month. On Thursday, May 2nd… We will go watched “Unplanned.” The Whaley’s highly recommended it for the more mature audience. It is about the evils and lies of abortions. It is a well-directed movie/documentary. It has a great message to help fight against abortions from happening. On Saturday, May 11th…. We’ll get together to do a hike on Roan Mountain. We’ll build a campfire and eat s’mores on top of the mountain. We’ll leave from the church at 5pm. On Saturday, May 18th… Elisabeth graduates from high school!!!! On Saturday, May 25th, we’ll test our bowling skills against each other at Holiday Lanes. We’ll then go have a slushy at Sonic and talk, as a group, about where we are in our faith with Jesus Christ. We are still taking donations for our annual rummage sale. This year’s rummage sale will be in the late summer/early fall. Thank you again for your continued support and prayers for our youth.
Month of May at a glance:
Thursday, May 2nd……...….Reel to Real to watch “Unplanned” at 9pm.
Saturday, May 11th……….. Roan Mountain hike/devotion/s’mores at 5pm.
Saturday, May 18th………… Elisabeth graduates from high school!!!!
Saturday, May 25th…………Bowling at Holiday Lanes, slushy at Sonic, and talk about where we are in our faith with Jesus Christ.
Youth Group News!!!
The month of March offered a lot of exciting new adventures for the youth. Some members of the youth went to The Ark Encounter and The Creation Museum on March 11th and 12th. Thank you for your prayers for safe travel. We learned soooooo much about creation and the ark. There’s already talk of another trip with the youth and members of Bethlehem to go to The Bible Museum in Washington D.C. More information about that will come in the near future. April will be another busy month. The youth and jr youth will be heading to Real to Reel to watch How to Train Your Dragon. On Sunday, April 14, we’ll have a youth meeting to stuff Easter Eggs for the following weekend. On Friday, April 19th, we will be watching The Passion of Christ at the Whaley’s home. On Saturday, April 20th, we’ll have our annual egg hunt at Bethlehem from 1-3. There will be inflatables and games. Please join us for this fun event. On Sunday, April 28th, we’ll have a youth meeting/Multiply at Indian Trail at 6:30. Please check the board once a month to see the latest pictures from our meeting and activities. Thank you again for your continued support and prayers in our youth.
Month of April at a glance:
Sunday, April 14th----- Easter Egg Stuffing & Youth Meeting at 6:30.
Friday, April 19th------Passion of Christ at the Whaley’s home (time---TBA)
Saturday, April 20th------ Annual Egg Hunt at Bethlehem from 1-3
Sunday, April 28th------ Multiply at Indian Trail at 6:30