Evangelical Church in America
Every woman who is a
member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church is, also, a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Welcome!
- Our officers are: President
- Kim Oswald, Vice-president - Nancy Ingman, Secretary - Lynne Miller, Treasurer - Laure Reynolds
- Bethlehem Women of the
ELCA is part of the "Harvest Cluster", a group of ELCA churches in San Diego's North County. The Harvest Cluster sponsors inspirational
and educational gatherings twice each year.
- Bethlehem Women of the ELCA is part of the PacificaSynodical Organization of the Women of
the ELCA, which is under the umbrella of the National Women of the ELCA. The Pacifica Synod, which includes all ELCA churches
in Southern California and Hawaii, hosts an Annual Gathering for fellowship, worship and spiritual growth. The National organization
hosts a Triennial Gathering every three years.
- Bethlehem Women of the ELCA is involved in many ministries
of the church at the local, regional, national and international level.
are the three "Missions" of our Ministry:
1 - Mission Growth
Karen Cowles, (760) 729-5685
Womens Bible study groups:
Ruth Circle, led by Karen Cowles
(760) 729-5685, meets at 9:30 AM on the second Tuesday of each month in the Church Conference room.
Lydia Circle, led by Marla Keith,
meets at 12:30 PM on the third Thursday of each month from September through May in the Multi-purpose room.
Lutheran World Relief: an international
nonprofit organization, works to end poverty and injustice by empowering some of the world’s most impoverished communities
to help themselves. With partners in 35 countries, LWR seeks to promote sustainable development with justice and dignity by
helping communities bring about change for healthy, safe and secure lives; engage in Fair Trade; promote peace and reconciliation;
and respond to emergencies. LWR is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, and has worked in international development and relief
Lutheran World Relief is a ministry off
the Evangelical Lutheran Churchin America (ELCA), The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), individuals and parish groups
in international relief, development, advocacy and social responsibility.
The LWR Handcraft Project is a partnership
of Lutheran World Relief and A Greater Gift, a nonprofit program of SERRV International. Sale proceeds will benefit Lutheran World Relief(90%)
and the Bethlehem Women of the ELCA (10%).
2 - Mission Community
Chairwoman: Molly Hall, (760) 753-6259
A group of congregants will pray for your prayer concerns.
If you have a prayer
request for Sunday's Church Service, please contact pastor or phone the office at ext ~ 10. Leave a message and be sure
to note this is a "Sunday service prayer request." You may use this procedure for a prayer-chain request
if you do not have, or know someone who does not have Internet access. To become a "prayer" on the
prayer chain, use the form link above and make your request to be added to the chain as a "prayer"; be sure to include
your correct email address.
Funeral and Memorial Service Receptions: The "Margaret
Fund", as established by Susan Vittek in memory of her mother, helps to pay the cost of food and refreshments
after memorial services at the church. This is for the benefit of members and their immediate family. Please inquire about
this service during your arrangement interview with the Pastor.
Episcopal Church Food Pantry: Our church neighbor has a program to distribute food to those in need. There is a collection
basket in the Narthex to place your donations. Donations should consist of products with a 'shelf life' . This would include
canned, dried and package items or meals. Rice, beans, peanut butter and the like. Also, $10 and $25 grocery store gift cards
are used for emergencies.
3 - Mission Action
Chairwoman Dana Roberts, (760) 744-4764
Scraps and Prayers: This
group sews quilts and school tote bags, assembles layettes, sewing kits, health kits and collects blankets, sleeping bags
and clothing for people in need. Check the Giving Tree through the year. To participate in this weekly gathering please contact Dana
Roberts at (760) 744-4764 or DanaRoberts35@gmail.com. For more information about Quilts for the World go to our Scraps and Prayers page.
questions or interest in joining this fun group, please contact:
Belinda Simonini: (760) 822-9573
Fair Trade Coffee: Arlene Skoor coordinates the bi-weekly sale of "fair trade"
organic coffee, cocoa, tea and chocolate products to benefit small farm cooperatives around the world. Look for her after
Sunday services on the patio.
Trade Handcraft Project: An annual craft fair that benefits artisans in developing countries.
Giving Tree: The Giving Tree is located in the Narthex, and is the collection site for various projects of the Bethlehem Women. Projects change on
a monthly basis. Cheryl Monreal coordinates the "Secret Santa" project.
Prayer Shawl Ministry: The mission of the prayer shawl ministry at Bethlehem Lutheran Church is to share
fellowship while creating shawls and scarves for members of our congregation who are facing times of change or challenge.
The prayer shawl ministry meets at church on the second Sunday of every month after the 10:30AM worship service and welcomes
all knitters who are interested in contributing to our mission, whether beginner, expert, or anywhere in between. For
more information about the Prayer Shawl Ministry go to the Prayer Shawl Ministry page.