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The Star of Bethlehem announced the birth of the Savior and led the magi to Bethlehem to worship Jesus. We like to say that every person at Bethlehem Lutheran Church is a "Bethlehem star." We want to make Jesus known in the world. We invite you to Bethlehem.
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Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 8:30 AM to noon.
Wednesday: 8:30 AM to noon and 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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Gospel Text for December 4th. Second Sunday of Advent
Mathew 3:1-12
1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near." 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: "A voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'"[a] 4 John's clothes were made of camel's hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. 5 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. 6 Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 9 And do not think you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. 11 "I baptize you with[b] water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with[c] the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
Gospel Text for November 27 First Sunday of Advent
Matthew 24:36-44
Jesus said to the disciples, "But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour."
This Week at Bethlehem
Sunday 9:00 a.m. Holy Communion
10:15 a.m. SS Christmas Service Rehearsal
Visioning Process Activity
Tuesday 2:45 p.m. Disciple Class
5:15 p.m. Christian Life
6:30 p.m. Christian Faith
Property Team
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. Staff Meeting
5:30 p.m. SS meal before Christmas Service Rehearsal
7th & 8th grade Confirmation
6:00 p.m. SS Christmas Service Rehearsal
7:00 p.m. Chapel Choir Rehearsal
Thursday Salvation Army Bell Ringing
9:30 a.m. Cedar River Forum
5:45 p.m. Weight Watchers meeting
Internship Meeting
Friday 6:30 a.m. Men at the Inn II
Saturday Southeastern Iowa Synod Council
Sunday 9:00 a.m. Worship
10:15 a.m. SS Christmas Service Rehearsal
The Journey - Walking the Road to Bethlehem