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volume 10 • number 10
The STAR2 Sermons
3 School News 4 Youth & Children 5 Sanctuary Worship 9 Birthdays/Anniv.
A publication of Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Aloha, OR
Secure in His Love
Have you ever been to the
Tillamook Forest Center?
We stopped there about two years
ago as we were travelling the
Wilson River Highway down to
Tillamook. There are several
interesting displays about the
forests in the Northwest and
especially about the Tillamook
Burn. There were four forest fires
altogether between 1933 and
1951. I was thinking about the
Tillamook Burn as I saw the
smoke from more recent fires
color the sunset again.
I’m sure it is horrifying to be
surrounded by burning forest and
see the sky swirling with smoke,
embers and flames. It would
definitely be a “flight” rather than
“fight” moment for me.
you see what’s going on when all
you can see is what’s surrounding
you? At the Tillamook Forest
Center, there’s a fire
tower you can climb and see the
forest. The tower gives you a
different point of view to see the
With all of the news about COVID
-19, the mounting death counts
and the on-going restrictions
and guidelines that have made
nearly every aspect of our lives
different and put us on edge,
maybe you feel like you’re in the
middle of the fire. All we can see
is the conflagration around
us. We need a tower we can
We’ve just finished our journey
through the Book of Psalms as
the basis for the daily devotions
I’ve been sending you.
psalms gave us a bit of God’s
Word each day as something of a
voice reminding us that, with
God, getting through whatever’s
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Scripture of the Month
Youth & Children Worship & Music Preschool Dir.
Rev. Jeff Shearier Eric Oswald Kerry Bauer Laiva Hoffman
Bethlehem Mission Statement
“Building the family of God through
in front of us, is possible.
So, as we move forward let’s
continue to keep God’s Word as the
tower we can climb above the fires
and see things differently. Each
day, I will take a Scripture in which
our LORD speaks His assuring
words, “Do not fear” to our hearts.
I remember when I was young; I
shared a bedroom with my younger
brother. He wouldn’t go to sleep
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until I told him a story and I
couldn’t go to sleep until both my
mom and my dad poked their
heads into our room to say
good-night. My dad was the last one
because he’d walked around the
house, making sure all the doors
were locked and the house was
secure. I could rest hearing his
voice. Even if you don’t read the
devotion every day, listen to your
Father assure you that He has you
secure in His love.
Present Your Requests to God
(With an attitude of gratitude)
The Peace of God Will Guard Your
(Even when nothing else can)
2 Chronicles 20:1-15
Meditate on These Things
(That God can help;
not on the size of the need)
2 Kings 6:8-17
Hello Bethlehem Family,
It has been recommended by the Administrative Council to make a
change to the by-laws that would modify the Treasurer position. This
change will allow the Treasurer-elect to have overlapping experience for
budgeting cycle prior. Here is the change to Bylaws:
Article 8 Section E of the by-laws. Changes are in red below.
Section E. Treasurer
The term of office of the Treasurer shall be for two years
and 3 months
beginning in odd numbered years.
The first 3 of the months of which, are
as a non-voting member of council as training time and to assist with the
following years budget planning
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about this.
We will have a Voter’s Meeting in November 2020 to discuss/vote on this,
provide updates of the current fiscal year and any changes based on the
Governor’s regulations on building usage.
She loves hanging out with her family and friends. In her spare time, she is writing a fantasy novel and volunteering at her local library. In the future, she hopes to work at a public library. Sarah is excited to share her love of books and crafts with our students.
Are you looking for a fun way to help the
preschool this year? Since we aren’t
going on field trips this year, we are planning on having our students pick
pumpkins at our “pumpkin patch” close
to the end of the month. If you would like to donate a pumpkin or more, please contact Mary. We are looking for 20 pumpkins. Please provide pumpkins that are not too big for a 3-4-year-old to carry (Sugar Pie Pumpkins usually work the best). Please bring pumpkins to the church or preschool no later than Friday, October 23rd. Thank you!
We have started our school year! I am happy to report that we have a full class which meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. This year we have a hybrid
class of 3’s and 4’s. Some fun little stats for you: we have 15 girls and 5 boys; we have 7 families returning from last year; and we have 15 in our 4-year-old PreK class and 5 in the Preschool
3’s program. While I am teaching them together, I am keeping some projects
and activities strictly for the 3’s and strictly for the 4’s so that each child is
served to his or her needs.
Sarah Willhite joined us this month as my aide this year. Sarah and her family are members of our church. She was an active member of our Youth Group and graduated from high school in 2019. Here is a brief bio on Sarah for those of you who do not know her very well:
Sarah is working at the preschool while attending her second year of college.
Preschool503.649.3380 blpaloha.com blc..email@example.com
Forest Hills Lutheran
Christian School503.359.4853 www.fhls.org firstname.lastname@example.org 4221 SW Golf Course Rd Cornelius, OR 97113
Thank you to everyone for your prayers for the staff, students, and families of Forest Hills Lutheran Christian School! September was a month like no other. From starting with COVID restrictions, to engaging families in need due to the wildfires, to air quality issues, it seems like
we’ve dealt with it all! One thing
continues to ring true – God is
faithful, and He takes care of all our needs in Jesus!
September ended on an extremely high note as we were able to gather for a physically distanced outdoor chapel. We revealed our one word
theme to our students –this year, it’s
all about PEACE. What a great word
to dive into as we look to Jesus’
words in John 16 where He says that in this world we will have trouble, but take heart, HE has overcome the world! Throughout the year, we will
continually be reminding students that Jesus is our peace, and no matter what we face, our lives are secure in Him.
The year continues to move on, and it
feels like we’ve found our groove! The students and staff have all figured out the remote learning environment, and we cherish the two hour face to face cohorts when they happen. Any chance we have to gather is a blessing, and we thank God for each and every moment!
Please continue to keep us in prayer as we share Jesus and His love with all those in our community! Mike Schiemann. <><
Dear Bethlehem, First the bad news: it's been a rough year
f o r a l l o f
socially, physically- sickness, anxiety, fire, smoke, murder hornets, the list goes on and on. If you haven't had to deal with that then at the very least you've been more alone than you have in a while. Even introverts are thinking- yeah this is enough. Being alone is the first thing God found was wrong with earth. I have friends who have lost jobs, one on the brink of losing their marriage, another maybe losing their home. It stinks. We want someone to blame. We hurt for our friends and want to be there for them, but it's tough because we're hurting too. It's easy to lash out and hunt for a scapegoat and forget to be kind and as we discussed last Sunday, even harder to be gentle. It's easy to be angry. These words from James
remind us to slow our roll: “Let every
person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the
righteousness of God” James 1: 19-
20 Getting angry about the situation likely isn't going to help much. Getting angry at our friends and ourselves certainly won't help. I hope and pray that we find ways of being empathetic
at this time.
Now the good news: I'm aware of more weddings this summer than any I can recall before, and it seems like many are giving birth this fall, and just in the last month lots of engagements have happened. It's been a time for introspection. A time where we realize we may have more time than we realized. There's not as much that must be done right now. It will get done eventually. The technology likely won't work, but it will sometime and we've been better about giving each other grace about that reality. It's been time for longer and deeper prayers and larger reliance on God. Simple joys like good food and taking time for a phone call with a friend matter more than they did before. It's a time for re-prioritizing life. What matters most? Family and faith have become a higher part of my list. The danger is that perhaps workaholism has taken over the void. But as we slowly come out of this or at the very least make a new normal, we can say what are those things I've missed? What do I need to let go of that I was doing before? The most obvious blessing is we've learned to be thankful for that we took for granted before- blue sky means so much more now than it did a few weeks ago. Time with friends, concerts, talking with strangers, going to the
Rest in Him
Youth & Children’s Ministry
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Youth & Children
Each Sunday night from 5:30-7:30
we believe there will be a youth
likely zoom but we’re
hoping for at least one in
September to be up at church. Be
p a r t
e - m a i l i n g
Confirmation:For 7th and 8th graders we do have a confirmation class on zoom starting in October at
Eric is doing children's sermons with kids each week! Let him know if you want him to film your kids or grandkids! There's also a lesson e-mailed out each week that you can do that ties in with the theme of each week. We're hoping by next month to have a Sunday School zoom class as well- look for details on that to come! If you'd like to be on the e-mail
l i s t e - m a i l E r i c a t
9:45 am. We do have a confirmation rite coming up on October 25 for those who finished up confirmation class last year most of whom are now in 9th grade so look for that as part of our
r e f o r m a t i o n d a y f u n !
High School Bible study:
Kelly Hjelmeland and Matt Boelter will be leading a high school Zoom Bible study at 10am on Sundays as
well. Contact email@example.com
m to get on the list to be a part!
library, going to the game, going to parties, all are little joys that I miss and am thankful I got to do for a long time before this and pray for the time they will come again. I think the bad news of this year is well known. Share with me what has been the good news for you.
Where is Jesus in all of this? Well He's with us so we're never really alone. He's the one who gives us all time and entered time to be with us. He's the one who tells us not to worry about tomorrow because today has enough worries of its own. I have problems right now if I think about my plans for the next year or four months, but if I think about today and yesterday and how Jesus has gotten me through that - I'm pretty confident Jesus will get me through tomorrow. He reminds me not to lay the blame on others. I am to blame for my sin and sin in general is what has brought all this suffering on earth not just in 2020 but all time and Jesus doesn't want us to suffer. He
has suffered for me
and taken my
ultimate suffering away. He's here
and He gives us love and hope and
will always be our good news!
Eric Oswald DCE
We will continue to have Holy Communion
on Wednesdays & Thursdays by appointment.
Please email or call to make an appointment:
Church Services resume in sanctuary
In the Sanctuary
50 people maximum
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Do you need help with anything?
Contact the office and we will do our best to find help.
Update on Set Free Campaign
What an interesting time 2020 has been so far. When we started this Set Free Campaign, no one could have imagined the things that would unfold in our world. Yet, Bethlehem continues to be blessed, and our members bless us in their gifts of time, talents and treasures. As you may recall, we paid off the second mortgage in June which was a bit ahead of what we anticipated when the year began. In fact, as of late September we have received 32% of the pledges for the three year campaign. That is a testament to the faithful giving of all of you!
The Follow Up Committee (Heather Cammack - chair, Dave Dubberke, and Mark Temme) has been considering how best to share the details with you. Dave did a great job creating this graph showing the many facets of the funds. We will update this graph each quarter and thought we would provide the first look now. With all the uncertainty of 2020, we did not know what to expect, but God did. He has a great plan for us as we continue through these days that seems strange to us. He has been faithful to us, and we respond by following His direction. Thank you so much for your continued contributions to this campaign and the general fund. We look forward to sharing these details with you each quarter and celebrate the opportunities that this affords us for current and future ministry.
For more information on this event, please contact Ivan & Lesley Weichbrodt.
To help those affected by the forest fires, Bethlehem LWML and quilters have
agreed to donate some of the quilts they have made. My friend, Loretta Tucker,
is a certified Chaplain and lives in the Lyons and Detroit area. She is very
thankful for the donation and has agreed to give them to those in need. She,
also, explained there is a need for tarps to help insulate trailers and motor
homes this winter, vegetable and flower seeds/ bulbs to plant next spring and
cat and dog food for senior citizens’ pets.
Donations are to be placed in the Sonrise Room. Please have all donations to
the church by
no later than
. At that time, Loretta will
load and transport all donated items in her Honda Pilot.
Loretta is very grateful that members of Bethlehem are willing to help.
La Vonne Hovland
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Oct 10 Harvey and Ann Kempema (60)
Oct 19 Adam and Natalie St. Clair (1)
Oct 20 Kerry and Ruth White (47)
Oct 1 Patty Hornback
Oct 2 Roger Lindquist
Oct 4 Grady Dippon
Oct 7 Linda Kisly
Oct 7 Hank Modro
Oct 9 Deedee Heyne
Oct 11 Shelly Allen
Oct 11 Elaine Baker
Oct 11 Jarrett Bernhardt
Oct 11 Lil Harn
Oct 12 Jim Pierce
Oct 13 Linda Molholm
Oct 13 Jeffrey Shearier
Oct 15 Jaymin Bernhardt
Oct 15 Melody Chang
Oct 17 Brenda Zenger
Oct 19 Valorie Laws
Oct 19 Violet Stiteler
Oct 21 Dennis Fredrick
Oct 21 Mike Schiemann
Oct 22 Rachel Meier
Oct 23 Roger Dietz
Oct 24 Emma Healy
Oct 24 Tyler Schiemann
Oct 26 Joanna Stiteler
Oct 27 Lisa Koping
Oct 27 Abby Loseke
Oct 28 Dave Braem
Oct 28 Daniel Loseke
Oct 29 Greg Starts
Oct 30 Kevin Krahel
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