Bethlehem Lutheran Church
William Penn, TX

Representing God's love! To our Congregation. To our Community. To the World.
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Why have you arrived at this page?

Well, like most organizations, Bethlehem Lutheran of William Penn, TX has implemented the guidelines for COVID-19 (COrona VIrus Disease-2019) as suggested by the major health organizations in the United States. Changes have been introduced for corporate worship and other activities. These changes will remain in place until it is deemed safe to resume normal worship practices. This page will provide information and updates for our worshipers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Thank you!

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COVID-19 information and updates for Bethlehem Lutheran, William Penn, TX.

07/06/2020

Worship Opportunities at Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Please stay flexible.

Sunday Mornings

  • 8:00 AM Worship on the Field - Outside
  • After 8:00 AM Service (Starting July 5th) - Faith, Family, and Fun on the Field - Outside
  • 9:30 AM Adult Bible Class (Gospel of John) - Online
In addition to the 8:00am outside service
  • 10:15 AM Worship - Online
  • 10:15 AM Worship - In the Sanctuary (Starting August 2nd)

Wednesday Nights

  • 7:00 PM Worship - In the Sanctuary (Starting August 5th)

All services have the same readings and hymns!

+ Pastor Mark +

Trust God, Dream Big, and Enjoy the Results!


06/04/2020

Worship and Activity Updates

Hello,


  • "Faith, Family, and Fun on the Field" will begin on Sunday, July 5, 2020 immediately after the 8:00am worship service. This will be a time for the children and their families to join together in song and to hear a short Bible lesson. In the case of bad weather, please see the weather related guidelines for the church service as posted on 04/28/2020.

+ Pastor Mark +

Trust God, Dream Big, and Enjoy the Results!


05/16/2020

Bible Study

You are invited to join Pastor Mark for an online Bible study on the book of Galatians. The study will be hosted on Zoom via the link below.

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/75995616371?pwd=c1ptZ1h3SlYyOVFncEtINmRyTnVxZz09

For the best interactive experience, please note that it is recommended to view the study on a device with a webcam and microphone.

+ Pastor Mark +

Trust God, Dream Big, and Enjoy the Results!


05/07/2020

Come and Worship! - Upcoming Events

Sunday, 05/10/2020

  • 8:00 A.M. - [LIVE] Outdoor worship on the cemetery lawn (follow social distancing guidelines)
  • 9:30 A.M. - Sunday School opening service posted online for the children (and anyone else wanting to tune in)
  • 9:30 A.M. - Adult Bible Study posted online
  • 10:15 A.M. - Worship Service posted online
  • NOTE: Online = YouTube and Facebook

Drive-through Holy Communion:

  • Tuesday, 05/12/2020 from 7:00 A.M. until 7:00 P.M.
  • Thursday, 05/14/2020 from 7:00 A.M. until 7:00 P.M.

Trust God, Dream Big, and Enjoy the Results!


04/28/2020

Come and Worship!

I watched Governor Abbot’s press announcement. He is beginning phase 1 of reopening the Texas economy on Friday, May 1. With that thought in mind, I would also like to begin phase 1.

On Sunday, May 3, I humbly invite you to Bethlehem to worship on the cemetery yard. That is the yard between the parsonage and the cemetery.

This service will take place at 8:00am with Holy Communion. If you would like to receive the Lord’s Supper, please make sure to bring the communion kits that you received on Easter Weekend, so that you can prepare your table at the designated time.

If you need to refill your kits, you will be able to exchange your empty kits for a new one. If you need a Communion Kit, you will be able to pick one up before the church service on Sunday, along with a service bulletin.

It may still be chilly at 8:00am, so plan to bring an extra sweater or jacket. We will meet each Sunday at 8:00am. As we progress into the summer months, please remain flexible and patient in case of a time change needed to accommodate the weather.

If the weather is raining at 8:00am, we will try again at 3:00pm. If the weather is rainy all day, then we will use the online service as a fallback.

We still need to practice social distancing guidelines, but you are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets on which to sit in the yard. Or, you can remain in your vehicles, if you would prefer.

I will have people ready to assist you with all that you may need on Sunday morning.

In addition to Sunday’s service on the lawn, I will continue to record a service and put it on YouTube and Facebook, as I have been doing since all this began. I will also continue to hold Communion hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00am to 7:00pm.

Please stay tuned for daily updates and reminders.

Trust God, Dream Big, and Enjoy the Results!

We Pray!

Lord, we praise You this day that we are able to gather on the cemetery lawn. I also ask that You would continue to heal this nation and our world. In Your Name, we pray!

+ Pastor Mark +

For specific details please see below.....

  1. Those wishing to bring a lawn chair or blanket can park in the church parking lot, and then walk over to the worship area.
  2. Those wishing to remain in their vehicle will be able to park in the designated parking lots.
    1. Parking Lot A (see map) - with your windows open
    2. Parking Lot B (see map) - with your windows closed
  3. We will maintain federal social distancing guidelines!
  4. The gazebo will be the front of the worship area and serve as the chancel. That is where I will have the altar and sound system.
  5. The keyboard/Bethlehem Brass, Etc./The Concordia Organist will lead our music.
  6. Holy Communion will be held. Please remember to bring your Communion kits. The Congregation can continue to pick up communion supplies at Bethlehem, as needed.
  7. If weather is a problem, the service time will be flexible, and changes will be communicated through announcements on
    • Member Caller
    • YouTube
    • Facebook
    We will communicate any time changes that allow us to take advantage of weather patterns.
map of worship area

Map of the Worship Area


04/25/2020

Drive-through Holy Communion opportunities for the week of 04/26/2020 - 05/02/2020

Members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, you are invited to come to the church parking lot to receive Holy Communion in a drive-through format. Times for the drive-through are:

  • Sunday, 04/26/2020 - 8:00 A.M. to Noon.
  • Tuesday, 04/28/2020 - 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.
  • Thursday, 04/30/2020 - 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

In the event of inclement weather, please wait until the next scheduled day to receive Holy Communion.

Please remember to bring the communion kits that you received for Easter weekend! If you need a new kit, bring the old one to the church, and exchange it for a new one. You can do this before or on the day you wish to drive through.

+ Pastor Mark +
Drive-through Holy Communion setup

Drive-through Holy Communion Setup


04/24/2020

2020 Potato Pancake Supper Announcement

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this year's Potato Pancake Supper will be postponed until a later date.

Please stay tuned for further details concerning when we might be able to gather again for this annual event at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.


04/21/2020

Drive-through Holy Communion Reminder

Members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, you are invited to come to the church parking lot to receive Holy Communion in a drive-through format. Times for the drive-through are:

  • Tuesdays - 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.
  • Thursdays - 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.
  • Sundays - 8:00 A.M. to Noon.

In the event of inclement weather, please wait until the next scheduled day to receive Holy Communion.

Please remember to bring the communion kits that you received for Easter weekend! If you need a new kit, bring the old one to the church, and exchange it for a new one. You can do this before or on the day you wish to drive through.

+ Pastor Mark +
Drive-through Holy Communion setup

Drive-through Holy Communion Setup


04/16/2020

Summary of the Emergency Voter’s Meeting of April 15, 2020

An Emergency Meeting of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Voters' Assembly was called to order by President Collin Schroeder on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 6:30 PM in the church parking lot. There were 18 members present.

A motion passed to have the quarterly Voters' Meeting scheduled for April moved to May, pending relaxation of governmental guidelines related to the coronavirus.

A motion for our Congregation to apply for the Payroll Protection Program of the CARES Act in the amount of an $18,000.00 loan passed.

The meeting adjourned with the Lord’s Prayer.


04/14/2020

From the Financial Secretary:
Collector's reports for Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Good Friday, April 10, 2020
General Fund: $3,675.00

Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020
General Fund: $6,377.00

Easter drive-through attendance was 202.


04/13/2020

Emergency Meeting of the Voter's Assembly, April 15, 2020, 6:30pm

There will be an emergency voter's meeting, duly called by the President, Vice President, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, on April 15, 2020 at 6:30pm in the church parking lot. You are asked to remain in your vehicle for the duration and to maintain appropriate spacing (6 feet) between vehicles.

Matters to be discussed are:

  1. Postponement of the regularly scheduled quarterly voter's meeting until May, if governmental health guidelines have been relaxed to allow for meeting at that time.
  2. Application for the Payroll Protection Program:

As a group, the Council advocates neither for nor against the PPP program; however, the Council is unanimous in recommending that the Voters' Assembly formally decide whether or not to participate in the PPP program.

Current Council members are:

  • President - Collin Schroeder
  • Vice President - Dale Schroeder
  • Secretary of the Congregation - Vickie Ashorn
  • Treasurer - Ann Koester
  • Chairman of the Board of Elders - Chris Smitherman
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees - Albin Flisowski
  • Chairwoman of the Board of Education - Lori Schramme

Thank you,
Collin Schroeder


04/09/2020

Easter Sunday Update

The time for the Easter Sunday drive-through is set for 10:00 AM to 12 noon.

There will be an opportunity for you to bring your tithing/offering.


04/08/2020

From the Financial Secretary:
Collectors report for Sunday, 04/05/2020

General Fund: $2,400.00

Special Fund: $1,068.92


04/07/2020

Communion kit and Easter bag

Holy Communion kit and Easter bag to be used Easter Sunday


04/06/2020

Update on Holy Communion Preparation for Easter Sunday

1. The Elders have prepared Holy Communion kits that include a baggie filled with communion wafers, cups, and a small bottle of communion wine.

2. If you have children, you can pick up an Easter bag for each of your children.

3. You will be able to pick up the kits and the Easter bags on Saturday, April 11, 2020.

4. Bring your communion kit with you to the church parking lot on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 to receive Holy Communion.


04/05/2020

An update from Pastor Mark on the status of the Moldenhauer family

We did an e-visit with the Brenham Clinic earlier this week, but we did not qualify for a test. We have talked with several medical doctors, and they continue to advise a self-quarantine for two weeks.

I continue to speak with other pastors and receive counsel from the Texas District as well as the Synod on how to serve Holy Communion. I am also in constant communication with the Board of Elders as I look to be able to serve you in all ways.

+ Pastor Mark +

Tithing/Offering Update

1. We will be doing our tithing/offering contributions in our normal way.

2. Please bring your contribution to the church and place it in an offering plate.

3. The Collectors will pick it up on a regular schedule so that your tithing can continue to do the work of our Lord.

4. You can also bring your tithe/offering to the Brenham National Bank drive-through and give it to the teller. Under the auspices of Lynn VanEman, the envelope will be forwarded to the Board of Finance for processing.
       * Remember to write your name and the amount of your contribution on the envelope.

5. The Financial Secretary will do the normal processing and recording, so that your contribution can be used.


03/19/2020

1. Worship Services and Sunday School have been temporarily suspended due to the Corona virus outbreak. The temporary suspension will be reconsidered as circumstances permit. The suspension extends to the remaining Lenten meals and services.

2. Please stay tuned for updates regarding plans and worship opportunities for Holy Week, April 5th – 12th.

3. Bethlehem Lutheran Church’s sanctuary will remain open at all times. At the times set forth below, the sanctuary will be lit and heated and cooled, as necessary, so that you and your family can come worship God in a familiar setting. During these times, Pastor Mark will be available for Personal Worship, during which he will offer the opportunity for confession and absolution and Holy Communion, as requested. We hope your family will take advantage.
     A. Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
     B. Sundays: 8 a.m. – 12 noon.

4. Please keep an eye on this web page, which will be providing links and information for:
     A. You Tube and Facebook– tune into a sermon
     B. Wednesday Lenten service
     C. Sunday morning service
     D. Tune into a Bible Study

5. Expect Member Caller updates with devotions and updated information

6. VBS – Stay Tuned for more updates

7. Potato Pancake Dinner – Stay Tuned for more updates

8. Camp Pioneer – Stay Tuned for more updates


03/18/2020

Today, Pastor Moldenhauer and the Board of Elders decided to implement the safety guidelines of the various United States health organizations as recommended by all levels of government, The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, and the Texas District of The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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