Bethlehem Connect August/September 2019 - Page 3

fall kickoff Wednesday Church Night MINNETONKA CAMPUS Begins September 18 6:00 pm Dinner 6:00 pm Fun-Size Confirmation 6:45 pm Chancel Choir MINNEAPOLIS CAMPUS Begins September 11 5:30 pm Dinner 6:30 pm Children's Choirs Confirmation 7th–10th grades Youth & Elementary parents groups Adult Bible Study Evening Women's Book Group 6:45 pm Senior Choir 7:45 pm Youth Choir Music Ensemble Rehearsals Resume Adults, youth, and children are all invited to participate as we praise and glorify God through music! Register for children's choirs online. MINNEAPOLIS Mondays - Starts Sept. 9 Women’s Ensemble - 6:45 pm Wednesdays - Note different start dates Handbell Ensemble - 4:30 pm (starting September 4) Children's Choirs - 6:30 pm (Cherub/Chorister/Kinder- starting September 11) Senior Choir - 6:45 pm (starting September 5) String Ensemble/ Youth Choir - 7:45 pm (starting September 11) Sundays - Starts Sept. 15 Men’s Choir - 10:15 – 10:45 am MINNETONKA Tuesdays - Starts Sept. 10 Handbell Ensemble - 6:30 pm Wednesdays - Starts Sept. 4 Chancel Choir - 6:45pm Worship Time Change for Fall (MPLS) Minneapolis Service Times - 8:00, 9:00, 10:15 am & 7:00 pm Starting September 8 Last Sunday I once again had the blessing and privilege to invite children forward for Story Time during worship at the Minneapolis campus. And then delighted to see the children eager to interact with the story during ECHO — a format for child learning during the sermon first tried at our Minnetonka campus. As I preached I noticed the calm expressions of some of our parents of young children. The gift of a few minutes to call their own — to listen, to reflect, to worship. When the children returned to the Sanctuary, everyone was all smiles. The parents and children exchanged hugs. Onlookers delighted in seeing the children return happy and ready to return to worship. Thank you for participating in our summer worship experiment! We moved to two morning services at the Minneapolis campus this summer for three reasons: to create more time for connections between services; to provide space and time to introduce summer morning intentional learning experiences for children; and to provide two optimal service times for guests looking for a church home. Thanks for your commitment to this community and for giving this new schedule a try. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. This fall we’ll be returning to three morning services at the Minneapolis campus, with slight adjustments. The Minnetonka campus service time will remain at 9:30 am. Minneapolis campus services will be at: 8:00, 9:00 and 10:15 am. We’re making this change because we’ve learned that services at 9:00 and 10:15 am draw a similar size attendance for both worship and Sunday school. This makes for a more consistent experience — especially for our young people participating in education opportunities on Sunday morning. So mark your calendars. We’ll begin the fall schedule on Sunday, September 8 with Celebration Sunday and the fall programming kick-off. The Senior Choir is now... The Bethlehem Chorale In the spirit of representing all the ages of those involved or eligible for the Senior Choir — we are now renaming it, The Bethlehem Chorale, under the direction of David Mennicke. Anyone from the ages of post-high school and up, who loves to sing, please join us for rehearsals on Wednesday evenings, from 6:45 – 8:15 pm in the balcony of the Sanctuary. There is no audition required. We perform a variety of literature and have the privilege of leading worship on Sunday mornings. We look forward to having you join our ranks. Our first rehearsal is September 4, which begins with a complimentary dinner at 6:00 pm followed by our regular rehearsal. Please RSVP for the dinner by August 26 to Maria Bucka, mbucka@bethlehem-church.org. Our first singing Sunday is September 8, singing for the 9:00 and 10:15 am services. If you have any questions, please contact Maria Bucka at 612.312.3411. 3