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JULY 2020 NEWSLETTER

From the Pastor

(UN)CERTAINTY

We live in uncertain times. Parks, trails, restaurants, and stores are opening up, giving us a ray of hope. But then we hear that the number of cases of coronavirus is increasing and we wonder if our gradual reopening is sustainable. Furthermore, we are living in days of substantial social unrest. The old days of heavy-handed policing tinged with racism may be coming to an end. It remains to be seen whether what prevails in the end will be a more just arrangement.

God’s people do all right in uncertain times because we are certain about the ultimate outcome: God will reign forever righteously in a restored heaven and earth. Until Christ comes again, things will be bumpy. But God remains in control and he knows exactly what he is doing. That gives us confidence to live our lives amid uncertain times.

LOOKING AHEAD

As more and more businesses are opening up, we hope that we will see more of you. Communion is offered every Sunday, and you are encouraged to come and partake of it if you are healthy enough to be out and about for other activities. At some point we hope to add music to our worship service, but only when we know that it is safe to do so.

We had originally scheduled a cookout for August 9, but most likely we will not be able to have the event on that date. But we will let you know in the weekly bulletin what we plan to do.

SAVE THE DATE: 150TH ANNIVERSARY ON MAY 2, 2021

First Bethlehem Lutheran Church will celebrate its 150th anniversary on May 2, 2021 with a special service in the afternoon. The exact time has yet to be determined, but will be around 2 or 2:30 p.m. Pastor Allan Buss, the president of the Northern Illinois District, will be the guest preacher. A catered meal will be served in the church basement after the service.

THEOLOGY TODAY

Today (June 28) we are beginning our study of the first sixty pages of Authentic Christianity: How Lutheran Theology Speaks to a Postmodern World by Gene Veith and A. Trevor Sutton. This book explores how many concerns raised by Christians and non-Christians alike find a solid answer in the Lutheran approach to theology. The second installment (pages 61–123) will be discussed on July 26. Note that we are beginning the discussion earlier than normal—12 noon—because the worship service ends earlier than it used to.