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Membership

When you become a member at Bethlehem, you are: 

  • making an investment in what happens next 
  • building connections between your faith and daily life
  • sharing your curiosity and power within and through a community 
  • discovering new ways to share your gifts with the world God loves

Every journey into belonging at Bethlehem is different. There are lots of right ways to invest, connect, share and discover through membership in this congregation. Let’s figure it out together.

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“For Belonging”
by John O’Donohue

May you listen to your longing to be free.
May the frames of your belonging be generous enough for your dreams.
May you arise each day with a voice of blessing whispering in your heart.
May you find a harmony between your soul and your life.
May the sanctuary of your soul never become haunted.
May you know the eternal longing that lives at the heart of time.
May there be kindness in your gaze when you look within.
May you never place walls between the light and yourself.
May you allow the wild beauty of the invisible world to gather you,
mind you, and embrace you in belonging.

The church is a living organism, always changing, because who you are and what you bring makes this community brand new. Welcome to Bethlehem, where we are never finished BECOMING TOGETHER, sharing in the work of God’s vision for a healed world.

Membership FAQ

Why does membership matter?

We are all members of the body of Christ. Joining a congregation is a practical expression of this membership, an investment in the work, relationships and mission we share. It’s an antidote to the myth that your spiritual life is limited to a personal relationship with God. We are created for community and God can do infinitely more good through our lives when we are connected to others through worship, prayer, study, service and friendship with others. Your commitment to Bethlehem expands possibilities and strengthens the stewardship of this ministry we share. We want you to have a say about who we are still becoming together.

What is the process for joining?

Once you have said, “Yes, I’m ready to learn more!,” contact Steph Smith or Pastor Meta and we will set you on your path. First, you will be assigned a Field Guide, a current Bethlehem member who will accompany you through your own, unique adventure. Then, it is really up to you, with the help of your Field Guide, to choose three different experiences that fit with your interests, curiosity and schedule. Options include: attending a Zoom Bible study or speaker series, participating in a Habitat Build, or serving at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Afterward, we will welcome you publicly during our New Member Sunday worship service, where we will make our commitments and promises to each other.

How do I meet people and get plugged in?

Great question! In a large church like Bethlehem, it’s easy to hang back, especially as someone new, and, in a time of physical distancing, it’s even easier. We totally get that, but we encourage you to jump in. Use the live chat on our online worship feed to say hi. Sign-up for Sunday morning bible study, an educational session on community issues and partnerships in the city and around the world. There are also opportunities for leading in worship during COVID-19. Invite your friends to join you in some of these activities. Volunteer to weed our community garden with your kids. Where are your passions? Where do you find meaning? And, Steph Smith and Pastor Meta are always available with creative ideas and support.

What are the expectations of members?

We are a community rooted in worship and sharing the work of God’s vision for a healed world. Members of Bethlehem are curious in faith, generous in spirit, and open to the ways the church is called to show up in the world God loves. 

 

We welcome diverse thoughts and beliefs within a context that respects and honors the sacred value of people, places and our planet. 

 

We practice disagreement and discern change while trusting our unity in Christ.

 

We hold healthy boundaries and communicate with honesty so that relationships in this community are trustworthy and the business of the church is transparent. 

 

We give generously of our time, talent and financial resources in response to God’s grace and in support of the mission we share. 

 

We celebrate a curious faith and a Spirit who calls us into the world to center the margins and serve with love.

What does welcoming new members look like in worship?

Today, in our virtual world of worshipping, welcoming new members looks a bit different. You’ll be able to participate from your living room, neighborhood park, or cabin up north. We’ll talk about the covenant that we’re signing as people of God and even name the fact that it won’t be perfect and we’ll get things wrong, as people do. We’ll share a photo of you and invite you to join a coffee conversation Zoom gathering after the service so members can welcome you in real-time. There will still be singing and dancing and high-kicking as we welcome you and proclaim, “you belong!”

Upcoming Events

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Aug
15

Immersion Keynote Speaker about Climate Justice and Faith: Rev. Tyler Sit

August 15 | Zoom Meeting

Rev. Tyler Sit of New City Church (South Minneapolis) will speak about his experience as a faith leader in a multiethnic community.

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Aug
26

Meta’s Book Club: The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone

August 26 | Zoom Meeting

Join Pastor Meta for an online conversation about this landmark book in the conversation about race and religion in America.

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Sep
03

Bold Conversations Series: Foundations of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

September 03 | Zoom Meeting

This learning series seeks to create a safe space to explore and learn together. The virtual seminars will focus on the skills and awareness we need to be effective allies and culturally aware community members. They are designed for interactivity and experiential learning where you will be applying the learning in real-time.

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Oct
01

Bold Conversations Series: Asking the Hard Stuff

October 01 | Zoom Meeting

This learning series seeks to create a safe space to explore and learn together. The virtual seminars will focus on the skills and awareness we need to be effective allies and culturally aware community members. They are designed for interactivity and experiential learning where you will be applying the learning in real-time.

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Nov
05

Bold Conversations Series: Making Sense and Making Peace

November 05 | Zoom Meeting

This learning series seeks to create a safe space to explore and learn together. The virtual seminars will focus on the skills and awareness we need to be effective allies and culturally aware community members. They are designed for interactivity and experiential learning where you will be applying the learning in real-time.

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Dec
03

Bold Conversations Series: How to Rebound

December 03 | Zoom Meeting

This learning series seeks to create a safe space to explore and learn together. The virtual seminars will focus on the skills and awareness we need to be effective allies and culturally aware community members. They are designed for interactivity and experiential learning where you will be applying the learning in real-time.

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Staff Contacts

Minnetonka Campus Pastor

Meta Herrick Carlson

Phone: 612-312-3403
Director of Faith Integration

Steph Smith

Phone: 612-312-3369