Membership

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.

Become A New Member – Sunday, November 13

Bethlehem is a much better community with you here. Whether you have recently started attending or you have been coming for years, consider this your invitation to take the leap and join Bethlehem!

The membership process invites you into conversation with a pastor, connection with other members, and a tour of different ways to engage as a community.

Contact Pastor Meta or Aly Haugen for details.

Membership FAQ

Why does membership matter?

Joining a congregation is a practical expression of your membership in the body of Christ and your investment in God’s healing work in the world. It’s also an antidote to the myth that your spiritual life is limited to a personal relationship with God. Faith is a team sport! Investing in a worship community reminds us that the church is always becoming together.

What is the process for joining?

We do not require pre-work or classes prior before you can join, but we do want to get to know you and hear what brings you to Bethlehem. If you want to become a member at Bethlehem, you’re in! Contact Pastor Meta so we can get to know you and plan a time to welcome your membership during a worship service.

How do I meet people and get plugged in?

Since Bethlehem is a large, multi-site, hybrid congregation, it can be challenging to find ways to connect when you’re new to the community. If you’re looking for more guidance and support in finding a place at Bethlehem, we can connect you to a Field Guide. These are congregational leaders here to help you navigate Bethlehem’s communication, programming, and service opportunities. They’ll introduce you to others with similar interests and help you find ways to share your spiritual gifts. Your Field Guide is a familiar face while you explore life at Bethlehem and what your membership means. Pastor Meta is 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?

Thanks to technology and our hybrid worship experience, you’ll be able to participate from one of Bethlehem’s sanctuaries or online. The blessing during worship acknowledges that community isn’t perfect. We’ll celebrate and grieve, make mistakes and seek forgiveness, learn and grow. We’ll share a photo or video of you and invite you to join a time of fellowship in person or online after the service so folks can welcome you in real time. We’ll rejoice because we’re already being blessed by your membership.

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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.

Upcoming Events

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Feb
11

Women’s Day of Service 2023

February 11 | Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities – MPLS Campus

Bethlehem women and girls of all ages will gather to make a difference in the world! This year we’ll also be collecting children’s books for My Very Own Bed, a local organization that provides beds for children whose families have recently transitioned from homelessness to a place of their own. After our service projects, we’ll enjoy lunch together – invite your friends and register today!

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Feb
11

CES Food Shelf Volunteer Opportunity

February 11 | CES Food Shelf

A group of people from Bethlehem volunteer at CES Food Shelf on the second Saturday of each month. The role volunteers play at CES is vital to their success. If you’d like to learn more about joining this group, email [email protected]

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Feb
12

Across Generations: Dine N’ Discuss

February 12 | Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities – MPLS Campus

We know that it can be tricky crossing the generational divide to have deep conversations, which is why we are inviting youth and congregational members to bring someone they care about from a different generation to practice doing just that at these round-table lunch events. Come to laugh, converse, and connect across generations. Events are free, and include pizza. Registration recommended.

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Feb
22

Ash Wednesday Services

February 22 | Both Campuses

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent with ash in the form of a cross on our foreheads. Ashes — a sign of our mortality — together with the cross — a sign of our hope — set us on our journey through the season of Lent. We receive this sign on our forehead hearing the words of Genesis 3:19, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

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Feb
27

Alternatives to Divisions in Challenging Times

February 27 | Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities – MPLS Campus

Join us for a six-week course designed to help us bridge divides with people whose viewpoints differ from our own. We’ll begin by exploring formative experiences that have shaped our own values, perspectives and political views, and we’ll recognize that others have been shaped in similar ways.

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Mar
06

Alternatives to Divisions in Challenging Times

March 06 | Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities – MPLS Campus

Join us for a six-week course designed to help us bridge divides with people whose viewpoints differ from our own. We’ll begin by exploring formative experiences that have shaped our own values, perspectives and political views, and we’ll recognize that others have been shaped in similar ways.

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Staff Contacts

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Minnetonka Campus Pastor

Meta Herrick Carlson

Phone: 612-312-3403
Hospitality and Events Coordinator

Aly Haugen

Phone: 612.312.3119