Adult Ministry

Learning, growing, serving — together in community.

Dig deeper. Wrestle. Share conversation about God, the Bible and life topics that matter.

Bethlehem offers a variety of small group opportunities, bible studies, short-term classes, and support groups for adults who want to take the next step.

What is your next step?

Use the links on this page to explore the many opportunities for adults at Bethlehem. If you can’t find what you are looking for, contact us and we’ll help you connect.

Small Groups

Staying connected and deepening relationships continues to be more important than ever. That’s why we are launching another round of small groups during Lent 2021. The “Developing a Spiritual Lens” curriculum worked really well in the fall, so we’ll be using that again.  New groups of 8-10 members will form and discuss rooted spiritual themes for these uncertain times.  These small groups will meet for seven weeks, starting the week of February 14 and ending at Easter.

There are a few ways to get involved. Form your own group with friends, family members and neighbors. If you’re involved in an established ministry or group, consider engaging in a different way with this curriculum.  Otherwise, simply register, and we will put you in a group based on your answers to a few short questions (and, if you’re wondering, this does work!)

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Small group online

What is the commitment?

Groups will meet weekly for about an hour at the day and time that works for the group. There is little or no pre-work and a whole lot of grace.

After working through the 7-week curriculum, groups can decide whether to continue or not. Resources will be available for groups who want to stay together.

Where will groups meet?

Each group will determine the best approach to gathering — digitally, in person, or a hybrid.  We continue to recommend a safe and healthy practice of social-distancing based on the state’s guidelines. We want all members to feel comfortable and supported in this ministry.

What does support look like?

All curriculum is provided. Each week the group’s host will have access to scripture readings, videos, podcasts, questions and prayers to guide your discussion. Hosts will coordinate meeting times, communicate with group members as necessary, and help facilitate discussion. In addition, small group ministry staff members are available for guidance, pastoral care and technical assistance.

Dwelling in the Word with Pastor Meta

Join us on Wednesdays at 9:30 am for a weekly spiritual practice known as “Dwelling in the Word”. No bible study experience or pre-work necessary! Pastor Meta will guide you through prayerful reflection, silence, and conversation that’s rooted in scripture. At 10 am we’ll receive a blessing, at which point you can leave the meeting to continue your day or stick around for a casual fellowship time with friends.

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Other Adult Ministry Groups

Sunday Coffee Conversations

Please join us (via Zoom meeting) after worship on Sunday’s. It’s a great way to connect with people from all campuses over a cup of coffee and discuss the story of the day.

If you’d like more information before joining, please contact Steph Smith ([email protected]) or Sue Lungstrom ([email protected]) for details and the Zoom Meeting link.

Parents of Beloved Teens

If you are navigating the tumultuous and glorious teen years, this group is for you. We laugh, pray, educate, get curious, and listen to and with each other. We are an eclectic, welcoming bunch who thinks parenting is a beautiful, messy, Godly act, which requires lots of grace.

In 2021, our plan is to have more fun and play time. Think kindergarten “show & tell” meets game night. We gather every other Wednesday at 7pm on Zoom, starting January 13, 2021.

Questions?  Ask Steph [email protected].

Curious? Register Today!

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Sunday Bible Study

A Sunday morning bible study that gathers virtually before worship.  We grow in faith and understanding when we study God’s word together, so let’s read the Sunday text together and wrestle with it. Share ideas. What does it mean? How does it relate to life? Then come to worship and see what new insights are gained in the context of sermon and song. All are welcome. Conversation led by Marsh Pechauer. 

Please contact Pastor Kris @ [email protected] to be added to the group.

CareerWalk

Are you on a job search or thinking about a career change? CareerWalk is here for you! 

CareerWalk offers job transition support and connection for people in a job search or thinking about a career change. Sessions includes attitude, self-assessment and reflection, networking, resumes and LinkedIn, and interviewing. 

CareerWalk is here to help. Services are FREE and open to everyone. Learn more and inquire about upcoming sessions by clicking the link below.

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Womens Day of Service

One Saturday each year, women of all ages from both campuses gather to make a difference in the world. Their impact will be felt not as a grand gesture, but rather as an accumulation of little things that make a big difference. Women will be finishing quilts to send to people who need a warm blanket.  Others will roll bandages for a mission hospital overseas – such a simple thing, but critically important for patient care.  Others will assemble Newborn and Hospice Kits. The items in these kits are everyday things, little things we often take for granted here, but such a blessing to the people who receive them across the world.

Join the Women’s Day of Service group on Realm to stay up to date on all things WDOS!

WDOS Realm Group

Women’s Bible Study – Gather

Beat the Covid doldrums, and connect with other women through Bible study. The four-month study beginning in January is, “Journeys with Angels.” This group meets via Zoom the third Thursday of each month, from 1-2:00 starting, January 21.

Subscribe to the Women of the ELCA magazine, Gather, for the study, and register so we can be ready to welcome you.

Led by Pastor Kris. 

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Free Spirits

Minnetonka Campus

All adults are welcome to join the Minnetonka senior group, which gathers regularly each month for fun activities like concerts, museums, outdoor activities, special speakers, theater plays, lunch, and more.

If you would like to receive information about upcoming events in your inbox, email Sue Lungstrom ([email protected]).

SALT (Seniors Active in Life Together)

Minneapolis Campus

If you are 50 years or older, come be an active part of Bethlehem’s ministry in SALT and get to know other seniors in our congregation. The ministry of SALT sponsors activities including learning experiences, meals together, trips and more. In recent years we have visited the Minneapolis Institute of Arts museum, traveled to New Ulm for a concert by Bethlehem’s Mark Paisar, held service events as well as Valentine’s and Christmas dinners, and more. We make scholarship funds available so that everyone can participate. 

If you would like to receive information about upcoming SALT events email Jennifer Harris at [email protected].

Staff Contacts

Pastor of Faith Formation

Kris Tostengard Michel

Phone: 612-312-3410
Director of Faith Integration

Steph Smith

Phone: 612-312-3369
Minnetonka Campus Administrator

Sue Lungstrom

Phone: 952-935-3419 ext. 200