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.

Fall 2022 Bible Study Opportunities

Sunday Bible Study

The Sunday morning Bible study gathers each week in person and online to engage with the day’s text. A lively conversation is led by Marsh Pechauer at 9:00am with participants in Langemo Lounge (Mpls) and on Zoom. Discussion questions are emailed ahead of time, but drop-ins are welcome. Then come to worship and see what new insights are gained in the context of sermon and song. Contact Aly at [email protected] to be added to the group. 

Dwelling in the Word with Pastor Meta

Join us virtually on Wednesdays at 10:00 am for a weekly spiritual practice. 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 10:30 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.

Register

Genesis Bible Study with Pastor Vern

The stories of Genesis are full of drama and intrigue. This study will focus on some of the chapters not covered in our fall sermon series. Have a Bible handy and be ready to explore topics such as: the two creation stories, the laughter of Sarah, and the dreams of Joseph. This group meets Thursdays, from September 15 through October 20, at 9:30 am (Langemo Lounge, Minneapolis Campus) or 7:00 pm (Zoom).

Register

“Gather” Women’s Bible Study with Pastor Kris

Join Pastor Kris and connect with other women through bible study.  A monthly Bible study for women using the Women of the ELCA’s ‘Gather’ Magazine. This group meets the third Wednesday of each month, from 2:00-3:15 pm, Langemo Lounge, Minneapolis Campus and uses Zoom as a back-up. The Fall 2022 study is “Jesus and nature: Teachers of faith”.

Register

Small Groups

Deepening relationships can be a challenge when the world tries to spread us really thin. Bethlehem is a big community in a few different locations, so small groups help us stay connected in meaningful ways.

We can help you form a small group together with folks you already know or those with whom you share an affinity, interest, or stage in life. Groups have been formed around caregiving elders, a love for travel, musicianship, and smoking meat.

A few times each year, we curate small group curriculum to accompany the worship sermon series. It’s a chance to meet weekly or worship together with your small group. There’s also a digital library with a variety of resources for groups to use at their own pace. The Library for Small Groups is accessible to all group members, which is hosted on Google Classroom.

Your group can reserve meeting space at church, gather online, or take turns hosting. Your group decides when and how often to meet and what kind of study materials or rituals make sense for your members.

We encourage at least one member of your group to register by contacting Pastor Meta Herrick Carlson or Sue Lungstrom. They will keep you up to date about new curriculum, cheer your group on with ideas and support, and introduce you to potential members with similar interests.

Other Adult Ministry Groups

SALT (Seniors Active in Life Together)

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 Diane Waarvik ([email protected]) to be added to the group’s communications.

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 Book Group

Love to read? Consider joining the weekly Wednesday Evening Women’s Book Group. The group meets in person each Wednesday at 6:45 pm (Henderson Conference Room, Minneapolis Campus) and can add Zoom options for those who prefer to join remotely. Contact Pastor Kris, [email protected], to be added to the group.

This fall’s line-up of titles includes:

  • September – Abraham:  A Journey to the Heart of 3 Faiths by Bruce Feiler
  • October  – Facing the Mountain by Daniel James Brown
  • November – Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

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. Please contact Pastor Kris at [email protected] to learn more

Adult Ministry Groups – Minnetonka Campus

Friday Boys

Friday Boys have been meeting at the Minnetonka campus for years. This casual, fun loving group of guys gathers on Friday (of course) mornings from around 9-10:00am, and share a time of fellowship and conversation. And coffee. Lots of coffee.  

All friends and members of the Bethlehem community are welcome to join. No registration is necessary. Questions? Contact Sue Lungstrom ([email protected]).

Quilters

Did you know there is a group of folks who get together on the first and third Monday of the month at the Minnetonka Campus to quilt together?  If you are a veteran quilter, or have always wanted to learn this craft – please join!  They start at 9:00am. There is even an amazing room on the third floor dedicated to quilting.

All friends and members of the Bethlehem community are welcome to join. No registration is necessary. Questions? Contact Sue Lungstrom ([email protected]).

Friday Gals

Friday Gals is a newly formed group that has come out of the Women’s Circle. This group meets on the second Friday of each month in the Mtka campus conference room from 9:00-10:30.

They start out with coffee and conversation, and around 9:30 begin “Bible Chat”. Bible Chat is a light, easy going time of talking about all sorts of things we wonder about, are curious about or just enjoy talking about! 

All friends and members of the Bethlehem community are welcome to join. No registration is necessary. Questions? Contact Sue Lungstrom ([email protected]).

Staff Contacts

Minnetonka Campus Pastor

Meta Herrick Carlson

Phone: 612-312-3403
Minnetonka Campus Administrator

Sue Lungstrom

Phone: 952-935-3419 ext. 200
Pastor of Faith Formation

Kris Tostengard Michel

Phone: 612-312-3410
Director of Congregational Care Ministries

Diane Waarvik

Phone: 612-312-3375