Bethlehem Lutheran Church


History of Bethlehem Lutheran Church 1991 to 1995

  • 1991 The women’s group known as WELCA was reactivated in 1991. The congregation was asked to support a “penny challenge” which was an offering for women and children living in poverty. Quilting days were held at Bethlehem each month.
  • 1992 Choir member Dana Copiskey became Bethlehem’s new choir director in the fall.
  • 1993 The Pelican Stewardship program was promoted in 1993 for the congregation, and for the Sunday school. A new Bethlehem cookbook, organized by Janice Erickson, was printed. A successful talent show was presented in April. On October 9-10, members volunteered to bake and deliver one-dozen home baked cookies to every member’s house as a stewardship kick-off. Bethlehem services were shown each week on the Hermantown/Proctor access television channel.
  • 1994 A new organ was purchased in 1994 with member donations. The names of the donors were listed on a plaque of appreciation that was presented at the dedication. The council decided to try holding Wednesday evening services during June and July to encourage a greater summer attendance. A “Service of Remembrance” for loved ones was held in October. This service was organized by Karen Linne'. A funeral committee was formed to organize and serve food after funerals. A number of dinners were sponsored to help defray budgeted bills. A polka service before the roast beef dinner in October was popular. An Altar Guild was organized to take care of the altar duties, and to set up communion on Sundays.
  • 1995 In January 1995, the Reverend Antti Lepisto led special workshops to help members create a sense of vision and ministry. These workshops focused on who we were and who we wanted to become, and priority actions were developed. As a result of the visioning process, contemporary music books were organized and used, Bethlehem BABBS (Be a Bethlehem Buddy) was started, and a new mission statement, “Grace Receiving, Faith Growing, Love Sharing,” was developed. Pastor Jeff went to India with a mission group. In September 1995, a “Music on the Lawn” event was held in Proctor. The community band gave a concert which was followed by a pie and ice cream social. Bethlehem sponsored Dori DeFoe as she served with the Peace Corps in Tanzania. Several trees were planted in the church yard as part of the Proctor beautification project. After considering the sale of the parsonage, discussions ended with a renewed/negotiated lease to the clinic. After months of talking, Immanuel and Bethlehem voted not to merge the two congregations.