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Who We Are

Bethlehem Lutheran Church is a small but active congregation of the Northern Great Lakes Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Founded in 1892, Bethlehem now has 50 folks on an average Sunday who gather for worship.

Bethlehem is also part of the Florence Parish, a partnership in Christian ministry with our sister congregation First Presbyterian Church, (Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.) of Florence, Wisconsin. For more than 25 years Bethlehem and First have shared a pastor, educational ministries, worship together (around 15 times per year) and fellowship and life together.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church is a ministry of regular, ordinary people of all ages and backgrounds who are seeking the warmth, support and challenges which are offered by the love of God in Jesus Christ through Christian fellowship. Called by God through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit we are striving to be a faithful, visible expression of God’s love, forgiveness, presence and peace to the world. This is done as we worship, learn serve, share and witness together in the name of Jesus Christ.

It is not our goal to bring people to this church family from other churches. If you have a church that meets your individual needs or those of your family, we urge you to attend there regularly and celebrate and strengthen your relationship with God there. But, if you do not have a church home and are looking for a place where you can be yourself and meet God where you are, we invite you to join us and become involved in the Bethlehem Family of God.

As a member congregation of the ELCA we believe that all are welcome. So when we invite you to come join us, we mean completely. Attend worship with us, share in Holy Communion (our Lord’s holy supper), fellowship over a cup of coffee or juice, join in a Bible Study, pray with us, bring your children to Sunday School, and roll up your sleeves and join us in our mission of service in the name of Jesus Christ. We do God’s work with our hands.

We want you to feel comfortable to simply come and be with us. There is no pressure to join Bethlehem, but simply come and see if this is the place that you’ve been looking for to explore your faith and invest your energy in God’s name.

To learn more about what we and other ELCA Lutherans believe, please see What We Believe.

May the grace and peace of God be with you always!

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