Connecting During COVID-19 Times

Online/Video Meeting & Gathering Options

Bethlehem Lutheran Church now has multiple options to offer for members to meet online!

For our first option, BLC has implemented accounts with Zoom, a commonly used video conference service, to host groups that would like to meet virtually during our time of social distancing. We are opening this up to all BLC groups and will be available to help you organize, schedule, and if needed, host such events. To schedule a meeting, please email Jenny (, Matt ( or Pr. Katie ( We will be happy to help you get in contact with your group! Also, here is an introduction to Zoom to help you get started:

A second option is also available if everyone in your group has a Google account (gmail). The Google Hangouts can be used to set up small group meetings with both video and audio. Let us know if you need any help setting up a Hangouts meeting for your group. See the following Quick Start Guide from Google for Hangouts:

Additional information and resources on how to use these tools can be found below. We encourage BLC groups that would normally meet in person to try a new method of connecting. Several of our groups have met very successfully and found it most comforting to see familiar faces, hear familiar voices and talk about what is happening to our world and our community today!


Online Meeting Resources:

Introduction to Zoom:

Joining a Zoom Meeting:

How to Host and Co-host a Zoom Video Meeting:

How to Join a Zoom Meeting with Android Phone.pdf

How to Join Zoom Meeting with Windows or Mac Computer.pdf

How to Join Zoom with iOS iPhone_iPad.pdf


Quick Start Guide from Google for Hangouts:

More information:

Print/edit user guides:

Hangouts Meeting Cheat Sheet:





Jesus calls us to go out and make disciples.

One of our main goals is to connect people to the ministry and mission of Bethlehem. We feel strongly that "we are blessed to be a blessing." We want people to feel loved and forgiven and accepted here. We want them to feel the presence of God. But we also want them to use their God given gifts and talents to further God's kingdom.

Smaller groups foster close relationships and integral community. The small group atmosphere is ready-made for building friendships. People talk more in small groups of people and are quicker to recognize needs and help meet those needs. The relationships formed within small groups form a strong fabric within a church and will endure and strengthen over time.


A Mighty Fortess imageFirst and foremost, we gather for worship and faith formation, including Bible studies and discussions. In addition, we offer many opportunities to connect in groups which focus on fellowship and also participate in service projects. A few examples are Dining for Eight, Bethlehem Book Club, BLC Quilters, Bunco groups, ball teams, First Friday Fellowship, and young family gatherings. Everyone in our congregation is a member of a BLC Neighborhood group for fellowship, caring and communication. We also have several Annual and Special Events where we gather as a whole congregational family to celebrate and socialize. In addition, we have several specific Care Ministries to provide loving support and help within our community.


Check out some of these additional opportunities to connect and grow in our community:

Worship & Music, Youth, Young Adult, Guests, Faith Formation, Mission to ServeCalendar.

Neighborhood groups: based on member's location; contact Nancy Tiff in the BLC office for more details on our Neighborhood groups.

Annual and Special Events: Church picnics, Jazz worship services, Easter egg hunts, St. Patrick's Day celebration, Living Nativity, Retreats, etc.

Care Ministry: Centus Counseling, Prayer Chain, Stephen Ministry, Prayer Shawl Ministry.


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