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2017                                                                Events Calendar
September 16 Steeples and Steel tours and open house.
     
August 1 St. John's Striders weekly walk:  Sand Island/Tow Path, Bethlehem.
Meet at bridge near Ice House at 7:00 PM.
  4-13 Musikfest parking.  4:30 PM until lot is full
  8 St. John's Striders weekly walk:  Trexler Park, Allentown
Meet at 7:00 PM.
  9 Lunch Bunch at Noon in conference room
  15 St. John's Striders weekly walk:  Greenway, Bethlehem
Meet at church at 7:00 PM.
  19 Steeples and Steel minibus tours and open house.
  20 Book discussion in the Banko Lounge after 9:00 AM worship:
Our new book selection is The Handmaid's Tale, a 1985 dystopian
novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood.  It is set in a near-future New England in a totalitarian theocracy that has overthrown the
United States government.  The novel explores themes of women in subjugation and the various means by which they gain individualism
and independence.

For further information:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Handmaid%27s_Tale
 

  22 St. John's Striders weekly walk:  Hanover Township
Meet in parking lot at 7:00 PM.
  23 Lunch Bunch at Noon in conference room
                          -and-
Iron Pigs game - PenTeleData Party Porch.  Details TBA.
  26 Bingo Fundraiser. Doors/kitchen open at Noon/Games start 1:00 PM. 
Bingo License 17-3591.
Small Games of Chance License 17-00059.
  29 St. John's Striders weekly walk:  Hellertown Rail Trail
Meet at Grist Mill, Walnut Street Trail entrance at 7:00 PM.
     
June 6 St. John's Striders.  Walk begins at 7:00 PM.
Hanover Township.  Meet in parking lot.
  7 Faith Night at IronPigs game.  Details TBA.
  10 Bingo Fundraiser. Doors/kitchen open at Noon/Games start 1:00 PM. 
Details TBA.  Bingo License 17-3591.
Small Games of Chance License 17-00059.
  13 St. John's Striders.  Walk begins at 7:00 PM.
Hellertown Rail Trail.  Meet at Grist Mill, Walnut Street Trail Entrance.
  20 St. John's Striders.  Walk begins at 7:00 PM.
Sand Island/Towpath, Bethlehem.  Meet at bridge near Ice House.
  23 B/MSSCA flag raising ceremony.  Details TBA.
  25 Polka Mass in Auditorium.  10:45 AM.  Details TBA.
  27 Bethlehem Township.  Meet in parking lot.  NO DOGS.
     
May 2 St. John's Striders.  Walk begins at 7:00 PM.
Hellertown Rail Trail.  Meet at Grist Mill, Walnut Street Trail Entrance.
  7

Breakfast sponsored by Scholarship Committee. 
Kaiser Auditorium after 10:45 AM Worship Service.
Menu:  scrambled eggs, sausage, ham, potatoes, beverages
Cost:  $8 per person
Sign up throughout April before or after the 10:45 AM service.
Sign up sheet also available in the chapel.
  9 St. John's Striders.  Walk begins at 7:00 PM.
Sand Island/Towpath, Bethlehem.  Meet at bridge near Ice House.
  10 Lunch Bunch.  Conference Room. Noon.
  12 Family Fun Night.  Kaiser Auditorium.  7 PM.    CANCELLED
  16 St. John's Striders.  Walk begins at 7:00 PM.
Trexler Park, Allentown
  20 "Beer & Hymns".  Bethlehem Brew Works.  Noon - 2:00 PM.
  21 "God's Not Dead 2" movie showing after 10:45 AM worship.
Kaiser Auditorium.  Includes lunch. 
  23 St. John's Striders.  Walk begins at 7:00 PM.
Hoover-Mason Trestle.  Start at church.
  24 Lunch Bunch.  Conference Room. Noon.
  28 Book Club discussion?  TBA
  30 St. John's Striders.  Walk begins at 7:00 PM.
Greenway.  Start at church.
     
April 1 Bingo Fundraiser: "No Foolin' April Fools Bingo".
  16 Easter breakfast for congregation sponsored by Youth Group:
       egg casserole, bagels, fruit, juice, milk, coffee, tea
9:00 AM - 10:45 AM worship.  Kaiser Auditorium.  No charge.
  18 St. John's Striders.  Walk begins at 7:00 PM.
Meet at church for walk on Greenway.
  21 Family Fun Night.  Kaiser Auditorium.  7 PM.
  23 Book Club discussion?  TBA
  25 St. John's Striders.  Walk begins at 7:00 PM.
Hanover Township.  Meet in parking lot.
  26 Lunch Bunch.  Conference Room. Noon.
  27 "Martin Luther:  The Idea that Changed the World". 
Movie screening at Carmike Promenade 16 sponsored by St. John's in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, October 2017.
Advance tickets only.
     
March 17 Family Fun Night.  7:00 PM. Kaiser Auditorium.
  21 Halpuki sale - deadline for orders for March 26 pick-up.
  26 Book discussion in the Banko Lounge at 9:00 AM:
Our new book selection is Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. An amazing true story of four African-American female mathematicians known as “human computers”  They used pencils, slide rules, and
adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space at NASA. They helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program. This book was also made into
a movie. 
For further information: http://www.hiddenfigures.com/
                                                
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Halupki sale sponsored by Altar Society.  Pick-up before and after 10:45 am service.  Order by March 21.
     
February 8 Lunch Bunch.  Conference Room. Noon.
  15 Lunch Bunch.  Conference Room. Noon.
  17 Family Fun Night.  7:00 PM. Kaiser Auditorium.
  26 Annual congregation meeting after 10:45 AM worship service.
     
January 1 Start of "Souper Bowl of Caring" ... youth across the nation working to fight hunger and poverty in their own communities around the time of
the Super Bowl football game, this year on February 5.  In the weeks leading up to and on Super Bowl Sunday, we will collect non-perishable food items to help beat hunger!  Check out our football field each week to see if Hunger is winning and to see how many touchdowns we currently have.  100% of your donations go directly to help fight hunger right here.  More than $90 million has been collected nationwide since the movement began in 1990.  Help us grow this movement and tackle hunger in America!
  7 First responders luncheon sponsored by Stewards and Angels Committee.  We want to thank all the first responders in our community (police, firefighters, and EMT's) for all that they do. 
11 AM - 2 PM.  Menu:  soup, chili, sandwiches.
  11 Lunch Bunch.  Conference Room. Noon.
  20 Family Fun Night.  7:00 PM. Kaiser Auditorium.
  25 Lunch Bunch.  Conference Room. Noon.
  29 Book discussion in the Banko Lounge after worship.
Our new book selection is Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.  The
author offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this
painful episode.
  Sarah’s Key tells the story of two people, a young Jewish girl and a middle-aged woman, and the remote connection between their lives in France. This book was also made into a movie.

For further information about the book:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah's_Key_(novel)

     
2016    
December  14 Lunch Bunch @ Noon in the conference room.
                       
  18 Children's program in Nave during 10:45 AM worship.
Refreshments and Santa in auditorium after worship.
                             -and-
Youth Homemade Cookie Sale.  Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Raisin.  $6.00 per dozen, due at time of pick up before or
after 10:45 AM service.  Order forms available by box outside church office. Deadline for orders is Saturday, December 10.
                       
     
November  6 Book Fair in auditorium: 8:30 - 9:00 AM; 10:00 - 10:45 AM
https://www.sparkhouse.org

                                       -and-
Soup and sandwich lunch as fundraiser for Wreaths Across America project for Fountain Hill Cemetery.  After 10:45 AM worship service. $6.50 per person.                            
  9 Lunch Bunch. Noon. Conference Room.
  13

Harvest Home Sunday. Please bring a non-perishable food item
to church.  Please place your donations in the marked boxes at
each entrance to the sanctuary. The food will be taken to our
local food bank to share with those who find themselves in a
precarious position.
                                   -and-
B/MSSCA Heritage Day / Election.  12:30 PM.

  18 Family Fun Night.  7:00 PM. Kaiser Auditorium.
  20 Congregation Meeting after Worship with annual election.
  23 Lunch Bunch. Noon. Conference Room.
  27 Book discussion in the Banko Lounge after worship.

The selected book is Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, which
tells the story of Vivian Daly, an elderly woman who grew up as an orphan during the Great Depression.  She, along with other orphans, were sent across the country in the hopes of finding a new family.  The narrative alternates time lines as a now elderly Vivian faces her childhood memories.
 

For further information about the book:
http://christinabakerkline.com/novels/orphan-train/

You can help us select our next book. The Girl on the Train, one of
our previous book club selections, is now a movie.
                                    -and-
Opening of Ethnic Christmas Tree Display at Comfort Suites
sponsored by South Bethlehem Historical Society.  2:00 PM.

  29 St. John's Day at New Bethany Ministries, 333 West 4th Street. 
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM.  Contact Lynn or church office if interested.
     
October 9 Bethlehem Area CROP Walk. Rain or Shine. 
Registration 1:00 PM.  Walk begins 1:30 PM. 
Please see Penny W. for more information and sponsor forms.
  14 Family Fun Night @ 7:00 PM in Kaiser Auditorium
  16 Book discussion in the Banko Lounge after worship.

The selected book is The 15th Affair (Women's Murder Club Series)
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.

For further information about the book:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rbp10LYAk6A

You can help us select our next book. The Light between the Oceans, one of our previous book club selections, is now a movie.

  23 Book Fair in auditorium: 8:30 - 9:00 AM; 10:00 - 10:45 AM
https://www.sparkhouse.org/
                               -and-

B/MSSCA roast pork and chicken dinner at Saucon Valley Acres.
  29 Steeples and Steel tours
Sponsored by Steelworkers' Archives and
South Bethlehem Historical Society
  30 Book Fair in auditorium: 8:30 - 9:00 AM; 10:00 - 10:45 AM;
                                 Noon -12:30 PM
https://www.sparkhouse.org/                 
     
September
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St. John's Striders Walking Schedule.  All walks begin @ 7:00 PM.
Sand Island/Tow Path, Beth. Meet @ bridge near ice house
.
Hoover-Mason Trestle.  Start @ church.
Hellertown Rail Trail. Meet @ Grist Mil, Walnut St. Trail Entrance
Greenway.  Start @ church.
  16 Family Fun Night in Kaiser Auditorium.  7:00 PM.
  17 Steeples and Steel tour in conjunction with Pennsylvania Labor
History Society.  Conference details TBA.
  25

Lynn Long and Patty Alercia will present a vocal and piano recital at 3:00 pm in the Nave. A free will offering will benefit the Esperanza children's programs. The music performed is by Brahms, Mahler, Schumann, Mozart, Gershwin, Lauridsen, and Bernstein.

     
August 2
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Walk the Greenway with Stewards and Angels @ 7:00 PM



St. John's Striders @ Trexler Park, Allentown
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Volunteers (adults and youth) are needed to staff the
parking lot during Musikfest. This is a fundraiser for the
Youth Group.  There will be a sign-up sheet on the bulletin
board with the dates and times.  Other details TBA.
Monday through Thursday: 5:00-9:00 PM (or until lot full)
Fridays through Sundays:  4:00-9:00 PM (or until lot full)
  10 Lunch Bunch @ Noon in Conference Room
  20 Steeples and Steel tours.  Sponsored by Steelworkers' Archives
and South Bethlehem Historical Society.
  21 Deadline to sign up for August 28 movie.
  22 Atlantic City bus trip sponsored by B/MSSCA.
  24 Lunch Bunch @ Noon in Conference Room
  28 Movie Time:  "Once I was a Beehive" after 9:00 AM worship
service. Light breakfast available --- breakfast sandwich, popcorn,
and drinks provided.  Free, donation optional. 
FYI ... you are welcome to bring your own lunch and your own chair.
Sign up by August 21 on bulletin board in hallway to the Nave.
Link to film trailer:
ONCE I WAS A BEEHIVE (2015) - Official Movie Trailer - YouTube
     
July 5
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Walk the Greenway with Stewards and Angels @ 7:00 PM
  11 Atlantic City bus trip sponsored by B/MSSCA.
  13 Lunch Bunch @ Noon in Conference Room
  24 Book discussion in the Banko Lounge after worship.

The selected book is The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.

For further information about the book:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Elegance_of_the_Hedgehog

  27 Lunch Bunch @ Noon in Conference Room
  30 Steeples and Steel tours.  Sponsored by Steelworkers' Archives and South Bethlehem Historical Society.
     
June 5 Polka Mass and picnic at Saucon Valley Acres. 
Picnic $12 adults, $6 ages 6-12, free ages 5 and under.
Make reservations before or after 10:45 AM worship service.
Deadline is May 29.
  9 Lunch Bunch @ Noon in Conference Room
  12 Prayer Group in Banko Lounge after worship
  15 "Faith Night" at IronPigs game.
  17 B/MSSCA flag raising ceremony / 20th anniversary.
Ceremony at City Center Payrow Plaza followed by luncheon at Saucon Valley Acres.  Details on B/MSSCA website.
  22 Lunch Bunch @ Noon in Conference Room
     
May 8 Deadline for IronPigs "Faith Night" tickets.  See June 15.
  15 Movie matinee:  "Hachi, A Dog's Tale" after 10:45 AM worship
service. Light lunch available.  Free, donation optional. 
Sign up by May 8 on bulletin board leading to Nave.
Link to film trailer:
HACHI: A DOG'S TALE (2009) - Official Movie Trailer - YouTube
  20 Family Fun Night.  7:00 PM. Kaiser Auditorium.
  29 Deadline for picnic reservations.  See June 5.
     
April 1 "Mystery dinner" in Kaiser Auditorium sponsored by the Youth Group.
6:00 PM in Kaiser Auditorium.  Free will donation for 4 course meal.
There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.
  10 Pork and sauerkraut dinner sponsored by Altar Society.
Kaiser Auditorium after 10:45 AM worship service.
Reservation deadline April 3.
  15 Family Fun Night. 7:00 PM in Kaiser Auditorium.
  24 Book discussion in the Banko Lounge at 9:00 AM. 

The selected book is Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie.

For further information about the book:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Murder_at_the_Vicarage

     
March 8 Prayer group @ 1:00 PM in Banko Lounge.
  18 Family Fun Night @ 7:00 PM will feature Scrapbooking led by Gina.
Kaiser Auditorium
  24 Maundy Thursday covered dish, Table of the Lord Service @
6:30 PM. Last names A-L: bring a salad or dessert.  M-Z:  bring an entree, vegetable, or casserole.  A very special presentation, The Longest Night, will be performed at this time.  Sign up on the
bulletin board sheets in the chapel and the hallway leading up to
the church.
     
February 7 General discussion after 10:45 AM service about proposed revised constitution and bylaws in preparation for February 28 vote by congregation.  Soup served afterwards for "Souper Bowl" Sunday.
  19 Family Fun Night. 7:00 PM in Kaiser Auditorium
  21 Movie matinee:  "Woodlawn" after 10:45 AM worship service
Light lunch available at $5.00 per person
Link to film trailer:
http://yellowhammernews.com/faithandculture/
video-watch-the-inspiring-first-trailer-for-woodlawn-set-and-filmed-in-birmingham/
  23 Initial meeting of the Prayer Group at 7:00 PM
Banko Lounge
  28 Book discussion in the Banko Lounge at 9:00 AM. 

The selected book is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

As a New York Times bestseller, this is a stunningly ambitious and
beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose
paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the
devastation of World War II.  For further information about the book: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_the_Light_We_Cannot_See
                                   -and -
Semi-annual congregation meeting to vote on proposed revised constitution and bylaws.

     
January 3

Start of "Souper Bowl of Caring" campaign to locally benefit
New Bethany Food Bank and Esperanza "Feed the Children"
program. Bring in your non-perishable food items each week so
we can defeat hunger. Campaign ends on Super Bowl Sunday, 2/7.

  10 Book discussion in the library at 9:00 AM. 

The selected book is The 13th Tale by Diane Setterfield.

 

The 13th Tale is a rich story about secrets, ghosts, winter,
books and family. The Thirteenth Tale is a book lover's book,
with much of the action taking place in libraries and book
stores, and the line between fact and fiction constantly
blurred. It is hard to believe this is Setterfield's debut novel,
for she makes the words come to life with such skill that some
passages may give you chills.

  17 Breakfast program with Alex Gergar sponsored by the Altar Society.
Kaiser Auditorium after the 10:45 AM worship service.
  31 Soup sale to benefit the Scholarship Committee.
$4 and $6 based on container size.
     
2015                                                                  
December 6 Christmas City Follies at Touchstone Theatre.  Coordinated by
the Youth Group, this event is open to everyone from church
and their friends.  Contact the church office, or see Sherry or
the flyer on the bulletin board for more information. 
Registration deadline is November 29.
  9 Lunch Bunch at Noon
  13 Sunday School Christmas program in the Nave followed by
refreshments in Kaiser Auditorium after the worship service.
  23 Lunch Bunch at Noon
  24 Christmas Eve Worship in the Nave.  7:30 PM.
  25 Christmas Day Worship and Communion in the Nave.  9:00 AM.
     
November 1 B/MSSCA Fall Heritage Day and Election of Officers & Trustees,
Kaiser Auditorium, 1:00 PM.  Lunch will be served at 1:00 PM,
followed by the meeting and election.
  8 Luncheon to honor veterans of St. John's following 10:45 AM
worship service and rededication of plaque.
  11 Lunch Bunch at Noon
  15 Congregation meeting in Kaiser Auditorium following the
10:45 AM worship service.
  22 Book discussion in Banko Lounge at 9:00 AM. 

The selected book is Oilcloth Stories by Carol Dean Henn.

 

"Carol Henn has written a beautiful book that takes her life experiences, fictional worlds, and observations, and transports
you to a place called Bethlehem in Pennsylvania.  Part lush
fiction, novella, and memoir, Carol weaves masterful tales in celebration of her roots, family life, and love that will delight
readers everywhere." Quote by Adriana Trigiani, New York Times best-selling author of BIG STONE GAP.)

 

If you bring your copy, Carol will be happy to sign it for you.

  25 Lunch Bunch at Noon
     
October 4 Book discussion in Banko Lounge at 9:00 AM. 

The selected book is Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, the
sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird.

The story is set during the mid-1950's and features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. 
Scout (Jean Louise Finch - her given name) has returned to
Maycomb from New York to visit her father, Atticus.  She is
forced to grapple with issues, both personal and political, as she tries to understand her father's attitude toward society and
her own feelings about the place where she was born and
spent her childhood.

  11 CROP Walk, rain or shine.  A good portion of the proceeds stays
in our community. Let's see if we can beat last year's amount. 
Start saving now to sponsor one of our walkers or join our
walkers.  Details TBA.
  12 Bus trip to Atlantic City to benefit St. John's.
www.bmssca.org
  14 Lunch Bunch at Noon
  16 Fun Night - for everyone - young and young at heart
7:00 PM in the Kaiser Auditorium
  28 Lunch Bunch at Noon
  31 "Steeples and Steel" bus tours sponsored by Steelworkers'
Archives and South Bethlehem Historical Society. 
Tours leave St. John's at 9:30 AM and 1:00 PM.
     
September 9 Lunch Bunch at Noon
  13 Sunday School Rally Day at 9:00 AM
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"God's Work - Our Hands" day with a clean-up of the greenway
after the 10:45 AM worship service organized by the
Stewardship and Evangelism Committee
  18 Fun Night - for everyone - young and young at heart
7:00 PM in the Kaiser Auditorium
  20 B/MSSCA annual roast chicken and pork fundraiser dinner at
Saucon Valley Acres. Details TBA.
  23 Lunch Bunch at Noon
  26 "Steeples and Steel" bus tours sponsored by Steelworkers'
Archives and South Bethlehem Historical Society. 
Tours leave St. John's at 9:30 AM and 1:00 PM.
     
August 2 Book discussion in Banko Lounge after 9:00 AM worship service. 

The selected book is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

It is a suspenseful thriller filled with a complex plot, shocking
twists at every turn, and an ending that will both stun and
leave the reader wanting more.  Suspense, intrigue, drama, and murder, all entangled together into one giant knot that is
begging to be unraveled.

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Volunteers (adults and youth) are needed to staff the
parking lot during Musikfest. There will be a sign-up sheet on

the bulletin board with the dates and times:
Monday through Thursday: 5:00-9:00 PM (or until lot full)
Fridays through Sundays:  4:00-9:00 PM (or until lot full)
  12 Lunch Bunch at Noon.
  22 "Steeples and Steel" bus tours sponsored by Steelworkers'
Archives and South Bethlehem Historical Society. 
Tours leave St. John's at 9:30 AM and 1:00 PM.
  23 Healing Service with Worship and Communion in the Nave. 
9:00 AM.
  24 Bus trip to Atlantic City sponsored by the B/MSSCA.
Leave 9:00 AM.
  26 Lunch Bunch at Noon.
     
July 8 Lunch Bunch at Noon.
  13 Bus trip to Atlantic City sponsored by the B/MSSCA.
Leave 9:00 AM.
  25 "Steeples and Steel" bus tours sponsored by Steelworkers'
Archives and South Bethlehem Historical Society. 
Tours leave St. John's at 9:30 AM and 1:00 PM.
     
June 15 Faith Night at Iron Pigs game, Coca Cola Park.  Cost is $15 per
person; place your cash or check in an envelope, print your
name and the number of tickets you want on the outside of the envelope, and give it to Liz Burian or the Church Office. 
Everyone who attends the game receives an Iron Pigs "Angel" baseball hat and a $4 ball park credit which can be used
towards food or merchandise.  We will sit in section 102.
The Phillie Phanatic will be at the game. 
Reservation deadline is May 17.
  19 B/MSSCA sponsored flag raising ceremony at Payrow Plaza,
City Hall (10:30 AM) followed by a luncheon at Saucon Valley Acres (Noon).
     
May 17 American Chicken Dinner to benefit St. John's Windish
Lutheran Youth Scholarship.  Kaiser Auditorium after 10:45 AM service.
Reservation deadline is May 10.
  24 Book discussion at 9:00 AM in the Banko Lounge:
The selected book is The Traitor's Wife:  The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America by Allison
Pataki.  A riveting historical novel about Peggy Shippen Arnold,
the cunning wife of Benedict Arnold, and mastermind behind America's most infamous act of treason.  Told from the
perspective of Peggy's maid, whose faith in the new nation
inspired her to intervene in her mistress's affairs, even when it
could cost her everything.  The Traitor's Wife brings the
infamous figures to life, illuminating the sordid details and the
love triangle that nearly destroyed the American fight for
freedom.
                                      -and-
Memorial Day commemoration at 10:45 AM worship service.  Members of the congregation killed in action in World War II and Vietnam will be remembered during a special ceremony.
  31 St. John's Church Picnic in conjunction with 11:00 AM Service
(Polka Mass) and Communion at Saucon Valley Acres
Reservation deadline is May 24.
     
April 4 "Breakfast with the Easter Bunny / Annual Egg Hunt"
sponsored by the Youth Group.
  17 Family Fun Night.  7:00 PM.
  19 B/MSSCA Spring Heritage Day, Kaiser Auditorium, 1:00 PM.
Lunch will be served at 1:00 PM followed by a meeting &
program.
     
March 15 Book discussion at 9:00 AM in the Banko Lounge. 

The selected book is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

"Set on the prosperous Long Island of 1922,The Great Gatsby
provides a critical social history of America during the Roaring
Twenties within its narrative. That era, known for unprecedented economic prosperity, the evolution of jazz music, flapper culture,
and bootlegging and other criminal activity, is plausibly depicted
in Fitzgerald's novel. Fitzgerald uses these societal developments
of the 1920s to build Gatsby's stories from simple details like automobiles to broader themes like Fitzgerald's discreet allusions
to the organized crime culture which was the source of Gatsby's fortune. Fitzgerald educates his readers about the garish society
of the Roaring Twenties by placing a timeless, relatable plotline
within the historical context of the era.

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Gatsby)
                                   -AND-
Breakfast following 10:45 AM worship service.  Sponsored by the
Altar Society.  Come for good food and good fellowship.

  20 Family Fun Night.  7:00 PM.
  28 B/MSSCA participation in the "History Expo" at the Lehigh
Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown. 
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.  Free parking and admission.
     
February 1 “Souper” Bowl Sunday, with homemade soup after the
10:45 AM worship service as a "thank you" to all who helped by donating to this worthy cause!
  11 Lunch Bunch at Noon
  20 "Fun Night".  Details TBA.
  22 Congregation meeting in Kaiser Auditorium immediately
following 10:45 AM worship service.
     
January 4 "Kick-off" to "Souper" Bowl Sunday.
  14 Lunch Bunch at Noon
  16 Movie Night:  "Evan Almighty" sponsored by Youth Group.
7:00 PM in the auditorium.
  18 Book discussion at 9:00 AM in the Banko Lounge. 

The selected book is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by
Rebecca Skloot Henrietta Lacks was an African
American migrant in Baltimore, a mother of five, who met
with unfortunate death at the young age of 30 in 1951 due
to cervical cancer.
This non-fiction book is about Henrietta’s cells that were taken for analysis, and subsequently
distributed to hospitals, colleges and other institutions throughout the world for research, without the knowledge
of her family.  These cells came to be known as the HeLa
cells. 
Medical scientists discovered the nature of various diseases and also helped in finding out vaccines and
medicines for polio, cancer, fertility and many more.  This
was all done without her family’s knowledge.  The family remained poor, despite the fact that they were indirectly
helpful for many medical innovations. The author of the
book, Rebecca Skloot, is a science writer who met the
Lacks' family while investigating the background of HeLa
Cells.  This process took an entire decade to research.

  28 Lunch Bunch at Noon
     
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December 10 Lunch Bunch at Noon
  13 Decorating our Church for Christmas
  19 Movie Night:  "Miracle on 34th Street". 1994 remake. 
7:00 PM in the auditorium.
  21 "Bethlehem Bound", children's Christmas program in Kaiser Auditorium during the 10:45 AM worship service.  Our
traditional hot dog luncheon will follow the service.
     
November 2 Hoagie sale sponsored by the Youth Group.
  9 Book discussion at 9:00 AM in the Banko Lounge. 
Chosen book is "The Light Between Oceans" by M.L.Stedman. 
It takes place in Australia and is a compelling story about
what happens when a couple takes in an infant who washed ashore of the lighthouse where they lived. Their raise the
child as their own. It is about where justice for one person
is another's tragic loss.
  12 Lunch Bunch in Conference Room.  Noon.
  16 "B/MSSCA Fall Heritage Day and Election of Trustees"
2:00 PM.  Kaiser Auditorium.
  21 Movie Night:  "Blended".  7:00 PM in the auditorium.
  26 Lunch Bunch in Conference Room.  Noon.
  29 Bus trip to New York City sponsored by the Youth Group.
SOLD OUT!
  30 Ethnic Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony sponsored by the
South Bethlehem Historical Society @ Comfort Suites,
120 W. Third Street, 2:00 PM.  Free admission/open to the
public.  Come see the Slovenian/Windish tree decorated by members of St. John's.
     
October 12 CROP Walk (30th Anniversary).
A new video and details of the event are on the CROP
website.  Photos of the volunteers at St. John’s Windish are included.  To go directly to the site, type or copy-paste the
address www.bethlehemareacropwalk.blogspot.com.

Since the first Bethlehem event on May 6, 1985, our walkers
have raised over $548,000 and distributed $137,000 to local
area food banks and soup kitchens.  This year, you can
make a real difference in the fight to end hunger. 

Sign up to walk with Pastor Suzanne and many other
St. John’s walkers or donate to anyone of the walkers from church or to the church office.  Sign-up sheet is on the
small bulletin board in the hallway leading to church.

All money will be submitted to the CROP Walk fund under our church’s name (St. John’s Windish Ev. Lutheran Church).  Help
make us one of the top five churches for 2014. 

See Gail Sakovics if you are able to walk or donate to this
worthy cause.  Twenty-five per cent of everything raised
stays in the Lehigh Valley area.

Esperanza is also walking with us this year to help feed the
hungry.  Be sure to decorate your strollers and wagons.  We
want to be noticed.  Let everyone know of the generous
people who support our church’s endeavors.

Thanks for your help to change lives everywhere!

P.S. We will seek matching funds through Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

  13 Atlantic City Bus trip to benefit St. John's:
Gene Novak is running the last bus trip for this year to
Atlantic City.  All monies earned will go to St. John’s Windish
Lutheran Church.  Consider going along on a fun trip not too
far away.  You can have coffee and doughnuts with us
before the bus leaves. 
We play games on the way down to pass the time.  Before
you know it, we are there, just in time for lunch.  You can
pack your own and bring it along or eat in one of the casino or
Boardwalk restaurants.  On the way home, we watch a
movie (or fall asleep if we were walking the boardwalk).  Call Gene at 610-691-0580 for costs and to reserve your seats.
  17 Movie Night:  "The Goonies".  7:00 PM in the auditorium.
  19 "B/MSSCA Roast Pork and Chicken Fundraiser Dinner" at
Saucon Valley Acres.  Details TBA.
     
September  14 Book discussion at 9:00 AM in the Banko Lounge. 
Book is "The Hunger Games", book 1 by Suzanne Collins.
                              -and-
"Welcome Back" covered dish luncheon following the 10:45 AM worship service.  This will be a good way to get to know each
other and our new pastor, Suzanne Trump.  There is sign-up
sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway leading to church.
  15 Atlantic City Bus trip sponsored by the B/MSSCA
Details TBA.
  20 "Steeples and Steel" tours and open house presented by Steelworkers' Archives and South Bethlehem Historical Society.  Based at St. John's.
  28 Installation of Pastor Suzanne at 3:00 PM in the Nave.  Bishop Zeiser will install her as pastor, and the Rev. Laura Stoneback
will preach. Please plan to attend this very special day for her
and for our congregation. 
There will be a reception following
the Installation Service.
     
August 1-10 The youth group will man our parking lot during Musikfest to
raise funds for their treasury.  If you attend Musikfest or know people who do, please support our youth.  Thanks!
  13 Lunch Bunch at Noon
  23 "Steeples and Steel" tours and open house presented by Steelworkers' Archives and South Bethlehem Historical Society.  Based at St. John's.
  24 "God's Not Dead" film in Kaiser Auditorium after 9:00 AM worship.
Please sign up on the bulletin board.
     
July 9 Lunch Bunch at Noon
  13 Pastor Grace's last day at St. John's. 
There will be a fellowship hour after the worship service.
  14 Atlantic City Bus trip sponsored by the B/MSSCA.  Details TBA.
  20 Pastor Suzanne's first sermon as new pastor at St. John's.
  23 Lunch Bunch at Noon
  26 "Steeples and Steel" tours presented by Steelworkers' Archives
and South Bethlehem Historical Society.  Based at St. John's.
     
June 1 St. John's Church Picnic in conjunction with 11:00 AM Worship Service and Communion at Saucon Valley Acres.
  8 10:45 AM worship service today, no 8:00 AM service. 
Meet and greet coffee hour at 9:00 AM in Kaiser Auditorium. 
Special Congregation meeting immediately following the
10:45 AM worship service to take action on a recommendation
of the Congregation Council relative to calling a new pastor.
  20 "B/MSSCA Annual Flag Raising Ceremony"
10:30 AM City Hall Plaza
Luncheon to follow at Saucon Valley Acres
  28 "Steeples and Steel" tours presented by Steelworkers' Archives
and South Bethlehem Historical Society.  Based at St. John's.
     
May 9 Movie Night: Life of Pi.  Sponsored by the Youth Group.
7:00 PM in the auditorium.
  12 Atlantic City Bus trip sponsored by the B/MSSCA.  Details TBA.
  18 Hoagie Sale sponsored by the Youth Group. 
Deadline to order is May 11.
     
April 5

"Tricky Tray" sponsored by Youth Group.
                     -and-
B/MSSCA participation in the "History Expo" at the Lehigh
Valley Heritage Museum, Allentown.  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

  19 "Breakfast with the Easter Bunny / Annual Egg Hunt"
sponsored by the Youth Group
  25 Movie Night: Zoo Keeper.  7:00 PM in the auditorium.
  27
"Book discussion" at 9:00 AM in the Banko Lounge:
"A Long Way Gone - Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" by Ishmael Beah
Please plan to join our discussion.

                                   -and -
"B/MSSCA Spring Heritage Day".  2:00 PM.  Kaiser Auditorium.
Program will be the Steelworkers' Archives Speakers Bureau.

     
    HELP WITH THE HOMELESS:
This mission outreach continues throughout the winter months
and ends Tuesday, March 25, 2014.  We need at least two volunteers to stay
throughout the night as well as people to
prepare dinners and breakfasts each
week.  Snacks, fresh fruits, cereals and cleaning supplies are always welcome.  You can
prepare casseroles, soups and stew for our freezer at church.  Please
give prayerful consideration to this important and
necessary ministry.
March 5 Book discussion at 9:00 AM in the Banko Lounge:
The book "I am Malala" covers the entire story before the
October 9, 2012 attack on Malala and her life story after that attack.  The book is written with the help of Christina Lamp, a
British journalist, and is all about Malala's life and her story. 
The story begins with a different scene, revealing a girl who
likes "Ugly Betty" and the cooking show "Masterchef".  She
worries about her clothes and her hair, but also has an iron determination that comes from experience beyond her 16 years.  Later on in the book, you will read about the time she was
coming from school to home when suddenly a gunman came to
her bus and asked "Who is Malala among you?"  At that
moment Malala said, "I didn't even observe that I'm being killed right at the moment."  Whatever she did and faced before and after
the attack is included in this book. 
Please plan to join our discussion.
  21 Movie Night:  The Game Plan.  7:00 PM in the auditorium.
  22 St. Joe's 100th Anniversary Celebration Mass.  11:00 AM.
417 E. Fifth Street, Bethlehem, PA.  Invite your family and
friends.  Help them pack the pews.  Please be aware that
parking will be tight that day, so plan accordingly.
  23 Altar Society Meeting following Worship
  30 "Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner" - A Celebration of St. John's Day
Reservation deadline March 24.
     
February 2

"Souper Bowl Sunday", where youth will provide soup in the
Kaiser Auditorium after the 10:45 AM worship service as a
"thank you" for helping to rule out hunger.

  12 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon.
Conference Room on the ground floor.
  14 Valentine's Lasagna Dinner and Movie sponsored by the
Youth Group.
  21 Movie Night:  Evan Almighty.  7:00 PM in the auditorium.
  23 Annual congregation meeting in auditorium after worship.
  26 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon.
Conference Room on the ground floor.
     
January 5 Book discussion at 9:00 AM in the Banko Lounge:
Jeannette Walls is the author & the voice of The Glass Castle.  The memoir is told from her point of view, beginning
with her unconventional childhood and culminating in her adult success as an editor, journalist, and writer.  Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws
gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life
on her own terms.  For two decades, she hid her roots.  Now
she tells her own story.
                           - and -
Start of St. John's vs. Hunger ("Souper Bowl Sunday").  The
youth will once again display their football field and collect non-perishable food items for the local food shelter.
  8 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon.
Conference Room on the ground floor.
  17 Movie Night:  The Goonies.  7:00 PM in the auditorium.
  19 Deadline for Hoagie Sale sponsored by the Youth Group.
  22 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon.
Conference Room on the ground floor.
  26 Hoagie Sale sponsored by the Youth Group.
     
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December 3

HELP WITH THE HOMELESS:
Beginning Tuesday, December 3, St. John’s will once again
host homeless
men each week.  This mission outreach continues throughout the winter months and ends Tuesday, March 25, 2014.  We need at least two volunteers to stay throughout
the night as well as people to prepare dinners and breakfasts each
week.  Snacks, fresh fruits, cereals and cleaning supplies are always welcome.  You can prepare casseroles, soups and stew for our freezer at church.  Please give prayerful consideration to this important and necessary ministry.

  8 Christmas City Follies XIV at Touchstone Theater sponsored by
Sunday School and Youth Group, 2 PM.  Lunch in Kaiser
Auditorium following the 10:45 AM worship service.
  15 The Sunday school’s Christmas Program, "Candy Cane
Christmas" will be held during the 10:45 service. This will
take place in the Auditorium.  Our traditional hot dog lunch and refreshments will be served following the service.   
Please join us and support the children of St John’s who work very hard to bring this Christmas program to you!
     
November 3 Book discussion at 9:00 AM in the Banko Lounge:
The Reason I Jump, by Naoki Higashida.  This is a small book
about a 13-year-old autistic boy who answers 58 questions he thinks others wonder about him, from "Why do you like spinning?" to "Would you like to be normal"? His startling, moving insights
offer a rare look inside the autistic mind.  Read an excerpt at
parade.com/autism.
  15 Movie Night:  The Goonies.  7 PM
  17 Fall Heritage Day in Kaiser Auditorium sponsored by the Bethlehem/Murska Sobota Sister Cities Association.  2 PM.
  24 Harvest Home Sunday:
Help us celebrate “Harvest Home Sunday” by bringing a non-perishable food item to church.  These items will be used to
help our Housing the Homeless project.  The excess items will
be donated to New Bethany Ministries and the food bank they maintain.
  27 Pumpkin Pie Sale sponsored by the Youth Group.
Pick-up time between 10:00 AM and noon and 6:00 - 8:00 PM.(Deadline for orders is Sunday, November 24.)
                              -and-
Thanksgiving Eve Service at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
     
October 2 Concert sponsored by B/MSSCA:  Megaron from Slovenia.
  6 Hoagie Sale sponsored by Youth Group.
  13 Breakfast sponsored by Altar Society.
  18 Movie Night Sponsored by Youth Group: "Despicable Me".
  20 Bethlehem/Murska Sobota Sister Cities Association Annual
Roast Pork and Chicken Dinner.  Fundraiser for Student
Exchange.  1:00 PM.  Saucon Valley Acres.  Details TBA.
     
September 8 Rally Day at 9:00 AM.  Come and join the fun for all ages.
  15 Book discussion after 10:45 AM Worship:
We will discuss The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. 
This book gives us an entertaining glimpse into the lives of
some of the Biblical women of the Old Testament. Read this interesting novel and discover what life was like for women of that time.
 Pastor Grace will lead the discussion.
  23 B/MSSCA Atlantic City Bus Trip
  29 Deadline for hoagie orders.  Sale sponsored by Youth Group.
     
August 10 Bus trip to Sight & Sound Theatre to see "Noah".  Sponsored
by the Youth Group.
     
June 12 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon.
Conference Room on the ground floor.
  16 Book discussion after worship:  "The Bloodletter's Daughter".
                            -and-
Father's Day Coffee Hour sponsored by Youth Group.  10 AM.
  21 B/MSSCA Annual Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall followed
by a luncheon at Saucon Valley Acres.  10:30 AM.
  26 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon.
Conference Room on the ground floor.
     
May 8 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon.
Conference Room on the ground floor.
  12 Mother's Day Coffee Hour sponsored by Youth Group.  9 AM.
  17 Movie Night sponsored by Youth Group.  6:00 PM.
Double feature:  "Nanny McPhee 1" and "Nanny McPhee 2".
Note:  This is the last movie night until September.
  19 Polka Mass/Communion at Saucon Valley Acres at 11:00 AM. 
Picnic to follow.
  20 B/MSSCA Atlantic City Bus trip
  22 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon.
Conference Room on the ground floor.
     
April 7 Sale of homemade soup as a fundraiser for a youth member of
St. John's trip to Slovenia this summer (with other youth from
the NE Synod). Soup will be available before and after services.
  10 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon.
Conference Room on the ground floor.
  14 Spring Heritage Day in Kaiser Auditorium sponsored by the Bethlehem/Murska Sobota Sister Cities Association.  2:00 PM.
  19 Movie Night: "Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief" sponsored
by the Youth Group.  7:00 PM.
  21 Vera Bradley Bingo fundraiser sponsored by the Youth Group. 
2:00 PM.
  24 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon.
Conference Room on the ground floor.
     
 March 9 Tricky Tray sponsored by the Youth Group.
  13 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon.
Conference Room on the ground floor. 
  15 Movie Night: "Wild Soccer Bunch" sponsored by Youth Group.
  17 St. Paddy's Day Dinner after Worship sponsored by the
Youth Group.
  27 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon.
Conference Room on the ground floor. 
  30 Breakfast with the Easter Bunny/Egg Hunt sponsored by the Youth Group. 9:30 AM.
     
     
February 2 "Souper Bowl" Sunday donation deadline.
Soup after Worship Service.
  8 Movie Night: Evan Almighty sponsored by the Youth Group.
CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.
  15 Valentine's Lasagna Dinner and Movie sponsored by Youth Group.
  24 Congregation meeting in Kaiser Auditorium immediately
following worship.
  27 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon.
Conference Room on the ground floor. 
     
January 6 Kick-off for the Youth Group's annual Souper Bowl for hunger
can drive.
  9 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon - 1:30 PM.
Conference Room on the ground floor.
  13 Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner in Kaiser Auditorium.
  18 Movie Night: "Matilda" sponsored by the Youth Group.
  20 Deadline for orders for Youth Group Hoagie Sale.
  23 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon - 1:30 PM.
Conference Room on the ground floor. 
  27 Hoagie Pick-up
     
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December 5 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon - 1:30 PM.
Conference Room on the ground floor.
  16 Children's Christmas Program, "Christmas Around the World", in
Kaiser Auditorium during 10:45 AM Worship Service followed by refreshments and fellowship
                                  - and -
Departing reception for Pastor Gary
  19 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon - 1:30 PM.
Conference Room on the ground floor.
  21 St. John's Night
     
November 7 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon - 1:30 PM.
Conference Room on the ground floor.
  10 Food Fest.  10 AM - 2 PM.  Kaiser Auditorium.
  16 Movie Night:  The Princess Bride sponsored by the
Youth Group.
  18 Congregation meeting in Kaiser Auditorium following the
10:45 AM worship service
                                  - and -
Community Thanksgiving Service Sponsored by Southside
Ministries at Cathedral Church of the Nativity
     
October 10 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon - 1:30 PM.
Conference Room on the ground floor.  Gospel of Mark.
  21 Adult Christian Education:  Pastor's Bible Study.  9:00 AM.
                               -and-

B/MSSCA Heritage Day/Election in Kaiser Auditorium.  2:00 PM.
  24 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon - 1:30 PM.
Conference Room on the ground floor.  Gospel of Mark.
  28 Ham and Cheese Sandwich Sale.  Order form on bulletin board
in hallway to the Nave.  Sponsored by Youth Group. 
Deadline to order is October 21.
     
September 5 Slovenian Dining at Starter's Riverport
  9 Clothing drive until November 12, 2012.  Details to follow.
  10 "Best of Scotland" trip, September 10-19, 2012 hosted by
Rev. Dr. Gary J. Langensiepen.  Round trip from New York.
  12 Slovenian Dining at Starter's Riverport
  16 Bethlehem/Murska Sobota Sister Cities Association Annual
Roast Pork and Chicken Dinner.  Fundraiser for Student
Exchange.  1:00 PM.  Saucon Valley Acres
See B/MSSCA website.
  19 Slovenian Dining at Starter's Riverport
  23 Adult Christian Education: Book Club. 9:00 AM.  Banko Lounge.
Members of the Book Club were asked to read the Gospel of
St. Luke (and, if they had time, the Book of Acts as well)
during the hot summer months.  There is still time to read one
or both of those biblical books if you want to join us. 
(The decision to read various biblical books was based
on the fact that the term "Bible" actually comes from the
Greek word, "ta biblia", which means "book" or "library". 
The gospels of Matthew and Mark were already read by the
Book Club.)
  26 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon - 1:30 PM.
Conference Room on the ground floor.  Review of first seven chapters of Mark's gospel, then focus on eighth chapter.
                              -and-
Slovenian Dining at Starter's Riverport
  30 Catechetical Registration.  9:00 AM.  Banko Lounge.
For all returning students and those entering 7th grade and
their parents!
     
August 18 SSM Family Fun Festival at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park
     
July 9 Vacation Bible School sponsored by Southside Ministries.
July 9 - 20 at Cathedral Church of the Nativity.
  15 Bus trip to New York to see Mary Poppins on Broadway
Sponsored by the Youth Group.
     
June 3 Worship service and picnic at Saucon Valley Acres.  11:00 AM.
Details to follow.
  9 La Familia (A Family) fellowship event will be held in the
Church parking lot.  There will be sharing of food, music, and fellowship time.  Open to the public.
Non-profit community groups, churches, schools will be participating.  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
  17 Special coffee hour sponsored by the Youth Group to
celebrate Father's Day.  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM. 
Everyone is welcome!
  22 B/MSSCA Annual Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall followed
by a luncheon at Saucon Valley Acres.
View/print information and luncheon reservation form.
     
May 13 Special coffee hour sponsored by the Youth Group to
celebrate Mother's Day.  9:00 AM - 10:45 AM. 
Everyone is welcome!
                         -and-
Adult Christian Education:  Book Club.  9:00 AM. 
Banko Lounge.  The Gospel According to Matthew.
  17 Annual meeting of the Bethlehem/Easton Mission District of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod.  7:00 PM.
  18 Movie Night:  Cheaper by the Dozen 1 and 2 sponsored by the
Youth Group.
Note:  this will be the last movie night until September.
  20 Hoagie Sale sponsored by the Youth Group.
Deadline for orders is May 13, 2012.

Note:  May 20 is last day of Sunday School until September.
     
April 1 Adult Christian Education: Book Club. 9:00 AM.  Banko Lounge.
Members of the Book Club will read the Book of Mark from the
Bible.  The decision to read various biblical books was based
on the fact that the term "Bible" actually comes from the Greek word, "ta biblia", which means "book" or "library".
  7 Breakfast with the Easter Bunny / Easter Egg Hunt.
  11 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon - 1:30 PM.
Conference Room on the ground floor. 
  13 Pasta dinner at 6:30 PM sponsored by the Youth Group. 
There is a fee and ticket are needed.
                              - and -
Movie night sponsored by the Youth Group to follow at
7:30 PM.  The movie part is free for those who do not want
to come to the dinner. 
The movie being shown is:  Pay it Forward, about a young boy
who attempts to make the world a better place after his
teacher gives him that chance.
Details to follow.
  15 B/MSSCA Heritage Day in Kaiser Auditorium.  2:00 PM.
  22 Youth at Bear Creek Camp for Earth Day.
Note:  No Sunday School.
     
March 7 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon - 1:30 PM.
Conference Room on the ground floor. 
  11 Adult Christian Education:  Book of Job.  9:00 AM. 
Conference Room on the ground floor.
  16 Movie Night:  The Smurfs sponsored by the Youth Group.
  18 Cabbage and Noodles Dinner sponsored by the Youth Group.
                           -and-
Special worship service at St. Joe's with St. John's Choir participating.  4:00 PM. 
Note:  The dinner to follow at St. John's is sold out.
  21 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon - 1:30 PM.
Conference Room on the ground floor. 
  24 Tricky Tray Basket Social sponsored by the Youth Group.
     
February 5 "Souper Bowl Sunday" sponsored by the Youth Group. 
Join them for a bowl of soup after the 10:45 AM service.
  8 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon - 1:30 PM.
Conference Room on the ground floor. 
Study of the Gospel of Mark.
  12 Adult Christian Education:  Book Club.  9:00 AM. 
Banko Lounge.  "The Problem of Pain" by C.S. Lewis.
                        - and -
Annual Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner.  Noon.  Auditorium.
(Snow date is February 19.)
  17 Movie Night sponsored by the Youth Group.  7:00 PM
Disney's "Lemonade Mouth".  Additional info to follow.
  19 Adult Christian Education:  Book of Job.  9:00 AM. 
Conference Room on the ground floor.
  26 Congregation meeting immediately following 10:45 AM worship.
     
January 8 Kick-off of "Souper Bowl Sunday", St. John's vs Hunger,
sponsored by the Youth Group
                     - and -
Start of Joe Corbi Pizza sale sponsored by the Youth Group.
Details TBA.
  11 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon - 1:30 PM.
Conference Room on the ground floor. 
Study of the Gospel of Mark.
  15 Adult Christian Education:  Study of Book of Job.  9:00 AM. 
Conference Room on the ground floor.
  20 Movie Night sponsored by the Youth Group.
  25 Adult Christian Education:  Lunch Bunch.  Noon - 1:30 PM.
Conference Room on the ground floor. 
Study of the Gospel of Mark.
  29 Hoagie Sale.  Deadline to order is January 22.
     
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December 18 Children's Christmas program, "Sleepover at the Stable", during
the 10:45 AM Worship Service.  This is a wonderful story of
the Nativity from the animals' perspective.
     
November 13 B/MSSCA Heritage Day in Kaiser Auditorium.  2:00 PM.
  18 Movie night sponsored by the Youth Group.  "Summer of the Monkeys" starts at 7:00 PM in Kaiser Auditorium.  Bring a
blanket, camp chair, or use one of our chairs.  This event is
open to all, not just the youth.  Everyone is welcome!  We will supply the popcorn and drinks.
  20 Annual congregation meeting in Kaiser Auditorium following the
10:45 AM Worship Service.
                                  -and-
Community Thanksgiving Service.  3:00 PM.
     
October 2 B/MSSCA Annual Roast Pork and Chicken Fundraiser. 
Held at Saucon Valley Acres.  Doors open 12:30 PM. 
Dinner at 1:00 PM.  Check website for additional information.
  21 Friday Night Movie Night sponsored by Youth Group. 
  23 Hoagie sale sponsored by Youth Group.
Deadline for orders is October 16.
     
September 11 A very special worship service beginning at 10:00 AM to
remember and honor those who lost their lives, as well as
those who responded in any way to the horror of 09/11/01. 
There will be special readings in addition to scripture, and the service will feature music not only by our own excellent choir,
but also by the Southside Brass and two bagpipers.  The
service will be followed by food and fellowship.  There will be
no 8:00 AM worship service nor will there be Sunday Church
School in order to help us focus our full attention on this commemorative service.
  18 The New Beginnings Committee will bury a time capsule part
of the concluding activities of our 100th Anniversary Celebration.  This event will follow the 10:45 AM worship service.  Fellowship
and light refreshments will follow in Kaiser Fellowship Hall.
  19 Atlantic City bus trip sponsored by Bethlehem/Murska Sobota
Sister Cities Association.  Bus leaves at  9:30 AM.
     
July 10 Southside Ministries Community Fair in Martin Luther King, Jr.
Park next to Holy Ghost Roman Catholic Church.
  17 The youth of St. John's will be going to see "The Wizard of Oz"
at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater in Lancaster, PA.  All youth should have received their packet about this trip. 
If not, please contact Sherry Koch.
  23 La Familia (A Family) fellowship event will be held in the Church parking lot.  There will be sharing of food, music, and fellowship
time between St. John's & the Esperanza for Bethlehem group.
     
June 5 Church picnic at Saucon Valley Acres.  11:00 AM.
  24 Flag Raising Ceremony commemorating Slovenian Independence Day presented by the Bethlehem/Murska Sobota Sister Cities
Association
Ceremony is 10:30 AM at Bethlehem City Hall (Payrow Plaza). 
Luncheon to follow at Saucon Valley Acres.  Cost is $10 per
person.  Doors open at 11:30 AM.  (Check website for details.)

NOTE:  June 2011 marks the 20th Anniversary of Slovenian Independence and the 15th Anniversary of the B/MSSCA.
  24 Youth Retreat at the Luther Inn in Wildwood, NJ.  June 24-26.
     
May 1 Youth participation in Earth Day at Bear Creek.
  23 Atlantic City bus trip sponsored by Bethlehem/Murska Sobota
Sister Cities Association.  Bus leaves at  9:30 AM.
NOTE:  trip is sold out.
     
April 9 Tricky Tray Basket Social sponsored by Youth Group
  10 Spring Heritage Day sponsored by the
Bethlehem/Murska Sobota Sister Cities Association
2:00 PM in Kaiser Auditorium
  17 Reception of new members during 10:45 AM worship service.
Palm Sunday Chicken Dinner.
  23 Breakfast with the Easter Bunny/Egg Hunt sponsored by the
Youth Group
     
March 20 Halupki Sale Sponsored by the Altar Society
Contact the Church Office for information/place order by 3/13.
Pick-up after 8:00 AM service or before/after 10:45 AM service.
                             -AND-
Youth Group Hoagie Sale.  Order by March 13.
     
February 6 Representatives of our church camp at Bear Creek, PA will visit
to help educate both our children and adults to the wonderful
things Bear Creek Camp has to offer.  Be sure to come to the
coffee hour at 10:00 AM in Kaiser Auditorium.  There will be a display, and folks from the camp will answer your questions and share with you all that is happening at the facility!
                                -and-
"Souper Bowl Sunday"
  12 Murder Mystery/Pasta Dinner sponsored by the Youth Group.
  18 Hurka and Pocilica sale.
  27 Congregation meeting in Kaiser Auditorium following 10:45 AM Worship Service.
     
January 9 Kick-off for the Youth Group's annual Souper Bowl for hunger
can drive.
  23 Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner in Kaiser Auditorium.
     
2009-2010  

St John’s celebrated its 100th Anniversary from November, 2009 through November, 2010. The “New Beginnings” committee was established several years ago and planned a year-long schedule
of activities.
  Anniversary events are highlighted and include a
brief synopsis. 

2010                                                                  
December 5 Sunday Church School's annual Christmas program presented
during the 10:45 AM Worship Service.  It will be followed by a
period of refreshments and fellowship in the Kaiser Auditorium
which might just include a visit from a special guest from the
North Pole!
  19 "Journey into Egypt" presented by the Sunday School.
2:00 - 5:00 PM in the Kaiser Auditorium. 
Contact Sharon Lintner by December 12 via the Church Office
to let us know you're coming.
     
November 5-7 Sample Slovenian Heritage Weekend - Blairstown, NJ.
See flyer for details.
  7 100th Anniversary Church Service at 10:45 AM. 
Service of Holy Communion will include our traditional candle
lighting service.  It will also include participation of the
Rev. Dr. Samuel Zeiser, Bishop of the Northeastern Pennsylvania
Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and
Pastor Leon Novak representing the Evangelical Lutheran Church
in Slovenia.  Music before the service, during Communion, and
after the service will be provided by a string trio.  Hymns will
include "A Mighty Fortress", with the first verse sung in Windish.
No 8:00 AM Chapel service.
                                    - and -
Banquet at Comfort Suites,3rd Street, Bethlehem. 
Cash bar 5:00 PM.  Dinner 6:00 PM.
Music will be provided by the Happy Slovenes.  Tickets are $35. Reservations will be taken from October 3 - October 31.
Contact the Church Office for additional information.
  14 Youth Group Hoagie Sale.  Last date to order:  November 7.
  21 Congregational Meeting in Kaiser Auditorium following the
10:45 AM service.
                                    - and -

Annual Thanksgiving worship service, 3:00 PM.
     
October 31 Revival performance of the "Trial of Dr. Martin Luther" by the
Chancel Players in recognition of Reformation Sunday, 10:45 AM.
                                    - and -
Confirmation Reunion.  Coffee and cake in Kaiser Auditorium
after the 10:45 AM service for people of all ages and their
guests.  The New Beginnings Committee would like to see a
huge participation!
     
September 19 Grape festival at Saucon Valley Acres
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.
  26 "Celtic Worship Sunday" at 10:45 AM, with a special celebration
of Holy Communion, as Bethlehem hosts the Annual Celtic
Classic and Highland Games this weekend. 
Pastor Gary will be "decked out" in his kilt (the clergy tartan)
and all the hymns this morning will be of either Irish, Welsh, or
Scottish origin. 
     
August 28 Bus Trip to Sight and Sound Theater to see the all-new
production of "Joseph".  Trip includes stops for shopping and
buffet dinner.
     
July 10 Southside Ministries Festival in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.
  17 Carnival sponsored by Youth Group.  Noon - 4:00 PM.
  25 Pastor Luka Ilic will preach at 9:30 AM.  Breakfast hosted by
"New Beginnings" Committee immediately following worship
service.  At approximately 11:30 AM, Pastor Luka Ilic will do a presentation on Primoz Trubar, the author of the first printed
book in the Slovenian language in 1550.  Trubar translated the catechism, the New Testament, and Psalms into the Slovenian language.  Almost every larger city in Slovenia has a street
named after him.
Contact the Church Office for additional information.   
     
June 6 Church picnic at Saucon Valley Acres.  11:00 AM.
  25 Flag Raising Ceremony and luncheon to commemorate Slovenian Independence Day sponsored by the Bethlehem/Murska Sobota
Sister Cities Association.  Ceremony is 10:30 AM at Bethlehem
City Hall (Payrow Plaza). 
Luncheon to follow at Saucon Valley Acres.  Cost is $10 per
person.  Doors open at 11:30 AM.
(Check B/MSSCA website for details.)
     
May 2 Spaghetti Dinner sponsored by Youth Group.
  21 Youth Group Family Fun Night.
  23 Youth Group Hoagie Sale.
                          -and-

St. Luke's Singers.  In Kaiser Auditorium, 3:00 PM.
     
April 2 Windish Communion Service.  10 AM in the Nave.
  18 Period Fashion Show, i.e. theme fashions 1910 - 2010 by
Lorita Mussleman.  In Kaiser Auditorium at 3:00 PM.
  30 Youth Group Family Fun Night.
     
March 7 Youth Group Hoagie Sale. 
  21 Concert by pianist Eugene Albulescu, Music Director of the
Lehigh University Philharmonic Orchestra.  Fund-raiser for
student violinists Justin Sirrine and Taylor Bond to help defray
their costs of Orchestra's European concert tour in May 2010.   Justin and Taylor will also perform.  3:00 PM in the Nave. 
Donation.
  28 "The Passion According to St. Luke" during the 10:45 AM service.
                                 -and-                              
Palm Sunday Chicken Dinner.  In Kaiser Auditorium after the
10:45 AM service.
     
February 5 Hurka and Pocilica sale.
  12 "The Young Band" (www.myspace.com/theyoungband)
Christian Rock.  Kaiser Auditorium, 7:00 PM.
Coffee and other refreshments will be available.
  14 "Memories Social" at Saucon Valley Acres.
  28 Muhlenberg College Gospel Choir performs at 10:45 AM service.
                                  -and-
Congregation meeting in Kaiser Auditorium immediately following
10:45 AM worship service.
     
January 10 Youth Group Hoagie Sale.
  17 "Pig Roast" / Windish "Koline".  In Kaiser Auditorium after the
10:45 AM service (12:15 PM).
     
2009    
December 20 "A Night in Bethlehem", a family oriented hands-on "Holy Land" experience.  2:00 PM - 5:00 PM in Kaiser Auditorium.
  24 Candlelight service.  7:30 PM in the Nave.
  27 Variety/Talent Show.  3:00 PM in Kaiser Auditorium.
*** POSTPONED --- WILL BE RESCHEDULED OCTOBER 2010 ***
     
November 1 "Kick-off" goulash dinner buffet.  In Kaiser Auditorium after the
10:45 AM service,  this event is the official opening of the
anniversary celebration.
  4 "Highlights of Italy" trip, November 4-14, hosted by
Rev. Dr. Gary J. Langensiepen.  Round trip from New York.
  15 Congregation Meeting/Elections in Kaiser Auditorium
immediately following the 10:45 AM worship service.
  22 Visioning Breakfast immediately following 10:45 AM worship.
                                 -and-
25th Anniversary Celebration of Southside Ministries at
St. Peter's Lutheran Church on Vine Street.  3:00 PM. 
Pastor Gary will preach, and St. John's Choir will also participate.  Please, if possible, bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank and finger type baked goods for the reception following
the service.
  29 Ethnic Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
2:00 PM at the Comfort Suites in Bethlehem.
     
October 10 "Fall Food Festival" presented by "New Beginnings Committee". 
 

 

18 B/MSSCA Fall Heritage Day with election of Officers and Trustees.  Musical performance by the Jazz Ambassadors of the Lehigh
Valley Charter School for the Performing Arts which visited
Murska Sobota at the end of September. 
2:00 PM.  Kaiser Auditorium.
  25 Group Sunday Picture (at the front of the Church) after the
10:45 AM service (approximately Noon).
Note:  Rescheduled from 10/18/09 due to inclement weather.
     
September 20 B/MSSCA Annual Roast Pork and Chicken Fundraiser.  Held at
Saucon Valley Acres.  Doors open 12:30 PM.  Dinner at 1:00 PM.
Check website for additional information.
     
July 6 Southside Ministries Vacation Bible School
Mondays and Wednesdays, July 6 through July 22, with a
performance on July 24.
  9 Picnic at The Meadows for visiting Slovenian students.  5:00 PM
     
June 7 Annual Church Picnic at Saucon Valley Acres
  14 Patriotic Concert at Fritz Memorial Church.  7:00 PM
  26 Flag Raising Ceremony and luncheon to commemorate Slovenian Independence Day sponsored by the Bethlehem/Murska Sobota
Sister Cities Association
Ceremony is 10:00 AM at Bethlehem City Hall (Payrow Plaza). 
Luncheon to follow at Saucon Valley Acres.  Cost is $10 per
person.  Doors open at 11:30 AM.
(Check B/MSSCA website for details.)
     
May 9 Bus trip to Gettysburg.
  17 Youth Group Hoagie Sale.
  29 Comedy/Mystery Dinner Theater sponsored by Youth Group.
     
April 5 Old Fashioned Chicken Dinner  in Kaiser Auditorium.
NOTE:  DINNER IS SOLD OUT!!!!
          Contact the Church Office to be added to the
          "waiting list".    Deadline is March 29.
  19 Dinner theater trip to Hunterdon Hills Playhouse.
  26 B/MSSCA Spring Heritage Day, 2:00 PM, Kaiser Auditorium
The guest speaker will be Eugene O. Albulescu, Music Director
of the Lehigh University Philharmonic Orchestra.  Refreshments
will follow the meeting.  You do not have to be a member to
attend.  Of course, new members are always welcome! 
Come and meet Mr. Albulescu and also make new friends who
are Association members!
     
February 15 Breakfast to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Kaiser Auditorium.
     
January 23 Hurka and Pocilica Sale. 
     
2008    
December 14 Children's Christmas program during 10:45 AM service. 
Refreshments to follow in Kaiser Auditorium.
                                - AND -
Advent/Christmas Concert by Tenor Don Nixon and Soprano
Evelyn Stewart, accompanied by Jane Knotek on piano, 2:00 PM.
  28 Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner sponsored by Altar Society, Noon.
     
November 2 Partylite Bingo, 2:00 PM
  26

SOUTHSIDE MINISTRIES THANKSGIVING EVE ECUMENICAL
WORSHIP SERVICE
Once again this year, all the member churches of Southside
Ministries will join forces to give thanks to God for our blessings
as a nation on Thanksgiving Eve.  This year’s service will be
hosted by Holy Ghost Roman Catholic Church and will begin at
7 PM.  We hope you will join us as we gather to praise the Lord
on the eve of the national holiday of Thanksgiving!  When you attend, consider bringing a commercially canned or boxed food
item for the South Bethlehem Neighborhood Center Food Bank.  Thanks!

  30 Deadline for ordering Christmas flowers for the altar.
$11 per flower.  See insert in Church bulletin or contact the
Church Office for additional information.
     
October 11 "New Beginnings" Fall Festival, beginning at 9:00 AM
  19 Bethlehem/Murska Sobota Sister Cities Association semi-annual
Heritage Day in Kaiser Auditorium, 2:00 PM.
     
September 14 "Bach Cantata BWV4", with Lynn Long, Mezzo Soprano, 4:30 PM
  19 Comedy/Mystery Dinner Theater sponsored by Youth Group.
  21 B/MSSCA Annual Roast Chicken and Pork Fund-raiser Dinner
at Saucon Valley Acres.  Tickets - $20 donation.
Doors open 12:30 PM.  Dinner at 1:00 PM.
Music by "The Happy Slovenes" 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.
See www.bmssca.org for reservation information.
     
August 16 Bethlehem/Murska Sobota Sister Cities Association at
Community Day, Westgate Mall.  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
  24 "New Beginnings Breakfast" immediately following worship. 
     
July 1 Southside Ministries "Kids" Program
Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 1 through July 24, with a
performance on July 25.
     
June 1 "Polka Mass" and Church Picnic at Saucon Valley Acres
  8 Patriotic Concert at Fritz Memorial Methodist.
  20 Flag-raising ceremony at Payrow Plaza (City Hall complex) to commemorate Slovenian Independence Day. 
10:30 A.M., followed by a luncheon at Saucon Valley Acres.
Sponsored by Bethlehem/Murska Sobota Sister Cities Association.  (Check B/MSSCA website for details.)
  22 "Headlong Retreat", a unique musical experience that explores
through words and music what it means to be a pilgrim, 4:00 PM.
     
May 4 Old Fashioned Homemade Meatloaf Dinner.
  18 Youth Group Hoagie Sale.
  29 NEPA Synod Assembly, May 29-31.
     
April 13 Bethlehem/Murska Sobota Sister Cities Association semi-annual
Heritage Day in Kaiser Auditorium, 2:00 PM.
     
March 16 Old Fashioned Chicken Dinner  in Kaiser Auditorium.
     
February 1 Hurka and Pocilica Sale. 
  17 "Souper Fare", after Church Service.  Parishioners may purchase
a cup or a quart of soup for themselves to take home to freeze
or enjoy for dinner.  The proceeds from your donation will
benefit "New Beginnings".  We had an overwhelming success
last time.  Come early for best selection.
                                     and

Annual "Memories Celebration" at Saucon Valley Acres
     
January 13 Youth Group Hoagie Sale after Worship.
     
2007    
December 23 Children's Christmas program during 10:45 AM service. 
Refreshments to follow.
  27 Reunion of American Slovenia Exchange Students. Noon-3:00 PM.
  30 New Year’s Celebration with a Pork Dinner After Worship. 
     
November 4 Souper Fare after the 10:45 AM Worship Service sponsored by
the "New Beginnings Committee".
  7 Group Tour of Greece and the Greek Isles to travel in the
footsteps of St. Paul.
November 7 departure from New York to Athens.
November 17 departure from Athens for return flight to N.Y.
  10 "Care to Share" Community Day at Bon Ton.  Proceeds from sale
of booklets benefit the "New Beginnings" Committee.
  18 Fall annual meeting to adopt the budget for 2008 and elect
members of the Congregation Council will be held in Kaiser
Auditorium immediately following the 10:45 AM worship service.
  21 Southside Ministries Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service.
  25 Pre-Advent breakfast sponsored by the Altar Society.
     
October 15 Trip to Atlantic City.  Leave 9:30 AM.  Contact Church Office
 for additional information.
  28 We are pleased to announce that, once again (as they did
10 years ago), our own Chancel Players will present the
drama "The Trial of Dr. Martin Luther" during the 10:45 AM
worship service.  This year's production will feature Ken Remaly
in the role of Martin Luther.  Frank Podleiszek will recreate his
role as the "prosecutor".  Many, many other members of the
troupe will be involved.  You won't want to miss this!  In fact,
we need to have you present, because you will serve as the
jury, and you will be asked to render a verdict at the end of
the trial! 

To make this day even more inviting, the Youth Group
and Evangelism Committee will sponsor a spaghetti dinner after
the 10:45 AM service.  Tickets are $8.00 for ages 12 & over;
$5.00 for ages 6-11; free for ages 5 and under.  Profits from
this dinner will go to "Habitat for Humanity".   Contact the
Church Office for additional information and tickets.
     
September 9 Sunday School "Rally Day" with an "Old Fashioned Game Day"
theme.  9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  16 Start of new class for teens who have finished confirmation
class. "Teen Challenge Class" will meet weekly from
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
.  Open to all teens from 9th grade to
19 years of age.  Class will include films and discussion
groups on everyday issues with teens.
                                  -AND-
B/MSSCA Annual Roast Chicken and Pork Fund-raiser Dinner
at Saucon Valley Acres1:00 PM.
                                  -AND-
Vocal Recital by Lynn Long, Mezzo Soprano.  Music by
J.S. Bach, Ned Rorem, and Chuck Holdeman. 4:30 PM.  In Nave.
     
August 6 Noon:  Slovenian students perform at Musikfest's Plaza Tropical.
5:30 PM:  Picnic for Slovenian students at Saucon Valley Acres.
  12 Congregation Council Picnic.
     
July 15 "New Beginnings" breakfast.
  16 Southside Ministries "KIDS" program.  The Vacation Bible School
program will meet at Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Monday
through Friday evenings during weeks of July 16 and July 23.  Registration forms available from the Church office in April. 
More details to follow.
  31 B/MSSCA bus trip to Washington, DC for Slovenian musical
group, host families, B/MSSCA members, Church members. 
Bus leaves at 5:00 AM.
     
June 3 "Polka Mass" and Church Picnic at Saucon Valley Acres
  8 2007 Synod Assembly at First Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem. 
Contact the Church Office for information.
  22 Flag-raising ceremony at Payrow Plaza (City Hall complex) to commemorate Slovenian Independence Day.  Sponsored by the Bethlehem/Murska Sobota Sister Cities Association.
Guest speaker H.E. Samuel
Žbogar, Slovenian Ambassador to the
United States.  10:30 AM ceremony, followed by 11:30 AM
luncheon at Saucon Valley Acres.
     
May 6 Bethlehem/Murska Sobota Sister Cities Association at
Northampton Community College's Springfest, Noon - 5:00 PM. 
Main Campus.
     
April 1 Old fashioned chicken dinner in Kaiser Auditorium
  15 Bus trip to see "Catch Me if You Can", Hunterdon Hills Playhouse.
  22 Bethlehem/Murska Sobota Sister Cities Association semi-annual
Heritage Day in Kaiser Auditorium, 2:00 PM.
     
March 4 Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner, Kaiser Auditorium.
  25 Longaberger Basket Bingo, a fundraiser for Bill Strohl,  being held
in Kaiser Auditorium.  Doors open at 1:00 PM with a 2:00 PM
start.  Tickets for 25 games are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 
For more information, contact Bill and Annette Strohl or
Nicole Master via the Church Office.
  26 Bus trip to Resorts Casino, Atlantic City.
     
February 18 Annual "Memories Celebration" at Saucon Valley Acres
  25 Second installment of our annual meeting.  To be held in the
Kaiser Auditorium immediately following the 10:45 AM Worship.
Agenda is limited to consideration of both old and new business
and acting upon the various reports from Committees, the
Pastor, etc.  The Church Office staff requests that that all
reports to be included in the 2007 report booklet be submitted
to the Office no later than Wednesday, January 31. 
Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
     
January 19 Hurka and Pocilica Sale. 
  28 Chicken Paprikas Rededication Dinner.
     
2006    
December 10 Dinner Theatre at 12:30 PM, Kaiser Auditorium. 
The Youth Group will join with St. John's Chancel Players to offer
an afternoon dinner theatre presentation.  The Youth Group will
cater a spaghetti dinner, and the Chancel Players will perform "In
Bethlehem Inn" by John Carter as part of the afternoon's
festivities.  Tickets are on sale in the CE Lobby before and after
the 10:45 AM Worship Service through December 3.  
Ticket prices are $10 (Adults (13 and over)); $5 (Children 6 - 12);
Free for Children under age 6.
  17 Sunday School Christmas Program during the 10:45 AM worship
service.  Everyone is invited to return to the Kaiser Auditorium
for a period of refreshments and fellowship following the service.
  31

Join us at First Night Bethlehem from 1:00 PM - 11:00 PM. 
We will be partnering with the Steelworkers' Archives at Union
Hall, 53 East Lehigh Street.  St. John's Altar Society will be
making goulash, which will be available for sale at 5:00 PM. 
There will be limited parking in the Union Hall parking lot.  Union
Hall is also the last stop on the Southside trolley loop. The
movie version of SteelBound will be shown at 2:00 PM, 6:00 PM,
and approx. 9:00 PM.  The event will also include presentations
by the Steelworkers' Archives Speakers Bureau, a display of
Steelworker memorabilia, and a display of items from Slovenia by
the Bethlehem/Murska Sobota Sister Cities Association.  Other
food items being sold by the Steelworkers' Archives are hot dogs,
hot and cold beverages, and pastries.

     
November 19 Congregation Meeting in Kaiser Auditorium following the
10:45 AM Worship Service.
  22 Southside Ministries Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service at 7:00 PM at
St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 474 Vine Street, Bethlehem. 
Refreshments and fellowship following worship.
     
October 14 St. John's is one of the featured sites in Touchstone Theatre's "A
Touch of the South Side:  An Autumn House Tour Celebrating
South Bethlehem".  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
  28 Lutheran Men in Mission Breakfast Meeting
  29 "New Beginnings" Roast Beef Dinner in Kaiser Auditorium  
     
September 9 Concert by the "Steel Choir" in the Nave.  7:00 PM.
Free will offering.
  10 Sunday School Rally Day at 9:00 AM.
Orientation for both 1st and 2nd year catechetical students will
be held in the Banko Lounge at 9:15 AM; parents should
accompany students to registration!
  24 Combined classes for 1st and 2nd year catechetical students
begin.  Those who are entering the 7th grade are invited to join
the 1st year class.  Returning students from last year comprise
the 2nd year class.
     
August 2 Old Fashioned Family Picnic sponsored by the
Bethlehem/Murska Sobota Sister Cities Association to welcome
the visiting Slovenian students and their host families.
6:00 PM at Saucon Valley Acres, Black River Road, Bethlehem.
$10 per person. 
Contact the Church Office ATTN: Mary Karol with name;
phone number; number attending.  Deadline is July 27, 2006.
     
July 17 Vacation Bible School through Southside Ministries,
Cathedral Church of the Nativity, July 17-28.
  26 Bus trip to New York City.  For Slovenian/NEPS student exchange participants.  If seats available, open to congregation.
     
June 3 Social Activities Trip to Atlantic City

 
20 Trip to Murska Sobota, Slovenia, June 20-July 4. 
Sponsored by the Bethlehem/Murska Sobota Sister Cities
Association to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the signing
of the sister cities agreement. 
  23 The Bethlehem/Murska Sobota Sister Cities Association will
observe the 10th anniversary of its founding at a flag-raising
ceremony to be held at the Payrow Plaza at City Hall, Bethlehem,
10:30 AM.  To be followed by lunch at The Palace Restaurant. 
     
May 7 Spaghetti Dinner sponsored by the Youth Group
 

12

Adult Retreat to Spruce Lake Retreat Center
  21 Windishfest with Polka Service/Communion and Picnic
     
April 9 Old Fashioned Chicken Dinner
     
February 11 Hurka and Pocilica Sale
  19 Annual "Memories" celebration at The Meadows
  26 Second installment of the two part Annual Congregational
Meeting will be held in Kaiser Auditorium immediately following the
10:45 AM worship service.  The agenda for the day includes old business, new business, and the reception of reports.
     
January 22 Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner in Kaiser Auditorium