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The Heart of Bay Ridge
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Sunday Service 10:30am
4th & Ovington Avenues
Brooklyn NY  11209
718.748.9502
Bethlehem Lutheran Church ®  |  4th & Ovington Avenues, Brooklyn NY 11209  |  718.748.9502
A member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Pastor Paul's Christmas Message
Dear Members & Friends,

​Last Thursday we hosted the Healing Center Client/Children’s Christmas party in the church basement. Over 100 women and children attended. We received toy and cash donations from the Clavin’s, The Pour House, and Bayfort Associates. Our school provided additional gifts for both the children and our adult clients. Our church members provided winter outerwear for the Healing Center families and every piece of clothing was distributed. Staff and volunteers brought Christmas joy into the lives of people who have been broken by controlling, abusive, negative relationships. Marty Finkelstein was a wonderful Santa Claus. Kids opened a present or two at the event, but saved a present to open on Christmas morning because they would not have another.

On Sunday, a group of 20 carolers ranging from 7 years old (Amelia Costadura) to 62 years old (me), brought smiles to the faces of four of our shut-ins, then over 40 residents of the Norwegian Home. Our intention was to sing for the four Norwegian Home residents connected to our church, but we were prompted to sing in three additional gathering rooms to bring the message of Christmas to the seniors at the home. Christmas cards, “Names of Jesus” wreathes and homemade desserts were distributed, along with our singing.

As I described these events to a family member, her response was, “Paul, you are surrounded by wonderful people!” She is 100% correct. Absolutely, I am surrounded by wonderful people. Ministry at Bethlehem Lutheran Church doesn’t happen because of me. Ministry at Bethlehem Lutheran Church happens with me. And, I am blessed to be surrounded by wonderful people.

Come and celebrate the birth of our savior with us. On Sunday, December 22nd, our Sunday School children and our choir present the Christmas story at our 10:30 a.m. worship service. On Tuesday, December 24th, we have our Christmas Eve Candlelight worship service at 11:00 p.m. On Wednesday, December 25th at 10:30 a.m., we worship together on Christmas morning.

Christmas is about celebrating the birth of a baby who changed the world. That Good News is meant to be celebrated in a gathered Christian community, so come to Bethlehem and worship. Come, and be surrounded by wonderful people!

In God’s Service,

Rev. Paul H. Knudsen