Bethlehem Lutheran Church

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Sunday Service 10:30am
4th & Ovington Avenues
Brooklyn NY  11209
Former Synod Bishop, Rev. Stephen Bouman, who officiated at our service, shown here greeting NYS Senator Martin Golden
And, then Sen. Golden said hello to Rev. Russell Norris.
Bishop Bouman with Ruth Wohltjen, former LES Principal
Sylvia Anderson (who later received our Favorite Sunday School Teacher award for her long service to LES) joined Clyde Bennett (former Church Council member) at the service
Bishop Bouman with three generations of the Topp family -- Beth Tuccillo, Dorothy Topp and Carolyn Essenberg
Jillian Solby joins Bishop Bouman after the service
Some of the congregation filing out of service and heading to the dinner
Artist Ellen Fjermedal presented Pastor Paul with an oil painting she did of Bethlehem
NY City Councilman Vincent Gentile (standing right) greets a table of attendees from the Bay Ridge Center
Pastor Paul with members of Pastor Helmers's family
Pastor Paul and Erna Rohrs, who was honored at the dinner for being Bethlehem's oldest member.  Erna had turned 97 just days before.
Gail Topp, (Church Council member and later Deacon), joined her sister, Rev. Phyllis Haynes, who assisted in the service.  Rev. Haynes is Pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Narrowsburg, New York.
Church Activities

​This Gallery features several different services, activities and events at Bethlehem. (Click on an image to start the slide show.)
The Bay Ridge Center. Please go to for details on this ministry.
Kitchen staff preparing hot lunches for seniors
Blood pressure screening provided by the Center
The Center's Meals-On-Wheels truck delivering to home-bound seniors throughout the area
A picnic in the courtyard of the Center
Marianne Nicolosi, Executive Director of the Bay Ridge Center. Go to for details on this ministry.
The Bay Ridge Center

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An important part of our service is music. Bethlehem is blessed to have the talents of Steve Wilson, Choir Director, and Bethlehem's Choir
Steve Wilson, Choir Director
Choir performance during Thanksgiving Sunday Service
Thanksgiving Sunday service
Thanksgiving Sunday Service
Thanksgiving decorations
Church altar at Thanksgiving Sunday Service
Christmas at Bethlehem
Close up of the altar at Christmas
Children's Christmas Pageant, performed by our Sunday School children on the Sunday prior to Christmas
Church decorated with quilts made by Bethlehem's Quilting Club, which were donated to Lutheran World Relief
Pastor Paul and the Quilting Club cutting the cake in celebration of their work
Koinonia, site of annual Advent weekends and several Youth Group retreats
Koinonia, site of annual Advent weekends and several Youth Group retreats
Pastor Paul with Sunday School children. Sunday School is held at LES at 9:15am on every Sunday during the school year.
Pastor Paul welcoming new members on New Member Sunday, June 2012
The Norwegian Day Parade in Bay Ridge
Website Awards

​This Gallery features several awards that our website has won over the years. (Click on an image to start the slide show.)
American Association of Webmasters 
Gold Award
The Webuilders
Gold Award
Hoover Award (2006)
1 Page Design
2006 Silver Award
Web Works Designs
2005 Design Award
Miller Communications Group 
Superior Resource Site Community Award
Bronze Astral Award
Advanced Web Design
Bronze Award
Christian Resource Center
Gold Church Website Award
100th Anniversary

On Sunday, April 24, 2005 Bethlehem's family celebrated 100 years of worship and service -- commemorating our founding on April 13, 1905. Here are some of the images from church with Bishop Stephen Bouman (bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod 1996-2008), Pastor Paul Knudsen, Rev. Phyllis Haynes (pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Narrowsburg NY) and Rev. Russell Norris (then Executive Director of the Bay Ridge Center), and at the dinner that followed. (Click on an image to view.)
Photo Galleries

In addition to the Tour and History pages, below are other Galleries. Please click on any image to start that slide show.
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Pastor Paul's 30th Anniversary in Ministry

On Sunday, November 9, 2014 our congregation celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of Rev. Paul H. Knudsen's ministry. Bishop Robert Rimbo preached, and a large luncheon followed the service. (Click on an image to view the slide show of pictures from that day.)
Rev. Paul H. Knudsen
Pastor Paul delivering the children's sermon
Bishop Robert Rimbo preaching
Deacon Tony Clemente and Pastor Paul listening to Al Koehler, Vice President of the Church Council, speak.
Pastor Paul greeting Lillian Hansen, President of the Church Council
Lillian Hansen and Bill Tuccillo presenting Pastor Paul with a gift
Bethlehem's Choir with a special choir anthem.
Pastor Paul, Deacon Tony and Bishop Rimbo greeting congregation at the end of the service
Pastor Paul, Deacon Tony and Bishop Rimbo
A packed luncheon in honor of Pastor Paul
Pastor Paul showing off two cakes at the luncheon