Bethlehem Lutheran Church

The Heart of Bay Ridge
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4th & Ovington Avenues
Brooklyn NY  11209
718.748.9502
Rev. Paul H. Knudsen
Pastor Paul's September Message 
Bethlehem Lutheran Church ®  |  4th & Ovington Avenues, Brooklyn NY 11209  |  718.748.9502
A member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)


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Dear Members and Friends,

​First things first: Welcome back Joanne! This is our first Beth Star since April, as our beloved Administrative Professional was on medical leave. It is great to have her back in the office and after we put some meat back on her bones all will be well with the world. Joanne, we love you.

As we begin this new school and church year, I want to accentuate the mission of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. We have an intentional mission statement that we print in every Sunday bulletin and every Beth Star.

Bethlehem’s Mission:  To serve God and God’s people. To live our faith daily through worship, and providing education, support, nourishment, compassion, good counsel, love, and service to the larger community, welcoming all who join us in this mission.

This is truly our mission. And, this is a mission we all share together. There are no divisions that weaken us. There are no disagreements that cause hard feelings. There is no negativity sapping our energy. We are a church with a unified mission.

Our three major ministries align perfectly with our mission statement. The Lutheran Elementary School (“providing education”) continues to be a wonderful place for children to learn and grow in the Christian faith. This ministry will continue to thrive under the leadership of Mrs. Corinne King. The Bay Ridge Center (“nourishment…service to the larger community”) is one of the most respected senior centers funded by the NYC Department for the Aging. Our Meals on Wheels program produces and delivers over 600 meals a day to the home-bound senior population of Brooklyn. The Healing Center (“support…compassion, good counsel, love”) breathes new life into women and children impacted by violence in their homes and relationships. Our dedication to these ministries is a vital component of who we are as a church, functioning as Christ’s loving presence in this world.

We gather together regularly to worship. We are blessed with the talents of our Music Director, Maria Rayzvasser. We sing together, pray together, read scripture together, receive Holy Communion together, and we preach the Good News, so that the Spirit of Jesus lives in our lives every day. We leave our beautiful sanctuary with the words, “Go in Peace, Serve the Lord.” This is what we are called to do.

So, let the new year begin. Let us rejoice in our unified mission. Let us continue to do God’s wonderful work here at Bethlehem…together! 

In God’s Service,