Located 3 miles north of State Highway 29; at 5484 County Road E
Bethlehem Lutheran Church is located on Highway E north of Milan. Upon entering the church you will notice the atmosphere of small town warmth and welcoming. The church building may be small in size, but don't get the wrong idea, the members of the church are big on holding fast to their religion. From the sound of hymns being sung, to the echo of Pastor delivering the service, Bethlehem Lutheran is a strong based congregation with a lot of history.
Bethlehem Enrolls in the Transforming Church Network
The Transforming Church Network or otherwise known as TCN is a program that comes from the Missouri Synod Ablaze initiative. The TCN program was created to revitalize churches that have plateau or are in a declining membership. Revitalization is turning an inward focus to an outward reaching to the community church. This can best be explained in The Great Commission, Matthew: 28 v19, Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. The North Wisconsin District supports this program by working with interested churches. A TCN staff from the District visited Bethlehem in January 2010 to make an assessment and presenting 5 prescriptions in moving forward in TCN. In March 2010 at a special Voter’s Assembly, the congregation in attendance voted to accept the 5 prescriptions and to continue the journey of revitalization.
Bethlehem 5 TCN Prescriptions
Bethlehem “Mission Statement”
“Reaching out with Jesus Christ; Building our community; Teaching all to serve and love one another”
Bethlehem's Women's Auxiliaries
Bethlehem features two women's organizations. The first is the Ladies' Aid, first organized on October 4, 1914 with eight members. Through the years, the Aid has served the congregation with acts of service, in meal preparation and serving for funeral services, as well as supporting synodical charities. Throughout the years the Ladies' Aid has also been instrumental in funding building improvements and has furnished the church as needed.
The Ladies' Aid became a member of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League in 1953 and by 1957 had grown to 23 members.
The second women's group was organized on January 21, 1982 under the name "Christian Women in Action" (CWIA). The mission of the CWIA is to meet monthly and hold Bible Study, to do projects that benefit the church and local community, participate and support the LWML, and support a missionary abroad.
Please check the Bethlehem Events Page for Information on What's Happening at Bethlehem Lutheran
In the summer of 1904, the first Sunday School was organized at the Public School house on the corner of Abbotsford-Milan Road. This was the current assembly place for the mission service. In the fall of the same year, the first Confirmation class was gathered consisting of five children. The first Confirmation class was confirmed on January 6, 1905.
In 1949, Sunday School was reorganized and Vacation Bible School (VBS) was added and held every summer in Milan. Instruction in Christian doctrine was given to the catechumens for three years. Bethlehem Youth Group was combined with St. John and continues to this day.
In 2000, Bethlehem and St. John churches combined VBS with the classes being held at St. John. The churches have also combined confirmation instruction classes with separate Confirmation services.
History of Bethlehem Lutheran
Our pastors through the years:
2009-2018 Jeffrey A. Lambrecht