Christmas Services

Christmas Eve Services

Join us for worship at 5pm on Christmas Eve. Holy communion, children’s sermon, candle-lighting, and of course plenty of Christmas carols.

If you are unable to attend at 5pm, consider coming to our partner congregation, St. Martin, 813 Bay Rd, Webster, at 7:30pm.

Annual Picnic and Joint Worship

Our annual picnic and joint worship service with Bethlehem is coming up – August 26th, this coming Sunday!

Join us at 11am at our outdoor pavilion (1767 Plank Rd, Webster) for a service of Holy Communion at 11am, followed by a potluck lunch. Bring a dish to pass, and your own reusable place settings to minimize our footprint on God’s beautiful creation. (We’ll have some disposables available in case you forget.) Also bring some fun outdoor things to do – let’s make this fun!

We’ll provide the meat, you provide sides and desserts. We look forward to enjoying this fun joint event to celebrate our covenant with St. Martin.

August 26, 2018
11am, lunch to follow
Bethlehem Pavilion

Strawberry Social, June 21, 4:30-gone

Celebrate the longest day of the year with some strawberry dessert!

Our annual Strawberry Social will have the same delicious beef BBQ, hot dogs, salads and drink, plus of course plenty of delicious strawberry shortcake. (Plus other desserts if you prefer.) All this you can enjoy in our outdoor pavilion, right next to our beautiful prayer garden, which is blooming like crazy. Take out is available if you can’t stay.

Beef BBQ – $8 Hot dogs – $7
Desserts a la carte

This year’s proceeds go to support the Williamson Come-Unity Center:

Wayne County Rural Ministries has been serving all of Wayne County since 1949. Currently they offer food boxes from their food pantry, free lunches, clothing and household items through Common Cents Thrift store, and emergency financial assistance for heat, rent, and prescription medicines.

The pantry has a special need for canned peas and mixed vegetables to support the food pantry. Consider bringing donations of canned goods to the social.

Do You Want to Be Made Well?

“Do You Want to Be Made Well?”
Setting wellness goals for Lent

Jesus asks a man who was ill for 38 years if he wants to be made well (John 5). Well, what would you say? And if the answer is yes, then what are you going to do about it?

During Lent, choose one area of wellness that you’d like to focus on, one area where you’d like to “be made well,” and let Jesus make you well. The following will help you choose an area, reflect, and set some goals. There are some ideas – or choose your own!


Whatever you choose to do, incorporate prayer into it. Ask God for help, thank God after, or reflect regularly on how what you choose to do is bringing you into a closer relationship with God. Talk to a friend about it, or Pastor Johanna, or journal about it.


Spiritual Health: Living a centered life focused on God affects each aspect of our well-being. Turn to God for strength as you seek to live well in Christ. Nurture your relationship with God through prayer, devotions, worship, nature, art, and music. Explore who you are and know whose you are.

  • Attend Midweek Session on Feb 28 @StM: Contemplative prayer.
  • At the end of each day, think over the highs and lows of the day. Ask about each, “Where was God in this?” Do this alone, or with a friend.
  • Keep a gratitude journal. Write down five things each day that you are grateful for (try for different and specific things each day!).


Social/Interpersonal Health: We are created by God to be social beings, living in community and instructed to help and love each other. We maintain social well-being through interaction, play and forgiveness. Take time to nurture your relationships with family, friends, congregation and co-workers.

  • Attend Midweek Session on Mar. 7 @BLC: Non-violent communication
  • Attend Midweek Session on Mar. 21 @BLC: Forgiveness, with Bishop Macholz
  • Having trouble forgiving someone? Ask God daily to help you want to forgive.
  • Be more intentional about thanking people you encounter at work and home.


Emotional Health: Being emotionally well means feeling the full range of human emotions and expressing them appropriately. Self-awareness is the first step. Recognizing and honoring your own feelings and those of others — stress, contentment, anger, love, sadness, joy, resentment — will help you live life abundantly.

  • Attend Midweek Session on Mar. 7 @BLC: Non-violent communication
  • Attend Midweek Session on Mar. 21 @BLC: Forgiveness, with Bishop Macholz
  • Try to boil down the emotion you feel to: mad, glad, sad, or afraid. Name it aloud: “I feel _____.” Don’t confuse “feel” with “think,” and speak for yourself, not someone else.
  • Practice deep breathing for five minutes each day.


Physical Health: While we are not all born perfectly healthy or able to live life without injury or illness, we can live well by tending and nurturing our body as a gift from God. Feed it healthy foods, keep it hydrated, build physical endurance through regular exercise, and respect your body’s need for rest.

  • Choose one unhealthy eating habit, and change it (drink more water, drink less soda, don’t eat after 6pm, “strive for 5” fruits/vegetables, avoid high fructose corn syrup, try “meatless Mondays”…).
  • Give your body what it needs: an extra hour of sleep, a daily walk, rest…
  • Get rid of some of the chemicals in your life (toxic cleaning supplies, artificial fragrance, personal hygiene) and replace them with something “green” and natural.


Financial Health: Being financially well involves making decisions based on our values, as reflected in the way we save, spend, and share. Tending to one’s financial well-being in this way requires us to be resilient, generous, and focused on sustainability.

  • Attend Midweek Session on Mar. 24 @BLC: Financial wellness (Financial Peace University)
  • Complete a “Money Autobiography” (Google it, or ask Pr. Johanna for a copy)
  • Try a Buy-Nothing Lent: don’t buy anything except food, essential items (gas, toilet paper…), and experiences that will enhance your relationship with God or neighbor.


Vocational Health: We all have a calling — a vocation — to follow Christ’s example by living a life of meaning, purpose and service to our neighbor. Our vocations make up our life’s work and passions — they are the everyday roles through which God calls us to help make this world a better place. Those who are well vocationally are faithful stewards of their talents and abilities, and find opportunities to build and use them.

  • Attend Midweek Session on Feb. 21 @St.M: Vocational wellness (living into our call)
  • Each evening, write down something you did well that day, and something that brought you joy. At the end of each week, notice any patterns – what comes up frequently?


Intellectual Health: Using our minds keeps us alert and active. Stay curious, ask questions, and seek answers. Explore new responsibilities, experience new things and keep an open mind. And remember, knowing when and how to let your mind rest is as important as keeping active.

  • Choose two activities during Lent that you have never done. Do them!
  • Attend any of our Wednesday midweek sessions, either Bible study at lunch, or soup, study and prayer in the evening (beginning at 5:30pm)
  • Be intentional about taking a sabbath, even just an hour a week. Instead of thinking or learning – pray, breathe, color, or something else to rest your mind.



Schedule of Midweek Topics:

Feb. 21 @StM – Vocational Wellness (Living Into Our Call) with the Rev. Mary Johnson, assistant to the bishop for candidacy (for ministry)

Feb. 28 @StM – Spiritual Wellness (Contemplative Prayer/Examen) with spiritual director, Bonnie Matthaidess

Mar. 7 @BLC – Interpersonal/Social Wellness (Non-Violent Communication) with Kit Miller, director of the Ghandi Institute for Non-Violence in Rochester

Mar. 14 @BLC – Financial Wellness (Financial Peace) with Kerri Donahue, teacher of Financial Peace University courses

Mar. 21 @BLC – Emotional Wellness (Forgiveness) with Bishop John Macholz

For detailed descriptions, see February Newsletter, or church website.

Healing of our Every Ill: Lenten Series 2018

The world is a broken place in need of healing. We seek health and wholeness in our personal lives, in our bodies, in our relationships… We all want to move from dis-ease into a life of wellness. 

God wants that for us, too! So during Lent this year, we will focus on how we can find such health and wholeness in all aspects of our lives. Using the Wellness Wheel as our guide, and trusting that our baptism is at the core of all healing, we will pursue health of body, mind and spirit in various areas of life. See below for a schedule of events:

Ash Wednesday: 7pm at St. Martin, imposition of ashes and Holy Communion. We will reflect on our brokenness, our “dustiness,” and the ways that our baptism promises us clean and whole hearts.

Sunday, Feb 18: Healing Service
On this first Sunday in Lent, we will have a healing service as our main worship service for the day. We will set our healing goals, and commit to seeking God’s help in finding healing in our places of dis-ease. Pastor Johanna will be available during and after worship for individual healing prayer and anointing, an ancient healing practice of the church.

Wednesdays at noon: Bible and Lunch.
Join us for a Bible study over your lunch hour on Wednesdays during Lent. From noon to 12:45, we will study scripture with an eye toward how it offers healing. Brown bag lunch.
Wednesdays in February @ Bethlehem Lutheran Church (1767 Plank Rd, Webster)
Wednesdays in March @ St. Martin (813 Bay Rd, Webster)

Wednesday evenings:  Soup Supper and Study.
In the evenings, join us for soup at 5:30, and stay (~6pm) to learn about one of the spokes on the “Wellness Wheel” from experts on those topics (see descriptions below). After we learn (around 7pm), we will do Holden Evening Prayer together.
     Feb. 21 – Vocational Wellness (Living Into Our Call) with the Rev. Mary Johnson
     Feb. 28 – Spiritual Wellness (Contemplative Prayer/Examen) with Bonnie Matthaidess
     Mar. 7 – Interpersonal/Social Wellness (Non-Violent Communication) with Kit Miller
     Mar. 14 – Financial Wellness (Financial Peace) with Kerri Donahue
     Mar. 21 – Emotional Wellness (Forgiveness) with Bishop John Macholz

Vocational Wellness: Are you living into your calling? Have you had a major change in your life (like retirement, or empty nest) that makes you question what your call might be now? Mary Johnson, Assistant to the Bishop for Candidacy, works with people every day who are discerning their call, whether that is to the ordained ministry, or some other ministry. She will help us discern our gifts and calls for whatever life situation we find ourselves in.

Spiritual Wellness: Where is God in your day-to-day life? This is a question Ignatius of Loyola asked, and from which he developed the “examen” – a simple practice of thinking over your day and discerning where God was present in it. Bonnie Matthaidess is a local spiritual director with a passion for Ignatian spirituality, and will help us learn how to incorporate this transformative practice into our daily lives, and deepen our relationship with God.

Interpersonal/Social Wellness: How can we have conversations that restore instead of divide? The division in our country and in our personal relationships is a painful reality. So often we only hear from others what we expect to hear, rather than taking the time truly to listen. Can this ever change? Kit Miller is the director of the Ghandi Institute for Non-Violence in Rochester. She recently spoke to the UN on her program’s efforts at peace-making, especially among youth. She will lead a workshop for us on “Four ways to hear a message,” helping us learn not only to hear, but to listen to people’s truest needs, even as we discern our own.

Financial WellnessDo you crave financial freedom? Kerri Donahue (BLC member) found new financial freedom through David Ramsey’s course, Financial Peace ( She was so moved by it, she began teaching the course to offer others this same freedom. She will share what the class is about, and offer information for those interested in taking the full class next time she offers it later this spring.

Emotional WellnessWhat pain are you hanging onto, and how would it feel to let it go? Forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts God gives us, and one of the hardest both to receive and to give. But when it happens – what liberation! Upstate NY Bishop John Macholz will join us to talk about forgiveness: how to seek it, how to receive it, and why it matters in the life of a Christian.

Christmas Eve Worship Opportunities

This year, since Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, we will have two opportunities to worship:

8:45am – Lessons and Carols

This service will include several readings from scripture that lead us from creation and the fall to the birth of Jesus, and after each one, a poetic meditation and a carol.

5:00pm – Service of Holy Communion and Candle-lighting

A more traditional Christmas Eve Communion service, with a substantial children’s sermon, plenty of Christmas carols, and beautiful candle-lighting at the end.

Come to one or both – all are welcome!