Parish Notes/Events

One of the blessings of having a 3 church Parish is that we can come together and enjoy activities together at one location.  Please see the events listed below and the the church location for each.  All are welcome!

The Vicar is on Vacation!

While Vicar Taylor is on vacation (11/23-11/29), Pastor Ben Siebert (Trinity Lutheran Church, Arendtsville) will be available for pastoral emergencies. The office secretary will be available for contact by email ( Monday-Wednesday and by phone (717-677-9880) in the church office Tuesday. 

Advent Remote Worship Wednesday Services

Fifth Sunday Offering

The St. James Council voted in September to designate the fifth Sundays of the calendar year to help fund groceries

for the Blessing Box.


November 29th will be such a Sunday coming up right after Thanksgiving.


Please prayerfully consider what you might be able to give to this meaningful ministry. For offerings, please write "Fifth Sunday Special Offering- Blessing Box" on the memo line for checks,

or on the envelopes for cash.  


Thank you!

Listen, God is calling!


Might you be able to share your time with the church?


Please prayerfully consider

stewarding your time by

filling one of these openings:


UACT (Upper Adams

Christians Together) delegate for

Bendersville Lutheran Parish

(2 spots)

1 year commitment

quarterly meetings


Bethlehem Council

(2 spots)

3 year commitment

monthly meetings


Please contact Vicar Taylor

with interest and/or questions

Bethlehem will again be participating in the Adopt A Family for Christmas program through the Adams Rescue Mission. 


We have pledged to sponsor 10 children.  Each child will receive 8-10 gifts (costing around $150) from a list provided by the family.  We are to receive the information on the children before Thanksgiving. 


If you would like to sponsor a child or donate toward the gifts please contact Vicki Cuttitta at, 717.486.4845 (home) or 717.448.0366 (cell, ok to text). Thank you for your prayerful consideration.


"For All The Saints"

“For All The Saints” portrait series to be unveiled at United Lutheran Seminary For Immediate Release The United Lutheran Seminary celebrates the virtual unveiling of “For All The Saints” by artist Ophelia Chambliss on August 1st , 2020 at 7 pm with a special YouTube video (the link will be provided at The paintings are currently in The Church of the Abiding Presence on the Gettysburg campus of United Lutheran Seminary at 61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA 17325. These portraits were commissioned in September of 2019 but were not available until the pandemic forced the closing of the seminary in March of this year. The 16 portraits are of historical, cultural and Christian change makers, including Daniel A. Payne, an alumnus of ULS predecessor institution the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Payne is one of the first African Americans to graduate from a seminary in the US and a founder of the AME church. In addition, there are portraits Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Bishop Oscar Romero, Dorothy Day, Mother Theresa, and Harriet Tubman among others. Chambliss is an adjunct instructor at Penn State University, Harrisburg. She teaches media discourse analysis, visual rhetoric, photography, media and society, communication theory, and visual communication. She is a commissioner with the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission, which aligns with her interests in combining her visual art, and the concern for representation in public spaces with her academic background in visual communication and semiotics. More information on Chambliss is available at her website, “I do not consider myself to be a portrait artist, and there are a number of artists out there who could have done an amazing job with the likeness of the individuals in this series,” Chambliss said. “But I do consider myself an artist that can capture the essence, and heart of a project, and then interpret that message into something that speaks to a need, and I think that is what I have done here.” The project began as a gift from St. John’s Lutheran Church of Highland in Pittsburgh to honor Pastor Bill Diehm, a graduate of ULS predecessor institution the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in the class of 1981. Diehm retired last year. He suggested that the gift be used to enhance the worship life of the ULS community. The chapels on both campuses are beautiful in their own right, but the time in which they were built did not support a culture of diversity or highlighting saints and spiritual leaders from non-European backgrounds. The 16 paintings will help enhance the narrative provided by the stained glass windows in both worship spaces so that anyone who comes to either campus for worship will have a much fuller experience of God’s ongoing narrative in the world. While the portraits are currently on the Gettysburg campus, they will be rotated between campuses on an annual basis so as to benefit the entire ULS community. Contact: Linda Fiore Director of Communications 215-248-7307

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