Who is Bethlehem Lutheran Church?
We are a church that has over 500 members located in the town of Lakefield, MN. We welcome any and all who wish to learn more about Jesus and God in sharing the Good News. We have a strong youth present in our church and have many things to offer from ages 0-end of life. Many of our families in our church are multi-generational. We pride ourselves in promoting our youth programs to continue to build our youth within the Lord's word. We continuously pray for the world and all who are within as our Lord has shown us to do. We have both traditional service along with our joyous Praise Team who shares their musical talents during services. Come see our beautiful church & what we have to offer. Many blessings to you!
Our church began in 1870 which means over 150 years of generations have been blessed to enjoy our church and praising our Lord. We first began as part of the Norwegian Evangelical Congregation which was led by Pastor Dahl. Eventually, two congregations came together in union in 1917 to construct a new church which is where the church currently stands. In 1898 a large storm damaged the building that it had to be rebuilt. A year later in 1899, the church was rebuilt and ready to serve the community. Years later the church replaced "Norwegian" to "Evangelical" and it became the ELC or as we know it now BLC. Many changes later, in 2001 an addition was started to include more space for socializing with our members and more classroom spaces for Sunday School. We continuously are adding and updating our spaces to fulfill the needs of our congregation members and the changing world around us.
What does ELCA mean?
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with nearly 3.3 million members in more than 8,900 worshiping communities across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region.