Worshiping Sunday Mornings at 10am
In the heart of Tacoma,
with a heart for Tacoma.
A letter from our pastor
I know that walking through the door of a big old stone building full of strangers is not an easy thing to do. Some folks here will greet you eagerly, others will be more reserved. We are a community of regular people, old and young, reserved and outgoing, saint and sinner.
I believe that all questions are good questions. Here at Bethlehem, people are free to doubt and free to ask the hard questions. I don't have all the answers, but I have found that open discussions often help us with our difficult questions about our relationship with God.
Maybe we will see you Sunday, 10am? All are welcome, come as you are and who you are. There is no dress code.
Blessings on your day,
About Our Congregation
This congregation has been on McKinley Hill for over 100 years and at our current location since 1948. This large building was built by members who came together in the evenings to lay the foundation and participate in the construction. We are a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, or ELCA (www.elca.org).
Bethlehem Lutheran Church has seen the East Side of Tacoma go through many changes, and it is currently experiencing changes of its own as it seeks to make the transformation from an ethnically Norwegian Lutheran congregation to a congregation that embraces people from all backgrounds, countries and experiences.
What You Can Expect
Our Sunday Morning Worship at 10am is based on a liturgical format — meaning that it has a specific order to it. If you are not familiar with a liturgical worship, don't worry... all you need to do is relax and we will carry you along until you feel comfortable enough to join in. It is not hard, and it is not demanding. We sing hymns, (some old time favorites and some more current ones), read scripture, pray, and participate in the sermon.
As Lutheran Christians we believe that we are simultaneously saint and sinner. We are forgiven by God's act of redeeming love in Jesus Christ, yet we are still human and prone to thinking only about our own needs. But through the power of the Holy Spirit we are lifted up and through the gift of grace we become beloved children of God and free to love and serve our neighbor... even the ones that we find hard to like.
It is God who creates us, God who redeems us, and God who sustains us. Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the one true God invites you and me into a Holy relationship that can never be broken or diminished. For God so loved the world that God redeemed the world in Jesus Christ. Because of this gift of grace in Jesus Christ we are free to serve, free to be who God created each one of us to be, and assured of eternal life.
Click on one of our ministries below to learn more and find out how you can get involved.
Meeting Sunday Mornings at 10am.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
101 East 38th Street, Tacoma, WA 98404
Monday & Wednesday, 8am-12pm
Nursery Care is available every Sunday for children under age 3, and children are always welcome in worship.
You are always welcome to participate on a ministry team (either for a one-time event or ongoing).
Worship & Music Team
Meets on the 3rd Sunday of every month after worship in the Herried Room.
Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7pm in the Fireside Room.
Meets on Thursdays of every month at 6pm in the Choir Loft.
Meets on the 1st Monday of every month at 5:30pm in the Herried Room.
Meets on the 1st Saturday of every month at 9:30am at the church.
Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 5:30pm in the Herried Rom.