Who We Are
Bethlehem Covenant Church began on March 17, 1882, as the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Mission. The congregation started with about 30 Swedish immigrants who loved the Lord with all their heart and wanted to spread the message of the gospel.
Today we are about 250 people who gather throughout the week in many different ministries. We have two Sunday worship services: 8:30am and 10:30am. The early service is an intimate and more traditional in nature and the later service larger and more contemporary worship. We preach from the messages from the Bible that are practical and honest.
On Sunday's we offer a Sunday school for all ages 9:30-10:15am. Different classes for kids teach the important bible stories to them in a language they can understand. For grades 7 and 8 we have a confirmation class that is taught by Pastor Olson and helps kids learn the bible from Genesis to Revelation. We also have an adult Sunday School class that teach a variety of topics (such as marriage, parenting, helping the poor).
We have two buildings: the main church building is located 18841 N. 98 street just 4 miles north of Waverly road, and the Cove is located on 140th street in Waverly near the tracks. We do our services from the church building, but our youth programs, preschool and outreach is out of the Cove.
Every Wednesday night we do "church night". At the Cove we have Breakout (grades 6-8) from 5:45-7:15pm and Collide (grades 9-12) from 7:30-9pm. At the church building we have dinner for all at 5:15pm, followed by BCCKids-Midweek (grades K-5). For Adults, we have several Bible studies and small groups to choose from.
We pray that we would keep our eyes on Jesus, our feet planted in His Word, and our hearts open in love to those around us.
We are members of the Evangelical Covenant Church. The ECC is a growing multi-ethnic denomination in the United States and Canada with ministries on five continents of the world. Founded in 1885 by Swedish immigrants, the ECC believe in the Bible as the Word of God, the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord, and the importance of extending God’s love and compassion to a hurting world.