WHO WE ARE

At Bethlehem, we are all family. Like any family, we have our own unique traditions and values. Above all else, we're all about Jesus! Bethlehem Church is distinctly Lutheran. Translation - we believe we are saved:
1.    By grace alone 
2.    Through faith alone
3.    In Jesus Christ alone
4.    As shown to us in Scripture alone

We also celebrate the Lord’s Supper remembering that it is truly the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ given for the forgiveness of all our sins. We rejoice in the baptism of people of all ages and gladly welcome them into the family of God.

For more info on what we believe, check out the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

Our Vision: Changing Lives Through Christ

Our Mission: Sharing Christ’s Love & Caring for All People

 

What to Expect

Our mission at Bethlehem is "Sharing Christ's love and caring for all people." That means you! All are welcome to join us for worship. Many churches say "Come as you are," but we really mean it! Since God looks at the heart, please feel free to wear whatever you're 'at-home' in. For visitors, we encourage you to swing by our Welcome Center to receive a free gift and learn more about Bethlehem.

We have several different worship service options at Bethlehem:

 

Sunday

Contemporary Service - We gather at 9:00 am to worship the Lord through a mix of song, prayer, Bible reading, preaching, and sacrament (communion and baptism). This service uses modern music (led by our praise band), every-day language, and participatory elements to actively engage all attenders. During the school year, our children's Bible school, Children to Christ (C2C) meets during our 9 am service. For more info on C2C, click here- C2C  temporarily suspended due to COVID-19

 

Traditional Service - We gather at 10:30 am to join together in worship through our service of high liturgy led by the pipe organ and choir. Together we join in singing hymns ancient and modern, and we participate in the spoken and sung liturgy of the historic church. Our liturgy includes Scripture, prayer, and the service of the sacrament (communion).

 

Monday - currently suspended; in lieu of this service, please see our livestream.

At 7:00 pm, we conduct another abridged traditional service. We understand that it isn't always possible to attend a worship service on Sunday morning. Whatever your reason, we encourage you to join us in worship on Monday nights.

Parking & Church Access

We have parking lots off of Hermansau St. and Weiss St. Handicap parking and an entrance ramp to our sanctuary are available from the Hermansau St. side.

 

About Communion

All members of LCMS churches are encouraged to join us in communion. For those of you who'd like to take communion but aren't yet members of the LCMS, one of our pastors or elders would love to discuss with you what communion means to us. All are invited to receive a blessing; just indicate that you are not communing by crossing your arms over your chest.

We celebrate the Lord's Supper at services on the first and third Sundays (Mondays) of the month.

For detailed information about what the LCMS believes about communion, click here.

 

meet our staff

Rev. Michael Korte, Senior Pastor

Pastor Korte was called to Bethlehem in 2001. He is married to Cindy, and they have three children: Grace, Matthew, and Faith.

 

Pastor is a 1986 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana

 

In his spare time, you can catch him riding his bike for 50-100 miles.

Alex Holcomb,

Worship Arts Leader

Alex is a native Michigander, born and raised in Saginaw. Growing up, he enjoyed singing and playing the piano.

Alex graduated from Cedarville University with degrees in Worship Arts and Spanish. 

Alex is married to Annelise; together they have a cat, Dunson. Alex enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, and many other outdoor activities. If he's indoors, you may find him reading or writing.

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Trevor Henry, Business Manager

Trevor became Business Manager in October 2017. He assists the church and school with facilities management and  improvements and with finances.

He enjoys spending time with his wife, April and daughter, Katie. In his spare time he enjoys going for long bike rides with the hope of someday catching up to Pastor Korte.

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Shelli Miller
Administrative Assistant

A Bay City native, Mrs. Miller has worked in a variety of jobs, all which have uniquely prepared her for her role at Bethlehem. She received her BS in Dietetics from MSU and her BS in Accounting from SVSU.

Mrs. Miller has been married to her husband, Terry, for over 20 years, and together they have a son and two grandchildren who are “the little loves” of her life. Mr. & Mrs. Miller are committed Christians and attend Hopevale Church in Saginaw.

When not working, Mrs. Miller enjoys baking, cooking, playing golf, and spending time with her chocolate labs.

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Paul Wagner
Church Maintenance

A Saginaw native, Paul has lived in  the Saginaw area his whole life. He attended school at Bethlehem K-8th grade and graduated from Bethlehem in 1980! He has also been a member of Bethlehem for most of his life.

In his free time, Paul enjoys camping and working on his yard. Paul is married to his wife, Andrea; their daughter, Ashlie, is currently a Bethlehem student.

When not working at Bethlehem, Paul details automobiles and drives for DOW employees.

 

over 100 years of worship

Betlehem Lutheran Church 1915

1865

School on Hermansau begins as an offshoot of Holy Cross School 

1889

First worship services are held in the school 

1914

Bethlehem Church is officially established under the name “The German Evangelical Lutheran Bethlehem Congregation of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession of Northern Saginaw, Michigan” 

1915

Construction of Bethlehem’s first church is completed 

1915

First pastor, Rev. Andrew Zeile accepts the call to pastor Bethlehem 

1924

Bethlehem School is built on the corner of Oak St. and Schaefer St

1940

Holy Cross and Bethlehem plant Peace Church 

1959

With the sizeable growth of the school, a new building is built 

1960

The transition from German language services to English is completed 

1965

Bethlehem Church plants Messiah Church of Carrollton

1980

A new church building is built to accommodate our growing church family

1985

First annual performance of the Boar’s Head Festival

1994

Bethlehem calls current associate pastor, Rev. Charles Buckhahn

2001

Bethlehem celebrates being debt-free with mortgage burning

2001

Bethlehem calls current administrative pastor, Rev. Michael Korte

2005

Bethlehem begins contemporary worship service

2014

Bethlehem celebrates its 100 year anniversary

Bethlehem Lutheran 100 year anniversary

For information on our stained glass windows and our chapel, please see the attached pamphlet.