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 smaller and more traditional in nature and the later service larger and more contemporary worship. We preach from the Bible messages that are practical and honest.
Everyone is welcome at Bethlehem Covenant church and you don't need to dress up to come.
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 7,8 we have a confirmation class that is taught by Pastor Olson and helps kids learn the bible from Genesis to Revelation. We have two adult Sunday School classes that teach different books of the bible, or different 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" building 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. We have two pastors: Pastor Dan Olson is our senior pastor, and Pastor RJ Coburn is our full time youth pastor.
Every Wednesday night we do "church night". At the Cove we have Breakout (grades 6-8) from 5:45-7:15pm. Breakout is dinner, followed by games and a bible lesson. Then Collide (grades 9-12) begins 7:30-9pm. It is games and a bible lesson and group discussion for High School. At the church building we have dinner for all at 5:15pm, followed by MIDWEEK (grades K-5) which is songs, crafts, games and a bible lesson for kids. During that time we offer a men's bible study that meets at the parsonage, and two women's bible studies that meet in our church.
Each year we do fun and educational things as a church family. We do Vacation Bible School every summer. We have a July 4th bbq, a Fall festival for the whole family, Christmas Choir and kids program during the holidays, we have men's breakfasts and fun events, women's bible studies and socials, potlucks the first Sunday of each month, and communion the 2nd Sunday of each month. We offer many small groups, and mission opportunities to serve.
Each week we operate the backpack program for dist 145, helping give food to kids and families in our community that need it. We are active in missions in Congo, and in areas of social justice and compassion around our country.
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.
Worship Services Sunday at 8:30 am and 10:30 am Sunday School for all ages Sunday at 9:30 am
Bethlehem Covenant Church 18841 North 98th Street Waverly, Nebraska 68462