Throughout the upcoming Lenten season, Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9401 S. Oakley Ave., will explore the idea of “Turning Points” during worship services and small-group discussions.

“The 40 days of Lent are a time of repentance and spiritual renewal as we prepare for the sacred days of Holy Week and the celebration of the resurrection,” said Pastor the Rev. Jennie English-Dumont. “The word ‘repent’ literally means ‘to turn around.’ This year we will be focusing on the various ways we ‘turn around’ in our spiritual lives.”

The Wednesday evening Lenten services will begin on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m., with the theme “Return to the Lord Your God.”

During the following Wednesdays, a soup supper will begin at 6 p.m., followed by worship.

The schedule includes the following: March 4, “Turning to See–Paul”; March 11, “Turning Toward Purpose–Jonah”; March 18, “Turning Toward Justice–Esther”; March 25, “Turning Toward Wholeness–the Paralyzed Man”; and April 1, “Returning Home–the Prodigal Son.”

Along with Wednesday evening worship, small groups will meet for discussions on Sunday evenings, Wednesdays after worship and Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m. An online option is also available.

For more information, call (773) 445-7558 or visit the website at