Benevolence/Outreach

'For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,

I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,

I was a stranger and you invited me in,

 I needed clothes and you clothed me,

I was sick and you looked after me,

I was in prison and you came to visit me. 

I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one

of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' 

Matthew 25:35-40

 
Bethel Lutheran Church supports many organizations in our area and around the world. One means of support is our "Mission of the Month". Each month a special offering is collected for a deserving cause. The Missions of the Month for 2014 are:

January - Pastor's Discretionary Fund

February - Second Harvest Food Bank

March - Sojourner House

April - Salvation Army

May - Bethel Endowment Fund

June - Camp Frederick

July - ELCA World Hunger Appeal

August - ELCA Malaria Campaign

September - Mickey Shuster Scholarship Fund

October - Protestant Family Services

November - Rescue Mission

December  - Second Harvest Food Bank

In 2013 Bethel members contributed items for 19 Health Kits to be donated to Lutherran World Relief.
Also in 2013, we donated almost $500 to Hope Water Project to help build wells in the Pokot region of Kenya.

We have ongoing collections of eyeglasses for Lions Internatinal and Cell phones for a local women's shelter.

In addition, members serve dinners at the Rescue Mission several times a year. A hat and mitten tree is filled in December to be distributed to those in need. Food baskets are distributed at Thanksgiving and Easter. Every summer, the youth go on a mission trip to help repair run down properties. The youth participate in other service projects throughout the year. Bible Sticks (flash drives) are purchased to be distributed to the military. WELCA collects health and school items to be distributed to needy children both in the United States and abroad.

This is just a sampling of the outreach opportunities at Bethel and our efforts to care for all of God's people.