As Christians, we have been given the following commission in Mathew 25:19 – “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Hand in hand with this challenge we also are given the responsibility to serve. In 1 Peter 4:10 we read – “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve other, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
In this portion of our website, explore with us how God is leading us, here at Bethany Lutheran Church, to serve Him by serving others in need.
- Food Bank
- Grief Support Group
- Reaching Out to the Homeless
- School Supplies
- DVDs For Bethany Lutheran Church Shut-Ins
- Senior Social
Bethany participates in the Food Bank’s food drop once a month, on the third Tuesday of each month. Volunteers from the church gather from 12:30 to 5:00 PM to pack bags for those who come needing food for their families.
Healing support group begins Wednesday, September 5 from 1:00-3:00 PM. Registration is on September 5 at 12:30pm, prior to first meeting.
Grief is hard work and can leave you with a myriad of confused emotions when you lose someone close to you.
With God’s strength and help, participants will journey through each week’s topical lessons facing the entangled feelings of their loss. The group’s trained Leaders and co-facilitators are caring, gentle, and compassionate and have found healing through God’s faithfulness in their own grief.
Few of the topics addressed in the weekly 30 min videos, followed by support group discussion include: “Living With Grief”; “The Effects Of Grief”; “Why”; and “Stuck In Grief”. The brief videos feature nationally recognized Christian experts on grief recovery methods.
To register online: [email protected] or for more information contact the church office: 410-742-1737.
For a brief informational video follow link http://on.fb.me/1CgaWhX .
Registration fee is $15.00 which covers the cost of personal materials (Scholarships are available if needed). GriefShare is a non-denominational series.
Confidentiality is maintained.
Each person’s grief is individual and unique – We know it hurts – We want to help.
Reaching Out to the Homeless
It has been a difficult time for many Americans. There are very few families or individuals who haven’t had to make adjustments to their budgets – big or small – just to make ends meet. But we, as Christians, are truly blessed! We have a God who does provide all that we need in these troubled times. What a great time for us to share God’s gifts to us by reaching out to those less fortunate.
We have begun to collect used coats, sweaters, socks, gloves, scarves, and hats for men, women, and yes, even children. There is a box for clothing located beneath the bulletin board (where sign-up sheets are posted). Donations will be taken each week to the Salvation Army Social Services office for distribution. Please note that these donations are not sold in their thrift store but distributed free of charge to the homeless and needy.
If you have any questions and/or concerns you can contact the church office at 410-742-1737.
Your help is needed to assure that our young students have the supplies that they will need during the school year ready to learn. Bethany Lutheran Church will continue to collect school supplies. The school supplies will be distributed to Glen Avenue, Prince Street, and Pinehurst Elementary schools. There will be a “School Bus” box located in the narthex where supplies can be placed. If you wish to make a cash donation, please put your money and/or check in one of the Special White envelopes located in each pew. Volunteers will then shop for school supplies. If you have any questions, please contact the church office at 410-742-1737.
DVDs For Bethany Lutheran Church Shut-Ins
The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML), both nationally and throughout many districts, sponsored a 2 year-grant to help fund the Worship for Shut-Ins DVD ministry through the Lutheran Ministries Media. This grant helped Bethany Lutheran Church (BLC) participate and produce copies for the shut-in members of our church family.
Currently the weekly DVDs are being used in three nursing home facilities where they are viewed and enjoyed by those of other faith traditions. We praise God for opening the doors for others to hear and see the Gospel and truth of God’s Word and His saving grace and mercy. The weekly Worship for Shut-Ins DVDs are a blessing to the shut-ins in our congregation.
The Senior Socials were begun as a way of bringing together, for Christian fellowship and support, the congregation’s homebound parishioners with other members of their church family. Volunteers provide and serve refreshments and transport parishioners when needed. The socials begin with a time of socialization while refreshments are being served. Then, the guests and servers are divided into groups of four and games commence. The games include board games and card games. These socials are held on the second Saturday of each month, except for December, and last from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM.