*IN THE WORLD (Stewardship article)
The devil is cunning. In the Garden of Eden he placed doubt in Eve’s mind about the commandment that the Lord had given Adam and Eve about not eating of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. He placed doubt in her mind and tried to twist God’s words. The devil attempted the same deceit against Christ Jesus in the wilderness, but failed because Jesus knew what the Holy Scriptures said. When others question you about your faith or make statements about who Christians are or what God has said, be prepared. Study your Bible regularly; surround yourself with the Holy Word of God, because not knowing opens us to the devil’s temptation and trickery. When God’s Word is written on our hearts, there is no doubt, because He is with us.
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11
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
- Feeding the Homeless Gentlemen
- 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.
GRIEFSHARE – Experiencing Grief is a Personal Journey
Grief can be a powerful emotion that will affect us all. Grief is defined as deep mental anguish. The feeling of grief will come to all of us at some time when we experience the loss of a loved one or a cherished friend. Whether the death is natural, self inflicted (such as bad health habits) or accidental, this grief will affect us all differently. Even in the same family, grief will be experienced differently based on the unique relationship each person has with that family member who has died. Grief, in some people, may manifest itself in outward signs that are easy to read by others. There are also people who have deep grief but do not show it outwardly. We cannot make assumptions about the right or wrong way to grieve. Grief is a very personal matter for the person experiencing it. The healing comes when we let God help us through the pain of grief and acknowledge that the pain reflects our love for that person. Physicians, who heal the physical body call pain that comes while the body is healing, “healing pain.” Just so in grief, if we face the pain of grief and loss, God helps us heal through grief’s healing pain. So experiencing grief is a very personal journey. We must trust God to lead us through the pain, for He has plans for us. Plans to prosper us and not to harm us. Plans to give us hope and a future (Jer. 29:11) after the loss of our loved one. If you need help while experiencing the pain of grief, (or know somebody that does) come join us on Wednesdays from 1pm to 3pm at Bethany Lutheran Church’s Grief Share Program.
Feeding the Homeless Gentlemen
Each year Bethany Lutheran Church works with other churches for two weeks during the winter months to feed homeless gentlemen in the Salisbury area.
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.