IN THE WORLD, NOT OF THE WORLD
When we are surrounded by blessings, we remember to praise God. Yet, often we do not think about praising God in our trials and in our darkness, in our weakest moments and in times of our greatest losses.
In the book of Acts, the Bible says that Paul and Silas were beaten by the people of Philippi and thrown into prison unjustly. Can we even imagine how desperate a situation that must have been for the two men? But instead of bewailing their unjust and awful treatment, the men sat in their cells and praised God through song. How strong the Holy Spirit must have been in those men! Bleeding and alone in a foreign prison, and they praise God.
As Christians we too are being watched by members of the secular community. Remember to praise God when you are at your lowest, because He suffered even greater losses for our salvation, and He never leaves our side. The jailor came to Christ through observing the faith of Paul and Silas and the miracles that God performed through them.
When life seems bleak, remember to praise God and invite the Holy Spirit to guide you, because your actions and reactions to events could have soul-saving effects on others. Be alert. Stay strong in the faith. God loves you and is with you in your darkest hours.
“The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.” Acts 16:22-25
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.