Bethel Outreach


Did you know?

Bethel tithes 10% of its planned giving to Outreach ministries and approximately 5% to unplanned giving.

Bethel’s Outreach consists of a team of people who pray, guide and assist how best to dedicate Bethel’s time, talent, and resources for local, national, and international needs.

Each member of Bethel is part of Bethel’s Outreach Ministries called to Acts of Service in Jesus’ name.

”Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”…

Matthew 25:40

Featured Event

January

The Bethel Senior Group is sponsoring a campaign to help those without adequate shelter during the cold winter months by collecting donations of winter survival gear (Tarps, blankets, sleeping bags, winter coats, stocking hats, wool socks, mittens, gloves, etc.). 

Please help us to meet the needs of most vulnerable members of our community.  Donation boxes will be in the narthex from January 21 to February 11.  Contact Pastor Dan with any questions.

Blessings

The Say What? Truck in the past month has been utilized by Mercy’s Gate in picking up and delivering furniture from Compassion International. It was also used for the Cases of Love fundraiser last month in collecting donations from Pikes Peak YMCAs to help provide suitcases, duffle bags and hygiene items for children in foster care. On May 12th the truck will be used by CASA of the Pikes Peak Region to gather items for their annual rummage sale. The truck continues to be used by Because We Choose To each month as well.

Thank you to all who supported Mercy’s Gate and Bethel’s joint ministry in providing 28 Thanksgiving Meal Baskets during the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Bethel hosted the families with a light continental breakfast, fellowship, and prayer.  A big Thank You to Sue Jenkins for the delicious food and drink provided for the breakfast, and the Stephen Ministers who were available with a listening ear and prayer.  The families were very thankful and asked that we pass on their gratefulness to all at Bethel Lutheran.

Ongoing Events

If you enjoy cooking, fellowship, and working as part of a ministry group, serving on the Bethel meal team might be a great opportunity for you! During service hours, all neighbors seeking our services enjoy a hot, healthy meal and fellowship with our team of volunteers. Our meal teams commit to providing the food for a meal, cooking, and serving the meal to our neighbors. Meal teams also sit with, fellowship with, and pray with our neighbors as we seek to love them and serve them in Jesus name. Bethel’s Meal Team will be providing breakfasts and lunches on the 4th Thursday of the month. If you are interested in working as part of the Bethel meal team, please contact Margaret Curnow.

Through the generous support and donations of our Church Partners, local businesses, and community partners, Mercy’s Gate offers our neighbors access to a food pantry that supplies healthy, nutritious food as well as meal suggestions and nutritional resources. Our Food Pantry is organized much like a small market and our Volunteer Team works with neighbors as they make food selections. Mercy’s Gate Food Pantry is designed to provide an emergency food supply, providing food relief for up to three days per person per household. People can visit our food pantry up to four times annually.  Non-perishable food donations for Mercy’s Gate may be brought to Bethel and dropped off near the front doors.

 Upcoming Events

Contact Us

Marie St. Gelais – [email protected]

Outreach Assists Over 25 Mission Programs

All programs meet the following criteria:

  • Is it faith-based?
  • Does it make efficient use of its funds (85% of funds go to the program)?
  • Does it serve a distribution of agencies (Local, National, and International)?
  • Does it serve organizations from various categories (Health/Welfare, Hunger, Disaster Relief, Education /Spiritual Outreach)?
  • Are church members actively involved?
  • If a mission church, is preference given to regional LCMC?
    • Who/How many are impacted?
    • Does Bethel have a history with the program/mission?

Pick up an Outreach Benevolence Request form at the Bethel office or download one here.

Local Mission Programs

Catholic Charities

A variety of charities that address the root causes of poverty www.ccharitiescc.org/what-we-do/marian-house/

o    Family Mentor Alliance – Provides mentoring services to families experiencing homelessness

o    Marion House – Home to a variety of services that address the Root Cause of Poverty

Family Promise

A Community Response for Homeless Families with Children www.ihn-cos.org

o    IHN – Local churches providing shelter for homeless families

o    Hope Homes – A homelessness to home ownership program

Habitat for Humanity

Bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope www.habitat.org

Lutheran Family Services

Service agency helping children and families during their most challenging times www.lfsco.org

Mercy’s Gate

Serving People from Crisis to Hope www.mercysgatecs.org

Mission Medical Clinic

Healing the Sick in the name of Jesus (FREE clinic) www.missionmedicalclinic.org

Rainbow Trails

Rocky Mountain Synod ELCA facility for summer camping, retreating opportunities and site rentals www.rainbowtrail.org

Say What? Truck

A collaborative transportation resource bringing assistance to non-profit organizations http://saywhattruck.com/

Springs’s Rescue Mission

Together we can provide pathways out of homelessness for everyone in Colorado Springs www.springsrescuemission.org

National Mission Programs

LCMC and Mission Churches

Various missions supported by LCMC www.lcmc.net

Lutheran Disaster Response

Brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response/

Oaks Indian Mission

Christian communities and tribal nations prepare Native children to lead and serve www.oaksindianmission.org

International Mission Programs

Compassion International

Releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name www.compassion.com

Feed My Starving Children

Feeding God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit www.fmsc.org

Global Health Ministries

Ensuring access to quality healthcare for the world’s most vulnerable people www.ghm.org

Lutheran World Relief

Work with local partners to provide lasting solutions to poverty www.lwr.org

Operation Christmas Child

Shoebox gifts for children around-the-world www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child