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

August- Family Promise – Hope Homes

Our mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response.

This is a program aimed directly at the root cause of family homelessness—the lack of affordable housing. Estimates are that only one in four households in need of subsidized housing is actually getting it. This is the core issue behind family homelessness—more than employment, stability, health or anything else.

Blessings

The RV has been moved to the mobile home park!  During the open house at Bethel on the 30th of July, the kids chose their beds and fell in love with their new home.  Work will continue as water, sewer and electricity needs to be connected and skirting needs to be added.  A porch or steps may also be added.  Thank you to everyone who has provided items for the family.  Please see Daryl Skoog if you’re able to help with the final work!

Thank you Bethel Lutheran for your wonderful gift to Gospel Homes.  The items donated are such a blessing.

   Laundry products

   Personal care items

   8  Pillows

   2 – Single bed coverlet

   $20 for bus passes

Thanks to Bethel’s generous hearts the backpack/supply drive was a huge success: 28 completely filled and ready to go backpacks, 12 new backpacks, miscellaneous supplies, and $400 in gift cards.

YOU have been such a blessing to Bethel & our IHN families!  We hosted 4 families, a total of 16 people including 11 children ranging from 2 to 17 years old.
The families were VERY appreciative of staying in one church for a two week period.  They enjoyed their time with our hosts: they joined the rock painting craze and even the 3 teenage boys joined in!   The girls enjoyed getting their nails painted & blowing bubbles with the scouts.   Clue, Sorry, Uno, Exago…. the games they played were endless.  We were taught a new card game, Euchre, that our 7 year old guest said “should be named Confusing because that’s what it is!”
All of our parents are blessed with work and our 17 year old guest works TWO jobs to help out the family.
They greatly appreciated the meals, visits & food.  For those of us who forgot, we got to see first-hand how much food teenage boys could consume!  One family is gone from 7am till 9pm so the kids made lunch PLUS two snacks to hold them till their late evening meal. They had a blast making pizzas.
Please keep Family Promise/IHN and our guests in your prayers.  Thank you for a VERY successful IHN hosting, we couldn’t have done it without YOU!

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.

A huge Thank You Bethel for your generous Lenten Offering, $1,827.73. This amount will definitely “Lend a Helping Hand” towards the purchase of a manufactured home. Through Hope Homes a homeless family who has graduated to self-sufficiency from the Family Promise – IHN program will have the opportunity to become homeowners. What a special way Bethel has come together and shown the love and hope of Christ’s resurrection. He has risen! He has risen, indeed!

In April, Bethel Outreach donated items to Wish House fulfilling a need that allowed them to open on time.

 Upcoming Events

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