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.

Every member of Bethel Lutheran Church is a member of Bethel’s Outreach Ministry. Our
mission is to reach those who are outside the walls of our Church with the message and the
love of Jesus Christ by ministering, serving, and giving.

”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

December

BE AN ANGEL this Christmas…
LFS – Lutheran Family Services Foster Care and Refugee Children
IHN – Family Promise Interfaith Hospitality Network Children
Bethel – Mercy Gate Thanksgiving & Bethel Families
 
Spread Christ’s love by picking up a tag on one of the Angel Trees in the church narthex. It will certainly bring a smile to a child’s face this holiday season. Purchased gifts are to remain UNWRAPPED with tag attached and placed underneath the tree. Donated various size gift bags on the side are also welcomed and appreciated.

Blessings

Thanksgiving Meal Basket Distribution

On Saturday, November 17, from 9:00 to 11:00am Bethel distributed 28 Thanksgiving Meal Baskets.  Pastor John distributed 4 meal baskets to Bethel Members.  There were 3 Stephen Ministers on hand to offer prayers with the families.  A big Thank You to:  Sue Jenkins, Sara Wulfsberg, Alice Magnone, Margaret Curnow for providing delicious homemade treats and setting up the beautiful Thanksgiving Table.  Ernie St. Gelais and Kevin Magnone for helping to distribute the meal baskets.  Denise Dreary who requested and received a Thrivent amount for $250.00, and purchased milk, juice, yogurt, and small boxed breakfast cereal with the Thrivent gift card.  I have placed Thank You notes from Outreach in their church boxes.  It was a great success as the families stayed much longer than we expected each were so thankful, wanting to enjoy the breakfast items, fellowship with Bethel members, and prayer with Stephen Ministers.  Praise God!

THANK YOU to all who supported the Kindness Kit Collection and Assembly, we put together about 300 kits!  A special Thank You to Millie and John Farquhar for overseeing the collection and assembly. These kits will be used for the Family Promise Walk on September 16. The Kindness Kits are also in the Kindness Kit boxes in the Narthex for anyone to take and keep in their car, so when you encounter a person who is experiencing homelessness, you can offer a bag to them.

ALREADY COLLECTING FOR THE NEXT ASSEMBLY : This has turned into such a wonderful ministry that we are already starting to plan for our next collection and assembly, sometime after Christmas. Feel free to drop off any of the following non-perishable items: travel-size toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, hand sanitizer, deodorant, sunscreen, chap-stick, combs, etc.), gloves, hats, hand warmers, washcloths, socks, and other items that people who live on the street find useful.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or suggestions for future collections. Stephany Rodvold, [email protected]

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?

Print an Outreach Funding Request form 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