SERVE BETHLEHEM

Our life in Christ awakens as we serve those around us. Serving is how we live out our faith: Know, Love, Serve. We love our city.  Join us as we demonstrate that love and #ServeBethlehem.  See below for opportunities to serve.  


UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES


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EL CAMINO FELLOWSHIP

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3rd Saturday | 8-11 am | Hispanic Center

Join us on the third Saturday of every month for bi-lingual worship,  prayers, and pastries!  We gather together at the Hispanic Center of the Lehigh Valley with our Southside neighbors to celebrate the love of Jesus and extend hospitality to families as they wait for the food pantry.  Sign up to serve  HERE.


2nd & 4th  Wednesday | 6:30-8:30 pm | Hispanic Center

Our fellowship group comes together for worship and Bible study at the Hispanic Center of the Lehigh Valley, 520 East Fourth Street in Bethlehem, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. We share prayers, God’s word, our questions, and a simple meal. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Manuela, mkauer@eastern.edu.


SATURDAY SERVE

1st Saturday of Each Month | 9:45 am- 12:00 pm | Locations Vary

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The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Are you ready to accept God's challenge in your life? You were designed by God to love, serve, and impact others. Saturday Serve will give you an opportunity to use your God-given gifts through ministry in our surrounding community. Join the Saturday Serve team and a member of Senior Staff on the first Saturday of each month. Come once or join every month. Serve opportunities are available at New Bethany, Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, (CACLV), Northeast Ministries and Truth for Women. Other sites may be added.  For more information or to sign up for Saturday Serve CLICK HERE. For more information contact Pastor Manuela, mkauer@eastern.edu.


FEED BETHLEHEM

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Brown Bag Initiative

On July 22, brown bags will be available to pick up in the lobby of BECAHI. Fill the bags with food and return to BECAHI the following week for distribution to New Bethany Ministries.  

Free Farmers Market

Once again, we are partnering with America's Grow a Row to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to our neighbors. Sign up to serve at one of our upcoming Saturday morning Free Farm Markets, and impact hundreds of families in our community! Volunteers are needed Saturdays from late July through mid November 2018 to drive to Pittstown, NJ to pick up the boxes of fresh food, and/or to serve at the Free Farmers Market tables on Saturday mornings.  Share the love of Christ with those in need of fresh healthy food.   CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.    CLICK HERE to download a flyer with location dates and times. 

Want to know more about America's Grow-a-Row, go to their website at: americasgrowarow.org


EMERGENCY SHELTER (BES)

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We served at our last BES of the season on April 1.  Stay tuned for Winter 2018/2019 details!

Our Community needs us!  This winter, you can make a difference to your neighbors in need by helping out at the Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering.  Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering is a faith-based partnership that provides a network of care and hospitality for the homeless in our community. From December through March, we will help provide guests with a warm bed, dinner, and breakfast on the first Saturday of every month, and the last Friday of December, in the heart of Bethlehem at Christ UCC Church. 

It will take a lot of hands to run this single site.  Please prayerfully consider if God is calling on you to be his hands and feet here in Bethlehem this winter.  Sign up to donate a meal or volunteer at the shelter click here.

If you have additional questions, please contact Johanna Torres at johannalynntorres@gmail.com or Ann Miller at abmiller324@gmail.com.


SPECIAL EVENTS

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Serve Bethlehem Blessing Bags | July 13

Join us for Serve Bethlehem Blessing Bags-- a hands-on activity to bless our local partners that are reaching out to the homeless, children and elderly. Activity open to all in the Fellowship Hall of Grace Church from 6–9 p.m.

 


OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering (BES)
Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering is a faith-based partnership that provides a network of care and hospitality for the homeless in our community.  Overnight sheltering is provided during the coldest months of the year—December through March. To learn more and get involved contact: bethlehememergencysheltering.org

Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU)
Helping students come to know Jesus, grow in their faith, then go to their families, their communities and all over the world to tell others about God’s love.  If you are interested in college ministries in this area, contact Ed Hannah.

Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley puts God's love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope.  Team Contact: Shannon Cawley

Helping Hands
Helping Hands is a Care Team of the Lehigh Presbytery that organizes trips to disaster areas to help rebuild damaged homes and bring new hope. Team Contacts: Sandy & Terry Jenkin and Kevin Kehoe

The Hispanic Center LV
The Hispanic Center LV’s mission is to improve the quality of life of Hispanic and other families by empowering them to become more self-sufficient, while promoting an intercultural understanding in the Lehigh Valley.  Learn more: www.hclv.org

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) Lehigh University
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) is an evangelical campus mission serving students and faculty on college and university campuses nationwide.  Its vision at Lehigh is to see students and faculty transformed by Jesus to impact the university. 

Mentoring
The Mentoring Program at Nitschmann Middle School and Donegan Elementary School pairs mentors with students. Goals of the program include the development of a close interpersonal relationship, provision of a positive adult role model, and assistance with academics and social skills. Team Contacts: Terry Cline (Donegan) and Ted White (Nitschmann).

New York City Relief Bus (NYCR): Things We Do, So That Others May Live
Volunteering with New York City Relief Bus is as an opportunity to embody Isaiah 58:9-10, by serving those living in extreme poverty and homelessness. The NYC Relief Bus outreach consists of two former school buses now customized into mobile resource centers to help the poor and homeless in Newark, NJ and NYC. Friendly faces serve up a delicious, hot meal, compassion, and connections to resources that lead to life transformation. For more information, email Jess Manno. All are welcome who are over 18 years old.

New Bethany Ministries
New Bethany Ministries is located in the heart of Southside Bethlehem.  The mission of New Bethany Ministries is to provide care, services, and facilities to the homeless, the hungry, the mentally ill, and the poor with a level of quality that exceeds that of secular agencies.  Serve opportunities are available on the 1st Saturday of each month through Saturday Serve (see above) and the last Saturday of each month. Team Contacts:  1st Saturday of the month: David Feaver and Linda Heberling; Last Saturday of the month: Sue Stevens and Bill Stevens


Northeast Ministry
Northeast Ministry's primary focus is to help the children living in the Marvine/Pembroke public housing community reach their potential in life and break the cycle of dependence by providing them with the personal and spiritual resources to improve the quality of their lives.

Priority One
Priority One Foundation works to introduce Christ into the lives of men and to challenge them to make Him the foundation of all the priorities in their life. Team Contact: Steve Fessler

ShareCare
ShareCare Faith In Action is a non-profit network of trained volunteers from faith groups
and the wider community that provides compassionate and practical services to the
elderly and those with special needs to enhance their dignity, independence, and quality of life.
Team Contacts: Scott Fogel

Truth for Women (TFW)
Since inception, TFW has reached out to women who are lost, broken, and in need of truth. It operates Truth for Women Center and My Sister's Closet. Their mission is to transform women from the inside out by confronting life issues such as sex trafficking, through support, education, and advocacy.  Team Contacts: Trish Fritz and Tammy Adelsberger 

Victory House
Victory House of the Lehigh Valley addresses the problems of homeless men.  The facility provides 24-hour emergency shelter, transitional housing, and supportive services such as counseling, life skills education, medical care, and employment assistance to males who have found themselves displaced due to recent incarceration, mental health or substance abuse issues, or other related dependency problems.  Serve opportunities available on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 5:30–7p.m.  Team Contacts: Sue Stevens and Bill Stevens.

Young Life
Young Life is a community of Christ-centered people committed to reaching adolescent youth with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Learn more: www.younglife.org

Youth for Christ (YFC)
YFC is committed to reaching young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners, to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus. These young people are devoted to study God’s word and to prayer.  Learn more: www.yfclv.org