Bega Kwa Bega
Bethlehem has formed a partnership with the Image Lutheran Parish of the Iringa Diocese of Tanzania. Annual gifts are sent to the village to aid them in building their church facilities. Visits were made to Image in 2003 (congregational visit) and 2010 (senior pastor’s sabbatical).
Plans are being made to visit Image once again in August of 2012. Every year we sponsor 10-12 students from the Image Parish so that they can attend secondary school. Scholarships are $350 per year per student.
Lutheran Disaster Relief
Whenever a major disaster happens in the world or in the United States we take up a collection immediately to send to Lutheran Disaster Relief Domestic or Global. We confidently give our relief dollars to this organization knowing that it is one of the best and most efficiently run relief organizations in the world. LDR is often one of the first to arrive with aid on the scene of a major disaster.
World Hunger Appeal
Special offerings are received on a regular basis during worship for the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. Individuals may also direct their gifts to the Hunger Appeal from their giving envelopes. Bethlehem has a designated fund with this title. Every year on “Souper Bowl” Sunday the youth of the parish challenge the congregation to give to the team of their choice. Proceeds are sent to the ELCA World Hunger Appeal.
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