Social Ministry (Outreach)

Reaching out to a world in need.

“The mission of our social ministry team is to coordinate Bethel Lutheran church’s compassionate witness to God’s love and grace with the needs of our congregation, the local community, and the world.”

+ Below is a partial listing of our ministries of Grace as Christ’s hands and feet +

Grace Ministries broadside March 2020

AFGHANISTAN REFUGEE FAMILY CO-SPONSORSHIP:

Neighborhood Support Teams have been formed for our Central MA area; each NST will help a family for a year as they acclimate to our area. GRACE has joined one of the first three, in league with Bethlehem Lutheran in Sturbridge, Zion Lutheran-Oxford/Reconciliation Episcopal-Webster, Emanuel Lutheran-Worcester and Salem Covenant-Worcester.
You may help support the family we will welcome sometime in the January/February 2022 timeframe with your monetary donations via the QR code below.
Our NST is responsible for raising upwards of $32K for the year we provide sponsorship.

Good Neighbor NST QR code

ELCA GOOD GIFTS: The young people of the Bethel campus Sunday School are working to raise money to purchase animals to help begin self-sustaining farm efforts within the targeted areas of the campaign.

ELCA Good Gifts Farm Project 2018

DISMAS HOUSE:  Our Bethel campus continues in support  of various Dinners on the last Friday of each month.

WORCESTER FELLOWSHIP, INC.:  WF, Inc conducts their Worship Services every Sunday at noon on the Worcester Common.   Their core membership, along with volunteers from Worcester County churches and synagogues, serve lunches before Worship each Sunday.  Volunteers from the Bethel campus participate in this effort on various Sundays throughout the year.

INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK of GREATER WORCESTER: Grace Ministries, through both Bethel and Zion campuses, has the opportunity twice each year to staff the IHN’s home on June Street in Worcester for overnights. Our communities of faith collect gift cards and provide food for the pantry and consumable health care products. To help raise operational funding our parishes participate in a used shoe drive each year.

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We wish to thank all who have continued to work hard in bringing hope to a world in need.  Announcements will be made and invitations extended to participate in these and other outreach projects in the coming year.  Please contact Pastor Andrew or members of the Bethel campus Social Ministry Team if you are aware of any need within our congregation or community.

 “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”   Matthew 25:40