Quilters for LWR
This Bethlehem group meets on alternate Thursdays to sew quilts and school bags for Lutheran World Relief to distribute. As one of the quilters has written, “The quilts we make are all sent away, but the friendships we make are here to stay.”
Mid-North Food Pantry
Bethlehem helps to support the Mid-North Food Pantry at Trinity Outreach Center, 3333 N Meridian St, which provides emergency food supplies to the needy in the area south of Bethlehem. Members support the pantry through food and monetary gifts as well as volunteering.
The Sharing Place
The Sharing Place is a food pantry operated by Lutheran Child and Family Services at 6501 Sunnyside Road. They provide free food to those in need on the northeast side of Indianapolis. They also sponsor a back-to-school program for needy children in August and a Christmas assistance program in December. Bethlehem members contribute food, provide financial support, and volunteer at The Sharing Place (317-760-0420).
Great Chicken Round-Up / Helping Hams
Christmastime brings a special opportunity for Bethlehem members to contribute to the city’s food pantries, the Great Chicken Round-Up. Many boxes of canned and packaged goods, as well as fresh chickens, are purchased and assembled (during the hour between services) for delivery throughout the city by the Community Based Services program of Lutheran Child and Family Services. Another drive in the spring, “Helping Hams,” follows the same plan.
Bethlehem members have a special concern for and a long-standing relationship with Lutherwood, a residential treatment center in Indianapolis for children who are recovering from the effects of abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment. Lutherwood is associated with the Community Health Network and depends on government funding. Through a strong traditional connection, the Lutheran community of Indianapolis provides the home and its residents with much-needed love, attention, and ministry.
A team from Bethlehem regularly participates in CROP Walk, an event organized by Church World Service to raise money to help fight hunger, both worldwide and locally.
Campus Ministry at Butler & IUPUI
Through the Indiana-Kentucky Synod of the ELCA and the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, we support a campus ministry at these campuses, Grace Unlimited, under the leadership of Fr. Charles Allen.
In 2016, many from Bethlehem have teamed up with First Trinity Lutheran Church (42nd/Emerson) to provide a free monthly cookout in the community. We light up the grills and gather from all around to sit and visit or play outside yard games.