CES Food Shelf
The Mpls campus partners with CES (Community Emergency Services) to meet hunger where it is a critical need, on client’s food shelves with Home Delivery to the homebound and Meals on Wheels to seniors. CES fosters community among its clients, because a strong community is the best hope for sustainable relief from hunger and poverty.Current Needs
ICA Food Shelf
The Mtka campus partnership with ICA (Intercongregation Communities Association) began in 1971 and its mission is to create a healthy and stable community for all. A community where everyone has the resources needed to thrive. Food donations can be dropped at our Mtka Campus. Please check our events page for upcoming ICA events.Current Needs
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat’s mission is to “eliminate poverty housing from the Twin Cities and to make a decent, affordable shelter for all people a matter of conscience.”
We have partnered with Habitat for 25 years. We understand that Minnesota has a history of racial covenants that has denied homeownership to many. Recently Habitat stated, “At Twin Cities Habitat, we believe closing our community’s racial homeownership gap is a critical component of building a Minnesota where everyone can thrive. We have a lot of work to do to see that vision come to life.” We support Habitat’s mission by being involved in their home builds and by giving financially.Learn More!
Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative
Beacon’s vision is for all people to have a home, and for this to happen “our many faiths call us to create more equitable communities.” Beacon’s interfaith collaborative of nearly 90 congregations works to end homelessness through housing, shelter and advocacy. We as a congregation commit to joining Beacon’s approach of “tak[ing] personal, public, and financial risks in the fight for justice. We go big. We go bold.” We do this alongside Beacon through advocacy, hosting Families Moving Forward, and financial support.Learn More!
Our Saviour’s Community Services
“Increasing skills. Improving lives.” Our Saviour’s opens the doors to those looking for housing and supportive services, as well as to those seeking English language support. They offer emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing to single adults in the community who are without a place to call home. Our Saviour’s works with individuals to equip people to find and establish permanent housing. The English Learning Center provides classes for learning English language skills to immigrants and refugees. The staff also serves as a resource to support families in their pursuit to live and thrive in Minnesota.
Bethlehem has a long history of partnering with Our Saviour’s through financial support, serving on the board, and working directly with individuals utilizing the different services provided.Learn More!
Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry (LPGM)
“Envisions a world where relationships transform boundaries, and where all people have the resources and opportunities they need to thrive.”
Our engagement with LPGM focuses on international development with a focus on education as well as transformative travel. We currently have two education-based trips with LPGM: One to Guatemala where we focus on climate intervention, and the second to India where we focus on interfaith dialogue. Both trips focus on learning how folks around the world are combating issues of injustice and how we can apply what we learned back home as we are co-creators in healing the communities within which we live.Learn More!
Global Health Ministries
This Lutheran nonprofit is committed to improving health for people around the world. GHM partners in 13 countries, from El Salvador to Zimbabwe, supporting hospitals, clinics, and community-based outreach – all focused on improving health. GHM’s approach includes shipping donated medical supplies and equipment, providing scholarships for training doctors, nurses, midwives and community health workers, and providing grants that support grassroots efforts to improve health.
In 2019, Bethlehem’s Opening New Doors capital campaign funded a new well at Ejeda Hospital in southwestern Madagascar, improving the hospital’s capacity to deliver quality healthcare and ensuring that the community has access to clean water.
Bethlehem has had a meaningful, ongoing relationship with GHM for decades, with members serving on the GHM Board in its earliest years and supporting early initiatives. Bethlehem is in partnership with GHM today through our financial support, onsite engagement opportunities at their warehouse in Fridley, and through the annual Women’s Day of Service event.Learn More!
Holistic Ministry of Children of the Horn of Africa (HMCHA)
HMCHA is a non-denominational Christian ministry founded by Megersa Kumbi in 2007. HMCHA’s mission is to transform the lives of children through education, mentoring, financial support and community. Additionally, HMCHA has built a bridge that saves lives every year and provides clean water to four villages, as well as a community center with a library, computer lab and playground.
Bethlehem engages with HMCHA through financial and material support. Bethlehem also has a group of consistent congregation members that go to Ethiopia almost every year to maintain relationships with those on the ground.Learn More!
Upcoming Outreach EventsSee All
Families Moving Forward Clean-out & Beacon Supply Drive
After hosting Families Moving Forward for over 30 years, we have accumulated a lot of items used to host the families. The program is no longer being offered by Beacon, and it’s time for us to part with all the goodies. Please help us with this clean out after worship on March 3. Lunch is provided, so please let Pastor Meta know if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions.Learn More
TRUST Lunch & Learn It: The Sounds of Justice
Please join this free monthly event, hosted by TRUST, designed for older adults in our community. There will be time spent gathering & connecting, enjoying a free lunch, and then a learning topic will be shared. The March learning topic is The Sounds of Justice with the Brass Solidarity musicians. Please register in advance by calling TRUST at 612-827-6159 or email: [email protected].Learn More
ICA Food Shelf Tour
Our relationship with ICA Food Shelf will be highlighted during worship on Sunday, March 17. You are invited to bring non-perishable donations for families in our community experiencing food insecurity. After worship, join the Minnetonka confirmation students for a tour of the ICA Food Shelf to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to resource the food shelf as a client. The tour begins at 11:00 am at the 11588 K-Tel Drive location and all ages are welcome to join us.Learn More
Second Harvest Heartland Food Packing Event
Please join the Bethlehem Outreach Committee at Second Harvest Heartland during the March MN Food Share campaign. Volunteers will assist with sorting, labeling, weighing and packing various food items to meet immediate needs and help feed our hungry neighbors. There are 2 shifts for the Bethlehem Team (3:30-5:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm) and each shift is limited to 25 participants. Please register to claim your spot by March 7!Learn More
MN Food Share Donation Drive
Bethlehem’s food shelf partners, ICA and CES, are seeing record numbers of families visiting. Traditionally the spring is a time when contributions of food and financial support begin to decline. In response they are joining the hundreds of other food shelves to encourage contributions during the March MN Food Share campaign. During the month of March, bring your gifts of food to either Bethlehem campus.Learn More
TRUST Lunch & Learn It Thursdays
Please join this free monthly event, hosted by TRUST, designed for older adults in our community. There will be time spent gathering & connecting, enjoying a free lunch, and then a learning topic will be shared. Please register in advance by calling TRUST at 612-827-6159 or email: [email protected].Learn More