Below is a portion of community organizations we support on a variety of levels. If you feel called to serve in any of these ministries, contact the church office, and we will help you get involved!
United Caring Shelters
United Caring Shelters is an organization founded by local UCC churches. Bethlehem volunteers cook and serve a meal to 100+ people on the fourth Sunday of each month. Members also donate items needed by the shelters, and participate in special “drives” when the shelter has an urgent need. We also include financial support UCS in our annual budget. Some of our church members serve on the board for UCS, and we have a history of a strong, supportive relationship with all of their ministries.
Habitat for Humanity of Evansville
Our church has made a major commitment to this important community program by donating $6,000 annually and providing labor and leadership in building houses each summer with other churches in Evansville. In 2013, our Vacation Bible School children (with matching donations from Good Will and our Eosin fellowship group) collected almost 1,200 books for Habitat’s Red Bookcase program, which provides each child in the Habitat program with their own bookcase and a dozen age-appropriate books. We hold annual fundraisers (such as our Ice Cream Social) to raise funds for our building pledge, and our children (and adults) bring “Habitat Banks” forward during worship quarterly with donations they have collected.
Bethlehem provides a portion of its annual budget to this Evansville organization, which helps people in crisis with utility bills, food, emergency assistance, etc.
Adams Food Bank
Ongoing donations of non-perishable foods are collected and delivered each month, and special collection projects often occur at certain times of the year. We encourage members of our congregation to bring a donation for the food bank on Communion weekends.
Good Samaritan Home
Volunteers from Bethlehem come regularly to help in many areas of the nursing home. In addition, we delegate members annually to serve on their board. At Christmas, our Outreach Ministry Team also includes some of the residents on our Sharing Tree, and we provide Christmas gifts for them.
At Christmas, we designate one of our bulletin boards as a “Sharing Tree.” On the tree, we hang paper ornaments to provide gifts for those in need. Our generous congregation purchases gifts for United Caring Shelters (UCS) residents in transitional housing, several residents of Good Samaritan Home, and a local family “adopted” from the community. Our Outreach Ministry Team coordinates gifts for UCS and Good Sam, and they are delivered after the Motley Crew fellowship group wraps them. Our Y2K fellowship group selects the family each year and wraps the gifts before delivering them to the family members.
During the month of February, our Eosin fellowship group hosts a congregation-wide collection of new socks and underwear for local school children and delivered through the EVSC’s PTA Clothing Bank.
Weekday Christian Education Ministry and Evansville Community of Churches
Church members volunteer for fundraising projects and our church gives regular financial support, as well as delegating members to serve on these boards.
Other Ways We Reach Out
Our building and grounds are home to several community non-profit organizations, such as the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts and Little League teams.