KNOW. LOVE. SERVE.
Our life in Christ awakens as we serve those around us. Once a month we send out an email blast with opportunities to serve in the church and within our community. Serving is how we live out our faith: Know, Love, Serve. Below please find a sample of the serve opportunities at First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem. If you are wondering how God might be calling you to serve, please consider 'trying out' a serve opportunity below.
Kids in 3rd–8th grade are eligible to assist in the 10 a.m. Traditional worship service as Acolytes. Children will receive a short training before serving. Please CLICK HERE to sign up.
Your Hospitality Team invites you to join them in the Fellowship Hall at 9:15–10:00 a.m. or the Kirk Center between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. every Sunday for hot coffee and warm fellowship. Traditional Hospitality begins September 18. If you’re interested in being part of our generous team of bakers, please contact by email Sue Boehret; Nancy Disario to support the Sanctuary Hospitality Team OR please contact by email: Kim Dans, Jan Link or Pastor Beth to support the Kirk Center Hospitality Team.
Blood Pressure Screening Ministry
The Blood Pressure Screening Ministry needs volunteers for 2017. We are seeking nurses or therapists, who are trained to take blood pressures and want to volunteer their time, (generally 45 minutes), in this valuable ministry. Linda will provide training. To help, contact Linda, parish nurse.
Summer Sunday Child Care Volunteers
The Sunday summer schedule at First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem will begin on Sunday, May 29. Child care will be provided for infants up to children who will be entering kindergarten in the fall for all services. Our Sunday summer child care program relies on the adults who benefit from this program to volunteer throughout the summer. If you will be using child care on Sunday mornings please prayerfully consider volunteering in child care three times during the summer.
CLICK HERE to volunteer.
Train a child in the way he should go. When he is old, he will not turn away from it. (Proverbs 22:6) Is God nudging you to help bring children closer to His word? Our Children's Ministry team is looking for individuals passionate about sharing God's love for the world with our children. Whether you have an hour a week or an hour a month, there is a way to get involved! No need to be a Biblical scholar, you just need to bring your love of God, love of kids, and some enthusiasm! All curriculum planning and supplies will be provided. If you are an adult or a high school student that would love to serve Christ through connecting children to Him, please prayerfully consider the serve opportunities below. For more information, contact Denise Pierson-Balik or at 610-317-6162 ext. 253. All volunteers must be FPCB members or regular attendees for at least 6 months.
Please join one of four communion prep and clean-up teams each. Each team is comprised of 7-9 people and assigned only three communion weekends per year. On the assigned communion weekend, a team member will be on either the Saturday or the Sunday team and will be responsible for filling the communion cups with juice, cutting the bread for communion, setting up the communion table in the Sanctuary, refilling the trays on the communion table between the Traditional services and cleaning-up the communion table in the Sanctuary after church is finished. Best of all...you will make some new friends! To join a communion prep team, please email John Edwards.
Do you enjoy Talking on the Phone? Are you willing to place a few phone calls per month? The Contact Ministry has the perfect serve opportunity for you! Each month, the contact ministry calls FPCB members to check in and ensure that their spiritual needs are being met. You will meet a new friend and be a blessing to someone in need of a joyful phone call. If you are interested in serving in the contact ministry for one year, email Ted White.
Greeters for the Children’s Center
Serve as an Usher at FPC Bethlehem’s newly-renovated Children’s Center during our weekend worship services. You will have the opportunity to greet families and assist parents, guardians and guests through our new Checkpoint Check-In System beginning November 7, 2015. Volunteer shifts are approximately one and a half hours once per month. No experience necessary. Training is provided, and all volunteers must complete the FPC Bethlehem Safe Church clearance process. To sign up for this usher team, CLICK HERE. For more information email Stacey Judge or Jeff Murphy.
FPCB Office Team
Do you like meeting new people? We need a few friendly faces to join our outstanding team of office receptionists at FPCB. This is a once a week commitment for 3 to 4 hours. Computer skills are helpful, but not required. Get to know the staff at FPCB while answering the phone and welcoming visitors to the church. If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please email Jackie Etter. We look forward to hearing from you!
Do you have a passion for prayer? Has God laid on your heart a desire to pray for others in their time of need? If the answer is yes or if you would like learn more about this opportunity, then please consider joining the Prayer Ministry team. For more information on please contact our Prayer Deacon Shawn Marie Remely.
The FPCB office has an occasional need for a fill-in as a substitute receptionist with a time commitment for 3 to 4 hours. Computer skills are helpful, but not required. Get to know the staff at FPCB while answering the phone and welcoming visitors to the church. If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please email Jackie Etter. We look forward to hearing from you!
Special Events Ministry
Special Events Ministry is developing a cross-generational team of men and women who would be available to support the church community during "special events", e.g. celebration for Staff leaving, retiring or being welcomed, for volunteer celebrations, milestone anniversaries for staff, etc.
TIMES: Most events will occur on a Saturday or Sunday
VIRTUES: Dependable; organized; flexible; enjoy people
VALUES: Consistent Servant Spirit; initiative commitment; integrity, and teamwork
DUTIES: Work closely with the leader requesting the special event, and organize a team of volunteers and delegate their specific assignments such as: complete church calendar and room request/booking forms, order food, set up Fellowship Hall or Parlor as requested, staff the beverage and buffet tables, clean up area after event, wash table cloths and return to closet, intermingle with the community.
If you would like more information or join this group, email Betsy Laylon.
Servers and Bakers Needed
The Contemporary Hospitality Team is looking for servers and bakers to promote a warm and welcoming environment by serving food and beverages to our guests, members, and staff on Sunday mornings in the Rotunda. Servers will set up, replenish, and clean up the designated food service areas and bakers are asked to bring 3-4 dozen baked goods. Each team member will be scheduled one Sunday every two months. If interested, contact: Jan at JaniceLink@lehighcounty.org or Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ushers for Traditional & Contemporary Services
Help create a welcoming experience for our members and guests by providing practical assistance, such as greet and assist the congregation in finding seats for the Traditional Service in the Sanctuary or for the Contemporary Services the Kirk Center, hand out bulletins, and collect the offering. Teams serve every few weeks and at special services. To join a Traditional Services team, Kathie Welker in the FPC Bethlehem office. To join a Contemporary Services team, email Brently Groshong in the Creative Arts Department.
"We are Christ's ambassadors" (2 Corinthians 5:20). Do you love to greet people with a warm smile and welcome them into our church? The Greeter team is seeking individuals with a warm heart to greet people throughout the FPCB campus before all services in the Kirk Center and the Sanctuary. Those church members who welcome the people God has brought to our church have the chance to positively influence these important visitors in those first crucial minutes. You never have a second chance at a first impression—It is the greeters who often hold the key to whether guests return. Be an Ambassador For Christ. Help open doors and welcome people to FPCB!
You will only be asked to serve once every few weeks for about 20 minutes each time or maybe you just want to be added to our substitute list. If you are interested please email Toni Fioretti.
TOWN & COMMUNITY (local mission opportunities)
El Camino Fellowship
Come and join us! We are a Christian fellowship group that meets twice a month on the Southside of our city, on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 8 till 11 a.m. for bi-lingual worship, hospitality and prayers and the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30pm for worship and Bible study at the Hispanic Center of the Lehigh Valley, 520 East Fourth Street in Bethlehem. We share prayers, God’s word, our questions, and a simple breakfast or meal. You are also invited to join us for community outreach on the 1st Saturday morning of each month. For more information please contact Beth Peters.
Sign up for the 3rd Saturday outreach team: CLICK HERE.
Breaking Bread Relief
Be a part of Breaking Bread Relief, FPC Bethlehem's monthly mobile ministry on the first Saturday of the month from 12-2 p.m. at Tranquility Park on 4th St, between Buchanan & Monroe on the South Side of Bethlehem. We offer free soup, bread, lemonade, toothbrushes/toothpaste as well as a listening ear and prayer to those who stop by. Knowledgeable community members are available to answer questions about food pantries, shelters, housing, and social services. For information, please contact Jess Manno at email@example.com. To register for a date, CLICK HERE.
Saturday Serve Opportunities
The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Are you ready to accept God's challenge in your life? You were designed by God to love, serve, and impact others. Saturday Serve will give you an opportunity to use your God-given gifts through ministry in our surrounding community. Join the Saturday Serve team and a member of Senior Staff here at FPCB on the first Saturday of each month. Come once or join every month. Serve opportunities are available at New Bethany, Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, (CACLV), Northeast Ministries and Truth for Women. Other sites may be added. CLICK HERE to sign up. For more information or to sign up for Saturday Serve, email Beth Peters.
Bring Fresh Food to Those in Need
A local NJ-based non-profit organization, America’s Grow-a-Row, is growing fresh fruits and vegetables specifically for people suffering from hunger. Volunteers are needed to drive to the beautiful America's Grow-a-Row farm in Pittstown, NJ to pick up the boxes of fresh food and deliver the boxes to New Bethany Ministries and the Hispanic Center of the Lehigh Valley (two local partners of FPCBethlehem). Share the love of Christ with those in need of fresh healthy food. The entire round trip to NJ and back to Bethlehem will take approximately 90 minutes. A large back seat, car trunk or small SUV will be more than enough room to carry the boxes or burlap bags of fresh food. Drive alone or bring a friend. This is a great serve opportunity for the whole family. Individuals must have the ability to carry a box or bag weighing about 25 pounds. Directions and instructions will be provided. Pick a Thursday this summer or fall that works for your schedule! To sign up please go to the following link: CLICK HERE.
For more information about America’s Grow-a-Row, please contact Jackie Etter or go to the website at: americasgrowarow.org.
New York City Relief Bus (NYCR): Things We Do, So That Others May Live
Volunteering with New York City Relief Bus is as an opportunity to embody Isaiah 58:9-10, by serving those living in extreme poverty and homelessness. The NYC Relief Bus outreach consists of two former school buses now customized into mobile resource centers to help the poor and homeless in Newark, NJ and NYC. Friendly faces serve up a delicious, hot meal, compassion, and connections to resources that lead to life transformation. The effect it can have is truly monumental and life transforming and one that honors our Father in the way He commands in Matthew 25:31-40, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." FPC Bethlehem is answering a call to support and partner with New York City Relief through volunteering regularly with the Relief Bus outreach in Newark, NJ, and NYC. For more information, email Jess Manno. All are welcome who are over 18 years old. To register, CLICK HERE.
The Mentoring Program at Nitschmann Middle School and Donegan Elementary School pairs mentors with students. Goals of the program include the development of a close interpersonal relationship, provision of a positive adult role model, and assistance with academics and social skills.
Team Contacts: Terry Cline (Donegan) and Ted White (Nitschmann).
Helping Hands is a Care Team of the Lehigh Presbytery that organizes trips to disaster areas to help rebuild damaged homes and bring new hope.
Team Contacts: Sandy & Terry Jenkin and Kevin Kehoe
New Bethany Ministries
New Bethany Ministries is located in the heart of Southside Bethlehem. The mission of New Bethany Ministries is to provide care, services, and facilities to the homeless, the hungry, the mentally ill, and the poor with a level of quality that exceeds that of secular agencies. Serve opportunities are available on the 1st Saturday of each month through Saturday Serve (see above) and the last Saturday of each month.
Team Contacts: Sue Stevens and Bill Stevens
Northeast Ministry's primary focus is to help the children living in the Marvine/Pembroke public housing community reach their potential in life and break the cycle of dependence by providing them with the personal and spiritual resources to improve the quality of their lives.
Team Contact: Tammy Adelsberger
ShareCare Faith In Action is a non-profit network of trained volunteers from faith groups
and the wider community that provides compassionate and practical services to the
elderly and those with special needs to enhance their dignity, independence, and quality of life.
Team Contacts: Emily Beaver.
Victory House of the Lehigh Valley addresses the problems of homeless men. The facility provides 24-hour emergency shelter, transitional housing, and supportive services such as counseling, life skills education, medical care, and employment assistance to males who have found themselves displaced due to recent incarceration, mental health or substance abuse issues, or other related dependency problems. Serve opportunities available on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 5:30–7p.m. Team Contacts: Sue Stevens and Bill Stevens.
Truth for Women (TFW)
Since inception, TFW has reached out to women who are lost, broken, and in need of truth. It operates Truth for Women Center and My Sister's Closet. Their mission is to transform women from the inside out by confronting life issues such as sex trafficking, through support, education, and advocacy.
Team Contacts: Trish Fritz and Tammy Adelsberger
Bethlehem Emergency Shelter (BES) -- bethlehememergencysheltering.org
Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering is a faith-based partnership that provides a network of care and hospitality for the homeless in our community. Overnight sheltering is provided during the coldest months of the year—December through March. Various churches in the city serve as sheltering sites of a rotating basis. Over 100 volunteers from sheltering site churches as well as from a number of other churches and the community in general make this important ministry possible.
Homeless Population-–female helpers needed in February and March, 2017.
BES (Bethlehem Emergency Shelter) one of our partners caring for the homeless population during the months of winter need some women to help with that ministry. One of our members,
Johanna Torres, participated in this ministry and could give you her impression if you contact her. --Pastor Manuela Kauer
Help is needed on: March 5, March 19 as well in Feb 26, March 12, March 29.
Summary of need:
We need one or two women to help provide overnight supervision.
Volunteers who stay overnight arrive at the shelter by 10 when lights go out and stay until 7 or so. We can be flexible if women need to leave earlier than that. Usually volunteers get some sleep. The shelter guests sleep all night as it is very tiring being on the street during the day. Nights are usually very quiet.
Volunteers have a cot to sleep on and usually bring their own pillow and blankets.
If they can stay a bit later, volunteers can also help prepare and serve breakfast (usually cereal breads, fruit, juice and coffee), clean up and close the building. That is not a huge need as others often come in to help with those tasks, but help is always appreciated.
Volunteers do not need much experience as there will be an experienced volunteer there also who has done overnight supervision before. We do want two volunteers each evening. At least one should be a woman. I will be overnighting several of those nights. I stay down the hall from the women's sleeping area. A female volunteer is asked to stay in the women's sleeping area.
For more information, please contact Gary Marsh.
Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU)
Helping students come to know Jesus, grow in their faith, then go to their families, their communities and all over the world to tell others about God’s love. If you are interested in college ministries in this area, contact Ed Hannah.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley puts God's love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
Team Contact: Shannon Cawley
Hispanic Center of the Lehigh Valley ESL Classes
Come support, teach, or sit one-on-one with our Latino neighbors needing to grow their knowledge of English as a second language (no experience necessary, or knowledge of Spanish needed). Dates: TBD. Contact: Beth Peters
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) Lehigh University
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) is an evangelical campus mission serving students and faculty on college and university campuses nationwide. Its vision at Lehigh is to see students and faculty transformed by Jesus to impact the university. For more information on how to get involved with this group, contact
Priority One Foundation works to introduce Christ into the lives of men and to challenge them to make Him the foundation of all the priorities in their life.
Team Contact: Steve Fessler
Global Missional Serve Opportunities outside FPCB
Every year opportunities are available in several countries. Teams of our congregation are trained and sent off to join in ministry for a week or two our church global partners, overseas partners or faith organizations. These include Costa Rica (long-term partners), Argentina, and Haiti. Keep current with these opportunities and others available each year. Watch here for more information.
Be a part of an ten-day mission adventure to Tirasses, Costa Rica in January 2017 to continue to grow FPCB’s partnership with Capilla del Camino and work side by side with our mission partners in their local outreach. You’ll discover new life with Christ and experience the life and personal testimonies of local church members in a way you never could imagine.
DATES: January 6 or 7 to January 14, 2017
REGISTER BY: OCTOBER 30, 2016
CONTACT: PASTOR MANUELA KAUER
RELIEF BUS IN NEWARK AND NEW YORK CITY
SHORT TERM MISSION
AUGUST 1-5, 2017
Volunteering with the Relief Bus is as an opportunity to embody Isaiah 58:9-10, by serving those living in extreme poverty and homelessness. The concept is one that is rather simple in its execution; provide our brothers & sisters in Christ with a hot meal & prayer to nourish both their bodies and their spirits. The effect it can have is truly monumental and life transforming and one that honors our Father in the way He commands in Matthew 25:31-40, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."
First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem is answering a call to support and partner with New York City Relief through volunteering regularly with the Relief Bus outreach in Newark, NJ and NYC.
DATES: AUG 1-5, 2017
COST: $300 PER PERSON
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: MAY 30, 2017
More information on the Relief Bus outreach can be found at www.reliefbus.org
EL CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
SHORT TERM MISSION
SEPTEMBER 10—24, 2017
Next September, be a part of a two-week adventure to Spain to walk the El Camino and serve on its path with Pastor Manuela. You will have the opportunity to embark on a pilgrimage that millions of people from around the world have completed, and serve other pilgrims for one week at one of the local hostels along the route. Sign up for this once in a lifetime experience and find a refreshing of your soul in both pilgrimage and service.
- Hiking the Camino of Santiago from September 11-17, 2017.
- Serving at the pilgrim Christian Hostel (La Fuente del Peregrino) in Ligondes, in the Province of Galicia in Northern Spain from September 17-24, 2017.
- Approx. price for the two weeks including airfare, local transportation, lodging at simple pilgrim hostels $1,600.00. Food during hiking week will be paid by each participants (an additional $200-300.00).