KNOW. LOVE. SERVE.
Our life in Christ awakens as we serve those around us. Serving is how we live out our faith: Know, Love, Serve. Below please find a sample of the serve opportunities at FPCB.
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. Classic 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 Ritter 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.
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: Kim Ritter.
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
Ray Schnurr 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.
local mission opportunities
Third Saturday El Camino Fellowship | 3rd Sat. | 8-11 am
Join us on the third Saturday of every month for bi-lingual worship, prayers, and pastries! We gather together at the Hispanic Center of the Lehigh Valley with our Southside neighbors to celebrate the love of Jesus and extend hospitality to families as they wait for the food pantry. Sign up to serve HERE.
El Camino Fellowship | 2nd & 4th Wed. | 6:30-8:30 pm
Our fellowship group comes together for worship and Bible study at the Hispanic Center of the Lehigh Valley, 520 East Fourth Street in Bethlehem, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. We share prayers, God’s word, our questions, and a simple meal. For more information please contact Pastor Manuela Kauer.
Feed Bethlehem--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, Breaking Bread Relief, and Lynfield Community Center (three local partners of FPCBethlehem and one of our ministries in the Southside of the city). 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. The church cargo van will be available every Saturday morning 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. Directions and instructions will be provided. To sign up, please click here.
For more information, please contact Laura Davis.
Want to know more about America's Grow-a-Row, go to their website at: americasgrowarow.org
Bethlehem Emergency Shelter
Our Community needs us! This winter, you can make a difference to your neighbors in need by helping out at the Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering. Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering is a faith-based partnership that provides a network of care and hospitality for the homeless in our community. From December through March, FPCB will help provide guests with a warm bed, dinner, and breakfast on the first Saturday of every month in the heart of Bethlehem at Christ UCC Church.
It will take a lot of hands to run this single site. Please prayerfully consider if God is calling on you to be his hands and feet here in Bethlehem this winter. Sign up to donate a meal or volunteer at the shelter click here.
Dates: December 2-3, 2017; January 6-7, 2018; February 3-4, 2018; March 3-4, 2018
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 Pastor Manuela Kauer.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To register for a date, CLICK HERE.
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.
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).
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. CLICK HERE to read the newsletter.
1st Saturday of the month: David Feaver and Linda Heberling
Last Saturday of the month: 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.
Click here to download the newsletter.
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.
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: Pastor Manuela Kauer
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.
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.
This short-term trip allows us to bring together a small team of our members to join our global partners in the Tirrases and Conce-Sion churches in Costa Rica. We then serve with them their congregations and communities in different projects that impact both our lives and give testimony of God's love.
Costa Rica—Mission Trip to TIRRASES, SAN JOSE
Tentative dates: January 5–January 13, 2018
Approximate Cost is: $1500.00
People: 10-12 people
Lodging: In families’ homes and/or simple hotel
Involvement in the community:
Our local partners are organizing a week with several exciting outreach opportunities to join them in bringing Christ’s love to their community. These may include:
• Building a home for a needy family
• Some construction work at a new church site in Conce-Sion
• Work with children and youths during the week
• Health fair
• Possible work with Urbarium, Habitat for Humanity partner in Costa Rica
• Meaningful times of worship and prayers several times during the week
• A day off with the community to go to a park or a beach area
Click here to register.
If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Manuela, extension 209 or email: email@example.com.
If there is an area of service that you are looking for that is not listed above, please contact our Pastor for Mission and Outreach, Manuela Kauer.