Our life in Christ awakens as we serve those around us. Serving is how we live out our faith: Know, Love, Serve. We love our city. Join us as we demonstrate that love and #ServeBethlehem. See below for opportunities to serve.
Emergency Shelter (BES)
December 2-3 & 29-30; January 6-7; February 3-4; March 3-4 | Times vary | Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering
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, and the last Friday of December, 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.
EL CAMINO FELLOWSHIP
3rd Saturday | 8-11 am | Hispanic Center
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.
2nd & 4th Wednesday | 6:30-8:30 pm | Hispanic Center
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.
Saturdays through Nov. 11 | 10 am- 2 pm | Locations Vary
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 Saturdays through November 11, 2017 to drive to 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
1st Saturday | 9:45 am- 12:00 pm | Locations Vary
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.
our community partners
Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering (BES)
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. To learn more and get involved contact: bethlehememergencysheltering.org
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
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
The Hispanic Center LV
The Hispanic Center LV’s mission is to improve the quality of life of Hispanic and other families by empowering them to become more self-sufficient, while promoting an intercultural understanding in the Lehigh Valley. Learn more: www.hclv.org
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.
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 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.
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.
Team Contacts: 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.
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
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: Scott Fogel
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. Click here to read the newsletter. Team Contacts: Trish Fritz and Tammy Adelsberger
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.
Young Life is a community of Christ-centered people committed to reaching adolescent youth with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Learn more: www.younglife.org
Youth for Christ (YFC)
YFC is committed to reaching young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners, to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus. These young people are devoted to study God’s word and to prayer. Learn more: www.yfclv.org