SOCIAL  MINISTRY

Our Social Ministry Team works together with several organizations. See the News tab for information about our current efforts.

Both congregations generously support community needs throughout the year: Non-perishable food is collected throughout the year and brought to the Open Pantry.

April - Easter food bags are collected
November – Thanksgivingfood bags are collected

January/February – Souper Bowl of Caring – food and money are collected for the Open Pantry.

Watch the News tab for Results 

The Sunday School children supported by the congregation raise money to purchase animal(s) through the Heifer project.

See the News tab for this years animal(s)

 Rescue Mission – http://www.hope4springfield.org/
May – Undie Sundays
June/July/August - School supplies
September sweatshirts

December - hats/mittens/scarves/gloves are collected.

 

October – Crop Walk Walkers collect sponsorships from the congregations and friends.

 The churches collaborate with the Council of Churches of Greater Springfield 

NAR-ANON

"Let's Get Honest" A 12 Step Support Group for Friends and Families of Addicts Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else's addiction A group meets every week at Bethesda on Thursday evenings at 7:00p.m.
Please join us.
www.naranonctma.org

DISASTER
RELIEF

Both congregations respond to natural disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti sending financial support to affected areas through their national church organizations.


Ministry to Youth and Families


Bethesda Basketball

Bethesda has 8 teams pre-K – 8th grade: Knights, Burn, Hustle, Express, Pirates, Lil' Celtics & Spark, playing in CYO & inter church biddy league of Springfield. Our 3rd/4th grade girls & 5th/6th grade boys teams won their age group's championships in the Western MA Christmas tournament held at the Basketball Hall of Fame during the holiday school break.  More Info: Bethesda Basketball

With 55% of the eight-grade students at risk for dropping out of school compared to a 36% risk in Massachusetts, there is a great need for this vital ministry. Coaches report regularly that players must do their school work to play on the team; the coaches often tutor the students and they monitor academic progress. Good news! Grades are improving and kids, especially the ones at risk, are staying out of trouble.

The Seventh Annual Bethesda Lutheran Kenny Peterson Memorial Basketball Tournament - takes place in February.

Make Way for Ducklings
Make Way for Ducklings is a fully accredited and licensed preschool and kindergarten. We are pleased to host this outstanding program for children. The program, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, is supported by a nurturing and experienced staff. More Info: Make Way For Ducklings

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