Women’s Ministries

May 2017

The mission donation for May will go to Bayshore Christian Ministries.

In 1984 a group of Stanford and Santa Clara University students began studying the book of Amos. As they read about the injustice of disparity between the wealthy and the poor in Ancient Israel, they reflected on their own experience in modern day America. Resolving to do something, they moved into East Palo Alto and held Bible clubs, including summer camps, for the youth in and around the community. Shortly afterward, they offered tutoring programs in reading and math.

In 1987 Bayshore Christian Ministries (BCM) incorporated as a holistic nonprofit.  The mission of BCM has been to equip the youth of East Palo Alto and Belle Haven to grow spiritually, gain life skills and develop as leaders so they have hope and a future.

In 2003 BCM put down roots on Beech Street, building a 10,000 sq. ft. facility, where today summer camps, Bible studies and tutoring are still offered, along with opportunities for leadership development, life skills coaching, and job training. As the youth grow, BCM continues to support them by providing college scholarships, summer internships, and staff positions.

With the support of our partners – individuals, churches, and foundations – BCM continues to grow and impact the lives of people in the community, serving close to 400 youth each year. Their vision is to disciple the next generation of community leaders who will lead in their homes, workplaces and communities.

For more information, visit their website at www.bayshore.org.


April 2017

 

The mission donation for May will go to St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room.

 

This mission is close to home, located on Middlefield Road in Menlo Park, and close to our hearts.  St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room first opened its doors in 1974 to serve the low-income elderly with a weekend meal supplement in a social and friendly atmosphere.  However, the need quickly grew into a daily operation. It is the largest “soup-kitchen” between San Francisco and San Jose and the only organization that provides food daily throughout the year. The Dining Room provides warm, nutritious meals in a social and friendly atmosphere to alleviate hunger and malnutrition without regard to age, sex, race, religious beliefs, national origin, or disabilities.

An average of 500 meals are served each day.  Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas are the busiest days of the year for the Padua Dining Room when their patronage typically doubles to about 1,000 meals on each holiday.  In addition, they provide hot meals daily to two local organizations…Maple Street Shelter and the Sequoia Children’s Center – organizations which rely on the Padua Dining Room to supply their clients with much-needed healthy meals. On Sundays, bag lunches are provided through for SOS (Sandwiches on Sunday) at the Fair Oaks Community Center in Redwood City. Lunches are also provided to the preschool program at Garfield School and St. Vincent de Paul Society of East Palo Alto.

For more information, go to www.paduadiningroom.com.


March 2017

The mission donation for March will go to New Creation Home Ministries (NCHM) in East Palo Alto.

Seeking to demonstrate God's love, NCHM’s mission is to foster long term independence for at-risk young mothers through quality programs designed to encourage academic, vocational, parental, social, and spiritual growth.  NCHM provides safe and loving homes to young mothers ages 13-22 and their children.

The Lighthouse is a program for up to 4 young mothers (ages 13-22) and their children. The home is focused on supporting the residents by offering: trauma informed case management focused on goal setting for our young moms to finish their primary and secondary education, learning healthy parenting techniques, life skills, and re-education on healthy relationships and community. Lighthouse residents must attend the following: Weekly case management meetings, weekly parenting class, mandatory house meetings, full time school or job training classes, and daily job duties.  Lighthouse residents will live in this program for one year then transfer to our second home (The New Creation Transitional House) to begin the process of transitioning back into the community.

New Creation Transitional House is a transitional living program for families who have lived at the Lighthouse for at least one year. Housing costs are prohibitive to a young mother earning minimum wage. At the New Creation Transitional House residents are encouraged to continue their educational and vocational goals to secure a more sustainable and independent living situation for their families in the future. Residents pay a low program fee (one third of typical housing costs in the area) as they continue to learn how to budget and manage personal finances. This home requires at least a year-long residence at the Lighthouse before consideration.

Diaper Donation

In partnership with NCHM, Bethany’s Women’s Ministries has an on-going collection of disposable infant diapers…from newborn to toddler pull-ups. The Infant Diaper Donation Box is in the Family Center.  We extend a special “Thank you!” to everyone who donates diapers to this wonderful, local Christian ministry! 


February 2017

The mission donation for February will go to Project WeHOPE in East Palo Alto.

Project WeHOPE is an acronym for We Help Other People Excel.  Project WeHOPE is a 501c3 nonprofit organization in East Palo Alto, but serve both Palo Alto and other cities within the San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.  A primary focus and mission of Project WeHOPE is to help rebuild the lives of those in our community, especially the homeless, underserved, and at-risk individuals.    

Project WeHOPE, in partnership with several agencies, takes a holistic approach to ending homelessness by offering overnight/warming shelter, food, dental care, health services, transportation, job training, financial literacy training, 12-step substance abuse program, communication skills for married and single individuals, and a transitional housing program.

Project WeHOPE also operates “Dignity On Wheels” -- a mobile shower and laundry trailer for the homeless community. 

At Christmastime, our congregation gave Project WeHOPE 70 “Reverse Advent Calendar” boxes to hand out to the homeless community at their Annual Christmas Dinner.  The recipients were so thankful to receive the gift boxes!  We thank our members and friends for making a difference in the lives of our homeless neighbors.

To learn more about Project WeHOPE and how you can help, go to www.projectwehope.org. 


January 2017


The mission donation for January will go to Carol Lee Halter’s mission in Hong Kong.

Deaconess Carol Lee Halter has served as an evangelistic missionary among the Chinese people in Hong Kong since 1981. From 1969 to 1981, Carol served as a missionary with the Chinese Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in San Francisco, CA.  For three years before that, she was a volunteer missionary in Hong Kong.

Carol does humanitarian, evangelistic and educational work among the young, the elderly and the poor Chinese people who live in Hong Kong. Her prayer is that all Chinese people will hear the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ - especially from each other. Fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese, Carol nurtures and trains Chinese people to grow in Christ and to share the Gospel by holding educational and evangelism seminars and Bible classes, and by counseling individuals.


December 2016

The mission donation for December will go to Lutheran World Relief.

Every day in 36 countries, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) works to combat the causes of poverty and the dignity it robs from people’s lives. LWR advocates for Fair Trade that helps farming families and artisans earn a better income.

 

LWR teaches people to better care for themselves, their communities and the environment. They teach people how to be less vulnerable to natural disasters. They advocate with and for them for policy change that more fairly represents them. LWR counsels them after manmade and natural disasters, and help them recover with material aid. LWR does all of this exclusively with partners from the communities they serve. Their partners help them remain incredibly efficient and effective. Their partners let LWR help people help themselves, for a day when they won’t need LWR at all.

 

In 2015, LWR donations helped reach: 4,057,849 people, 36 countries, 126 projects!  Praise God!  To learn more about LWR, go to www.lwr.org.


November 2016

The donation for November will go to Lutheran Social Services of Northern California.

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) responds when people are vulnerable because of homelessness, mental illness, drug addiction, or disaster. Providing support services and compassionate guidance, LSS helps individuals and families to stabilize their lives and become self-sufficient.

LSS currently serves nearly 3,000 clients in Sacramento, San Francisco, Contra Costa, and San Joaquin Counties. Its programs include money management services, case management in transitional and permanent supportive housing sites, case management and housing services for emancipated former foster care youth, disaster preparedness training, and long-term disaster response services in the event of a local disaster.

As a public benefit corporation and a 501(c)3, LSS is funded by individual and corporate donations, government contracts, grants, and by the support of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, and their member congregations. LSS also works as the lead affiliate for Northern California for Lutheran Disaster Response.

For more information about LSS, please go to www.lssnorcal.org.


October 2016

The mission donation for October will go to “Lutheran Bible Translators.”

Lutheran Bible Translators (LBT) is committed to distributing Bibles and New Testaments throughout the world in many languages.  By God’s grace, LBT has helped publish the entire New Testament in 36 languages.  In 5 of those languages, they have helped to publish the whole Bible (Old Testament as well as New Testament)

As of 2016, there are 43 LBT missionaries and 23 associate missionaries. They are working over 20 Bible translation projects, 60 Scripture Engagement programs, and four Language Development programs. This work is being done in over 50 different languages in 15 countries. 

An estimated 7 million people have been able to have access to the Good News in their own language. With our continued prayer and help, LBT expects to add to that translation total in the years ahead.

To learn more about LBT, go to www.lbt.org


September 2016

The mission donation for September will go to “Lutheran Care For The Aging.”


Lutheran Care For The Aging (LCA) is a non-profit corporation made up of participating member congregations (presently 48) and individuals throughout the California Nevada Hawaii (CNH) District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. It has provided supplementary financial assistance for housing to qualified needy elderly members living in the CNH District since 1960. LCA receives financial support from the Ella M. Rohlffs Foundation, congregations, individuals through gifts and bequests, and other Lutheran organizations.

Lutheran Care For The Aging welcomes all contributions and bequests from individuals and congregations. LCA has a very low operating cost. Over 84% of all contributions and bequests are used for Direct Aid to Beneficiaries, which is limited by the availability of funds.
August 2016

The mission donation for July was sent to Holt International Children’s Services.

Holt International is a Christian organization committed to expressing God’s compassion for children. Originally, the focus of Holt International Adoption Agency was on rescuing the children orphaned during the Korean War. The work has expanded to other countries, continuing to focus on rescuing children. While always upholding the highest ethical standards, Holt’s mission is:

• Find and support permanent loving families for children who are orphaned, abandoned or at serious risk of separation from their family;
• Provide services to ensure that children will grow and develop to their fullest potential;
• Lead the global community in advocating on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable children
Holt’s child-center approach includes family strengthening, domestic adoption, international adoption, temporary foster care, family-like care, programs for children with special needs, advocacy, and post adoption services.

For more information, please go to www.holtinternational.org.

The mission donation for August will go to the Ecumenical Hunger Program, East Palo Alto.

Since 1975 the Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP) has been serving the community by providing food, clothing, furniture, household goods, and advocacy to our neighbors to sustain them through immediate crises and to help them regain stability and independence. From humble beginnings in a church basement, EHP now owns a 1-acre campus and serves thousands of working families, seniors, and individuals each year, helping them to get through their most difficult times.

As the needs of the community grew and changed, so did EHP. EHP is proud to offer a broad range of programs to meet the needs of our community and help more families to go from struggling to thriving, from hunger to hope. Some of the programs include: Emergency Food Assistance - food boxes, hot meals, and “pack the bag”; Home Essentials - furniture, clothing, household items; Children’s Resource Center Programs - Back to School, Holiday Happiness, Crisis Referrals, Child Care Placements, Celebrating Success, Health & Enrichment; Support Programs - Case Management, Client Advocacy, Women's Group, Youth Program, EHP Garden, and Technology Access; Other Programs - Holiday Sharing Programs, and Organic Garden.

For more information or to volunteer, please go to www.ehpcares.com.


 

June - July 2016

The mission donation for June will go Random Acts of Flowers in Menlo Park

In July 2007, Random Acts of Flowers’ founder, Larsen Jay, was in a near-fatal accident. While confined to his hospital room, the outpouring of support that Larsen received in the form of daily visitors and dozens of floral arrangements immediately aided in his long recovery. When Larsen was capable of leaving his room he noticed how many of his fellow patients did not have visitors or flowers – the very thing that helped him so much in those early and difficult days. Within moments the first “random act of flowers” delivery was made, repurposing his flowers and delivering them to patients in nearby hospital rooms. The memories of how a simple gesture touched his fellow patients compelled Larsen to form Random Acts of Flowers in 2008.

Random Acts of Flowers recycles and repurposes flowers by engaging dedicated volunteer teams to deliver beautiful bouquets and moments of kindness to individuals in local healthcare facilities. As a recycling “green” nonprofit organization, Random Acts of Flowers is committed to nourishing the health of the environment, individuals, and the community.

Do you have too many vases just collecting dust?  If you’d like to donate vases or have an event with leftover flowers, contact the local office of Random Acts of Flowers at (650) 852-1450, or take them to 3501 Edison Way in Menlo Park. Did you know??? On Easter Monday, Random Acts of Flowers gladly picked up Bethany’s Easter Lily plants that had adorned our altar and delivered them to individuals in local care facilities.  What a heart-warming way to brighten someone’s day!


 

May 2016

The mission donation for May will go St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room.

This mission is close to home, located on Middlefield Road in Menlo Park, and close to our hearts. St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room first opened its doors in 1974 to serve the low-income elderly with a weekend meal supplement in a social and friendly atmosphere. However, the need quickly grew into a daily operation. They serve approximately 500 meals a day. During Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, they serve about 1,200 meals per holiday to those in need in our community.

For more information, go to www.paduadiningroom.com.



April 2016

 

The mission donation for April will go to Bayshore Christian Ministries.

In 1984 a group of Stanford and Santa Clara University students began studying the book of Amos. As they read about the injustice of disparity between the wealthy and the poor in Ancient Israel, they reflected on their own experience in modern day America. Resolving to do something, they moved into East Palo Alto and held Bible clubs, including summer camps, for the youth in and around the community. Shortly afterward, they offered tutoring programs in reading and math.

In 1987 Bayshore Christian Ministries (BCM) incorporated as a holistic nonprofit.  The mission of BCM has been to equip the youth of East Palo Alto and Belle Haven to grow spiritually, gain life skills and develop as leaders so they have hope and a future.

In 2003 BCM put down roots on Beech Street, building a 10,000 sq. ft. facility, where today summer camps, Bible studies and tutoring are still offered, along with opportunities for leadership development, life skills coaching, and job training. As the youth grow, BCM continues to support them by providing college scholarships, summer internships, and staff positions.

With the support of our partners – individuals, churches, and foundations – BCM continues to grow and impact the lives of people in the community, serving close to 400 youth each year. Their vision is to disciple the next generation of community leaders who will lead in their homes, workplaces and communities.

For more information, visit their website at www.bayshore.org.


March 2016

The mission donation for March will go to New Creation Home Ministries (NCHM) in East Palo Alto.

Seeking to demonstrate God's love, NCHM’s mission is to foster long term independence for at-risk young mothers through quality programs designed to encourage academic, vocational, parental, social, and spiritual growth.  NCHM provides safe and loving homes to young mothers ages 13-22 and their children.

The Lighthouse (LT) is a program for up to 4 young mothers (ages 13-22) and their children. The home is focused on supporting the residents in finishing their secondary education, learning good parenting techniques and life skills, as well as finding emotional and spiritual restoration from past environments. LT residents must attend: weekly parenting class; weekly Bible study; weekly church service of their choosing, full time school or job training classes; weekly house meeting; meetings with a counselor or mentor, if asked.

The New Creation House (NCH) is a transitional living program for families who have lived at the LT for at least one year. Residents are encouraged to continue their educational and vocational goals to secure a more sustainable, independent living situation for their families in the future. Residents pay a low program fee as they continue to learn how to budget and manage personal finances.

For more information about NCHM and their services for young mothers and their children, please visit www.newcreationhome.org.



February 2016

The mission donation for February will go Project WeHOPE in East Palo Alto.

Project WeHOPE is an acronym for We Help Other People Excel.  Project WeHOPE is a 501c3 nonprofit organization in East Palo Alto, but serve both Palo Alto and other cities within the San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.  A primary focus and mission of Project WeHOPE is to help rebuild the lives of those in our community, especially the homeless, underserved, and at-risk individuals.   

Project WeHOPE, in partnership with several agencies, takes a holistic approach to ending homelessness by offering overnight/warming shelter, food, dental care, health services, transportation, job training, financial literacy training, 12-step substance abuse program, communication skills for married and single individuals, and a transitional housing program.  The newest initiative is “Dignity On Wheels” a mobile shower and laundry trailer. 

To learn more about Project WeHOPE and how you can help, go to www.projectwehope.org.



January 2016

The mission donation for January will go to Carol Lee Halter’s mission in Hong Kong.

Deaconess Carol Lee Halter has served as an evangelistic missionary among the Chinese people in Hong Kong since 1981. From 1969 to 1981, Carol served as a missionary with the Chinese Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in San Francisco, Calif. For three years before that, she was a volunteer missionary in Hong Kong.

Carol does humanitarian, evangelistic and educational work among the young, the elderly and the poor Chinese people who live in Hong Kong. Her prayer is that all Chinese people will hear the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ - especially from each other. Fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese, Carol nurtures and trains Chinese people to grow in Christ and to share the Gospel by holding educational and evangelism seminars and Bible classes, and by counseling individuals.



December 2015

The mission donation for December will go to Lutheran World Relief.

Every day in 35 countries, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) works to combat the causes of poverty and the dignity it robs from people’s lives. LWR advocates for Fair Trade that helps farming families and artisans earn a better income.

LWR teaches people to better care for themselves, their communities and the environment. They teach people how to be less vulnerable to natural disasters. They advocate with and for them for policy change that more fairly represents them. LWR counsels them after manmade and natural disasters, and help them recover with material aid. LWR does all of this exclusively with partners from the communities we serve. Their partners help them remain incredibly efficient and effective. Their partners let LWR help people help themselves, for a day when they won’t need LWR at all.

In 2014, LWR donations helped reach: 4,763,599 people, 35 countries, 153 projects!  Praise God!  To learn more about LWR, go to www.lwr.org.



November 2015

The donation for November will go to Lutheran Social Services of Northern California.

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) responds when people are vulnerable because of homelessness, mental illness, drug addiction, or disaster. Providing support services and compassionate guidance, LSS helps individuals and families to stabilize their lives and become self-sufficient.

LSS currently serves nearly 3,000 clients in Sacramento, San Francisco, Contra Costa, and San Joaquin Counties. Its programs include money management services, case management in transitional and permanent supportive housing sites, case management and housing services for emancipated former foster care youth, disaster preparedness training, and long-term disaster response services in the event of a local disaster.

 

As a public benefit corporation and a 501(c)3, LSS is funded by individual and corporate donations, government contracts, grants, and by the support of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, and their member congregations. LSS also works as the lead affiliate for Northern California for Lutheran Disaster Response.

For more information about LSS, please go to www.lssnorcal.org.



October 2015

The mission donation for October will go to “Lutheran Bible Translators”.

Lutheran Bible Translators is committed to distributing Bibles and New Testaments throughout the world in many languages.  Approximately 80 missionaries are serving in 15 countries on 5 continents.  They are involved with 80 Bible translations, Scripture Engagement, and linguist research projects.

An estimated 7 million people have been able to have access to the Good News in their own language. With our continued prayer and help, Lutheran Bible Translators expects to add to that translation total in the years ahead.



September 2015

The mission donation for September will go to “Lutheran Care For The Aging.”

 

Lutheran Care For The Aging (LCA) is a non-profit corporation made up of participating member congregations (presently 48) and individuals throughout the California Nevada Hawaii (CNH) District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. It has provided supplementary financial assistance for housing to qualified needy elderly members living in the CNH District since 1960. LCA receives financial support from the Ella M. Rohlffs Foundation, congregations, individuals through gifts and bequests, and other Lutheran organizations.

 

Lutheran Care For The Aging welcomes all contributions and bequests from individuals and congregations. LCA has a very low operating cost. Over 84% of all contributions and bequests are used for Direct Aid to Beneficiaries, which is limited by the availability of funds.



August 2015

The mission donation for August will go to Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc.

The mission of Lutheran Braille Workers (LBW) is to provide the message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ to the blind and visually impaired.  LBW is one of the largest providers of Christian Braille and specialized Large Print Bibles in the world. All publications by LBW are offered free of charge and are made possible through the efforts of over 5,000 faithful volunteers. These volunteers, located in 150 Work Centers throughout the United States produce approximately 250,000 volumes a year. Their gifts of time and our generous donors make it possible to send Christian material in more than 30 languages to visually impaired people in more than 120 countries.

 

In addition, LBW has 65 Outreach Centers throughout the United States which minister to the blind and people with visual disabilities with Jesus’ love and with resources they can use.  LBW also operates Lutheran Library for the Blind.  It is North America's largest Christian lending library. The Library offers nearly 6,500 Christian and wholesome fiction books in Braille, Large Print, or recorded on audiocassette tapes. All are available on loan free of charge.

 

For more information, please visit their website at www.lbwinc.org



July 2015

The mission donation for July will go to Holt International Children’s Services.            

Holt International is a Christian organization committed to expressing God’s compassion for children.  Originally, the focus of Holt International Adoption Agency was on rescuing the children orphaned during the Korean War.  The work has expanded to other countries, continuing to focus on rescuing children.  While always upholding the highest ethical standards, Holt’s mission is:

 

·   Find and support permanent loving families for children who are orphaned, abandoned or at serious     risk of separation from their family;

·   Provide services to ensure that children will grow and develop to their fullest potential;

·   Lead the global community in advocating on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable children. 

 

Holt’s child-center approach includes family strengthening, domestic adoption, international adoption, temporary foster care, family-like care, programs for children with special needs, advocacy, and post adoption services. 

 

For more information, please go to www.holtinternational.org.



June 2015

The mission donation for June will go to Native American Ministries Sun Valley Indian School.            

Native American Ministries Sun Valley Indian School is a private boarding school for Native American children, located in Sun Valley, AZ.  It was founded in 1963 on a five acre site.  Today, it has grown to over 72 acres and has 32 buildings. 

The mission of the school is to reach children and youth for Christ and to develop their Christian character through teaching and discipleship.  For more information and some great pictures, please go to www.indianschool.org.


May 2015

The mission donation for May will go to St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room

This mission is close to home, located on Middlefield Road in Menlo Park, and close to our hearts.  St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room first opened its doors in 1974 to serve the low-income elderly with a weekend meal supplement in a social and friendly atmosphere. 

However, the need quickly grew into a daily operation. They serve approximately 500 meals a day.  During Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, they serve about 1,000 meals per holiday to those in need in our community.  For more information, go to www.paduadiningroom.com.



April 2015 

The mission donation for April will go to Bayshore Christian Ministries.

In 1984, a group of Stanford and Santa Clara University students began studying the book of Amos. As they read about the injustice of disparity between the wealthy and the poor in Ancient Israel, they reflected on their own experience in modern day America. Resolving to do something, they moved into East Palo Alto and held Bible clubs, including summer camps, for the youth in and around the community. Shortly afterward, they offered tutoring programs in reading and math.

In 1987 Bayshore Christian Ministries (BCM) incorporated as a holistic nonprofit.  The mission of BCM has been to equip the youth of East Palo Alto and Belle Haven to grow spiritually, gain life skills and develop as leaders so they have hope and a future.

In 2003 BCM put down roots on Beech Street, building a 10,000 sq. ft. facility, where today summer camps, Bible studies and tutoring are still offered, along with opportunities for leadership development, life skills coaching, and job training. As the youth grow, BCM continues to support them by providing college scholarships, summer internships, and staff positions.

With the support of BCM partners – individuals, churches, and foundations – BCM continues to grow and impact the lives of people in the community, serving close to 400 youth each year. Their vision is to disciple the next generation of community leaders who will lead in their homes, workplaces and communities.



March 2015

The mission donation for March will go to New Creation Home Ministries of East Palo Alto. 

New Creation Home Ministries (NCHM) began in January 1998 as a "Teen Mom Outreach" program under the auspices of Bayshore Christian Ministries, a non-profit Christian youth organization in East Palo Alto.  NCHM was incorporated as a non-profit organization in November 2001 and became organizationally separate from Bayshore Christian Ministries upon receiving its 501(c)(3) status in March 2002.

NCHM serves young homeless mothers (ages 13 to 22) and their children living in the San Francisco Bay Area, focusing specifically on the communities of East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park.  NCHM exists to provide safe Christ-centered housing and support services that encourage academic, vocational, parenting, life skill, and social development, as well as developing a deeper relationship with God. 

NCHM has two residential programs.  The New Creation House (NCH) is a residential program for up to 4 young mothers (age 13 to 19) and their children.  The Lighthouse is a residential program for up to 4 young mothers (ages 18 to 22) and their children.

For more information about NCHM and their services for young mothers and their children, please visit their website at www.newcreationhome.org.


February 2015

The mission donation for February will go to Reach Beyond (formerly HCJB Global).

This world-wide organization focuses on being the Voice and Hands of Jesus through media and healthcare ministry.  It also emphasizes leadership development, training leaders who can impact communities in which they live.

Reflecting a vision to proclaim Christ in hard-to-reach places, HCJB Global changed its name to Reach Beyond on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.  This marks the first time in the mission’s 82-year history that it’s no longer named after its inaugural radio station in Quito, Ecuador.

President Wayne Pederson announced that the mission’s new name, Reach Beyond, captures the pioneer spirit of Clarence Jones who was one of the mission’s co-founders along with Reuben Larson and others. He stepped out in faith, spurning the naysayers in their generation to launch Radio Station HCJB, the world’s first missionary radio station, on Christmas Day, 1931.

“The new name is much more than a brand change,” Pederson said. “Reach Beyond is a reflection of our ministry DNA. It’s about doing whatever is necessary to reach those who have never heard the name of Jesus. In essence, it’s a call to Christians to reach beyond their comfort zones and challenges them to actively participate in making Christ known among the nations.”

The new name reflects the ministry’s growing international focus on both media and healthcare with an emphasis on parts of the world that are still less than 2-percent evangelical—beyond the reach of conventional missionary work. The new name also dovetails well with the longtime one-minute program, “Beyond the Call,” that airs on about 1,000 radio outlets across the U.S. The micro-program has also been renamed “Reach Beyond.”


January 2015

The mission donation for January will go to Carol Lee Halter’s mission in Hong Kong.

Deaconess Carol Lee Halter has served as an evangelistic missionary among the Chinese people in Hong Kong since 1981. From 1969 to 1981, Carol served as a missionary with the Chinese Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in San Francisco, Calif. For three years before that, she was a volunteer missionary in Hong Kong.

Carol does humanitarian, evangelistic and educational work among the young, the elderly and the poor Chinese people who live in Hong Kong. Her prayer is that all Chinese people will hear the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ - especially from each other. Fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese, Carol nurtures and trains Chinese people to grow in Christ and to share the Gospel by holding educational and evangelism seminars and Bible classes, and by counseling individuals.


December 2014

The mission donation for December will go to Lutheran World Relief. 

Every day in 35 countries, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) works to combat the causes of poverty and the dignity it robs from people’s lives. LWR advocates for Fair Trade that helps farming families and artisans earn a better income.

LWR teaches people to better care for themselves, their communities and the environment. They teach people how to be less vulnerable to natural disasters. They advocate with and for them for policy change that more fairly represents them. LWR counsels them after manmade and natural disasters, and help them recover with material aid. LWR does all of this exclusively with partners from the communities we serve. Their partners help them remain incredibly efficient and effective. Their partners let LWR help people help themselves, for a day when they won’t need LWR at all.


November 2014

 

The donation for November will go to Lutheran Social Services of Northern California.

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) responds when people are vulnerable because of homelessness, mental illness, drug addiction, or disaster. Providing support services and compassionate guidance, LSS helps individuals and families to stabilize their lives and become self-sufficient.

LSS currently serves over 2,575 clients in Sacramento, San Francisco, Contra Costa, and San Joaquin Counties. Its programs include money management services, case management in transitional and permanent supportive housing sites, case management and housing services for emancipated former foster care youth, disaster preparedness training, and long-term disaster response services in the event of a local disaster.

As a public benefit corporation and a 501(c) 3, LSS is funded by individual and corporate donations, government contracts, grants, and by the support of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, and their member congregations. LSS also works as the lead affiliate for Northern California for Lutheran Disaster Response.

For more information about LSS, please go to www.lssnorcal.org


October 2014


The mission donation for October will go to “Lutheran Bible Translators”.

Lutheran Bible Translators is committed to distrubuting Bibles and New Testaments throughout the world in many languages.  Approximately 80 missionaries are serving in 20 countries on 5 continents.  They are involved with 80 Bible translations,  Scripture Engagement, and linguist research projects.

An estimated 7 million people have been able to have access to the Good News in their own language. With our continued prayer and help, Lutheran Bible Translators expects to add to that translation total in the years ahead.



September 2014


The mission donation for September will go to “Lutheran Care For The Aging.”

Lutheran Care For The Aging (LCA) is a non-profit corporation made up of participating member congregations (presently 48) and individuals throughout the California Nevada Hawaii (CNH) District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  It has provided supplementary financial assistance for housing to qualified needy elderly members living in the CNH District since 1960.  LCA receives financial support from the Ella M. Rohlffs Foundation, congregations, individuals through gifts and bequests, and other Lutheran organizations.

Lutheran Care For The Aging welcomes all contributions and bequests from individuals and congregations.  LCA has a very low operating cost.  Over 88% of all contributions and bequests are used for Direct Aid to Beneficiaries, which is limited by the availability of funds.


July - August 2014

The mission donation for July will go to Holt International Adoption Agency.

Originally, the focus of Holt International Adoption Agency was on rescuing the children orphaned during the Korean War.  The work has expanded to other countries, continuing to focus on rescuing children.  Holt helps orphaned, abandoned, and vulnerable children to thrive by finding families to love them.  For more information, please go towww.holtinternational.org.

The mission donation for August will go to Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc.

The mission of Lutheran Braille Workers (LBW) is to provide the message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ to the blind and visually impaired.  LBW is one of the largest providers of Christian Braille and specialized Large Print in the world. All publications by LBW are offered free of charge and are made possible through the efforts of over five thousand faithful volunteers. These volunteers, located in 194 Work Centers throughout the United States and Canada, produced 16,945,152 pages of material in 2009. Their gifts of time and our generous donors make it possible to send Christian material in more than 30 languages to visually impaired people in more than 120 countries.  For more information, please visit their website at www.lbwinc.org .


June 2014

The mission donation for June will go to Native American Ministries Sun Valley Indian School.

Native
American Ministries Sun Valley Indian School is a private boarding school for Native American children, located in Sun Valley, AZ.  It was founded in 1963 on a five acre site.  Today, it has grown to over 70 acres and has 32 buildings. 

The mission of the school is to reach children and youth for Christ and to develop their Christian character through teaching and discipleship.  For more information and some great pictures, please go to www.indianschool.org.



May 2014

The mission donation for May will go to St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room.

 

This mission is close to home, located on Middlefield Road in Menlo Park, and close to our hearts.  St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room first opened its doors in 1974 to serve the low-income elderly with a weekend meal supplement in a social and friendly atmosphere. 

However, the need quickly grew into a daily operation. During the past year, they have served over 175,000 meals to those in need in our community.  For more information, go to www.paduadiningroom.com.


April 2014 

The mission donation for April will go to Bayshore Christian Ministries. 

 

Bayshore Christian Ministries (BCM) is a Christian organization, located in East Palo Alto.  It serves youth participants from 1st through 12th grades from within that community.  They currently serve 210 children and have 70 volunteers.

They offer year-round programs that emphasize Christian teaching, after-school academic programs, and summer recreational programs.  BCM also offers two internship opportunities for college students.

In addition to the academic tutoring programs, BCM offers Bible studies, offering the youth the opportunity to grow spiritually.

For more information, visit their website at www.bayshore.org.

 


March 2014

 

The mission donation for March will go to New Creation Home Ministries of East Palo Alto. 

New Creation Home Ministries (NCHM) began in January 1998 as a "Teen Mom Outreach" program under the auspices of Bayshore Christian Ministries, a non-profit Christian youth organization in East Palo Alto.  NCHM was incorporated as a non-profit organization in November 2001 and became organizationally separate from Bayshore Christian Ministries upon receiving its 501(c)(3) status in March 2002.

NCHM serves young mothers (ages 13 to 22) and their children living in the San Francisco Bay Area, focusing specifically on the communities of East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park.  NCHM exists to provide safe Christ-centered housing and support services that encourage academic, vocational, parenting, life skill, and social development, as well as developing a deeper relationship with God. 

NCHM has two residential programs.  The New Creation House (NCH) is a residential program for up to 4 young mothers (age 13 to 19) and their children.  The Lighthouse is a residential program for up to 4 young mothers (ages 18 to 22) and their children.

For more information about NCHM and their services for young mothers and their children, please visit their website at www.newcreationhome.org.

 

 


 

February 2014

 

The mission donation for February will go to HCJB Global.

HCJB Global was created to Herald Christ Jesus' Blessings, to tell the world who Jesus is, why He came to earth, and the eternal hope that can only be found through Him. 

This world-wide organization focuses on being the Voice and Hands of Jesus through media and healthcare ministry.  It also emphasizes leadership development, training leaders who can impact communities in which they live.

Bethany has a personal connection to HCJB Global.  Dorothy (Pfotenhauer) Nelson and her husband, Steve, went to Ecuador to serve in the mission field with HCJB many years ago.



January 2014

The mission donation for January went to Carol Lee Halter’s mission in Hong Kong.

Deaconess Carol Lee Halter has served as an evangelistic missionary among the Chinese people in Hong Kong since 1981. From 1969 to 1981, Carol served as a missionary with the Chinese Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in San Francisco, Calif. For three years before that, she was a volunteer missionary in Hong Kong.

Carol does humanitarian, evangelistic and educational work among the young, the elderly and the poor Chinese people who live in Hong Kong. Her prayer is that all Chinese people will hear the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ--especially from each other. Fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese, Carol nurtures and trains Chinese people to grow in Christ and to share the Gospel by holding educational and evangelism seminars and Bible classes, and by counseling individuals.

 


 December 2013

The mission donation for December will go to Lutheran World Relief. 

Every day in 35 countries, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) works to combat the causes of poverty and the dignity it robs from people’s lives. LWR advocates for Fair Trade that helps farming families and artisans earn a better income.

 

LWR teaches people to better care for themselves, their communities and the environment. They teach people how to be less vulnerable to natural disasters. They advocate with and for them for policy change that more fairly represents them. LWR counsels them after manmade and natural disasters, and help them recover with material aid. LWR does all of this exclusively with partners from the communities we serve. Their partners help them remain incredibly efficient & effective. Their partners let LWR help people help themselves, for a day when they won’t need LWR at all.

 



November 2013

The donation for November will go to Lutheran Social Services of Northern California.

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) responds when people are vulnerable because of homelessness, mental illness, drug addiction, or disaster. Providing support services and compassionate guidance, LSS helps individuals and families to stabilize their lives and become self-sufficient.

LSS currently serves over 2,575 clients in Sacramento, San Francisco, Contra Costa, and San Joaquin Counties. Its programs include money management services, case management in transitional and permanent supportive housing sites, case management and housing services for emancipated former foster care youth, disaster preparedness training, and long-term disaster response services in the event of a local disaster.

As a public benefit corporation and a 501(c) 3, LSS is funded by individual and corporate donations, government contracts, grants, and by the support of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, and their member congregations. LSS also works as the lead affiliate for Northern California for Lutheran Disaster Response.

For more information about LSS, please go to www.lssnorcal.org.



October 2013

The mission donation for October will go to “Lutheran Bible Translators”.

Lutheran Bible Translators is committed to distributing Bibles and New Testaments throughout the world in many languages.  Approximately 80 missionaries are serving in 19 countries on 4 continents.  They are involved with 80 Bible translations,  Scripture Engagement, and linguist research projects.

An estimated 7 million people have been able to have access to the Good News in their own language. With our continued prayer and help, Lutheran Bible Translators expects to add to that translation total in the years ahead.


September 2013

The mission donation for September will go to “Lutheran Care For The Aging.”

Lutheran Care For The Aging (LCA) is a non-profit corporation made up of participating member congregations (presently 48) and individuals throughout the California Nevada Hawaii (CNH) District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  It has provided supplementary financial assistance for housing to qualified needy elderly members living in the CNH District since 1960.  LCA receives financial support from the Ella M. Rohlffs Foundation, congregations, individuals through gifts and bequests, and other Lutheran organizations.

Lutheran Care For The Aging welcomes all contributions and bequests from individuals and congregations.  LCA has a very low operating cost.  Over 88% of all contributions and bequests are used for Direct Aid to Beneficiaries, which is limited by the availability of funds.


July-August 2013

The mission donation for July will go to Holt International Adoption Agency.


Originally, the focus of Holt International Adoption Agency was on rescuing the children orphaned during the Korean War.  The work has expanded to other countries, continuing to focus on rescuing children.  Holt helps orphaned, abandoned, and vulnerable children to thrive by finding families to love them.  For more information, please go to
www.holtinternational.org .


The mission donation for August will go to Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc.

The mission of Lutheran Braille Workers (LBW) is to provide the message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ to the blind and visually impaired.  LBW is one of the largest providers of Christian Braille and specialized Large Print in the world. All publications by LBW are offered free of charge and are made possible through the efforts of over five thousand faithful volunteers. These volunteers, located in 194 Work Centers throughout the United States and Canada, produced 16,945,152 pages of material in 2009. Their gifts of time and our generous donors make it possible to send Christian material in more than 30 languages to visually impaired people in more than 120 countries.  For more information, please visit their website at www.lbwinc.org .


June 2013

The mission donation for June will go to Native American Ministries Sun Valley Indian School.

Native American Ministries Sun Valley Indian School is a private boarding school for Native American children, located in Sun Valley, AZ.  It was founded in 1963 on a five acre site.  Today, it has grown to over 70 acres and has 32 buildings. 

The mission of the school is to reach children and youth for Christ and to develop their Christian character through teaching and discipleship.  For more information and some great pictures, please go to www.indianschool.org.


May 2013

The mission donation for April will go to St. Anthony’s Pauda Dining Room.

This mission is close to home, located on Middlefield Road in Menlo Park, and close to our hearts.  St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room first opened its doors in 1974 to serve the low-income elderly with a weekend meal supplement in a social and friendly atmosphere. 

However, the need quickly grew into a daily operation. During the past year, they have served over 175,000 meals to those in need in our community.  For more information, go to www.paduadiningroom.com .


April 2013

The mission donation for April will go to Bayshore Christian Ministries.
 

Bayshore Christian Ministries (BCM) is a Christian organization, located in East Palo Alto.  It serves youth participants from 1st through 12th grades from within that community.  They currently serve 210 children and have 70 volunteers.

         

They offer year-round programs that emphasize Christian teaching, after-school academic programs, and summer recreational programs.  BCM also offers two internship opportunities for college students.

         

In addition to the academic tutoring programs, BCM offers Bible studies, offering the youth the opportunity to grow spiritually.

         

For more information, visit their website at www.bayshore.org.


March 2013

The mission donation for March will go to New Creation Home Ministries of East Palo Alto. 

New Creation Home Ministries (NCHM) began in January 1998 as a "Teen Mom Outreach" program under the auspices of Bayshore Christian Ministries, a non-profit Christian youth organization in East Palo Alto.  NCHM was incorporated as a non-profit organization in November 2001 and became organizationally separate from Bayshore Christian Ministries upon receiving its 501(c)(3) status in March 2002.

NCHM serves young mothers (ages 13 to 22) and their children living in the San Francisco Bay Area, focusing specifically on the communities of East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park.  NCHM exists to provide safe Christ-centered housing and support services that encourage academic, vocational, parenting, life skill, and social development, as well as developing a deeper relationship with God. 

NCHM has two residential programs.  The New Creation House (NCH) is a residential program for up to 4 young mothers (age 13 to 19) and their children.  The Lighthouse is a residential program for up to 4 young mothers (ages 18 to 22) and their children.

For more information about NCHM and their services for young mothers and their children, please visit their website at www.newcreationhome.org.


February 2013

The mission donation for February will go to HCJB Global.

           

HCJB Global was created to Herald Christ Jesus' Blessings, to tell the world who Jesus is, why He came to earth, and the eternal hope that can only be found through Him.

This world-wide organization focuses on being the Voice and Hands of Jesus through media and healthcare ministry.  It also emphasizes leadership development, training leaders who can impact communities in which they live.


Bethany has a personal connection to HCJB Global.  Dorothy (Pfotenhauer) Nelson and her husband, Steve, went to Ecuador to serve in the mission field with HCJB many years ago.


December 2012

The mission donation for December will go to Lutheran World Relief.

Every day in 35 countries, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) works to combat the causes of poverty and the dignity it robs from people’s lives. LWR advocates for Fair Trade that helps farming families and artisans earn a better income. LWR teaches people to better care for themselves, their communities and the environment. They teach people how to be less vulnerable to natural disasters. They advocate with and for them for policy change that more fairly represents them. LWR counsels them after manmade and natural disasters, and help them recover with material aid. LWR does all of this exclusively with partners from the communities we serve. Their partners help them remain incredibly efficient & effective. Their partners let LWR help people help themselves, for a day when they won’t need LWR at all.


November 2012

The mission donation for November will go to Lutheran Social Services of Northern California.

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) responds when people are vulnerable because of homelessness, mental illness, drug addiction or disaster.  Providing support services and compassionate guidance, LSS helps individuals and families to stabilize their lives and become self-sufficient.

LSS currently serves 2,575 clients in Sacramento, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa and San Joaquin Counties. Its programs include money management services, case management in transitional and permanent supportive housing sites, case management and housing services for emancipated former foster care youth, disaster preparedness training, and long-term disaster response services for Hurricane Katrina survivors.

For more information about LSS, please go to www.lssnorcal.org.



October 2012

The mission donation for October will go to “Lutheran Bible Translators”.

Lutheran Bible Translators is committed to distributing Bibles and New Testaments throughout the world in many languages.  As of year end 2009, 80 missionaries were serving in 19 countries on 4 continents.  They were working on 31 Bible translations and 54 Scripture Engagement and linguist research projects.

An estimated 7 million people have been able to have access to the Good News in their own language. With our continued prayer and help, Lutheran Bible Translators expects to add to that translation total in the years ahead.



September 2012

 

The mission donation for September will go to “Lutheran Care For The Aging.”

Lutheran Care For The Aging (LCA) is a non-profit corporation made up of participating member congregations (presently 48) and individuals throughout the California Nevada Hawaii (CNH) District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  It has provided supplementary financial assistance for housing to qualified needy elderly members living in the CNH District since 1960.  LCA receives financial support from the Ella M. Rohlffs Foundation, congregations, individuals through gifts and bequests, and other Lutheran organizations.

Lutheran Care For The Aging welcomes all contributions and bequests from individuals and congregations.  LCA has a very low operating cost.  Over 88% of all contributions and bequests are used for Direct Aid to Beneficiaries, which is limited by the availability of funds.



July-August 2012

The mission donation for July will go to Holt International Adoption Agency and for August will go to Native Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc.               

Originally, the focus of Holt International Adoption Agency was on rescuing the children orphaned during the Korean War.  The work has expanded to other countries, continuing to focus on rescuing children.  Holt helps orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children to thrive by finding families to love them.  For more information, go to www.holtinternational.org .

The mission of Lutheran Braille Workers (LBW) is to provide the message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ to the blind and visually impaired.  LBW is one of the largest providers of Christian Braille and specialized Large Print in the world. All publications by LBW are offered free of charge and are made possible through the efforts of over five thousand faithful volunteers. These volunteers, located in 194 Work Centers throughout the United States and Canada, produced 16,945,152 pages of material in 2009. Their gifts of time and our generous donors make it possible to send Christian material in more than 30 languages to visually impaired people in more than 120 countries.  For more information, please visit their website at www.lbwinc.org .



May-June 2012

The mission donation for May will go to St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room and for June will go to Native American Ministries Sun Valley Indian School.           

This mission is close to home, located on Middlefield Road in Menlo Park, and close to our hearts.  St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room first opened its doors in 1974 to serve the low-income elderly with a weekend meal supplement in a social and friendly atmosphere.  However, the need quickly grew into a daily operation. During the past year, they have served over 175,000 meals to those in need in our community.  For more information, go to www.paduadiningroom.com .

Native American Ministries Sun Valley Indian School is a private boarding school for Native American children, located in Sun Valley, AZ.  It was founded in 1963 on a five acre site.  Today, it has grown to over 70 acres and has 32 buildings.  The mission of the school is to reach children and youth for Christ and to develop their Christian character through teaching and discipleship.  For more information and some great pictures, please go to www.indianschool.org .

 



April 2012

The mission donation for April will go to Bayshore Christian Ministries.

Bayshore Christian Ministries (BCM) is a Christian organization, located in East Palo Alto.  It serves youth participants from 1st through 12th grades from within that community.  They currently serve 210 children and have 70 volunteers.

They offer year-round programs that emphasize Christian teaching, after-school academic programs, and summer recreational programs.  BCM also offers two internship opportunities for college students.

In addition to the academic tutoring programs, BCM offers Bible studies, offering the youth the opportunity to grow spiritually.

For more information, visit their website at www.bayshore.org.



March 2012

The mission donation for March will go to New Creation Home Ministries of East Palo Alto. 

New Creation Home Ministries (NCHM) began in January 1998 as a "Teen Mom Outreach" program under the auspices of Bayshore Christian Ministries , a non-profit Christian youth organization in East Palo Alto.  NCHM was incorporated as a non-profit organization in November 2001 and became organizationally separate fromBayshore Christian Ministries upon receiving its 501(c)(3) status in March 2002.

NCHM serves young mothers (ages 13 to 22) and their children living in the San Francisco Bay Area, focusing specifically on the communities of East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park.  NCHM exists to provide safe Christ-centered housing and support services that encourage academic, vocational, parenting, life skill, and social development, as well as developing a deeper relationship with God. 

NCHM has two residential programs.  The New Creation House (NCH) is a residential program for up to 4 young mothers (age 13 to 19) and their children.  The Lighthouse is a residential program for up to 4 young mothers (ages 18 to 22) and their children.

For more information about NCHM and their services for young mothers and their children, please visit their website at www.newcreationhome.org .


February 2012

The mission donation for February will go to HCJB Global.

HCJB Global was created to Herald Christ Jesus' Blessings, to tell the world who Jesus is, why He came to earth and the eternal hope that can only be found through Him.  This world-wide organization focuses on being the Voice and Hands of Jesus through media and healthcare ministry.  It also emphasizes leadership development, training leaders who can impact communities in which they live.

Bethany has a personal connection to HCJB Global.  Dorothy (Pfotenhauer) Nelson and her husband, Steve, went to Ecuador to serve in the mission field with HCJB many years ago.


January 2012

We had another amazing bake sale and auction!  The Women’s Ministries raised $1,686.50.  This money will help fund the twelve (12) missions we support annually and our women’s events.

On behalf of the Women’s Ministries team, we extend a sincere “Thank you!” to everyone who contributed treats to sell and to those who bought the delicious goodies.  Thanks to our auctioneer, Pastor Jon, who always energizes the crowd and makes it fun!

The mission donation for January will go to Carol Lee Halter’s mission in Hong Kong.

Deaconess Carol Lee Halter has served as an evangelistic missionary among the Chinese people in Hong Kong since 1981. From 1969 to 1981, Carol served as a missionary with the Chinese Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in San Francisco, Calif. For three years before that, she was a volunteer missionary in Hong Kong.

Carol does humanitarian, evangelistic and educational work among the young, the elderly and the poor Chinese people who live in Hong Kong. Her prayer is that all Chinese people will hear the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ - especially from each other. Fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese, Carol nurtures and trains Chinese people to grow in Christ and to share the Gospel by holding educational and evangelism seminars and Bible classes, and by counseling individuals.



December 2011

Why are we having a bake sale again?  The funds earned from our bake sale go primarily to twelve missions – one each month.  Our Bethany family has been generous to support the sale and Pastor Jon always makes it fun when he auctions the special items.  Thanks be to God and all who help make the bake sale a success!

The mission donation for December will go to Lutheran World Relief.

Every day in 35 countries, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) works to combat the causes of poverty and the dignity it robs from people’s lives. LWR advocates for Fair Trade that helps farming families and artisans earn a better income. LWR teaches people to better care for themselves, their communities and the environment. They teach people how to be less vulnerable to natural disasters. They advocate with and for them for policy change that more fairly represents them. LWR counsels them after manmade and natural disasters, and help them recover with material aid. LWR does all of this exclusively with partners from the communities we serve. Their partners help them remain incredibly efficient & effective. Their partners let LWR help people help themselves, for a day when they won’t need LWR at all.


November 2011

The mission donation for November will go to Lutheran Social Services of Northern California.

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) responds when people are vulnerable because of homelessness, mental illness, drug addiction or disaster.  Providing support services and compassionate guidance, LSS helps individuals and families to stabilize their lives and become self-sufficient.

LSS currently serves 2,575 clients in Sacramento, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa and San Joaquin Counties. Its programs include money management services, case management in transitional and permanent supportive housing sites, case management and housing services for emancipated former foster care youth, disaster preparedness training, and long-term disaster response services for Hurricane Katrina survivors.

For more information about LSS, please go to www.lssnorcal.org.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events for Women

Ladies, excitement is in the air!  Many events are planned for you
to leave your
busy schedule behind, slow down, and
enjoy being with other women for fun and relaxation. 

 Mark your calendar today!

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.    
DATE TIME EVENT
Sat., Oct. 15 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 pm Baking at Bethany for “Bites for Mites” fundraiser
Sun., Oct. 16 10:45 a.m. LWML Sunday & “Bites for Mites” Bake Sale during coffee hour
Sat., Oct. 22 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. LWML Zone 8 Fall Rally, “Life Together”, Trinity Lutheran Church, Palo Alto
Thurs., Nov. 3 Ladies Night Out – Game Night
Sun., Dec. 11 10:45 a.m. Women’s Ministries Annual Bake Sale & Auction during coffee hour
Sun., Feb. 12 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Ladies Spa Day – massage, manicure, pedicure, facial, food & fun
Fri. - Sun., Apr. 20-22   CNH LWML Convention, “EXTREME SERVICE”, DoubleTree Hotel, Rohnert Park
Sat., May 5 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Women’s Tea – Speaker and Devotion Leader Joyce del Rosario, New Creation Home Ministries, East Palo Alto & Ingathering for NCHM residents


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 October 2011

The mission donation for October will go to “Lutheran Bible Translators”.

Lutheran Bible Translators is committed to distrubuting Bibles and New Testaments throughout the world in many languages.  As of year end 2009, 80 missionaries were serving in 19 countries on 4 continents.  They were working on 31 Bible translations and 54 Scripture Engagement and linguist research projects.

An estimated 7 million people have been able to have access to the Good News in their own language. With our continued prayer and help, Lutheran Bible Translators expects to add to that translation total in the years ahead.


September 2011

The mission donation for September will go to “Lutheran Care For The Aging”.

Lutheran Care For The Aging (LCA) is a non-profit corporation made up of participating member congregations (presently 48) and individuals throughout the California Nevada Hawaii (CNH) District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  It has provided supplementary financial assistance for housing to qualified needy elderly members living in the CNH District since 1960.  LCA receives financial support from the Ella M. Rohlffs Foundation, congregations, individuals through gifts and bequests, and other Lutheran organizations.

Lutheran Care For The Aging welcomes all contributions and bequests from individuals and congregations.  LCA has a very low operating cost.  Over 88% of all contributions and bequests are used for Direct Aid to Beneficiaries, which is limited by the availability of funds.


August 2011

The mission donation for August will go to Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc.

The mission of Lutheran Braille Workers (LBW) is to provide the message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ to the blind and visually impaired.

LBW is one of the largest providers of Christian Braille and specialized Large Print in the world. All publications by LBW are offered free of charge and are made possible through the efforts of over five thousand faithful volunteers. These volunteers, located in 194 Work Centers throughout the United States and Canada, produced 16,945,152 pages of material in 2009. Their gifts of time and our generous donors make it possible to send Christian material in more than 30 languages to visually impaired people in more than 120 countries.

For more information, please visit their website at www.lbwinc.org.


July 2011

The mission donation for June will go to Holt International Adoption Agency.

Originally, the focus of Holt International Adoption Agency was on rescuing the children orphaned during the Korean War.  The work has expanded to other countries, continuing to focus on rescuing children.

               
Holt helps orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children to thrive by finding families to love them.

               
Moved by faith and a firm belief that all children deserve permanent, loving homes, Harry and Bertha Holt began their lifelong mission in 1955.  They sought families for children orphaned by the Korean War.  With this act of love, two farmers from rural Oregon revolutionized international adoption.


For more information, go to
www.holtinternational.org.


June 2011

The mission donation for June will go to Native American Ministries Sun Valley Indian School.

Native American Ministries Sun Valley Indian School is a private boarding school for Native American children, located in Sun Valley, AZ.  It was founded in 1963 on a five acre site.  Today, it has grown to over 70 acres and has 32 buildings.  The mission of the school is to reach children and youth for Christ and to develop their Christian character through teaching and discipleship.

For more information and some great pictures, go to www.indianschool.org.


May 2011

The mission donation for May will go to St. Anthony’s Pauda Dining Room.

This mission is close to home, located on Middlefield Road in Menlo Park, and close to our hearts.  St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room first opened its doors in 1974 to serve the low-income elderly with a weekend meal supplement in a social and friendly atmosphere.  However, the need quickly grew into a daily operation. During the past year, they have served over 175,000 meals to those in need in our community.

For more information, go to www.paduadiningroom.com.


April 2011

The mission donation for April will go to Bayshore Christian Ministries.

Bayshore Christian Ministries (BCM) is a Christian organization, located in East Palo Alto.  It serves youth participants from 1st through 12th grades from within that community.  They currently serve 210 children and have 70 volunteers.

They offer year-round programs that emphasize Christian teaching, after-school academic programs, and summer recreational programs.  BCM also offers two internship opportunities for college students.

In addition to the academic tutoring programs, BCM offers Bible studies, offering the youth the opportunity to grow spiritually.

For more information, visit their website at www.bayshore.org.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 2011

The mission donation for March will go to Teen Haven, a division of Water Street Ministries.

Teen Haven’s purpose is to advance the kingdom of God by reaching urban youth with the gospel, discipling them to maturity, and equipping them to be leaders in their communities.

Since 1963, when founder Bill Drury started knocking on the doors of teenage gang members in Philadelphia, Teen Haven has existed to see young people come to know Christ and grow to become agents of change for Him in their community.

 At Teen Haven, we are blessed to share the Gospel with urban youth and disciple them as they grow in their faith, develop leadership skills, and impact their families, schools, neighborhoods, and cities. We’re seeing a generation of city changers growing in the name of Christ!

·         Teen Haven has three city youth center locations: Philadelphia, York and Lancaster.

·         Teen Haven Camp in York County operates year-round.

·         About 60 youth are serving as teen leaders in the ministry of Teen Haven.


February 2011

The mission donation for February will go to HCJB Global.

HCJB Global was created to Herald Christ Jesus' Blessings, to tell the world who Jesus is, why He came to earth and the eternal hope that can only be found through Him.  This world-wide organization focuses on being the Voice and Hands of Jesus through media and healthcare ministry.  It also emphasizes leadership development, training leaders who can impact communities in which they live.

Bethany has a personal connection to HCJB Global.  Dorothy (Pfotenhauer) Nelson and her husband, Steve, went to Ecuador to serve in the mission field with HCJB many years ago.



January 2011

The mission donation for January will go to Carol Lee Halter’s mission in Hong Kong.

Deaconess Carol Lee Halter has served as an evangelistic missionary among the Chinese people in Hong Kong since 1981. From 1969 to 1981, Carol served as a missionary with the Chinese Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in San Francisco, Calif. For three years before that, she was a volunteer missionary in Hong Kong.

Carol does humanitarian, evangelistic and educational work among the young, the elderly and the poor Chinese people who live in Hong Kong. Her prayer is that all Chinese people will hear the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ--especially from each other. Fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese, Carol nurtures and trains Chinese people to grow in Christ and to share the Gospel by holding educational and evangelism seminars and Bible classes, and by counseling individuals.



December 2010

Why are we having a bake sale again?  The funds earned from our bake sale go primarily to twelve missions – one each month.  Our Bethany family has been generous to support the sale and Pastor Jon always makes it fun when he auctions the special items.  Thanks be to God and all who help make the sale a success!

The mission donation for December will go to Lutheran World Relief.

Every day in 35 countries, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) works to combat the causes of poverty and the dignity it robs from people’s lives. LWR advocates for Fair Trade that helps farming families and artisans earn a better income. LWR teaches people to better care for themselves, their communities and the environment. They teach people how to be less vulnerable to natural disasters. They advocate with and for them for policy change that more fairly represents them. LWR counsels them after manmade and natural disasters, and help them recover with material aid. LWR does all of this exclusively with partners from the communities we serve. Their partners help them remain incredibly efficient & effective. Their partners let LWR help people help themselves, for a day when they won’t need LWR at all.


November 2010

The mission donation for November will go to Lutheran Social Services of Northern California.

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) responds when people are vulnerable because of homelessness, mental illness, drug addiction or disaster.  Providing support services and compassionate guidance, LSS helps individuals and families to stabilize their lives and become self-sufficient.

LSS currently serves 2,575 clients in Sacramento, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa and San Joaquin Counties. Its programs include money management services, case management in transitional and permanent supportive housing sites, case management and housing services for emancipated former foster care youth, disaster preparedness training, and long-term disaster response services for Hurricane Katrina survivors.

For more information about LSS, please go to www.lssnorcal.org.


October 2010

The mission donation for October will go to “Lutheran Bible Translators”.

Lutheran Bible Translators is committed to distrubuting Bibles and New Testamnets throughout the world in many languages.  As of year end 2009, 80 missionaries were serving in 19 countries on 4 continents.  They were working on 31 Bible translations and 54 Scripture Engagement and linguist research projects.

An estimated 7 million people have been able to have access to the Good News in their own language. With our continued prayer and help, Lutheran Bible Translators expects to add to that translation total in the years ahead.


September 2010

The mission donation for September will go to “Lutheran Care For The Aging”.

Lutheran Care For The Aging (LCA) is a non-profit corporation made up of participating member congregations (presently 48) and individuals throughout the California Nevada Hawaii (CNH) District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  It has provided supplementary financial assistance for housing to qualified needy elderly members living in the CNH District since 1960.  LCA receives financial support from the Ella M. Rohlffs Foundation, congregations, individuals through gifts and bequests, and other Lutheran organizations.

Lutheran Care For The Aging welcomes all contributions and bequests from individuals and congregations.  LCA has a very low operating cost.  Over 88% of all contributions and bequests are used for Direct Aid to Beneficiaries, which is limited by the availability of funds.


August 2010

The mission donation for August will go to Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc.

The mission of Lutheran Braille Workers (LBW) is to provide the message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ to the blind and visually impaired.

LBW is one of the largest providers of Christian Braille and specialized Large Print in the world. All publications by LBW are offered free of charge and are made possible through the efforts of over five thousand faithful volunteers. These volunteers, located in 194 Work Centers throughout the United States and Canada, produced 16,945,152 pages of material in 2009. Their gifts of time and our generous donors make it possible to send Christian material in more than 30 languages to visually impaired people in more than 120 countries.

For more information, please visit their website at www.lbwinc.org.


July 2010

We have opportunities to support many missions – worldwide and local – through our monthly donation program.  Each month, Women’s Ministries, formerly Mary Martha Guild, sends $150 to a designated mission.

Keep bringing in those mite boxes and can & bottles marked with “CA Redemption Value”.  So far this year, Bethany has collected over $250 from the purple mite boxes and over $60 from recycling cans and bottles!  This money goes to the CNH LWML Mites, which funds the mission projects sponsored by both the national LWML and our district LWML.  Those little things do mighty work for God!

Mite boxes are available in the Narthex and the blue trash can for recyclable cans & bottles with “CA Redemption Value” is in the parking lot every Sunday.

May 2010 – St. Anthony’s Pauda Dining Room

This mission is close to home, located on Middlefield Road in Menlo Park, and close to our hearts.  St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room first opened its doors in 1974 to serve the low-income elderly with a weekend meal supplement in a social and friendly atmosphere.  However, the need quickly grew into a daily operation. During the past year, they have served over 175,000 meals to those in need in our community.

For more information, go to www.paduadiningroom.com.

June 2010 – Native American Ministries Sun Valley Indian School

This is a private boarding school for Native American children, located in Sun Valley, AZ.  It was founded in 1963 on a five acre site.  Today, it has grown to over 70 acres and has 32 buildings.  The mission of the school is to reach children and youth for Christ and to develop their Christian character through teaching and discipleship.

For more information and some great pictures, go to www.indianschool.org.

July 2010 – Holt International Adoption Agency

Originally, the focus of Holt International Adoption Agency was on rescuing the children orphaned during the Korean War.  The work has expanded to other countries, continuing to focus on rescuing children.

For more information, go to www.holtinternational.org.

Bethany is blessed to be a part of these organizations
that have far-reaching impact throughout the world.
Watch the bulletin board in the Family Center for more details.


April 2010

The mission donation for April will go to Bayshore Christian Ministries.

Bayshore Christian Ministries (BCM) is a Christian organization, located in East Palo Alto.  It serves youths from 1st through 12th grades from within that community.  They currently serve 210 children and have 70 volunteers.

They offer year-round programs that emphasize Christian teaching and formation, after-school academic programs, and summer recreational programs.  BCM also offers two internship opportunities for college students.

In addition to the academic tutoring programs, BCM offers Bible studies, offering the youth the opportunity to grow spiritually.

For more information, go to http://www.bayshore.org/.


March 2010

The mission donation for March will go to Teen Haven, a division of Water Street Ministries.

Teen Haven’s purpose is to advance the kingdom of God by reaching urban youth with the gospel, discipling them to maturity, and equipping them to be leaders in their communities.

Since 1963, when founder Bill Drury started knocking on the doors of teenage gang members in Philadelphia, Teen Haven has existed to see young people come to know Christ and grow to become agents of change for Him in their community.

At Teen Haven, they are blessed to share the Gospel with urban youth and disciple them as they grow in their faith, develop leadership skills, and impact their families, schools, neighborhoods, and cities. We’re seeing a generation of city changers growing in the name of Christ!

  • Teen Haven has three city youth center locations: Philadelphia, York and Lancaster
  • Teen Haven Camp in York County operates year-round
  • About 60 youth are serving as teen leaders in the ministry of Teen Haven.

For more information, go to http://waterstreetministries.org/Ministries/TeenHaven.aspx.


February 2010

The mission donation for February will go to HCJB Global.

HCJB Global was created to Herald Christ Jesus' Blessings, to tell the world who Jesus is, why He came to earth and the eternal hope that can only be found through Him.  This world-wide organization focuses on being the Voice and Hands of Jesus through media and healthcare ministry.  It also emphasizes leadership development, training leaders who can impact communities in which they live.

Bethany has a personal connection to HCJB Global.  Dorothy (Pfotenhauer) Nelson and her husband, Steve, went to Ecuador to serve in the mission field with HCJB.

For more information, go to http://www.hcjb.org/.