2019 Monthly Mission Projects
The Community and Global Missions board each year takes the lead in helping Bethlehem members understand community and global needs by designating monthly missions toward which contributions are directed. Because of the abundance of organizations and projects with needs, the list changes somewhat each year.
February - Lutherans Campus Ministry (Community)
March - Tanzania Travelers (Global)
July - School Kits (Global)
August - Connections Ministry (Community)
September -Echo Food Shelf (Community)
October -Holy Grounds Breakfast Program (Community)
November- Iambi S.S. Scholarships (Global)
December - ELCA Gods Global Barnyard (Global)
Sunday Dinner at the Salvation Army
Bethlehem has four teams who work on a rotating basis along with teams from other congregations in this important mission project. Each week, members of a designated team provide and serve a tasty and nutritious Sunday Noon Meal at the Salvation Army here in Mankato to 75 to 100 individuals.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry has been active for several years with knitted and crocheted shawls given to people who can be helped by the prayful warmth and support a prayer shawl provides. Additionally, baby shawls are made and given to each child who is baptized at Bethlehem.
In truth, this is a total mission project benefiting those who knit and crochet the shawls, those who pray over them, the folks who deliver the shawls, those who contribute financially and, most certainly, the recipients of the shawls. Each prayer shawl is blessed during a worship service. Can you help?
BETHLEHEM LUTHERAN OFFERS AND SUPPORTS CERTIFIED FAIR TRADE PRODUCTS
BETHLEHEM IS RECOGNIZED AS A FAIR TRADE CHURCH BY THE MANKATO AREA FAIR TRADE TOWN INITIATIVE (MAFTTI).
THAT MEANS WE HAVE COMMITTED OURSELVES TO:
* Use only Fair Trade Certified coffee after services and in all meetings for which the church has responsibility.
*Move forward on using other Fair Trade products (e.g. chocolate, tea, cocoa)
*Promote Fair Trade during Fair Trade Fortnight, Fair Trade Month (October) and at other times through events, worship and selling of Fair Trade Certified Products
Fair Trade is a system of exchange that honors producers, communities, consumers, and the environment. It is a model for the global economy rooted in people-to-people connections, justice, and accountability.
* Combats child labor
* Empowers women
* Keeps families together
* Finances development
* Protects the environment
* Promotes democracy
* Encourages economic stability