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Bethel reaches out to the community in a variety of ways.
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Prayer Shawl Ministry
Bethel’s Prayer Shawl Ministry started around 2006. The Prayer Shawl Ministry was developed in 1998 by Victoria Galo and Janet Bristow and it is now an internationally recognized ministry. Shawls are prayerfully knitted (or crocheted!) for the Pastor to give to members who are hospitalized or homebound. Here at Bethel we also present the shawls to High School graduates and newborns. The yarn we use is called Homespun—it is very soft and comforting. We have given out numerous shawls since we began. In addition to shawls, we have also knitted stoles for a church-wide gathering, hats for the Mitten Tree, and preemie hats for Global Health Ministries. We meet every Wednesday morning from 10am till noon and welcome anyone who wants to join us. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to knit or crochet - we can teach you!
Operation Love has been around for a long time, but no one remembers the exact year this mission was started or the origin of the name. We do know that during World War II the group of women rolled bandages from strips of used sheets. Eventually the group switched over to making quilts that are distributed to Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and shipped to countries that have been devastated by tragedies or disasters of war. Each quilt is one of a kind and is the sewers’ own creation, so no set pattern is used. The quilts just need to be 60 inches by 80 inches and can be made by anyone who wants to help. Right now all the quilt tops are made at home by volunteers and then brought to church. A group of 10 dedicated workers then tie and sew the quilts to finish them. If you can sew squares together, you can make a quilt top! Bring your quilt top to the church and feel free to join the Operation Love group in Nazareth Hall, the second Tuesday of each month at 9:30 am.
This is an important ministry to 200+ people each month as they receive a hot meal. Volunteers gather in the Bethel kitchen every second Monday at 8:00 am to cook a meal. The meal is taken to a soup kitchen run by Catholic Charities to be given out. With the state of the economy, the numbers of people in need of a hot meal are increasing. All of the food for this meal is prepared and served by Bethel members, and we are also responsible for purchasing all the food. Anyone is welcome to join us!
Since 2006, Bethel has worked with other neighborhood churches to create the “Nokomis Builds” coalition. In 2011 we joined with five other congregations to recruit volunteers and donations to support 2 weeks of construction – weekdays in July and August. It was the hottest week of the summer! But our team persevered to get a lot done on two different houses. Hopefully you’ll join us for Nokomis Builds!
Stamps for Sons of Norway
Another project we’re involved in is the collection of used cancelled postage stamps. Save the stamps from your cards and letters and bring them to the church office. The used stamps are then trimmed and sent to an organization in Norway where the money raised from the sale of the stamps is used to help disabled children.
More you ask? We also collect clothing and food for the Sabathani Food Shelf. Feel free to bring by clothes or non-perishable food to place in the bins. We also participate in the annual Food Shelf drive. During the season of Advent, we collect mittens, gloves, and hats for our Mitten Tree, and we donate toys for the Plymouth Christian Youth Center Gift Sale.
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Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church
4120 17th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407
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