Serving, and loving, our neighbors.
Next Service Date: June 24, 2022
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Hesed House at 659 River Street near downtown Aurora is a center for ministries providing services for poor and homeless individuals and families. Housed in a building that was formerly the Aurora incinerator, this facility has now become a beacon of hope and light to hundreds of people who are struggling to rise out of poverty.
Every other month, BLC provides a hearty dinner for those living at Hesed House. The amount of food necessary to serve approximately 150 people costs $3000 per year, so your gift is truly needed and appreciated.
If you’d like to plan ahead, please find all of our 2022 service dates below––and click to sign up!
If you have any questions, please contact John Maisch at 516-236-3184.
Next Service Date: May 14, 2022
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Lazarus House serves unhoused men, women, and children each month by providing food, safe shelter, and education right here in downtown St. Charles. BLC supports this important mission on the 2nd Saturday of each month by providing food to the residents of Lazarus House. We provide a main dish, salad or vegetable, dessert, fruit, milk, and juice.
To sign up for our next service date, click here.
We are also in need of overnight volunteers. If you are interested and available, please contact Megan Lopez at email@example.com or call 630-587-2144.
St. Andrew Food Distribution
Next Service Date: March 25, 2022
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St. Andrew continues to see a need to provide food on Saturday mornings for the West Chicago community. They continue to serve up to 400 families each weekend. Please consider signing up to help pack and distribute food! Volunteers are especially needed on Saturday mornings (volunteer hours are from 8am–10am).
Fox River Valley Initiative (FRVI)
Fox River Valley Initiative is 21 religious and civic institutions organized across Kane County, Illinois. They are an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), part of the oldest and largest network of broad-based citizen organizations in the country, with over 65 organizations in the USA, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and Australia. Primarily funded by member institution dues, they do not accept public funds. They are fiercely non-partisan, neither running nor endorsing any candidates for political office; they work with all public officials of good will. However, each affiliate organization is also unapologetically dedicated to building relational power (organized people, organized money) to address issues impacting the people within its institutions and local geographic area.
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
Bethlehem has a relationship with the Lutheran Social Services of IL (LSSI). Throughout the year, Bethlehem will host educational sessions or volunteer opportunities that help LSSI complete its mission.
LSSI Needs Foster Parents––Video Resource
During the pandemic, it has become increasingly challenging to recruit foster parents, and to place children in need of foster care. LSSI continues to address these circumstances, but you can help! Please share this video from a Rockford TV station, and direct people interested in becoming a foster parent to LSSI.org/fostercare. The need for foster parents spans statewide.
Therapeutic Foster Parents Needed in Aurora, Rockford, and Chicago
Be a part of a successful pilot program at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) by becoming a therapeutic foster parent through programs in Aurora, Rockford, and Chicago. Therapeutic foster care places children with histories of severe trauma and emotional/behavioral needs in family treatment homes where they receive more one-on-one care and attention. The program is evidence-based and provides short-term, intensive support for these children, so that they can thrive in a family home. Therapeutic foster parents receive intensive training, 24/7 support, and a generous daily stipend, and they are part of an evidence-based treatment team. Learn more at LSSI.org/TFC.
To learn more about Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, please visit their website.
Community Care Ministry
Our Community Care Ministry offers opportunities within Bethlehem to both give and receive care through prayer, presence, and practical help. Through illness, painful loss, or challenging life transition, we strive to walk with one another in Christ-centered love, encouragement, and hope.
Home Communion Ministry consists of a team of disciples who visit and bring Holy Communion monthly to those who are no longer able to attend worship. These visits are a vital connection to our body and Christ’s love. To request the care of the Home Communion Ministry or to learn more about serving, please contact Pastor Jean Duran at firstname.lastname@example.org.