LSSI Project Room At the Inn 

These gifts will provide Christmas gifts to Illinois foster children who may otherwise go without. Your gift may also be used to meet critical needs that arise for children and families during the holiday season that LSSI serves. LSSI staff works closely with these families to ensure that each child has a Christmas gift, and to identify sudden and urgent needs such as a warm winter coat or a car seat.  

To participate: Please choose a tag. Place the tag in an envelope or Christmas card and write a check to Bethlehem for the amount.  Other donations are welcome as well.  Please note LSSI on the memo line. Place the check in an envelope and put it in the donation box near the tree or offering plate. Other options to donate you can scan the QR code and pay by phone or go directly to and make your gift online.  

ELCA Good Gifts 

These donations carry God’s love to people around the world to make a difference in their lives. The money goes to projects specific to a community’s needs. For more information check the website: 

To participate: Please choose an ornament and write a check to Bethlehem for the amount.  Other amounts are welcome as well.  Please note Good Gifts on the memo line. Place the check in an envelope put it in the barn box or offering plate. Place the ornament on your own tree. Gifts can also be given directly on their website. Thank-you!

Lazarus House  

The Lazarus House mission is to offer guests connected to our communities who are homeless or in need hope for the future by providing hospitality, food, safe shelter and education — tools for life. We strive to make certain that all who enter feel the love of Jesus. 

This season the purchasing of gift cards will help Lazarus house guests with their basic needs.  The gift cards help with prescriptions, clothing, shoes and transportation.  

Gift cards are requested from Amazon, Visa, MasterCard, Target, Meijer, Aldi and Walmart. Please bring your gift cards to the church office by Wednesday, December 15.  

Also, BLC prepares a meal the 2nd Tuesday of each month for the Lazarus House community. Our next service date to provide a meal is, Saturday, December 11. To serve with Bethlehem at Lazarus House, click here. 

Hesed House  

The Hesed House mission is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless and give people the chance to hope again! Hesed House is a national model for ending homelessness –one person, one family at a time! It is the second largest homeless shelter in the state of IL. It is in Aurora, IL.  

Hesed House is requesting gift cards in any of the following amounts:  $5, $10, $15, $25, or $50 increments (Speedway, Thorntons-Gas Only Cards, Dollar Tree/Dollar General, Walmart, Target, Meijer, Costco, Sam’s, and local fast-food restaurants). Please bring your gift cards to the church office by Wednesday, December 15.  

Bethlehem is providing a hot dinner for the Hesed House community on Friday, December 10. You can sign up here to help prepare this meal.

World Relief 

New families and individuals are arriving daily across the Chicagoland region, with over 270 Afghan evacuees expected to be resettled by World Relief Chicago in the coming months. We will continue to see waves of people arriving over the coming weeks and months, and we invite you to get involved with this current wave of arrivals. 

Some of the urgent needs this Advent season include:  

St. Andrew Lutheran Church, West Chicago, IL  

Our sister ELCA congregation in West Chicago would be incredibly grateful to receive gift cards in any amount. Pastor Josh, who serves the St. Andrew community, says he receives many requests this time of year from families looking for assistance to provide resources for the purchase of clothes (winter coats, shoes, gloves), toys, food, gas, and other necessities.  

Please bring your gift cards to the church office by Wednesday, December 15.