Social Action & Outreach
Bethany joins the wider church in ministries that give support to all our sisters and brothers in need in the local community and around the world. Look below for many of the local and global organizations we are actively involved with.
DECLARATION OF THE ELCA TO PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT
On June 27, 2019, the Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America adopted the following declaration as a statement addressed to people of African descent.
“There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) apologizes to people of African descent for its historical complicity in slavery and its enduring legacy of racism in the United States and globally. We lament the white church’s failure to work for the abolition of slavery and the perpetuation of racism in this church. We confess, repent and repudiate the times when this church has been silent in the face of racial injustice. The ELCA acknowledges that slavery created and perpetuated racism, a truth this nation and this church have yet to fully embrace. The enslavement of Africans was based on a false narrative of the racial inferiority and the demonization of black people by the majority culture. Slavery was supported by white religious, legal, political, and scientific leaders and institutions for social, political, and economic gain. During the 246-year transatlantic slave trade, which began in 1619, an estimated 12 million people from Africa were stolen from their native lands, separated from their families, torn from their culture, killed for seeking freedom, tortured through inhumane forms of punishment, and subjected to lifetimes of captivity. While the white church stood silently by, people of African descent resisted through acts of rebellion, created new expressions of spirituality and Christian practice rooted in African traditions, and organized movements for freedom.
To continue reading, please find the full declaration here:
Boy Scouts Food Drive
Each November, our Scout Troop joins in a nationwide Thanksgiving Food Drive, volunteering their time to distribute a shopping bag and letter to many homes in the Palmyra & Cinnaminson area, then retrieving the filled bags a week later. All food donations go to the Bread of Life Food Pantry at Epworth Methodist Church.
Volunteers are always welcomed to drive, help distribute, and/or retrieve the bags! This year's bag distribution will be on Saturday, November 14th from 8-1 and "pick up" will be on Saturday, November 21st from 8-1. Last year, over 15,000 cans, containers, and non-perishables were collected by our troop for Bread of Life Food Pantry and we'd love to top that this year!
Bread of Life Food Pantry
Based out of Epworth Methodist Church, this vital ministry helps to feed the 250+ working families that are struggling to make ends meet.
With all of the churches in the Tri-Boro donating, every bit of food helps to stock the shelves. Each church is given certain needed items and Bethany's designated items include cold cereal, canned fruit, baked beans, spaghetti, canned meatballs and sauce, canned ravioli, or macaroni & cheese.
For Thanksgiving this year, they are asking for stuffing, instant mashed potatoes, and canned yams, fruit, and gravy. Also, Lois is helming an additional donation of money toward turkeys. Money for that can be left in the Narthex (just inside the front door of Bethany).
Contact Bethany's Bread of Life Coordinators, Judy (609-670-4916) or Sandy (856-630-5965) for pick up information. Food donations can also be brought to Bethany and left in the Narthex.
Please read more about Bread of Life on our "For Friends in Need" page!
Seeds of Hope
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
Seeds of Hope's mission statement is "to demonstrate the life changing love of Jesus to inmates, ex-offenders, poor, homeless, and those trapped in addictions and prostitution" in and around Camden, NJ. Here at Bethany, we welcome donations like clean give away clothes or new socks to the church for this ministry.
Additionally, each weekend Seeds of Hope provides a free breakfast in Camden. Karin Kane leads our group on the second Saturday of each month to help give out clothes, cook, and serve at the food kitchen. If you'd like to help out at the breakfast, contact Karin at 856-308-6735. In order to give the kitchen at Seeds of Hope a proper head count, please let Karin know by the first of the month.
For additional information about this ministry, visit our "For Friends In Need" page!
Lutheran World Relief
As the international development & relief organization of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Missouri Synod Lutheran Church, Lutheran World Relief works diligently towards alleviating poverty and empowering people around the globe.
Bethany does its part by sending funds towards both the general work of the organization and special projects.
To learn more, click the button on the right.
Lutheran Social Ministries
Lutheran Social Ministries does work to help all those in need in New Jersey, offering a wide range of services from affordable housing and food help to refugee services and retirement care.
For more information on this important ministry of the Lutheran Church in New Jersey, click the button to the right.