Bethel Outreach Opportunities - Bethel Church and Ministries

Bethel Outreach Opportunities

Life on Mission

Bethel desires to encourage, equip, and empower those at our campuses to be a light in their community. We know that many of you are serving, ministering, and loving others well in ways that we are unaware of, particularly during this time of pandemic. Please fill out this “Life on Mission” form for either yourself, or on behalf of someone else, to share how ministry is taking place in our communities. We want to pray for these efforts, celebrate what God is doing through them, encourage others, and potentially help as needed.

Outreach Resources

If you would like to help with any outreach efforts, fill out this form

Campus-Wide Outreach Initiatives

Below are community outreach initiatives every campus is doing. Each of these needs people praying and giving of their time and/or resources. To inquire on specific campus outreach initiatives, please contact that campus’ outreach team coordinator:

Cedar Lake

Food and Essentials:

  • Donate food and supplies for kids and families at Hanover Schools on the free and reduced lunch program, and for the senior population. 
  • Please go to www.foodforcl.com to find out how you can help.

School:

  • Donate gifts (gift cards, small items that can be mailed) to be sent to teachers in Hanover and Lowell school districts through the end of May

Seniors:

  • Cedar Creek Nursing Home in Lowell – doing a follow-up encouragement at the end of May with baskets for the staff and items for the residents

Cedar Lake and Lowell police and fire departments:

  • Cards and letters to encourage community frontline workers
  • Drop off items every few weeks to encourage and thank them

Crown Point

Food and Essentials:

  • Gather food and supplies to replenish Harvest Market (HM) and to resource our local outreach and crisis response initiatives. Click here for campus-specific instructions on how you can help. 
  • Give online to resource these efforts by selecting “Benevolence (Includes COVID-19 Response).”

Medical:

  • Write cards and letters of encouragement to local nurses and medical staff at Franciscan Crown Point, Methodist Southlake, and Munster Community – #encouragenwi.
  • Pray over healthcare professionals by name using specific lists of employees and an “adopt-a-healthcare-employee” strategy.
  • Put together little care bags for nurses which could include purchased packaged items, gift cards to establishments open with drive thrus, and gas cards.
  • Donate supplies including touchless thermometers, masks, gloves, and other PPE.

School:

  • Putting together baskets for school administration.

First Responders:

  • Donut days – delivering donuts to Winfield, Merrillville, and Crown Point first responders.

Gary

Food and Essentials:

  • Provide personal care kits and weekly bag lunch and coffee for the homeless population.
  • Make survival kits for City Life Center families.
  • Adopt a family (from CLC, Awana, Mommy and Me, Homeschool group) for prayer.

Medical:

  • Serve and encourage Methodist Northlake through encouragement kits and cards.
  • Deliver meals to hospitals and homes.

Seniors:

  • Provide care packages of toilet paper, facial tissue, paper towels, crafts/puzzles to:
    • Horace Mann Apartments and senior adults at local apartment complexes.
  • Weekly Calls
  • Food and Household Distribution
  • Grocery Pickup

Hobart/Portage

Food and Essentials:

  • Contribute to the food drive in partnership with Real Life Community Church.

Medical:

  • Write notes and cards of encouragement for healthcare workers at St. Mary’s.
  • Put together gift baskets for St. Mary’s nursing and janitorial staff.

Seniors:

  • “Adopt” a senior adult to encourage, serve, and connect with them in partnership with Maria Reiner Senior Center in Hobart.
  • Miller’s Merry Manor (Hobart and Portage locations) – making 100+ t-shirt pillows for residents with pictures of loved one; writing cards to residents and staff, and giving small gifts to staff

Outreach Opportunities for Groups or Ministries

Each of our Bethel campuses is involved in a number of outreach initiatives in our various communities in several service areas, which you can see below. Some of these are campus-wide initiatives, and other projects would be good for groups or ministries to do together collaboratively. For questions and/or to get details on any of the group/ministry-level projects, please email Pastor Jared.

Domestic Abuse Shelters:

  • Fair Haven Rape Crisis Center (asafeport.org)
    • Create and leave emergency kits with hospital staff for victims of abuse.
    • Commit to pray and encourage staff creatively and through communications.

Food and Essentials:

  • Hammond Community Services (greaterhammond.com)
    • Donate non-perishable food donations and household items/toiletries. 
    • Contact them here.
  • Housing Opportunities, a homeless ministry in Valpo (hoi.help)
    • Pray for their leadership to navigate these uncharted waters to keep our clients and staff safe and healthy. 
    • Donate items to their food pantry or send items through their Amazon wish list at www.hoi.help/pantry to help support food gaps their clients have.
      • Items include: Toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning products, laundry detergent, shampoo & conditioner, jelly, peanut butter, canned chicken, pasta sides, cereal, granola bars, and single-serve snacks. 
    • Donate funds to their mission of resolving and preventing homelessness.
    • Contact them here for questions or details.
  • Red Cross (redcrossblood.org)
    • Find a location to donate blood – see their website.
  • Urban Faith Works, an inner city ministry (urbanfaithworks.com)
    • Pray for health and safety for staff and all the kids and their families.

Foster Care:

  • Baptist Children’s Home (baptistchildrenshome.org)
    • Commit to pray over the children in the homes and the houseparents. Reach out to the houseparents to pray over and encourage them.
    • Donate funds for their 3 foster homes in Michigan and Indiana to provide two take-out meals (pizza and something else). Total amount would probably be $150-300. This would encourage the kids AND the houseparents as they would get a break from cooking those meals! 
      • Contact Scott Kigar, Director of Advancement and Development for questions or to ask how to send the funds. Tell him you’re from Bethel.
  • Campagna Academy (CampagnaAcademy.org)
    • Purchase groceries, medication, or cleaning supplies.
    • Contact them at 219-316-4478, ship items from Amazon wish lists, or donate online to designate funds.
  • Crisis Center (crisiscenterysb.org)
    • Donate supplies: cleaning & sanitizing supplies (wipes, sprays, gels, bleach, etc.), MP3 players for residents, webcams to attach to computers to allow clients to visit with their service providers and families

Internationals and Refugees:

  • International Student Ministry (isconnections.org)
    • Provide encouragement via cards, calls, or video chat.
    • Provide supplies as needed.
    • Contact Luke Dalach for details or questions.
  • The Welcome Network (thewelcomenet.org)
    • Pray for refugees in NWI during these trying times. Pray for the Welcome Network staff as well.
    • They still need volunteers to take immigrant or refugee families to appointments, food pantries, and shop for them.

Medical:

  • Hospitals (each Bethel campus has “adopted” a different hospital or two)
    • Sew medical masks (see these instructions or go to nwimasks.com for more details) for medical/healthcare employees. Contact Stephanie Ward if you are interested in helping with this.
    • Order delivery or takeout meals for families of Bethel medical professionals. Contact Rachel Collins for details.
  • Phil’s Friends, a ministry to cancer patients (philsfriends.org)
    • Families and groups can donate, put together care packages, make cards of hope or color cards, and make blankets for patients.
    • Go to Phil’s Friends website for details or contact Judy Earnshaw
  • The Women’s Center (friendsofthewc.org)
    • Send encouragement notes and prayer cards.
    • Call or FaceTime with staff to pray over them.
    • Donate any medical resources or PPE supplies.

Seniors:

  • Bickford Senior Living Center (bickfordseniorliving.com)
    • They would like Skype or FaceTime calls with their residents.
    • Create a positive Facebook post sharing pictures and/or videos of your families, neighbors, and pets along with an uplifting message to the residents and staff. Just add a tag to the page by adding @BickfordCrownPoint into your description as well as the hashtag #BickfordCP so they can see your content.
    • They are also asking for supplies – contact for supply list.

Schools:

  • Kids Hope (kidshopeusa.org)
    • Mentors at CL and HP can send mail to their students during this time.