Changed by Christ so We Can Change the World
"After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go (Luke 10:1)."
"Jesus said to them again, 'Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." When he has said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit (John 20:21-22)."
Links to Those We Support
"We have come to see that mission is not merely an activity of the church. Rather, mission is the result of God's initiative, rooted in God's purposes to restore and heal creation. 'Mission' means sending, and it is the central biblical theme describing the purpose of God's action in human history. God's mission began with the call of Israel to receive God's blessings in order to be a blessing to the nations...It continues today in the worldwide witnesses of churches in every culture to the gospel of Jesus Christ." - Darrell Guder, The Missional Church
Mission and Outreach
...So We Can Change the World
One of the ways we know that we are changed by Christ so we can change the world is through our participation in various acts of love in our community and in the world. The members of Bethel Presbyterian Church understand that we are sent out into the world to bear witness to Jesus' love through our acts and serve as his hands and feet in all the places we go. Below are a few of the ways Bethel Church reflects the love we have been shown
Books for Soldiers
As of March 2012, we are beginning participation in a worthy cause. There are troops deployed all over the world and packages are sent to all branches of the military. We are hoping that this will evolve into an ongoing outreach of our church.
How does it work? Please consider donating any gently-used books you no longer wish to keep. You may also donate comic books, magazines, DVD's, CD's, and video games. We are not able to send books of a religious or political nature unless a soldier specifically requests it. If you'd like to drop items off at the church, please find the donation box next to the Marshall Road Entrance.
We will also be sending care packages and morale mail. For a complete list of these items, please click here.
Family Promise (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network)
For 18 years, Bethel Presbyterian has maintained an active relationship with Family Promise. This important ministry is an interdenominational program that links local congregations to offer round-the-clock shelter, meals, and social services to homeless families throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. Six weeks a year we host families, provide meals, and arrange transportation for our brothers and sisters who have fallen on hard times.
The Presbyterian Women is a denomination-wide organization that operates at many levels. The Presbyterian Women of Bethel Presbyterian Church is made up of all the women in the church. Along with hosting a Holiday Fair in the fall and coordinating events for the women of the church, they are also active participants in our church's mission. The PW collect school materials for needy children and toiletry supplies in cooperation with the East End Cooperative Network. They also coordinate our Thank Offering each fall, Blanket Sunday (in conjunction with Church World Services), and financial support to many other mission agencies. They are an indispensable ministry within Bethel Presbyterian Church.
South Hills Interfaith Ministries
SHIM’s mission as an interfaith organization is to actively extend God’s love with dignity and respect to the people of the South Hills of Pittsburgh.
SHIM is dedicated to meeting the needs of South Hills’ residents by providing the desired assistance with loving kindness and respect for the dignity, strengths and privacy needs of each Individual. SHIM’s core programs focus on three primary aspects: suburban poverty, refugee assistance and interfaith-dialogue.
As a congregation within Pittsburgh Presbytery, Bethel Presbyterian Church participates in the work of the Presbytery through our financial support as well as through the times and talents of many members.
For seven years, the Youth of Bethel Presbyterian Church have been active participants in Reach Workcamps. In June of 2010, they traveled to New Oxford, PA along with 450 other people to help rehabilitate 53 homes. But it's more than work. The youth gather together for worship each morning and evening as well as bible studies. Next year we'll be traveling to Eleanor, WV.