Using "our hands" to help complete "God's Work!"
Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. - 1 Peter 4:9-10
The UPG receives offerings of food on the second Sunday of each month for three different food pantries across Bethlehem.
We also have disciples cooking at New Bethany Ministries once a month.
Serving at the Calvary Templo Food Pantry on distribution days.
Serving at Nativity Thrift Store twice a month.
Cooking for the Bethlehem Emergency Shelter once a month during the winter months.
Christian Service Day
Each Wednesday morning from 9AM to noon, several people gather in our Light of Christ Fellowship Hall to spend time sharing their own unique gifts and talents with the world. From quilt making, to completing various tasks needed to help advance the gospel, this faithful group of people help share their love of God through their time and talent.
On the 3rd Tuesday of each month several people gather in our St. Peter’s Campus social room to make blankets that are donated to Lutheran World Relief. These blankets offer warmth and caring to people across the world in need of feeling God’s love.
On the 3rd Monday night of each month at 6:30PM several people gather to knit prayer shawls and various other goods in order to share these items with folks who are in need both in our community and around the world.
Partnering with the Wreaths Across American program, we place Christmas wreaths on the graves of veterans at the Fountain Hill cemetery.
Bethlehem Crop Walk
The UPG participates in this annual walk to raise funds and awareness of the need for food across the Lehigh Valley.
Bingo at Cedarbrook nursing home for residents to enjoy a night of fun and fellowship playing bingo.
Water Well Project
Lenten project: purchasing a water well in a country of need through the ELCA’s Good Gifts program. See the deacon's article in the March Proclamation.
Compassion and Caring
CCC is a newly formed ministry that was created in response to Covid 19 restrictions. Volunteers from all three campuses, Light of Christ, St. John’s Windish and St. Peter’s, call members of the communities of faith to say hello and check on any needs they may have.
Day of Service
Our annual Day of Service will take place on Sunday, September 12, at the Synod Center, 2354 Grove Road (off Schoenersville Road). We will worship in the church sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. and share a meal and fellowship following the service.
Please stay after the meal to join our hands together to work on several projects: card signing with Carol Henn and Gina Brockway, rock painting with Lois Ritchie, and "Dress a Girl Around the World" with Mary Mann, who will “share and show" this dress making project. Ready made kits will be available for anyone interested in sewing a dress at home.
“Dress a Girl Around the World” is a project of International Ambassadors based in Forest City, Iowa. Their mission: a lovely hand made dress provides a preschool girl wherever she is with a greater feeling of self worth, and her appearance will help deter human traffickers. Our goal is to make 50 dresses. A $1 fee per dress is required for shipping; please help with donations.
Additionally, the youth will hold a car wash with Josh Gulotta and Eric Harper at LoC on Sept 26, 1:00-3:00 pm, and a clean up/painting day at the Fountain Hill Cemetery will be planned (date/time TBA). Many hands make light work - we will need participation from youth and adults to make both of these projects successful.
Important GWOH/SAM announcement:
Due to health and safety concerns, the joint GWOH/SAM committees have made the decision to postpone God’s Work - Our Hands Day of Service luncheon and projects that were scheduled at the Synod Center on September 12. We will reschedule at a later time. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.
God’s Work. Our Hands Day of Service Car Wash - The youth under the supervision of Josh Gulotta and Eric Harper will hold a car wash on Sunday, September 26, at Light of Christ between 1 and 3 pm. The rain date is October 3 at LoC from 1 to 3 pm. Free will offering proceeds will benefit Bear Creek Camp. Thank you for supporting our youth with your participation.
Eyeglass and hearing aid collection will continue through the end of September; please place your items in a Ziploc bag and bring them to St. Peter’s on Saturdays or LoC on Sundays.