It’s been 13 weeks since we began this Covid-19 journey together. WOW! Through all the ups and downs and uncertainty, you have remained committed and steadfast in your faith. We cannot wait to gather together again soon and eventually have space to share all the wonderful things God has been doing around us during this difficult season.
Thank you to all who have continued to be a positive, gospel-filled presence among your neighbors, friends, family, coworkers, and especially strangers. Through your individual ongoing efforts, combined with Bethel’s larger community efforts, God has used us to make an incredible impact in our community and beyond! So, THANK YOU for how you have given yourself to serve, love and care for the vulnerable, disadvantaged, and needy among us.
For June, here are several different projects that we could use your help with completing, either immediately or ongoing…
1). Bethel law enforcement Care Drop
Help us bless Bethel members and attenders who work in the law enforcement field. The past few weeks have been challenging, and we’d love to have their church family wrap arms around those who call Bethel home. On June 23-25, we are planning a care drop to say WE CARE to those who are officers, dispatchers, office workers, etc—anyone from Bethel Church connected to law enforcement. We could use your help to bake and deliver goods, along with a care poster or card representing our church family.
--Names of Bethel members or attenders who currently work in law enforcement (send to Jan Sederburg)
--One of the following to be delivered to their home address in a disposable container: 2-3 dozen cookies, 1-2 pies, 1-2 loaves of bread (pumpkin, banana, etc), cupcakes or any baked treats that would bless these members of our Bethel family.
Email Jan Sederburg (email@example.com) to receive a donation location, and then drop off your treats and card/poster sometime before 7PM on June 23-25. If you have a specific person you would like to drop off your treats, we will work to help you make that happen. If you can bake but are unable to deliver, let us know and we’ll arrange for your items to be picked up and delivered for you.
2) Refugee Food Box Give-away
On June 19, Bethel will provide 100 food boxes to families who live in our community that arrived here legally as refugees. We did a food box give-away for them in May, and this will be our second give-away to help these families. Many of these families work hard in the restaurant industry or at the Tyson Meat Processing Plant, and have been greatly impacted by Covid-19. If you would like to donate items towards a food box for a refugee family, click on this link to fill out the form to get more information.
Drop off items at Bethel Church Richland to THE HUB (600 Shockley Rd) during the following drop-off times:
Monday June 15: 10AM-12PM
Tuesday June 16 or Wednesday June 17: 4-7 PM
3) Cork’s Place
Cork’s Place is run by one of our partner agencies, Chaplaincy Healthcare, and provides all their services for free. Cork’s Place is the only grief support facility in our area specifically designed for grieving children and teens, ages 3 to 17. They have created an amazon wish list to help supply some of their items needed for the children they serve. Would you consider purchasing an item off their “wish list” to help their ongoing efforts? (Note: The amazon list shows the total number of each item requested for purchase, but you can purchase less than the requested amount: For example, if they are requesting 5 of an item, you can help by purchasing 1 (or more) of those items).
To learn more about Cork’s Place and to access the Amazon wish list, click here (the SHOP AMAZON wish list button is about ½ way down the page):
1). Vintage Senior Living Complex, Richland
The Tri-City Union Gospel Mission reached out to ask for Bethel’s help with the Vintage Senior Living Complex. UGM supplies food each month for the elderly resident's food pantry. Since UGM is not accepting donations right now, they have been unable to help the residents there. Email Rachal Carr to coordinate a pick up or drop off of items: firstname.lastname@example.org
Items needed: canned soups, cup of noodles, rice bowls, mac and cheese, fresh fruit, laundry detergent, canned chicken, food for pets
2) Soul Soup
Soul Soup has almost doubled the amount of meals they have been preparing and serving during Covid-19. For now, they are in good shape with volunteers, but they continue to request items to help fill their weekly dinner bags. Food can be dropped in the Bethel office foyer collection bins.
Items Needed: Bottled water, individually wrapped foods (chips, crackers, cookies, etc), fruit cups, Oatmeal packets
3) Collections (in the Bethel main office glass entrance)
· Food Collection Drive: We continue our ongoing food collection drive for our local food bank and for Soul Soup.
· Medical Masks Collection Drive: People continue to sew and donate, and our team leader (Windy Hancock) continues to deliver to places in need. If you or someone you know in our church or community needs masks, please drop Windy an email (email@example.com)
4) Flash Mob Bless
We try to bless a Bethel family in April-October through our flash mob bless program. This month (June) we will be helping a Bethel Prosser family who is facing an urgent medical crisis. We will be collecting cash and grocery gift cards to help the family offset costs as they navigate their current situation. We will do a “drive by” parade at their home to help encourage this family as their loved one battles cancer. If you have already signed up for the FMB text messages, you will get an alert soon about this upcoming event. If you aren’t already signed up and would like to participate, sign up for text message alerts about this upcoming event (and to hear about future events as well), or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To sign up for text alerts (1-2 texts per month), please put the words BCFLASHBLESS in the message area of the text message, and then text those words to the following phone number: 474747. You should get a confirmation text once you have signed up.
5) Financial Gifts
There is a direct link on our Bethel website to donate to our Covid-19 relief efforts. We are using those funds in a variety of ways to impact families and individuals directly affected by Covid-19. This happens through our Bethel Assistance Ministry, our community nonprofit partnerships, and with Bethel families who have been affected. The donation link is on the Bethel website main page.
Here are a few (of many) thank you notes we have received along the way. Thank you again for impacting local families and individuals.
Second Harvest Food drive participant:
"So thankful for the food boxes from you. I got some for my family and my neighbor to. The helpers were so kind and helpful. Thank you Bethel Church for helping our whole town out during this hardful time."
A student from WSU who received a Bethel food box:
"Wow, I am seriously speechless. You don't know how much this means to us. You totally caught us by surprise. This is such a blessing for us because we are honestly struggling. I appreciate it so much. Please tell Bethel Church we said THANK YOU!! Such a blessing!
Michelle G., staff member from Richland Life Care Center:
"I work for Life Care Center of Richland. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU Bethel families for your amazing generosity feeding us every day for weeks during this crisis. We are forever thankful for you!"
From a Bethel family:
" Prayers appreciated! As for the financial side of things...we would be very grateful for a little help pulling through this. But I understand if it's not available or possible, as I know others are in tight places as well." When we replied back that we would be able to help, this was the response: "Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! It's crazy how many times God amazes me. I should expect it by now because He's the God of the impossible and the God of all, who loved us despite our sin, even to die for us! He is amazing! I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene. Thank you again so much Bethel Church family."
World Relief Executive Director (Ken):
"Over the years we have placed over 250 refugees to work at Tyson. This food drive you are providing for them couldn't come at a better time. Bless you all at Bethel Church for working on this and making it happen."
It is truly an honor to serve Christ with you! May He be glorified through our ongoing efforts to help those in need around us!