Spiritual Support Group & Lunch
10:30 am every Tuesday
10:00 am—4:00 pm every Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday
8:30 am every Tuesday
Bethel’s Homeless Ministries share the love of Christ with our poor and homeless neighbors
by creating a community that is supporting, loving, and respectful.
Homeless Ministry Support Services are overseen by volunteer Director, Mark Wilson, and several other volunteers from Bethel and the community who are interested in helping those who suffer poverty. Using the computer lab off the Pentecost room, volunteers help participants who want to find employment or housing by filling out applications and writing résumés. Additional services include: applications for eye glasses, medical assistance through local professionals, GED information, extra clothing, hot coffee, and snacks.
Spiritual Support Group
The Spiritual Support Group meets each Tuesday at 10:30 am in the Pentecost room. A large group gathers to share their stories in a unique support system and time of fellowship. Pastor Alison closes the group time with a prayer for all and then everyone enjoys lunch together. On the first Tuesday of the month, we celebrate the month’s birthdays with cake!
Suzanne Alexander, a caring volunteer, has been leading our Book Club every Tuesday morning since November 2009. Books provided by Bethel are discussed each week in dialogue. On several occasions, best selling authors have been with us in person or connected with the group over SKYPE. For more info on the Book Club, go to: http://www.streetsofmadison.com/.
Every year, we enjoy a three day outing to Bethel Horizons. We have enjoyed crafting pottery at Art Ventures, hiking around the property, scaling the ropes course, stargazing, wonderful meals, and a service of communion! It is a wonderful time to get out of the city and enjoy nature and some time with God and one another.
We also take an annual trip to Devil’s Lake State Park for a picnic where we swim, hike, play chess, cribbage, and the bean bag toss. Mark Wilson fires up a large grill and serves up delicious brats and hamburgers alongside potato salad, cole slaw, chips, veggies, lemonade and chocolate cookies.
HOW EVERYONE CAN GET INVOLVED
Donate your time. Respect is key in this community and can often be gained in one conversation. Stop by during the week to say hello and enjoy the community. Sit down on any Sunday morning for coffee and donuts with those who gather in the Fireside room. You can also help prepare food, serve a meal, or join us whenever we gather together to eat.
Pray for the community here at Bethel, all who are homeless in Madison, and those who are homeless throughout the world.
Monetary support is always appreciated in funding Tuesday lunches, the annual Horizon retreat, and Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. We also lend support with bus passes, eye glasses, medical care, and books for our book club.
Homeless Ministry business cards are available from Pastor Alison and the volunteers with information about our support services. Keep a few with you and start a conversation with someone you meet who is struggling with housing and work. Invite them into the Bethel family.