February 17, 2019

Please join us for Sunday Worship Services

 

10:00 a.m. Worship

with Holy Communion

 

9:00 a.m. Learning Hour

for Adults & Confirmation Class

 

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Featured Reflection

A highlight from our monthly newsletter

 

Bethlehem hosts the Hypothermia Center this year from

Sunday 24 February to Sunday 3 March 2019.

 

The program provides overnight shelters—with warmth, food, and fellowship—for dozens of homeless persons.   For our part of Fairfax County, the program is conducted in a partnership of the Fairfax County Government, FACETS, and a number of faith communities.   At BLC, we provide for “our week” with significant help from our friends at the Jewish Community Center.

The homeless guests are invited into BLC at 5 PM.   They are provided a hot meal (BLC provides this on four evenings, the JCC for three evenings). There is time for fellowship and for entertainment and/or support for our homeless guests.   The guests then sleep in the Fellowship Hall.   They leave by 7 AM, after being provided breakfast and a bag lunch. While they are with us, we also provide snacks and we offer a selection of travel size toiletries and of gently used winter clothing.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?     Talk with Marie Reed, Kristin Haynes, or Dave Hartmann!

  • The Center is under the “supervision” of staff from FACETS, but many BLC (and JCC) volunteers are also needed. Volunteer!   We need BLC folks here over the entire 5 PM to 7 AM period.   One “hard” part---having at least one male and female volunteer awake in all the wee hours of the night.   Talk to Kristin, Dave, or Marie.
  • As noted above, BLC provides dinners on four evenings—for (counting guests and volunteers) about 50 persons.   Marie Reed is arranging the dinners.   And, yes, you do not have to provide the entire meal…..
  • We do gather warm winter clothing and small containers of personal toiletries and such to “give away.”   See Dave or Donna Hartmann.
  • We also invite your financial gifts.   These pay for supplies, including for lunches and breakfasts. And we provide limited car gas and bus tokens and such.   On the Sunday the guests move on, we provide some gifts cards so that they can get a lunch at a fast food restaurant.   All this adds up to a significant amount of money, only a small part of which is covered through the BLC budget. Most of the needed monies come from gifts from BLC members and friends.

BLC reaches out in love.   Be a part of this challenging but very worthwhile effort.

 

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