9 Ways to Give

And don't forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.

Hebrews 13:16

  • Food stocks

    We keep a freezer of meals for church leaders to take to those who are sick, discouraged, or otherwise in need. If you would like to prepare a dish of some sort, or even just cookies,  bring it to the church freezer back by the nursery. Make sure any baking directions are marked on it.

    Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food....  Matthew 25:34-35a  ESV

  • youth group snacks

    The youth group kids (7-12) stay longer on Wednesday evenings and get fed a snack. It's great to hold conversations around food to get to know these bright, young people. The sign-up sheet, labeled Bethel Student Ministry (BSM) is on the bulletin board near the main entrance. Plan to feed 40-50. Youth group starts at 7pm. Please bring the food to the kitchen and place it on the back counter.

    Ideas include: milk & cookies, Ice cream sundaes, apples & caramel dip, veggies & hummus, fries or tater tots, Scotcheroos, cupcakes, chips & salsa, English muffin pizzas, pop tarts & milk, chips & dip, pizza rolls, nachos with meat/pepperoni/cheese, cheesy French bread, root beer floats, puppy chow, bars, pigs in a blanket, and poppy seed sandwiches. Water bottles and pop are welcomed any time.

     ...so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.  1 Thessalonians 2:8 NIV


  • Meal train

    Sometimes a person or family needs meals brought to them. A link to the Meal Train for that occasion allows you to sign up for a time to deliver a meal. If you are on the email list, you'll get the link the next time it's needed. You can talk to the secretary about making sure you are on the list.

    Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galations 6:2 ESV

  • Pop Bottles and Cans

    All those 5 cent return-for-deposit pop cans and bottles can be thrown into the fenced area, next to the garage and dumpster, around the back of the building. Please have them secured in plastic bags. This is a project of the 5th and 6th grade Sunday school class. They LOVE choosing where to donate their money!

    Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God that he has given you. Deuteronomy 16:17 ESV

  • Baby items

    In support of Cornerstone for Life, the Storm Lake crisis pregnancy and pregnancy resource center, we are collecting baby supplies, new or gently used clothing up to size 2T, and toys. These can be dropped in a tote located in the old foyer, or east entrance. 

    And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’  Matthew 25:40 ESV

  • eye glasses

    Eye glasses are collected for the medical mission trip to Nicaragua. Imagine the joy the optician has as hehelps people to see better. Imagine their joy in seeing clearly, perhaps for the first time. It's a big thing! You can find the collection box in the foyer of the old entry, up on the shelf over the coat rack.

    Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.  Matthew 20:34 NIV

  • Share your extra

    Do you have an abundance to give away? Feel free to bring it to church and mark it for give-away. Find a table for the front hallway or put it back on the kitchen counter. Maybe it's not garden produce but something else you want to give. It's fun to give! 

    Freely you received, freely give.  Matthew 10:8b NASB

  • clothing

    A couple of times a year we collect clothing and needed household items for the people in Arkansas reached through our missionary Rodney Stromlund. The clothing give-a-way is part of their outreach to the impoverished people in the Ozarks. They love getting the clothes! Usually our church gives more than the trailer going down there can hold. :) 

    ...I was naked, and you clothed me.  Matthew 25:36 ESV

  • money

    At Bethel we currently direct 30% of every dollar given in the Sunday morning offering to Missions.  We devote our remaining 70% of the budget for church staff, church ministry and property needs. Special offerings are taken for various needs that come up throughout the  year. The Deacon Fund, separate from the regular offering,  is an on-going fund that allows the leaders to take care of some people's needs privately. Donations can even be marked for a specific purpose. At this time we do not offer online giving.

    Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.  Malachi 3:10 NIV