- Phone: (715)386-8821
- Mailing Address: 920 Third Street, Hudson, WI 54016
It's that time of year, stores are stocked with school supplies and Bethel will once again be gathering NEW school supplies for our friends at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation School.
There are drop-off bins at both the downtown and the highlands campuses. If you would like to donate monetarily, checks can be dropped off or mailed to the church office. Or if you prefer to give electronically using your Bethel account CLICK HERE and choose Pine Ridge Donations from the drop down menu.
Paper, notebooks, pencils, highlighters, crayons, colored pencils, markers, scissors, rulers, glue sticks, Post-it Notes, backpacks... Nothing fancy, just the basics are what is needed. Please remember, this collection is for NEW school supplies only.
The donations will be brought to Wolf Creek School on the reservation in the fall. Wolf Creek serves over 600 students pre-K through 8th grade. 99.5% of the students qualify for free or reduced breakfast and lunch. Oglala Lakota County, contained entirely within the boundaries of the Pine Ridge Reservation, ranks as the poorest county in the nation.
The Ruth Gathering of the Women of Bethel will be collecting school supplies for Lutheran World Relief School Kits July through September. School Kits contain essential supplies to help children continue learning in the face of serious obstacles. That learning leads to a better life for them, their families and their communities. So stock up on the following items when they go on sale this summer:
Notebooks of wide or college ruled paper approximately 8" x 10-1/2" containing 280-300 sheets (if using 70-sheet notebooks, please include four); no loose leaf paper
One blunt scissors (safety scissors with embedded steel blades work well)
One 30-centimeter ruler, or a ruler with centimeters on one side and inches on the other
One pencil sharpener
Five new unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers, secure together with a rubber band
Five ballpoint pens (No Gel Ink) secure together with a rubber band
One eraser approximately 2-1/2" long
One box of 16 or 24 crayons
The school bags with an attached list of items needed will be available beginning the weekend of July 27 and 28 in the lobby Downtown and at Highlands. Please take a bag, fill it with the needed supplies and return it to the bin labeled "LWR School Kits" by September 30th. If you can't fill a bag, you are welcome to donate any of the above listed items by placing them in the "LWR School Kits" bin. We hope you will consider helping us fulfill this important mission project.
The recent cold snap in Texas, and the resultant failure of many of their power systems, proved devastating for many Texans. The generosity of Bethel members will make a difference in the lives of those in need of help.
A NOTE FROM PASTOR JOHN…..
Thank you for your generous response to aid those in Iowa who were affected by a derecho (an inland hurricane) and those on the gulf coast affected by Hurricane Laura. Over $5000 was collected to be sent to Lutheran World Relief, their teams have been working diligently in the hurricanes struck.
Thank you for your willingness to “step up” and help our brothers and sisters in their time of disaster and great need..
All God’s Blessings! Pastor John Lestock
Bethel partners with an Iringa, Tanzania church called The Cathedral. This partnership includes periodic trips to the area, visits to Bethel from The Cathedral's leaders, and Bethel's sponsorship of students' education expenses in Iringa.
We would like to thank everyone for the contributions received last year for the Tanzania Scholarship Fund. Because of your generosity over 40 student received assistance with their school expenses. During a visit to Tanzania in 2018, the Bethel mission group visited with several students supported by Bethel members, who attend diocese schools, and had a meaningful time conversing and praying with the about their plans once they have completed secondary school. They offer you their gratitude for your assistance in their education and want you to know that they are praying for you. You are truly making a difference in their lives and the lives of their families.
The scholarship for each student remains at approximately $400/year. However, donations in any amount are welcome. Contributions are held in the scholarship fund at Bethel and the number of students supported depends on the money in the fund. Your donation can be made by check payable to Bethel Lutheran Church. Please make a note on the memo line of your check that this is for the Tanzania Scholarship Fund. Your check may be mailed to Bethel Lutheran Church, 920 third Street, Hudson, WI 54016. We would like to receive all donations by November 1, 2020, so we know how many students we will be able to support in 2021. Our goal is to sponsor at least 50 students.
If you have questions regarding this mission, please contact Alan Park.
Feed My Starving Children® is a Christian non-profit organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. Bethel reserves packing times a number of times over the year.