Ministry Partner Events & Opportunities to Serve
New Horizons – Partnering with youth experiencing homelessness
Help Provide Dinner for New Horizons – April 16th, April 23rd, and April 30th
New Horizons is looking for Bethany folks to provide dinners for a group of 30-40 youth who are experiencing homelessness. If you are able to take the lead on organizing a meal or interested in finding out more about how to get involved, please e-mail Marisa Gronholz at firstname.lastname@example.org. This would be a great opportunity for a small group or for a few people to partner together to provide a meal!
Urban Impact – Partnering with families and communities to break the cycle of social, material, and spiritual poverty
Invitation to Weekly Prayer with Urban Impact
Every Friday, 1:00-1:30pm
Urban Impact has invited us to join Pastor Harvey and Steve Bury as they host a virtual Community Prayer time every Friday, from 1-1:30pm. There will be a brief introduction and then we’ll work through a series of themes together in prayer.
>>Join us on Zoom (recurring link): https://zoom.us/j/752254371 / Meeting ID: 752 254 371
- Wrestling with Reconciliation
1st Thursday of every month, 7:00-8:30pm
Join us for a conversation on racial division and recent events with special guest presentations and interview formats, including dialogue and discussion. For more details about topics and guest speakers, visit the event page here.
>>Join us on Zoom (recurring link): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83535828811 / Meeting ID: 835 3582 8811
Wednesday Night Dinner @ Bethany – Seeks to open our doors and hearts to the Queen Anne community, to come together and enjoy both a meal and fellowship, and to encourage one another in life and faith
Thanks for your interest in serving at Wednesday Night Dinner! We would be thrilled to connect with you! We can always use the help–whether in serving food, eating with the participants, doing craft projects, organizing our donations, or cleaning.
Due to the Covid pandemic, we are serving hot meals as “grab and go” bags outside and therefore have limited volunteer slots available each week. Please contact Hannah, the Director of Wednesday Night Dinner, to discuss ways to get involved and/or to learn more about this community and ministry.
Please stay tuned for news on when we return to dining together inside! Opening our doors (whenever it is safe to do so) will also mean we will have many more volunteer opportunities available each week. We look forward to connecting with you!
World Relief Seattle – Envisions every local refugee and vulnerable immigrant welcomed by community, rooted in community, and empowered for community
Note from Marisa Gronholz: When I started my role as Director of Outreach, , I made a few commitments to myself on how I would engage with our Outreach Partners. In an effort to de- colonialize mission efforts and break free from white supremacy culture and white saviorism, one of the commitments I made was for Bethany to be responsive to the requests of our partners, not prescriptive in how we wanted to help. When Chitra Hanstad, the Executive Director of World Relief spoke with us a few weeks ago at church, she made a few immediate requests for Bethany as well as some ways to be involved in the future. Let me know if one of these stands out to you as you seek to explore what God might be calling you to do as you pursue God’s justice and equity in our world. Please reach out if you have any questions!
1. Encourage World Relief Seattle Staff
We have been talking with World Relief about the need for their staff to receive some extra love and encouragement as they do the work to welcome our newest neighbors in all facets of their lives. We are hoping to partner each World Relief Seattle staff person with a Bethany congregant, or better yet, a Bethany small group! This would involve praying for them, sending encouraging notes or maybe a care package with their favorite snacks. If you are interested, please let Marisa know and we will match you up with one of their staff members. email@example.com
2. Calling all Cyclists!! Century Ride on June 19th
Registration is now open for the World Refugee Day Century Challenge on June 19th! This is an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to welcoming refugees and asylees. We would love to get a team from Bethany together. Please contact Marisa if you are interested. firstname.lastname@example.org
Much like last year, this is a self-planned, self-supported challenge, but we encourage people to train and ride together.
Registration is $80 and you will get a sweet World Refugee Day Jersey to wear on the 19th. Or if you definitely don’t want a jersey, you can register for free! Deadline for jersey registration is April 29th.
There is no minimum fundraising goal, but there will be some sweet prizes for those who raise $500, $1000, and $2,000.
To foster community and provide a little extra support, World Relief will be hosting some Zoom meetups throughout training season to help you get to know World Relief and prepare for your challenge. The first one will be on March 18th, 2021, so register soon!! These will also be a place for you to connect with other riders and plan some training rides together.
3. Gather Supplies and Assemble Welcome Kits for New Arrivals
World Relief is expecting many new families who will arrive this year from all over the world. Welcome Kits help a family set up their new home. https://worldreliefseattle.org/Build-a-Kit
4. Volunteer with Refugees: https://worldreliefseattle.org/volunteer
- Assistants and Family Support Volunteers are the biggest needs right now. Both are virtual roles online with weekly commitments after onboarding.
- World Relief is also looking for host homes with separated spaces like basement apartments or Airbnbs so they can host people for 1-3wks while keeping everyone safe through the pandemic.