Social Ministry

….to live out our faith, active in love; to care, share, help, and serve those in need around us; to bear witness to our faith as a response to God’s love by proclaiming God’s Word through our deeds.

The following ministries are ways in which we respond to God’s love by serving others:

  • the preparation of the noon meal at New Bethany Ministies (3rd Thursday of the month)
  • the preparation of the Sunday evening meal at Victory House (1st Sunday – every other month)
  • sponsorship of Easter baskets for weekend residents of the Children’s Home of Easton
  • donation of health care items for the yearly Christmas ingathering
  • participation in the Bethlehem area CROP walk for hunger
  • donations of non-perishable foods for St. Matthew’s Food Bank and Harvest Sunday in October
  • knitted mittens, scarves, and hats to clients of local social service agencies
  • prayer shawl ministry– knitted/crocheted shawls accompanied by prayer and meditations for individuals who need the blessing of God’s presence and love during their illness, their sorrows, joys and celebrations.
  • Blood Drive – 3 times per year.
  • Special offerings to support local and global ministries
  • participation in the ELCA Malaria program (see video below)
  • participation in the ELCA World Hunger Appeal (see video below)

Please call the church office for additional information on any of our activities listed above.  Or, if you have a particular interest, please let us know.

ELCA World Hunger Appeal

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Opportunities to serve

See monthly calendar for dates.

Calvary Food Pantry 

United Proclamation of the Gospel participates in the Calvary Food Pantry  at 111 Dewberry Ave., Bethlehem, PA 18017.
This is a very important ministry to persons who do not have enough to eat. Please call the church office if you can help at the pantry or donate some food.

Food Pantry Sunday

The UPG celebrates Food Pantry Sunday on a designated weekend each month.  The food collected goes to several food pantries in our area. In April, Food Pantry Sunday will be on the 14th to benefit New Bethany Ministries. Items needed in April are:

  • Boxed pasta (spaghetti,  shells, ziti, etc.)
  • Pasta sauce (plastic jars, if possible)
  • Canned pineapple
  • Garbanzo beans

Please bring your food items with you on Saturday or Sunday.  Thank you for helping our neighbors in need.


It’s time for Bingo at Cedarbrook on Delaware Avenue in Fountain Hill on April 23 at 6:15 PM. The residents really look forward to our visits. Please donate prizes of perfume, lotion and cards; also small bags of chips, pretzels, crackers or
cookies (no candy please) are appreciated. Prizes can be dropped off in either church office with a note “Cedarbrook Bingo”. And if you can help at bingo that night,
please call either church office . Thank you!

UPG Lenten Outreach Project

The 2019 Lenten outreach project for the UPG (suggested by the Sunday school) is to support an agency in Bethlehem called MARY’S SHELTER. Mary’s Shelter is administered by Cay Calgon Life House, 714 W. Broad Street, Bethlehem. We will
participate in their Baby Bottle Campaign to raise funds for needy pregnant women and women with newborns.

On March 10, the first Sunday in Lent, Mary’s Shelter will provide empty baby bottles for each congregational family to take home and fill with quarters.
Please return the bottles on Easter Sunday, April 21st. You are encouraged to add an offering of quarters each day to the baby bottle accompanied by a prayer for the mothers and babies who need our prayers. Please consider filling the bottle with quarters more than once.


Prayer Shawls

Crop Walk

Crop Walk

Blood Drive

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9:00 AM on Light of Christ Campus

Join us for a time of quilt making, blanket making, and various other ministries that assist not only our community of faith but the people who live among us in our communities! The Light of Christ Christian Service is filled with good will, wonderful fellowship, and an incredible love of sharing our abundance with others! We gather together each Wednesday morning in the Light of Christ Fellowship Hall, please come out and join us!


More Service Ops

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Last year, Christ UCC on Market and Center opened its doors as the official Bethlehem Emergency Shelter (BES) for men and women. This winter, the UPG will help at the Shelter on these dates: January 15, February 5 and March 5.

Volunteers are needed on these four dates to:
1. Greet guests and register them as they arrive. 4:30 – 7:15 pm and/or 7:15 – 10:00 pm
2. Provide an entree for the dinner meal. You can bring food to cook at BES or prepare an item at home to drop off by 4:30 pm
3. Provide a side dish and/or dessert for the dinner meal
4. Help cook dinner, serve food and clean up. 4:30 – 7:30 pm
5. Provide breakfast food (drop off by 8:00 pm)
6. Prepare and serve breakfast and clean up. 5:00 am – 7:30 am
7. One male and one female chaperone to spend the night. Bed is provided, bring your own pillow and sheets. 9:00 pm – 6:00 am A paid BES monitor is also present.

Suggestions for food items to bring (servings for 10 please):
Dinner: casseroles, sloppy joes, stews, soups, lasagna, frozen/fresh vegetables, potatoes, perogies, salads (BES provides salad dressings), rolls, desserts
Breakfast: egg or French toast casserole, sausages, eggs, fresh fruit, muffins, bagels, cereals (BES provides milk and juice)

Please contact Michel Lloyd if you can help, or with any questions.
The shelter guests are very grateful for a warm place to stay & for the warm welcome provided. Contact Michel at: or 484-695-3921