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

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.

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Opportunities to serve

See monthly calendar for dates.

Food Drive to Restock Emergency Pantry

Donations of nonperishable food items are needed to restock a small emergency food pantry, created last year through a Thrivent Action Team. It is housed at St. Peter and is available for members and non-members who find themselves with “too much month at the end of the money.” Donations will be received throughout the month of August and may be put in marked containers at both Light of Christ and St. Peter.
Food items needed are: cans of tuna, chicken, and ham; peanut butter, chunky soups, rice, pasta, ramen noodles, breakfast cereal, canned vegetables, spaghetti sauce, canned or dried beans, canned fruits, fruit juice (100 % juice) and canned milk.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink… [Jesus said], Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. Matt. 25:35 & 40


Luminaria Night – Dec. 15
You can help!

Be the Light in Your Neighbor’s Darkest Hour has been the theme for Luminaria Night to benefit New Bethany Ministries for the past 20 years. And as federal funding to help the homeless and chronically poor has been reduced, the agency’s needs have grown. Here is a simple way that you can help provide the needed funds to assist New Bethany while lighting up your
neighborhood in support of our community’s neediest citizens. This year’s Luminaria Night is SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15.

We want to expand Luminaria Night to include additional neighborhoods and need people to become block captains. Here is what is involved: You will be asked to contact neighbors in your immediate neighborhood or block in early November by giving each household a solicitation letter that explains the event, the cost and the delivery of materials. The letter will ask your neighbors to return their order forms and checks to you by a given date in late November. You will then take the money and completed order forms to the Memorial Pool House on Illick Mill Road to pick up the materials such as sand, candles, bags and instructions for set up (teenage volunteers will be there to load the luminaria kits into your car). All materials will be pre-packaged for easy delivery to participating households. Then on December 15, light, enjoy and know that you are helping the agency provide critical services such as shelter, food and counseling to the neediest in our community. Cost for each set of 10 luminaria is $10, with nearly all proceeds benefiting New Bethany
Ministries. Total time commitment: about two hours. Rewards: immeasurable!

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If you are willing to Be the Light in Your Neighbor’s Darkest Hour, contact BETTE KOVACH at or 610-867-1076. Bette is a member of the UPG at Light of Christ and a former New Bethany Ministries board member. The time investment is minimal to be part of Bethlehem’s most beautiful night of the year and to support New Bethany Ministries.

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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: December 4, 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