A dedication to ministry runs deep at Bethel-Bethany. Pastor Tim and the members of the congregation serve God through a variety of ministries both within the church and “out there” in the larger community. What are your talents and interests? Just click on the links below to learn more about each current outreach ministry.
Bethel-Bethany’s Urban Immersion program has been providing a rich exploration of ministry in the “big city” to non-urban church groups since the late 1980s. Utilizing an action and reflection model, visitors connect with UCC ministries in the Milwaukee area and experience cultural diversity through a weekend of worship, food, history and the arts. For more info and to download a registration form, click here: Urban Immersion
Bethel-Bethany is very involved with Common Ground in the Sherman Park Neighborhood, particularly with Sherman Park Action Network (SPAN), working to make the Center Street Corridor and surrounding neighborhood a vibrant, healthy place to live and work. See the calendar for meetings and events with Common Ground.
BB Food Pantry
Food is a very important aspect of Bethel-Bethany’s ministry. So it’s only fitting that we maintain a food pantry within the church. Members donate non-perishable items and paper products throughout the year as often as they are able. These are then distributed to people in need within the community. If donating items is not practical, envelopes for monetary donations are available in the pews, at the ushers’ desk or upon request from the church’s office. These donations are used purchase items for the food pantry. Special request for particular items are often posted in the church’s newsletter and worship bulletins.
A food pantry coordinator is responsible for the maintenance and inventory of the items on hand in the Bethel-Bethany Food Pantry. Items are distributed from the food pantry upon the discretion of the pastor, staff and Church Council President. If you are in need of any of these items, or know of a person who is, please contact the pastor.
St. Ben’s Community Meal is Milwaukee’s biggest potluck dinner. More than 85 religious groups and organizations bring in hot, homemade dishes for guests, six nights a week. Bethel-Bethany has supported St. Ben’s mission for many years, both by serving meals and through our popular Urban Immersion program. For more information on St. Ben’s Community Meal, just visit http://www.stbensmilwaukee.org/meal
The Cathedral Center provides emergency shelter and case management services for women and families in Milwaukee County who are homeless or experiencing a housing crisis. Families served include single mothers or fathers, as well as married couples with children. Bethel-Bethany supports the Cathedral Center’s mission through donations.
For more information on the Cathedral Center, just visit http://www.cathedral-center.org.
The Guest House of Milwaukee provides shelter for men who are currently without shelter. Bethel-Bethany serves at Guest House during Urban Immersions and donates to Guest House regularly. For more information on the Guest House of Milwaukee, just visit: http://www.guesthouseofmilwaukee.org/
EPiC stands for Ecumenical Partners in Christ. As part of the wider church, United Church of Christ is in “full communion” with several other denominations, which means that our understanding of the bible and of God and Jesus is so similiar that we can all worship and take communion together. We worship during Lent with our EPiC partners, our leaders meet monthly, our EPiC Youth do activities and service together, and we have mission projects that we work side by side on. For more information, go to our combined websites: http://weareEPiC.org
- Albright United Methodist – 5555 W. Capitol Drive
- Bethel-Bethany UCC- 2866 N. 54th Street (54th and Locust)
- Capital Drive Lutheran Church ELCA – 5305 W. Capitol Drive
- Good Shepherd Trinity Church ELCA and PC-USA – 3302 N. Sherman Blvd
- Spirit of Peace Church ELCA – 5505 W. Lloyd St.
Milwaukee’s Interfaith Older Adult Programs was founded in 1973 by the members of several congregations on Milwaukee’s East Side who were concerned about isolated senior citizens. These congregations pooled their resources to more effectively reach out to elders in need. Since then, Interfaith has replicated those early efforts, including a program that serves our own Sherman Park neighborhood, which Bethel-Bethany fervently supports. Bethel- Bethany participates in Make a Difference Day each year, assisting neighborhood seniors winterize their homes. For more information on Milwaukee’s Interfaith Older Adult Programs, just visit http://www.interfaithmilw.org.
The Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee is a non-profit agency through which thirteen religious denominations collaborate to address the social issues affecting the quality of life in the greater Milwaukee area. This represents approximately 500 congregations in the Milwaukee area. Our congregation embraces our role in it wholeheartedly. For example, our members participate yearly in the agency’s CROP Hunger Walk. For more information on the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, just visit http://www.interfaithconference.org.
Sherman Park Community Association
Sherman Park is Milwaukee’s oldest and most successful culturally diverse neighborhood. “Why can’t we all just be neighbors?” was the question asked by Sherman Park area residents in 1971. That summer, they founded the Sherman Park Community Association. The founding members’ goal was to promote integration, racial harmony and unity within their community. In the more than thirty years hence, the SPCA has tackled issues of fair housing, school desegregation, racism, real estate practices, crime and transportation in its effort to find common ground for the 43,000 residents of Sherman Park.
Bethel-Bethany is an active member of the SPCA, and our members participate regularly in the association’s activities.