Just as COVID has affected and changed the way many of us will celebrate this year, it has also changed how we are able to conduct our annual “Santa Sleigh” project. Normally, we purchase gifts from the families’ wish lists and then enjoy fellowship together as we wrap all the gifts. Although we will miss not being able to do all that, the Spirit of Christmas is still with us.
The Outreach Committee will still host the “Santa Sleigh” project this year but with a bit of a twist. Instead of individual gifts, we will be giving the families gift cards. The school counselors at Belmont Elementary, Norwood Park Elementary and Northeast High have provided us the names and a short description of a family from their school that is in need and included their gift card wishes. The list is as follows:
A single mom with health issues related to COVID-19 has two boys, ages 14 and 16. They have requested gift cards to WalMart and Casey’s.
A grandmother is raising two grandsons, one in kindergarten and the other in second grade. Their requests were for gift cards to WalMart and McDonalds.
Norwood Park Elementary
A single mom, whose husband passed away, has three boys, Gabriel, 4 years old and twins, Kadien and Jaiden, age 5. The family requested gift cards to WalMart, Target, Russ’ Market for groceries, Domino’s Pizza, Lost in Fun and Defy Gravity.
If you would like to help “Santa” provide for a wonderful Christmas for any of these families, you can either give a cash donation to the “Santa Sleigh” project or purchase a gift card (in any amount) and leave it at the church office. Our deadline is December 16 as the schools have requested the committee bring the gift cards to their school by December 18th for delivery to the families. Because we aren’t able to give actual wrapped gifts for the children to open, the committee will choose a festive way to deliver the gift cards to make this Christmas special for them.
Be well, stay safe and we hope you have a Blessed and Merry Christmas!
The Northeast Area Food Pantry is located at Bethany Christian Church. This emergency food pantry collects donations and fulfills the needs of many in our community. The pantry began in 1979 and was one of the first in Lincoln.
The Northeast Area Pantry serves individuals and families-in-crisis who may obtain a seven-day supply of nutritious foods.
Bethany Christian Church holds special events throughout the year to support the Pantry including the CROP Walk, Pantry Sundays and Penny-A-Point-For-Pantry during football season. Souper Bowl of Caring assists the Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach program and is held on Super Bowl Sunday every year. Learn more about Matt Talbot at mtko.org.
Your support is needed and greatly appreciated! Watch for weekly Pantry needs in the church bulletin or on the BCC home page.
What is Food Insecurity?
In 2017, an estimated 1 in 8 Americans were food insecure, equating to 40 million Americans including more than 12 million children.
It is important to know that hunger and food insecurity are closely related, but distinct concepts. Hunger refers to a personal, physical sensation of discomfort, while food insecurity refers to a lack of available financial resources for food at the level of the household.
Who does Food Insecurity Affect?
There is no single face of food insecurity. It impacts every community in the United States. To learn more about child and overall food insecurity in your state, congressional district and even county, visit the Map the Meal Gap study conducted by Feeding America®.
Food Insecurity affects: Seniors, children, rural communities, African Americans, and Latinos.
Food Insecurity: “Limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food.” They can’t count on their next meal.
Food Hunger: “The uneasy or painful sensation caused by a lack of food, the recurrent and involuntary lack of access to food.”
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To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992. Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Disciples Mission Fund is the common fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for mission support. Disciples Mission Fund highlights six Special Offerings which promote specific ministries:
Week of Compassion provides worldwide disaster response, humanitarian aid, sustainable development, and promotion of mission opportunities
Easter offering supports General Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Pentecost offering funds Disciples new church development
Thanksgiving offering supports Disciples-related institutions of higher learning
Christmas offering funds ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Nebraska
Reconciliation offering assists efforts to build just communities by breaking down walls of prejudice which separate us
Bethany Christian Church sponsors a Cub Scout troop, provides a place for the Bethany AA Open Meeting every Monday evening at 7:30pm, Thursday Morning AA for individuals who work at 6:30 am, and the Recovery at Work NA group on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm. We also host the Bethany Women's Club, which meets the second Tuesday of each month at 1:30 pm. Rebekah & Odd Fellows meet the third Thursday of the month at 1:30 pm. Other groups also utilize our church for their meetings. If you are interested in utilizing the church for a meeting, please call the church office at 402-466-1957 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.