How Can I Help?

May 09, 2020

Here are some of the opportunities to serve in the coming days that we’ve identified so far. Please contact the church office or the co-Pastors if you can help in any of these ways!

1.  Help us help you! Let us know what you need! Your faith community wants to support you – so tell us how we can help! Your co-Pastors remain available for pastoral care and conversation. If you have a specific need, please let us know so that we can work with you to access assistance. You can call or text us through the BLC Pastoral Care line – 585.364.2129. We are committed to confidentiality when extending care and support.

2.  Hopefully you’ve received a special mailing (and gift!) from Bethlehem about Sowing Seeds of Hope this Easter season as we offer love, care, and support to our neighbors near and far. If you’d like to make a financial contribution to support Sowing Seeds of Hope, mail your contribution to BLC or give electronically through Tithe.ly. Be sure to mark Sowing Seeds of Hope as the designation. Share your signs of hope through BLC’s social media channels!

We have received information about community needs and are happy to share! Do you know of a need or way to serve in our community? Contact the church office to include it on this list!

3.  The Perinton Food Shelf, an emergency food relief organization that served 50,000 meals to Perinton residents in 2019, continues to serve community needs at this time. Money donations are accepted through their website: https://www.perintonfoodshelf.org/ or a check can be mailed to Perinton Food Shelf, P.O. Box 381, Fairport, NY 14450. Current food needs include: coffee, juice boxes, salad dressing, canned pasta, canned fruit, salad oil, mayonnaise, potato mixes, baked beans, chili, hash, beef stew, gravy, frosting, brownie mixes, tomato products, pudding boxes, jello boxes, crackers, cookies, tea, hot chocolate, applesauce, spaghetti sauce, stuffing, strawberry jelly, grape jelly, pancake mix, and syrup, We also accept personal products. Donations may be dropped off at the Perinton Community Center around the back of the building where they have bins outside their doors.

4.  If it’s safe for you to do so, consider donating blood. There is a critical shortage in our area! Use the link below to search by location or date. Be sure to make an appointment, as they may not take walk-ins:  https://www.redcrossblood.org/

5.  After contacting nursing facilities regarding any restrictions, it is now okay to send greetings via USPS. Send cards, letters or pictures to members of the BLC community or others in your network who may be especially isolated in these days. For further information on our card ministry to homebound members, please contact Donna B. Contact the church office if you need assistance in obtaining any other addresses for our members and friends.

6.  The United Way of Rochester has a running and active list of volunteer opportunities during COVID-19. Many can be performed from home. At the top of the page it explains the steps they are taking to keep volunteers and vulnerable people safe, then at the bottom of the page you will find the various volunteer needs. To sign up, you will be prompted to create a user profile. It is not a lengthy process and you need only do it once. If you have some time available, please go to: https://uwrochester.galaxydigital.com/need/?s=1&need_init_id=2954

7.  Run errands or do grocery shopping for someone who cannot (or should not!)

Do you have another idea? Let us know!