Second Harvest Food Bank

Mission Outreach — Serving with Other Organizations

Mission Outreach Ministries

Current Opportunities

Caring Connection/Stephen Ministry Meeting
2nd Monday of each month until January 31 2022
This event is from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Conference Room
Contact Patricia Myerholtz


Mission to Mexico
Daily from April 15 until April 19
This event is from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM at Bethel/Offsite
Contact Tom Hoegel

This is our annual Youth Mission to Mexico trip to the colonies of Tijuana. We work with Esperanza, International to build community through house building. Contact Tom Hoegel for details and to save your spot.

Adult Mission to Mexico
Daily from September 27 2018 until October 1 2018
This event is from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM at Bethel/Offsite
Contact Tom Hoegel

This is our annual Adult Mission to Mexico trip to the colonies of Tijuana. We work with Esperanza, International to build community through house building. Contact Tom Hoegel for details and to save your spot.

Mission Outreach Ministries

Ministry Lead: Mark Evashenk

The following list of local, national, and international outreach & service ministries contains information on organizations that we actively support either by providing funds for their work or through volunteering locally.

Local Ministries

CIC (Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy) Ministries
Contact Chris Christensen

CIC (Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy)[Offsite Link] is a non profit agency formed in 1962 by Council of Churches and Evangelical Association to serve inmates, officers, and staff in the Santa Clara County jails and juvenile facilities. CIC Ministries depends on donations from local congregations and individuals to bring the Good News of the gospel to those behind bars.
CIC’s Programs Provide:
  • Weekly Bible Study provided by volunteers in the community
  • Coordination of Special Events (such as concerts, weddings, etc.)

Crop Walk
Contact Dave Ahn/Craig Leventon

An annual walk each spring in the Rose Garden area of San Jose to raise money for hunger relief through Church World Service[Offsite Link]. Watch for details about the next Annual South Bay CROP Walk[Offsite Link] (held in the Spring) in the Sunday bulletin, weekly enewsletter and the top of this web page.
Help One Child
Help One Child, November 2015

First Immanuel Clothes Closet
Contact Angela Brown

Bethel collects new and gently used clothing weekly to be given away to low-income families in downtown San Jose. Clothes Closet is a service of Community Outreach Ministry Endeavor[Offsite Link]

Habitat for Humanity
Contact Chris Sudarsanam

Habitat for Humanity[Offsite Link] (East Bay/Silicon Valley)[Offsite Link] works in partnership with low-income families to build affordable, decent housing in Santa Clara County. Volunteers work side by side with homeowner families, using current skills or learning new ones. Watch for details in the Sunday bulletin, weekly enewsletter and the top of this web page for information on how you can help build homes in the upcoming months.

Help One Child
Contact Mark Evashenk, Danielle Pickard

Help One Child[Offsite Link] is a local ministry to children in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties who have been abandoned, abused, drug exposed, or endangered. Their primary goal is to encourage individuals and families in the Christian community to become licensed foster parents. Help One Child provides a network of support to these children and families, and teaches congregations how to be part of this network. Bethel hosts a Giving Tree each December to give Christmas gifts to foster children.

The Lord’s Pantry

The Lord’s Pantry[Offsite Link] is a nonprofit, emergency food program located at 121 S. White Road in San Jose on the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church[Offsite Link] campus. They are an agency of Second Harvest Food Bank[Offsite Link], and provide groceries to families in need by referral. Each week Bethel members donate food, using the large donation bin in the narthex. Each November, we hold a turkey drive to support the families using the pantry.

Mount Cross Ministries
Contact Holly Lofgren (Camp Contact)

Mount Cross, a Lutheran camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains with summer camps and retreat opportunities for congregations and groups, was dedicated in 1948 by a group of Lutheran pastors seeking a venue for youth to explore the outdoors and their faith. In addition to financial support, Bethel holds our annual Labor Day Retreat at Mt Cross. Our first LDR was held in 1959, and we have been going every year since. For more information visit the Mount Cross website[Offsite Link].

Contact Joann Weberg

The Bethel quilters create and send hundreds of quilts locally and all over the world all year. Read details at the top of this web page.

packing carrots
Packing carrots for Second Harvest

Second Harvest Food Bank

Provides food to over 320 non-profit agencies in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, including The Lord’s Pantry. Groups from Bethel sign up for shifts to sort donated food. Bethel participates in food sorting at the warehouse several Saturdays a year. Watch the Sunday bulletin, weekly enewsletter and the top of this web page for upcoming dates and details. For additional volunteer opportunities at Second Harvest, visit their web site at[Offsite Link].

Sunnyvale FISH Junque Sale
Contact Brad Martinson

Sunnyvale FISH Junque Sale is an annual event, the first Saturday in November, held at St. John’s Lutheran Church (corner of Manet Dr. and East Fremont Ave. in Sunnyvale.) Each year Bethel volunteers bring donations of their upscale “junque” (such as toys, books, telephones, kitchen gadgets, clothes, tableware, sports equipment, etc.— no furniture, TVs or computers) to St. John’s several days before the sale. Volunteer workers are needed before, during and after the sale. Watch the bulletin and newsletter for exact dates. Sunnyvale FISH[Offsite Link] is an organization sponsored by the Sunnyvale Area Ecumenical Parish. Their work is supported by more than 20 congregations in the community. Sunnyvale FISH provides emergency assistance, such as food and clothing, to people who cannot afford them.

Sunny View Auxiliary
Contact Eleanor Incerpi

Created to help and serve senior residents of Sunny View Retirement Community[Offsite Link] in Cupertino.

Walk for Water
Contact Robyn Winegardner

Volunteers walk one Saturday in April in San Jose, in partnership with Silicon Valley Discipleship Walk for Water[Offsite Link] to provide clean water to communities around the world through Water Mission.

West Valley Community Services

West Valley Community Services, Inc. (WVCS)[Offsite Link] is a private non-profit, community based agency that has been providing direct assistance and referral services to the community for more than 35 years. We provide a continuum of basic needs, housing assistance and family support services including: information and referrals, food, clothing, shelter, affordable housing, financial assistance and case management.
making blankets
Making blankets for homeless women, Feb 2016

Women of the ELCA
Contact Cindy Arnett

As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.
At Bethel, Women of the ELCA[Offsite Link] meets monthly to make blankets for the homeless in San Francisco. Watch for specific dates in the Sunday bulletin, weekly eNewsletter and at the top of this web page.
Designated offering for March.

National and International Ministries

Quilts for LWR
Quilts & backpacks for Lutheran World Relief, October 2015

Lutheran World Relief (LWR)">Lutheran World Relief[Offsite Link] works with Lutherans and partners around the world to end poverty, injustice, and human suffering. Bethel volunteers create school kits and health kits for LWR to be distributed worldwide.

Mexico 2005

Mexico: Esperanza International — Bethel Mission to Mexico
Contact Tom Hoegel

Adult Mission to Mexico (Fall). Youth Mission to Mexico (Spring). Since 1990 Bethel Youth have taken an Alternative Spring Break and traveled to Tijuana, Mexico to join forces with Esperanza International[Offsite Link], or “Hope”, an organization that works to build houses, schools and centers for the local community. Bethel volunteers work side by side with low-income families and the Esperanza staff, mixing concrete, pouring tiles and beams, digging trenches, and a host of other challenging work. In the process, families learn the building process, which helps make their community more self-sufficient, and Bethel volunteers practice their Spanish, and touch the lives of our neighbors south of the border.
In 1995, due to popular demand, an Adult Trip was added. This is scheduled for 3 to 4 days in the Sep–Oct timeframe. Both drive or drive/fly options are available. These three days of work, laughter, growth and fun lead to changed lives on both sides of the border. Contact Tom Hoegel for more information. And don’t miss the video on our Mission to Mexico page!


Bethel financially supports 3 ministries in Tanzania.
Contact Lois Brouillette.

Bethel School in Himo, Tanzania

Bethel School in Himo, Tanzania, was started by Pastor Godbless Mamkwe and his wife, Neema, to serve the AIDS orphans in their area. The school has both a preschool and primary school. 70% of the 200 students are AIDS orphans on scholarship.

The MaaSae Girls Lutheran Secondary School (MGLSS)

The MaaSae Girls Lutheran Secondary School[Offsite Link] (MGLSS) is a residential high school (Forms 1-6) for young women from pastoral tribes, such as Maasai, located in Monduli, Tanzania. Funding and scholarships for the school are administered by Operation Bootstrap Africa.