Community Outreach

Bethesda members and friends in the community share in many activities in the local and wider communities:

ELCA World Hunger Appeal
Gifts to the WHA produce practical results for people in need in the U.S. and throughout the world.

God’s Work.  Our Hands.
Bethesda participates in a dedicated day of service, gathering to serve communities in ways that share the love of God with all of God’s people.

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries in Ohio (LOMO)
Bethesda offers scholarships to Lutheran Camps in Ohio. Member families often attend Camp Luther.

Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
Bethesda has a long relationship with LMM and some members of Bethesda serve on the board of directors and in other ministries LMM offers around the city of Cleveland.

Bethesda projects that support LMM include:

  • Members volunteer to visit men and women who are incarcerated and accompany them
  • Teams from Bethesda walk in LMM’s annual Gritty City walk raising money for their children and youth programming.
  • Christmas collection for teen boys and girls are assembled by Bethesda on the Bay members. They are filled with simple, cosmetic needs, snacks and gifts. Also gathered are sweat pants and shirts, basketballs for the boys & gifts for the girls

Ghana, Africa, a partnership with First Lutheran in Lorain
Bethesda partners with First Lutheran in Lorain to support the work of Pastor Ben, a missionary working to provide education and food assistance to the people of Akrampa, Ghana, Africa.

Prayer Group/Prayer Chain
All are welcome to begin their week with prayer. The group meets in the sanctuary at 10:00AM on Mondays. The concerns of church members are lifted to God by this group. The prayer chain prays for all our members and friends, as well as concerns for our world.

Redeemer Crisis Center
Redeemer Crisis Center is located at 2970 W. 30th St. Cleveland (216) 651-0236. Several Bethesda members gather and deliver donated items to this center. Baked goods from Heinens are delivered twice weekly. Bargain purchases and member donations are offered at no cost to center clients.

Lorain Cooperative Ministry
Through the next county over from Bethesda, Lorain Cooperative Ministry serves the lower income populations of Lorain Co. through a partnership of churches. Bethesda supports the ministry with financial gifts and various hands-on programs like serving meals, helping with neighborhood clean-up, and women’s hygiene collections, etc.

Alcoholics Anonymous
There are seven AA groups which currently meet at Bethesda on the Bay.

Scouts BSA
Scout troop 41 meets in the Fellowship Hall at Bethesda on the Bay at 7:00 PM on Thursdays. Their work with young boys has produced 121 Eagle Scouts since 1967!  Scout troop 40 meets in the Fellowship Hall at Bethesda on the Bay at 3:00 PM on Sundays.  This is a girl only troop.

The Knickerbocker
Knickerbocker Apartments, established in 1972, provides reasonably priced housing for senior citizens. Four Bay Village churches support the Knickerbocker. Bethesda on the Bay is represented on the Board of Directors.

Massotherapy
We are very fortunate to have a licensed massotherapist on staff. Our massotherapist schedules members for a pain relief sessions in the church lounge on the 1st Monday of the month from 9 AM – noon.

Parish Nurse
Our church is proud to have a Parish Nurse Program which provides a volunteer trained nurse to check blood pressure, to evaluate and answer questions about general health conditions, and to organize other program such as seasonal flu shots.