What We’ve Been Up To
Bethesda Auxiliary Responds to Covid-19
Restrictions with Christmas 2020 “Party-in-a-Bag” Celebrations
The Bethesda Auxiliary Governing Board has usually chosen the
projects for the year at the September meeting.
The September, 2020, meeting was held via zoom so the Board members were
not able to have a lot of discussion on projects for the year 2020-2021. However, two projects were selected. The first project chosen was $15,000.00 in
scholarship money for college juniors and seniors and post-graduate students
and seminarians who are planning to work with people who have developmental and
The second project chosen was the group home in the Dominican Republic that was started by Danelle Putnam (with the help of many people) ten years ago for six children from an orphanage who had developmental and intellectual disabilities. This project received $5,000.00 for the 2020-2021 year.
In November, the Auxiliary Governing Board voted to help sponsor a special Christmas concert and Christmas message that was shared virtually in all the homes a couple of weeks before Christmas. This project cost $5,000.00.
Bethesda Auxiliary Responds to Covid-19 Restrictions with Christmas 2020 “Party-in-a-Bag” Celebrations
For the past five years, Trinity Lutheran Church in Hillsboro, Oregon, has held a Christmas Celebration for the Bethesda Lutheran Communities’ residents and staff in the program sites from Forest Grove to Beaverton (the westside area of BLC’s Northwest Region). When Covid-19 restrictions were imposed, a reimagined Christmas became necessary for the 250 residents and staff. So… Lindy and John Tysor, gathered a team, and the Trinity event became Christmas Party-in-a-Bag events for each individual program!
Thank you to everyone from Trinity members, Kiwanis and LWML groups from Tillamook, Sheridan, Aloha, Bend, and Corvallis for making Bethesda Auxiliary a testament to Jesus’ love for ALL people, always. Thanks also to Bethesda Auxiliary’s Oregon Unit president, Terry Putnam and Rev. George Putnam who came from Tillamook once again to help with this outreach. Terry also coordinated the cookie donations.
We visited all 22 local programs on November 30th
to deliver their large bags full of games and gifts for an “in home”
celebration for the residents and staff.
A CD with instrumental Christmas music was also included along with
Advent calendars to track their daily journey to Christ’s birthday. Several Thrivent Action Team grants helped
with the purchase of gifts and supplies.
On December 21st-22nd we made a return visit to all programs to deliver “Happy Birthday Jesus” cakes along with Christmas cards for each staff and resident. Thank you, Trinity members, for baking and decorating the cakes. The staff and residents loved the cakes. The residents were given a coloring sheet of a birthday cake for Jesus, which they were able to decorate.
Bethesda Auxiliary is thankful to the Lord for the numerous opportunities He gives us to share the love of Jesus with Bethesda Lutheran Communities people and staff.
Cards of Encouragement
What can you do as an Auxiliary member during the pandemic and looking forward to the future? You can send cards of encouragement to people served by Bethesda and the Direct Support Professionals (DSP) who care for the people served (information in newsletter). You can pray for the Board of Directors of Bethesda Lutheran Communities as they make decisions on how to proceed with the care of intellectual and developmentally disabled persons. You can pray for the work of the Auxiliary as our mission statement says “reaching forward in faith, word and deed by sharing the love of Jesus with people who have developmental disabilities in partnership with Bethesda Lutheran Communities”. You can send a donation to your unit or to our Auxiliary Financial Secretary Barb Schneidenbach, P. O. Box 1036, Manhattan, MT 59741.
Please consider sending written notes and cards of encouragement to a person supported by Bethesda or a Bethesda Direct Support Professional (DSP) to provide them with a Bible verse and encouraging words. You can send your cards to our corporate office located at:
600 Hoffmann Drive
Watertown, WI 53094
LWML Convention: Lexington, KY
Bethesda Lutheran Communities and Bethesda Lutheran Communities Auxiliary are planning to have an information booth at the National LWML Convention in Lexington, Kentucky, on June 24-27, 2021. If you are planning to attend the LWML Convention, please stop by the booth and say “hello”. We look forward to meeting some of our supporters and sharing Bethesda’s awesome work with all the attendees at the convention.