We are the committee that is focused on mission, community connections and evangelism.
The PC(USA)'s four church-wide Special Offerings (One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost offering, Peace & Global Witness offering and the Christmas Joy offering help share Christ's love with millions of people around the world.
For many years Bethany has supported FISH, now the "B" St. Food Bank, with food, money and volunteers. "B" St. Food Bank is located at Newman United Methodist Church in Grants Pass.
As a Matthew 25 Church, Bethany is committed to:
Building Congregational Vitality,
Dismantling Structural Racism &
Eradicating Systemic Poverty
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Bethany is always looking for ways to be involved the greater community of Grants Pass. Support of Foundry Village, Porch Fest, Faith House, Women's Crisis Support Team, FISH, Christian Service Network and Josephine County Transit are some of the ways we do this.
Bethany houses and hosts many groups and activities that keep us in contact with our community. Harmony Creative Children's Center and SOESD/Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education meet here. We host The Heath Storytelling Event, Community Concerts, and MLK Day celebrations. Murph's Pancakes, Computer Bugs and Al-Anon are in the building regularly. Most days the beautiful sounds of students practicing piano and violin can be heard through the halls.
The Rogue Community College Diversity Programming Board, together with local community partners, is proud to host Courageous Conversations. We are exploring systemic oppression in this ongoing monthly discussion led by the Rev. Ernestine Flemister, the Rev. Ryan Scott, and the Rev. Tom Berry and RCC's Sally Snyder and Luntha Tahuna .
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How we used our grant from The Presbytery of the Cascades.
Building Congregational Vitality
Vitality isn’t a number. It’s not about how many members you have, or how large your budget is, or even how many baptisms you celebrate each year. Rather, it’s a mindset and commitment to re-energize and live out your church’s faith in your community and the world. Vitality is a passion for following Jesus—growing in faith and discipleship, embracing people beyond your church walls, working for justice and reconciliation, and serving your neighbors in need. Bethany Presbyterian has a history of being active in the community of Grants Pass. As a Matthew 25 congregation we are rededicating our commitment to being a church of action, where God’s love, justice and mercy shine forth and are contagious.
Dismantling Structural Racism
In Matthew 25 Jesus addresses the nations and focuses on “the least of these,” revealing his concern for groups of people who experience marginalization because of how others respond to their most basic needs—food, water, clothing, welcome, healing, and freedom. Harsh judgment is pronounced on those who lack compassion and fail to act justly towards people who are marginalized. Today in our country people of color are among the most marginalized communities because of racism. Studies on racism reveal people of color are disproportionately impoverished, imprisoned and denied access to economic and educational benefits enjoyed by white Americans.
Eradicating Systemic Poverty
The prophets of the Hebrew Scriptures demonstrated a clear concern for condemning and correcting unjust systems. Jesus stands firmly in this prophetic tradition when he expresses his solidarity with people who are hungry, thirsty, strangers, naked, sick, or in prison. Furthermore, in this scene of final judgment, Jesus is addressing the “big picture”—all the nations and peoples of the world; in this context he would seem to be referring not only to individual actions, but to larger social structures that affect people who are poor.