Social Ministry

….to live out our faith, active in love; to care, share, help, and serve those in need around us; to bear witness to our faith as a response to God’s love by proclaiming God’s Word through our deeds.

The following ministries are ways in which we respond to God’s love by serving others:

  • the preparation of the noon meal at New Bethany Ministies (3rd Thursday of the month)
  • the preparation of the Sunday evening meal at Victory House (1st Sunday – every other month)
  • sponsorship of Easter baskets for weekend residents of the Children’s Home of Easton
  • donation of health care items for the yearly Christmas ingathering
  • participation in the Bethlehem area CROP walk for hunger
  • donations of non-perishable foods for St. Matthew’s Food Bank and Harvest Sunday in October
  • knitted mittens, scarves, and hats to clients of local social service agencies
  • prayer shawl ministry– knitted/crocheted shawls accompanied by prayer and meditations for individuals who need the blessing of God’s presence and love during their illness, their sorrows, joys and celebrations.
  • Blood Drive – 3 times per year.
  • Special offerings to support local and global ministries
  • participation in the ELCA Malaria program (see video below)
  • participation in the ELCA World Hunger Appeal (see video below)

Please call the church office for additional information on any of our activities listed above.  Or, if you have a particular interest, please let us know.

ELCA World Hunger Appeal

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Opportunities to serve

See monthly calendar for dates.

Food Drive to Restock Emergency Pantry

Donations of nonperishable food items are needed to restock a small emergency food pantry, created last year through a Thrivent Action Team. It is housed at St. Peter and is available for members and non-members who find themselves with “too much month at the end of the money.” Donations will be received throughout the month of August and may be put in marked containers at both Light of Christ and St. Peter.
Food items needed are: cans of tuna, chicken, and ham; peanut butter, chunky soups, rice, pasta, ramen noodles, breakfast cereal, canned vegetables, spaghetti sauce, canned or dried beans, canned fruits, fruit juice (100 % juice) and canned milk.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink… [Jesus said], Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. Matt. 25:35 & 40

Calvary Food Pantry 

United Proclamation of the Gospel participates in the Calvary Food Pantry  at 111 Dewberry Ave., Bethlehem, PA 18017.
This is a very important ministry to persons who do not have enough to eat. Please call the church office if you can help at the pantry or donate some food.

Food Pantry Sunday

The UPG celebrates Food Pantry Sunday on a designated weekend each month.  The food collected goes to several food pantries in our area. In January, Food Pantry Sunday will be on January 13 in support of Northeast Ministries.  They would like us to collect pancake mix, oatmeal (any kind), juice and cereal.

Please bring your food items with you on Saturday or Sunday.  Thank you for helping our neighbors in need.


Prayer Shawls

Crop Walk

Crop Walk

Blood Drive

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9:00 AM on Light of Christ Campus

Join us for a time of quilt making, blanket making, and various other ministries that assist not only our community of faith but the people who live among us in our communities! The Light of Christ Christian Service is filled with good will, wonderful fellowship, and an incredible love of sharing our abundance with others! We gather together each Wednesday morning in the Light of Christ Fellowship Hall, please come out and join us!


More Service Ops

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Last year, Christ UCC on Market and Center opened its doors as the official Bethlehem Emergency Shelter (BES) for men and women. This winter, the UPG will help at the Shelter on these dates: January 15, February 5 and March 5.

Volunteers are needed on these four dates to:
1. Greet guests and register them as they arrive. 4:30 – 7:15 pm and/or 7:15 – 10:00 pm
2. Provide an entree for the dinner meal. You can bring food to cook at BES or prepare an item at home to drop off by 4:30 pm
3. Provide a side dish and/or dessert for the dinner meal
4. Help cook dinner, serve food and clean up. 4:30 – 7:30 pm
5. Provide breakfast food (drop off by 8:00 pm)
6. Prepare and serve breakfast and clean up. 5:00 am – 7:30 am
7. One male and one female chaperone to spend the night. Bed is provided, bring your own pillow and sheets. 9:00 pm – 6:00 am A paid BES monitor is also present.

Suggestions for food items to bring (servings for 10 please):
Dinner: casseroles, sloppy joes, stews, soups, lasagna, frozen/fresh vegetables, potatoes, perogies, salads (BES provides salad dressings), rolls, desserts
Breakfast: egg or French toast casserole, sausages, eggs, fresh fruit, muffins, bagels, cereals (BES provides milk and juice)

Please contact Michel Lloyd if you can help, or with any questions.
The shelter guests are very grateful for a warm place to stay & for the warm welcome provided. Contact Michel at: or 484-695-3921