Opportunities to Serve Our Community

Serving others is a great way to grow in your relationship with Jesus. We celebrate the good works of God’s people in our Bethel Church family and in our community.

Over the years we’ve enjoyed partnering with the following organizations through prayer, financial support, communication, volunteering, and sharing space. Our partnerships are prioritized based on effective ministry in areas of evangelism, cross-cultural outreach, and connections to Bethel Church or the EFCA.

Pray and Observe

Ask God to help you see the opportunities to serve in Jesus’ name in your realm of influence. Look for opportunities to serve someone in your neighborhood (raking leaves, shoveling a driveway, etc). Listen for a co-worker or neighbor who may be in need and then seek to meet that need. Consider surprising someone with a generous gift, “just because.” All of these can be significant expressions of God’s love through you.

Upward Sports

Established in 1995, Upward Sports is the world’s largest Christian youth sports provider. We love seeing young people experience sports in an uplifting environment where they can learn about Jesus. Learn more about the ministry and how you can serve or contact Glenn Heinsch.

Red River Youth for Christ

YFC depends on the involvement of caring adults to accomplish their mission—to reach local teens with the message that God loves them and has a plan for their lives. They need volunteers who will serve directly with students, intercessors, financial partners, peach help, event planning, and help in the office. Wherever your gifts and talents lie, you can make an eternal difference in a young person’s life. Call 701.237.6682 to get involved.

The New Life Center

The New Life Center helps guests discover value and find hope. Volunteers are welcome and opportunities include: preparing and/or serving meals; Thrift store sorting and organizing; preparing kits for men who move into their own housing, and service projects e.g. gardening, landscape & painting, etc. Call 701.235.4453 or visit the New Life Center website to get involved.

Child Evangelism Fellowship            

Let your light shine by guiding children to Jesus! Child Evangelism Fellowship is looking for children’s Bible teachers to teach their after-school Good News Clubs. Good News Clubs meet one day a week from approximately 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.. Training provided. Assistants are also needed to help with the clubs. Summer opportunities to host/teach a 5 Day Club or work with a day camp are also available.  For more information, please contact Doug Sikkink at 701.200.4865 or office@ceffm.org or www.ceffm.org

FM CRU & Bridges

Bethel Church is proud to partner with CRU in our region to reach college students with the good news of Jesus. With small groups on the campus of NDSU, Concordia, M-State, MSUM, and NDSCS, the local CRU ministry is thriving. Learn more about how you can get involved and support this work at fmcru.com. Reach out to Pastor Jonas if you would have any interest in meeting international students and helping them feel welcome in our community.

Cooperstown Bible CampCooperstown Bible Camp Logo

Cooperstown Bible Camp (CBC) is a significant ministry within the Northern Plains District of the EFCA. CBC is looking for volunteers to help with plumbing, electrical, and carpentry to help remodel a staff house on the campgrounds. They also need help chopping and splitting firewood for the winter. To learn more or get involved visit their website or call Adam at 701.797.2174.

Elim Care Center

ELIM Fargo LogoBe a friend through one-on-one visits, by reading or walking with a resident, provide special music, or help with activities. They also need helpers with the flowers in the summer or organizing holiday parties. Contact Josh Deutsch at 701.271.1815.

Women’s Care CenterWomen's Care Center Logo

Women’s Care Center is a faith-based non-profit center helping pregnant women from our communities choose life for their babies, have healthier pregnancies, become better parents, and take the first steps to self-sufficiency. For more information on how you can help call Angela at 701-532-1928 or email angela@wccnd.com.

Foster Care

The need for foster care in our region is significant and growing. Please pray for those caring for these little ones created in the image of God. Please also pray about and consider how you might provide a long-term or temporary emergency home for children in transition. In our region, the Red River Foster & Adopt Coalition website is a great place to start.

Great Plains Food Bank

There are a variety of opportunities to choose from at the Great Plains Food Bank from repacking food and clothing, to assisting with clerical duties, to helping with a special event. There is a project that will accommodate everyone’s time available and ability with advance planning. For questions regarding volunteer opportunities please email Caroline McGuire, Volunteer Coordinator, or call 701.232.6219.

Oak Grove – Host an International Student

Each year, as many as 40 students from around the world come to Fargo’s Oak Grove Lutheran School to continue their education and all of them need a host family. If you have extra love in your heart and an extra room in your home, consider this 9-month opportunity to experience cross-cultural ministry in your home. It is a privilege to encourage Bethel families to pray about hosting an exchange student in their home. For more information, contact Oak Grove at 701.237.0210.

Jail Chaplains

Jail Chaplains offer a ministry of presence and support to law enforcement, along with an effective caring ministry to inmates and returning citizens. You can be involved by praying for this community outreach ministry. There are also opportunities for leading small group studies and/mentoring individuals. Visit their website or email Gerri Leach or call 701.364.0067 for more information.

The Perry Center

The Perry Center ministers to single women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy by providing for their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs in a residential setting. They have many opportunities for volunteer work ranging from mowing the lawn and removing the snow, to cooking supper and spending time with residents. Fill out an application found online or call Rachel at 701.241.9289.

Salvation Army

Whether you have a specific talent to offer or simply an hour of your time, The Salvation Army is the place to turn your passion into action. Opportunities may include but are not limited to, ringing a bell during the holidays, serving a community meal, train to be an emergency disaster services volunteer, or serve during a seasonal program like Coats for Kids & Families, Mobile Outreach Meals, Cuts for Kids, Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Boxes, National Donut Day, or Giving Hearts Day. Contact the volunteer coordinator at 701.345.2688 or sign up online.

YWCA

Volunteering at the YWCA Cass Clay can be anything from a one-time event to an ongoing regular project to everything in-between, and can involve just one person or entire groups or families. For detailed information on volunteer positions and group ideas, visit the volunteer page on their website. For more information about volunteer opportunities call the Volunteer and Donations Coordinator at 701.232.3449.

Fellowship of Christian AthletesFCA logo

The ND Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) exists to see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes. Through coaches’ Bible studies, student small groups, and sporting events, the FCA is making an impact in our region. Contact Nate Safe at 701.866.5569 for more information or send him an email at natesafe@fca.org

AWANA

We are blessed by the ministry of Arlyn and Marcy Nies of AWANA International and excited to support them in their efforts to grow AWANA in our region and around the world. To find out how you can partner with Arlyn and Marcy, give them a call at 701.799.5280 or send an email to arlynn@awana.org

Gideons International

The Gideons are serious about distributing the Bible to people all over the world. Local Gideons are an active part of our church and involved in our community. Generally, Christian businessmen and professional men age 21 and older, or retired businessmen and professional men, who adhere to the core spiritual beliefs held by The Gideons International are eligible to join. To date, they have sent 2 billion Scriptures in more than 95 languages to 200 countries. To learn more about joining, email tgi@gideons.org.

PULSE

The evangelism efforts of Nick Hall began at NDSU and many at Bethel Church were involved in the early years of getting Pulse started. Today, the Pulse team is partnering around the USA and around the world to reach the next generation with the good news of Jesus. Involvement with Pulse often looks like prayer, financial support, and helping with events.

InterVarsity

InterVarsity is a ministry to college students active on local campuses. We are excited to support the work of InterVarsity in our area among undergraduate, graduate, greek, and international students.

Park Christian School

For over 40 years, Bethel Church has partnered as a member church with parents, students, and Park Christian School (PCS) to provide a Christ-centered, K-12, education, equipping students to think biblically, live wisely, and serve faithfully. There are many ways to serve at the school and prayer groups to join. Call 218.236.0500 to find out how you can get involved.

Master’s Heart Ministries

Master’s Heart Ministries exists to bring hope to impoverished communities through clean water initiatives, training in income-generating skills, orphan care, teaching English, improved farming techniques, medical outreach, and evangelism. Local and lay-led, we have enjoyed working with MHM through our Advent in Action campaigns, Summer Hope efforts, and more.

Need more ideas?

In addition to these key partners, we’ve had positive experiences with Dorothy Day House, Emergency Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity, and First Link.