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Bethany taking trek to Helpline House on Saturday

From Pastor Paul
Good morning.  I hope you are finding places of joy and hope in these extraordinary times.   
September is the month when we usually are involved as a congregation in the Bainbridge Island CROP Walk, a time to walk together to acknowledge the problem of hunger both locally and internationally.  It is a walk to support local food agencies, like Helpline House and Fishline (Poulsbo), and also to support the work of Church World Service globally.  Each year the money raised is matched by a local donor, so it has been quite a boost to these hunger efforts.
In this unusual time, we are conducting "virtual" CROP Walks, leaving it up to each household to devise a walking plan that will help them reflect on the concerns of hunger near and far.  To enhance this, I have planned a "physically distanced walk" from Bethany to Helpline House (about one mile) this Saturday, September 19th, following our drive-in worship service, so we should begin at about 6pm. (If the smoke persists, we will most likely cancel this walk, as we cancelled worship last Saturday). The idea is to have each household walk a bit apart from others, but all with the same destination.  And, if walkers would like to carry non-perishable items to Helpline, that would be all the better.  We also hope to have produce from the Bethany garden to carry over, thanks to Mary Douglas.
Here are the items requested by Helpline House:              
Pull-top soups, cans of fruit              
Single serve items for the kid's pantry (boxes of individually wrapped granola bars, fruit cups, goldfish)              
Ready-made meals (rice-a-roni, mac and cheese, etc.)
Please know that in these complicated days I want to be careful not to invite people into any situation where they may feel uncomfortable, or to place unhealthy expectations on them.  We would love to have a good representation, but certainly understand how that may not be wise or possible for many.  Just know that you are enthusiastically invited. We will plan on taking sidewalks because we have some individuals who will benefit from that surface.
Again, I hope that you and your family are finding ways to not only cope, but thrive in this crazy time.  God bless you, and please be safe and healthy.
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Time for a CROP Walk like none other

By Chris Christensen
Why is Pastor Paul walking from NK Fishline to Helpline House?  He's supporting the Bainbridge/North Kitsap CROP Hunger Walk!
During the month of September 2020 Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap faith communities and organizations are walking virtually together in our 24th annual Bainbridge Island/North Kitsap CROP Hunger Walk. You decide your route and activity while safely social distancing. We're asking everyone who can to help Bethany Lutheran Church reach these two goals:
1) more meals for the growing number of people who need them in our community
2) more food security around the world.
Monies raised go to Helpline and NK Fishline food banks (25 percent) and to Church World Service, an international relief organization that provides hunger relief, disaster assistance, animals and training to provide both food sources and saleable products, water and sanitary projects, and education opportunities around the world.  All three organizations are meeting increased need as well as adjusting their practices during the pandemic.
Every dollar raised in the Walk will be matched up to $20,000 -- with 25 percent of all funds raised going right to our local food banks, Helpline and Fishline.  There is a rumor that Bethany has their own matching donors.  If Bethany's donors and walkers raised $2,500 and that was matched by Bethany's matching donors, Bethany would raise $5,000.  That $5000 would be matched by an anonymous donor resulting in $10,000 raised for hunger relief - $2,000 of that would go to Helpline House's food bank program.
In these uncertain times, it feels great to be part of the solution. Helping meet the growing challenge for food security in our world and right here in our community.
Inspire others by posting your walk photos or messages to our Facebook group page: Bainbridge Island/North Kitsap CROP Hunger Walk
Please donate to or join our team today to make these goals a reality.  Stay safe -- and we hope to walk together again next year!
To donate or to register as a "Walker:"
To donate, click on "Donate."
To "Join a Team" click on "Join a Team" and follow instructions.
For 'Walkers' who have registered on the CROP Hunger Walk Bainbridge Island Wa site:
Instruct your donors to:
When Walker page opens, click on "Donate" and follow the instructions.
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