Our Partners in Ministry
Bethany Presbyterian Church is committed to being a good neighbor, contributing to the membership of and offering support to a number of community service organizations in South Sacramento. We also serve as board and steering committee for two New Worshiping Communities associated with the PCUSA's 1001 New Worshiping Community Initiative.
Good Neighbor Team - Refugee & Immigrant Resources
Interested about learning more of the refugee crisis in our world and what you can do about it? Bethany has heard the call of the most vulnerable and has committed to support refugees settling in the Sacramento area by joining hands with World Relief, a well-established non-profit organization in Sacramento, dedicated to empowering local churches to serve refugees.
Bethany will be actively helping families settle in Sacramento by reaching out in friendship and God’s love. Currently, many of the families arriving are from Afghanistan under the Special Immigrant Visa Program. At least one person in each family has worked for the US Armed Forces, and as a result has experienced serious threats to the family’s safety. Bethany has committed to walk alongside a newly arrived refugee family for a six-month period. Our goal is to offer each refugee in the family a warm welcome, support and friendship as they settle into our community. Volunteer training will be provided.
Whether you want to simply understand more of the world refugee situation today, or would like to actively volunteer, donating needed supplies, driving family members to appointments or visiting the family from time to time, Bethany relies on your support!
A Storytelling Ministry
The Gathering is a growing community of people in the Sacramento, California, area who come together to hear personal stories from ordinary people. Our major storytelling events occur quarterly and involve four storytellers for an evening of stories and music. Each event is based on a theme with each story being about ten minutes reflecting the theme for the evening. We began in April 2013. Learn more at sacgathering.org.
South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership (SSIP)
Bethany is a founding member of SSIP the home of the SSIP Food Closet, which serves families and individuals in need through the distribution of donated and purchased food. You can learn more about the SSIP Food Closet on their website.
Southeast Asian Assistance Center (S.A.A.C)
Bethany serves as headquarters for Sacramento’s Southeast Asian Assistance Center. The nonprofit center provides assisted access to mental health services, drug abuse prevention and education, and social services and crisis intervention to Vietnamese, Lao, Mienh, Hmong, Chinese, Cambodian, Russian, Ukranian, Bosnian, Croation, Herzegovinian, and Serbian immigrants. For information about services, phone (916) 421-1036 or e-mail.
Ruth's Garden - ESL Ministry
ESL classes offered to residents of Sacramento as an expression of the PCUSA's 1001 New Worshiping Community Initiative. You can find more information about Ruth's Garden here.