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Partners in Ministry


As a church, one of the most important things we do is to love our neighbors.  Whether it is our next-door neighbor or a neighbor living on the other side of the world, Bethlehem seeks to share the love of Christ.  But we also know that we don't do it alone.  We work with several different partners in ministry who all shine Christ's light in our world.


Boardman River Clean Sweep

The BRC is a Michigan 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization that exists to keep the rivers of Northern Michigan clean.  During the spring, summer and fall months, BRC can be found paddling our rivers and cleaning up trash and debris.  And we re not confined to the Boardman...BLC volunteers have traveled the Manistee, Betsie, Jordan, and others. 



ELCA Living Water Ministries

Living Water Ministries, a shared mission of the Lower Michigan synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, provides excellent camping and retreat opportunities. Centered in God’s abundant grace and shaped by the heart and mind of Christ, this ministry occurs in environments which awaken, renew, sustain and strengthen relationships with God and each other.  



Grand Traverse Baby Pantry

The Mission of the Grand Traverse Baby Pantry is to support parents in meeting the basic needs of their youngest children by providing, at no charge, in a supportive, respectful environment: diapers, food,
clothing, and other baby items.  The Baby Pantry is stocked with gently used children's clothing, disposable diapers, baby food, and children's books. There is also a limited supply of new clothing for children up to 4T. 



Living Water International

Living Water International exists to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water, and to experience "living water"—the gospel of Jesus Christ—which alone satisfies the deepest thirst.  783 million people lack access to safe drinking water.  In response to this need, Living Water International implements participatory, community-based water solutions in developing countries. Since starting, more than 10,000 water projects (and counting!) for communities in 26 countries have been completed.



Love INC

Jesus taught His disciples to meet people at their point of need.  Love In the Name of Christ exists to love people with passion and action.  Love INC is a network of churches that links church ministries and volunteers to people in need.  Love INC is a cooperative effort between churches and community agencies to provide effective help for our neighbors in need.




Samaritas- formerly Lutheran Social Services of Michigan (LSSM) creates communities of service. Samaritas walks with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions.




SEEDS is a 501c3 nonprofit organization established to foster local solutions to global issues, bringing a holistic perspective and making connections between ecology and social justice. Since 1999 SEEDS has been fostering local solutions to global issues.  SEEDS is a collective of designers ranging from those who design educational curriculum to those who design wastewater treatment systems. We bring a holistic perspective to design challenges and help communities make durable decisions about their own future.









Working together to create a healthy community and build relationships that will last a lifetime...



...While also serving those around us and growing into more Christ-like people!

Bethlehem Lutheran Church
1050 Peninsula Drive
Traverse City, MI 49686-2799
Phone: 231.947.9880