Este Sábado: Entrega de Productos de Protección Personal

Este sábado 22 de agosto de 8am a 1pm estaremos distribuyendo en Beth-El Farmworker Ministry productos de protección personal con el fin de ayudar a minimizar el contagio de Covid-19.

El kit incluye una variedad de productos de higiene y protección personal, mascaras, guantes, productos femeninos, detergentes, entre otros.  

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100 Wimauma Youth Camp at Home with Cedarkirk

100 Wimauma Youth Camp at Home with Cedarkirk

What happens when the traditional camp experience is cancelled due to Covid-19? Great minds, hearts, and the Spirit convene to ensure children and youth have access to a Christian formation tool that is both fun, contextual, and life changing.  Thanks to a grant by our friends at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church in collaboration with Cedarkirk´s Camp at Home program, we were able to bring the Christian camp experience to 100 children and youth in Wimauma.

The team at Beth-El was in the midst of creating a faith formation event for small groups, instead of the traditional Vacation Bible School, when the cases of Covid19 started to peak in Hillsborough County.  It became evident that a couple of hours of face to face fun were not worth the risk of exposing our children and youth, volunteers, and staff.  A phone call from our friends at Cedarkirk revealed the opportunity to bring camp at home activity boxes in Spanish and English to 100 children and youth in Wimauma.

Our team reached out to children and youth who registered to go to Cedarkirk Camp this year, church families, and families with children in the community. On Wednesday, July 22 the children and youth received their camp at home boxes.  Some were distributed in a drive-thru model at Beth-El and others were delivered to their homes.

Just in case you were wondering what´s in the box:

Soon after the distribution, we started receiving notes of appreciation for the sweet surprise (Cedarkirk’s Cookies included), the opportunity to explore faith, and much needed recreation through creativity.

 

We also thank all our friends and partners who generously donated to send children to camp this summer. Your gifts will be used in the future to send more children to summer camp. And to all who contributed to bring joy to the children in our community, thanks for helping us put together what we called Bags of Joy. An activity bag to bring fun to the children in our community.

Our friend Cynthia Duncan donated snack bags with treats. Emma Donofry and Leslie Atkins crafted child size face masks. Junie Miller from Peace Church donated canvas bags to hold the items. Jean Harrison from Campaign Against Human Trafficking crafted and donated fun pieces of jewelry and children’s books. First Presbyterian Church Seffner also donated children’s books.  And many more joined this effort to put together 60 bags with coloring books, bubbles, crayons, and other items, that went to families with children under the age of 5. 

 As this summer ends, while mourn the ways in which we had to surrender great traditions as that as going to camp and VBS, we recognize that God shows us the creative, meaningful, and powerful ways in which we can connect our faith with the work of mercy and justice. Thanks be to God!

PRAYER

Light of the World, we give you thanks for showing us the way of mercy, compassion, and humility.  That we are able to perceive your dream for Your people in the midst of times that feel so different.  Yet your grace abounds and pours out to bring joy to our hearts through simple acts of kindness that reflect your love.  Continue to call us to climb these mountains, that we at the mountain top may give you always all the glory!  In Jesus name, Amen.

A Story From One of Our Step Up for Success Students

Beth-El’s Step Up for Success Scholar Stays Inspired Despite the Challenges

July 2020

“let your light shine before others, 

so that they may see your good works 

and give glory to your Father in heaven.” 

Mark 5:16

Graduations mark the extraordinary achievements of students, their families, and the community. We look forward to celebrating and sharing the inspiring positive energy of what the future may hold. COVID-19 has put a halt in those celebrations. Despite those challenges, we look for creative ways to celebrate graduates and surround them with support as they move on to the next chapters of their lives.  

Below, Beth-El’s Step Up for Success Scholar Larissa Saldana, Lennard High School Graduate, who also made the Dean´s List at Hillsborough Community College Dual Enrollment Program, sums up her experience, shares the gems of knowledge she picked up along the way, and her vision of a way forward into her future. 

“I learned a lot about myself. I have learned that change is a good thing and to not be afraid of it. In my junior year, I decided to leave high school early for college. It was a big step, but in the end, it was the best thing I could have done for myself. I explored new things and met new people.  

In those four years, I learned to appreciate everyone and be thankful for the people who became part of my journey in giving me a hand. In the beginning, my family was the only one that was there for me. Along my journey, I have met a lot of people.  People whom I love and appreciate because they do what they can to help me. 

Cutting myself short was an issue I had at the beginning of my year. I had big dreams but underestimated myself by doubting if I could reach them. I would be the first in my family to go to college. I worried about how I would pay for college and often stressed over the little things. It wasn’t until I went into the Step Up for Success program that I started to believe that my dreams would be possible. While in the program, I learned to not cut myself short, despite what life throws at me or the circumstances. These things should not hold me back, but instead, motivate me to push forward. I learned that it takes dedication to get where I want to be. I worked very hard in high school and in college because I wanted to make sure I could provide for my parents in the future. My parents worked in the sun for many years. I want to be successful enough to make sure that their sacrifices were not for nothing; to make sure I can give them what they gave me. I could never amount to what they have sacrificed for their children, but if I could give back a portion of what they gave me or the world, I would be a happy person. I learned to not take things for granted and do what you want to do. My senior year was cut short due to the pandemic, there were a lot of events I held off until my senior year. This year made me realize to seize the opportunity, life is short, appreciate every moment life has to give. 

Everything is out in the open when I think about the future. Anything could be possible, and my plans can change. I will work hard enough to work in a job that makes me happy, whether that is Nursing or another career that I haven’t planned. If my work makes me happy, then I am sure that my life is successful. The only thing I wish for my future self is to have a job that makes me feel like I am making a difference in someone’s life.”

PRAYER

Our God, we ask and implore you for these graduates. We give thanks for your light that shines from within them. Guide them to walk in your grace in the new stage that they are about to face with enthusiasm and hope. We offer our prayers for a life of victory, success, and prosperity. We pray that you will help them make the best decisions with intelligence, self-esteem, and consistent attitudes. That they always choose the path of honesty and integrity-that their hearts and minds are one with yours: open to all your plans, your purposes, and your values, according to your will. We ask all of this, Lord, as you taught us, in the name of your son Jesus, Amen. 

  The Prayer for Graduates above is an excerpt, translated and adapted from a liturgical prayer based on John 14: 13-14, John 16: 23-24, written in Spanish by Rev. Tamara Leonard Lara, pastor at Nuevo Camino at Beth-El.  The worshipping community at Nuevo Camino prayed the original piece at the drive by graduation celebration on June 7.

Covid-19 Wish List Items

Thank you First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota for the the Publix gift card, cash, and 2 pallets filled with groceries listed on our COVID-19 wish list collected at your Fill the Bus event!

PLAN DE SALUD PARA BETH-EL FARMWORKER MINISTRY

3/16/2020

Estimado/a amigo/a de Beth-El,

Oramos para que este sano y seguro duante la pandemia de coronavirus. Nuestro objetivo es continuar distribuyendo alimentos a las familias que sufren de inseguridad alimentaria en nuestra comunidad. Puede ayudarnos hoy con su generosa donación para que podamos mantener nuestra despensa abastecida.

Tenga en cuenta que hemos realizado algunos cambios en nuestras operaciones para dar cabida a ambos: servir a la comunidad y mantener a todos seguros.

DISTRIBUCIÓN DE ALIMENTOS – martes, comienza a las 8 a.m.

Distribuiremos bolsas de comida al aire libre desde las 8 am mientras duren los suministros.  Los clientes mayores de 60 años tendrán prioridad.

TIENDITA MODA Y HOGAR

Ambos Tienditas estarán cerradas hasta nuevo aviso.

EDIFICIO PRINCIPAL – ACCESO LIMITADO AL PÚBLICO

Llámenos al 813-633-1548 antes de venir, si usted:

– necesita una bolsa de comida de emergencia

– están confinados en su hogar, aislados, o en cuarentena

– sabe de alguien que no tiene acceso a la comida

 VOLUNTARIOS – DESPENSA DE ALIMENTOS SOLAMENTE

Como muchos de nuestros voluntarios están tomando medidas para mantenerse saludables, estamos experimentando una escasez de ayuda. Alentamos a su grupo de jóvenes a servir como voluntarios para empacar comestibles durante las vacaciones de primavera. Sin embargo, queremos saber con anticipación si está planeando venir a la misión para estar preparados para recibirlo. Por favor llame al 813-633-1548 x. 228 para programar su visita. No estamos programando voluntarios para Tienditas y clasificanción ropa.

DONACIONES DE COMIDA Y CONTRIBUCIONES FINANCIERAS SOLAMENTE

Hasta nuevo aviso, NO recibiremos ni recogeremos donaciones de ropa, ni artículos para el hogar.

CLÍNICA DENTAL – CERRADA HASTA NUEVO AVISO

La Paz sea con todos,

Teresita Matos-Post

Directora Ejecutiva

HEALTH UPDATE FOR BETH-EL FARMWORKER MINISTRY

3/16/2020

Dear Friend of Beth-El,

We pray that you are taking all the necessary precautions to stay healthy and safe in lieu of the Coronavirus pandemic.  We are doing all we can as well. Our goal is to continue to distribute food to families who suffer from food insecurity in our community.  You can help us today with your generous donation so that we can maintain our pantry stocked.

Please note that we have made some changes to our operations to accommodate both: serving the community and keeping everyone safe. 

FOOD DISTRIBUTION – Tuesday, Starts at 8am

We will be distributing grocery bags outdoors from 8am until supplies last. Clients over the age of 60 will have priority.

TIENDITA FASHION & HOME

Both Tienditas will be closed until further notice.

MAIN BUILDING – LIMITED TO NO ACCESS TO THE PUBLIC

Call us at 813-633-1548 before coming, if you

  • need to pick-up an emergency food bag 
  • are homebound, isolated, quarantined
  • know of anyone does not have access to food

VOLUNTEERS – FOOD PANTRY ONLY

As many of our volunteers are taking measures to stay healthy we are experiencing a shortage of help.  We encourage your youth group to consider volunteering to bag groceries during spring break.  However, we want to know ahead of time if you are planning to come to the mission so that we are prepared to receive you.  Please call 813-633-1548 x. 228 to schedule your visit.  We are not scheduling volunteers for the Tienditas and sorting clothes.

 FOOD DONATIONS & FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS ONLY

We will NOT be receiving or picking up donations of clothing and household items until further notice.

DENTAL CLINIC – WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Peace Be with You,

Teresita Matos-Post

Executive Director

Honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

In honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, the youth group and missions team from Peace Presbyterian Church in Bradenton, FL spent Jan. 20 packing meals, sorting food items, stocking La Tiendita, and learning more about Beth-El’s mission and work for justice. We are so thankful for their service and support!

Free Dental Clinic Jan 11, 2020

Our Free Dental Clinic opened Jan. 11 with a team of 3 dentists, hygienists, and many volunteers who helped bring relief to 16 of our friends.

In Collaboration with Gulf Coast Legal Services

January 9 Beth-El collaborated with our partners at Gulf Coast Legal Service to distribute food, medicine, blankets, personal care kits, and other items to more than 80 farmworkers at a neighboring farm. During the visit, farmworkers also learned about the services Gulf Coast Legal offers.

Beth-El Staff Team

The staff team at Beth-El is engaging in a weekly team development enrichment process that includes spiritual reflection, prayer, team building exercises, and collaboration. Together they have identified opportunities and challenges the mission at Beth-El encounters, our collective best practices for effectivity and resource stewardship, and a conflict resolution plan and covenant. Just this week, the team started a dreaming process listing their personal and professional vision for the mission in the next 10 years.