The Bethesda Auxiliary, a nationwide, 4,000-member volunteer organization, prayerfully and financially supports Bethesda Lutheran Communities in its mission to provide services that share the good news of Jesus Christ with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Beginning as the Good Shepherd Auxiliary in 1956, the Bethesda Auxiliary has been a steadfast benefactor for people with developmental disabilities. From providing household items to sponsoring a comprehensive disability ministry curriculum, the Auxiliary has offered a wide-variety of support and has been a valuable partner to Bethesda.
The Bethesda Auxiliary is expanding nationwide to provide service opportunities to people of all ages, including the ability to share their gifts, participate in their hobbies and make new friends.
Read about the Bethesda Auxiliary's seven decades of passion and commitment, as well as their plan for growth.
Members receive updates on the work of the Bethesda Auxiliary in the Shepherd’s News, published every other month and available below. You may also click on the links below to read it online.
||Back row, left to right: Theresa Winn, Pastor Bruce Rumsch, Dan Kunert, Darryl Winston and Nita Hallmann. Middle row: Karen Carter, Janet Broadus, Terry Putnam, Nancy Hall and Nancy Kunert. Front row: Grace Wegener, Joyce Schultz and Gail Nicolaus.
||Left to right: Gail Johnson, Colleen Schafer, Marilyn Kramer, Nita Hallmann, Kay Rosch, Terry Putnam and Nancy Hall.
Annual donation of $5 or more is suggested for membership. Make checks payable to “Bethesda Auxiliary.” Include check with name, address, church, email and phone number.
Mail to: Bethesda Auxiliary
Attn. Nancy Hall
2337 Winged Foot Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
The Executive Committee meets in March and again in September during the annual goveringing board meeting. The Units meet quarterly throughout the year.
Cross Road Journey
The Bethesda Institute is deeply grateful for the partnership of the Bethesda Auxiliary whose generosity made the development of Cross Road Journey (CRJ) a reality. There are currently five CRJ curriculums. Each curriculum consists of 18 courses, each containing 6 lessons. In each course, the teacher is provided with a lesson-by-lesson course summary, course objectives, Bible background, a basic lesson outline and a list of additional resources.
Click here to find out more.
The Bethesda Auxiliary is funding camperships to help cut costs for youth volunteering at any of Bethesda’s five camp ministries. These youth volunteers partner with people with developmental disabilities and enjoy faith formation, fun and fellowship in the great outdoors.
Click to learn more about Bethesda Camp Ministry.
Share this camp scholarship application form with youth leaders and volunteers who may be interested in experiencing Bethesda retreat ministry.
Volunteers play a vital role in the success of the services Bethesda provides with people with developmental disabilities. Over 2,000 volunteers donated over 230,000 hours of time to Bethesda last year.There are many ways to volunteer at Bethesda. These vary by location but some possibilities are:
- Regular visits at a home for fellowship or devotions
- Conduct Bible class
- Assist at church
- Offer a ride
- Help with activities
- Assist around the home with upkeep.
- Help at one of our offices
- Be a friend
- Write a letter
Click here to find an opportunity near you!
Contact Our Executive Committee