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March 30, 2015

Bethlehem United Methodist Church has announced the “Now is the Time, We are the People” capital campaign to raise funds for the expansion of its building and ministry in Dallastown.

The 180-year-old church envisions bringing its two traditional services and one contemporary service together under one expanded roof. The traditional services currently take place in the main building at 109 E. Main Street in Dallastown, while the contemporary service is held across the street at Trinity Life Center.

 
 
 
In addition to providing new worship space for the contemporary service, Bethlehem’s expansion would: support a wide variety of community functions, including sports programs, concerts, theater productions, child care and senior center activities; provide enlarged space for education, meals and fellowship; feature a café/coffeehouse; and include an enlarged library and more space for the church’s growing preschool program.
 
“We recognize that as a congregation with a span of ministry of almost two centuries that we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before,” said the Rev. Roger Mentzer of Bethlehem. “They gave of themselves in worship and sacrifice to provide sacred space so that others might come to know Jesus Christ; people they would never know and children they would never see.
 
“During the history of this church, we have seen the generations build about every 50 years in order to keep the ministry relevant. As we follow God’s lead, with the eyes of faith, we will see a vision of what is possible as we seek to communicate the gospel more effectively in our ministry area. It is our turn to give ourselves away in taking on this important project. The vision has been given to us.”  
 

The “Now is the Time, We are the People  campaign was announced in March after a master plan was developed by Bethlehem’s Steering Committee after a year and a half of study. The campaign will continue through June, when church membership commits itself to gifts over a three-year period.

 

The campaign chairpersons are David and Ann Morton, Dave Bowersox, Kevin and Pam Marquet and the Rev. Carl Rife.
 

For more information on the project or contributing, contact the Bethlehem office at 717-244-1486 or bethdtown@comcast.net.