We are always grateful for what the All Holy One is doing through and with us here at Bethlehem House! Your prayers and support are always greatly needed and deeply appreciated.
Here's what we've been up to:
We have officially received our 501c3 status with the IRS.
Our "It Takes A Village" Project is officially underway.
We are attempting to begin a monthly Men's Prayer / Support group that will meet virtually via Zoom. Complications with scheduling have slowed this down but it is our hope to get it together this coming month.
Our weekly Meditation / Centering Prayer Group meets once a week to share the power of stillness and silence together.
The Board of Directors of Bethlehem House Ministries will convene to continue discussions about this ministry's purpose, vision and mission in October.
We are actively seeking good people who will become a part of our "It Takes a Village to Raise a Child" project and become a blessing to some special people in need. Hit us up for more information about this.
Brother Jeremiah has enrolled in a 2 year training program (which began in September of 2021) to become to become a "Spiritual Director." Spiritual Directors are dedicated to guiding people in their spiritual journey and helping them deepen their relationship with the Divine. This is a practice found in many faith traditions. Brother Jeremiah is presently in the practicum stage of the program and hopes to make this another area of Ministry at Bethlehem House. Please pray for him as he delves deeper in this new "work."
In June, Brother Jeremiah joined his Companions from the Ecumenical Order of Charity on their annual General Assembly at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Madison, Wisconsin. On Friday, June 10th, Brother Jeremiah renewed his vows once again. The Vows of Simplicity of Life, Purity of Heart, Obedience, Non-Violence and Universal Citizenship define who and what this Community is all about! Please pray for our Community as each of us continues to do our part in bringing God's love and mercy to our corners of the world via our various ministries!
During the month of July we focused on the practice of meditation. We took on the challenge of meditating for 30 consecutive days. A few folks from that crew joined our weekly group meditation on Zoom which meets every Saturday morning at 7:30 am.
Operation Compassion is our latest project at Bethlehem House during this month of September.
In November we have embarked on another 30 Day Challenge. 30 Days of Gratitude! Don't allow the day to end without naming at least 3 things we are grateful for...
Congratulations to Mr & Mrs. David Blair who were married on October 31, 2021. We wish them many many years of happiness, love and joy in their married life!
On December 5, 2021, my nephew Christopher was united in marriage to Dana Zuppo. It was an amazing wedding celebration. I was given the honor of bestowing the blessing upon the bride and groom. Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Pinero!!!
Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Jose Martinez who were married on September 25, 2021. We wish them many years of happy married love!
Drawing from the rich wellspring of the contemplative tradition and the charism of mercy, this two-year certificate program will nurture and support Brother Jeremiah along with the individuals featured above to deepen their own spirituality and discern spiritual companionship with others. This process includes a particular (but not exclusive) focus on the art of spiritual accompaniment with those on the margins of society. The curriculum is presented as a hybrid of virtual lessons and onsite retreats at Cranaleith Spiritual Center in Philadelphia, PA. This particular group will complete their program and receive their certification in June of 2023. We pray that the Spirit will guide these folks in this endeavor!
Friday, June 10, 2022:
Brother Jeremiah's Renewal of Annual Vows
Philly4Good is an extension of
BETHLEHEM HOUSE MINISTRIES
...a space where bread is broken, companionship is celebrated, gratitude and kindness are embraced, and the love and mercy of God are shared with ALL!
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