Bethesda News

Counting Our Blessings

November 2021 Appeal

Largely unseen and yet crucial to this House of Mercy called Bethesda Mission is our beloved Board of Directors. These followers of Jesus Christ are collectively equipped to provide oversight, discernment, and advisement to the Mission, and they do it well. In addition, these leaders show excellence in management, accountability, operations, strategy, and organization. The best organizations are supported by committed, wise board members who complement and support the others’ roles and strengths. Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission. Our Board of Directors is committed to:

People – Ensuring that the example of Christ is reflected through the Board, staff, and volunteers to all
While we offer many services to our guests to help them live a better life, our foundation has always been
and continues to be – offer the opportunity to find a loving God and personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Vision – Developing and reinforcing the overall vision and strategies to create enthusiasm and direction
for the Mission. The Board provides ongoing support and the effective
implementation of programs serving men, women, and children.

Protection – Demonstrating fiduciary responsibility and ensuring
that facilities, finances and personnel of the Mission work in
accordance with sound, ethical practice. In addition, the board
ensures that legal governance and financial management policies
comply with the high standards set forth for nonprofit organizations.

Reflections from our Board on the impact of this House of Mercy for our guests and their lives:

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the
will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
I am thankful for the work of Christ that is an everyday occurrence at the mission.
Jim Hoffman, Owner, Hoffman Training

When I consider Bethesda, and the hope for our guests, I think of my life verse;
Jeremiah 29:11-14.
“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for
evil, to give you a future and a hope. You will find me when you seek me, if you look for me
in earnest. Yes, says the Lord, I will be found by you, and I will end your slavery and restore
your fortunes.”
Joyce Crossett, Retired Realtor, Rental Property Owner

1 Chronicles 16:34
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures
I am grateful for Bethesda Mission’s legacy of sharing God’s enduring love
through the years and now in more ways with more of His children.
Margaret Serafin, Sr. HR Director, The Hershey Company

Psalm 69:30
“I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with
As board treasurer and as a musician, the Lord continues to remind me about
how faithful he is. Over the past 3 years we have asked God for what we thought
was impossible. Well, with God all things are possible. God has provided
significantly and abundantly over anything we could have asked or thought.
Therefore, I will praise Him and continue to magnify him with a song!
Blaise Pepitone, Energy Consultant, Amerex Energy Service

Psalm 100:4-5
I am very thankful to be part of Bethesda Mission. I see so many people’s lives
changed by the power of God and what Jesus accomplished on the cross. This
passage is a message to our guests that when we are thankful and praise Him that His
loves endures forever, and His faithfulness endures to all generations. The step they
take today will impact future generations.”
Jim Tatnall, Sr. Vice President, Fulton Banking

Psalm 107:15 (TPT)
“So lift your hands and give thanks to God for his marvelous kindness and for his
miracles of mercy for those he loves!”
My first memories at this House of Mercy was playing worship songs for the
men in the 70’s! Now I find myself back at Bethesda after all these years teaching
recovery principles to the men, playing worship songs on the piano in chapel
services and serving on the Mission’s board.
Every time I attend chapel at Bethesda, as the verse says, “miracles of mercy”
occur. I am thankful to see men surrender their lives to Jesus taking one day at
a time as they meet with their life coaches, attend classes and chapel three times
a day. I am also thankful that donors like you are “the hands” of Jesus who bring
hope where there is despair, salvation and mercy to those who are lost.
Billy Wray, Owner Billy Wray Music Shop

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is
the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
I am thankful for the opportunity to serve on the Board of Bethesda Mission. The
guests and staff at the Mission inspire me to live these verses as they exemplify
these actions and attitudes in their lives each day!
James Krimmel, CPA, Partner Hamilton & Musser

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the
will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
All of us who Love Jesus and our Father God have faced our share of challenging
circumstances, but through Grace and the sanctification process, have learned to
embrace this scripture, Rejoice/Pray/Be thankful always! But it never hurts for any
of us to be reminded of our need to do this, whether we be guests at The Mission or
mature believers. Amen! Kevin Lutz, General Manager, Higher Information Group

Psalm 28:7: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and
I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him!” This Thanksgiving Season I am profoundly grateful to be a part of the Bethesda family. Recently in a Bible Study at the Men’s Shelter it was thrilling to see how
the simple truth of God’s forgiveness impacted some of the guests. They were in
awe and grateful for God’s grace and forgiveness. That experience reminds me of this Psalm.
Indeed, seeing changed and transformed lives through the impact of the Word of
God moves me to deep gratitude for the love of God and the kingdom impact of
Bethesda Mission.
Stan Smith, Retired: Executive Director of Baptist Convention of Penn – S.J.

Luke 6:36-37 states,
“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you
will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
As the bible says in James 2:13,
“Mercy triumphs over judgment”, and by God’s grace, this epitomizes the work of Bethesda Mission among the
hundreds of men, women, and children served every year by this House of Mercy.
Keith Bashore, Attorney, PA Dep’t of State

2 Corinthians 12:10
“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in
persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
I heard a young man who had lost his mother to cancer reflect on how he heard
her thank God for the deadly disease. I was reminded of Paul’s verse and the fact
that when we are at our most broken and weak, God is magnified in the way He
should be. I am thankful that as I break down, He raises up. And I rejoice that those
connected with Bethesda Mission in any way, shape, or form, manifest this glory
every single day. And a board member and supporter, I get to live this truth with
them in a transformational way.
Tracey Jones, President of Tremendous Leadership

Colossians 2:6-7
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted
and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing
with thankfulness.”
I am proud and honored to be blessed with serving on the Board of Bethesda
Mission, giving opportunities for hurting men, women and kids to find real hope.
Bill Peterson, President/CEO, Center for Community Building

Psalm 136:1
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.”
I want to express my thankfulness to the Lord, who in His mercy, has his eye on
the poor in sprit. His love for the world and the people He created is eternal, vast
and unchanging. He invites us to participate in His plan of redemption though a
clear presentation of the Gospel in word and deed. In one voice we say” Blessed be
the name of the Lord.” Andrew H. Groop, Director, Hospital Projects, Cure International

Just as our Board reflects on being thankful for God’s guidance and provision, we are so thankful for the
willingness of our donors to partner with us in reaching these hurting people, giving them the wonderful
opportunity to experience life recovery in Christ. Thanksgiving is a very difficult time for our guests, as all holidays are, as they are reminded of not being with family or friends. These words of encouragement from our Board of Directors will be shared with our guests
during the month of November, to lift their spirits, to know that each Board member cares deeply and prays persistently that they would experience life transformation as they surrender their lives to the creator of the universe and Savior of the world.

As you experience this Thanksgiving season, may you be encouraged to know that this House of Mercy treasures
your faithful partnership.
Scott Dunwoody,
Executive Director

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