Our Community

Bethlehem Inn

Contact: Barbara Novelli at lbnovelli@bendbroadband.com 

Location 3705 N Hwy 97, Bend, OR 97701

Our Bethlehem Inn Service project provides a meal for the homeless once a month for people staying at Bethlehem Inn.  We have taken a multi generational approach to this project using youth, children and their families and any member of our church to cook the meal and serve the meal on the first Sunday evening of each month.  


Santa Marta

Contact: Cindy Hossick at the hossicks@gmail.com

For over 10 years we have supported the Santa Marta Orphanage in Mexico.  We hold a Brunch and collect Free Will offering to send to the Orphanage to support their latest project.  This year we will be helping them build a new High School classroom. We are excited because 24 members of our Congregation will be traveling to Santa Marta to help with this building project.






Contact:  Linda Bradshaw at lindabradshaw40@gmail.com or  541-382-7182

The Layette Mission has been part of Grace First Lutheran for over forty years. The women make a crib-size quilt at our quilting sessions.  We put a layette on the quilt and fold it up to make a package. Currently, these layettes are given to first-time, at risk mothers in Deschutes County.  We shop for gently used items at thrift shops, families donate items and for the past few years we have placed a cradle near the Christmas tree for “Christ Child” gifts.





Contact:Linda Bradshaw   lindabradshaw40@gmail.com  or 541-382-7182

The quilt group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at the church.  We piece the tops at home and bring them in to back and tie. We make large 60″ X 80″ quilts for LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF and smaller crib-size quilts for giving at infant baptisms and for the layettes. All are welcome to join us from 9:30 until 2:00 on  Quilt Day. We have fabric in our closet to help you get started.



Contact:Linda Bradshaw at lindabradshaw40@gmail.com  or 541-382-7182 or  Susan Ohrt at Skay.@gmail.com or 541-306-6150

We collect school supplies  when the sales start in mid July to late August, to use in backpacks for LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF.  These backpacks along with the large quilts are blessed in mid-October and sent to Portland the last week-end in October for the Fall Ingathering of LWR projects.
The Women of Grace First (WELCA) purchase the backpacks and we invite the congregation to help us purchase the supplies. A list of supplies will be available near the entrance in July.

Family Kitchen

Time: 3rd Thursday of every month-dinner service
Contact: Roni Bjovik for more information at 541-419-7091 

Our Mission: to serve anyone who needs a nutritious meal in a safe and caring environment.
Family Kitchen is all about teamwork. THANK YOU!

We could not do the work we do without the help of our volunteers. From local companies to other non-profit organizations and churches to the general public, we have hardworking and dedicated teams who are helping us serve nearly 60,000 meals this year.Grace First Lutheran prepares and serves a dinner once a month with the help of volunteers from the congregation. Our commitment is on the third Thursday of every month. More than 100 meals are provided to the hungry.


Neighborhood Impact

Contact: Lynn Heilman, Church Administrator, at 541-382-6862 or at churchsecretary@bendbroadband.com

The first Sunday of the month we ask our members to bring an item for Neighborhood Impact in the form of a reverse offering.  These items include and are not limited to instant mashed potatoes, cereal, apple juice, ramen noodles, chili, peanut butter & jelly, pasta etc.  During November & December we collect items for the Salvation Army Christmas baskets.



Salvation Army Tree and Christmas Baskets  

Contact: Heather Cordes at heather.cordes@gmail.com

Christmas Food and Gift Giving Campaign – This is a holiday assistance program which supports several families in need with gifts and food. Families apply through the Salvation Army and folks can take an ornament off the tree that list a child’s wish list.  The church participates in a food drive and volunteers deliver 3 large boxes of food along with the gifts to families to make a holiday meal and fill their pantry.