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Bethel Church hosts first Mission Marketplace to encourage community involvement

LANSING, Ill. (March 3, 2024) – Dozens of church members filed into the fellowship hall at Bethel Church an hour before the Sunday service on March 3. A table of refreshments may have been the initial attraction, but congregants were quick to take their coffee and sweetbreads around the perimeter of the room, where 10 community organizations were stationed at tables, forming a “Mission Marketplace.”

The purpose of the Mission Marketplace was to introduce Bethel church members to existing opportunities to make a difference in the community. The Marketplace included:

Julie Ipema (left) and Shari Krajewski shared information about Sheltered 91, an organization that helps provide healing and resources for victims of human trafficking. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Representatives from the Roseland Christian Ministries Thrift Store let marketplace shoppers know about the volunteer opportunities available. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Representatives from Bible League International shared information about their mission to provide Bibles and training to churches around the world. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

The Mission Marketplace was in session for an hour before Bethel’s regular 10 a.m. Sunday service, and the fellowship hall remained active throughout that time.

The mission team who organized the Mission Marketplace expressed appreciation for the turnout and for the community organizations who participated.

Bethel Church is located at 3500 Glenwood-Lansing Road in Lansing, Illinois.

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.