A More Light Congregation

Bethany Presbyterian Church

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Partnering with Iglesias Braziliana of San Mateo

Through the advice of Rev. Janet Bower, Bethany's Session has become aware of the needs of Igreja Presbiteriana Brasileira (Iglesias Brasiliana), one of the churches we have been praying for. This church worships in leased space at First Presbyterian Church of San Mateo, as a New Worship Congregation (NWC).

With a congregation of approximately 140 families and 85% unemployment amongst the congregation, it has been difficult to maintain their households. There have also been new babies born and baby supplies are in short supply. Rev. Bower, on behalf of the Committee on Ministries, has asked that we partner with this church and help in any way we can.

Ongoing needs of the congregation:

• Household goods – Towels, blankets, sheets and pillow cases, kitchenware, dishes, glasses, pots and pans, silverware, etc.

• Baby clothes – Newborn to months, new or clean/used

• Diapers – Newborn to 12 months

• Food – rice, dry beans, canned goods, any non-perishable items with a shelf-life

• Toiletries – all kinds

• Target gift cards

• Checks payable to Iglesias Braziliana, in any amount. To send a check, please make your check payable to Iglesias Brasiliana and mail it to:194 W. 25th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

• Continued prayers for the congregation

Dropoffs of donated items from Bethany occur every other Friday; items can be brought to Bethany and placed in the Narthex near the coat rack or you can contact us for pickup.


There will be also be a special drive for the Christmas season.  Please contact us for more details. We will keep you informed of the progress of our new friends, the congregation of Igreja Presbiteriana Brasileira and their ongoing needs.