Among the residential areas of Roxborough, on the corner of Martin and Pechin streets, sits a towering stone structure called Bethany Lutheran Church. The church is home to a small community of faithful who live by the philosophy of welcoming all people without exception.
The Bethany Lutheran Church recently welcomed members of the Roxborough community to take part in a small concert performed by jazz group Jazplash, followed by a wine and cheese gathering at the back of the church.
Pastor Rev. Robert Hopkins explained how the group was meant to benefit the community and why he brought Jazplash to Bethany Lutheran.
“It’s an opportunity for us to reach out to the broader community with a different kind of music that people may not necessarily hear on a Sunday morning,” he said.
Hopkins, through his ministry work in North Wales, met one of the band’s members, Ed Neiderhiser and asked him to perform at his church.
This concert is just one of the ways, however, in which the church strives to reach the broader community. In addition to this small concert, Bethany Lutheran hosts a biannual flea market, as well as various food drives and makes its facilities available to groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous.