Ben Salem United Church of Christ - Lehighton, PA




MISSION NEWS
 
        
Email the committee: BenSalemUCCmissions@gmail.com
 
 
Current Projects










    FOURTH QUARTER MISSION PROJECT              Our 4 quarter mission project will go to support Family Promise, which is one of the most important and successful missions in which our Ben Salem participates.  In addition to the costs incurred for hosting families four to five times per year, Ben Salem also donates over $500 per year to administrative costs of the program. Please help us “fill the coffers” of the Family Promise account.  Mark your mission envelopes as FAMILY PROMISE to donate.
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    HYGIENE KITS

    The Confirmation Class will be collecting items to assemble Hygiene Kits to send to areas

    devastated by the hurricanes.  Donations of the following new items are appreciated and

    can be placed in the bin in the Narthex.

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    ·         1 Bar of Soap (original packaging) ·         1 Toothbrush (original packaging) ·         10 Standard Band Aids  

    1 Hand Towel – 15”x28” up to 16”x32” (no larger) – no fingertip, bath, dish, or microfiber

    ·         1 Washcloth

    ·         1 Wide Tooth Comb

    ·         1 Fingernail/Toenail Clipper

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    MISSION MINDERS-OCTOBER, 2017
    It’s hard to believe that fall is once again upon us, and that very soon the beauty of the autumn foliage will greet us each day. Thanks to all who donated to the summer project, Coco’s Foundation, and especially for the generous outpouring of over $2,000 to the Gower Family Fund, which went to help one of Ben Salem’s own during their time of tragedy and loss. 

    Our mission project for the last quarter will go to our church’s support for Family Promise, which is one of the most important and successful missions in which our church participates. In addition to the costs incurred for hosting families four to five times per year, Ben Salem also donates over $500 per year to administrative costs of the program. That is why we would like to “fill the coffers” of the Family Promise
    account so that we can continue our support of this worthy mission. Please mark your mission donation envelopes as FAMILY PROMISE.


    ADDITIONAL MISSION PROJECTS FUNDED DURING 2017
    1. $250 donated to Penn Northeast Conference earmarked for people in Houston and Florida who sustained catastrophic damages with hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
    2. $250 donated to the City to Shore MS Ride in honor of Paula Breiner’s Team, “Paula’s Posse”. Paula was raised in our church, and is the daughter, of LaVaun Shanton.
    3. $250 donated to St. Peter’s Center in Weissport for supplies and toiletries that are distributed to needy families each month.

    MISSION PROJECTS FOR FALL, 2017.
    1. Family Promise host week, November 12-18th. Volunteers are always needed.
    See Karen Hayman if you can help.
    2. Feed a Neighbor meal, Thursday, November 30th at Zion UCC, Lehighton. Help needed to serve meal. Contact Bernice Steigerwalt.
    3. Food Bank distribution Saturday, October 7th at 10:30AM and two holiday distributions. See LaVaun Shanton to help.

    HAVE A WONDERFUL FALL SEASON




     
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    Prayer ChainThe Prayer Chain is a way for anyone to request prayer for a specific need….
    [or thanksgiving or joy].   To have our Prayer Chain pray for you: Contact Betty Nothstein at 570-386-5644.  Please call Betty if you would like to be called with others’ prayer requests as part of the Prayer Chain.
     
    Called to CareTrained volunteers from our church are available to assist the Pastor in visiting shut-in or hospitalized church members who are no longer able to attend regular worship services or participate in church functions.  If you would like a “Called to Care” volunteer to visit you, please contact the Pastor at the Church Office (570) 386-3870.   We are looking for more volunteers for this Committee! If you are interested in sharing God’s love with shut-in members of our congregation, please contact Pastor McGowan. 
    The next Called to Care meeting will be held on April 12 at 10 AM.
     
    Prayer Shawl Ministry:The Prayer Shawl Committee is in need of helpers to make prayer shawls.  If you can knit or crochet and would like to help, please contact coordinators Betty Nothstein at 570-386-5644 or Barbara Snowberger at 570-386-2112 for more information.  If a prayer shawl is needed, please contact Betty or Barbara.
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    CLOTHING BIN UPDATE


    A smaller red clothing bin has replaced the two bins we previously had by the
    old Social Hall.  Please feel free to donate clothing or shoes that you no longer need