Ben Salem United Church of Christ - Lehighton, PA




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



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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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Our first mission project for 2018 will be the Bo Tkach Foundation.  Bo Tkach was an outstanding high school athlete from the Northern Lehigh School district, who suffered from Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, leading to prolonged bouts of severe depression.  In 2007, Bo committed suicide.  His parents formed a foundation in his memory that speaks to the spirit and life of their son.  With donations that it receives, the Foundation sponsors youth athletic programs in Carbon, Lehigh, and Northampton counties; provides scholarships to students in Palmerton, Lehighton, and Northern Lehigh School Districts; gives financial assistance to students without access to mental health screening and treatment, and presents talks/workshops to school youth groups, educators, and health personnel that discuss facts about and resources available for Obsessive/Compulsive Behavior and Depression. We ask that you support the Bo Tkach Foundation mission project, which will run through the end of May.   Please mark “BO”on your mission envelopes to donate. 

Upcoming opportunities to volunteer:

Food Bank distributes food to needy families 6-8 times per year. Contact LaVaun Shanton to help.

Family Promise will host during the last week of March. Contact Karen Hayman to volunteer your time.

Feed a Neighbor meal at Zions UCC in Lehighton will be sponsored by Ben Salem on May 24 at 5 p.m.  Contact Bernice Steigerwalt to participate.


 
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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