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-FEBRUARY, 2018 Now that 2017 is behind us, we can reflect on the ways in which your mission donations helped those in our community and beyond, and thank you for your continued support of our efforts.  We began the year with a very successful project that benefited Dylan and Gavin’s Rainbow, a charity begun in memory of two Lehighton brothers who both died in their early teens from cancer.  Our next project, Coco’s Foundation, benefited a regional charity that helps with cancer research and funding the needs of families whose children are stricken with cancer.  Your generous outpouring of over $2,000 to the Gower Family Fund, helped one of Ben Salem’s own during their time of tragedy and loss.  Our mission project for the last quarter supported 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 donated $600 this year to administrative costs of the program.   The Youth Group also generously donated its time and efforts to making the Christmas Box and Bethany Bow projects successful for 2017.

    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”. 
    3.      $250 donated to St. Peter’s Center in Weissport for supplies and toiletries that are distributed to needy families each month.
    4.      $100 donated to Martin Flu Foundation, a charity founded by Pastor Mike and Diane in memory of their son who died from flu complications.
    5.      $200 donated to Allentown Rescue Mission, which cares for the basic needs of homeless men in the Allentown area.

    CONTINUING MISSION PROJECTS
    1.       Family Promise willhost a week in March.  Volunteers are always needed.   See Karen Hayman if you can help.
    2.       Feed a Neighbor meal will be sponsored by Ben Salem in May and November.  Help needed to serve meal.  Contact Bernice Steigerwalt.
    3.       Food Bank distributions during 2018.  See LaVaun Shanton to help.
    4.       Additional Mission Projects will be announced in the next newsletter.




     
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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