Ben Salem United Church of Christ - Lehighton, PA

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OCTOBER 8, 2017
Registration is at 1:00 PM; Walk Starts at 2:00 PM
LOCATION is along the beautiful Lehigh Canal Park, Weissport.
25% of the funds raised will be donated to the Trinity Pantry; 75% will be donated to
Church World Services for their ongoing programs.


World Food Day/ Harvest Home
(to support our Food Bank)

Sunday, October 8, 2017.

Please help to add to our display by bringing cans of fruit, vegetables, soups, along with other packaged goods like cereal, pasta, rice, etc. We will set up a display area as we have done in the past few years…so let’s help to fill it up!

All items brought will be used by the Ben Salem Food Bank. Please place all items on the display when you arrive at church.


    Coco’s Foundation (June 1 - July 31)

        Founded by the family of Coco Lazaridis of Bethlehem, began after Coco was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia at 3 months of age.  During the year and a half that Coco underwent many types of serious cancer treatments to ward off this disease, her parents realized how other families could find themselves overwhelmed when a disease of this type occurs. Luckily, Coco is in remission and is leading a normal life. This mission helps families with emotional support and identifies ways for families to navigate through all the options available for their child’s illness.  It also helps other organizations, including the Lehigh Valley Pediatric Cancer through donations to the organization’s summer camp.  In addition, it donates to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with its research efforts to combat childhood cancers.


        Summer is the time for us to relax and rejuvenate our bodies and spirits through vacations or outings that help us to experience and enjoy all the wonderful gifts of nature that surround us. It’s also a good time to appreciate our ability to physically take advantage of our surroundings, and to think of those who are not so fortunate.
        This quarter’s mission project will be the
        Coco Foundation, named after a Philadelphia area child who
        successfully survived a rare cancer when she less than 2 years old. The Coco Foundation funds multiple projects that
        help with childhood cancer, including Lehigh Valley Childhood Leukemia, camp scholarships for children with cancer,
        and cancer research studies completed at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This mission project will run through
        the end of September. Please be generous in supporting this worthy local project.

        1. Two cycles of hosting Family Promise residents, one Feed a Neighbor meal, and three Food Bank distributions
        have been completed to date.
        2. $1,200 donated through the donations of members of Ben Salem to the Dylan and Gavin Rainbow
        Foundation. This effort on your part shows how giving and caring we are as a congregation.
        3. $300 donated from Undesignated Funds to help with the administration of Family Promise of Carbon County.
        4. $300 to cover the tuition cost of summer school courses for a needy Carbon County high school student.

        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.


        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