Ben Salem United Church of Christ - Lehighton, PA

Email the committee: [email protected]
Current Projects

Feed a Neighbor

July 26    
Zion UCC, Lehighton
Volunteers & Baked Goods Needed!



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.


·         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




            Our summer mission project for 2018 will be the St. Peter’s Community Resource Center in Weissport.  St. Peter’s Center offers social and life-enhancing programs to needy individuals in the Carbon County area.  These include assisting with referral services, providing space for other nonprofit organizations to operate, such as Al Anon, and the Penn State Extension Service, and distributing basic toiletry items to qualifying Lehighton residents on the 4 Saturday of each month.  In addition to monetary donations to this project, there will be a box on the mission table in the narthex to collect toiletry items such as toilet paper, soap, toothbrushes/toothpastes, and tissues.  Please be generous in helping us to support this very worthy local mission that will run through September 30.  Mark your mission envelopes with “ST. PETER’S” to designate your donation.


                Also in July, our yearly donations to Child Sponsorship are due.  For many years, Ben Salem has supported 2 children from 3 world countries through this vital mission.  If you are interested in donating, please mark your mission envelope Child Sponsorship.


Please also note upcoming opportunities to volunteer:


                The Food Bank is in need of volunteers to help with distributing food to needy families in our congregation and local area.  It distributes 6-8 times per year on a Saturday morning, and takes only a ½ hour of your time to help on that day.  If you are able and available earlier, we could use volunteers to shop for groceries and/or sort the items given to each familyDonations of food items can be put in the Food Bank box next to the credenza in the narthex.  A ”tear off”  list gives suggestions for what items are needed for our distributions.  Contact LaVaun Shanton to help.


                Ben Salem will host Family Promise during the week of September 9-16.   Volunteers are always needed to donate and serve meals, stay for fellowship, or sleepover with the families.  Contact Karen Hayman to volunteer your time.


                The Feed a Neighbor meal at Zions UCC in Lehighton has been rescheduled and will be sponsored by Ben Salem on Thursday, July 26 at 5:00.  Help is always needed to serve the meal.  In November, we served over 100 people who appreciated and thanked us for being there for them.  Contact Bernice Steigerwalt to participate.   As always, we thank you for your constant support of our mission efforts.

Support Our Heroes! – A collection is being taken to help our people serving in the military.   Items being collected are listed on the box located in the narthex!

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