Strengthen the Church Offering – November 25
Please join us in planting the seeds needed to grow and sustain our denomination
by making a gift to the Strengthen the Church Offering. The offering supports the
expansion of ministry and growth of UCC local congregations. Your support of this
offering will help the UCC fulfill on its commitment to creating a just world for all by
investing in new ministries and practices that meet the emerging needs of local
communities. Please be generous!
Ben Salem will host the Feed a Neighbor meal at Zion’s UCC in Lehighton on Thursday,
November 29th beginning at 5 p.m. Up to 100 deserving people enjoy a hot meal prepared
for them at this event. Volunteers are needed to setup, serve, and clean up. We are
usually done by 6:45 p.m. Please call Bernice Steigerwalt at 386-5418 if you can help.
Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Campaign
October 7th - November 18th
We will be collecting filled shoeboxes again this year in support of Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas
Child. Boxes and idea suggestions are available in the Narthex.
• No toothpaste or candy due to customs regulations!
• Recommended donation: $9.00/box (No cash!)
• Make one check payable to Ben Salem UCC and place your donation in box in
Narthex. Be sure to mark it “Shoeboxes”.
• Or donate online at https://www.samaritanspurse.org where you can print a label
and track your box on it’s journey.
• Boxes are available in the Narthex or you may use plastic shoebox
Deadline for boxes to be filled and returned is Sunday, November 18.
“Every shoebox gift is an excellent resource for evangelism and discipleship, which leads to the
multiplication of new believers and churches around the world
MISSION MINDERS, OCTOBER 2018.
The last quarter mission project for 2018, is the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s
Disease. This foundation, started by actor, Michael J. Fox after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, has been
at the forefront of funding research projects to aid in the development of medicines and treatments that will
bring a cure to end this disease. With its goal to finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease, the foundation takes part in countless case
studies that help in different ways including: Translating genetic findings into real treatments; with Researching methods to develop vaccines that will cure Parkinson’s; Developing newer, more effective drugs to replace the current standard drug of dopamine, including inhaled drugs that produce the needed
effect more quickly than oral drugs, and Working with the FDA and major drug companies to effectively
speed up the approval process for newer treatments
Because research funding plays a major role in where monies donated are allocated, to date, over $800 million has been spent on cutting-edge research projects, $100 million in 2017 alone. For each
dollar donated to the Fox Foundation, 88 cents go to research. Charity Navigator gives the Fox Foundation a
All of us know someone, even some members of our congregation, who suffer with Parkinson’s
Disease. Please help us help them by donating to the Michael J. Fox Foundation from October 1 through the
end of the year. Mark your mission envelops with FOX if you wish to donate. Thank you for your
Feed a Neighbor
Thursday, November 29th
Zion UCC, Lehighton
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
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 Wide Tooth Comb
1 Fingernail/Toenail Clipper
MISSION MINDERS-SUMMER, 2018
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
Please also note
upcoming opportunities to volunteer:
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 family. Donations
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.
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.
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!
Neighbors in Need Sunday- October 7
Neighbors in Need offering will be received on World
Communion Sunday, October 7. This
offering supports the UCC’s ministries of justice and compassion throughout the
United States. Two-thirds of the
offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries to fund a wide
array of local and national justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct
service projects. Through
ucc.org/justice, our national Justice and Witness Ministries office offers
resources, news updates, and action alerts on a broad spectrum of justice
issues. Working with members of the UCC
Justice and Peace Action Network (a network of thousands of UCC justice and
peace advocates), Justice and Witness continues its strong policy advocacy work
on issues such as the federal budget, voting rights, immigration, health care,
hate crimes, civil liberties, and environmental justice. Neighbors in Need also supports our American
Indian neighbors of the UCC. One-third
of the offering supports UCC’s Council for American Indian Ministries
(CAIM). Historically, forebears of the
UCC established churches and worked with Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Mandan,
Hidatsa, Arickara, and Hocak in North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, and northern
Nebraska. Today there are 20 UCC
congregations on reservations and one urban, multi-tribal UCC congregation in
Minneapolis, Minnesota. These churches
and their pastors are supported by CAIM.
CAIM is also an invaluable resource for more than 1,000 individuals from
dozens of other tribes and nations who are members of other UCC congregations
in the U.S. Please give generously!
Prayer Chain: The 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 Care: Trained 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