Ben Salem United Church of Christ - Lehighton, PA

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Current Projects


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 four-star rating. 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 generosity.


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