Ben Salem United Church of Christ - Lehighton, PA

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Current Projects

Food Bank Reverse Advent Calendar:

                                Each day add an item to a box.  On Christmas Eve donate the contents to                             Ben Salem Food Bank.  Information sheets are in the narthex or contact   LaVaun Shanton.

Mission Minder

As we come to the end of another year, we’ve been blessed again by the
generosity that you at Ben Salem continue to provide for our mission efforts.
Our goal is always to find viable projects that support local, national, and
international organizations. We normally have three larger projects that each
run for 3-4 months. Two projects are usually for local organizations, and the
third is a national charity. We keep December as an open month so you may
donate to Christmas mission requests of your choice. For 2019, our three
projects were:
1. Buddy Pack Project in affiliation with the Lehighton
School District. $1,000.
2. Peaceful Knights of Lehighton (total amount still to be
3. Alzheimer’s Association in affiliation with the
Weissport Warriors’ walk $750

We continued to participate in the Child Sponsorship program, sponsoring
two new children $760; donated $200 to the Bowmans Christian Camp at
which several of our youth spent a week this summer; donated $800 to a
Love Offering for a sick mother suffering from cancer, and bought new
clothing for senior citizens who lost all their belongings in a fire at their
assisted living facility $240. By year’s end, our Food Bank will have
distributed food six times to needy congregation members and other families
who can use food item donations to help them stretch their budgets.
Family Promise hosted families four separate weeks this year, and Ben
Salem provided meals to those in need throughout the community in June
and October through the Feed a Neighbor program sponsored each month by
Zion’s UCC.

We continue to support the Christmas shoeboxes and Bethany Bow projects
through the efforts of the Ben Salem Youth Group, and this year will
participate again in sending Christmas Cards to two congregations in

It is only through your donations that we can continue to serve others in our
community and throughout the world, and for this we thank you.
We also ask that if you can help with Family Promise, Feed a Neighbor,
and/or Food Bank, please do not hesitate to do so. We can always use help!
May you have many blessings in this holiday season.


Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the
work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:58

Prayer Chain: The Prayer Chain is a way for anyone to request prayer for a specific need… . [or thanksgiving or joy]. 

Meals Ministry: Do you know someone who is shut-in or recovering from a hospitalization, serious injury or illness, or mourning the loss of a loved one that could benefit from a hot or a frozen meal? Ben Salem has a Meals Ministry Team that can help ease the daily burdens of families or individuals within our church and community by providing ready-to-eat meals. If you would like to volunteer with this ministry or know of someone in need, please contact Karen Hayman  or the Church Office.

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. 

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 the church office for more information. 



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