Ben Salem United Church of Christ
Ben Salem United Church of Christ
Guatemala Mission Trip
Pastor Mike and Diane McGowan will be going on a mission trip to northern Guatemala mid-April 2023. During this trip they will have the opportunity to provide some much needed equipment to the Mayan’s that live in that region. They have invited us to share in this endeavor by providing funds to purchase various items that will better the lives of these people.
Information and list of items needed is available is in the narthex. Place your donation
in the mission envelope, and mark it “Guatemala Mission Trip”.
Diane and I will be participating in a missionary trip to Guatemala in April 2023
with the above-mentioned organization from Bethlehem. We will be ministering
to some of the indigenous Mayan folk of the Northern territory of Guatemala.
These folk live in huts with no plumbing or electric. They cook on open fires in
their huts which as you can imagine causes issues with their health and safety.
During this trip we will be installing wood burning cook stoves to help with the
deforestation problem in their region along with making their homes safer. We
also will provide desks for their community school, and supply various types of
fruit trees to help them gain the ability to barter with neighbors and to sell their
fruit at market. If you could support us in our effort, we would certainly
appreciate any donation you are willing to make. If you would like to sponsor a
particular item, please mark this with your donation.
Family Stove $160 – last 20 to 25 years
Fruit Tree $4 – per tree
Groceries $15 – for 2 weeks of groceries
School Desk $23 – per desk
School Stove $105 – last ten years
Thank you for any support you may be able to provide.
General Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
MISSION MINDERS – January 2023
The Mission efforts of our congregation in 2022
were a huge success. We provided money to help
several local mission endeavors, as well as a worthy
international project. Funds were provided as
Care Net of Carbon Country-an organization that
supports women in need of items for their babies
and young children-$500,
Amie Barclay-a 20-year police detective from our
area whose bout with Covid 19 that led to major
complications and the subsequent loss of her job-
Love Offering for Derek Szena, a young man from
our area who is confined to a wheelchair and is in
desperate need of a new specialized van for
transporting him to doctors’ appointments and
Partners in Health, a worldwide organization that
creates health clinics, hospitals, and teaching
opportunities for people who want to pursue
medicine as a career-$600,
New Tripoli Fire Company-a donation for the
families of the 2 fireman who recently lost their
lives in a local fire-$750, and the
PNEC Ukraine Relief Fund-$250.
We were also active in supporting Family Promise
by participating in 6 weeks of meal preparations,
and our Food Bank also distributed food to needy
families 6 times in 2022.
The first Mission project for 2023 will be World
Central Kitchen, a worldwide food relief program
begun in 2005 by renown chef, Jose Andres that
has fed needy families in third-world countries,
Puerto Rico, and the U.S., and presently the
Ukraine. This mission opportunity will run through
April 30, 2023. “Mark you mission envelope with
“Kitchen” to donate.”
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]. To have our Prayer Chain pray for you: Contact Starr Scherer or the
Church office at 570-386-3870
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 coordinators Brenda Rex or Barbara Snowberger for more information. If a prayer shawl is needed, please contact Brenda Rex or Barbara Snowberger.
CLOTHING BIN UPDATE
US Again Clothing Bins located at the Social Hall are open for donations.
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