Child Homelessness Hits Record High

Headlines like this come across the wires everyday, now.   The situation in Allentown mirrors the national crisis.  One more example of why and how we must keep working for economic justice, fair housing, better jobs, better policies, and a more generous private sector.

As reported by CNN Money:

http://money.cnn.com/2013/10/24/pf/homeless-students/index.html

The Grim Math of the Working-Class Housing Crisis

Dear Friends,

We’ve been seeing this for some time, and, as many of us have said, it only feels like it’s going to keep getting worse before it gets better.

Take a look at this article for things to add to the collective thought bank as we continue to discern the big ways the Spirit of God will use us to keep working on – and ending – this problem in our own community.

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/housing/2013/10/grim-math-working-class-housing-crisis/7321/

blessings,

Chris

Peacemaking Monday Memo: October 14, 2013

 

From our Peace, Justice, and Missionaries Team!:

 

Our next meeting is Oct. 28.

Things were a bit calmer this week, so here are some things to catch up on:

CROP Walk!  It was a beautiful day.  We were sent off with a blast from the shofar by Keneseth Israel’s rabbi, Seth Phillips.  The estimate of the money raised was ~$30,000 (about $3,800 so far from FPCA).  We’ll send an update on the exact amount when we get those figures.

On October 11, RECONCILE celebrated its 10th year!  RECONCILE is the brainchild of the Sudan Council of Churches, established to build trust between the once warring factions after the peace treaty was signed in 2004.  Our first missionary to Sudan, Debbie Braaksma, worked with the Sudanese to get this effort off the ground (while she was working out of the neighboring nation of Uganda), and she helped write the book on trauma healing that some of us have read (there are still copies available).  The President of RECONCILE Peace Institute is our current missionary, Shelvis Smith-Mather, and his wife, Nancy, works as a trauma counselor.  In this endeavor, the peacemaking effort and the missionary effort are intricately interwoven.

Nancy and Shelvis have a new newsletter.  See it at:
http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=ccc25991653fb98d70f2f8d93&id=bc584dbb86

Perhaps you’ve read about PCUSA’s peace efforts in Colombia: http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/global/colombia/
This is another area where the peacemaking and mission efforts are so interwoven that it’s impossible to separate the two.  Of special interest is the work started and pursued by Susan Andrews (former PC(USA) Moderator, 2002; former Associate Pastor here at FPCA) – the Colombia Accompaniment Program.  We highlight this mission because of a request that has come to us to help sponsor the efforts of a peace community in Colombia, San José de Apartadó.  The peace communities of Colombia have arisen as a response to violence in that country – the pressing of young men into military and paramilitary service; the attacks on communities who “serve” one facet of the many groups.  By declaring themselves non-combatants and living a pacifist theology, they can’t be accused of siding with anybody.  The peace communities are often supported by the church, but this does not usually protect them from being attacked by combatants trying to “persuade” the village to take a side. The Fellowship of Reconciliation has, since 2002, been sending accompaniers to San José de Apartadó, and this year, they’ve asked the Lehigh Valley community to help them in this effort.  Why us?  Because of a very special man, raised in the faith at FPC Bethlehem, and sometime speaker at FPCA, Joe DeRaymond.  This incredibly brilliant and gentle man spent his last time on earth as an accompanier in several different capacities in several different countries, working with FOR.  All of the organizations and churches with a peace presence in the Lehigh Valley are being asked to contribute toward an annual goal of $2500 for an accompanier.  Nicole Vogel will be sharing more about this request at our next meeting on October 28.

Reminders about our Missionaries:

  • Nadia Galetzka celebrates her first year of life on October 17.
  •  Jordan Smith-Mather celebrates his first year of life on October 20.

Happy birthday, Nadia and Jordan!

– Ron and Sheila

Donating to the CROP Hunger Walk online is safe, secure, and easy!

chw-logo-333x214Dear Friends,

First Presbyterian Church of Allentown’s CROP Walk Team has set a new goal:  Raising $2013 in online donations (separate from paper pledges and envelope giving) in time for this year’s Walk on October 13.

Why are we promoting the web as a giving portal? 

Our partners at Church World Service are hoping that greater use of the web as a fundraising tool for CROP Hunger Walks and other efforts will streamline the process and cut administrative costs.  We’d like to help them continue to roll this option out for people who are comfortable making secure, online donations.

What about my “paper” gift?

First and foremost, we and our friends on the Allentown CROP Hunger Walk Committee and at Church World Service are deeply grateful for all sponsorships and donations through all new and traditional means.  Many of you have given faithfully for many, many years through paper sponsorship forms and through cash and check sponsorships of individual walkers or through the special CROP offering envelopes in our sanctuary.  This call for online giving is intended for those who haven’t made such a gift yet and may be looking for an online option that helps cut overhead.

To everyone who supports the CROP Hunger Walk in various ways here in Allentown, thank you, thank you, thank you!  The needs continue to be great, and so does your faithfulness!

FPCA’s online CROP Hunger Walk page:

http://hunger.cwsglobal.org/goto/fpcaCROP

Peacemaking Monday Memo October 7, 2013

What a wonderful visit with Amy and Nadia  Galetzka!  The gathering at Marlene’s house was cozy – just enough for everyone to chat with Amy and play with Nadia (who was  suffering from a small cold, but cheery, nonetheless!).  Sunday was busy, with the six church  services in the morning, and with Common Ground in the late afternoon.  Amy explained that her current position  is as the financial director of the Pan Rak Foundation (Thai for “share love”), which is an umbrella organization for a smorgasbord of efforts to help refugees  who have had to flee Burma for Thailand, to coordinate relief efforts for those  still in Burma, and to work with organizations in Burma to bring about  peace.  Amy’s slideshow introduced the various  organizations that she’s helping coordinate; a list of organizations Amy  works with is available from the Thai Christian Foundation (TCF) at http://thaichristianfoundation.org/programs/our-work.   Amy also shared three books with us—Dance-Drama before the Throne; God,  If You Are Really God: Ask and Receive; and Where God Leads, Never Give Up—which  are available here.

Common Table (dinner) after Amy’s  presentation was highlighted by Chin and Karen dancers from our church, who  performed beautifully, and were dressed up splendidly.  And, not to be forgotten, was the gift of  song by the Chin youth, organized by Van Nei, one of our congregation’s elders,  for the traditional service Sunday morning. 

A long list of people to thank – Amy, of  course, for honoring us by visiting us, but also Van Nei, Ruth Marcon (who  organized the dancers), Marlene, Kim, John, Mike, Stephen, Pam, and special  thanks to Chris and Dave Bockstanz, who hosted Amy and Nadia and organized most  of Amy’s visit.  Also Phil Henderson, who jumped into duty  during dinner to help with the sound for the dancers.   

Amy will be spending some time with friends  for a few days, and going to Pittsburgh to meet up with a church interested in  her work, and then traveling to Texas for TCF, and then back to Oregon for a  short while before she goes back to her office in Chiang Mai, in Thailand.  Next month, she’ll be headed for Rangoon,  also known as Yangon, in Burma; we look forward to hearing about that  visit.

One would think that with all this  excitement, we haven’t had time for much else, and that’s partly true… we’ll  write more next week.   For  this week, though, we’d like to leave you with some thoughts from the 2013  Presbyterian Mission Yearbook.  PC(USA) World Mission, looking forward, established a new vision of  faithful and effective mission and identified three core  issues:

1.  PWM will address the root causes of poverty, especially as it affects  women and children.

2.  Together with other members of Christ’s body, PWM will share the good  news of God’s love in Jesus Christ.

3.  PWM will engage in reconciliation amid cultures of violence, including our own.

It’s amazing to think that more than 94  million Christians around the world are members of churches that were founded by  Presbyterian missionaries.  Officially, the denomination began  sending missionaries in 1837, but unofficially, Presbyterians (synods and  Presbyterian Women) were sending missionaries long before that.   FPCA has been sponsoring  missionaries for a long time, also.  Of the four missionaries we  currently support, we try to welcome two each year, allowing us to have a visit  every other year with each missionary.  That’s the plan (it rarely  works out that way – see below):  

For 2014:   Nadia Ayoub, Jan. 31- Feb  2

                  Doug and Elaine Baker, April 5-6

                  Nancy and Shelvis Smith-Mather, some time in the fall  

See you in three weeks (October 28) at the  next PJM meeting, where we will begin planning for Nadia Ayoub’s visit in  January.  

– Ron and Sheila Clever

Tune in to WDIY (88.1) to Hear Janet Ney and Dianne Kareha on Food Insecurity and the 2013 Allentown CROP Hunger Walk!

Guess what? Our own Dianne Kareha will be on WDIY 88.1 Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio tonight from 6 – 7 PM to talk about the Allentown CROP Hunger Walk!

Rev. Kareha is the Chaplain at Luther Crest Senior Living, is a member of FPCA’s Mission Team, and serves FPCA as a Parish Associate.  She also helps lead the Allentown CROP Hunger walk every year.

Guess what else? Our own Janet Ney will ALSO be on DIY tonight as part of the same broadcast with Dianne!  Janet is the Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator for Second Harvest Food Bank and is a leader at FPCA as well as on the Justice and Advocacy Committee of the Lehigh County Conference of Churches.

6:00 – 7:00pm: Lehigh Valley Discourse
“Hungry for Answers: Food Insecurity in the Lehigh Valley and Beyond” is the topic this week’s program. Co-host John Pearce and Ray Schwab welcome three guests who work on the problem of undernourishment: Rev. Dianne Kareha, chaplain at Luthercrest, Marcie Lightwood, Trinity Soup Kitchen and Janet Ney, CACLV (Community Action Committee of the L.V.). Join us to hear about hunger in our own country — a serious problem.

President and CEO of Church World Service Joining the ALLENTOWN CROP HUNGER WALK!

Organizers of the annual Allentown CROP Hunger Walk just got some very exciting news.  This just in from our regional Church World Service liaison, Carolyn Self:

You know that for some time I have said that I wish I could join you on Walk Day to celebrate your accomplishments in raising awareness of hunger on all levels throughout the Greater Allentown Area.  That being said, when I was given the opportunity to nominate one of the Eastern Greater Mid-Atlantic CROP Hunger Walks for a special honor I immediately thought of your Walk.  You all have proven yourselves to be more than just “Event Organizers.”  You are true “Hunger Fighters.”   So without further ado:

 It is my pleasure and privilege to inform you that the President and CEO of Church World Service, the Rev. John L. McCullough, will be joining you for this year’s Allentown CROP Hunger Walk!

 

Rev. John L. McCullough

Rev. John L. McCullough

We’re very excited to share the news that our local efforts here in Allentown are making a difference.   John will join us for opening ceremonies, walk with us (of course) and be on hand following the walk.   This will be a great opportunity to get the perspective of an international leader on the issues of hunger and poverty that affect all of our communities!  Please come out and support this year’s walk!

As Cuts to SNAP Loom, Food Pantries Can Only Guess How to Prepare

citiestumblr2 copyFood for thought, from the writers of The Atlantic‘s urban studies site.

In the coming weeks, FPCA will be involved in various events and initiatives around the issues of poverty, and, specifically, America’s hunger crisis and its global context.

September 20, 2013,  7 PM, Fellowship Hall.

A_Place_at_the_Table_Poster.jpeg“A Place the Table”  screening and discussion.   Community partners from hunger advocacy and relief organizations will join the discussion.  Click here for full details.

September 27, 2013, 7 PM, Fellowship Hall.

Encore screening and discussion of “A Place at the Table.”

 

 

October 4, 2013,  5:30 and 7:00 PM, Fellowship Hall.

Spaghetti Dinner to Benefit Daybreak

Daybreak is a drop-in center for adults in treatment for mental illness, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS and also serves at-risk elderly members of our community.  Our first-ever Daybreak benefit dinner will feature two seatings (5:30 and 7:00 PM).  Cost is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for children.  All proceeds benefit Daybreak in their work supporting and feeding three mails a day to their program members.   FPCA has a strong and historic commitment to Daybreak, with volunteers providing an average of one meal a week for Daybreak members.

October 13, 2013

34th Annual Allentown CROP Hunger Walk

Join us as we gather with the Greater Allentown ecumenical community for the 34th annual Allentown CROP Hunger Walk!

1 in 6 Americans are food insecure, meaning that they don’t know where their next meal is coming from.  For children, the number is 1 in 4.  These facts are real, startling, and indefensible.   We can impact the issue of local global hunger starting right here by raising funds for the Allentown CROP Hunger Walk.

chw-logo-333x2141/4 of every dollar raised comes right back to our community to provide meals at the Soup Kitchen and through the Allentown Area Ecumenical Food Bank.   3/4 is used overseas where it combines with other funds to leverage cost-effective purchase and delivery of much-needed medicines and food rich in micro-nutrients.

Under the auspices of Church World Service, a national and global leader in refugee resettlement, disaster response, relief, and sustainability, CROP Walks have been happening annually in the US since 1969.   Our own Allentown walk began in 1979.  CROP unites congregations and communities around the ways we can all help to end the local and global hunger crises.   State Rep. Mike Schlossberg will return to this year’s event with a special proclamation citing the importance of this work and the faith so many of us have in this annual event.

If you’re able, please join our walking team and help to level the walls of hunger.   If you’re not able to walk, please consider donating to this vital cause.

You can sign up to walk with the First Presbyterian team here.  At that page, you can also sponsor FPC walkers and donate to this important mission!

The event begins with registration and opening remarks at 12:45, with the walk commencing at 1:30 PM on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, 140 S. Ott Street, Allentown.

Jesus Didn’t Live Like a Celebrity

“The kingdom of God is upside down, counterintuitive. Jesus stooped. He left the nirvana of heaven to hang out on this dusty earth. He made himself nothing (though he is everything) in order to rescue us. And his kingdom didn’t inaugurate via star preachers and ministers and authors and speakers and singers and actors. No, it began with ordinary men and women who had been turned upside down by the Preacher who had no place to lay his sacred head.”

- Mary DeMuth, currently on ChristianityToday.com

Fall Into Mission

FPCA expresses its call to local, particular ministry in Allentown in many ways as thoughts begin to turn toward fall.   I’ve seen advertisements all over the City for back to school sales (especially with the new Allentown School District uniforms to be worn this year), and, believe it or not, the beautiful summer green of Lehigh County foliage is, in some places, already hinting at autumn’s brilliant hues.

From our work with the Sixth Street Shelter’s expansion to our continued relationships with Roosevelt Community School and the Conference of Churches Aspires program, to serving meals Daybreak, donating to the Allentown Area Ecumenical Foodbank and screening important films like “A Place at the Table,”  FPCA is focused on serving the Allentown community.  With an acutely felt call to at-risk youth and the the problems of hunger and homelessness, please pray for our work, and the work of our partner churches, groups, and individuals, as Allentown experiences transformation on many fronts.  This year, we’ll take a lead role in the CROP Walk, education and advocacy activities organized through committees of Conference of Churches on which we serve, and the Bread for the World Campaign.  We’ll also continue to minister to refugees and to our homeless brothers and sisters with innovative approaches that provide material, spiritual, and housing support for these at-risk populations  by helping to lead in the provision of emergency sheltering, transitional housing, and broad-based networks of support.

We’ll continue to consider the ramifications of peace, justice, and restorative practices here in Allentown and throughout the world, continue to make our community more just, more peaceful, and greener, and to learn about the local and particular needs of partners and friends in Malawi, Honduras, Syria, Northern Ireland, South Sudan, and among the Roma people of Eastern Europe.

Please join us in prayer and service is this busy and blessed season.

Christopher Cocca, Associate for Urban Mission

Robert Orsi, Emily Badger, and other Urban Synergies

I’ve been a fan of Emily Badger’s work at Atlantic Cities for a while.  She finds really interesting things to write about.

Today’s piece struck me in particular because these findings mimic exactly what Robert Orsi reported 30 years ago in his seminal survey of the Italian American urban experience in historic East Harlem (1880 – 1950), The Madonna of 115th Street.  I happen to be reading that book right now, so Badger’s headline, “Why the Lowest Income Families Might Care the Most About Their Neighborhoods,”  hits me in a very timely way.  I read Orsi’s discussion of that very phenomenon last night.

Badger writes:

In less academic language, they wanted to know if these people took pride in their neighborhoods, felt a sense of community there, and were willing to look out for their neighbors – and, if so, whether those attitudes were associated with income level, crime rates or neighborhood perception. The researchers surveyed each subject with a mailed questionnaire or telephone interview, and they compared the results with local crime data.

Income levels turned out to be strongest predictor of “community care” and vigilance, but not in the way that the authors suspected. All of these people lived in low-income neighborhoods, but they weren’t all equally poor. The residents with the lowest incomes turned out to care the most about their communities (based on agreement with statements like “if I witnessed a crime in my
neighborhood, I would report it”).

More here.

Christopher Cocca, Associate for Urban Mission

Where Did You Sleep Last Night?

This picture reminds me of a modern setting of Jesus’ garden tomb. You can see where the bed was, you can see the clothing left behind. But whoever slept here last night will probably sleep here again tonight, unsheltered. Why?
bed

And again. Both of these pictures were taken in Allentown this morning. The point is not to lay blame. The point is to say we are all responsible for each other.

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Did You Know…Water is a Women’s Issue?

According to Living Water International, “Women in developing countries commonly spend 15-20 hours per week collecting water, often walking up to 7 miles in the dry season. It is the women of a community who have to buy, scrounge, or beg for water, getting up early or going out late at night to carry heavy water containers over long distances.”

Can you imagine how much effort it would take to carry enough water for you and your family?

First Presbyterian Church will be working side-by-side with Living Water International in Honduras during 2014 to build a well and provide safe, clean water for our brothers and sisters. Watch for details about how you can be a part of this mission, whether you travel to Honduras, or become part of the “home team!” Meanwhile, please pray for all those who don’t have access to this most precious resource: clean water.”

Why I Believe the Gospel, Why I Believe in Mission

I’m reading a book called “The Urban Face of Mission” and came across this quote, one of many, many gems in this collection of essays.  I wanted to share.

Let it be said:  I believe in activism and the work of activists.  In many ways, I am an activist and so are you. But it strikes me that our mission in Allentown is also one that believes in the capacities of the people we help, and that our call is to help however we can to include them on a movement to wholeness…wholeness for themselves, their children and families, and our communities.

“Still, there are limits to advocacy.  For the most part, advocacy is done by professional activists.  These professionals, with good intentions, try to act for others, so as to improve the lot of those on the margins.  However, there is a problem in that the poor are sometimes not involved in the process.  Professional activists act for the poor or act on their behalf, but the poor are left on the sidelines.  A better approach would be to acknowledge the capacities of poor people and to include them in the struggle.  The poor can say in the end ‘We have done it ourselves.’  The results would be ‘good news’ on a number of levels.”
Clinton E. Stockwell, “The Church and Justice in Crisis,” in The Urban Face of Mission, Harvie M. Cohn and Others, Manuel Ortiz and Susan S. Baker, eds.

Bart Campolo, former director of Mission Year in Philadelphia, has said that he got to a point in his activist and development career that he only interacted with other activists and people of means.  He worked, quite literally, on behalf of the poor but realized one day that he no longer personally knew folks who were.  So he left Mission Year and moved to one of the poorest, roughest neighborhoods in one of the poorest, roughest cities in the country.    Walnut Hills Fellowship was born in the process.

Stockwell says the apostle Paul’s primary reasons for undertaking his missionary journeys was to “evangelize individuals and to baptize them into believing communities, which ‘turned the world upside down.’  In that context, Paul challenged authorities, bridge nation-states, linked and unified ethnic groups, mollified the class structure by welcoming slaves and free, men and women, and Jesus and Gentiles into a new community.  As John Perkins has said, ‘All our works of evangelism, social action, economic development, and justice were on fire, turning and burning around the pivotal priority of preaching the gospel to the poor.’”

And what is this “gospel”?  Only this:  “the Kingdom of God is here.  We can live in it now, before these crowded streets, and in them.”  (Mark 1:15, paraphrase)

- Christopher Cocca, Urban Ministry Associate

World Vision President Richard Stearns On Changing the World (And MyNameIsMission on Changing Allentown)

World Vision president Richard Stearns recently shared the following thoughts on the Huffington Post’s religion page:

“The kind of Christianity the world responds to is the authentic “love your neighbor” kind. Its appeal can’t be legislated through court battles and neither can courts stop its spread.

Dean Curry, senior pastor of Life Center Church in Tacoma, Wash., is a pastor who has made this change. He told me that a decade ago people would say to him, “You’re the church that has that neat Christmas pageant.” Like many churches, Life Center was also best known for what it opposed.

But that began to change after he made a trip to Lesotho, a small country in southern Africa in 2005. Dean had an encounter with suffering and an encounter with God. After witnessing the ravages of AIDS and the plight of orphans he had met one day, Dean lay in a bed in a grass-roofed hut weeping. He was overwhelmed by a problem that was so much bigger than anything his church could address.

“This is too big for our church,” he said. “We can’t just add this to our missions budget. How can I do this?” Dean believes that God gave him an answer that night. “You need to mobilize your city to care for these orphans.” The group returned to Tacoma with broken hearts and a determination to come together as a city to help this tiny country of Lesotho 10,000 miles away. The Global Neighbor project was born.

Today, now seven years later, more than 5,000 people have become involved in one way or another. The mayor, public schools, Rotary Clubs, other churches, small businesses, judges, the head of the humane society, the Jewish community and some of the local policemen: They are all transforming lives half a world away. Pastor Curry told me, “We also engaged folks from the gay community. These were people who wouldn’t have returned my call as an evangelical leader but now they want to partner with the church.”

They achieved in five years what they expected to take 15. HIV/AIDS orphans received help. Those who are HIV positive receive care so that their children won’t become orphans.

In the seven years since the Global Neighbor Project began, Life Center Church has seen its membership double. Pastor Curry told me, “We used to be known as that church with the big Christmas pageant — now we’re known as the church that is helping AIDS orphans.”  (more here).

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First Presbyterian is known by many as the big church on the corner of Cedar Crest and Tilghman.  But we’re also known for other things: the program members and staff at Lehigh County Conference of Churches’ Daybreak know us as a church that serves over 50 meals a year there.  The homeless community that gathers in various ways around St. Paul’s church know our commitment to ending homelessness in Allentown.  Many know us as the church with an incredible refugee ministry.

And yet we are being called to wonder what could happen if we followed Dean Curry’s example and committed significant leadership resources and congregation voices to engaging our entire City on the issues of homelessness and affordable housing.  What would that look like?  What would that mean?  What would it require?

In many ways, we’ve begun to address and consider these questions over the past few years.  Watch this space and our other communications platforms to follow and join this unfolding story.  Come to Local Care Mission meetings.  Join the Peace, Justice, and Missionaries Team.  Volunteer with Local Care at Daybreak.  Join the Lehigh County Conference of Churches Justice and Advocacy Committee. Volunteer to help HADC and Habitat for Humanity help build CALCV’s Sixth Street Shelter expansion.  Be part of a thoughtful, prayerful process of engaging our wider community in deed and word.  Help shape that conversation, those expectations, and those abiding commitments.

Muhlenberg College Collection Drive for Sandy Victims

From friends at Muhlenberg College:

Items needed: Canned goods, Toiletries, Batteries, New Clothing (Especially coats, hats, gloves, etc.), Blankets, Tools, Water, Toys, Kitchen Trash Bags, Pet Food.

$$$ Cash donations will be used to purchase goods such as coats and blankets

Donations benefit the Church of Grace and Peace Shelter in Toms River, NJ

Mon, Wed-Fri: 11 am – 2 pm and Mon -Thurs: 5 – 7 pm., Seegers Union

Donations will be delivered to the shelter on Saturday 11/17.

Helping Sandy Victims

The Moravian College Center for Leadership and Service have started a blog to post opportunities for the Moravian campus community and others to help with Sandy relief efforts.  Here.

First Presbyterian’s own 1010 Band will offer a relief concert for Sandy victims this coming Sunday at 6:30 PM. All proceeds raised will go to the Presbyterian Disaster Relief effort to help Sandy victims.

Holiday Resources in the Lehigh Valley

Note:  This is general community resource.  Items subject to change.

THANKSGIVING FOOD BASKETS
City Limits Assembly of God
302 Ridge Avenue
Allentown, PA
(610) 776-8656
•Turkey and food bag distribution
•November 20, 2012, Time TBA

Northern Lehigh Food Bank
(610) 767-9525
•Holiday food distribution
•November 17, 2012, 9-11 am
•For those residing within the Northern Lehigh School District and/or Upper Lehigh County areas such as New Tripoli and Germansville

THANKSGIVING FREE MEALS
Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church
at Everlasting Life Ministries
224 North Sixth Street
Allentown, PA
(610) 776-4009
•Saturday, November 17, 2012, 12:30 pm & 3 pm
•Volunteer servers are needed (arrive by 11 am for the 12:30 pm seating and by 2 pm for the 3 pm seating), pre-registration is not required to volunteer
•Requests donations of fresh or frozen turkeys and/or monetary donations (marked for Everlasting Life Ministries) which may be dropped off at the church Monday-Saturday,
9 am-12 pm

Jordan United Church of Christ
1837 Church Road (corner of Route 309 and Walbert Avenue)
Allentown, PA
(610) 395-2218
•Thursday, November 22, 2012, 11 am-2 pm
New Bethany Ministries

at Mollard Hospitality Center
341 West Fourth Street
Bethlehem, PA
(610) 691-5602
•Thursday, November 22, 2012, 12-1 pm

St. James A.M.E. Zion Church
410 Union Street
Allentown, PA
(610) 841-4407 (leave message for Pamela)
•Saturday, November 17,  2012, 12-3 pm

St. John’s Lutheran Church
206 East Main Street
Bath, PA
(610) 837-1061
•Thursday, November 22, 2012, 12 pm

St. John’s United Church of Christ
15 South Second Street
Slatington, PA
(610) 767-5554
•Thursday, November 22, 2012, 12-2 pm

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall
36 South Eighth Street
Allentown, PA
(610) 435-9065
•Thursday, November 22, 2012, 11:30 am-2:30 pm

St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church
1421 West Turner Street
Allentown, PA
(610) 439-8821
•Thursday, November 22, 2012, service at 10:30 am, meal at 11 am
Trinity Episcopal Church

at Third Street Alliance for Women and Children
41 North Third Street (front Third Street door)
Easton, PA
(610) 253-0792
•Saturday, November 17, 2012, 12-1 pm
•Reservations are not needed

CHRISTMAS GIFT/TOY PROGRAMS
Salvation Army-Allentown
144 North 8th Street
Allentown, PA
(610) 432-0129
•Toys for Tots Sign-ups: October 23-25, 2012,9 am-12 pm
•Make-up dates: November 7 & 14, 2012, 9 am-12 pm; December 1, 2012, 9 am-12 pm
•Applicants must bring: Photo ID, SS cards and Birth Certificates for all household members, Proof of all Income, Rent Receipt or Lease, Utility Bills and Expenses

Salvation Army-Bethlehem
521 Pembroke Road
Bethlehem, PA
(610) 867-4681
•Toys for Tots Sign-ups: October 22-25, 2012, 9-11:30 am and 1-2:15 pm
•Applicants must bring: Photo ID, SS cards and Birth Certificates for all household members, Proof of all Income, Rent Receipt or Lease, Utility Bills and Expenses
Updated October 22, 2012

Thanks from the Knitting Ministry!

A heartfelt THANK YOU to all that joined us for the Summer Knitting Program. This year we were able to knit and crochet with new friends, and each week there was a lesson about a different technique or skill. Now is the time to help our small group to grow a bit more. Beginning this month, there will be two more opportunities each month to practice and spend time together. The current plan is to meet in the Library the second Tuesday from 5:00 – 7:00 PM and the fourth Thursday from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. We look forward to different projects – some for other in need and some for friends.