WELCOME TO THE LEHIGH MISSION DISTRICT

The Lehigh Mission District is an association of congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in portions of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. The Lehigh Mission District supports various ministries throughout Lehigh County through the cooperation and support of all of its member churches. These ministries include after school and summer programs for inner city kids, community organizing efforts in Allentown, fellowship programs for senior citizens, and a mission congregation to the Latino community of Allentown, as well as other worthy ministries.

UPCOMING EVENTS/VOLUNTEERS WANTED

Contemplative Prayer – Prayer Around the Cross
You are invited to join with others for a time of contemplative opening to the Spirit of God in and around us. We invite God’s Light to shine in our hearts and to awakening our consciousness to live lives of mercy, justice, and love. Please join together in this brief time of sacred reading, silent reflection, poetry, chanting, candle lighting, intercessory prayer, and space for quiet reflection. Third Saturday of each month, 5:00 – 5:45 pm at Christ Lutheran Church, 1245 W. Hamilton Street, Allentown, Pa, 18102. Parking lot across street from church. Address inquiries to Rev. Tom Lichner at tclichner@rcn.com.

Come Away To A Quiet Place
Centering Prayer is a particular form of quiet, receptive prayer as taught by Father Thomas Keating and Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault. A portion of each one-hour gathering will include some discussion about centering prayer. So, whether you never heard of centering prayer, are a beginner, or an experienced pray-er, all are welcome. First Friday of each month Oct. 5 / Nov. 2 / Dec. 2, 10:30 – 11:30 am. Led by Rev. Maritza Dolich and Rev. Dr. Tom Lichner. Center for Spiritual Awakening at Christ Lutheran Church, 1245 W. Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18102. Parking in Lot across Hamilton St. from Church. Enter on 13th Street, look for the sign “Schantz House/Ruhe Annex”. Please let us know if you will be joining us. Inquiries to Rev. Dr. Tom Lichner, Director Center for Spiritual Awakening tclichner@rcn.com / 610-533-9362.

Journaling Our Way Through Alzheimer’s
Beginning on September 24 at 10:30 am in the Schantz House/Ruhe Annex (see directions above).  Led by Jo-Ellen Darling, whose own father is in his 6th year with the disease. “I see this illness as a sacred journey of loss, love and reflection. Journaling – especially in a group context – is a way to ground our perspective, to name the graces and the difficulties, and to share these precious experiences in a safe environment.” Please join us on Sept. 24 and the last Monday of each month at 10:30 in the Schantz House/Ruhe Annex (enter through the doors on 13th Street).  Please bring a journal and pen.  For more information contact: jdarlingfreelancing@hotmail.com

Pilgrimage as Spiritual Practice
Come…learn about an ancient spiritual practice that can change your life.  Oct. 6th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Christ Lutheran Church, 1245 W Hamilton St, Allentown, PA 18102. Inquiries to Rev. Dr. Tom Lichner, Director Center for Spiritual Awakening tclichner@rcn.com / 610-533-9362.

Greater Allentown CROP Hunger Walk: Sunday, Oct. 14, 1:30 pm
The walk begins and ends at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, 140 S. Ott St., Allentown, PA 18104, with registration starting at 12:45 pm. The CROP Hunger Walk is a great fellowship and service event for families, youth, and adults. Twenty-five percent of the funds raised by the CROP Hunger Walk returns to the Lehigh Valley to support the Allentown Area Ecumenical Food Bank and the Lehigh Conference of Churches Soup Kitchen. The remaining 75% is used by Church World Service for disaster relief (e.g., for communities devastated by hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods) and development assistance (e.g., assisting poor families with clean drinking water, seeds, and tools). For a sponsor form, please contact your own congregation, or log on at www.crophungerwalk.org for further information about CROP.

Can you provide an hour or two per week
to help someone who wants to change their life? St Luke’s at 417 N 7th St, Allentown has an ongoing need for volunteers to assist as tutors or substitutes for our growing multi-level ELL Program for individuals who want to learn English. No foreign language needed. ELL days and hours: Monday and Thursday 9:30-11:30 am and Wednesdays from 5:00-7:00 pm. We always need help. We are especially looking for people who a comfortable around computers. Contact Leslie Talago or Pastor Lamb at 610-434-3943 or stluke@enter.net.

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