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

SPIRITUAL CARE FOR ELDER CARE GIVERS

Do you provide part time or full-time care for an elder? Would you like a safe place to share your joys and struggles with other care-givers? In today’s American culture, many adults are providing full-time or part-time care for their elder parents, relatives, friends, or neighbors. Elder-care-giving can certainly be challenging, presenting both joys and frustrations to elders and their care-givers. This every-other-month gathering will provide participants with a time of guided prayer, supportive conversation around joys and struggles, and sharing new ideas for offering care. Come and go to these gatherings as you might need and desire. There is no need to make a commitment to each one.

Each gathering will be led by Rev. Dr. Tom Lichner, specially trained in Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction. Please direct your interest to Pastor Tom Lichner at tclichner@rcn.com OR 610-533-9362. Parking is available in a lot across Hamilton Street from the church. Meetings will be held at the Center for Spiritual Awakening at Christ Lutheran Church, 1245 W. Hamilton St., Allentown, PA 18102. 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Wednesdays: May 16th and July 18th, 2018.

CROSSROADS AT ST. PAUL’S ALLENTOWN

“Lord, when did we see you?” (Matt. 25)

St. Paul’s Allentown has been known for many years as “The Church with a heart in the heart of the city!” The church’s ministry with the marginalized changed dramatically with the tragic weather-related deaths of two homeless people in 2010. In response, a room in St. Paul’s was made available for those in need of shelter from the cold. While it was not perfect, it was shelter, and it became the first overflow shelter (or warming station) in Allentown. As others hosted and improved on sheltering for the night, St. Paul’s took on the day. Crossroads opened four years ago as simply a place to be out of the cold, but growing year by year and now hosting up to 60 people a day. Thanks to partners like those in the Lehigh Mission District, St. Paul’s has expanded the drop-in center in a variety of ways.

Are members of your congregation looking for an opportunity to help those in need? Crossroads has several opportunities!

If you have 30 minutes to volunteer: Mon. through Wed. from 8:30 to 9 am, breakfast is served at Crossroads. Volunteers are needed on Mon. and Wed. to hand out food and offer a friendly smile.

If you have 60 minutes to volunteer: Crossroads is open Mon. through Thurs. from 9 am to 4 pm. We have a variety of services and social opportunities to offer throughout the week, but we can always use more. Are you one of those people who can talk to anybody? Do you like to play games or do puzzles? Are there crafts that you can teach? Perhaps you have specialized training that you are willing to share.

No one must be there that whole time, but by being there for just an hour or two, YOU can help Crossroads be a place of shelter and care. Your time and your presence can make such a great difference! For more information, contact St. Paul’s-Allentown at 610-435-9065, or email jennstpauls1st@ptd.net.

EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES AT LUTHER CREST

Employment, Internship, and Volunteer Opportunities! If you or someone you know would like to explore employment, internship, or volunteer opportunities in nursing, dining services, activities, pastoral care, or other services among senior adults, please contact Luther Crest at 610-398-8011. For more information, please contact Rev. Virginia Heimer, Diakon Chaplain for Luther Crest 610-391-8210.

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