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, food banks and free meal programs, and fellowship programs for senior citizens, as well as other worthy ministries.
The current Dean of the Lehigh Mission District is Rev. Nelson Quiñones, who currently serves as Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Fogelsville, PA.
Pastor Quiñones was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. He lived in Allentown most of his life, graduating from Dieruff High School. Immediately upon graduating he enlisted in the US Navy where he held the rank of Petty Officer Third Class as an Electronic Technician. While in the Navy Reserves, he graduated from United Wesleyan College in Allentown with a BS in English Bible and Theology. He then worked at Lehigh County Prison as a Translator/Correctional Counselor, until leaving to pursue graduate work at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia where he received his Master of Divinity degree.
Pastor Quiñones was ordained and installed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Allentown. He also served at Christ Lutheran Church, Easton and San Martin de Porres Lutheran Church as well as assisted in the ecumenical endeavor of the Iglesia La Hermosa in Easton. He has served six years as pastor at St. John’s Fogelsville.
UPCOMING EVENTS/VOLUNTEERS WANTED
Operation Sunshine – Operation Sunshine is a non-profit fellowship opportunity within the Lehigh Mission District of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA. Please join us and invite your friends as we enjoy a variety of venues and travel together. www.lmdopsunshine.com
Sneak Peek at 2020 events:
*NOT YET ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS*
February 27 – Paper Mill Playhouse
“Unmasked” – The Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber
March 25 – Dutch Apple Theatre
Grumpy Old Men, The Musical
April 9 – Bristol Riverside Theatre
May 4 – Revere Tavern (new venue)
Murder Mystery Luncheon
Passing the Word: A Conference toward the future of Lutheran-Jewish and Inter-Religious Understanding
This event will be held October 27 and 28 at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA. For more info and to register go to: www.muhlenberg.edu/passingtheword
Centering Prayer: The first Friday of each month, 10:30 – 11:30 am. Location: Center for Spiritual Awakening at Christ Lutheran Church, 1245 W. Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org / 610-533-9362. Center for Spiritual Awakening Open House and Reception – Sunday Nov 17, following the 10:30 am worship service at Christ Lutheran, Allentown.
Spaghetti Dinner,St. John’s Lutheran Church, Emmaus – Are you hungry for delicious homemade food? Looking for a place to socialize with friends on a Saturday night? Then come to the annual All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner in the Parish Hall, 501 Chestnut St., Emmaus, PA . Date: Saturday Nov 2 from 4:30 – 7:00 pm. The cost is $7 per person, $4 for children 5 – 12 years, and free for children under 5. Reservations are not required, so spread the word and invite your friends to join us for food and fellowship.
Homemade Thanksgiving Sides Sale – St. John’s, Fogelsville: Looking to add some favorites to your meal? Place your orders for the following: 3 lbs. potato filling in a conveniently packaged, oven ready aluminum baking pan for $7.00. (Remove the lid, put the container in the oven, bake, and enjoy!) Applesauce will be available in quarts for $5.00 each. Bacon dressing is available to order in a pint for $4.00 or a quart for $6.00. We will be taking orders from Oct. 13 until Nov. 14th – contact Carol Moyer at 610-398-0569. PICK UP DATE: Saturday Nov. 23 from 9 am to 12 pm. For more info call 610-395-5535 or visit www.stjohns-fogelsville.org.