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 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.
Election of a Bishop – To prepare for the June 2020 election of the next NEPA Synod Bishop, a team (including Dean Quinones) has been formed to solicit input from interested members of Synod congregations. Specifically, information is being asked about (1) setting issue priorities for the next Bishop to address; (2) what spiritual gifts and skills we are looking for in a candidate for Bishop. Three regional meetings have been scheduled, the one closest to the Lehigh Mission District being at Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville on Saturday February 15 from 9 am to noon. Agenda for this time: Worship, Overview of the Bishop’s election process, Explanation of the Survey and Collection of Input, Review of Next Steps. PLEASE make every effort to attend this meeting and give your input. A followup round of meetings will be scheduled in May 2020. See Feb. LMD Newsletter for more details. RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/453252541986921/?event_time_id=453252548653587
Malawi Mission Partner Speaking at First Presbyterian Church-Allentown – Liz Heinzel-Nelson, founder and Executive Director of the non-profit mission organization “Villages in Partnership,” will be the guest preacher on Sunday February 9, 2020, for the 8 am, 8:45 am, 10:10 am and 10:15 am services at First Presbyterian Church, 3231 Tilghman Street, Allentown. You are invited to come and be inspired by her faithful example to answer God’s call to serve in Malawi, one of the world’s poorest countries. For more information, contact Rev. Dianne Kareha at 610-706-0168 or see https://villagesinpartnership.org/.
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
Upcoming 2020 events:
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: Cabaret
May 4 – Revere Tavern (new venue): Murder Mystery Luncheon
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.