Congratulations for a Great Job!

Family Promise Gift Card Bingo raised $8400* for Family Promise
September 30, 2018

*70% to Family Promise of the Lehigh Valley
  30% to support St John's for hosting famlies

Family Promise of Lehigh County, an organization which assists in sheltering and feeding homeless families.  
Founded in 1986, Family Promise is a national interfaith hospitality network that provides services and support to homeless children and their families while they are temporarily homeless. Instead of living in a shelter where the family is separated, Family Promise keeps the family together and assists them during their time of homelessness to provide the support, love and care to help and encourage the families to get back on their feet.

St John's UCC Laurys Mission - Family Promise

Family Promise of the Lehigh Valley

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Thank You to the Sponsors of Gift Cards, Consolation & Door Prizes, and Basket Raffle

Paddock/Fogelsville Hotel, Brian & Carolyn Heft, Pam Haas, Kathy Frantz, Betty Corbett, Carl & Jane Moyer, Prime Steak House, John & Karen Pfeiffer, Kathy Curzi, Priscilla Vassallo, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Tim & Deborah Geiger, Elias Market, Tim & Karen Lichtenwalner, Don & Karen Newhard, Miller Supply/ACE, Doug & Pam Yeager, Northampton Seafood, PC Beverage, Villa Lentini, Pat Szelast, Pizza Village V, Tammy Marushak, Don & Pam Lerch, George & Linda Nabb, Ken & Rose Deitrick, Ray & Linda Warren, Keith & Vicki Stephens, Barbara Kintz, Thomson Meat Market, Chuck Wagon Drive In, Sandy John-son, Mama’s Pizza, Crystal Springs, Hi-Way Restaurant, Dale & Gloria Atherholt, Kornfeind’s Market, Whitehall Pharmacy, Don & Ginny Steele, Bakery Nook, Isabella’s Pizza, Angel’s Italian Restaurant, King Kone, Scoopendorf’s Ice Cream Co., Twila Herber, Tom & Sue Beitelman, A Vassallo Mechanical, Target, Cindy Peters, Fairgrounds Hotel, Diane Frantz Salon, Jean Brazuk’s Hairstyling, WaWa Headquarters,
Samuel Owens, Gift Card Bingo Team

2018 Sleepout For Homelessness raised $384.23 for Valley Youth House
September 29, 2018
The youth group would like to thank the congregation for their support of 2018 Sleepout for Homelessness. A total of $384.23 was collected from our congregation and Youth Group participants. Our 4 youth participants were Kameron Frisch, Kevin Landis, Kristine Landis, and Abigail Meyers. Ray Warren and Beth Sloan attended as chaperones. A total of 57 youth and 21 adults from 7 churches joined the event, sleeping outside in cardboard boxes to learn what it's like for teens to be on their own, and through simulation activities the challenges they face on a daily basis. We played ice-breaker games and enjoyed a thought provoking worship service with communion of grapes and goldfish crackers. The money collected was sent to Valley Youth House.  2018 Sleepout2 425
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 Valley Youth House has been helping youth and families since 1973. They seek to provide prevention and intervention services, counseling, life skills and behavioral
health services. They have services in Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Montgomery, Northampton, and PhiladelphiaCounties. Check out their website

To be the eyes, hands, and heart of Jesus in our community and the world.
To spend a night learning about what it might be like to be homeless.
To raise money for VALLEY YOUTH HOUSE which helps abandoned, abused and homeless youth.

Avery's Lemon-AID Stand raised over $300 for Neighbors In Need
October 7, 2018

Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants.
Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice.
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Lemonade Avery 400  . Lemonade Patrons 400
Way to go, Avery!


 2018 Confirmation Class Fundraising

The 2018 confirmation class participated in a variety of fundraising projects with their mentors. Each confirmation candidate chose a project to raise money and a charity.

After many hours of selling and preparing tasty treats, creating soup in a jar mixes, keeping track of seed and bulb orders and planning an ice cream event, the class raised a total of $1,266.

The American Cancer Society is the recipient of $307. Class members Jeweliana Andrews, Kayla Stosh, and Ciena Stenger sold blubs and seed mats, soup mixes, and candy bars to benefit the American Cancer Society. In their letter to the charity the girls stated that the funds were “for providing treatment to those who have cancer and for cancer research, as we all have been touched with someone who has had cancer.”
Hayley Thoder, Kristine Landis, and Abigail Meyers chose St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital as the recipient of the $959 that they raised from a Sundae Fundae event, a chocolate cream cheese cupcake sale and a nut tossie sale. In their letter to St. Jude’s they said: “We chose St. Jude’s because they work with and give healthcare, hope, and life to seriously ill children and their families. We felt honored to be able to assist in improving the lives of those who need it.”
Earlier in their journey, the class hosted a Church and Chow to benefit the UCC Penn Northeast Conference’s Amigos de Guatemala charity. The class collected $310 to help with the construction of a multi-use facility in the village of Monte Margarita in Guatemala, which will serve as a health clinic, a dormitory for visiting physicians, an education center, and more. Construction began several months ago and already there is a retaining wall, exterior walls, a first floor, a second floor and a roof. Upcoming projects include the installation of plumbing, potable water, and backup generators to supply electricity during the village's many power outages.