Holiday Baking at St. Andrew's Bethlehem

[From St. Andrew's]

Let Us Do Your Holiday Baking
Christmas cookies and other delicious baked goods will be on sale on Saturday, December 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, December 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1900 Pennsylvania Avenue (1/4 mile south of Catasauqua Rd. on the border of Allentown and Bethlehem). Check one thing off your holiday to-do list. The talented bakers will have everything from nut toccis to chocolate babka.
All proceeds benefit the church’s ministry and mission. The Church is the home of the Pennsylvania Avenue Interfaith Food Pantry and is a host site of the Bethlehem emergency sheltering program. For more information visit or phone 610 865-3603.

St. Andrew's, Allentown/Bethlehem Dinner Benefit

[From Fr. Scott Allen]

An evening of Pre-Holiday Good Spirits at Weaversville Inn to Benefit St. Andrew's Church December 18.

The Evening Includes, but is not limited to:
Live music in the bar area for you enjoyment. Very special guest bartenders, our own Senior Warden Liza Holzinger, and the Minister of Spirits Scott Allen. Give away surprises. All gratuities generated from the bar, and 10% of the dining proceeds will go to support St. Andrew's mission's andministries. Reservations for dinner are suggested.

Place:     The Weaversville Inn
Address:     6916 Weaversville Rd.
                     Northampton, PA 18067
Tel. #:    610-502-9881
Time:     6-9 pm
Date:     Saturday December 18
Directions:  From the Airport; Airport Rd. North to left onto Schoenersville Rd. North, go past Gregory's, the roadturns into Weaversville Rd. at this point. Continue up the windy Rd. for about 2 miles, the Inn is on the right. If you get to a light you have gone to far.

Recital for Haiti in Wilkes-Barre

Canon Mark Laubach, Organist and Choirmaster of St. Stephen's Pro-Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre, will present a recital on January 31 at  3:00 p.m. on the four-manual, 80+ rank Berghaus pipe organ to raise money for Episcopal Relief and Development to provide assistance for victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti. If you cannot attend the recital, your prayers and contributions to any worthy charity in support of the suffering people of Haiti will be appreciated. Contributions may be sent to St. Stephen's (checks payable to St. Stephen's Pro-Cathedral, with "Haiti Earthquake Relief" in the memo section) or made directly to ER-D at their website, ER-D is one of the highest rated charities in the USA, with very low overhead expenses. All contributions made to St. Stephen's or to ER-D are tax deductible. [Thanks to Debra Kellerman of St. Stephen's for sending this information.]

Kajo Keji fundraiser at Mediator Sunday School

[From Mediator Allentown rector Maria Tjeltveit to the families of Sunday School Children]

I wanted to give you a final snapshot of the November Soccer Fundraiser results. As I mentioned last week, through your generosity and with the help of the parish we were able to double our intended target of $252 to a final sum of $505.56. The money is paying for the following items for the Loopo Primary School:  22 soccer uniforms (whole team), 1 wooden table (they don’t use desks and several students sit at a table), 2 wooden chairs, 6 jump ropes, 6 yards of fabric (used to make school uniforms), 1 soccer ball and 2 net balls. That is an amazing accomplishment for one church Sunday School and I hope you will find a way to convey to your child how much this effort will mean to the students of the Loopo school. My hope is that this spirit of doing for others will last a lifetime for them.  A very sincere thank you to all of you. If you missed the opportunity to give to our fundraiser and would still like to participate, the 12 Days of Christmas diocesan effort will continue until 12/15.

Mediator board 

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To promote Allentown and benefit Grace Montessori School

A project –– traditional and fine art photos taken within Allentown by aspiring local artists –– sponsored by Dan’s Camera, Allentown Brew Works, The Morning Call, and Nikon Cameras will benefit Allentown and Grace Montessori School. GMS, an outreach ministry of Grace Church Allentown which provides scholarships to 30% of its student body, including inner-city children, was selected by a group of local businesses and Mike Woodland, co-owner of Dan’s Camera City in Allentown, to receive a substantial donation from a project designed to promote Allentown and a specific non-profit organization.

Throughout the summer and fall, Dan’s Camera City, described in the NYTimes as "one of he most innovative camera stores in the country," had offered three six-week photo journaling classes for which the primary subject was the City of Allentown. Approximately 45 students took photographs and met with their instructor to create photographic stories of Allentown while improving their camera skills.

Products featuring the photos of Allentown donated by the students have been created by Dan’s Camera City and will be offered for sale in the community. The products include a hard cover book, a 2010 calendar, note cards and framed photos. Depending on the specific product, GMS will receive 30 to 50 percent of the sales price. Dan's Camera City has produced and is providing these at cost.

The Morning Call and the Brew Works and Grace Church are providing publicity and hospitality for various aspects of the project. Nikon is donating five SLR cameras to GMS.

A password-protected website will be made available for GMS parents. The site will contain many candid shots of the students and the school of particular interest to parents. Those shots are not featured among the other products.

Diocesan Youth Scholarships

[From Kimberly Rowles, diocesan youth missioner] In the current economic situation, the youth of the diocese are depending more on scholarship funds to attend events than in the past. Our scholarship funds has been depleted.

In an effort to raise funds to ensure that no one is turned away from youth events, the Youth Council has decided to try some fundraising, just in time for the Christmas shopping season. With the blessing of Archdeacon Stringfellow and Bishop Paul we are starting our first Pampered Chef Fundraiser this week.  The sale will run until Thanksgiving Day and all items purchased will be delivered in plenty of time for Christmas.

Download 2009.Scholarship Insert Fundraiser

Individuals can buy directly from any youth council member –– there are members at Christ Church Stroudsburg, Trinity Mt Pocono, St Gabriel's Douglassville, St Brigid's Nazareth and Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
Or you buy directly from the Pampered Chef Website. There's a link to shop online in the lower left hand corner. When you enter to shop be sure to choose the Diocese of Bethlehem as your organization/host. Pampered Chef is going to give our Scholarship Fund 10-15% of the fundsraised depending on the total of our sale. This is a great opportunity to support youth ministry, even if there are no youth in your individual congregation.
If you prefer to make a donation without purchasing anything, we are accepting direct tax-deductible donations towards the scholarship fund in any amount from members and friends of the Diocese of Bethlehem. If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund directly, please submit your check made out to the Diocese of Bethlehem with "Youth Scholarship" on the memo line to Diocese of Bethlehem Attn Rosie Hummel, 333 Wyandote Ave Bethlehem PA 18051 ... or Donate Online (right column of the DioBeth website).

My Community Guide

My Community Guide, sponsored by St. Luke's Hospital, appears as a full page in The Morning Call every Wednesday, listing nonprofit and community events, including breakfasts, dinners, school performances, speakers, benefit sales, and groups, dance recitals, flea markets, shows and much more. To list your event free, go to

Church School at Trinity Easton raises $1850 for New Hope

The Church School at Trinity Easton has a missionary offering every program year. They undertake a small fundraiser or two, but mainly they collect spare change from their alowances, their families and fellow parishioners at Trinity from mid-September through May.

The 2007-08 Church School Missionary Offering was designated for the New Hope Campaign. At both Sunday services, children from the church would take turns collecting small change in two specially made "school houses," made by Trinitarian Carmen LoBaido Wilson to underscore that one of the tasks of New Hope is to rebuild school buildings in Kajo-Keji. At each service, the children would present their gifts at the altar along with the regular offerings of money and food, bread and wine.

During the year in class, they learned about Loopo Primary School, our adopted school, and other activities to learn about the Diocese of Kajo-Keji.

When Bishop Paul came to visit on April 20th, he was presented a check for $664, which was collected up through Easter. But they weren't done. The Church School collected a total $1850 for New Hope through this year's Church School Missionary offering.