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Ben Salem United Church of Christ

Lehighton, PA


Email the committee: [email protected]

Current Projects


As we begin a new year, we feel blessed by the generosity that you at Ben Salem provided for our mission efforts in a year that can be best described as “unconventional”. Our goal is to support viable local, national, and international organizations. We normally have three larger projects that each run for 3-4 months. Two projects are usually for local organizations, and the third is a national charity. We keep December as an open month so you may donate to Christmas mission requests of your choice. For 2020, our three projects were:

1. Prayers for Six-$650.00.

2. Family Promise of Carbon County-$1,000.00

3. Sneakers for Soldiers- $500.00

We also supported our yearly Child Sponsorship program-$720.00

Our Food Bank distributed food six times to needy congregation members and other families through ample food items donated by congregation members and monetary donations that helped with gift card distributions to augment bread, meat, and dairy items that were not able to be purchased by Food Bank volunteers.

Family Promise hosted families only one time at the church this year before Covid 19 forced all families to live in motels for the remainder of the year. We did provide evening meals for the participants, and Karen Hayman delivered them each evening when it was our week to serve. 

The Feed a Neighbor program sponsored each month by Zion’s UCC was interrupted this year due to the pandemic. We hope to participate again in 2021 once it is safe again to work with large groups.

We also continue to support the Christmas shoeboxes and Bethany Bow projects through the efforts of the Ben Salem Youth Group.

It is only through your donations that we can continue to serve others in our community and throughout the world, and for this we thank you.

We also ask that if you can help with Family Promise, Feed a Neighbor, and/or Food Bank, please do not hesitate to do so. We can always use help!

Our first mission project for 2021, will be Child Sponsorship, where we provide monetary support for two children each year. Our current children being sponsored by Ben Salem are Chezca Ortillano and Eruchappan V. The cost for each child is $360, so we ask you to be generous in your support of this mission. Please mark your mission envelopes with CHILD. This project will run through April 30, 2021.

May 2021 bring you blessings of health, happiness, and peace

Our area has always been great supporters of local and regional sport teams, and it is a tragedy to see someone of such a young age be disabled by injuries. We know that you will be generous in helping us to make this mission project a great success.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:58

Prayer Chain: The Prayer Chain is a way for anyone to request prayer for a specific need… . [or thanksgiving or joy]. 

Meals Ministry: Do you know someone who is shut-in or recovering from a hospitalization, serious injury or illness, or mourning the loss of a loved one that could benefit from a hot or a frozen meal? Ben Salem has a Meals Ministry Team that can help ease the daily burdens of families or individuals within our church and community by providing ready-to-eat meals. If you would like to volunteer with this ministry or know of someone in need, please contact Karen Hayman or the Church Office.

Called to Care: Trained volunteers from our church are available to assist the Pastor in visiting shut-in or hospitalized church members who are no longer able to attend regular worship services or participate in church functions. If you would like a “Called to Care” volunteer to visit you, please contact the Pastor at the Church Office (570) 386-3870. We are looking for more volunteers for this Committee!

If you are interested in sharing God’s love with shut-in members of our congregation, please contact Pastor McGowan. 

Prayer Shawl Ministry: The Prayer Shawl Committee is in need of helpers to make prayer shawls. If you can knit or crochet and would like to help, please contact the church office for more information. 


US Again Clothing Bins located at the Social Hall are open for donations.

A smaller red clothing bin has replaced the two bins we previously had by the

old Social Hall. Please feel free to donate clothing or shoes that you no longer need