Ben Salem United Church of Christ

Lehighton, PA


Email the committee: [email protected]

Current Projects

Operation Christmas Child

Please return box by November 22, 2020.

Shoeboxes are available in the narthex or call the church office. 570-386-3870

Dedication of Shoeboxes -November 22, 2020

Mission Minder

Our final mission project for this year is “Sneakers for Soldiers”,

which was founded by a mother of a veteran stationed in the Middle

East. Soldiers stationed in remote locations do not have easy

access to shopping or the availability of good sneakers like those

they can get in the states. With the donations it receives, Sneakers

for Soldiers purchases sneakers that fit each soldier’s particular

needs. Soldiers give the brand, model, size, etc. of their favorite

sneakers, and “SFS” buys them and then sends them to their

remote military locations.

This foundation was founded in 2018, and since that time, has

delivered almost 3,000 pair of sneakers to soldiers in need. It has

been featured twice on ABC Nightly News for the good work it


The Sneakers for Soldiers project will run September 1 through

November 30. Please mark your mission envelopes with

SOLDIER to donate.

The month of December will be left open for other Christmas

charitable donation efforts that you may want to support through our

congregation or through other worthy causes.

We thank you for your efforts in making our mission projects


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. 


Due to COVID, the bins are sealed and are not taking donations at this time.

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