Salem UCC News
Alena Dillon, author of Mercy House , the 2022 Lebanon County Reads selection, will visit Lebanon virtually Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 7 PM! Guests may attend the event virtually via Zoom or in person at the watch party at Leedy Theater, Lebanon Valley College. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at your local library or online. Signed copies of the selection may be ordered at the time of your ticket purchase. Questions? Please call your local library.
There will be Sunday School after the Children’s Time on September 11 & 25. Please note that classes include middle and high school students. Students will accompany the teacher downstairs at that time. Parents are asked to stay upstairs until the end of class when the teacher will bring the students back upstairs at approximately 11:45 a.m. All families are encouraged to invite a friend along to church and Sunday School!
The Helping Hands program at Bethany Children’s Home continues to temporarily shelter unaccompanied children who have crossed our borders to enter the United States. These children are seeking to reunite with their families who already reside in the United States. Many of these children are victims of human trafficking and/or have come from very dangerous environments. A list of current needs may be found on the table in the west foyer. Donations may be placed on the designated table in the west foyer. In addition, if you wish to make a monetary contribution which will be used to purchase items that are not covered in the grant, you may write a check to Salem and write Helping Hands on the memo line and place the check in the offering plate. Thank you for your support and generosity as we not only give a Helping Hand but also a Brighter Future for these children.
For more information on this and other programs at Bethany Children’s Home, please visit https://bethanyhome.org/programs/.
Since its founding in 1965, the six communities of UCC Homes have been providing a full continuum of residential living arrangements and care throughout South Central Pennsylvania. Among the most important sources of income for the UCC Homes to support unbudgeted resources (items and special programming that can enhance the lives of Residents) is the Annual Contribution Drive. On September 11th, Salem will have a Mission Moment that upholds the ministry of the UCC Homes followed by a collection on September 18th. If you have a desire to help others and the ability to make a financial gift that specifically benefits the residents of The Lebanon Valley Home and Kindred Place at Annville, we invite you to make a check payable to UCC Homes and please indicate in the memo line that your check is intended as contribution designated Leb/Salem UCC. Checks can be collected on UCC Homes Day on September 18th or directly mailed to UCC Homes, Attn: Victoria Velez, 30 N. 31st Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011.
For more information on UCC Homes, visit https://www.ucc-homes.org/.
The Neighbors in Need offering supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States and Puerto Rico and also, the Council for American Indian Ministries. The 2022 theme for Neighbors in Need is “Behold!” based upon James 5:4 Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you… With inflation currently impacting all households, special consideration will be given this year to projects which focus on economic justice. More information and stories can be found on the following link: https://www.ucc.org/nin. The Neighbors in Need offering will be received as part of World Communion Sunday on Oct. 2, 2022. Thank you for your consideration and support of Neighbors in Need as we help to make the world a better place for all of God’s people.
Please visit our Little Free Library in our main parking lot.
The Little Free Library is a wonderful box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. It is a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. Reading certainly does change lives.
See LittleFreeLibrary.org for more information on how this works.