As St. James continues to work at

Communicating God's Transformative LOVE

Through Compassionate Service for ALL

Check this page to see how we have served our neighbors! 


 

September 2017:

God's work. Our hands. Sunday: Click here for project results!  

 

BLOOD DRIVE SUCCESS!!

Thank you to all who made time to give a gift of life! Our blood drive on September 13th had 57 registered donors and 48 units were collected.  Mark your calendar for the next blood drive: December 13


 

July 2017:

 

During VBS, school supplies were collected and packaged for distribution to families in need through Betty Lou's Pantry! 


June 2017:

Thanks to all who made time to donate blood at the June 14 blood drive—there were 44 registered donors and 34 units were collected! Mark your calendar for the next blood drive on September 13th.


May 2017:

The May Cross+Gen Sunday school class treated participants to a breakfast feast.  During the class, all who attended learned about Malaria and how it effects millions around the world.  There was also a video update on the sponsored orphans in Kenya, the video is posted to the Vision Alive page. Thank you to all who helped cook and present the program.  Thank you also to all who gave generously towards Vision Alive, over $900 was collected to assist the orphanage with expenses and needs the children have. 

Tables with Nets        Watching the VA Video 

 

 Speaker      Breakfast Served


March 2017:

A blood drive was held in March with 51 registered donors and 42 units were collected.  The Miller-Keystone Local Leader campaign recognizes businesses, schools, church groups and other organizations who go above and beyond the call of duty to support their community. By hosting blood drives with our regional blood provider, these organizations are also supporting the MKBC Mission Statement - Saving lives by partnering with our community to provide a continuous supply of blood products and services. In 2016, St. James collected 205 units and was therefore recognized as a local leader! Special thanks to Kathy Whetsell for organizing this important ministry at St. James! 


February 2017:

The February Cross+Gen Sunday school class made Valentines that were delivered to 8 shut ins from St. James as well as to residents of Valley Manor nursing home. 


December 2016:

 

Dec 28: The last blood drive of 2016 was held-Thanks to Kathy Whetsell for all her time and energy coordinating this important life saving ministry. 

 

Throughout the months of November and December, members of St. James worked to make Christmas a little brighter for others: 24 gifts were collected for Bethany ministries-Refugee resettlement, 6 gifts were given to Good Shepherd, various household items were collected for the Lehigh Mission District and 25 families from Betty Lou's Pantry were given gifts for their children. 

 

November 2016:

On Black Friday, a small group from St. James traveled to Philadelphia and helped to serve a Thankgiving feast to over 200 homeless persons in center city. 

 

October 2016:

 

Dave and tractorOn Sunday, October 16 members of St. James walked in the Coopersburg Halloween parade and collected donations along the parade route for Betty Lou's Pantry! 

 

 

quilts 2016

 

Oct 2: We rejoice today and give thanks for the abundance God has bestowed on us. For the second year, we will be sending 19 Child Care Kits as well as 18 fleece blankets to Lutheran World Relief. We are also very blessed to be able to send 85 quilts to those in need of shelter and warmth.  These quilt gifts are possible due to YOUR contributions of materials and time and a monetary grant through Thrivent Financial.  Lutheran World Relief provides us with tracking information as to where our quilts have been sent. 


September 2016:

**On September 28, St. James held a blood drive which had 40 people registered to donate and 36 units were collected.  Thank you to all who took the time to donate!**


God's work. Our hands. Sunday, September 11

     Thank you to all who helped make this day a success. We assembled 160 bags of soup as well as collected over 2 dozen winter coats for Betty Lou's Pantry. We assembled 18 baby bundle care kits, tied 30 quilts and 10 fleece blankets for Lutheran World Relief.  

      We fed over 100 people at the church picnic. Over 3 dozen shoe  boxes are being used by Faith UCC for Operation Christmas.  We painted 35 clay hearts for distribution to families at an upcoming memorial service at CHOP.

      The fire company shed has a new roof. Our entrance area has had the bushes removed and the ground has been raked in preparation for seeding. Our sanctuary's pews have been cleaned and polished, the stained glass windows washed and the pew cushions and the carpet have been shampooed.

    What a wonderful way to Communicate God's Transformative Love with Compassionate Service for All!

     Thank you to Thrivent Financial for Team Action Grants that provided seed money for the soup,  quilts, blankets, and layettes and to all who donated specified items, money, and time. Our hands are truly blessed!  

Visit the God's work. Our hands. page for pictures from this awesome day of service! 

 

July & August  2016:

Vacation Bible school, held in July, worked to collect back to school items for recipients of Betty Lou's Pantry.  With the help of the congregation, back packs were assembled with note books, crayons, pencils, pens and more.  The backpacks were distributed to families in August in time for the start of the school year. 

 

THANK YOU.  To all those who participated in the dunk tank fund raiser for Vision Alive during the picnic on August 28, thank you.  With your help, we were able to reach our goal of $500 which will be used to purchase uniforms, shoes, backpacks and school supplies for the 10 children who live at Vision Alive. God bless you all. -The Global Mission Team 

A special thanks to those who sat in the dunk tank: Riley Stephens, Chris Williams, Chris Page, Amanda Mobley, Pastor Hart and especially to an unexpected, last minute volunteer- Barb Lieberman! 

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Amanda in tank    Chris P in tank    Barb L in tank    Chris W in the tank

 

May 2016:


St. James has been holding monthly intergenerational breakfast Sunday school gatherings each first Sunday since October.  These opportunities to gather and learn together have been well attended and given all ages the opportunity to participate in many different ways.  Topics have included world hunger, reformation, our stained glass windows, stewardship and more.  In May, our C-team hosted the event and people shared God sightings from their daily lives.  After sharing many wonderful stories along with some laughs and tears, groups worked to recreate one shared story with play-doh and legos.  You can see the creations in the hallway display window! Watch for more information on these gatherings which will begin again in the fall. 

 

Don and Darren  Anne Felix and Nate Woodruff at breakfast  Kim Gormas Sophie Gormas Annette Young Pam Page Jason Schlieman playdoh

 

Ken Miller Don V Jackie and Brooklyn playdog   Mike M Matt Woodruff and Connie Riedy playdoh


April 2016:

Wrapping up Refuge Welcome Boxes! Many people donated items which were packaged for deliver to Lutheran Congregational Services in April containing much needed items for refugee families being settled in our area. These boxes included bedding, kitchen items and much more to help families begin their new lives.


March 2016: 

A Miller Keystone Blood Drive was held in March at St. James.  Kathy Whetsell organizes these drives throughout the year and in 2015 she organized 3 drives which collected 151 units! Thank you to all who donated and to Kathy for the time she puts into this important project.  


February 2016: 


Valentines! 
Thanks to all who attended the God's Generations Growing Together Intergenerational Sunday school breakfast on Sunday, February 7. Together members of St. James from age 3 through 90something helped to make valentines, valentine bookmarks, bags and more. Twelve valentine bags were delivered to shut ins and 50 were delivered to Valley Manor residents! 

 

SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY: Sunday school students in grades 6-8 met in January to research local ministries that help to feed people. After some time on the church computers researching many organizations the group voted to support New Bethany Ministries in Bethlehem this year by collecting money and food on Sunday, February 7.  The group collected and sent $392.03 and several bags of groceries to New Bethany Ministries. Thank you to all who supported this effort! 

Researching Organizations        Making Signs



December 2015: 

Home bound members were visited by volunteers from the church and Christmas poinsettias were delivered. Thanks to all who donated plants and took time to visit members of the church!


Choir at apartments

 The Celebration Choir spent an evening at the Coopersburg Apartments sharing their Christmas cantata and a few Christmas carols with the residents. Church youth and members provided cookies, treats, punch and homemade peppermight ice cream to serve to all in attendance. 

 

The collection of pill bottles for The Malawi Project came to an end in December.  While countless members saved their pill bottles and brought them to church, 8 people spent quite a few hours sorting, cleaning and packing the bottles for shipment. 857 bottles weighing about 29 pounds were shipped with assistance from a Thrivent Action Team grant.  Special thanks to Mary Ann H. for organizing this project, to all who donated bottles and to the work crew: Pam W., Cathy D., Larry D., Jeanne R., Ken M., MaryAnn H., Joyce Z. and Ron K. 

Malawi Project Web Collage

 

Betty Lous Gifts

 

Members of St. James Lutheran Church worked together with members from Faith UCC in Center Valley to collect Christmas gifts for the families in the community who utilize Betty Lou's Pantry.  Gifts were given to 140 children from 63 families and Cop's 'N Kids of the Lehigh Valley provided books for all the children.   

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 2015

Serving in Philly 2015

 Youth and and adults from St. James, St. Paul's and Friedens Lutheran churches traveled to Philadelphia on Black Friday to serve a Thanksgiving feast to homeless persons in center city.  It was a long but rewarding day; over 150 people were served turkey, stuffing, wings, ham, sweet potatoes, rice, bread, black eyed peas, cabbage, collard greens, drinks, cakes, and more! 
 
 
 
A Fair Trade Sale was held in the Fellowship Hall and over $1500 in merchandise from artisans around the world was sold.  This event is not held as a fundraiser but as an opportunity for people to purchase items fairly traded and support artisans and farmers. Learn more about Fair Trade here! 
 
Ingathering: St. James collected gifts for 20 children to be distributed to families who moved into the area through Lutheran Congregation Services (LCS) Refugee Resettlement program. Thank you to all who supported this project! 

 

 OCTOBER 2015

 

A BIG THANK YOU to the Stewardship team for feeding breakfast to the families and volunteers who came to Betty Lou's Pantry.  Between the two Saturday's in October over 130 were fed and just as important, had an opportunity for fellowship with each other.  God blass you all for your help and support. -Betty Lou's Pantry 

 

Youth and adults walked in the Coopersburg Halloween Parade with a float and collected food donations for Betty Lou's Food Pantry! Special thanks to Jason S. and Dave H. for overseeing this event. 

 

Bread Day: Thanks to everyone who baked and then "purchsed" bread, cookies and delicious desserts for our annual Bread Day. We were able to raise over $550.00 and with Thriven Care Abounds in Communities supplemental funds the proceeds for the day were over $1200.00. These funds were sent to the Lutheran Congregation Services in AAllentown to help in the resettlement of refugees and to ELCA World Relief.  Thank you one and all! -The Social Ministry Team  

 

God's Work. Our hands. Sunday, September 2015 Results: 

 

On this dedicated day of service, St. James accomplished quite a bit: 

 

20 baby care kits were prepared for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

18 fleece blankets were completed for LWR

53 diapers were made from donated tee-shirts for LWR

113 dental kits were prepared to send to Vision Alive, an orphanage in Kenya

69 pairs of shoes were collected for Vision Alive

25 school kits were prepared to send to Vision Alive along with extra school supplies

170 Dry Soup Mixes prepared and given to Betty Lou's Pantry

Stairs were built to provide safer access to the Betty Lou's Pantry shed

Weeding and other lawn maintenance work was done at the Coopersburg Living Memorial Park

And, to wrap up the day, a picnic was prepared and served to our neighbors at the Coopersburg Senior Apartments which all our various volunteers from the day also were able to share in! 

Baby Kits  Betty Lous Step Project 3   Making Soup 1

Park work 2  School Kits 1   Quilts 1

School Kits 2  Picnic Serving 6   Quilts 3

Picnic 2  Picnic 3   Picnic Hundley Woodruff

 

 

 

 

 

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