It’s been a long time coming, but the New Bethany Ministries’ Mollard Hospitality Center and kitchen received its first makeover since 2004, courtesy of several generous private donors, members of the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem congregation, and Boyle Construction.
The kitchen serves two daily meals, Monday – Friday, a meal on alternating Sundays, and special holiday meals for approximately 150 people each day. In 2016, the kitchen served over 57,000 meals.
The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley (PCFLV) held a week-long camp for pediatric cancer patients and their siblings on the campus of Cedar Crest College June 19 to 23.
Camp Smile, just one the many free services and opportunities PCFLV offers to its cancer warriors and their families, gave campers a chance to explore art classes, theater, sports, and swimming, and visit with many special guests from the community.
Emma Rawlings, a senior at California University of Pa. majoring in public relations, interned with the camp this year.
The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley (PCFLV) doesn’t just plan and run this weeklong camp. The organization assists families throughout the Lehigh Valley whose children have been recently diagnosed, are mid-treatment, or in remission or maintenance, says Stauffer.
“We offer a one-time free home ‘health’ cleaning in partnership with a local cleaning company so that when immune-compromised kids come home from the hospital for the first time,” said Stauffer, “they’re coming into a home that’s as clean as possible.”
Mother Nature contributed a good dusting of white to complement the sparkling iced cakes and glittering gowns featured in the Bridal Expo hosted at Lehigh University’s Rauch Field House Jan. 7 and 8.
Wesley Jenks, of Jenks Productions, said it’s the company’s 15th year coordinating and running the event.
“I like the people in the Lehigh Valley,” he said. “Everyone is friendly and easy to work with.”
This year, the two-day show featured 100 vendors, most local to the Lehigh Valley, with a few regional or national companies in attendance, too.
When Kevin Habick, 29, traveled to West Point for a football game with his family in ninth grade, he fell in love with the school.
“I loved the atmosphere and traditions,” this 2005 Freedom HS graduate says. “The school’s motto was something different than I’d known.”
The decision to choose a college was easy. One of Habick’s grandfathers had fought in World War II, the other in Korea.
“I wanted to hold myself to a higher standard,” Habick says. “I knew that I’d have to sacrifice parties and other ‘traditions,’ but it was a real privilege going to that institution.”
On a cold, snowy night in November, a group of 17 children from Uganda celebrated and shared their country and heritage through song, dance and drumming at the First Presbyterian Church in Bethlehem.
The group, changing three times into the colorful costumes of their country, filled the packed sanctuary with voices raised in joyful harmony, singing traditional Ugandan and Christian songs of praise. Few audience members could resist the toe-tapping rhythms and pure harmonies created by the smiling, energetic performers.
In 1984, Uganda’s civil war had been raging for several years, with hundreds of people killed in the rebellion against the Ugandan government and over 400,000 left homeless. Ray Barnett, who first visited the country in 1977, saw extreme poverty, starvation, injustice, disease and violence.
On July 21, Silver Spring Country Club hosted about 130 members of the Bethlehem Garden Club (BGC), which is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year. Dedicated to educating members and the community about gardening, sharing tips and experiences, and supporting civic planting to beautify areas around Bethlehem, the club meets on the third Thursday of every month at Advent Moravian Church.
Guests, patrons, staff and beneficiaries of New Bethany Ministries gathered at Lehigh University’s Zoellner Arts Center March 18 to celebrate 30 years of helping over 100,000 hungry, homeless, poor, and mentally ill clients find new opportunities and more secure futures.
“We serve between 3,000 and 6,000 people a year. We live in this food desert, where access to nutritious food is a real challenge,” said Executive Director Diane Elliott. “There are only 14 of us [on staff], and we couldn’t do it all ourselves.
“Tonight is a thank you for all of your support.”
Over 30 years ago, in 1982, several churches in Bethlehem’s Southside collaborated to form a shared worship and social ministry. Recognizing a community need for support services for homeless families and individuals, the churches, which included First United Church of Christ, Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Holy Ghost Roman Catholic, St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran, and Fritz Memorial United Methodist created a thrift shop and soup kitchen, provided mentoring and counseling services, and offered rental and housing assistance programs.