The Social Ministry Committee meets once a month and provides various opportunities throughout the year for our members to enjoy social events and to help members or those in need in our community. 
 
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic,
we are not meeting in person but we are holding outdoor events,
and supporting the Food Pantry & Blessings Shop as best we can. 
We hope everyone stays healthy and safe! We miss you all!
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     Food Pantry & Blessings Shop – In 2020, 2301 lbs of supplies were donated to the Lowhill food pantry by our church members. Awesome Job! Thanks to everyone who donated! The food pantry conveys their thanks, and says they are blessed to have our support in their mission to help our community. In January 2021, 375 lbs and in February 574 lbs (432 lbs of that was through youth group funds) of supplies were donated to the Lowhill food pantry by our church members.
     The pantry wants everyone to remain safe, but if you want to get items or gift cards, they are much appreciated. You may bring your items to church and place in boxes or can be dropped off at the food pantry on the first Tuesday and last Saturday of the month from 9-11 am. Knock on the door, leave items outside, and please tell them to mark your donation for “Weisenberg Church“.
     Right now they could use: instant mashed potatoes, cleaning supplies, snacks like granola bars, peanut butter or cheese crackers, outdoor activities for kids, towels, and wash cloths.
     Next drop off dates at the Food Pantry are Saturday, May 29 and Tuesday, June 1 from 9 to 11 am. Click here for more info.
 
     Weisenberg Helping Hands – Hey Members…Need an extra 2 hands? If you need help from other congregational members in any way, please contact Karen Reinert at 484-357-5280.
 
     Old Photos Wanted!  If you have photos of past events at Weisenberg Church, the Social Ministry Committee would like to borrow and scan them to put them on a CD. Please give them to Jessica Friday or e-mail her at Jessica.Friday75@gmail.com. After scanning, they will be returned to you.
 
     Altar Flowers – For anybody sponsoring altar flowers, if you would ever like to consider donating one or both of them to one of our shut-ins, a church member who has been recently hospitalized, or the Cornerstone Living Facility, please contact one of the Social Ministry Committee members. We will be happy to deliver the flowers for you and spread some cheer!
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Committee Meeting
Sunday, April 11 at 7:30 PM via Zoom – New members are always welcomed to plan events.
 
Country Stroll-Fundraiser for our Church and Family Promise of the Lehigh Valley
Saturday, April 24, 2021 – All are welcome to join us in a walk around
the Weisenberg Church area to raise money for two organizations.
Price to walk is $20 adult, $10 under age 15, $5 per child if more than one child.
Monetary donations may also be mailed to the church during the month of April.
Make checks payable to “Weisenberg Lutheran Church” and write “fundraiser on the memo line.
Contact Cindy 610-393-1995 or Emma 484-357-8827 if interested or need more info.
Donations will also be collected before/during the walk for families to
use at the Family Promise center. Items needed:
laundry detergent, dryer sheets, personal hygiene products (deodorant, body wash, shampoo),
size 4 diapers, paper plates, paper towels, plastic utensils dish soap.
Contact person is Karen 484-357-5280.
UPDATE – We had 28 walkers, raised $1300 and had a van full of items for families to use at the day center. THANK YOU for your generous support.
 
Rock Painting Secrets
Saturday, May 8 at 1:30 PM – Join Sharon M. for instruction
on this popular hobby of rock painting/hiding/finding rocks. sharing
She will be sharing her insights to what helps her produce awesome
looking works of art “rocks”, what products work best, what steps to take, etc.
It is rewarding to paint rocks and a great way to inspire,
spread happiness and lift other people’s spirits.
Please bring a lawn chair, a pencil and rock painting markers if you have them.
We will meet outside near the picnic shed.
Contact person is Karen 484-357-5280.
 
A RECAP of EVENTS HELD in 2020.
     In February 184 lbs, March 249 lbs (Sr high youth group project) and in April, 279 lbs of supplies were donated to the Lowhill food pantry by our church members. Thank You to everyone that participated in the Lenten Daily Food Challenge (with the Stewardship Team) where for the 40 days of Lent, you gave up one food item and donated it to the Food Pantry. Thank You to everyone that generously donated to Heifer International. We collected $1,171 during the month of February. This will make a difference in people’s lives outside of our congregation and local community. Due to Covid-19, we stopped meeting in-person and holding social events, but we continued to support the food pantry. In June 128 lbs of supplies were donated to the Lowhill food pantry by our church members. In July 179 lbs, August 95 lbs, September 283 lbs, October 297 lbs, November 123 lbs of supplies were donated to the Lowhill food pantry by our church members. We offered a kids craft for the month of December thru April 2021.
 
A RECAP of EVENTS HELD in 2019
      In January we held another Breakfast Buddies event attended by 10 people, delivered altar flowers to a shut-in and to Cornerstone. In February we held a Family Fun Cocoa Mug Painting Party with Paintsome Pottery. In March, we collected and delivered 1055 lbs of supplies to the Food Pantry (some were from Sr Hi that bought items with money they collected) and also had items for the Blessings Shop. We want to thank everyone for their continued donations and support. In April, we had 29 people attend our Progressive Dinner. Everyone had a great time…and the food was delicious and plentiful! It’s always a fun night to hang out with everyone. We collected and delivered 185 lbs of supplies to the food pantry and items for the Blessings Shop, plus we stocked shelves at the food pantry. In May, we delivered Mother’s Day flowers to Cornerstone and we continue to send out get well cards and visit some shut ins. We collected and delivered 122 lbs of supplies to the food pantry and items for the Blessings Shop. In June, 108 lbs of supplies were collected and delivered to the food pantry as well as donations for the Blessings Shop. In July, 197 lbs of supplies were collected and delivered to the food pantry, we stocked shelves at the food pantry (thanks to Karla, Caden, Bev, Jonathan, Faith, Marci and Karen) and we had 17 people attend a Breakfast Buddies event at Shady Maple. In August, 338 lbs of supplies (a lot of cleaning supplies) were collected and delivered to the food pantry. We collected $716 for the Cay Galgon Life House to help support low-income pregnant or single unwed mothers with no family support. In September, 219 lbs of supplies were collected and delivered to the food pantry as well as donations for the Blessings Shop. We had 29 people take a trip to Allentown to see Clue-The Musical and 17 busy harvesters participated in the IHartHarvest Potato Project to help local food pantries. In October, 121 lbs of supplies were collected and delivered to the food pantry. We held our first Spaghetti Dinner and Raffle and raised $1300 with the dinner and $695 with the raffle and received $150 donation. THANK YOU to everyone that helped in anyway to make this fundraiser a success. A portion of the proceeds will be used to supply hams to the food pantry families for the Christmas holiday. With October being Pastor Appreciation Month, we shared little gifts with Pastor Ray each Sunday; a special sign that used candy bar wrappers in the description; a shirt “Pastor-Warning-Anything you say or do could be used in a sermon”, a money tree (sorry not producing money at this time) and written on the pot “Thanks for helping us grow.”; a container where church members were welcomed to write down an encouraging or thank you note or special memory about Pastor Ray. We also helped a family move and had 15 people join us for a pot luck dinner with loads of fun and entertainment at our Halloween Party. In November, 160 lbs of supplies were collected and delivered to the food pantry as well as donations for the Blessings Shop. We also purchased hams for the food pantry and helped a family move. In December, 216 lbs of supplies (3943 lbs for the year) were collected and delivered to the food pantry plus items for the Blessings Shop. We had 11 people join us for our Breakfast Buddy event. We had a great time socializing while we enjoyed our meal.
 
Social Ministry Committee members are:
Karen Reinert (chair 484-357-5280)
Sue Breininger, Cindy Coyle, Jessica Friday, Tina Mikosky and Emma Shellhammer.