Ziegels Union Church, 9990 Ziegels Church Road, Breinigsville, could be considered something of an anomaly, according to the Rev. Jeffrey Kistler, of the United Church of Christ.
“This is what is called a vintage church in the literature,” Kistler said. “One of the things that has always been positive about a vintage church is the pastors are committed to doing pastoral care. If someone is sick, we go to the hospital.
“My perception is that is not always the case in nonvintage churches.”
Another anomaly is there are actually two Ziegels Union churches, well, sort of.
How do the arts enhance your life?
The Lehigh Valley Arts Council (LVAC) says plenty.
The 501c3 organization was established “to promote the value of the arts, foster collaboration in the community and encourage arts engagement for all people in the Lehigh Valley.”
The Arts Council honored its membership at the annual Arts Count 2018 annual fall reception and Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Grant Awards presentation Oct. 16, Butz Corporate Center, 842 Hamilton St., Allentown.
The year is 1928. The Roaring ‘20s are nearing their conclusion and the Great Depression’s desolation awaits.
In West Allentown, a stately, regal and artful movie palace opens known as the Nineteenth Street Theatre.
Ninety years later, years of planning, months of renovations and $5.5 million have created a refurbished Civic Theatre of Allentown, which officially reopened during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 11.
Scrap policy is evolving and how the United States responds matters, and matters a lot.
That’s what panelists told a crowd assembled at the 2018 Lehigh Valley Energy & Environment Outlook and Expo, Sept. 21, Homewood Suites, Center Valley, presented by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Ground zero for those changes are occurring in China. The communist country has recently banned certain materials and is requiring exporters to ship materials that are almost entirely devoid of contamination.
Enter the front door of the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley and make the first right. Head down the hall and you’ll see them on your left. Literally hundreds of class photos dating back more than half a century. Smiling children with their classmates and teachers.
“Let me see where mine is,” says Amy Sams, JCC adult program and event coordinator. “Oh, here it is.”
There in a small frame is a class photo of when she was a young girl. Just like it is for thousands of other students.
The Great Depression, 1933. Joseph Zeller and his younger brother Frank are promoting fights for a gangster. Joe is a lad of 14 and is learning the ropes of human nature and the difference between what people say and what people do.
Some find peace in church. Some also find peace in the Peace Garden on the grounds of Jordan United Church of Christ.
The Rev. David Charles Smith, Jordan UCC’s senior pastor, said the South Whitehall Township church refurbished about 2.5 acres of its 40-acre campus about 12 years ago for the garden.
Today, recently ordained Pastor Virginia Schlegel of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Whitehall Township, is leading the charge to maintain it.
If Austin Powers is the “International Man of Mystery,” then Sir Elton John has to be the “International Man of Music.”
You know the persona, the act, the costumes, the gossip, but most of all you know the music. The music, after all, is what has made Sir Elton a constant companion throughout your life, even if you’re only a casual fan.
Are you still standing? Did you feel the love tonight? Felt so good one day you didn’t want the sun to go down on you? In themselves, they are just moments. With an artist of Sir Elton’s talents, they are transformed into milestones.
The 103rd anniversary of the Allentown Band at Waldheim Park, 2400 S. Hall St., Salisbury Township, will feature a salute to the spacious skies and amber waves of grain of America the beautiful.
“America’s Folk Songs ... Reflections of a Nation,” 7 p.m. Aug. 14, also features the music of Lehigh Valley folksinger, songwriter and recording artist Anne Hills.
Folk music can be as warm and inviting as a winter fire or as potent and exhilarating as an August thunderstorm. Anne Hills, an accomplished Lehigh Valley-based folk singer and songwriter, is a master of both settings.
“Music touches us in a place that ordinarily we do not experience,” Hills says prior to her Aug. 14 performance of “America’s Folk Songs ... Reflections of a Nation” at Waldheim Park, Salisbury Township.