A festive atmosphere filled the sanctuary at Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, for the recent installation of the Rev. Kris Snyder-Samuelson as senior pastor.
The program began with a procession of robed pastors from other churches in the Penn Northeast Conference of the United Church of Christ denomination.
Amidst the background of ceremonial red altar and lectern covers, the hymn, “Won’t You Let Me Be Your Servant?” set the tone for the reflections and presentations which were to follow.
The Upper Lehigh Historical Society will have a cookie and clear toy candy sale noon until sold out, Dec. 11 at the Schneck House, 5081 Route 873, Schnecksville.
Cookies may be selected, weighed and purchased at a per pound cost.
If you like to bake and want to help the historical society, donations of cookies, bread, cake and cupcakes may be dropped off at the Schneck House 1-3 p.m. Dec. 10 or after 9:30 a.m. Dec. 11.
This is the only fundraiser for the organization this year. The group needs volunteers to help in various ways.
Karlene Laub has begun her year of service as president of the Upper Lehigh Lions Club.
She commended Immediate Past President Keith Bloss for a great year.
“We made over $42,000 this year and gave it all away,” Laub reported.
The Lions contributed to local fire companies, Northern Valley EMS, Northern Lehigh and Agape food banks, the Center for Vision Loss and Leader Dog for the Blind.
The club granted scholarships to four Parkland High School seniors and provided financial support for local families with special needs.
The sanctuary was filled at Union Evangelical Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, July 10 as the Rev. Dennis W. Moore preached his final sermon, baptized four babies and received gifts and good wishes from members and friends.
When Moore began his ministry to the group 20 years ago, on Nov. 1, 1996, the Lutherans were still sharing the Union Church building with the United Church of Christ congregation in Neffs.
Moore recalls he knew the congregations would be separating but did not know where the Lutherans would be going.
Parkland School Board unanimously approved employment agreements for the leadership duo now sitting in the district office.
At th July 28 meeting, District Superintendent Dr. Richard Sniscak and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rodney Troutman were each re-hired for a five-year term effective July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2021.
Both men assumed their present jobs July 1, 2011.
Sniscak, then assistant superintendent, succeeded Dr. Louise Donohue when she retired.
Troutman advanced to the role vacated by Sniscak.
Herbein and Co. Inc., 2763 Century Boulevard, Reading, has been appointed South Whitehall auditor for the years ending Dec. 31, 2014, and 2015.
The previous auditor was the firm of Buckno, Lisicky.
Human Resources Manager Renee Bickel explained the reason for the change.
"We made a conscious decision to transfer auditors to a different firm," Bickel said. "It is a timing issue. They had other commitments with their client loads.
Annette Wilcox has been selected as the new director of the Neffs United Church of Christ pre-school.
Wilcox earned a bachelor's degree in education at the University of Michigan, a master's degree in special education from Lehigh University, and administrative certification from Lehigh University.
She taught elementary special needs classes in Florida and acute special needs children in Michigan.
Wilcox's most recent employment was at the Centennial School at Lehigh University where she began as a teacher and moved on to various administrative positions.
Farmers, local businesses and individuals are contributing items for an auction at Agape New Testament Fellowship Church, 5229 Route 873, Schnecksville, 1 p.m. on June 20.
Proceeds will be directed to the food pantry at the Agape church, which serves about 50 families a month.
Some funds may also be given to Second Harvest Food Bank, which helps people at various locations throughout the Lehigh Valley.
Agape is affiliated with Second Harvest.
Parkland High School's Leo Club will be staging its third annual duck race fundraiser 1 p.m. May 17 at Covered Bridge Park, South Whitehall.
Upper Lehigh Lions Club liaison to the Leos, Jim Osmun, reports this year's proceeds will be given to Csala and Dan Beers of North Whitehall Township.
Csala left her house to go and buy milk before a snowstorm Feb. 1 but along the way was involved in a serious accident with her car.
As a result, she is paralyzed from the waist down. Her husband, Dan, was paralyzed years earlier in an accident on the same road.
At the Parkland School Board workshop session Dec. 16, Dr. Thomas Seidenberger, circuit rider for the Campaign for Fair Funding, gave a presentation on the non-partisan effort to look for more equitable funding of Pennsylvania public schools.
Seidenberger, retired superintendent of East Penn School District, is traveling through Berks, Bucks, Carbon and Lehigh counties to communicate the need for changes in public education funding in the state.