The Rev. Mark Swanson has joined the staff of Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, as interim pastor.
He succeeds the Rev. Dennis Moore who retired in July 2016, after 20 years of service.
The Rev. Herb Gifford and the Rev. Gene Parker shared pastoral responsibilities for several months until Swanson’s arrival in November 2016.
Swanson explained his role as interim pastor with The Press.
“I’ll want to move the congregation in the way they need to go, to be a navigator and help the congregation stay on the right course to follow its mission.”
Upper Lehigh Lions Club and Schnecksville Grange worked together to present a children’s Christmas party for clients of Agape and Christ’s Church at Lowhill food pantries.
Held in the grange hall on an early December Sunday, 34 children and 59 adults attended the party.
The grange, with members doing the cooking, contributed the meal of macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, ice cream, cookies and drinks.
Members of Parkland High School’s Leo Club wrapped presents and helped Santa distribute gifts.
As South Whitehall opens the Covered Bridge Park’s rental calendar in January 2017 for the next year, new fees will be in place.
The previous rate, $25 for residents will increase to $75.
The $100 fee for nonresidents rises to $150.
Parks and Recreation Manager Randy Cope, at the Dec. 21 meeting, explained the increase is necessary to cover expenses.
“It costs us $75 a day to maintain the pavilions over the weekends,” Cope said. “We have to have someone come in overtime, two hours minimum.”
St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1415 Rising Sun Road, Laurys Station, will have a family service with children’s message 6 p.m. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.
The traditional candlelight service will take place at 8 p.m.
Come early to hear special music, 20 minutes before both services, by the choir led by Director Donna Henninger.
The youth group is selling a variety of Christmas candy, including milk and dark chocolate covered peanuts, raisins and pretzels.
There are also reindeer munch, walnut bark and several kinds of white chocolate covered items available.
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.