Northwestern Press

Sunday, July 5, 2020

LYNN TOWNSHIP: Jacob’s Church to host VBS

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by BERNADETTE SUKLEY in Columns

Happy 4th of July! While there may be a limit to the fireworks this year, there’s a greater need to celebrate our freedoms — which are never free.

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Jacob’s Church, New Tripoli, will host its annual Vacation Bible School camp July 13-17.

This year’s theme is: Bible Road Trip: Like Never Before.

It is the church’s first drive-through Vacation Bible School.

Drop by any time between 9 a.m. and noon during the week to participate in this new edition of VBS.

Registration is free. To register, go to jacobschurch.org/vbs.

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UPPER MACUNGIE: Lehigh Valley Zoo reopens

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, has reopened.

Admission tickets must be purchased in advance at lvzoo.org/reopen.

Timed reservations are being used to limit capacity and to allow plenty of room for guests and groups to enjoy the zoo at their leisure while adhering to social distancing protocols.

Print tickets if possible. If you cannot print the tickets, make sure the ticket file is downloaded and open on the cellphone when you are lined up for check-in, and make sure your screen is as bright as possible.

HEIDELBERG TOWNSHIP: Food pantry seeks donations

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by KAREN JENSEN PARRY in Columns

Spread the word! Christ’s Church at Lowhill Food Pantry, 4695 Lowhill Church Road, New Tripoli, needs nonperishable items.

The food pantry serves residents of the Northwestern School District and is managed and staffed completely by a volunteer workforce.

Items most needed include: any kind of cereal, canned pastas and beans, soups, Ramen noodles, canned meats, tuna, spaghetti sauce and pasta. Also wanted are personal care products, too.

LYNN TOWNSHIP: New Tripoli Fire Co. changes gun bash

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by BERNADETTS SUKLEY in Columns

Summer is finally here! Slowly, but surely, everything is opening up.

Here’s hoping the fresh air and sunshine reduces the virus and increases the sense of community that was almost lost due to the pandemic shutdown.

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New Tripoli Fire Company, has canceled its annual Guns and Cash Bash fundraiser due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

However, according to the fire company’s Facebook page, the Gun Bash has been replaced with a new fundraiser ticket, “Fall Gun or Cash Giveaway.”

NORTH WHITEHALL: Union Lutheran’s VBS will be online

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, reports this summer’s Rocky Railway Vacation Bible School program will be chugging online right into peoples homes.

Social distancing will not close down the tracks as Jesus’ power “pulls us through.”

VBS fun and learning will be unveiled every Wednesday for five weeks, starting July 8 and concluding Aug. 5.

Each encounter will be full of action and activities.

Click on the link the church will provide for participants.

Children will see Union Lutheran friends, learn the lesson and sing and dance along with the music.

NORTH WHITEHALL: St. John’s UCC presenting virtual Vacation Bible School

Friday, June 12, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Although COVID-19 precautions have restricted public gatherings, St. John’s United Church of Christ, Laurys Station, has decided to offer Vacation Bible School to children through Zoom.

Church leaders are working to have everything ready to go for virtual transmission of VBS 10 a.m. to noon. June 15-19.

Activities and stories will then be available anytime on the church website.

The program, “Rocky Railway — Jesus’ Power Pulls Us Through, will bring fun-filled Zoom meetings to children of all ages.

HEIDELBERG TOWNSHIP: Christ’s Church at Lowhill Food Pantry needs donations

Friday, May 29, 2020 by KAREN JENSEN PARRY in Columns

Spread a smile! According to Chairwoman Nancy Holbrook of Christ’s Church at Lowhill Food Pantry, 4695 Lowhill Church Road, New Tripoli, there is a huge need for nonperishable items at the food pantry.

The food pantry serves residents of the Northwestern Lehigh School District and is managed and staffed completely by a volunteer workforce.

Items most needed are: any kind of breakfast cereal and bars, oatmeal, pancake mix, syrup, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, juices, soups, Ramen noodles, canned pastas, fruits, vegetables and meats, tuna, spaghetti sauce and pasta.

NORTH WHITEHALL: New music director at Union Lutheran Church

Friday, May 29, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Susan Frickert has been selected as the new director of music at Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville.

Her previous position was at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Nazareth.

Frickert, who has more than 20 years experience in music ministry, has accompanied and directed choirs, and has worked with Lehigh University’s music department and students on major choral works.

At Union Lutheran, she will direct the Union Chorale, the Praise Band, Bell Choir and the children’s choir.

She also will work with Pastor Gordon Camp to prepare music for weekly worship.

NORTH WHITEHALL: Upper Lehigh Lions Club cancels festival, craft show

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

The Upper Lehigh Lions Club has canceled its annual Roar With the Lions Festival and Craft Show originally scheduled for July 24 and 25 in the Neffs Union Church grove.

Lion Tom Kern reported the action was taken as a precaution in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The festival has been rescheduled to July 30 and 31, 2021.

Kern said the Schnecktucky Derby is postponed until Aug. 29.

“Hopefully we can do it then,” Kern said.

The chicken barbecue also has been canceled.

The Lions are meeting via Zoom.

LYNN TOWNSHIP: Fire comp. Father’s Day chicken barbecue, June 21

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by The Press in Columns

BY BERNADETTE SUKLEY

Special to The Press

The phrase we often hear nowadays is “when this is all over …”

We just don’t know if or when the coronavirus will stop holding us hostage, but one day the playgrounds will reopen and we will be able to laugh and play together again.

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New Tripoli Fire Company, New Tripoli, will host its annual Father’s Day chicken barbecue June 21.

Chicken meals are by Kauffman’s Bar-B-Que Restaurant Inc.

Social distancing will be observed.

For more information, call 610-298-8174.

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