Members of Faith Wesleyan Church, Route 309, Orefield, presented a live nativity and a One Night in Bethlehem re-enactment during the weekend of Dec. 14-16.
The nativity scene was set up outside the church while the city of old Bethlehem was replicated inside the church.
Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, shepherds and angels were all present for the live nativity, as was a pair of goats and a burro, similar to the donkey that carried the Mary to Bethlehem before the birth of Jesus.
The Western Lehigh Chamber of Commerce had its annual Community Grant awards program recently during a luncheon, catered by Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar, at Underwriters Laboratory, 7036 Snowdrift Road, Upper Macungie.
The grants are awarded to two nonprofit organizations each year in memory of Sophie Gerhard and Edwin Adamczak.
This year’s recipients were the Woodlawn Fire Department, South Whitehall; and Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley.
Mike Yellak of Greenawalds Avenue, South Whitehall Township, kicked off his second annual Lights in Greenawalds show on Nov. 25 with thousands of Christmas lights and displays to provide Christmas cheer to Lehigh Valley residents.
The upgrades were huge with more than 10 new display scenes, and an upgraded concession barn.
Visitors experiences a warm, cozy feeling as they walk through the archway of lights.
Santa Claus made a grand entrance and photos could be taken with the Jolly Ol’ Elf.
The Grinch also made a return visit.
Residents and employees of Phoebe Terrace, Allentown, recently participated in a cookie baking contest.
The cookie baking champ was resident Jean Iobst with her peanut butter temptations, which were also a crowd favorite.
Second place went to Phoebe Terrace resident Katharine Borgmann with her boolean cookies, a traditional Austrian cookie.
Peter McConnell, publications coordinator with Phoebe Ministries, took home third place with his entry of cinnamon roll cookies.
Christine Bauder presented the winners their awards.
South Whitehall Township had its annual tree and bridge lighting ceremony Dec. 1 at Covered Bridge Park.
Though turnout was somewhat low due to persistent rain throughout the day, those who did attend were treated to a magical evening of entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus.
South Whitehall Commissioners’ President Christina “Tori” Morgan and Paige Durflinger, recreation program specialist, opened the ceremony.
The craft tables at the annual Weisenberg Lowhill Historical Society Christmas Cookie and Soup Sale at Werleys Corner were filled with more crafts than in other years.
This was thanks to Debi Zvanut who went hunting for new items to interest the youth who came to the sale.
Chief among the crafts were trees and reindeer made of cork to be decorated with the variety of items Zvanut brought along with her.
·Take Off Pounds Sensibly at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, 10 a.m.-noon. Call 610-398-9272.
·Alcoholics Anonymous at New Life Lutheran Church, 6804 Weiss Road, New Tripoli, 7 p.m. Call 610-298-2710.
·Cetronia Senior Center, 12:30 p.m., in the social hall behind the Cetronia Fire Company, 3950 Broadway. Pinochle and bingo. Beverages and doughnuts served. Must be age 55 or older. Open to residents of all areas. For information, call 610-751-0912.
When the Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society has its annual holiday open house, as it did Dec. 1, visitors are amazed at the collection of memories.
Some individuals have been inside the old New Tripoli Bank building, now home to the historical society, before and wonder what new items they will find.
Others are newcomers, surprised at the depth of the collections.
Willard Snyder, who worked at the bank, said it is amazing how many former bank customers he meets there. He was treasurer of the New Tripoli Fire Company for 30 years and an officer at the bank.