UPPER AND LOWER MILFORD COLUMN
This summer, Calvary Baptist Church of Allentown started a breakfast club offering nonperishable grab and go bags of nutritious breakfast foods. Each bag contains five to seven food items that do not require refrigeration. Members of the congregation donated the food. The goal of the breakfast club is to serve anyone in the Lehigh Valley who would like to receive a bag of breakfast snacks.
“We can tailor the food items upon request based on dietary needs such as food allergies. For example, we can bag only peanut-free foods. Just ask!” Melika Matlack, co-chair of this initiative said.
Church volunteers give out the bags of food 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays, no questions asked, to anyone who would like them. “First come, first served, as supply is limited! So far, we have been able to deliver 100 bags to neighbors and folks working in the area, from essential workers to people just passing through,” Matlack said. “All are welcome and encouraged to visit for a little bag of breakfast snacks to brighten their day.”
To participate, drive or walk onto the parking lot of Calvary Baptist Church, 4601 W. Tilghman St., Allentown. The church is located on the corner of Tilghman Street and Hausman Road in South Whitehall Township. Church volunteers will signal how to enter the parking lot from Hausman Road. From there, drive to the porte cochere in front of the main door to receive your bag from church volunteers. The dates and times of remaining breakfast club Mondays are 9 to 10 a.m. Aug. 10, 17, 24 and 31.
Milford Park, Routes 29 and 100 in Zionsville, will hold its bible study week 7 p.m. Aug. 10-14 in the lounge, taught by Rev. Todd Wolfe. Everyone is welcome to attend
Milford Park has also issued a message about the impact of COVID-19 on its summer ministries: “Our open-air tabernacle provides sufficient space for people to continue to maintain social distancing. Personal protective equipment can be worn, based on an individual’s preference. You can also bring your own lawn chairs. A limited menu selection will be available at the snack shop before and after the 7 p.m. service. Our pre-service meals were well-received and we will once again offer platters before the service 5:30 p.m. Seating will be available at the open-air pavilion.”
All programs and services are open to everyone and will take place rain or shine. A freewill offering will be taken at this program.
For more information call 610-966-4240. You may view the entire summer schedule at www.milfordpark.org.
Milford Park’s dormitory and William & Mary Lodge are closed to overnight guests this summer.
Announcements of cancellations due to the coronavirus continue to be received. We suggest residents check with the appropriate organization when it’s close to time for the event.
Lower Milford Township has canceled its fall festival Sept. 26.
The Vera Cruz Community Association has canceled this year’s Homecoming Aug. 16.
The Upper Milford Township Historical Society has canceled its meetings for August, September and October, due to the virus.
Faith Presbyterian Church, Emmaus, has announced the Women of Faith Craft Fair has been canceled for December. They will notify everyone when a decision is made regarding the December 2021 fair.
In Upper Milford Township, the playgrounds are open, but with signage reminding people they are at an at-risk and personal responsibility place. The parks are open per guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the township solicitor and the board of supervisors.
Lower Milford Township supervisors will meet 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20 via Zoom. The historical commission is scheduled to meet 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11. The recreation and open space committee meeting scheduled for Aug. 12 has been canceled, as has the planning commission workshop scheduled Aug. 17.
The planning commission is looking for a member to fill a four-year term. The commission normally meets 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month. If you are interested, you can submit a letter either in person, by mail or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upper Milford Township Supervisors will meet 7 p.m. Aug. 6, also via Zoom. No decision has been made yet on how to hold the Aug. 20 meeting.
No nonessential meetings are being held in Upper Milford, so everyone should check the township website or call for information on cancellations.
Upper Milford Township offices are open for in-person service with protections in place and masks required. They ask only one person at a time be in the vestibule area and only one at the window at a time. The drop box is still outside for anyone who does not feel comfortable coming inside and township staff can assist by email or phone.
The township is not taking reservations for park pavilions or the auditorium for the remainder of 2020.
St. Peter’s Union Church is continuing outdoor worship services 9 a.m. every Sunday morning in August, weather permitting. If the weather is bad, the service will be canceled all together, not moved indoors. Attendees are asked to social distance and wear masks. If you are unable to attend, you can still worship by going to YouTube and typing in: Zion’s Lutheran Church, Old Zionsville, PA.
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