NORTH WHITEHALL Union Lutheran offering outdoor Christmas Eve services
BY SUSAN RUMBLE
Special to The Press
Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, welcomes all people from the community to outdoor worship services Dec. 24.
Remain in the comfort of your car and listen to the music, scriptures and prayers on radio station 94.3 FM
Communion elements will be offered in sealed cups.
Pastor Gordon Camp reports, “Of course it will be different, and different doesn’t have to be bad.
“So we celebrate as we are able and rejoice in the Spirit.”
The first worship service will be at 3 p.m., a great time for those who prefer not to drive after dark.
The 8 p.m. service will feature the Praise Band and favorite Christmas carols.
At 11 p.m. the Union Chorale will be present to lead the singing.
During “Silent Night,” people with masks on will be invited to step outside their cars to wave glow sticks.
The service will end with announcement of the Light of Christ among us and the singing of “Joy to the World.”
Services will also be available at ulclv.org.
Faith Wesleyan Church, 3356 Route 309, Orefield, will host Christmas Eve candlelight services at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 24. adhering to CDC guidelines.
Pastor James Gottwald of St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1415 Rising Sun Road, Laurys Station, refers to the words from Isaiah 40:1 during this holiday season.
Gottwald notes the directive, “Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God” has special meaning this year.
“God speaks comfort. God’s word transformed the community from a constant reminder of loss and mistakes into a community of grace, comfort, and the possibility for new life.
“For our Advent and Christmas, I am looking forward to some of the ways that God gives us opportunities for new or renewed relationships and community,” Pastor Gottwald explains.
The Upper Lehigh Lions Club is taking orders for hoagies which will be prepared Jan. 12, 2021.
They will be ready for pickup at the Schnecksville Fire Company after 3:30 p.m. that day.
Phone orders to Ruthann at 610-217-0333 by Jan. 4, 2021. Several options are available, including tuna.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the only fundraiser the Lions are able to have.