Daybreak Drop-in Center (a ministry of the Lehigh Conference of Churches): Covid-19 has impacted the program's ability to provide meals and other regular programming. They currently need donations of two kinds:
1) Individually wrapped food items that you would pack in a “to go” bag - any kind of snacks, chips, cookies, protein bars, drinks or dessert would be welcomed.
2) Art supplies - items such as individual packs of markers, glitter/gel pens, glue sticks, water color paints, construction paper, tissue paper and acrylic paint.
If you would like to help the clients at Daybreak, drop off your donations at the church office between 10 am – 1 pm Monday thru Friday, and place them in the Chapel in the box labeled “Daybreak.” Thank you! Thanks also to Bill Konek, who prior to the pandemic was providing a monthly hot meal at Daybreak, and will now be dropping by with your donations. Read more about the Daybreak program: https://lehighchurches.org/what-we-do/daybreak/
Annual or Quarterly Support
CROP Walk: This yearly walk held each October raises funds and awareness of hunger in our region and around the world. Monies raised in the Allentown Crop walk are given to Lehigh Valley area food banks. The 2019 CROP Walk was Sunday October 13 - thank you to all the walkers and donors who helped raise $877 from this congregation and $27,811 in total. We hope to resume CROP walking again in 2021.
Family Promise of the Lehigh Valley: Family Promise LV is an affiliate of the national Family Promise Organization, a non-profit which assists homeless children and their families. Their mission is carried out by a network of congregations and other community resources working together to meet immediate needs, and to assist in building patterns to that will bring long-term stability. Grace partners with Macungie Christian Community in serving as a local host site by volunteering with meal prep, helping children with homework and games, and staying as overnight chaperones. To volunteer or for more information, text or call Diane Drabinsky, 610-390-9896.
Lehigh Mission District Ingathering: Through the Lehigh Mission District of ELCA Lutheran churches, the annual Ingathering provides needed personal items and Christmas gifts to institutions in the Lehigh Valley. Ingathering benefits the Allentown Rescue Mission, CareNet Pregnancy Center of the Lehigh Valley, Daybreak (Lehigh County Council of Churches), Bethany Christian Services, the Sixth Street Shelter, Turning Point, and others. Grace collects the requested items during October and November. The items are then packed up and sent to St. John's Lutheran in Emmaus for shipping the first week of December. UPDATE: Due to pandemic, this year's Christmas Ingathering is cancelled. Plans are underway for a "Christmas in July" Ingathering, tentatively scheduled for Summer 2021.
St. Luke's Winter Clothing Drive: During the colder months, we collect gently-used winter coats, hats, scarves, gloves, and sweat suits. These are given to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in downtown Allentown, where they are distributed to people in need. Men’s, women’s, and children’s coats of all sizes are needed. From November through February, please leave your donations in the large blue bin in the chapel.
ELCA World Hunger Appeal: We give to help eradicate world hunger through the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. Learn more about the ELCA's efforts at this link: https://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/ELCA-World-Hunger