The Rev. Hal Hopkins recently welcomed visitors to Lighthouse Baptist Church, Breinigsville, for a gospel concert by The Jacob Brothers.
“We are glad you are here,” Hopkins said at the Dec. 8, 2018, event. “We will be led in worship by the Jacobs Brothers.
“Send our warmest wishes and welcome them. I pray this will be a joyful evening for you.
The music began with a clap-along song and the words “This love is way way, yes, two ways, down inside of me.”
“Gospel music means good news,” Mike Jacobs said.
The piles of evergreen branches on the porch of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center’s Osprey House, Slatington, say Christmas is coming.
And the Nature Center helps Christmas come along during its annual open house.
Director Dan Kunkle said the branches came from John and Barbara Egerton and from the Nature Center.
There were pine cones and ribbon for trimming.
And, inside, there were crafts for children to make, and snacks for everyone — though the adults were also having fun with the crafts.
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.
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.
The Rev. Mary Gade, associate of Bishop Samuel Zeiser of the Northeastern Synod, served as the installation official for the new pastor at Friedens Lutheran Church, Stony Run.
Pastor Althea Albright, a Berks County native, came to the church in February after looking into several different denominations. She decided Lutheran was more aligned to her beliefs.
Albright said she felt called to the ministry since she was in middle school. She attended Susquehanna University and the Philadelphia Lutheran Seminary.
Allen O. Delke Post 16 American Legion of Slatington recently had a memorial service at Union Cemetery, Slatington.
The service began with a parade from the Legion Post to the cemetery. Boy, Cub and Girl Scouts were marching with the Legion members.
Slatington High School band, under the direction of David Carroll, played several numbers.
Charles Rowlands was honored as the oldest Post member at age 97 with 76 years of membership.
Henry Distler of St. John’s UCC gave the invocation.
There were brief rain showers during the Weisenberg-Lowhill Historical Society Fall Festival on Sept. 8 but not enough to stop the fun.
The parking lot was crowded and, at one point, word went around food was running out but that seemed to just be a rumor as fest-goers kept going through the line.
Lester Backenstoes, who brings farm equipment to the festival, brought along a homemade tractor this year.
Proceeds from the Summerfest at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Krumsville, will benefit Wyatt Newhard, a Northwestern Lehigh student.
He has been fighting neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nervous system, since he was 3 years old.
A row of game stands went up one side of the festival field along with a flea market, but the first thing people saw was the bouncy house which gives kids some joyful exercise.
One family had stopped by a dog rescue before coming to Summerfest. The dog they chose was a Yorkie, which they said will probably be named, Avery.
Fifteen years ago, the Wildlife Information Center decided it needed a new home and a new name.
After checking several pieces of land, Grant White and others of the Center’s board of directors decided it made sense to buy the mountain in Lehigh Gap, outside Slatington.
They had ideas how the land could be made alive again after the devastation from chemicals released by the New Jersey Zinc Company.
The Voices of Mobile, a 15-member gospel concert group, traveled from the campus of the University of Mobile, Ala., on its way to Carnegie Hall.
Along the way, the group stopped at churches — including Lighthouse Baptist Church, Breinigsville, on June 14 — to present gospel concerts
The school, which members of Voices of Mobile attend, offers Master’s degrees in music, piano and voice. The musical group heads out to churches, mostly in the southeastern United States, every weekend during the school year and sings during morning worship and again in the evening.