Pastor Adam Kern, of The Vine Church, which meets at the Schnecksville Grange, 5322 Route 873, has announced several forthcoming endeavors for the organization.
“We are rolling out a new children’s ministry and revamping the area downstairs,” Kern said.
“We’re transforming the basement where kids will want to come.
“And, we have a new director of children’s ministry with a background in education.”
The first children’s church lesson will be on Sept. 16.
Sixteen high schoolers and five leaders from Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, traveled to Houston this summer for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America National Youth Gathering.
They joined more than 30,000 other young people and leaders from around the country at the event held in the NRG Stadium.
Worship was led by the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Bishop of the ELCA.
The contemporary Christian group, 10th Avenue North, performed in concert.
With the start of the 2018-19 school term, Parkland School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rod Troutman presented the board a review of district goals.
Many are ongoing; some have been completed and others are new.
He said as full-day kindergarten is now in its third year, district staff are working toward the goal of all students reading proficiently by the end of third grade.
Troutman stated integration of science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEMM) will continue in kindergarten through grade 12 curricula.
St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1415 Rising Sun Road, Laurys Station, kicks off the new church year with a chicken barbecue from 4-6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 for those eating in and until 7 p.m. for those taking out their meal.
Adult meal includes half a chicken, baked potato, corn on the cob, lettuce with bacon dressing, beverage and dessert.
The kids meal has two drumsticks, macaroni and cheese, applesauce, cookie and beverage.
Tickets will be available at the door or may be reserved in advance by calling 610-262-8061.
South Whitehall Director of Township Operations Randy Cope reports 415 children participated in this summer’s playground program, 75 more than last year.
Locations were set up at the Cetronia, Kratzer, and Parkway Manor elementary schools and were guided by South Whitehall Recreation Program Specialist Page Durflinger and 30 counselors, mostly college students.
Group trips were taken to an IronPigs game, a trampoline park and Beltzville State Park for a fossil hunt.
Parkland School District Superintendent Richard Sniscak reports heavy rains on or about Aug. 13 caused numerous sinkholes to appear on district properties.
He said several fairly large ones showed up at the northwest corner of the administration building, two at Orefield Middle School, one at Springhouse Middle School and one at Jaindl Elementary School.
A 20-foot-wide sinkhole forced closure of the access road, School District Way, at Orefield Middle School.
Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, welcomes the community to the 15th annual Blues Nite Out in the grove.
The event begins on Aug. 24 with Jake Kaligis and his band onstage 7-10 p.m.
The next night, Bev Conklin and her band will perform 4-6:30 p.m. Vocalist Sarah Ayers and harmonica player James Supra will entertain 7-10 p.m. Saturday.
Organizer Phil Wehr reports the musicians have won multiple awards in the Lehigh Valley.
“The bands enjoy coming up to our church grove to perform for the community and to bring live music to the area,” Wehr said.
South Whitehall commissioners have offered conditional employment to eight individuals for entry level positions as patrol officers.
At the Aug. 15 meeting, Chief Glen Dorney reported some of the officers will be replacements. Others will be additional positions to the force, which currently stands at 37, including himself.
He noted two vacancies exist and three retirements are anticipated.
The chief is expecting to have 42 officers on the staff in 2019.
The Ironton Rail Trail Commission has undertaken a project to build a 44-foot by 30-foot pavilion near the playing fields and basketball courts at the North Whitehall Township Municipal Complex.
The structure will be located at the trail head of the IRT on North Whitehall land and will belong to the township.
Available as a resting place or shelter for trail users, the pavilion was built for participants and spectators at the athletic fields, and as a starting place for fundraisers by charitable organizations having various “runs” on the trails.
South Whitehall’s police K-9 program is in the process of acquiring a new dog to take the place of Cirrus who retired last year.
Police Capt. Jason Negron spoke to The Press at the July 18 commissioners’ meeting.
“It looks promising to be soon,” Negron said.
He said the dog will probably be a Dutch Shepherd with a brindle coat, a breed typically longer and leaner than a German shepherd dog.
The dog will come from Holland where it will receive training in tracking, bite work and commands.
Negron said bite work may be necessary to capture bad guys.