How do you define ‘neighbor’? The one who watches your dog when you are on vacation? The one who invites you to watch the Super Bowl? The one you never formally met but always waves and smiles to you from across the street when you get your morning paper? The one who always borrows your rake? Then there are neighbors who we do not know, whose face we do not see, who need our help.

Every year, Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering helps our street neighbors in Bethlehem. The most recent report of Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering (May 4, 2021) included the following information of its past season: the shelter served175 men and women, totaled 4,565 bed nights and 2,200 volunteer hours (thank you!). In addition, 14% of those men and women were able to acquire some type of housing. Amazing ministry!

I invite you to consider donating to this ministry. Visit
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Easter Alleluia!

At dawn, I found myself running
To the tomb where Jesus lay –
Shocked! To find amazingly
The stone had been rolled away.

I ran to tell the others
They, too, rushed to the tomb to see =
Surprised, frightened to the core
They whispered, “This cannot really be”.

They went off to their homes, hearts heavy
Trying to figure out what was going on –
I stayed behind in the garden
When I heard my name being called.
There the Lord stood – right before me!
My eyes could scarce believe!
My heart filled with joy – the Lord is here!
Risen from death in the grave!

St. Thomas UCC Easter worship service:

All seasons

The snow-laden trees
The vibrant leaves
The budding hyacinths
The green, green grass
All seasons.

The grieving hearts
The children’s laughter
The sounds of silence
The wrinkled hands
All seasons.

The life of crime
The life well-lived
The lost and lonely
The world at large
God loves us in all seasons.