Joyful Giving is a monthly donation that is collected on the last Sunday of each month. Whether given in-person at worship, mailed to the church (put Joyful Giving in the memo) or given via the online giving portal on this website, these donations will help people and organizations in our community.
ELCA World Hunger
More than 820 million people, about 11% of people in our world today, are hungry. As members of the ELCA, we are called to respond as we are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work. From Alaska to Alabama, from Chile to China, your gifts are hard at work helping our neighbors near and far break the cycle of hunger and poverty. From healthy clinics to microloans, food pantries to soup kitchens, advocacy to community organizing, your gifts are supporting meaningful solutions that get to the root causes of hunger through hundreds of projects in more than 60 countries around the world, including the United States. Click here to learn about how your gifts are brought together with the skills, capacity and resources of local communities to make transformative change.
Angel 34 is a local organization that serves children battling cancer in the Greater Lehigh Valley area. It was founded by 13 year old Nicole Sheriff in 2003 during her battle with cancer. She strongly believed that, “We are all Angels in disguise with God-given talents to make a difference in the lives of others who are less fortunate.” This organization is committed to bringing hope and healing to the children and families of those affected by childhood cancer by supporting research and various grant programs, encouraging advancements in science, doctors’ knowledge and expertise. They fund programs dedicated to finding a cure and advancements in treatment options with the goal of increasing the survival rate among children with cancer and enhance their quality of life. Click here to learn more about Angel 34.
Food for the Poor
Food for the Poor is one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the United States that ministers to the poorest of the poor in primarily 17 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. By providing lifesaving food, secure housing, clean water, healthcare, emergency relief, micro-enterprise projects and education opportunities, they are giving the poor a chance at a better future, and showing them God’s love. You can learn much more about Food for the Poor by clicking here.
In 1982 this food bank emerged from the work of the Community Action Committee of Lehigh Valley (CACLV) and a network of 15 organizations in Lehigh and Northampton counties. Today, Second Harvest serves 200 agencies in a six-county area distributing 11.8 million pounds of food to over 60,000 people (over half being children and seniors). From the beginning the goal has been to distribute food to those in need and be a part of the elimination of waste in the food industry as they seek donations of unsaleable, but edible products for local companies. For every $1 of your donation to Second Harvest, they are able to serve 6 meals to our neighbors in need. Click here to learn more about Second Harvest.
Safe Harbor Easton is a program based shelter dedicated to empowering and educating homeless men and women as they address the root causes of homelessness. Arise Shelter has the capacity to house 22 men and 28 women overnight. Last year, they housed 183 people as well as provided them with an in-house case manager. It is also a drop-in program for low-income adults, particularly those who have difficulty with tasks of daily life. Safe Harbor Easton begin in 1983 and grows out of community needs and is sustained by community support. Click here to learn more about Safe Harbor.
ELCA’s Good Gifts
This program is your opportunity to provide critical support to the ministries and programs that mean the most to you. Funds raised for the ELCA’s Good Gifts program will buy Warm Blankets ($10 each), Solar-Powered Lanterns ($30 each), and Vaccinations for children ($30 each) in order to bring Warmth, Light, and Health to the world in this dark time. (If donating by check, please put "Advent" in the memo of the check)
Pastor's Discretionary Fund
This fund is used at the discernment of your pastor to support members of Trinity as well as those in need in our community. Assistance with utilities or rent/mortgage, filling a gas tank, and giving gift cards to grocery stores are a few ways that this fund is utilized. Your gifts to this fund will be used to help people that are overly stressed and worried about how to make ends meet.
Sept. & Oct. 2020
Nazareth Area Food Bank
The Nazareth Area Food Bank has been providing food for families in the Nazareth, Pa., area for about 35 years. Currently, approximately 240 families and individuals – a total numbering well over 400 people, including more than 200 children – are served monthly.