Celebrate Harvest Home this Sunday!

 

“Our passion is to imitate the ministry of Jesus in the power of the Spirit. This requires we must follow Jesus out of baptismal waters, through our personal deserts, and into the harvest.”

     – John Wimber

Lowhill, we’re getting ready for our annual Harvest Home celebration this Sunday, October 15.  The gathering and blessing of produce (and, in modern times, canned goods) at the altar of the local church is a long-standing tradition among many American churches with Germanic roots.  Lutherans, Mennonites, Moravians, and the German Reformed ancestors of many United Church of Christ congregations like Lowhill brought this yearly celebration with them from Europe, where its roots run even deeper.  This 2013 piece in the Berks-Mont news chronicles some of the tradition’s origins and practices.

The Lowhill Food Pantry, hosted on our property and managed by volunteers from across the community, serves the needs of families and children in the Northwestern Lehigh School District.  All produce and canned goods offered at the altar on Sunday will be donated to the Food Pantry for their essential work in bringing the harvest home to friends and neighbors in need.

Please join us this Sunday as we celebrate God’s good provision through another year. There will be special music, a harvest liturgy, and a message about perhaps the most famous and subversive of Jesus’ agrarian parables about the Kingdom of God:

“What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”

The mustard plant was considered an invasive weed in Jesus’ day.  What that might say about our own harvest work here and now?  Join us on Sunday!

 

The Snack Pack Program Needs Your Help!

As children in our area prepare to return to school, we wanted to remind everyone of an important program tackling weekend food insecurity for our region’s young people. The Lowhill Food Pantry has joined hands with the Northwestern Lehigh School District and the Allentown West Rotary Club to provide weekend food supplements to local children during the school year.

The program launched a few years ago with 40 children receiving “Snack Packs” twice a month, but we know the needs are at least twice as great. We’ve identified at least 40 more families that could benefit from this important program. Nationwide, 1 in 6 children live in households that struggle to put food on the table. The causes of this reality are complex and deserving of close examination, but we must not allow children to go hungry while adults in Harrisburg or Washington argue politics.

To better meet the needs of Northwestern Lehigh community, the Snack Pack program is in need of sponsorship from individuals, businesses, churches, and other community groups. Volunteers from Rotary, Northwestern Lehigh Senior High School’s Interact Club, and the Lowhill Food Pantry gather to assemble these packs, which cost about $5 each to fill. Without this vital program, many of children in our community would go entire weekends without eating.

The Snack Pack Program needs your support. Please consider an ongoing monetary donation. One-time gifts are also appreciated. 100% of checks made payable to the Lowhill Food Pantry with “Snack Pack Program” in the memo line will go directly into the purchasing of nutritious food items for this essential program.

Questions? Please contact the Lowhill Food Pantry (610-674-2440) or Gloria Zimmerman, Allentown West Rotary (610-395-0763).

Please donate as you are able. No child should go hungry!