Out in the Community
Planned Act of Christian Kindness (P.A.C.K.):
Living Hope Lighthouse wants those in our community to know how much God loves them. We also want people to know how much we truly care about them, so we believe it's important to go out and perform small gestures of kindness with no strings attached. These acts of kindness can be things like giving hot coffee to parents as they wait for their children outside of school on a cold day, handing out hot dogs at the Sunday night concerts in the park, bagging groceries for shoppers at Country Harvest, distributing free bottles of water in the park on a hot summer day, and so on. We even celebrate our annual Acks of Christian Kindness Day on December 18th where we show the love of Christ to those in our own personal mission field during a very sacred time of year. We are committed to training, encouraging, and challenging our congregation to share their faith with others. We desire to PACK your life full of love!
Planned Acts of Selfless Service (P.A.S.S.):
We long to show God's love through acts of sacrifical service. We at LHL are called to minister and serve our city, senior citizens, children and youth, the homeless, those who may struggle financially, and others. That is why each month we coordinate a service project designed to assist others, whether it is picking up litter on the sidewalks of Palmerton, distributing care bags to local nursing homes, helping our local food pantry, or cooking and serving food in soup kitchens. So, if you see a group of people wearing white T-shirts with the LHL logo on it serving the community, feel free to roll up your sleeves and join us! Jesus came to serve us and we want to PASS it on.
Good Samaritan Clothing Ministry:
The vision of the Good Samaritan Clothing Ministry is to care for our community's physical and spiritual needs by providing clothing for the body and the Word of God for the soul. On the 2nd Saturday of every month, LHL will be distributing free clothing to those in the community that are in need of them. This ministry will be from 10 AM - 12 PM. All who reside within the Palmerton Area School District are welcome. Details and ministry guidelines will be provided upon registration. There will be coffee and light refreshments available. In addition to this distribution, there will be a brief worship service including contemporary music and a devotional from 9:30 - 10 AM for all who are interested in attending. Please note that we are NOT collecting or accepting clothing at LHL, but all clothing may be dropped off at Bethany E.C. Church on North St. in Lehighton. It is our privilege to serve you and we hope you will join us for this exciting ministry.
In addition to these outreach endeavors, LHL facilitates and/or participates in other community outreach events throughout the year. For instance, we have a stand at the Palmerton Festival each year. We also host Narcotics Anonymous (NA) on Thursdays at 7 PM at LHL as well as participate in the Lehigh/Carbon IU Work-Based Program.
St. Peter's Community Resource Center - Located in Weissport, PA, this community center is reaching out to those in need through various programs and ministries. Included in these ministries are Al-Anon, Bare Necessities toiletry, food, and clothing distribution, community concerts and actvities, and much more. LHL is committed to partnering with this community center to advance God's Kingdom to those it serves as we assist in several of its ministries.
The Fire Escape Coffeehouse - LHL has invited other local churches to join us in the ministries of a non-denominational, not for profit Christian coffeehouse called The Fire Escape located at 312 Delaware Ave. Palmerton PA 18071. The goals of the coffeehouse are to:
1. Support and help fund existing Christian based service programs and outreach ministries using the profits from the coffeehouse as well as organize some of its own as the need arises. The money generated by the business from the community will be given back to that very community.
2. Host the ministries of the local community churches (i.e. men's Bible studies, addiction recovery groups, etc...).
3. Provide a "third place" for those in the community looking for a safe, famly friendly envirnment to spend free time in. The coffeehouse will ideally have fellowship events such as concerts and open mic nights to enhance the social atmosphere.
4. Execute ministries of its own which share Christ with those who might not feel comfortable stepping into a traditional church building. Some of these ministries include live streaming worship services from local churches and eventually creating a non-traditional worship service that would appeal to the disenfranchised.
Come visit The Fire Escape. Hours are 6 AM - 6-ish PM. You can check "The Fire Escape" out on Facebook or go on the website thefireescapepalmerton.com for more information and/or donate towards this innovative ministry.
One of the ministries that LHL runs at The Fire Escape is the Gaming Grotto.
LHL presents the Gaming Grotto at The Fire Escape!! On the second Friday of each month at 7 PM, The Fire Escape opens its doors to all gamers in the community. In fact, you don't even have to be a gamer to come and have fun. The Gaming Grotto is committed to providing a fun and safe experience for people of all ages. Throughout the coffeeshop, games of all kinds are played by children, teens, young adults and the young at heart. We have video game systems from Atari to Xbox 360 and virtually everything in between. Don't be surprised if there is some sort of gaming tournament or competition taking place as well. Parents, have no fear. All games are family friendly. In addition, we have tons of board and card games to accommodate a variety of gaming preferences. We even have a faith based RPG called "Holy Lands" that appeal to the strategic oriented gamer and is also full of fun. The Fire Escape foods and drinks will be available for purchase at every Grotto. Join us at the next Gaming Grotto. We look forward to meeting you and getting to know you better. You can contact the Gaming Grotto by e-mail or visit the Grotto on Facebook.
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples in all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:18-20)