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Two pastors return for visit to Little White Church

Published September 22. 2011 05:01PM

At the Sept. 12 meeting of the Palmerton Area Historical Society, President Jane Borbe reported a visit on Aug. 11 of two pastors who preached at the Little White Church in the 1960s and '70s.

They are now living in Northampton and Macungie. The men are the Rev. Jerry Maraz and the Rev. Paul Brindjar, now a bishop. They are from the Slovak Lutheran Church.

They found the church and cemetery "wonderful," and discussed their memories of the church. A DVD was made of the conversation. They had good memories of Palmerton.

Both speak three languages. They took pictures of each other in the pulpit.

A Northampton woman who came to play the organ during church services is still living but no longer playing a pump organ.

The two were invited to come for the ecumenical Christmas service on Dec. 4.

Dorothy Kegel has donated an Allen Organ to the church. Allen came up and moved it for the society. Two men who came from Allen played the organ. It did not even need tuning, said Borbe. There will be a dedication service for the organ.

It was placed where the pump organ was. That was moved to the back left where there was a corner for the minister and his family to sit.

The last service in the church was held in the late 1970s or early 1980s.

Free memberships will again be available for 2012. With each returning member, a free membership may be given to a new member.

The centennial anniversary of Palmerton's incorporation as a borough will begin Sept. 20 with a kickoff dinner at the Blue Ridge Country Club. Most tickets at the limited-seating event have been sold.

The covered bridge stand will be at the Walnutport Canal Festival on Oct. 16. Volunteers are needed. The lock restored by the Walnutport Canal Association was damaged by hurricane Irene.

The Heritage Center with its quilt exhibit will be open Oct. 9, 12-4 p.m., during the library quilt show.

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