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Lehighton news for April 14, 2021

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Sunday worship at Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, with Holy Communion begins 9:30 a.m. Reservations must be made before the close of office hours Thursday. The bread wafer and communion container are presealed as a safe way to celebrate the sacrament. Enter the doors on Iron Street. No-touch forehead temperature will be completed. Masks covering the nose and mouth must be worn throughout the entirety of the worship service. There will be no singing. The Rev. Nancy Moore presides. Vicar Joshua Krenz assists.

Weekly reservations need to be made each Thursday prior to the Sunday worship. Church phone: 610-377-4303. Email: telc1872@ptd.net. “Private message” on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrinityLehighton.

Livestream audio is available at tlclehighton.com. Video with audio rebroadcasts available on the Facebook page later on Sunday mornings.

The spring sessions of weekly Sunday church school for students ages 3 though sixth grade, and confirmation classes for seventh and eighth grade students are drive-thru sessions at 10:45 a.m., wrapping up May 23. First Holy Communion class will be held April 18 for students in fifth grades and older. First Holy Communion will be administered during the April 25 worship service.

The Thrift Store shopping and donation drop-offs are by appointment only. Please call 610-377-4471 on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to schedule an appointment for Thursday drop-off of donations. Thrift Store hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Fridays from 1-6 p.m. by appointment. Masks and social distancing are required. Due to limited space, no children under the age of 12 will be allowed. All sales receipts support the food pantry.

The Food Pantry continues to be open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (and third Tuesdays from 5:30-7 p.m.) with an outdoor drive-up setting and precautionary measures in place. Residents in need who reside in the Lehighton Area School District are eligible to receive prepackaged supplemental food items. Participants must remain in their vehicle at time of pickup. Pantry volunteers will assist pedestrians/those not in vehicles.

Looking ahead: on Earth Day, April 22, Pastor Moore and Vicar Krenz will offer “Blessing of the Animals” as a drive-thru event, 6-6:30 p.m. Members of the congregation and community are invited to have their pets blessed, or a photo in remembrance of a deceased pet. Pets are recognized as family. This time of blessing honors their companionship and unconditional love, thanking creator God for giving them to us to know and to love.

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