Honorees who have made outstanding efforts in social ministry on behalf
of the church will receive awards at the second annual Celebrate
Social Ministry event.
The dinner and presentation will be held Sunday, October 23, at the Holiday
Inn in Fogelsville at the intersection of Route 100 and 78. Festivities
begin at 4:30 p.m. The dinner and program will end about 7 p.m.
Barbara Lieberman, a member of St. James, Coopersburg, is the recipient
of the Bishop Wilson Touhsaent Award. This award is given in honor of
the Rev. Dr. Wilson Touhsaent to recognize persons who have made outstanding
contributions in social ministry.
Barbara has been an active member and leader of social ministry activities
in her home congregation. She has worked on multiple refugee resettlements
and the pastoral care team. She has been a tutor and a significant part
of a variety of outreach programs to the community. In big projects and
small acts of kindness, Barbara has reflected the love of Christ to everyone
The honorees for the “Love in Action” awards represent
a diversity of age and kind of service to the church. The honorees
the Witness and Service Ministry Team are Doris Branson, parish nurse
at St. Paul, Coopersburg; Dani Doll, Matt Houck, and John Sandt, prison
ministry through St. Paul, Easton, to Northampton County Maximum Security
Prison (males); the Disaster Response Team from Zion United, Brodheadsville,
and a service group of youth called the Raising Hope Committee of Trinity,
The Presidents’ Awards lift up those who have provided outstanding
service to the social ministry organizations on our territory and Muhlenberg
The award from Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries goes to Thomas Handwerk,
a member of Atonement, Wyomissing. Tom provided leadership in the building
of the facilities of the Lutheran Home at Topton and on their board of
Good Shepherd Home is giving their award to Bishop Harold Weiss, a member
of Redeemer, Allentown. Bishop Weiss has been a dedicated worker and
board member and president for this facility.
Lutheran Congregational Services recognizes Sue Weber, a member of Jordan
Lutheran Church, Orefield. Sue has served as chair of the board and provided
program services for the organization.
The President’s Award from Muhlenberg College cites the work
of SHARE, a group of students that is dedicated to making a difference
The dinner will consist of tri-color cheese tortellini w/garlic oil and
fresh basil, garden salad, stuffed chicken breast with vegetable medley
and chocolate mousse for dessert. Vegetarian meals are available. The
cost of the meal is $22.50. The deadline for reservations is October
5. Call Carol Moyer at the synod office (610-395-6891) to make your reservation.
Last year this event was well attended and was a marvelous opportunity
to see all the wonderful ministries in which people in our synod are
Join your friends at the Holiday Inn in Fogelsville on October 23. Be
inspired by people who view service to their Lord and those around them
as the natural extension of their faith. Learn how we can do similar
kinds of ministry in our own congregations. Invite youth so that they
can see how other young people live out their faith. There is something
for everyone. It is an event you will not forget.