Every child has a story. For 2.7 million children in the U.S., that story may be filled with the abandonment, loneliness, and shame that come from having a mom or dad in prison. For many, it may also include following their parents down the same destructive road to incarceration. Angel Tree®, a program of Prison Fellowship, reaches out to the children of prisoners and their families with the love of Christ.
In 2019, through Angel Tree, we helped to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of a family in our community.
Forks Township Community Days
On September 13-15, 2019 we served up our famous Fire Pit Peach Cobbler à la Mode at Forks Township Community Days. Live music, amusement rides, and good food always make this such a great festival!
Palmer Township Community Weekend
On August 15-18, 2019, we served up our famous Fire Pit Peach Cobbler à la Mode at Palmer Township Community Weekend in Fairview Park. Live music, fireworks and lots of lovely people made this a great event!
Movie in the Park
On July 13, 2019, we co-sponsored Forks Township Parks and Recreation’s Movie in the Park: Instant Family, a comedy about the world of foster care adoption, inspired by a true story. We even provided complimentary tissue packs in case anyone got teary-eyed! It was a beautiful night!
Easter Egg Hunt
On April 9, 2019, we joined the Easter Bunny for Forks Township Parks and Recreation’s annual Easter Egg Hunt and blessed every participant with Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks. It was fun to cheer the kids on and share Easter greetings!
Operation Christmas Child Packing Party
On November 18, 2018, we packed shoebox gifts to bless children in need around the world In more than 100 countries, trained pastors and community leaders share the message of the Gospel and distribute shoebox gifts to children in orphanages and other at-risk areas. They host child-friendly outreach events and implement The Greatest Journey follow-up discipleship program. Boxes were packed with clothing, toys, hygiene items, and school supplies.
Forks Township Community Days 2018
2018’s Community Days was another success. The weather was perfect as we served our famous Fire Pit Peach Cobbler á la Mode. Thank you to Forks Township for hosting an excellent event, and thanks to everyone who stopped by our tent!
5K Walk/Run for Freedom
We are proud to have once again sponsored the 5K Walk/Run for Freedom benefiting The Truth Home. The Truth Home is a therapeutic residential home for survivors of sex-trafficking. The walk/run took place on July 21, 2018 at Steel Stacks in Bethlehem. By sponsoring, running and volunteering, we have embraced these survivors and assisted in their recovery. Visit truthforwomen.org to learn more about the reality of sex trafficking in our communities.
Little Free Library
Little Free Library is a registered nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. We were happy to build a Little Free Library on the grounds of the Community Center this summer. Take a book. Share a book.
Out House Dedication
In May, 2018, Jesus Christ the Living God Ministries Director, Thomas Tagore, dedicated a public outhouse in India that Radiant Church was partially responsible for. This is so important because women are often raped when in this vulnerable situation. One woman from the community had prayed to God for 18 years for a facility she could use. She no longer has to relieve herself while looking over her shoulder! A 16 year old girl used to wait an entire day to relieve herself. Women here can now use a toilet and be safe from predators. God took our little and multiplied it. Locals gave toward the effort too! This means more than we could know, so rejoice with us… and don’t ever take restrooms for granted!
Easter Egg Hunt
On March 24, 2018 we joined Forks Township Parks and Recreation and the Easter Bunny for their annual Egg Hunt. It was a joy to volunteer as “Kiddo Control.” We also had guessing jars filled with chocolates and potted spring flowers for winning guesses. Most importantly, we used items like coins, dice and a sponge to tell the story of Easter to those who stopped by our table.
Supporting Safe Harbor Easton
By day, Safe Harbor Easton is a sanctuary for low income adults seeking a place to gather for meals and to obtain support services. By night, it is an emergency and short term transitional shelter for homeless single men and women. During the 2017-18 winter season, we collected and delivered to them some much needed items: Lysol wipes, laundry detergent, dish-washing liquid, paper plates, and scrub sponges. Safe Harbor Easton is extremely grateful for everyone’s kindness and generosity.
Operation Christmas Child
This year, we packed 25 shoebox gifts to bless children in need around the world though Operation Christmas Child. Boxes were packed with clothing, toys, hygiene items, and school supplies. In addition, Thomas Tagore hand-delivered lots of goodies from the collection to orphanages during his December 2017 India trip! Please pray for the children in at-risk places and for the people who deliver the hope and joy of Christ.
Easton CROP Hunger Walk
On October 15, 2017, we gathered with others in our community to fight hunger both here and around the world. We walked by seven downtown locations that serve emergency food needs. We came, we gave, we walked, we learned. Thanks for helping feed the hungry, one community garden at a time!
Hurricane Harvey Relief
Even in small ways, we can help communities to rebuild their lives after the recent storms. We have collected the following new items and shipped them to Texas: 2 tubs disinfecting wipes, 3 blankets, 19 undergarments and 115 pairs of socks. All in-kind donations are being run through the nonprofit Acts of Hope Center. To volunteer in Houston, click here.
Forks Township Community Days
This past community days event our best one yet! Our team tirelessly served up Fire Pit Peach Cobbler á la Mode. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hello and enjoy a classic dessert!
Community Pancake Breakfast
On April 8th we held our first Community Pancake Breakfast at Greenbriar Village Community Center in Bath, PA. Our special guest speakers were Global Partners Missionary Wellness Coaches, Rod and Nancy Zotarelli. It was enjoyable morning as we chatted and made new friends over light ‘n’ fluffy pancakes
District Superintendent Visit
On March 5, 2017, Dr. Karl Eastlack, Superintendent of Penn-Jersey District of The Wesleyan Church, paid us a visit. He brought a message of how when we receive Jesus into our lives, things will never be the same. We thank Dr. Karl for his teaching and for his spiritual support.
Safe Harbor Easton Needs
Safe Harbor Easton is dedicated to empowering and educating homeless men and women, and to helping them to achieve a better way of life. To that end, they provide safe, secure housing and case management for all clients. It is their mission to see that everyone who comes to them is given the means and opportunity to live a life of fulfillment and recovery. During the 2016-17 winters season, we collected sleeping bags, combination locks (for new residents), and Clorox wipes and donated them to their Warming Center, an emergency, cold-weather shelter for adult men and women.
Religion vs. Relationship
Pastor Rob’s personal friend, Steven Day, recently visited to share his testimony. If you do not know what it means to “be born again,” Steven’s simple words will bring clarity. In this down-to earth delivery, Steven talks about the difference between mere church activity and a true knowing of Christ.
Operation Christmas Child
On November 20, 2016, we packed 25 shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Operation Christmas Child ships these simple gifts outside the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations in the U.S. We are privileged to make a difference in the lives of children and families in another part of the world.
Forks Township Community Days
On September 16-18, 2016 we baked mouth-watering peach cobbler over an open fire, on-site at Forks Township Community Days, and served it à la mode. Thanks to everyone who stopped by; it was our pleasure to serve you!
Getting Grace Homemade Breakfast
On July 27, 2016, we provided a homemade breakfast to the cast and crew of Getting Grace. Grace, the title character, is funny, sarcastic, empathetic, riveting and, unfortunately, is going to die. Although Grace’s time is short, her positive impact on the world around her is monumental. This film has an excellent chance to make a difference, not only to those who have suffered through such a horrible event, but it will remind all who see it that life need not be lived long to be lived fully! May God continue to bless this production and everyone involved!
“Light in the Darkness” Workshop:
Finding Hope in the Shadow of Depression
On May 20-21, 2016, we held our first “Light in the Darkness” Workshop. This was an in-depth study of Dr. Gary Lovejoy and Dr. Gregory Knopf’s practical and hopeful book, “Light in the Darkness” Finding Hope in the Shadow of Depression. “Thank You” to Magill Massage and Wellness Center for hosting! If you or someone you care about is experiencing depression and would like to gain a greater understanding and a reason to hope, please contact us to express interest in a future workshop.
Our missions program exists is response to our core value of local and global reach. That is, evangelizing and demonstrating compassion, that the name and fame of God would be more widely known. In exhibiting this desire, disbursements were made to the following during our past fiscal year: Samaritan’s Purse (Operation Christmas Child), Truth for Women (5K Run/Walk for Freedom), Jesus Christ the Living God Ministries (public address system for child evangelist/ventriloquist in India), Share the Power (in support of the mission), and Wesleyan Emergency Relief Fund (Flint Michigan Water Disaster). This giving accounted for 10% of the church’s income for the fiscal year. To read the entire report, click here.
On March 12, 2016, we held our Second Annual Spaghetti Dinner for the community. Our team prepared the dinner and entertainment, and all proceeds benefited the work of Radiant Church. At the dinner, we also collected wish list items for Safe Harbor Easton.
Safe Harbor Easton is a program-driven, transitional shelter for homeless single men and women. It is also a drop-in program for low-income adults, particularly those who have difficulty with the tasks of daily life. Thanks to everyone who dined with us and helped empower homeless men and women to achieve a better way of life.
On November 22, 2015, we helped change children’s lives around the world by packing 24 shoeboxes for OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD®. A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Every gift-filled shoe box is a powerful tool – transforming the lives of children and their families through the Good News of Jesus Christ!
We’re doing cartwheels over the fact that our beloved audio/visual tech, Matt, has not missed a single Sunday service since we launched two years ago! Matt knows that there is no command for believers to maintain perfect attendance and that it does not make him “holier.” Still, his love for God and others manifests itself in a desire to join in the learning, supporting and encouraging that goes on around here. It’s just plain natural for him. Matt is involved and committed and is an example for us to follow!
Our 2015 summer project was Socks for Shelters. We collected over 120 socks for men and women. They were delivered to the homeless population at Safe Harbor Easton, where they were gladly received. Thank you for your participation!
On April 25, 2015, several of us took part in Truth for Women’s Annual 5K Walk for Freedom. The walk/run benefits The Truth Home, a therapeutic residential home offering dramatically changed lives and hope-filled futures to survivors of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. It is great to know that our participation is bringing transformation. Visit Truth for Women for more details.
On April 11, 2015 we packed the kitchen of Safe Harbor Easton with volunteers and provided lunch to the residents of this emergency/transitional shelter for homeless single men and women. Homemade chicken noodle soup, salad, chips and cupcakes were on the menu as well. Safe Harbor Easton is also a drop-in program for low-income adults, particularly those who have difficuty with the tasks of daily life. We anticipate more volunteer opportunities to serve those in our community who are striving for self-sufficiency.
In November 2014, we joyfully sent 23 gift-filled shoeboxes through Operation Christmas Child. This project of Samaritan’s Purse reaches children in need with tangible expressions of God’s love. The boxes contained school supplies, toiletries and toys. A recent report tells us that our boxes reached Nicaragua and Panama. Please pray for the children who received our shoebox gifts.
Our 2014 Summer Diaper Drive for Care Net of the Lehigh Valley yielded 898 diapers! Care Net helps prepare mothers and fathers to meet the physical and emotional needs of their child(ren), even in difficult situations while also encouraging positive life choices in all areas of their lives. Thank you for honoring life and offering hope to families throughout the community!
There are open volunteer opportunities at Radiant Church in the following areas:
- Children’s Department
Please contact us for more information.