Lehigh Valley Muslim Fun Day- Eid Celebration (to end the Islamic holy month of Ramadan)

Leigh Valley’s largest Eid celebration will be returning to Cover Bridge Park on Wehmir Road in South Whitehall on June 8th the organizers have announced. An estimated two thousand people are expected to take part in the day’s festivities.

Now in its seventh year, the festival has grown in numbers since its inception with an emphasis on community and family.

Eid al-Fitr is an important religious holiday which concludes the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Festival-goers will be able to take part in family activities including Dunk Tank, 18 different kinds of rides, Pony rides, food stalls, sporting event such as soccer, basketball, cricket and much more. This event will be buzzing with stalls showcasing an array of products and services for all the family. The choices will be spectacular with Islamic clothing, perfumes and oils, jewelry & accessories, health & beauty. There’s something to do for everyone!

Team organizer said “Celebrating Eid has always been open to the entire community and we welcome people of all faiths to join. As our numbers grow, so does our commitment to our community and our passion for peace and inclusion.

Organizer said “It’s an important event for everybody. It’s to celebrate the end of Ramadan and to show unity between the communities and the coming together of different nationalities and races. It doesn’t matter what nationality or race you are, this is a celebration to come together and celebrate the day of Eid.”

“We want to get Muslim organizations involved to develop bonds and stop the misconceptions about Islam. We need to build bridges between all faiths.”

“Lehigh Muslim Fun Day embodies our three objectives: promoting Muslim unity, educating society about Islam and being active in community service,” Khaku said. “We put together an exciting day of activities to instill the spirit of brotherhood and bring the community together.”

Muslim Funday 06-08-19

Happy Mother’s Day

A Litany for Mother’s Day.

Taken from the African American Lectionary

Lord, on this day set aside to honor and remember mothers, we give you thanks for our mothers. We are grateful that you chose to give us life through them, and that they received the gift of life from your hands, and gave it to us. Thank you for the sacrifices they made in carrying us and giving birth. We thank you for the women who raised us, who were our mothers in childhood. Whether birth mother, adopted mother, older sister, aunt, grandmother, stepmother, or someone else, we thank you for those women who held us and fed us, who cared for us and kissed away our pain. We pray that our lives may reflect the love they showed us, and that they would be pleased to be called our mothers.

We pray for mothers whose children are grown.
Grant them joy and satisfaction for a job well done.

We pray for new mothers experiencing changes they could not predict.
Grant them rest and peace as they trust you for the future.

We pray for pregnant women who will soon be mothers.
Grant them patience and good counsel in the coming months.

We pray for mothers who face the demands of single parenthood.
Grant them strength and wisdom.

We pray for mothers who enjoy financial abundance.
Grant them time to share with their families.

We pray for mothers who are raising their children in poverty.
Grant them relief and justice.

We pray for step-mothers.
Grant them patience and understanding and love.

We pray for mothers who are separated from their children.
Grant them faith and hope.

We pray for mothers in marriages that are in crisis.
Grant them support and insight.

We pray for mothers who have lost children.
Grant them comfort in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We pray for mothers who aborted their children.
Grant them healing and peace.

We pray for mothers who gave up their children for adoption.
Grant them peace and confidence as they trust in your providence.

We pray for adoptive mothers.
Grant them joy and gratitude for the gift you have provided.

We pray for girls and women who think about being mothers
Grant them wisdom and discernment.

We pray for women who desperately want, or wanted, to be mothers.
Grant them grace to accept your timing and will.

We pray for all women who have assumed the mother‘s role in a child‘s life.
Grant them joy and the appreciation of others.

We pray for those people present who are grieving the loss of their mother in the past year.
Grant them comfort and hope in Christ’s resurrection.

Lord, we thank you for the gift of motherhood. We thank you for the many examples of faithful mothers in Scripture, like Sarah, Hannah, Elizabeth, and Lois. Hear now the first names of other women who have inspired us by their motherly examples . . . We are mindful this day of all these women, and especially Mary the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, who had the courage in faith to say ―Yes‖ to your calling. May these women gathered here today emulate these examples of faith. And may they model for all the rest of us what it means to be your disciple. Bless them on this special day; in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Aaronic blessing

The Soup Kitchen thanks the Ditterlines for help from “My Fair Lady.”

Many thanks to Sue and Dick Ditterline for organizing and managing ticket sales for,” My Fair Lady” performed by the Neshaminy Valley Music Theatre.

The percentage of ticket sales, returned to the Soup Kitchen, amounted to $346.00!!!!  The show was GREAT!  Many folks who could not attend, donated their tickets so some of our guests could attend.  A joyous first time experience for some.
Deacon Liz
My Fair Lady -Square-Logo-with-Words

Ramadan Kareem to our Muslim Sisters and Brothers who observe Ramadan

From all of us at Trinity, wishes for a Ramadam Kareem to our Muslim Sisters and Brothers in the Lehigh Valley–and especially to our friends at the Lehigh Dialogue Center and Respect Graduate School.

Many thanks to Imam Ali Siddiqui for this reflection on the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Ramadan photo 2019
Ramadan begins today at Sunset. It is a month of Celebration of the Prophethood of Muhammad (saw), revealation of Quran, and the First Revealation. It is the month of Fasting which begins during the Second Year of Hijrah. Fasting cleansed our body, increase our dependence on Allah, it brings us closer to Allah, and it increase our awarenes of hungry, homeless, refugees, and the oppressed. It is time for believers to ponder and become engaged in the welfare of all people. It is time to invite our neighbors, friends, relatives, and those who are hungry.

Ramadan is also the month of Mercy, Forgiveness, Salvation, and liberation. During month of Ramadan Prophet Muhammad. (saw) liberated Makkah and he forgave all people of Makkah who had done harm to Believers.

May Allah give us the opportunity to fast this month, and grant us Mercy, Forgiveness, Salvation. Ameen! Ya Rahmaanir Raheem.

For those who would like to learn more about Ramadan, there is an interesting article in Time online.

Please join us for the Trinity Bells Prelude this Sunday, May 5th, at 9:45 a.m.

The Trinity Bells, under the direction of Joyce Meinke, will give their final Spring performance this Sunday at 9:45 a.m. Please join us!

Prelude by the Trinity Bells

Festival Capriccio                                        Barbara B. Kenyon
Morning Has Broken                                   Arr. Linda R. Lamb
There’s Something About That Name       Gloria & Bill Gaither
Let There Be Peace on Earth

Congratulations for a successful year, and thank you for your ministry!


Back row:  George Kondash, Joyce Meinke, Sue Mangina, Gary Handwerk,

Front row:  Molly Cochran, Carolee Garcia, Jeanne Deets, Jose Garcia, Lynn Piccolo, Lynne Handwerk

ECW Spring Luncheon with Bishop Kevin -the deadline for registration has been extended until May 8th

ECW Spring Luncheon

May 15, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm


Kirby Episcopal House
381 Sunset Rd
Mountain Top, PA 18707

The Episcopal Church Women (ECW)) of the Diocese of Bethlehem will be hosting a special Spring Luncheon and Program on Wednesday, May 15 from 10am to 2:30pm at the beautifully restored Kirby House. Bishop Kevin D. Nichols will be the keynote speaker. The cost to attend is $15, which includes lunch. The deadline to register has been extended to May 8 and registration is limited to 60 attendees. Register here or call the diocesan office at (610)  691-5655.

A note on the ECW Fair Share Program:

The ECW relies entirely upon parish contributions to fund programs and outreach endeavors.  If you or your parish would like to contribute, please make checks out to the Diocese of Bethlehem and add “ECW Fair Share” in the memo line. Checks may be sent to:

The Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem
333 Wyandotte Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015


Please join us for Aram’s spring organ recital at Trinity-May 19th at 3:00 p.m.

Aram for Concert ad 2019

International concert organist, Aram Basmadjian, will perform a spring organ recital on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Enjoy a mix of music not limited to traditional organ works that will highlight Trinity Episcopal’s three-manual Aeolian-Skinner organ. The program will include works of Bach, Handel and Vierne as well as several transcriptions. Suggested donation is $15. For more information,
call (610) 867-4741
or go to trinitybeth.org.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 E. Market Street, Bethlehem.

Here is Aram’s biography

Here are reviews of some of Aram’s past performances