Upcoming Events

“God’s Work, Our Hands” Day of Service

God’s Work, Our Hands Annual ELCA Day of Service

Sunday, September 9, 2018

“God’s Work Our Hands” Sunday is a day set aside to be an opportunity to celebrate who we are as one church in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.

GWOH Christ Lutheran Schedule

  • Immediately following the 11:00 am service on September 9 we will serve a light lunch under the gazebo
  • After lunch and a blessing, everyone will start their projects
  • Everyone should be at their project site by 1:00 pm, hopefully to complete the projects around 3:00 pm

GWOH Volunteer Opportunities

  • HCM Foundation Saucon Trail Run
  • HAM Food Bank Collection in our front circle
  • Bingo at the Senior Apartments in town
  • Boxed Lunches for seniors at Senior Apartments
  • New Bethany soup making
  • Luncheon Set up and Clean up for volunteers
  • Home repair and fix up
  • Swale Meadow spruce up at Water Street Park
  • Youth News Team to document the day

GWOH Project Sign-up

Starting August 1:

  • We will have on-line sign up available thru Sign-up Genius
  • We will also have sign-up sheets in the narthex
  • Both will show everyone who has signed up for each project
  • We will have Sign-up Genius access information in the bulletins, the website, social media and an e-blast

Join us…God’s Work Our Hands Day

  • Sunday September 9
  • Immediately following the 11:00 service
  • Quick lunch under the gazebo
  • An afternoon of community service sharing God’s Love with our neighbors



Thirsty Thursdays & Theology

Thursday, October 18, 2018, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm — Grab something for your thirst & join Pastor Phil in a conversation in the downstairs room at:

Braveheart Pub
430 Main St., Hellertown

Open to the public, bring a friend. All are welcome.

Faith & Politics: Using your faith in the voting booth


Prayer Request

Can you help get a prayer chain going for Micheal Bass’s little boy, Dakota Miller. He’s an 18 month old baby who got ahold of a nail gun. He had to be life flighted and is now on life support. Please forward this to everyone you can!

God’s Work Our Hands Day of Service

Join us on Sunday September 9, 2018 for an afternoon of Community Service

HCM Foundation Trail Run

  • Run is Monday, September 3
  • 5 volunteers are needed to help at the race from 7:00-10:00 am
  • CLC team could participate in the 10K run, raise money for the foundation

HAM Food Bank Collection

  • Collect food donations at our front circle for the HAM Food Bank at New Jerusalem Church
  • Advertise the food collection around town
  • Load it on a truck and deliver the food to New Jerusalem
  • Looking for 6 Adults or Youth volunteers

Luncheon Set up and Clean up

  • Set up the gazebo for our luncheon starting at 11:00
  • Assist with food service starting at 12:00
  • Assist with our gazebo lunch clean up around 1:00
  • Requesting 5 Adult or Youth volunteers for each setup and clean up

Bingo at the Hellertown Senior Apartments

  • Front Street Location
  • Youth Lead Bingo games for the residents of both high rise housing units in town
  • Requesting 8 Youth volunteers and 2 Adults, to drive

Bingo at the Hellertown Senior Apartments

  • Northampton Street Location
  • Youth Lead Bingo games for the residents of both high rise housing units in town
  • Requesting 3 Youth volunteers and 1 Adult, to drive

Boxed Lunches for Saucon Senior Apartments

  • Prepare Sandwiches
  • Make up boxed lunches for the residents
  • Deliver the lunches to the apartments for distribution
  • Requesting 8 Adult or Youth Volunteers

New Bethany Soup Making

  • Making Soup for the New Bethany Ministries
  • Transferring the soup to containers for New Bethany to distribute
  • Requesting 5 Adults or Youth Volunteers

Swale Meadow Spruce up at Water Street Park

  • Weed
  • Prune
  • Clean up
  • Requesting 8 Adult or Youth Volunteers

Homeowner’s Yard Fix Up

  • Outdoor home yard project involving flowerbed weeding, trimming bushes, edging, mulching
  • Requesting 6 Adult or Youth volunteers

Youth News Team to Document the Day

  • Capture pictures/video clips of all service day projects
  • Create a presentation of God’s Work, Our Hands service day for the following Sunday
  • Requesting 1-2 Adults & 4 Youth volunteers—Drivers needed to transport youth photographers to the various service team sites

Summer Music 2018


17 Norm Williams

24 Caribbean Steel Drums


1 Trilogy Christian Acoustic Band

8 Dave Fry

15 All In Good Time — Barbershop Quartet

22 The Frank DiBussolo Trio

29 Milo Morris


Rev. Ed Neiderhiser & Jazplash

12 Kristen Vogt

19 Ken Brader

26 Praise Band


2 Spirited Traditional

Norm Williams is a performer/teacher of the mountain dulcimer who also plays guitar, banjo, ukulele, native flute and vocals. Old-Time Appalachian fiddle and gospel songs and tunes as well as other folk styles influence his playing and singing. He recently released his 1st solo recording entitled “…a wayfarer; songs of hope and encouragement” He is co-founder of The Pocono Delaware Club and coordinator of their DulcimerFest held annually in Stroudsburg, PA: a co-founder of the Maiden Creek Old Time Music Festival held annually the 2nd weekend in July. Norm began teaching mountain dulcimer in 2002 and has been faculty at festivals throughout the Northeast (including the Pocono Winter DulcimerFest: DAA Mountain Dulcimer Music Fest, August Dulcimer Days, Maiden Creek Old Time Festival and Augusta Heritage Center, WV), Additionally, he coordinates music for Quiet Valley Historical Farm & Living History Museum in Stroudsburg for their annual Harvest Festival in October, Old Time Christmas caroling in December and their Music in the Valley program in July.

Norm also performs & records with the bands Wayfarers & Company, Tom & Better Druckenmiller, and most recently with Cliff Cole & Rob Yoder in the band, Dulcimer Boys…and in lots of informal old time string bands who jam at Farmers Markets and the like throughout the Lehigh Valley. He is also a volunteer host for news and fold programming at WDIY 88.1FM, Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio. Norm now resides in Breinigsville, PA with is wife Erin.

Caribbean Steel Rhythms Formerly known as the Valley Steel Drum Ensemble, they first came together in 2007 at Christ United Methodist Church in Easton, PA. The group is made up of players from the Caribbean and the Lehigh Valley. They are the only known steel drum band in the area, bringing a unique musical sound to the region. The band has performed at various venues including Musikfest,the Crayola Factory, Allentown Symphony Hall, Berks Jazzfest, the LV Auto Show, churches, street fairs, sporting events, school workshops, the Methodist Annual Eastern Conference & many others. Their genres include Pop, Jazz, Latin, R&B, Reggae, Calypso, Gospel, Classics & more and, the musical extravaganza they deliver is an unforgettable experience.

Trilogy Christian Acoustic Band The band formed in the spring of 2017 when Chas invited Buz and Sid over to try playing together. Their individual styles are very different, but they melded at once. Buz has been playing professional for decades and he says that he and Sid blended amazingly well. A short time later, Bob joined in with his bass completed the acoustic sound. The band plays variety of styles from Classical Christian to Blue Grass, to contemporary Christian, mixing in their own styles into the arrangements for a unique sound.

Acoustic guitar, Buz Warmkessle Buz started studying music at the age of 6 playing clarinet. His father was a pianist and taught him basic piano at the same time. At 10 he added saxophone lessons to the routine and at 12 added the guitar. After high school he went to Mount Union College in Ohio and Ithaca College in New York to study music theory and composition. During the 60’s he worked as a audio musician in New York City. For the last 40 years he’s played in numerous bands from bluegrass to rock to jazz, playing primarily lead guitar, jazz guitar or jazz bass. During the 90’s and early 2000’s he had a jazz quartet. Buz works in the IT area and is a partner in a company providing software in a unique niche.

Acoustic guitar, Sid Coltart Sid has been playing stringed instruments for decades. He is mostly self-taught. Sid has played with a variety of groups and in various venues. Sid is semi-retired. Sid designs and builds large 3-6’ long sailing ships, hewn from solid logs.

Upright Bass, Bob Pongracz Bob has been playing the upright base for 37 years. He also plays guitar, banjo, mandolin and the ukulele. Bob has played in various groups as well, most recently in the Toad Creek Ramblers Bluegrass band. Bob is an engineer by trade, also a pilot and enjoys riding motorcycles.

Production Manager, Charles “Chas” Anttila Chas is retired from over 38 years in warehousing/fulfillment operations, customer service, contract administration and production planning. Chas also has been affiliated with Answers in Genesis as a volunteer Video Conference Coordinator since 2006; is a teacher and public speaker.

All met through Salem Bible Church and are Christians. While the main focus of the band is on Christian music that glorifies the Lord, they are versatile enough to blend in a variety of other styles as well, that provides entertainment that all ages and tests find enjoyable.

Dave Fry’s concerts feature both traditional and contemporary folk music, spliced together with guitar, mandolin, banjo, wry and spontaneous commentary on American family life, and plenty of participation on everyone’s part. Dave Fry is unique in his ability to entertain all ages, and he builds a sense of community everywhere he performs. Dave Fry’s work has appeared on PBS nationally, winning best Children’s Programming in PA in 1991 with his RockRoots program. His “Play Guitar with Dave Fry,” an introduction to acoustic guitar, was released on PBS in 2005 and has been broadcast on over 150 stations. His “I Like Peanut Butter” CD won Best Re-release from the Children’s Music Web in 1999. Dave has been associated with Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern PA for many years, and has been named Master Artist by the state of New Jersey and Teaching Artist by the state of Connecticut, as well. Dave also founded and was Artistic Director of Godfrey Daniels, the nationally recognized folk club, for 25 years. Dave has been a featured performer at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk and Winterhawk Bluegrass festivals, all of Bethlehem’s Musikfests, and has toured Mexico and Germany as well. He has even played the White House lawn. He continues to perform at folk clubs, schools, festivals, preschools and elder-care facilities, and delights in sharing live and lively music.

All in Good Time is a barbershop quartet that is part of the Lehigh Valley Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus and the national organization called the Barbershop Harmony Society. They have been singing together and entertaining audiences for the past ten years. Each of its members has many years of barbershop harmony experience both in other choruses and quartets. Our members:

Jerry Kaplan, a retired dentist, sings lead in the quartet, and has been involved with barbershop music for over 50 years. In the past, he had sung with other quartets, namely “Sound Alliance”, “Something In Common”, “Audible Difference” and “Special Arrangement”. He is the former assistant director of both the Lehigh Valley Harmonizers and Summer Harmony Men’s Chorus. He and his wife, Dottie, live in Allentown, and, since retiring, he can spend more time on his woodworking hobby.

Jim Hvidding, a retired economics professor, and a barbershopper since 1977, sings the tenor part. A member of the Lehigh Valley Harmonizers, he formerly sang with the Brothers In Harmony of the Easton Chapter, where he was honored as Barbershopper of the Year in 2002. Past quartets have included “Alumni Reunion”, “L & B Connection”, “The Blue Valley Quartet”, and “All Around Town”. He is an active member of both the Atlantic and North Carolina Harmony Brigades.

Joel Elston, sings our baritone part. Joel is a retired engineering professor, and has been singing barbershop since 1995. His past quartet has included “Four In A Chord”, and others with some strange names, like “CPQ (car pool quartet)” and “SRQ (sight reading quartet)”. He has sung with the Brothers In Harmony, Chorus of the Poconos, as well as the Lehigh Valley Harmonizers. To our great advantage, he is the musical guru of the quartet as well as being a classically trained pianist.

Mike Conrad, bass, is, for now, the only non-retired quartet member. He is a dentist in Wescosville—The Dentist Down The Lane. He has been involved in local theater since 1983, is on the board of Summer Harmony Men’s Chorus, and sings in the Christ Lutheran Senior Choir. He also finds time for photography, sound recording and some magic. Mike joined the Society in 1979, was a member of “Audible Difference” and is now proud to be in his second registered quartet.

The Frank DiBussolo Trio Dr. Frank DiBussolo, guitarist, has been a professional musician since 1965. During this time, he has worked with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Diane Carroll, Vicky Carr, Bob Hope, George Burns and Dom DeLouise and others. As a soloist he has been featured with the bands of Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Lester Lannin and more. He is a graduate of Widener University and the Combs College of Music where he earned the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. He has served on the faculties of Swarthmore College, Moravian College, Lehigh University and the Combs College of Music. Dr. DiBussolo has recorded extensively and can be heard on the Naxos, DBK and Lost World record labels. For his work in the recording industry, he has been nominated eight times for the Grammy Award in various categories. He is published in Guitar Player, The Educator and Just Jazz Guitar magazines as well as in the Groves Dictionary. Frank was inducted into the Lehigh Valley Music Awards Hall of Fame in 2018.

Paul Rostock, bass, has been on the faculty at Moravian College since 1991 as an instructor of double bass and bass guitar. He has directed jazz ensembles and teaches jazz history and improvisation practicum. Paul is also one of the directors for the popular July Jazz Getaway and accompanies the guest artists who appear annually at the camp. Rostock is also an active freelance musician performing in a multitude of musical settings. Some of the popular artists he has performed with include Frank Sinatra, Olivia Newton-John, Maureen McGovern, Perry Como, Joel Grey, Sandy Duncan, John Davidson and Steve Allen. Jazz artists who Paul has appeared with include Stanley Turrentine, Urbie Green, Bob Dorough, Maynard Ferguson, David “Fathead” Newman, Clark Terry, John Coates, Bobby Watson, Ellis Marsalis, Al Grey, Buddy Childers, Carl Fontana and Bill Watrous. He also toured and recorded for many years with vocalist Frank Sinatra Jr. and his orchestra. Paul and his family reside in Stroudsburg Pa. and he has been actively involved in the fertile jazz scene there, performing annually at the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts (COTA) jazz festival.

Dave Willard, drums, is a member of Christ Lutheran Church. He was a founding member of Peripheral Vision, the Olympus corporate band, performing a repertoire of rock cover tunes. He has performed in the Jazz Upstairs Series at Miller Symphony Hall annually since 2014 as a member of the Simon Mulligan Trio. He also performs locally with Frank DiBussolo on occasion. He is the back-up drummer for the CLC Praise Band.

Milo Morris, Bass-Baritone AGMA. With a voice described as “warm” by the Reading Chronicle (England), Milo Morris is a solid and versatile performer. At home in the basso buffo repertoire as well as demanding, dramatic bel canto and verismo roles, Milo brings a wide variety of performance experience to the stage including numerous opera, operetta, musical theatre, dance, and television credits. Milo’s roles have included Porgy in Porgy & Bess in Living Arts’ touring production in the UK, Il Re in Aïda with New Rochelle Opera, and the Sergeant of Police in Pirates of Penzance at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England which earned Milo a nomination for Best Character Actor.

Originally from Boston, Milo has been a crowd-pleaser for audiences throughout the US and UK bringing roles to life for companies such as OperaDelaware, New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, and Opera Memphis. Milo’s portrayal of Dr. Dulcamara for Delaware Valley Opera Co. was praised by the Chestnut Hill Local saying that, “he sang with the kind of visceral immediacy that makes opera so special when it works.” BBC Radio also praised Milo’s interpretation of Porgy, describing his performance as “convincingly strong and forceful” Among his favorite operatic roles are Dr. Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, Banquo in Macbeth, and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte. Milo has also appeared as a guest artist in operas and recitals at the University of Maine at Farmington, Philadelphia Biblical University, and Rowan University. Milo was educated at the Boston Conservatory, University of the Arts, and Temple University.

The Rev. Ed Neiderhiser was ordained as a Lutheran minister and been in active ministry since 1973. He has served congregations in Havertown, North Wales, and North Philadelphia. He holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew Scriptures. Neiderhiser recently retired after 26 years as chaplain at the State Prison at Graterford. He is an active jazz performer and composer, enjoying jazz worship development and leadership since 1969.

Kristen Vogt, MS, CCLS, MT-BC, NCC is a mezzo-soprano from Wind Gap, PA who studied at Marywood University and the University of Scranton and obtained a bachelors in Music Therapy and Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has been trained to sing classically at Marywood University under the direction of Dr. Rick Hoffenberg where she performed in Opera Workshops, recitals, and won the 2011 Concerto Competition and received the Sister Davidica Keldea Medal or Excellence in Voice at her Commencement Ceremony from Marywood University. She was also a member of the Campus Choir, Chamber Singers, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Music Ministry, and Music Director of the Annual Passion Play. She continues to fill in for churches in the community, works as a Music Therapist at Easton Hospital, and enjoys attending services at Emmanuel’s Lutheran Church in Bath, PA.

Ken Brader: Since graduation from the Eastman School of Music, Ken has performed in 25 countries around the world. While still a student at Eastman, he performed with the Chuck Mangione Orchestra including concerts at Carnegie Hall and Central Park in NewYork City. Ken has toured as lead trumpet, featured soloist, and assistant musical director of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and appears on various recordings with them. He also performed on the Glenn Miller Orchestra alumni All-star band recordings “In the Christmas Mood” (platinum), “In the Christmas Mood” vol. 2, and “In the Nutcracker Mood.” Ken has played lead trumpet for the Phil Woods Big Band including the “Celebration” album (Grammy nominee), and has gone on several tours of Europe. He has also played jazz trumpet on the “Children’s Suite” recording released in 2009 by the Phil Woods Little Big Band. He played lead trumpet on the “Patti Page Live in Carnegie Hall – the Fiftieth Anniversary Concert” which won a Grammy award. Ken is currently, and has been, the lead trumpet for Peter Nero and the Philly Pops for the last fifteen years. In 2010, Ken’s private students are First Chair in NJ All-Sate Band and Lead Trumpet in PA All-State Jazz Band. Ken has had three students play lead trumpet in All-East Jazz Band (12 state area).

Walking Wonders

ff10d9d1-51b6-4a0f-8f10-21c6ca5847b5Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:00am. You’re invited to exercise for a healthier you. Lower Saucon Trail, Walnut Street entrance. Weather permitting. Contact: Enid Rank, FCN 610-349-2970.