Local church has a mission

Church holds ice cream social to benefit trip to Nicaragua

— Trip participants will bring dozens of suitcases on the trip filled with supplies collected from church members throughout the year. Gieser said the 15 trips participants are labeled “goers” by the church, while the rest of the congregation is thought of as “senders.”

“So we all make up the same team, but help in different ways,” she said.

The group will be there for about a week. The “goers” will spend time with the students and as a fun activity, one member who majored in theater will teach them how to make puppets and put on a puppet show. During down time, they hope to visit local congregations and meet with the people and pastors there so see how else they can help the area.

The fundraiser event will include a presentation of the puppet show to be taught by the group, a concert by the church’s Praise Band and other musically inclined members of the church and of course, ice cream.

Event organizer Ann Brands said the hope is the event will raise the rest of the money needed for the trip as well as money to send the supplies church members collected overseas. The church is also collecting funds for equipment to build the bathroom, which will need to be paid for once they arrive.

The cost for each mission participant to go on the trip is $1,723 including room and board.

“We won’t know until the day of the event if we have enough money and where we stand, so we’re praying,” said Gieser.

The ice cream social and concert will start at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Elm Avenue in Bethlehem.

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