General Information


BECOME A MEMBER

Guests are welcome to worship with us, and, to join us in the fellowship and mission activities of the congregation.  Guests are invited to become part of our family of faith by becoming members of the congregation.
New members are received two times a year – usually in March and November.  Prior to reception in the congregation, prospective members are asked to attend two orientation sessions and a reception.  In order to help new members become integrated into the life of our family of faith, the sessions offer information about our faith and about our congregation’s ministry base.
Transferring from a Lutheran Congregation – a letter of transfer is requested and received from your current congregation.
Joining from outside the Lutheran tradition – these folks are received by Affirmation of Faith.
Everyone seeking membership in the congregation is expected to worship at Union Lutheran regularly throughout the orientation process as well.

Those unable to meet the session and worship attendance expectations are welcome to continue to worship and participate here at Union Lutheran as their schedules permit and attend the membership orientation at a later time.  To inquire about membership or to register for the Membership Orientation Sessions, contact the Church Office at 610-767-6884 or office@ulclv.org.

Blood Bank Donations

Our congregation has established an “account” with the Miller Memorial Blood Bank. If you want to donate blood at either their Cedar Crest or Bethlehem locations, you may ask them to credit your donation to Union Lutheran. If you would like any further details, please contact the church office at 610-767-6884. Our Account Reference Number is “#1258 – Union Lutheran”
To learn more about the Miller-Keystone Blood Center, please visit their website at http://www.giveapint.org/


Hospitalization

Important!!  If you or a member of your family is in the hospital, please let us know.  In order for the pastor to provide the best possible care, please personally contact the church office so that a pastor can visit you or your family member.  If you are admitted to Lehigh Valley Hospital or St. Luke’s Hospital, please use the Church Code #349 to have Union Lutheran notified of your hospital admission.

 

FUNERAL INFORMATION
The funeral Liturgy is shared with those who have had a death of a loved one.  At the time of the death, the Pastor should be notified either through the Church Office at 610-767-6884.  The Christian funeral is a rite of the Church in celebration for the life of the deceased and victory over death that we share in Christ.  The service is normally held in the Church.  The Pastoral staff will also assist you in planning the worship service.  The Family Life Center or another area in the building is available following the service for luncheons and fellowship.  A hospitality group is willing to serve a light meal.  Contact the Church Office for luncheon details.
Preplanning Funerals - We are all encouraged to prepare a will, to have adequate life insurance, and to make other preparations in the event of our death.  These are all acts of love for surviving family and friends.  Experience shows that those who do these things alleviate a great source of anxiety for family and friends at a most stressful time.  Those who plan their funeral services show similar consideration for their loved ones, although it is not always the easiest function to plan for ourselves.
Please click on the following link to print your Funeral Worship Planning Information Sheet.


LIBRARY 
The church library is open to our congregation and community.  We seek to provide resources that strengthen the educational work of the church, increase knowledge of our faith, address social and economic issues, foster appreciation of literature, and deepen our relationship with Jesus.

Nursery and Chapel/Cry Room

The Nursery opens at 9:00 AM, to children ages five and under. If you wish to keep your child in church for the children’s message, please register your child prior to the service The nursery is located down the hall and to the right from the worship area in Room 204.

If you have a crying child and need to leave the Nave, turn right into the Chapel/Cry Room. The room has a window with a view of the Nave and a speaker which allows you to participate in the service.

Parish Nurses

Parish Nurses are available by scheduling time through the church office. Information and explanations of health issues on many topics are available as well as Blood Pressure screening.

Scout Troops  Boy and Girl Scouts are sponsored by Union Church and meet in either the Lutheran or UCC building as requested.  Contact the office for information.