Jacob’s Christmas is a community ministry founded by Trinity Church that serves a festive Christmas Day meal to the poor, the homeless and those who are alone on Christmas.
History of Jacob’s Christmas
On Christmas Day, 2002, more than 6 inches of snow fell on the Lehigh Valley. All sources of food and social comfort were closed. Many whom normally care for through the Ark Soup Kitchen were without heat and food. Food was brought in to one the local single room occupancy hotels, but distribution was not permitted. The idea of Jacob’s Christmas was born.
Jacob’s Christmas is to assure that on Christmas Day the needy do not go wanting for food or comfort again. The story of Jacob as his dream (Genesis 8:12-17, 20-22) and the story of the birth of Christ (Luke 2:8-14) link together in the command to love and care for the needy. Although other services exist for the care of the poor, such as our own Ark Soup Kitchen, and provide services in advance of Christmas, these services do not operate on Christmas Day. Jacob’s Christmas fills that important void.
Christmas Day is on a Saturday this year.
10 a.m. – Holy Eucharist at Trinity Episcopal Church
12 Noon – Jacob’s Christmas Dinner is served in the gym at Third Street Alliance
How you can help
Donate: This year we are looking to provide each guest with a gift box to include donated items such as a blanket, personal hygiene items (such as soap, toothpaste and toothbrush, etc.).
Volunteer: To volunteer or inquire as to how you can best serve, please e-mail us at the link below. We also have a wish-list that we would be happy to send you.
For more information
Contact Nancy Napalatano at this address.