Bethlehem church faces soup kitchen shutdown from sinkhole

by Michael Mosher on January 10, 2018

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – A sinkhole opened up outside a church leaving its Christmas plans in limbo and shutting down its soup kitchen.

It’s not only bad timing, but also bad luck.

Trinity Episcopal Church has endured holiday heartache before.

“We feed people here five days a week, and without water, without sewer, without heat, we can’t have 150 people in here having lunch,” said Rev. Laura Howell.

For at least tomorrow and Monday, seats will remain empty after an unexpected yet familiar challenge hit Trinity Episcopal Church in Bethlehem.

“Once I saw all these sewer and water trucks, I thought ‘oh, please no,'” Howell said.

In 2013, a massive sinkhole forced the church to shutdown its soup kitchen for weeks and during its last go-around, the hit came on New Year’s Eve, just before baptism.

“We’re kind of laughing in a sad way,” she said.

While the soup kitchen had to shut its doors, there is help just on the other side of town as New Bethany Ministries is picking up the slack.

“This one is a little unexpected, but we’ve been OK. We’re picking it up and we expect to see more people on Christmas because of it too,” said Diane Elliott, executive director of New Bethany Ministries.

The Christmas dinner party set for Monday at Trinity will be rescheduled. No one was hurt during the incident and the city says water and gas have been restored. But, there is no timeline on when the holes in the street will be fully filled.

 

 

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