Church news

St. Mary Roman Catholic Church is located at 94 Walnut Road in Tilden Township. Visit our website at Daily schedule: Eucharistic devotions on Monday at 7 p.m.; Masses on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Wednesday through Friday at 9 a.m. Weekend Masses on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., and Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Reconciliation every Saturday from 3:45 - 4:15 p.m. and before each daily Mass. Upcoming activities include:

Sept. 5 & 9: Healthy Steps in Motion senior aerobics and fitness class, 9:30 a.m.

Sept. 8: Stewardship Weekend; PREP Religious Education classes begin with a parent and student assembly in Ave Maria Hall at 9 a.m.

Sept. 9: Bible Study, 8 p.m. (follows 7 p.m. devotions)


Sept. 10: RCIA - RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS begins with an evening of information, 7:30 p.m. This program is for adults desiring baptism, for those considering embracing the Catholic faith, or for faith enrichment. For more information or to sign up to attend the sessions, contact the parish office (610-562-7657).

Oct. 4 & 5: Harvest Fest will feature food, entertainment, fun and games for all ages.

The Bridge Church (TBC), 3561 Old 22, would like to extend an invitation to the following:

The Bridge Church Sunday Morning Worship Service times are at 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. All of our Bridge Street Kid’s Ministries meet downstairs where you will be able to check-in your child before each service begins. Bridge Street Kid’s Ministries range in ages from 0 thru 4th Grade.

Momentum Youth will be meeting on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. for their weekly youth services. We also have our 56 Club for our 5th and 6th graders for this fall 2013 school year that meet as well on Wednesday evenings.

We also have begun our registration for all our Wednesday fall programs and classes, beginning tonight at 7 p.m. Some of our Adult Classes on Wednesday Evenings include, The Bait of Satan, Follow Discipleship & a Parents Purity Class. Our fall Wednesday evening children’s program registration will begin for our Girls MPact Ministries and Royal Rangers, for ages 3+. There is also childcare available for ages 0-2. This is a great opportunity for parents to enjoy a Wednesday evening class, while having childcare. It’s not too late to sign-up so come out and get connected tonight!

Thursdays at 7 p.m., beginning tomorrow night, Sept. 5, TBC’s Bridge Street Kid’s Ministries introduces a new boy’s ministry, Adventure Rangers. This Adventure Rangers is a part of our Royal Rangers Boys Programs on Wednesday Evenings. Adventure Rangers is for boys in 6th-8th grade. A Ranger is one who explores new frontiers, so an Adventure Ranger will explore new frontiers, so an Adventure Ranger will explore new areas: learning the history of Royal Rangers and taking advantage of opportunities for his future. He will be challenged as he grows closer to God and his brothers in Christ. For more information, or to register your child today, please contact Pastor Aaron Schappell at 610-562-2972 x.205 or

There are also 3 Tuesday Evening Classes beginning on Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. They Include…

Divorce Care: A support program for individuals who are dealing with a recent divorce. There is a cost. (This class welcomes walk-ins at any time during the 12-week course)

Please Call the Bridge Church office at 610-562-2972 or email to register for classes today!

Beginning on Sept. 2 on Monday Evenings at 7 p.m., TBC welcomes a new ministry called Celebrate Recovery. Celebrate Recovery is a 12-step Recovery program where people gain freedom, healing, and accountability for life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups. By applying the 8 Recovery Principles within the 12-step program, we open ourselves up to God’s grace so that we can break free. We also open the door to recovery by sharing our experiences and hopes with one another.

Celebrate Recovery is open to men and women ages 18+. It’s not just for people struggling with substance abuse. This program is for anyone who feels like their life is out of control and is looking for a safe place to deal with a “hurt, habit, or hang-up.” Walk-ins welcome anytime! If you have any questions about this new exciting ministry, we welcome you to call Lisa Schappell at 610-562-2972 x.200 or email

If you would like to listen to Pastor Mark’s Sunday morning sermons, please go to our website at

Visit our website at or call 610-562-2972 for more information and service/class details.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hamburg

Donations of good used re-saleable clothing, personal and household items (dishes, housewares, etc), domestics (sheets, towels, blankets), furniture, electronics ( radios, digital TV’s, clocks, lamps, small kitchen appliances), some medical equipment (walkers, wheelchairs, canes, crutches, motorized scooters), sports equipment, bicycles, and vehicles can be brought to the Salvation Army Service Center, 700 S. 4th St., Hamburg, on Sunday, Sept. 8, 1:30 -4:30 p.m. Items not accepted: wall to wall carpet, major appliances, newspapers, text books, encyclopedias, space heaters, console TVs & stereos, baby bassinets, layettes, high chairs, used venetian blinds, yard swings and grills. For pick up of your item(s) (Hamburg only) call Kay at 610-562-4025 before Sept. 8. Proceeds support the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers which provide spiritual, social and emotional assistance to adults who have lost their ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves. Volunteers sponsoring this donation are from St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hamburg, as a “Day of Service” across the U.S. to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America which began in the 1988 merger of three American Lutheran Church bodies. The Theme: “God’s Work ...Our Hands.” Church volunteers and St. John’s Boy Scouts will be doing a second service project the following Sunday of picking-up litter on the Field House parking lot.

Salem E.C. Church

2150 Old 22, Lenhartsville

This week at Salem Church: Our Coffee Fellowship was at 8:30 a.m., followed by Worship at 9 a.m., & Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Dave Long presented the message “Don’t Give Up on Prayer,” based on Luke 18:1-18. Our greeters were Gladys Adam & Peggie Rush. Our nursery attendant was Cori Dixon, & our Junior Church leader was Kolleen Long.

Upcoming Events: Men’s Group meets Monday at 7 p.m. Women’s Bible Study meets every other Tuesday at 7 p.m. Pilates is Wednesday at 6 p.m., & volleyball is Thursday at 7 p.m. Don’t miss our 5th Annual Pig Roast & Car Show on Sept. 21.

Please feel welcome to come and join us at any time. For more information on Salem church and our events you can visit us on the web at or call the church office at 610-562-5033.

Salem Belleman’s Church

On Sunday, Sept. 1, Salem Belleman’s Church, 3540 Belleman’s Church Road, Mohrsville, celebrated the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost at the regular worship times of 7:45 and 10:15 a.m. The musician for the early service was Michele Dietrich while Nancy Rubright played for the second service. The scripture readings for the services were Proverbs 25:6-7 and Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 which were read by Sindy Bachman at the early service and by Bonnie Madeira at the late service. Also, the Gospel reading was from Luke 14:1, 7-14.

Belleman’s will celebrate Rally Day on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 9 a.m. As part of the Sunday School’s Rally Day Celebration, we will honor our Distinguished Christian Educator for 2013. In addition, attendees will be treated to a presentation by Trist N’ Shout Balloon Artists from Shartlesville. All are invited to attend this special service!

Please visit our website for more information about Belleman’s,

Hamburg Seventh-day Adventist Church

Our Hamburg Church would like to give you an invitation:

We are a Bible based church located at 22 Willow Rd, Hamburg.

Our Service times are: Bible classes for all ages at 10 a.m. followed by our worship hour at 11 a.m. A vegetarian fellowship meal is served to our guests and visitors each Sabbath after the service. Everyone is welcome.

SABBATH MORNING (Saturday): Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. Pastor Alex DuBee will minister to us during the Worship Hour. Children’s Church will also take place this week in the Fireside Room, followed by our vegetarian fellowship meal in the Fireside Room.

The First Sabbath of each month there is a Children’s Church service for ages 3-10. Also that day, the “Discovery Club” meets in the Fireside Room from 3:30-5 p.m. starting Sept. 7.

Our Community Service Center is open to the public every Monday & Tuesday from 1-6 p.m. for those who qualify. The Food Pantry is open the third Sunday of each month from 12-2 p.m. for those who qualify

PRAYER MEETING: Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY MORNING: 9:30 a.m. Early Morning Bible Study.

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS: The Adventurer & Pathfinder Clubs meet. The Adventurers are for our young members 5-8 years old. They meet at our church facility from 6-7:30 p.m. The Pathfinders are for ages 9-18 and they meet at the Blue Mt. SDA Elementary School from 6:30-8 p.m.

Our Pastor is Alex DuBee. His Office number is 610-562-7200. He would be happy to talk with you and answer any questions you may have.

The joy and the blessing of the Sabbath begin this Friday evening at 7:39 p.m.

Evangelical Lutheran Friedens Church

The worship assistants were Sheryl Manrodt, Paul Zerbe, Lisa and Mark Preletz, and the Church Council. Greg Stull was the Communion Assistant. Sherri Stull and Denise Laley are the September Altar Guild. Lisa Preletz and Mike McCann are the September Liaisons Council. The fall schedule resumes on Sept. 8. On Sept. 15 Congregational and Aid Society Meetings and a Potluck lunch will be held following the Worship Service.

St. Thomas Church

The altar flowers were presented in memory of Leigh Michele Groff by her grandmother, Erma Groff. The bulletin was sponsored in honor of the birthday of Louise Kiehl by Adam, Rachel and Rebecca. Special music was provided by the Eisenbrown Family. An Apple Dumpling Sale will take place on Sept. 26 and 27.

Friedens Church

Please come and join us at our weekly services at Friedens Church, 128 Wolf Creek Road, Shartlesville. On Saturdays at 5 p.m. we have our Encounter Worship Service, a more intimate worship that features weekly opportunities for individual blessings and Holy Communion. (weather permitting, this is held at the outside sanctuary located behind the church, down the lane)

Our Sunday morning worship services are at 7:45 and 10:30 a.m. (Nursery services are provided at the late service). Weekly Sunday School begins on Sept. 8 at 9:15 a.m.

Weekly Activities at Friedens Church for September include:

Every Monday – Grief Support at 11:40 a.m.

Friedens’ Friends – First Tuesday of each Month at 11:30 a.m.

Bible Study every Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. / Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. held at St. John’s in Hamburg

Upcoming Events:

Friday Sept. 6 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Pot Pie Dinner

Sunday Oct. 27 – Community Choir Festival to be held at the church 2:30 p.m.

Annual Pet Food Collection starting Sept. 28 through Oct. 6.

Collection box outside the church. Donations will go to Hillside SPCA of Pottsville.

Dec. 12 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Winter Carnival

We look forward to seeing you at our weekly Services and we hope you join us for monthly activities and special events.

Salem United Methodist Church, Shoemakersville

Join us at the corner of Sixth and Main Streets for Sunday morning worship at 9 a.m. The morning scripture Luke 14:25-33 will be read by Connie Parrish.

A change offering will be taken to help fund the Mission Trip for 2014.

Following worship light refreshments will be available in Fellowship Hall. Classes are then held for all ages.

Sunday, Sept. 22 is Rally Day. We celebrate the beginning of the fall season of the church. It will include our second annual Talent Show. We are looking for team teachers to help in all classes. If you can be a part of a team for 2013-2014 please let Joan Yoder, Mary Yoder or Sonja Rollman know. The more teachers we have, the lighter the work for the team.

The Craft Group will meet on Sun. evening, Sept. 15 from 6:30-8 p.m. and again on Monday, Sept. 16 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Our craft is creating a tote bag from duct tape. Please bring 3-5 rolls of tape for your project. The best tape has a fabric back, but any tape will do.

Nominations and Leadership is looking for members who are willing to join existing committees to serve the congregation. If you see a need you can fill contact Pastor Bill, Karen Kershner, Ken Kuipers, Connie Parrish, Elaine Wolf, Pam Zalenski or Harry Nelson.

Our Anniversary Sunday this year is Oct. 27. It will be a day of celebrating past, present and future of our congregation. We will be dedicating the completed renovation project as well as meeting in fellowship for lunch. More information will be forth coming.

As of now we only have 52 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Please drop off empty boxes in Fellowhsip Hall. And don’t forget to check the list of gift suggestions on the bulletin board.

Sept. 14 from 9-11:30 a.m. is a teacher training program at Mohrsville Church of the Brethren presented by The Pennsylvania State Sunday School Association. For more information contact Pastor Jim Bower, 610-926-5167.

The Youth Alpha Group will meet on Sunday, Sept. 29 for supper, games, fellowship and Bible Study. Contact Pastor Bill to let him know you will attend.

Our contacts are: Church phones, 610-562-4345. Pastor Bill’s cell phone for emergencies, 570-573-8320. E-mail, Web address, Find us on Facebook.

“A light heart lives long.” (Shakespeare)

Salem-Berne United Methodist Church

Join us on Sept. 8 for Morning Worship at 10:15 a.m. We are starting the new Fall and Winter hours. Worship will feature “Sisters of Faith,” a female duo dinging contemporary and gospel music. Sunday School is at 9 a.m. and this is RALLY DAY. The Greeters are Clyde and Kathy Liddick and the Acolyte is Ivey Rost. The Altar flowers are presented in honor of the birthday of Lisa Francis by her family. The Altar flowers on Sept. 1 were presented to the Glory of God by Harry and Dolores Fisher.

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 99 Church Street, Hamburg, would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to join us for the last 9:30 a.m. Summer service this Sunday. Come and join us.

On the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost the altar flowers were presented to the glory of God in loving memory of George and Carol Lau by their children. The bulletins were sponsored in loving memory of sister, Helen and sisters-in-law, Virginia, Rubye and Irma by Elizabeth Clapper. The flowers on the pedestal table were presented to the Glory of God in celebration of the birth of their great granddaughter, Andralyn Sue, daughter of Becky (Bowers) and Will Chou, by Chester and Mary Ann Epting. The flowers in the floor stands were presented to the glory of God in celebration of Jennifer Blatt’s 21st birthday, Sept. 2, by Mom, Dad, Matt, Grandama and Grandpa Grube, Aunts Denise and Debbie and Uncle Scott. Holy Communion was observed.

Project Workers is Tuesday afternoons 1 to 4 p.m.

AA meets Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Jr. room.

Sunday, Sept. 7 is the Contemporary Worship Service at 5:30 p.m. with Holy Communion. Sunday, Sept. 8 is the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost. The Blessing of the Animals will take place on the front lawn of the church on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. Please note: this will be in place of Sunday School. It’s the start of Fall Worship. Worship is at 10:15 a.m. with Holy Communion. Find us on the internet at

St Michael’s Church

The Annual Picnic/Pig Roast will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 4—8 p.m. Rain or shine. Entertainment will be by the Jalappa All Stars.

Sunday, Sept. 8, we begin worship at 10:15 a.m. We celebrate the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost with Rally Day festivities. The St. Michaelaire’s lead our music during worship. Children will sing a song and Sunday School Teachers will be installed. Students are invited to bring their backpacks to be blessed. At 9 a.m. The St. Michaelaire’s will lead music for Rally Day. Children will play games outdoors.

Sunday School for ALL ages is 9 a.m. every Sunday. The Adult Classes study the Book of Acts and The Lutheran Handbook. The Youth are studying “Made To Make A Difference.”

St. Michael’s Church, A Lutheran affiliated congregation, 529 St. Michaels Road, Tilden Twp., just West of Hamburg on Hex Highway, invites you to participate in activities and Sunday worship at 10:15 a.m.

There is a children’s sermon every Sunday. For information call 610-488-1783 or Visit our web page Worship is broadcast live every Sunday and you can watch recordings of previous services at:

Sunday, Sept. 1 the altar flowers were sponsored by Michael & Angel Moser in celebration of their daughter, Leanne’s 15th birthday.

Bethany United Methodist Church

The Young Children’s Choir for ages 2-6 will get together for the first time on Wednesday Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. They will rehearse the first three Wednesdays of each month, and sing the Sunday after the third rehearsal each month. Families are not required to be members of the church to participate in the choir. There will be seasonal parties for the children with games, food, and prizes on those occasions.

Reverend Sabas will on September 8th be preaching a sermon entitled, “In Truth and In Spirit” on John 4:16-26.

On Sunday evening Oct. 6 Aaron Abramson, Branch Manager, Manhattan Branch of JEWS FOR JESUS will speak on the Gospel in the Feasts of Israel, showing how Jesus fulfills what the particular feast promised. He will also share his personal testimony at the service. All are welcome at the service.