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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. 28 at 11 a.m. Elder Ray Hartwell, President of the PA Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, will minister to us during the Worship Hour, 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 6:33 p.m.

Salem Belleman’s Church

On Sunday, Sept. 22, Salem Belleman’s Church, 3540 Belleman’s Church Road, Mohrsville, celebrated the Eighteenth 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 Amos 8:4-7 and 1 Timothy 2:1-7 which were read by Dennis Gehman at the early service and by Dottie Cowan at the late service. Also, the Gospel reading was from Luke 16:1-13.

On Saturday, Sept. 28 will be our annual Pennsylvania German Worship in our Historic Old Church and our Turkey and Waffle Supper in the adjacent Fellowship Hall. The PA German Worship begins at 2:30 p.m. and the Supper runs from 4 until 7 p.m. All are welcome!

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

Salem United Methodist Church, Shoemakersville

Join us at the corner of Sixth and Main Streets for 9 a.m. worship. The scripture for the morning is Luke 16:19-31 which will be read by Robert Kershner.

Following refreshments in Fellowship Hall there will be Bible Study classes for all ages. Pastor Bill’s book study will begin this Sunday. His class is studying “You Can’t Walk on Water If You Don’t Get Our of the Boat.” The will meet in the parsonage on Sundays and on Tuesday evenings. Everyone is invited to join either class.

The first small youth class will meet on Sunday evening at 5 p.m. for Fun, Food, Fellowship and Faith. Let Pastor Bill know if you would like to attend.

Oct. 27 is our Anniversary Sunday this year. The Rev. Charles Evans will be our speaker and we will be dedicating the four major renovation projects. Former members and friends are especially invited to come and see all the improvements.

We still need 13 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Packing items that are needed are small toys, wrapped candies, boy’s underwear sizes 4-14 and socks for boys and girls. We will be packing and blessing the boxes in early November.

To contact our church call 610-562-4345, or call Pastor Bill at 570-573-8320. E-mail is Our web address is Find us on Facebook.

“It’s always too soon to quite.” (Unknown)

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. 26 & 30: Healthy Steps in Motion senior aerobics and fitness class, 9:30 a.m.

Sept. 29: PREP religious education classes

Sept. 30: 8 p.m., Bible Study (follows 7 p.m. devotions)

Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., RCIA: The Creeds of the Church and God the Father. (Next week: God the Father). RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION (RCIA) is a program on faith instruction 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.


PORK BBQ FUNDRAISER: The churches of the Northern Berks Ministerium partner with the Salvation Army Hamburg Services Center to provide local emergency assistance, such as, food, shelter, heating and utilities. The Salvation Army provides $30,000 annually for assistance needs; the Ministerium provided an additional $4,000 in assistance in the past year.

To aid in this fund, the Ministerium is sponsoring a take-out Pork BBQ Dinner on Sunday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Dinners include pulled BBQ pork, baked potato, roll, applesauce, butter and drink for a cost. Pick-up of dinners will be at the Salvation Army, 700 S. 4th Street (next to Dollar General). Tickets are available through participating churches through Sunday, Oct. 13.

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.

Join us for our Wednesday Evening Family Connect Nights every week at 7 p.m. Each week there is something for every age group. From Nursery, 0-2 years of age, Royal Rangers & MPact Girls and boys clubs, to 56 Club for kids in Grades 5th & 6th, Momentum Youth for youth in grades 7th thru 12th. We also have Connect Fall Classes going on right now for our adults. Our classes are featuring the Study, The Bait of Satan by John Bevere, Psalms, an Open Bible Study, and Purity Class for Parents of Teenagers.

On Tuesday Evening, there is an open class…

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)

This Fall 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

Momentum Youth Back to School Bash

On Wednesday, Sept. 25, join our youth as they kick off their school year with their annual Back to School Bash at TBC. What better way to start off the school year by smashing a car…legally! Join us as we break out the sledgehammers and let the carnage begin. Each person will have a turn at the bashing! The night will also feature free food and give-a-ways. Open to all students in 7th-12th grades.

Friends & Family Day

Join us for Friends and Family Day on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. Evangelist Greg & Robyn Hubbard will be ministering during both services. If you have never been to The Bridge Church, we would love to have you a part of this service, where we can share with you our ministries, introduce you to our Iron Gate Café, while enjoying homemade cookies and a photobooth to take your friends and families picture!

Times of Refreshing Services:

On Sept. 29 thru Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. nightly, TBC will be having a time of Revival Services with Evangelist Greg and Robyn Hubbard. Since 1986, Greg & Robyn have been ministering on the evangelistic field both here in the States and overseas. Along with their ministry in church revivals, family camps and conventions across the country, they also minister annually in several countries throughout the world. With infectious enthusiasm, Greg communicates the Word of God with relevance and conviction. Through Robyn’s anointed singing, people from around the world have been refreshed and encouraged.

Youthful in heart, yet appealing to all ages, Greg and Robyn will present the good news of Jesus Christ in a way you will long remember.

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 Evangelical Lutheran Church, 99 Church Street, Hamburg, would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to join us at our 10:15 a.m. Fall services on Sundays. Come and join us.

On the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost the altar flowers were presented to the glory of God in honor of the members of the Andulhea Chorus who provided beautiful music in St. John’s during Sunday afternoon. Harper Regan Strausser, daughter of Jordan Strausser, born on January 21, 2013 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, was baptized after worship by Pastor Uhler.

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

The Andulhea Chorus gave a concert on Sunday, Sept. 22 at St. John’s. The Hamburg Area Middle School’s “Wings Chorus” under the direction of Dr. Christi Ryan dalso provide choral selections.

St. John’s/Thrivent is taking orders for Apple Dumplings and Sticky Buns. Call Kay at (610)562-4025 or June at (610)562-4440. Deadline to order is Oc. 1. The annaul sale is Oct. 11 and 12.

Crab Cake Dinner is Oct. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. Call 610-562-8732 or 610-562-4440 for prices and details. No advance ticket sales.

Sunday, Sept. 29 is the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Worship is at 10:15 a.m. Sunday School is at 9 a.m. First Holy Communion Class with parents and student is at 9 a.m. Find us on the internet at

Evangelical Lutheran Friedens Church

The worship assistants were Luanne Reese, Gladys Oswald, Janet Balthaser, the Music and Worship Committee and Mike, Heather, and Josh Preletz.

St. Thomas Church

The altar flowers were presented in honor of the birthday of Amelia Folk by grandparents Paulson. The fresh arrangement was presented in loving memory of our Mom, Harriet Miller on her 98th birthday from her family. The red rose was presented in loving memory of Harriet Miller by her son, Jay Miller and his wife, Judy on her birthday. The bulletin was sponsored in memory of Curtis Miller and in honor of Pat Miller by Kim Kissling. Individually wrapped candy to fill treat bags and monetary donations are being accepted for Light in the Night. A Prayer Walk will take place on Oct. 5 beginning at 5:45 p..m at St. James Church. Contact Pam Snyder at 610-488-6988 for information. Stand Up for Life and Liberty at the Berks County Life Chain will be held on Oct. 6 from 2-3:30 p.m. on Penn Avenue in West Reading

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). Sunday School begins 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:

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

Donations will go to Hillside SPCA of Pottsville. (collection box outside church office)

4th Annual Winter Coat Collection- starts Oct. 11 thru Oct. 23. (collection sites are Frieden’s Church, St. Mary’s RCC, Haag’s Hotel, Mt. Springs Campground, PA Dutch Gift Haus, Outten Dealerships.)

Distribution of Winter Items will be held Saturday Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Frieden’s Sunday Oct. 27 – Community Choir Festival to be held at the church 2:30 p.m.

Church, Shartlesville.

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 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 “The Search for a Spouse” based on Genesis 24:1-14. Our greeters were Kevin & Sandy Towles. Our nursery attendant was Cori Dixon, & our Junior Church leaders were Bev Ruppert & Dana Anderson.

Upcoming Events: Men’s Group meets Monday at 6:30 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. Time-Out for ages 2-12 is Friday, Sept. 27 from 5-8 p.m.

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.

New Jerusalem United Church of Christ, Lenhartsville, will be celebrating their annual Harvest Home Gathering Service Sept. 29 at 10:15 a.m., Pastor Josh Fitterling officiating. Members are asked to bring non-perishable food itesm for the display. All items will be donated to Friend, Inc.

Also on Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. the Service of Ministry Affirmation for Pastor Josh will be held at the church with a luncheon served immediately following the service. The public is invited to welcome Pastor Josh and celebrate his licensure through the East Berks Association as the new Stated Supply Pastor at New Jerusalem Zion United Church of Christ.

Zion’s Lutheran Church, 354 Zion Church Road, Shoemakersville. Pot Pie Dinner. Benefits The Potato Project. Saturday, Sept. 28 from 4-7 p.m. Donations required. Bake Goods Available.

Salem-Berne United Methodist Church

Join us on Sept. 29 for Morning Worship at 10:15 a.m. Sunday School is at 9 a.m. The Liturgist is Clyde Liddick and the Greeters are Jackie Killough and Tyler Geschwindt. The Acolyte is Erin Gesicki and the Children’s Message will be given by Linda Seyler. The Altar flowers are presented in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Althouse by children Marion, Paul and Carol. The sermon title is “Dressing for Success” (Spiritual armor is needed today as much as ever).