Hamburg area church calendar

Salem Belleman’s Church

On Sunday, March 2, Salem Belleman’s Church, 3540 Belleman’s Church Road, Mohrsville, celebrated the Transfiguration of our Lord at the regular Worship times of 7:45 and 10:15 a.m. The musician for the early service was Michele Dietrich while Linda Hartman, The Director of Music Ministry, played for the second service. The scripture readings for the services were Exodus 24:12-18 and 2 Peter 1:16-21 which were read by Kim Dougherty at the early service and by Brenda Yoder at the late service. Also, the Gospel reading was from Matthew 17:1-9.

On Sunday, March 16, Belleman’s will be having a Kauffman’s Chicken Bar-B-Q at the church’s Fellowship Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The dinner includes ½ chicken, baked potato, apple sauce, roll & butter and beverage for a cost. Dinners can be taken out or enjoyed at the Fellowship Hall. Please call the church office (610-926-0461) for ticket information.

Please visit our website for more information about Belleman’s, www.bellemanschurch.org.

The Hamburg Area World Day of Prayer service is Friday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Walnut Rd. Hamburg. The theme is “Streams in the Desert.” Refreshments will be served after the service. All are invited.

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.

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.

SABBATH MORNING (Saturday): March 8, at 11 a.m. Blue Mt. Academy’s LaSonnette Bell Choir will minister to us in music during the Worship Hour. All are invited. A Vegetarian Fellowship Meal for our guests and visitors will follow in the Fireside Room.

The First Sabbath of each month there is a Children’s Church service for ages 3-10.

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 with Dr. John Goley.

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.

The joy and the blessing of the Sabbath begin this Friday evening at 6 p.m.

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.

On Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., we encourage you to come out to our Family Night, where there is something for everyone in your family. There is something for every age group, from infant to Boys and Girls programs on Wednesday evenings. Our children’s ministry clubs will take place downstairs for ages 0 – 4th Grade. We also have something for our 5th & 6th graders, called 56 Club. This is a wonderful transitional group before they hit Youth Group at Grades 7th-12th grade. Momentum Youth meets at 7 p.m. as well in the TBC Youth Room.

Join us tonight for our Adult Connect Classes on Wednesday Evenings, weekly at 7 p.m. Our classes this quarter feature the study of Rebuilding the Ruins: A study about Restoration out of the books of Ezra & Nehemiah, Experiencing God, Greifshare (a recovery loss support program, there is a cost), & Divorce Care (Divorce Support group program, there is a cost). There is childcare and children’s programs going on during these at TBC as well for ages infant all the way through Youth age. Please call for more information or to register today!

Are you struggling with depression, addiction and are needing something more? Join Celebrate Recovery that meets on Monday Evenings at 7 p.m. 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 connect@hamburgbridge.com.

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

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

Salem United Methodist Church, Shoemakersville

Welcome to the corner of Sixth and Main for our 9 a.m. worship service. Robert Kershner will read the morning scripture, Matthew 4:1-11, and the Children’s Message will be shared by Connie Parrish.

After a break for light refreshments, there will be classes for all ages. The Youth Small Group will meet Sunday afternoon from 4-6 p.m. in the Parsonage for fun, food, fellowship and faith. There is always room for more to join us. Administrative Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall on Monday, March 10. Our Lenten Service this week is at 7 p.m. at Bethany UMC in Hamburg with Rev. Walt Breiner preaching. The service will be preceded by a light soup and bread meal at 6:30 p.m.

Our long range planning meeting will be held on Saturday, March 15, at 9:30 a.m. We continue to plan following our “Call to Action” guidelines. All members and friends of the church are urged to attend.

If you have not done so, please take some plastic eggs to fill for the Easter Egg Hunt which will be held on Saturday, April 12, at 2 p.m. Eggs should be returned to the church by March 30. Thank you.

Offering boxes for the Lenten White Cross are available. You are asked to give up something for Lent and give the savings through the White Cross. Our offerings will be donated to missions.

The Youth Mission Team is hosting a French Toast and Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, March 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall at Salem.

An internationally acclaimed Mime group will be presenting the story of the resurrection at Salem. DRAMA MINISTRY will be here at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday evening April 5. This faith-based ministry began in 2001 and has traveled around the USA and overseas. Don’t miss this blessing.

On Sunday evening, April 13, Bethany UMC is presenting Jews for Jesus at 7 p.m. Also coming is the Paradise Quartet(formerly Black Creek) which will be performing on Saturday, May 3, at Salem. More details will be coming soon.

To contact us, Church phone 610-562-4345

Pastor’s cell phone for emergencies: 570-573-8320

E Mail: salemumc1650@yahoo.com

Web address: www.salemumcshoey.org

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“A man becomes the song he sings.” Pat O’Brien

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran “Smoke” Church

St. Paul’s invites you to join us for Sunday worship at 9 a.m. Our pastor is Elna Stratton and the organist/choir director is Mr. Donald Ryan. This is followed by a fellowship time with refreshments. Our Sunday School follows the fellowship time. Please feel welcome to join us for any of our classes. Our adult class holds a discussion of the Gospel lesson of the day. There are also classes for children. Sunday, March 9 the acolyte will be Elaina Koller, the lector will be Howard Speck and the greeters are Rebecca and Roland Smith. Faye Rausch will give a children’s sermon. Our Sunday school is holding a soup sale on Sat. March 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. All soup must be pre-ordered. The following kinds are offered: Beef Barley, corn chowder, chicken noodle, hamburger vegetable, Italian wedding, chili, sausage and bean, ham and bean, potato, broccoli and cheese for a cost per quart. To order or for more information, please contact Melanie Brown at 610-916-5036 or basket286@Comcast.net. Deadline to order is Sunday, March 23. Tonight there will be a Lenten service at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Evangelical Lutheran Friedens Church

The worship assistants were Hunter Hoffman, Abby Baransky, Mark Preletz, Roy and Jane Bubbenmoyer, Sherri Stull, Paul Zerbe, and the Church Council. Richard Kauffman was the Communion Assistant. The Sanctuary Candle was presented in memory of Elton Wehr by his grandchildren Kaleb and Brandon Wehr. The bulletins were presented in honor of the second birthday of Cole Mason Sienzant by grandparents, Joyce and Paul Zerbe. Amy Emerich and Shirley Bodanza are the March Altar Guild. Ash Wednesday Service is on March 5 at 7 p.m.

St. Thomas Church

The altar flowers were presented in loving memory of Louise Luckenbill by her husband Glenn. The fresh arrangement flower arrangement was presented In honor of the 51st wedding anniversary of Charles and Scarlett Seifrit. The bulletin was in honor of the birthdays of Mildred and Eric Bross by their children. The Acolyte and Jr. Deacon was Justin Stricker. On March 5 (Ash Wednesday) Loaf and Ladle will be served on 6 p.m. with the service at 7 p.m.

Community Lenten Service Schedule

All services will begin at 7 p.m. preceded by soup and bread at 6 p.m. The theme will be based on the “I am” statements of Jesus.

March 12 - “Introduction to Series,” Rev. Krista Keisling, St. Thomas

March 19 - “I am the Vine,” Pastor Joel Jackson, Little Tulpehocken

March 26 - “I am the Bread of Life,” Rev. Bill Miller, Friedens Lutheran

April 2 - “I am the Light….” Rev. Rod Sutliff, St. Paul’s

April 9 - “I am the Way…” Rev. Rob Argot, Little Tulpehocken

Salem E.C. Church

2150 Old 22, Lenhartsville

This week at Salem Church: Our Coffee Fellowship was at 8:30 a.m., followed by our Worship Service at 9 a.m. & a Fellowship Breakfast at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Dave Long presented the message “Have You Found Your Book?” based on II Chronicles 34:14-33. Our greeters were Jordan & Amy Rice. Our nursery attendant was Cori Dixon and our Junior Church leader was Kolleen Long.

Upcoming Events: Our Men’s Group meets Mondays at 6:30 p.m. for dinner, followed by Bible Study at 7:30 p.m. Women’s Bible Study meets every other Tuesday at 7 p.m. Our Sportsmen’s Banquet is Saturday, March 8. Our Indoor Yard Sale is Saturday, March 22 from 7 a.m. to 3 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 www.facebook.com/wearesalem or call the church office at 610-562-5033.

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. Winter services on Sundays. Come and join us.

On the Transfiguration of Our Lord, the altar flowers are presented to the glory of God in honor of the 75th birthday of Doug Adams by his wife Joan and son Kirk.

AA meets Thursday’s at 7 p.m. in the Junior room.

In case of severe weather, which requires the cancellation of services or activities, you may call the church at 610-562-3808 and you will immediately be told of such cancellations or find the information on the computer at www.wfmz.com/worshipclose

HAMBURG AREA COMMUNITY LENTEN SERIES – 2014

COMMUNITY LENTEN SERIES:

“This Old House, Spiritual Renovations” – This series will look at how the Church has developed and grown as the Body of Christ. Believers are called to work together in reshaping our lives, our communities and the world.

Each Thursday in Lent: The 11:30 a.m. gatherings will include a service of prayer, song and reflection, and conclude with a soup and bread lunch. A freewill offering will be taken each week in support of the Ministerium’s emergency response outreach ministry.

SCHEDULE (11:30 a.m. Prayer service, 12 p.m. Luncheon)

Thursday, March 6, St. Luke’s (Shoemakersville): “Checking the Blue Prints” – Listening to the Word of God in Scripture and how we are to make decisions as Christians.

Thursday, March 13, St. Mary’s (Tilden Twp.): “Firming Up The Foundation” – The Nature and Mission of the Church. What is the understanding of the Christian community?

Thursday, March 20, St. John’s Lutheran (Hamburg): “Moving the Walls” – Restructuring our lives. Baptism and reconciliation makes us one with God and brings the community together.

Thursday, March 27, St. Michael’s Lutheran (Tilden Twp.): “Barn-raising Together” – Faith unites us in purpose and focus. Christians are called to work together in various ways.

Thursday, April 3, Zion’s Church (Shoemakersville, Perry Twp.): “Meeting the Neighbors” – Spreading the Good News. How best to meet “The neighbors” through outreach and missionary efforts.

Thursday, April 10, St. Pauls (Hamburg, Windsor Township): “Homecoming” – Appreciating home as our base for working with the community at the next set of blueprints, in order to move forward.

Good Friday, April 18, “Cross Walk” in Hamburg, 11 a.m. Prayer Service at Bethany United Methodist, 12 Noon.

NOTE: The Good Friday service does not include a luncheon. In the event that a gathering is cancelled due to inclement weather, it will not be rescheduled.

Youth Bowl-a-Thon: Several youth will be participating in a Bowl-a-Thon next Sunday, March 9 to help raise money which allows children from low-income families to experience a day camp program hosted by the West Berks Mission District. Please consider making a donation to one of the youth or Lydia Beck. Youth: We will be meeting at the Welcome Table after worship next Sunday to collect the donations, grab a snack, and get ready to leave for the Bowl-a-Thon. We will be returning around 3:30 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunt Donations: We are in need of Easter eggs, baskets, and candy for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Clean out the eggs and baskets that have accumulated over the years or purchase new ones to donate. A donation bin will be available in the auditorium. Thank you!

Youth Ministry Committee meeting on Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Please consider serving on this committee that helps to plan and organize activities for youth up to the age of 18. See Lydia Beck for more information.

March 9, 1st Sunday in Lent. Worship Service is at 10:15 a.m. with Holy Communion. Sunday School and Catechetical Class is at 9 a.m.

On Sunday, March 16, we will “Make a Joyful Noise.” Children will come around with cans to collect change for ELCA World Hunger. Please remember to “Make a Joyful Noise.”

Find us on the internet at www.stjohnshamburg.org.

St. Mary Roman Catholic Church is located at 94 Walnut Road in Tilden Township. Visit our website at www.rc.net/allentown/stmaryhamb. 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:

March 5: Ash Wednesday Masses at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

March 6 and 10: Healthy Steps in Motion senior aerobics and fitness class, 9:30 a.m.

March 7: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, 6 p.m.; Stations of the Cross, 7 p.m.

March 7: Community observance of Women’s World Day of Prayer, Ave Maria Hall, 7:30 p.m.. All are welcome.

March 9: PREP religious education classes

March 10: 8 p.m., Bible Study (follows 7 p.m. devotions)

March 11: 7:30 p.m., RCIA: The Church and Moral Law. (Next week: The Commandments 1-4)

PARISH MISSION in observance of our 160th Anniversary to be presented by Redemptorist Father Donald Miniscalco of the St. John Neumann Shrine, Philadelphia. March 23-27, Main Service 7 p.m. each evening; also Mass & Service 9 a.m., Hour of Prayer 2-3 p.m.

NORTHERN BERKS MINISTERIUM: Community Lenten Series Thursdays from March 6 through April 10. Topic of the series is “This Old House, Spiritual Renovations.” This series will look at how the Church has developed and grown as the Body of Christ. Believers are called to work together in reshaping our lives, our community and our world. Sessions will be held each Thursday in Lent at 11:30 a.m. at a different area church. Gatherings will include a service of prayer, reflection, and conclude with a soup and bread lunch. A freewill offering will be taken each week in support of the Ministerium’s emergency response outreach ministry. All are welcome.

March 6, St. Luke’s, 5th & Franklin St., Shoemakersville, “Checking The Blue Prints” - Listening to the Word of God in Scripture and how we are to make decisions as Christians.

March 13, St. Mary’s, 94 Walnut Road, Tilden Twp., “Firming Up The Foundation” - The Nature and Mission of the Church. What is the understanding of the Christian community?

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER will be observed locally on Friday, March 7, 7:30 p.m., at St. Mary Church, Ave Maria Hall. All are welcome.

St. Michael’s Church

Sunday School for ALL ages is 9 a.m. every Sunday. The Adult Classes study The 10 Commandments and Parenting. The Youth watch NOOMA videos showing Christ’s work in our life.

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, Christian Education, Sundays 9 a.m. and Sunday Worship at 10:15 a.m.

A children’s sermon is heard every Sunday. For information call 610-488-1783 or Visit our web page http://www.stmichaelshamburg.org.Worship is broadcast live every Sunday and recordings of previous services can be seen at: www.ustream.tv/channel/st-michaels-hamburg-pa.

Wednesday, March 5, Ash Wednesday Altar Communion is celebrated at 7 p.m. Worshippers are invited to receive ashes on their foreheads as a sign of our return to the dust. This begins our Lenten journey. Lent was first begun as a time of preparation for the joy of Easter. At first only catechumens and their sponsors fasted for a few days prior to Easter in final preparation for baptism. But over time the duration of preparation varied. For example in Rome, Easter was preceded by a full week of fasting and prayer. By the end of the fourth century the symbolism of a forty day penitential period, paralleling Christ’s forty days in the desert, captivated the imagination and a longer Lenten Season appeared. Forty days were chosen as a memorial of the forty days Jesus fasted in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-4), which in turn recalled the forty years Israel wandered in the desert (Num 32:13).

Sunday March 9, we celebrate the First Sunday in Lent at 10:15 a.m. Children will sing a song before the children’s sermon. Each Sunday in Lent is a mini-Easter. Sundays are not counted in the “40” days of Lent. Remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night!

Salem-Berne United Methodist Church

Join us on March 9 for Morning Worship at 10:15 a.m. The Worship Series for March is HOLY MOSES. The Sermon title is “A Prince Is Born” Exodus 1 and 2:1-10. The Liturgist is Debbie Sonday. The Children’s Message will be given by Clyde Liddick and the Acolyte is Erin Gesicki. Sunday School is at 9 a.m.

Community Ash Wednesday service will be held at St. Luke’s, Shoemakersville at 7 p.m. with Communion and imposition of Ashes. The next Pot Pie Dinner is March 29 from 4-7 p.m.

Zion’s Lutheran Curch, Shoemakersville

Zion’s next mid-week Lenten meal and worship will be on Wednesday, March 12. The topic will be Does my life matter? It will start at 6:15 p.m. with a meal of soup and bread followed by 7 p.m. - worship (Holden evening prayer), 7:45 p.m. - discussion and 8:15 p.m. closing.