Hamburg area church calendar

Zion’s Lutheran Church, Shoemakersville

Zion’s next mid-week Lenten meal and worship will be on Wednesday, March 19. The topic will be “Does prayer really make a difference?” 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.

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 20 and 24: Healthy Steps in Motion senior aerobics and fitness class, 9:30 a.m.

March 21: Eucharistic Adoration, 6 p.m.; Stations of the Cross, 7 p.m.

March 23: PREP religious education classes

March 23: 7 p.m. Parish Mission Opening Service with Benediction

March 24: 7 p.m. Parish Mission Service with Anointing; also 9 a.m. Mass with Bible Talk; 2 p.m. Hour of Prayer

March 25: 7 p.m. Mission Service with Benediction; also 9 a.m. Mass with Bible Talk; 2 p.m. Hour of Prayer

March 26: 7 p.m. Mission Service of the Cross with Reconciliation; also 9 a.m. Mass with Bible Talk; 2 p.m. Hour of Prayer

March 27: 7 p.m. Mission Closing Mass in Honor of Blessed Mother; also 9 a.m. Mass with Bible Talk; 2 p.m. Hour of Prayer

Lent Reconciliation: Saturdays from 3:45-4:15 p.m.; Lenten Sundays from 7:15-7:45 a.m.; 15 minutes before daily Mass; Sunday, March 30 at 9:30 a.m.; anytime by appointment

Redemptorist Priest to lead 5-day Mission at St. Mary Church:

The Reverend Donald Miniscalco, a Redemptorist priest from the Shrine of St. John Neumann, Philadelphia, will lead a five-day parish mission at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Hamburg. The mission will be held March 23 through March 27. Fr. Miniscalco returns to St. Mary parish after having preached their last two missions in 2004 and 2010. This mission is part of the parish’s observance of the 160th anniversary of its founding.

In 1854, then fourth bishop of Philadelphia John N. Neumann dedicated the original parish church in the 400 block of State Street in Hamburg. Neumann also was a Redemptorist priest. His remains are enshrined in the altar of St. Peter the Apostle Church in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia. Fr. Miniscalco resides at the same parish.

Each evening’s mission service will feature a prayer and a daily theme addressing the concerns shared by people from all walks of life. Different people receive different gifts, blessings, and graces by attending a mission. Among other things, one might gain a clearer knowledge of what the Bible says, a deeper relationship with Jesus, renewed peace of mind, the joy of newfound - or reclaimed - practice of the faith, or the satisfaction of forgiving someone who has hurt us. Many generally agree that a mission offers life-changing reflection and opportunities.

St. Mary pastor, Father Donald Cieniewicz, and Father Miniscalco, invite all in the surrounding community to attend the Mission. Everyone is welcome, regardless of life situation, age, marital status, even religious belief - Catholic and non-Catholics, singles, married, young people, old people, those who are divorced, believers and nonbelievers, “fallen away” Catholics-- everyone is welcome to attend.

Father Miniscalco, a native of Philadelphia, was ordained in 1968. He pursued advanced studies at the Sorbonne and the Gregorian University in Rome. He has taught in several seminaries and universities in the United States and also served at parishes in Buffalo and on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Since 1980, Father Miniscalco has devoted all his time and energies to conducting parish missions. Although he works primarily in the greater Philadelphia area, he has also conducted renewals in Ireland, Canada and the Caribbean and has directed retreats for priests, Sisters, and lay people throughout the United States and abroad.

St. Mary’s main Mission service will be at 7 p.m. each evening from Sunday, March 23, through Thursday, March 27, and will last about an hour. Other mission services will include a 9 a.m. Mass with a reflection and a 2 p.m. midday hour of prayer.

For additional information or directions, call the parish office at 610-562-7657, or visit our parish website at www.rc.net/allentown/stmaryhamb.

NORTHERN BERKS MINISTERIUM: The Community Lenten Series continues on Thursdays 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 20, St. John’s, 99 Church Street, Hamburg, “Moving the Walls” - Re-structuring our lives. Baptism and reconciliation makes us one with God and brings the community together.

March 27, St. Michael’s, 529 St. Michaels Road, Tilden Township, “Barn-raising Together” - Faith unites us in purpose and focus. Christians are called to work together in various ways.

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 22, at 11 a.m. Pastor Alex DuBee will share the Word of God with us. 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.

2nd & 4th SABBATH AFTERNOONS of every month: There is a Bible Study at 2:30 p.m. for anyone who wishes to attend.

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.

VEGAN CLUB: For all who may be interested in a vegan or partial vegan lifestyle. Led by registered dietitian Clara Iuliano, it takes place the third Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room. All are welcome.

The joy and the blessing of the Sabbath begin this Friday evening at 7:15 p.m.

Salem Belleman’s Church

On Sunday, March 16, Salem Belleman’s Church, 3540 Belleman’s Church Road, Mohrsville, observed the Second Sunday of Lent 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 Genesis 12:1-4 and Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 which were read by Gloria Gambler at the early service and by Dottie Cowan at the late service. Also, the Gospel reading was from John 3:1-17.

During the 7:45 a.m. service, the first of three 2014 mission teams was commissioned. The team of 8 will be leaving for Norman, Oklahoma on March 17 and returning March 22. During the trip, the team will be rebuilding homes destroyed by the devastating May 2013 tornado outbreak.

Belleman’s will be having Wednesday evening Lenten services continuing March 19 at 7 p.m. The mid-week services are preceded by a homemade soup and bread supper which begins at 6 p.m. There will be a service and supper every Wednesday during Lent. All are invited to attend!

On Sunday, March 30 we will be celebrating Youth Sunday, with the youth leading the worship services. Our special guests for the 10:15 a.m. service will be Marian and Friends Ventriloquist. Marian Gehman and her daughters, Jenny and Jessica, will share a humorous program filled with encouraging Bible stories, songs, and lessons. Appropriate for all ages, this program will be family-friendly fun! All are invited to attend!

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

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.

Salem United Methodist Church, Shoemakersville

Welcome to the corner of Sixth and Main Streets for our 9 a.m. worship service. Our morning scripture, read by Karen Kershner, is John 4:5-42. The Children’s Message will be given by Karen Kershner. Following worship and Sunday School there is an all-you-can-eat French Toast and Pancake Breakfast to benefit the Youth Mission Team.

The Wednesday evening Lenten Service is at Salem, Shoemakersville this week. Rev. Sabas will preach on the theme, “The Holy Supper.” Soup and bread will be served at 6 p.m. prior to the service at 7 p.m.

White Cross boxes are still available. The offering this year will be given to help Deb Schlenker with her mounting medical bills. Please be generous. And please put your name on the box in order to receive credit for you offering.

Saturday night April 5, at 6:30 p.m. the internationally acclaimed youth pantomime group, Drama Ministry, will bring “The Resurrection” to Salem UMC. This group has traveled the world sharing the message of Christ through pantomime. This is a great performance for all ages, especially teens. Come early to get a good seat.

The Easter egg Hunt is on Saturday, April 12, at 2 p.m. This is for ages 1-13. We will have snacks and a short Easter story as well. Everyone welcome.

Bethany United Methodist is presenting Abram Abramson, branch manager of New York City Jews for Jesus. This program is on Sunday, April 13, at 7 p.m. Abramson, who was raised Jewish, became a Christian in 1999. He shares how his travels throughout the West Coast of America led HIM to Christians who challenged him to make up his mind about Jesus.

To contact us: church phone: 610-562-4345; Pastor’s cell phone: 570-573-8320; E Mail: salemumc1650@yahoo.com; Web address: www.salemumcshoey.org.

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St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran “Smoke” Church

St. Paul’s invites you to join us for Sunday morning worship service starting at 9 am every Sunday. Our Pastor is Ms. Elna Stratton and our organist/music director is Mr.Donald Ryan. This is followed by a fellowship time with refreshments. Sunday school follows at 10 a.m. Our Adult class is a Bible discussion group. We are presently doing an adult review of Luther’s Small Catechism. Please feel welcome to attend our classes. This is led by Pastor Elna Stratton. We have classes for children also. Please feel welcome to attend any of our services or activities. Easter candy making will begin on Monday, March 17 and continue until April 7. All orders are due by March 31. Please call Aveline Stees @ 610-562-4204 for information or orders. The homemade soup sale is March 29. It is preorders only which are due by March 23. Please call Melanie Brown @ 610-916-5036 or email basket286@comcast.net to place an order. The acolyte for March 23 is Samantha Brown, the lector is Karen Willard and the greeters are Joe and Cheryl Parker. Please join us at 2613 Old Route 22, Hamburg.

Evangelical Lutheran Friedens Church

The worship assistants were Patti Maynor, Faye Showers, Janet Balthaser, Bill Boyd and Luanne Reese. The March Council Liaison is Lisa Preletz and Kim Ewing. The bulletins and inserts were presented in honor of the birthdays of Lynn Wert, Heather Neiun and Jesse Wert by mother/Nana, Janet Balthaser.

St. Thomas Church

The altar flowers were presented in memory of Beatrice Sheidy by Betty Reber. The fresh arrangement was presented in honor of the 48th wedding anniversary of Bonnie and Larry Rentschler and the single rose was in memory of Skip Snyder by his wife, Sylvia. April 6 is the deadline for ordering Easter flowers.

The Community Lenten service will be held at Little Tulpehocken Church.

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. & Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Dave Long presented the message “Is It Enough To Be Sorry?” based on Mark 1:1-8. Our greeters were June Weiskircher & Gladys Adam. Our nursery attendant was Linda Wood, & our Junior Church leader was Tammy Wagner.

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 Indoor Yard Sale is Saturday, March 22 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Time-Out for potty-trained toddlers through 6th grade is Friday, March 28 from 5 to 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 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 Second Sunday In Lent, the altar flowers are presented to the glory of God in loving memory of mother, Edna Schultz, by John Jr., Rose, Alyssa and John III Schultz. The Bulletins are sponsored in honor of our children, Peter and Melissa Schlenker by Dale and Cyndi Schlenker.

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 @ 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

“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 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.

St. John’s Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m. for toddlers through 6th graders. Prizes are awarded in each age category. Event is held rain or shine!

Sunday School Lenten Sacrifice: The Sunday School class is involved in a Lenten project benefitting Gifts of Cheer, a local organization started by an 8 year old Berks County girl whose mission is to spread cheer through the year to kids with cancer and their families, as well as to those living with chronic illness and/or debilitating conditions. Collection boxes are available in the narthex for anyone who would like to make a donation to Gifts of Cheer. www.giftsofcheer.org

Memorial Scholarships Available to students in an approved post-secondary program of education for 2014-2015. The scholarships are available to any voting member of St. John’s for either books or other educational expenses (approved by the Scholarship Committee). Scholarship applications may be requested by contacting the church office or secretarydonna@comcast.net. Deadline to submit applications is April 14.

Bear Creek Camp Scholarship: Funds are available to assist youth interested in attending Bear Creek Camp this Summer. Applications are available through the church office or Lydia Beck. Deadline to apply is April 30.

CHURCH PICNIC - This year our Church Picnic will be held at Tilden Township Pavilion, located behind the Tilden Township Municipal Building, on Sunday, Aug. 10. Please save this date. You will receive more information at a later date.

There will be cemetery clean-up during the Week of April 14.

SPRING CLEANING ON TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.?

CALLING ALL MEN AND WOMEN – If you can, and would like to help with the ANNUAL SPRING CLEANING of our sanctuary, please see or call Mary Ann Epting 610-562-7221. It usually takes about 2 hours. No experience needed!

March 23. 3rd Sunday in Lent. Worship Service is at 10:15 a.m. Sunday School and Catechetical Class is at 9 a.m. Next Contemporary service will be Saturday, April 5 at 5:30 p.m.

Find us on the internet at www.stjohnshamburg.org

First Reformed Church of the United Church of Christ, Hamburg, invites everyone to worship God each Sunday in our beautiful sanctuary on the corner of Third and Church Streets in Hamburg. The service, led by Interim Pastor Susan Ohl, begins at 10:15 a.m. Our service upholds the traditions of the Reformed Church with hymns and music played by our organist Annamae Loose. Singing is led by our Senior Choir.

Children and teens are welcome to attend Sunday School, held each week at 9 a.m. Our Sunday service includes a Children’s Message, which is followed by “Children’s Church” for students grades K through six. Seventh to twelfth graders are invited to attend “God Squad,” which follows the Sunday morning service on the first and third Sunday’s of each month. Our Christian Education director, Shannon Hess, welcomes all students in our community to take part in our Youth activities.

Lenten services are held on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. through April 10. These services include prayer and hymn singing wrapped around a reflective, interactive Bible Study. Communion is celebrated at all Lenten services. Our 2014 theme is “Revive us Again.” The topic for March 19 and 20 is “Revival of Service.”

Visitors are always welcome!

Bethany United Methodist Church, Hamburg

On Sunday, March 23 at the 10:15 a.m. worship service, Pastor Sabas, will preach a sermon entitled, He said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped him, on John 9:35-41.

Pastor Sabas will preach at the Wednesday, March 26 Shoemakersville- Hamburg Ministerium Lenten Service at Salem- Shoemakersville United Methodist Church 605 Main St, Shoemakersville. Soup and bread will be served at 6 p.m. and the service will be held starting at 7 p.m. Pastor Sabas will be preaching on the Last Supper that evening.

On Wednesday, April 2, Bethany will be hosting the Shoemakersville-Hamburg Ministerium Lenten Service. Bread and Soup will be served in Men’s Hall at 6 p.m. and the Service will begin at 7 p.m. The Reverend Dan Herner of Salem-Berne UMC will preach on Jesus’ Arrest.

On Sunday April 13 Aaron Abramson, the New York City Branch Manager of JEWS FOR JESUS will present a Christ in the Passover Presentation at Bethany at 7 p.m. More information about that presentation is available from Reverend Sabas, Bethany’s pastor at 570-593-8744. All are welcome at the presentation.

On Thursday April 17 Bethany’s Maundy Thursday Communion Service will take place at 7 p.m.

The Northern Berks County Ministerium will be holding their Good Friday Service at Bethany on Friday April 18 at 12 p.m. Pastor Sabas will be preaching on the 4th Gospel’s Understanding of The Cross at that service. Other members of the Ministerium will assist in the service.

Bethany’s Easter Service will be held at 10:15 a.m. Easter Morning, April 20.

Bethany is selling at this homemade candy for Easter including coconut creams, and peanut butter creams, and peanut clusters in both milk and dark chocolate at a cost per pound. Any wishing to purchase candy may call Melinda Beckley at 562-8253 to make arrangements. Candy is available at the present time. Proceeds go to help with church expenses.

The church is also taking orders through March 28 for Butterbraids pastries which will be available for pick up at the church on April 6. Proceeds will go to help with church expenses.

Bethany offers opportunities to any and all who would like use their gifts in ministry to the greater Hamburg area community.

All are welcome at all of the services of the church. Bethany United Methodist Church is located at 321 Island Street in Hamburg, at the intersection of Third and Island Streets.

Salem-Berne United Methodist Church

Join us March 23 for Morning Worship at 10:15 a.m. Sunday School is 9 a.m. The Liturgist is Harry Fisher and the Greeters are Jackie Killough and Tyler Geschwindt. The Children’s Message will be given by Lisa Francis and the Acolyte is Leighanne Gesicki. The Altar flowers are presented in the memory of Gene Kalbach by wife Carole. The Sermon title is “Deliverance” from Exodus 7:12 in the HOLY MOSES Worship Theme for March.

Trustees meet March 18 at 7 p.m. Community Lenten Services will be held at 7 p.m. at Salem-Berne United Methodist. The Theme this week is “Jesus in the Temple” with the Rev. Bill Parish speaking. Participating churches are Salem UMC and St. Luke’s, Shoemakersville and Bethany UMC Hamburg and Salem-Berne. Soup and bread will be served at 6 p.m. The date is March 19.