Hamburg area church calendar

Zion’s Lutheran Church, Shoemakersville

Zion’s of Shoemakersville will have their tradional sunrise service at 6:30 a.m., followed by the congregational breakfast and Sunday school at 9:15 a.m. The 10:30 a.m. service will be a joy-filled festival of word, music and sacrament as the brass and orcheband lead us in experiencing the fullest of Christ’s resurrection.

Salem Belleman’s Church

On Sunday, April 13, Salem Belleman’s Church, 3540 Belleman’s Church Road, Mohrsville, held Palm Sunday worship services at the regular Worship times of 7:45 and 10:15 a.m. The musician for the early service was Cheryl Felix while Linda Hartman, The Director of Music Ministry, played for the second service. The scripture readings for the services were Isaiah 50:4-9 and Philippians 2:5-11 which were read by Linda Henne at the early service and by Sandy Gring at the late service. Also, the Gospel reading was from Matthew 21:1-11.

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On Thursday, April 17, Belleman’s is conducting typical Seder meals and worship services in the Fellowship Hall at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The worship services will also include Holy Communion.

On Friday, April 18, at 7 p.m. Belleman’s will hold its Good Friday worship service.

On Saturday, April 19, at 1:30 p.m. Belleman’s will conduct its annual Children’s Easter Drama and Egg Hunt at the Fellowship Hall.

On Sunday, April 20, Belleman’s will celebrate Easter at three morning worship services. The first service will be a dawn service held outdoors at 6:30 a.m., the next service will be in the Belleman’s sanctuary at 7:45 a.m., followed by Sunday school for all ages, at 9 a.m. The third service will begin at 10:15 a.m. with Holy Communion being offered at both the 7:45 and 10:15 a.m. services.

Salem United Methodist Church, Shoemakersville

Welcome to the corner of Sixth and Main Streets in Shoemakersville for our Easter Sunday celebration. We begin at Salem Berne UMC at 6 a.m. for an open-air Sunrise Service in the pavilion. There will be a breakfast buffet in the church after the service. At 9 a.m. we will have worship at Salem. One highlight of this service is the White Cross offering which will be given to help Deb Schlenker with her many medical expenses. Special music will include solos, Celestial Chimes and the Senior Choir. The scripture, John 20:1-18, will be read by Curt Kinsey, and Connie Parrish will have the Children’s Message.

Paradise Quartet, formerly known as Black Creek Band, will perform sat Salem on Saturday evening, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. This group brought a blessing to all who heard them last year, so we hope to fill the house again this year.

Rev. Parrish will begin New Members instruction on May 4, during Sunday School. All persons interested in joining Salem at this time should contact the pastor. New Members will be joining the church on Sunday, June 8.

The Pinochle group will meet on Sunday afternoon at 1-4 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

On Monday, May 6, the Northern Berks Mission Connexion will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Bethany UMC.

Salem Berne is having a Mothers and Others dinner on Friday evening, May 9. Please contact Linda Seyler for reservations.

To contact us: church phone is 610-562-4345

Pastor’s cell phone is 570-573-8320

Email: salemumc1650@yahoo.com

Web address: www.salemumcshoey.org

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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!

Join us at TBC on Friday, April 18 for our Good Friday Service featuring special music, reflection, and reading of the Scriptures. This will be a service to reflect upon the death of Christ in this Easter season.

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.

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.

Good Friday: Christian Passover Meal & Holy Communion. Please call the church office for more details. 610-562-7200.

SABBATH MORNING (Saturday): April 18, at 11 a.m. Pastor Merle Whitney will share the Word of God with us as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. 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 each month: There is a Bible Study at 2:30 p.m. for anyone who wishes to attend. (Off for the month of April)

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 7:43 p.m.

Evangelical Lutheran Friedens Church

The worship assistants were John Gruber, Paul Zerbe Janet Balthaser, Roy Bubbenmoyer, Barbara Sands, and Carol Angelisanti. The bulletins were presented to the Glory of God. The Maundy Thursday dinner and service will be held on April 17 at 6 p.m. A Good Friday Service will take place on April 18 at 7 p.m. Easter Sunday will begin with a Dawn Service at St Paul’s Church at 6:30 a.m. followed by an Easter breakfast from 8-9 a.m. Easter Sunday Communion and service will be at 9:30 a.m. Green Thumb workday will take place on April 26.

St. Thomas Church

April 6 - The altar flowers were presented in honor of Anna’s birthday and their anniversary by Franklin Bubbenmoyer. The organ arrangement was presented in honor of Corrinne Wagner for her years of service as Financial Secretary to St. Thomas. The fresh arrangement was presented in honor of the 13th birthday of Alyssa Messner by Mom, Dad, and Grandma. Austin Fair was Jr. Deacon and Acolyte.

April 13 - The altar flowers were presented in honor of the 89th birthday of Helen Mack by Lynette, Gene, Melanie, Donald, Lori, and Jan. The organ arrangement was in honor of the Baptism of Liam Hunter Stricker by Nana and Pop Pop Stricker. The fresh arrangement was presented in memory of Bruce DeLong who passed away 15 years ago by his wife Joan Steffen and family. The Palms were presented by the Celebration Choir. Liam Hunter Stricker, son of Nicole and William Stricker, received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. New members, Doris Evans, Kim and Jim Krotulski, and Lori and Jan Moore were recognized and welcomed into the congregation. The Guild will meet on April 29 at 7 p.m. The speaker will be from Mary’s Shelter and the baby gifts will be collected. Good Friday Service will take place on April 18 at 7:30 p.m. The Easter schedule is Easter Dawn Service at 6:30 a.m., Covered Dish Breakfast at 8 a.m., Sunday School at 9:15 a.m., and Easter Musical and Communion at 10:30 a.m.

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:

April 16: Schedule change, Wednesday Mass will be offered at 7 p.m.

April 17: Holy Thursday, 7 p.m. Mass; Eucharistic Adoration until 10 p.m. in the chapel

April 18: Good Friday, 3 p.m. Service of the Lord’s Passion; 7 p.m. Living Stations of the Cross (presented by parish youth), Divine Mercy prayers and Adoration of the Cross

April 19: Holy Saturday, 11:45 a.m. Blessing of Easter Foods; 12 p.m. Divine Mercy novena prayers; 8 p.m. Easter Vigil Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection

April 20: Easter Sunday Masses at 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Wishes for a Blessed and Joyous Easter to all in our community from St. Mary parishioners.

April 21: Healthy Steps in Motion senior aerobics and fitness class, 9:30 AM

April 21: 8 p.m., Bible Study (follows 7 p.m. devotions)

April 22: 7:30 p.m., RCIA Final session, Continuing the Journey

Divine Mercy Novena prayers are offered from Good Friday (April 18) through Divine Mercy Sunday (April 27). Novena prayers are offered 20 minutes prior to each daily Mass.

May 4, Polka Spring Fling with Polka Country Musicians, 12:30 p.m. Polka Mass, 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. Music & Dancing, Dance tickets include hot buffet, pre-purchase of tickets.

NORTHERN BERKS MINISTERIUM: Thanks to all that participated in the Community Lenten gatherings. The Good Friday community activity includes the “Cross Walk” on April 18 in Hamburg, 11 a.m., beginning at North Fourth and Franklin Streets; Prayer Service at Bethany United Methodist, 12 Noon (NB: The Good Friday service does not include a luncheon.)

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 “Jesus’ Triumphal Entry” based on Mark 11:1-11. Our greeters were Jake & Cori Dixon. Our nursery attendant was Cori Dixon, & 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 Easter Schedule (Sunday, April 20) is as follows: 7:30 a.m. – Outdoor Sunrise Service, 8 a.m. – Fellowship Breakfast, 9 a.m. – Worship; an Easter Egg Hunt will follow worship. Time-Out for ages 2-12 is Friday, April 25 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.

Bethany United Methodist Church

On Sunday, April 20, Easter, at the 10:15 a.m. worship service, Pastor Sabas, will preach a sermon entitled, Our Father, now!, on John 20:1-18.

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

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 is selling homemade candy for Easter including coconut creams, 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. Proceeds 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.

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 Palm Sunday, the altar flowers are presented to the glory of God in loving memory of parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Sowers and Mr. and Mrs. George Leutze, and grandmother, Sarah Fetterhoff, by Mr. and Mrs. Egon Leutze.

The Bulletins and the order of service are sponsored in loving memory of Deanna, Mabel, George and Helen Achenbach, Ray and Katherine Phillips, Jane and Donald Mengel and Donald (Joe) Miller by Mr. and Mrs. Lee Phillips and Mr. and Mrs. Dan Achenbach.

The Palms are presented to the glory of God in memory of Stephen T. and Viola M. Leibensperger, Lloyd W. Herber and Stephen Mark Leibensperger by Domer and Dianne Leibensperger and families.

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

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

On April 27 at 10:15 a.m. we will be having a combined worship service with Friedens of Shartlesville. There will be a luncheon following the service. Last time we had a really good time sharing our faith and fellowship. Come join us on April 27th as we once again join together sharing in Christ.

Day Camp: “Set Free” Day Camp for Kindergarten – Grade 6 will be held Monday, June 23 to Friday, June 27 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with a presentation during worship on Sunday, June 29.

Registration information will be available in the May newsletter. We will need youth to be junior counselors.

Vacation Bible School: “Weird Animals” Vacation Bible School for children 3 years old – Grade 6 will be held in the evenings Sunday, July 20 to Thursday, July 24 with a presentation during worship on Sunday, July 27. We are in need of adult and youth leaders. Anyone interested in helping can contact Lydia Beck or Judy Levermore.

There will be no Family Worship Service on April 20, Easter Sunday. The next Family Worship Service will be May 16 10:15 a.m. There will be a “Joyful Noise Offering” on April 27 and will be given to World Malaria.

Sat., May 3 is the Contemporary Worship Service with Holy Communion at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 20 is the Easter Sunday. Worship Service are at 7:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. with Holy Communion. Sunday School at 9 a.m. and No Catechetical Class.

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

Salem-Berne United Methodist Church

Join us Easter Sunday, April 20 for Sunrise Service at 6 a.m. followed by Breakfast. Sunday School is at 9 a.m. and Worship Easter Service is at 10:15 a.m.

Holy Thursday, April 17, will be held at Salem-Berne at 7 p.m. Good Friday Tennebrae Service is at St. Luke’s, Shoemakersville, at 7 p.m.

First Reformed Church of the United Church of Christ, at the corner of Third and Pine Streets in Hamburg, invites everyone who does not have a church home to participate in our observance of Holy Week and Easter.

On Maundy Thursday, April 17, a service of Holy Communion, with a reading of the Passion of our Lord, will be held at 6:30 p.m. All Christians of every denomination are welcome to join us for Holy Communion.

Two Communion services will be held on Easter Sunday. The early service at 8 a.m. will be followed by breakfast at in the auditorium and an Easter Egg Hunt for children, both at 9 a.m. The late service will begin at 10:15 a.m.

The Elders of First UCC will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22. Anyone involved in Christian Education who needs to complete Boundary Training and Background Checks should contact the Christian Education director and sign up for the next class on April 27.

No matter who you are or where you are on your faith journey, the members of First UCC invite you to attend our Holy Week services and join us in the joyous celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday.

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran “Smoke” Church

St. Paul’s Church is located at 2613 Old Route 22, Hamburg. We would like to invite you to join us on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. for worship service. This is followed with a fellowship time with refreshments. Sunday School for all ages is at 10 a.m. Our Adult Bible Class is a discussion group. We are studying and reviewing Luther’s Small Catechism led by Pastor Elna Stratton. Visitors and new members are welcome. The following services will be held at St. Paul’s: Maundy Thursday with Holy Communion, Good Friday service at 7 p.m. and Easter Sunday service with Holy Communion at 9 a.m. Everyone is welcome. The acolyte for April 20 will be Cora Brown, the Lector will be Harold Reppert and the greeters are Lester and Roseanna Bower.

St. Michael’s Church

Thursday, April 17, is Holy Thursday, we celebrate Holy Communion 7 p.m., at the altar rail which commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, on the night before Jesus Christ was crucified. Worship concludes by stripping the altar bare of its linens and candles. Like the first Christians bereft of Jesus and mourning the two days after the crucifixion, the church stands unadorned until Easter morning.

Friday, April 18, we worship at 7 p.m. at St. Luke’s, Shoemakersville. The word ‘tenebrae’ is Latin for shadows. The purpose of the Tenebraeservice is to recreate the emotional aspects of the passion story The readings and hymns remembering Christ’s Passion slowly lead to the darkening of the church. The service recreates the betrayal, abandonment, and agony of the events, and it is left unfinished, because the story isn’t over until Easter Day.

Sunday, April 20, 6:30 a.m. Like the women at the tomb we will go at first light to look for the Lord and celebrate His Resurrection. We celebrate Holy Communion at the altar rail.

Sunday, April 20, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast in the Social Hall by St. Michael’s Aide Society!

Sunday, April 20, 10:15 a.m. We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with Holy Communion with Pew distribution. A surprise will be distributed to children during the children’s Sermon.

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.