Church calendar

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 Kids Ministries meet downstairs where you will be able to check-in your child before each service begins. Bridge Street Kids Ministries range in ages from 0 thru 4th Grade.

TBC welcomes a new ministry called 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 lifes hurts, habits, and hang-ups. By applying the 8 Recovery Principles within the 12-step program, we open ourselves up to Gods 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+. Its 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

Hamburg Community Christmas Tree Lighting


Join us as we celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with our community at the Hamburgs Christmas Tree Lighting at 4th & Pine Street on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. There will be TBCs Choir, Hamburg Middle School Choir & Brass Ensemble, while sipping on hot chocolate and eating Christmas Cookies before the Lighting of the tree.

Childrens Christmas Musical The Secret of Snowflake County

Our Childrens Christmas musical will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8 at our 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. service. Snowflake County has lost sight of the meaning of Christmas. Christmas celebrations have become so extravagant they threaten to over shadow the simplicity of Christmas true meaning. It seems the only one who understands the secret of Jesus birth is little Suzy Hallmark but no one is listening. You are going to love your visit to Snowflake County, where they discover the secret: Christ is truly the center of Christmas!

If you would like to listen to Pastor Marks 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.

Salem Bellemans Church

On Sunday, Nov. 24, Salem Bellemans Church, 3540 Bellemans Church Road, Mohrsville, celebrated Christ the King Sunday 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 Jeremiah 23:1-6 and Colossians 1:11-20 which were read by Melissa Lewis at the early service and by Dawne Clay at the late service. Also, the Gospel reading was from Luke 23:33-43.

Looking ahead, be sure to join us on Sunday, Dec. 15 during the 10:15 a.m. worship service as the children of the church perform their Christmas musical entitled O Little Christmas Town. All are invited!

Please visit our website for more information about Bellemans,

Salem United Methodist Church, Shoemakersville

Join us at the corner of Sixth and Main Streets for our 9 a.m. worship service. We will be having a Hanging of the Greens service to start the Advent Season.

Church school follows the service with refreshments, fellowship and classes for all ages.

During the week there are two Bible studies for anyone to join. On Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. the group is reading If You Want to Walk On Water, You Have to Get Out of the Boat and on Wednesday at 10 a.m. the group is studying The Parables. Both groups are open to anyone. If you need transportation contact Karen Kershner.

On Thursday evening the church will be joining the community in celebrating the tree lighting at the Fleetwood Bank. Our group will entertain with traditional Christmas Carols and holiday songs. Meet at the bank at 4 p.m. Following the tree lighting we will move to the church for a pizza supper and rehearsals for Celestial Chimes and Choir. This is a fun evening for all - please join us and sing.

Our Christmas Eve service will be Dec. 24 at 7:30 p.m. and will include the whole family. Take time to think about The Reason for the Season.

To contact us: church phone 610-562-4345, email:, web address: Find us on Facebook.

God Bless us everyone! said Tiny Tim, the last of all. Dicken, A Christmas Carol

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. Additional Advent times for reconciliation include Advent Sundays from 7:15 7:45 a.m.

Upcoming activities include:

Nov. 28: Thanksgiving Day Mass at 9 a.m. A blessed Thanksgiving to all!

Dec. 1: The holy season of Advent begins. We prepare our hearts for a worthy celebration of the Lords birth at Christmas. No PREP religious education classes today.

Dec. 2: Healthy Steps in Motion senior aerobics and fitness class, 9:30 a.m.

Dec. 2: 8 p.m., Bible Study (follows 7 p.m. devotions)

Dec. 3: 7:30 p.m., RCIA: Liturgy and the Paschal Mystery. (Next week: Sacraments of Baptism & Confirmation); 160th Anniversary planning meeting, 7:30 p.m.

Philippine Disaster Relief: a collection is underway to assist with the relief efforts in response to the recent typhoon disaster. Monetary donations may be forwarded to the parish office.

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): Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. Pastor Alex DuBee will share the Word of God with us during the Worship Hour, followed by our Vegetarian Fellowship Meal in the Fireside Room.

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

Our Community Service Center is open to the public every Monday & Tuesday from 1-6p.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 4:39 p.m.

St. Johns 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 Christ the King Sunday, the altar flowers were presented to the glory of God in memory of Virginia Kreider on the anniversary of her birthday, Nov. 26, by son, Scott Kreider. Communion was observed. The Rev. Mark Wimmer, ELCA Investments, spoke at worship about commitments to Christs Mission in the church.

The Tuesday Project Workers are in need of clean, gently used bed sheets of pastel colors (not dark or white) to be used as backings for the quilts being made for Lutheran World Relief. The Quilters are busy constructing full-size, toddler, and baby quilts. Please drop off material at St. Johns Church.

The church office will be closed this Thursday (Thanksgiving), Nov. 28 & Fri., Nov. 29.

St. Johns wishes the Northern Berks Community a Happy Thanksgiving.

Sunday, Dec. 1 is the First Sunday in Advent Worship Service with Holy Communion. Sunday School and Catechetical Class is at 9 a.m. Find us on the internet at

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 A Thanksgiving Recipe based on Psalm 100. Our greeters were Craig & Tina Kutz. Our nursery attendant was Linda Wood, & our Junior Church leader was Dena Marie Bruno.

Upcoming Events: Mens Group meets Monday at 6:30 p.m. Womens 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 toddlers (potty-trained please!) through 6th grade is Friday, Dec. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. Our Childrens Christmas Celebration is Dec. 15 at 9 a.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.

St. Michaels Church

Sunday, Dec. 1, we worship at 10:15 a.m. We celebrate the First Sunday of Advent with Holy Communion with pew distribution. Come partake of the Lamb of God who takes away the Sin of the world, happy are those who are called to His supper. The church will be decorated during the service with the Hanging of the Greens. Members will hang chrismons on the trees. A chrismon is a Christian symbol representing Jesus Christ. The term chrismon comes from the Latin phrase Christi monogramma, meaning monogram of Christ. Readers explain all the symbols of Christmas throughout the service. Angel Tree Gifts for Bethany Childrens Home should be returned by Dec. 8.

You are invited to our annual Advent Family Night, Dec. 1, 5-8 p.m. in the Social Hall. Silent Witness Mime Troupe will perform at 6 p.m. A covered dish meal with the troupe performers will begin at 5 p.m., 6:45 will begin a children and adult craft. Music by Tom Vollmer and Friends begins at 7:15 p.m. Silent Witness is dedicated to ministering the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Mime, as well as promoting excellence in dramatic art.

A Free Spaghetti Dinner is Friday, Dec. 6, 5-7 pm. Please bring family, friends and neighbors. The meal includes: salad, meatballs, bread and a beverage. A free toy is given to each child and the young at heart! Transportation is available from Hamburg, Tilden or Upper Bern areas.

Sunday School for ALL ages is 9 a.m. every Sunday. The Adult Classes study The End Times and Parenting. The Youth are studying Made to Make a Difference.

St. Michaels 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 childrens 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:

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 November 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 Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. in Friedens Great Room.

Upcoming Events:

Dec. 7 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Winter Carnival Join in the Holiday Festivities.

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

Evangelical Lutheran Church

The worship assistants were Cathy Siegfried, Amy Emerich, Roy Bubbenmoyer. Raymond Kissling, Kim Shultz, and the Music and Worship Committee. The bulletin was sponsored in honor of the birthday of David Balthaser by his mother, Janet. The bulletin inserts were sponsored in honor of the birthdays of Michael, Jr. and Christopher McCann by their parents, Mike and Deb. The Church Council will meet on Dec. 9. Dec. 11 and 12 will be baking days. Dec. 13 will be a packing day, and Dec. 14 will be the Annual Cookie Sale from 8 a.m. Noon.

St. Thomas Church

The altar flowers were presented in memory of William H. Kline by his family. The fresh arrangement was in honor of the birthday of Robert Kripplebauer with love always from Miriam. The red rose was in memory of Albert Kraatz by Sylvia ad Sonja. The Guild will show a video of a Bernville area resident who will speak about her childhood as a German Jew in the 1930s and 1940s and her familys struggle to survive the Holocaust and her life in the United States. The Christmas Bazaar will be held on Dec. 7. There will be sandwiches, baked goods, candy, household items cards, crafts and more. Berks Women in Crisis needs all kinds if household items. Contact Susanna at 610-373-1206.

Zions Lutheran Church, Shoemakersville

On Sunday, Dec. 22 there will be a Blue Christmas Service at Zions starting at 3p.m. This is a solemn service for those seeking comfort during the Christams season.