Hamburg area 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.

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. We have completed our adult classes for the Fall Quarter, but will begin new curriculum in January. Right now we are encouraging our adults to join us tonight for our annual Unto Us Christmas Concert. This concert will have different variations of soloist, musicians and dancing to reflect upon this Christmas season. There will be a silent auction of two painting and an offering taken that will go to benefit our Assemblies of God Speed the Light Missionaries. Our childrens ministry clubs are still taking 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.

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 connect@hamburgbridge.com.

Christmas Eve Services

Join TBC for one of their three Christmas Eve services on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. or Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. These services will include our TBC Choir, Orchestra, Handbells, Kids Choir & Traditional Candlelight Ceremony. Pre-service music will begin fifteen minutes before each service time.

If you would like to listen to Pastor Marks 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 Bellemans Church

On Sunday, Dec. 8, Salem Bellemans Church, 3540 Bellemans Church Road, Mohrsville, celebrated the Second Sunday of Advent at the regular Worship times of 7:45 and 10:15 a.m. The musician for the early service was Cheryl Felix while Carol Kissinger played for the second service. The scripture readings for the services were Isaiah 11:1-10 and Romans 15:4-13 which were read by Pam and Dylan Haas at the early service and by Mica Kornfeind at the late service. Also, the Gospel reading was from Matthew 3:1-12. Holy Communion was also celebrated at both worship services with Shaelyn Flucke, Molly Kintzer, Jack Kornfeind and Ryan Livinghouse celebrating their First Communions.

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.

Our Christmas Eve services on Dec. 24 will be at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. with Holy Communion. All are invited to attend!

Please visit our website for more information about Bellemans, www.bellemanschurch.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. Additional Advent times for reconciliation include Advent Sundays from 7:15 7:45 a.m.

Upcoming activities include:

Dec. 12 and 16: Healthy Steps in Motion senior aerobics and fitness class, 9:30 a.m.

Dec. 12: Holy Name Society meeting, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 15: PREP religious education classes; Advent reconciliation 7:15 7:45 a.m. and 9:30 10 a.m.

Dec. 16: 8 p.m., Bible Study (follows 7 p.m. devotions)

Dec. 17: 7:30 p.m., RCIA: Sacrament of the Eucharist (Next session is Jan. 14)

Dec. 21: Live Nativity presentation by the parish youth, 5:30 p.m. in Ave Maria Hall. All are welcome.

Advent Reconciliation: Confessions are available on Saturdays from 3:45 4:15 p.m.; 7:15 7:45 a.m. each Sunday morning; 15 minutes before daily Mass; Dec. 15 from 9:30 10 a.m.; or anytime by appointment.

Christmas Mass Schedule New schedule this year: Christmas Eve Masses at 4:30 and 10 p.m.; Christmas Day at 10 a.m.

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): Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. Our first Christmas Program will take place this Worship Hour, featuring the children of our church, and our Adventist Development & Relief Christmas Tree project. This year the gifts will go toward the disaster in the Phillipines. A Vegetarian Fellowship Meal for our guests and visitors will follow 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 1-6 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 4:38 p.m.

Salem United Methodist Church, Shoemakersville

Now that we are fully handicap accessible we are more than happy to ask you to join us at the corner of Sixth and Main Streets for our 9 a.m. worship service. Connie Parrish has the Childrens Message and Curt Kinsey will read the scripture Matthew 11:2-11.

Following refreshments in Fellowship Hall, there are classes for everyone. Rev. Parrish is leading a discussion on If You Want to Walk on Water, You Have To Get Out of the Boat and the Adult Class has a special Advent Study for the season.

The weekday Bible studies continue with Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. a repeat of Sundays class and Wednesdays group continues to study the Parables from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

There is a Youth Group Meeting planned for Sunday evening Dec. 15. Contact Mary Yoder for details.

On Monday, Dec. 16 there is a Christmas Party featuring a cookie exchange and a $5 gift exchange. This will be held in Fellowship Hall. If you have any questions call Connie Parrish at 570-366-1310. Everyone is welcome.

Our Christmas Eve service is at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 and will feature many songs, hymns an carols of the season as well as a candle-lighting service. Join us for this family oriented special service.

To contact us: Church phone 610-562-4345. Pastors cell for emergencies: 570-573-8320. Email: salemumc1650@yahoo.com. Web address: www.salemumcshoey.org. Find us on Facebook.

Happiness is a byproduct of an effort to make someone else happy. Gretta Brooker Palmer

Bethany United Methodist Church

On Sunday, Dec. 15, at the 10:15 a.m. worship service, Pastor Sabas, will preach a sermon entitled, The Holy Familys First Journey, on Luke 2:1-7. Christmas music, traditional and contemporary will be sung at the service. A responsive reading from the Odes of Solomon, the first known Christian Hymnal [1st century Jesus Palestinian Movement] will be read. The third Advent Candle will be lit by the Inn Keeper. Angel Gifts will be blessed before being handed over to the Salvation Army.

Bethany will offer a Family Christmas Eve Service at 7 p.m. which will last no more than an hour. There will be a short message and lots of singing, and a concluding candle-lighting observance.

In addition, an 11 p.m. service will be offered with preaching and communion. This service will also conclude with a candle-lighting observance.

All are welcome at all of the services of the church.

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

Bethany United Methodist Church is located at 321 Island Street in Hamburg, at the intersection of Third and Island Streets.

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 Taxing Decision based on Matthew 9:9-13. Our greeters were Barry & Dawn Mengel. Our nursery attendant was Cori Dixon, & our Junior Church leader was Kolleen Long.

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 www.facebook.com/wearesalem or call the church office at 610-562-5033.

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.

Holiday Services:

Christmas Eve services on Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. will be held at the Outdoor Chapel. Dress Warm!

The 2nd service which is the traditional Eve service will be at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Sunday Dec. 29, there will only be one service to be held at 9:30 a.m. Festival of Lessons and Carols.

Sunday Jan. 5, there will only be one service and that will be held at 9:30 a.m.

Weekly Activities at Friedens Church for December/ January 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. 21 Longest Night Worship at 11 a.m., followed by a light luncheon hosted by the Grief Support Group.

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

St. Michaels Church

Sunday, Dec. 15, we worship at 10:15 a.m. We celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent with a noisy Offering.

Christmas Shopping Daycare is Friday, Dec. 13 from 5-8 p.m. Daycare for children of all ages will be held in the multipurpose room. Adults and youth will provide food, tell stories, sing songs, make a craft, watch VeggieTales Its a Meaningful Life, and play games. A donation to Disaster Relief is requested.

Candlelight Communion Christmas Eve Worship is 4 and 7 p.m. Youve never seen so many candles!!! Special Music begins at 6:30 p.m., 4 p.m. is designed especially for children and 7 p.m. is a grand celebration of Jesus birth.

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.

Salem-Berne United Methodist Church

Join us Dec. 15 for the Childrens Christmas Program at 10:15 a.m. The Greeters are Harry and Dolores Fisher, and the Acolyte is Jonathan Gesicki. The childrens Message will be given by Linda Seyler. The Altar Flowers are presented in honor of the Wedding Anniversary of Lynn and Larry Kreider.

Church Council meets Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. Rainbows (Senior Group) meets Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. Family Christmas Eve Service is at 7 p.m.

Evangelical Lutheran Friedens Church

The Second Advent Candle was lit. The worship assistants were Larry Sands, Paul Zerbe, Janet Balthaser, Gladys Oswad, and Luanne Reese. The December Altar Guild is Janice Evans and Grace Degler. Lisa Preletz and Janelle Gruber are members of the December Counsel Liaisons. The flowers were presented in memory of Tinas mother, Provie Butchko by Pastor and Mrs. Argot and family. The Annual Cookie Sale is Dec. 14 from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. A worship service with Hanging of the Greens will take place on Dec. 15. There will be a Christmas Eve Service at 7 p.m.

St. Thomas Church

The altar flowers were in honor of the birthdays of Rachel and Rebecca Bross by their parents Eric and Millie Bross and their brother, Adam. The fresh arrangement was in honor of the 69th birthday of Ernest Ebling, Sr. by his wife, Pearl; his son, Ernest, Jr.; daughter-in-law, Rose; and granddaughters, Katelynn and Elizabeth. The single red rose was in memory of Bud Wicks by his wife, Barbara. The Jr. Whispers of Praise performed a selection. The Second Advent Candle was lit. Alyssa Messner was the Acolyte and Jr. Deacon. The choir and friends went caroling through Bernville in the evening. The Christmas Musical will be presented on Dec. 22 at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Zions Lutheran Church, Shoemakersville

The Gifts of Christmas will be held on Dec. 15 as part of the 10:30 a.m. service. This annual event at Zions is part of the Sunday School education program. Come and participate in the worship of Gods son, as we celebrate the heart of Christmas.

Schuylkill Valley Bible Chapel

Christmas Program The Shepherds Story on Dec. 15 at 10:15 a.m. Special Christmas Music and Childrens Bell Choir. Located at 693 Irish Creek Rd., Mohrsville. For more information call 610-926-1140.

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 Second Sunday in Advent, the altar flowers were presented to the glory of God in honor of the 11th wedding anniversary of Richard and Angela Kleckner, which was on Dec. 7, by their children, Morgan, Carys and Cameron. The bulletins were sponsored to the glory of God in loving memory of her father, Gerald Gerhart by Joyce Thren and family. The order of service was sponsored to the glory of God in loving memory of her mother, Mabel Gerhart by Joyce Thren and family. Lighting of the Advent wreath was observed.

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.

AA meets at 7 p.m. on Thursday evenings in the Jr. room.

A Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner will be held at St. Johns on Jan. 1, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 15 is the Third Sunday in Advent Worship Service (with the lighting of the Advent wreath) and Family Worship Service at 10:15 a.m. We will Make a Joyful Noise at the service for ELCA World Hunger. Sunday School and Catechetical Class is at 9:00 a.m. Find us on the internet at www.stjohnshamburg.org.