Hamburg area church calendar

Salem Bellemanís Church

On Sunday, Dec. 15, Salem Bellemanís Church, 3540 Bellemanís Church Road, Mohrsville, celebrated the Third Sunday of Advent 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 Isaiah 35:1-10 and James 5:7-10 which were read by Michele Dietrich at the early service and by Dottie Stoudt at the late service. Also, the Gospel reading was from Matthew 11:2-11. Also during the 10:15 a.m. worship service, was the childrenís Christmas musical entitled ďO Little Christmas Town.Ē

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 Bellemanís, www.bellemanschurch.org.

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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:

Dec, 19: Healthy Steps in Motion senior aerobics and fitness class, 9:30 a.m.

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 Ė 4:15 p.m.; 7:15 Ė 7:45 a.m. each Advent Sunday morning; 15 minutes before daily Mass; or anytime by appointment.

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

Parish Office schedule: Dec. 26- closed; Dec.r 27- 9:30 AM until 12 p.m.

Dec. 29: our church will be open from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. as we participate in the Hamburg Area Christmas Tour of churches and historic sites

New Yearís Schedule Ė Solemnity of Mary: New Yearís Eve Mass at 4:30 p.m.; New Yearís Day Mass at 10 a.m.

RCIA: Next session is Jan. 14

Wishes for a Blessed and Holy Christmas to all in our community from St. Mary parishioners! Keep Christ in Christmas!

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 Kidís Ministries meet downstairs where you will be able to check-in your child before each service begins. Bridge Street Kidís 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 childrenís ministry clubs are still taking place downstairs for ages 0 Ė 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 lifeís hurts, habits, and hang-ups. By applying the 8 Recovery Principles within the 12-step program, we open ourselves up to Godís 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+. Itís 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 ďhurt, habit, or hang-up.Ē 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, Kidís Choir & Traditional Candlelight Ceremony. Pre-service music will begin fifteen minutes before each service time.

If you would like to listen to Pastor Markís 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.

SABBATH MORNING (Saturday): Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. Our Holiday Choir and instrumentalists will be presenting music of the Season for the Worship Hour. A Vegetarian Fellowship Meal for our guests and visitors will follow in the Fireside Room.

WEDNESDAY: With Thankful Hearts for the wonderful Gift we have received through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, We wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

The First Sabbath of each month there is a Childrenís 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 4:40 p.m.

Salem United Methodist Church, Shoemakersville

At this festive season we urge you to attend the church of your choice, but if you do not have a home congregation we invite you to join us at the corner of Sixth and Main Streets for our 9 a.m. worship service. The Childrenís Sermon is by Pastor Bill and the morning scripture is Matthew 1:18-25. There will also be much special music this mroning.

Sunday School classes will meet at 10:30 a.m. after fellowship and refreshments. The adult class is continuing its special Advent study and Pastor Bill is leading his group in the book study ďIf You Want to Walk on Water, You Have to Get Out of the Boat.Ē

As you send your Christmas cards this year, donít forget those who are alone, ill or shut-in. It is a small gesture that means a lot.

Christmas Eve there will be a family friendly service at 7:30 p.m. with special music. The scripture is Luke 2:1-20.

The Youth Group is planning a meeting on Dec. 29. Contact Mary Yoder for more details.

The pastor will be way on Dec. 29 so there will be a guest speaker. We hope to see a full congregation that Sunday.

There will be a Call To Action planning meeting from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11 in Fellowship Hall. All members and friends of the church are requested to attend this meeting to plan the future of the church.

To contact us: Church phone 610-562-4345, email: salemumc1650@yahoo.com, web address: www.salemumcshoey.org. Find us on Facebook.

Keep CHRIST in CHRISTmas.

Salem E.C. Church

2150 Old 22, Lenhartsville

This week at Salem Church: Our Childrenís Christmas Celebration was held at 10 a.m. It included our Sunday School program & a presentation by Marian & Friends Ventriloquist. Our greeters were Jake & Cori Dixon. Our nursery attendant was Nicole Snyder.

Upcoming Events: Our next Menís Group Dinner/Bible Study will be Monday, Jan. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Womenís Bible Study meets every other Tuesday at 7 p.m. Pilates is Wednesday at 6 p.m., & volleyball is Thursday at 7 p.m. Wild Game Night is Jan. 11 at 6 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.

Evangelical Lutheran Friedens Church

The worship assistants were Patty Maynor, Shirley Bodanza, Bill Boyd, Raymond Kissling, Sherri Stull, and the Youth Group. The flowers were presented by Carol and Danny Kantner in honor of their 29th wedding anniversary. There will be a Long Range Planning meeting on Dec. 18. The Christmas Cantata will be presented on Dec. 22 at 10:30 a.m.

St. Thomas Church

The altar flowers were presented in memory of Lucille Berger by her family. The fresh arrangement was presented in honor of the birthday of Amy Sterner by Lance, Josiah, Kendall, Mom and Dad B, Kelly, Barry, Braydon and Emily. Robert and Nancy Dingler, Sarah Ernesto, Andrew Krotulski, Ronald, Traci, and Andrea Quillman, and Stephanie, Alexis, Myriah, and Stefan Troutman were recognized and welcomed into membership of the church. Alyssa Messner was Acolyte and Jr. Deacon. A Family Candlelight Service will be held on Dec. 24 at 7:30 p.m. followed by a Communion Service at 11 p.m. The Choirs and friends will carol throughout the Borough of Bernville on Dec. 20 beginning at 6 p.m.

St. Michaelís Church

Sunday, Dec. 22, we worship at 10:15 a.m. We celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent with The St. Michaelaires under the direction of Elaine Balthaser. Sunday school Christmas program will also be during the 9 a.m. Sunday school hour on this Sunday.

Christmas Caroling will be on, Dec. 22. We meet here at church at 2 p.m. and go to some of our oldest or shut-in members. At 4 p.m. we will go to the home of M/M Dan & Ellen Graybill for refreshments.

Candlelight Communion Christmas Eve Worship is 4 and 7 p.m. Youíve 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 Jesusí 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 ďMade To Make A Difference.Ē

St. Michaelís 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.

Zionís Lutheran Church, Shoemakersville

Longest night/Blue Christmas - We acknowledge that the holidays are difficult for mant people who are experiencing loss. This beautiful, reflective service offers comfort, healing, and hope in the midst of seasonal busyness. Join us on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 3p.m. for a service using Holden Evening Prayer.

Salem-Berne United Methodist Church

Join us Dec. 22 for Morning Worship at 10:15 a.m. The Liturgist is Harry Fisher and the Greeters are Randy Baker and Philip Geschwindt. The Childrenís Message will be given by Lisa Francis and the Acolyte is LeighAnn Gesicki. The Sermon title is ďBehold Your King Is ComingĒ (Zechariah 9-9-10). The Altar flowers are presented in honor of the birth of Jesus by Marion Yeager. Christmas Eve service is at 7 p.m. Please come and celebrate the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.