Hamburg area church calendar


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. Upcoming activities include:

Sept. 4 and 8: Healthy Steps in Motion senior aerobics and fitness class, 9:30 a.m.

Sept. 7: PREP Religious Education Classes begin, 9 a.m.


Sept. 7: 12 p.m., Men of St. Mary steak and clam bake

Sept. 9: 7:30 p.m., Women’s Guild meeting


Will hold their 2nd annual Pot Pie dinner on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. There is a cost for the all you can eat dinner. All proceeds benefit the Potato project. Last year, the project managed to touch the lives of some 8,100 local households, that being about 22,680 men, women, and children, with 202,291 pounds of potatoes.

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. Our Sunday School was at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Dave Long presented the message “Why We Do What We Do” based on John 4:19-24. Our greeters were Ed & Rosie Manson. Our nursery attendant was Linda Wood, & our Junior Church leader was Beverly Ruppert.

Upcoming Events: Please call us for dates & times for our Bible studies, and Men’s & Women’s groups. MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) starts Friday, Sept. 12 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Time-Out for ages 2-12 is Friday, Sept. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. Our 6th Annual Pig Roast & Car Show is Saturday, Sept. 20. Join us for some food & fun!

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.

Friedens Church, Shartlesville

Blood Drive on Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The drive is in honor of Elijah Hoss, a 6th grade student at Hamburg Middle School, and a resident of Upper Bern Twp. who is diagnosed with Leukemia. Donors need to be at least 17 years old and weigh minimum of 110 pounds. Call Marie Strause at 610-488-5072 to register.

Salem Belleman’s church

On Sunday Aug. 31, Salem Belleman’s Church, 3540 Belleman’s Church Road, Mohrsville, celebrated the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost at the regular worship times of 7:45 and 10:15 a.m. The musician for both serves was Carole Kissinger. The scripture readings for the services were Genesis 1:1, 20-28 and Genesis 6:11-22 which were read by Nikole Botscheller at the early service and by Dottie Stoudt at the late service. Also, the Gospel reading was from Matthew 6:25-33.

Belleman’s will celebrate Rally Day on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 9 a.m. As part of the Sunday School’s Rally Day Celebration, we will honor our Distinguished Christian Educator for 2014. In addition, attendees will be treated to a presentation by the Silent Witness Mime Troupe from Bel Air, Maryland. The Mime Troupe will also perform during both the 10:15 a.m. worship service on the Sept. 21. All are invited to attend these special services!

Please visit our website for more information about Belleman’s,

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 have Momentum Youth in the TBC Youth Room for students in 7th through 12th grade. We also host 56 Club for all students in 5th-6th grades. Our children’s programs begin tonight for children in nursery through 4th grade. We will have a time of corporate prayer in the sanctuary for the adults.

TBC & Sonshine Daycare will be hosting a Car Seat Check on Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The state troopers will be here to help you ensure that your child’s car seat is installed properly in your vehicle, and to show you how to properly install it yourself. No appointment is needed. Please call the church office if you have any questions.

Are you struggling through the loss of a loved one and confused about how to move on? Thursday, Sept. 4 at 10 a.m. begins our Grief Share Support Group. Journey through grief together with a group of people who understand what you are walking through. Find strength and comfort in God’s word and learn to cope with the complex emotions of loss. Call our church office at 610-562-2972 to register.

Our Divorce Care Support Group is Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. Divorce Care is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. It helps people apply biblical principles as they heal from the hurt of separation and divorce. Call our church office at 610-562-2972 to register.

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

If you would like to listen to Pastor Mark’s 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.

St. Thomas Church

The altar flowers were presented in celebration of Vernon Reifsnyder’s 91st birthday. The bulletin was sponsored in honor of the birthday of Louise Kiehl by Adam, Rachel, and Rebecca. Sara Jackson was the guest pianist. Harvest Home and Promotion Day will be observed on Sept. 7. Youth Ministries will begin a new seminar for parents of teens on Sept. 14 at 6:15 p.m. Subsequent meetings will be held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. Contact Youth Pastor Joel Jackson for more information. The Beth Moore simulcast will be in our area on Sept. 13. Contact Linda at 610-223-5985for registration details.

Evangelical Lutheran Friedens Church

Special music was provided by the Women’s Gospel Choir. The bulletins and inserts were sponsored in memory of Robert Oswald by Gladys Oswald. Regular worship will resume on Sept. 7 at 10:30 a.m. A potluck luncheon will be held on September 14th to celebrate Pastor Argot’s 15th Anniversary of Ordination.

New Jerusalem Zion UCC

Krumsville (Rt 737 across from Greenwich Elementary School) will be conducting an Old Fashioned Hymn Sing worship service Sept. 28 at 10:15 a.m. Pastor Joshua Fitterling presiding. Featuring Conlan Kerschner – Teenage Banjo Wizard and The Miller Brothers - Family Singers, Lester, Richard, Russell, Robert and William. If you enjoy singing the old favorite hymns, please join us. Everyone welcome.

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 9:30 a.m. summer services on Sundays. Come and join us.

On the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, the altar flowers are presented to the glory of God in loving memory of George and Carol Lau by their children.

The Flowers in the floor stands are presented to the glory of God in celebration of the 1st birthday of our great-granddaughter, Andralyn Sue Chou, on Aug. 26 and in loving memory of mother, May Epting, on the anniversary of her birthday, Aug. 30, by Chester and MaryAnn Epting.

While we are in transition of a pastor, we do have pastors available to do visitations.

Please call the office for anyone that you know would like a visitation from a pastor.

The church website is being revised and is currently down. Our new website will have a whole new look. Looking forward to a new and exciting website.

Regular worship hours will start on Sept. 7 at 10:15 a.m. Family worship service will start on Sept. 21 and we will continue with “Make a Joyful Noise” for ELCA World Hunger Appeal. Please remember to bring your coins, and help the children “make a joyful noise.” The Sunday Family Worship services will be the third Sunday of each month at 10:15 a.m.

Sunday School Teachers Needed: Can you offer one week per month to serve the Lord by teaching our children fun Biblical lessons? Lessons involve crafts, games, food fun, science experiments or drama. Make a difference in the lives of our children! Contact Lydia Beck today to become a part of this exciting ministry.

Rally Day: Sunday, Sept. 7, 9-10 a.m. The theme is All God’s Critters. Join us as we begin a new Sunday School year for ages 2 through Grade 6. A fun interactive day of animal games, crafts, music, food, and fun!

Rehearsal for bell choir will start on Monday, Sept. 8.

Rehearsal for chancel choir will start on Thursday, Sept. 4.

Youth Group Laurel Center: Craft Night on Sunday, Sept. 7. Meet at the Laurel Center by 6:45 p.m. We will be assisting the residents in painting wooden puzzles provided by Gifts of Cheer. The residents will make one puzzle to keep and another for Gifts of Cheer to give to someone with a life threatening disease. Be sure to sign up on the bulletin board or RSVP to Lydia so we can plan accordingly!

Help Hamburg Tackle the Drug Problem: Hamburg Area Drug Info Team is looking for volunteers from churches in the Hamburg area to come together to address the drug problem in the area. On Saturday, Sept. 13 from 1-3 p.m. there will be a community gathering in the town park for anyone interested in helping. For more information contact Lisa White at 610-463-8019.

Rev. Latshaw will be preaching here on Sept. 14. He is a potential candidate for our Interim.

The service on Sept. 21, we will have Mary Gade here from the synod. She will be handing out additional surveys, after the service, for our search for a pastor. Please plan on attending this service. Child care will be provided.

There will be a shared worship service at Friedens Church on Oct. 12. We are responsible to bring desserts. Service starts at 10:30 a.m.

The Project Workers quilting group will start on Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. We are always looking for new workers. No experience needed. Please come and join us!!!!

Sat., Sept. 6 is the Saturday Night Worship Service with Holy Communion at 5:30 p.m. Sunday Sept. 7 is Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Worship Service is at 10:15 a.m.

Salem United Methodist Church Shoemakersville

Welcome to the corner of Sixth and Main Streets in Shoemakersville for our 9 a.m. worship service. The scripture for the morning is Matthew 18:15-20. The Children’s Message will be by Karen Kershner. Following worship there will be a Covered Dish Brunch. Then the S/PPRC will meet with the District Superintendent at 10:30 a.m. and the Annual Church Conference will convene at 11 a.m. All members are requested to attend; every one has a vote at this conference.

The youth are invited to miniature golf and ice cream at Heisler’s this afternoon. Contact Mary Yoder for more information.

Administrative Council will meet on Monday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

There will be a Kauffman’s Chicken BBQ dinner on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 3-6 p.m. take-out only. This is a fund raiser for the Youth Mission Team. All team members have tickets.

Sunday, Sept. 14 is Rally Day. Following worship there will be a short break and then a talent show featuring many of our talented members. Refreshments will be served following the show.

The Northern Berks Methodist Connexion will meet on Monday, Sept. 15 at Fleetwood Emmanuel at 6:30 p.m. This group plans activities and programs for the various churches which all of them can enjoy. If there is something you would like to see us do, please contact Connie Parrish, Joan Yoder or Karen Kershner.

The Youth Mission Team is hosting a spaghetti supper on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 4:30 p.m. followed by a program presented by the participants in this year’s trip. The members want to share the excitement they experienced while working to help homeowners in Guilderland Center. N.Y. this summer. If you have ever wondered what it means to go on a mission trip, this is the way to find out. The program will begin at 6 p.m. if you cannot come for the meal.

Anniversary Sunday this year is Oct. 26. The Rev. Larry Richard has agreed to come speak at this special service.

Pocono Plateau is holding a Senior Retreat Oct. 7-10. All persons 55 and over are invited. The program this year features Rev. Mike Murphy as Bible study leader, a trip to the House of Candles and Ross & Ross Nursery and an evening of entertainment by Debi Irene Wahl among other things. Contact Mary Yoder, Joan Yoder or Karen Kershner for more information. Or register on-line at

To contact us: church phone 610-562-4345, Pastor’s cell for emergencies, 570-573-8320

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The church calendar is a free listing of church news. To submit, send news to editor Shea Singley at Submissions must be sent by Thursday at 5 p.m. to make the next issue. This issue, Sept. 3, was on early deadline due to Labor Day.