Shepherd of the Hills Church, BechtelsvilleDr. Alveda King will present a lecture on Jan. 24, 7 p.m., entitled "Keeping the Dream Alive." The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. King is the director of African American outreach for Gospel of Life, headed by Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life. Formerly a college professor, she is also an author, writing Sons of Thunder: the King Family Legacy and I Don't Want Your Man, I Want My Own.

Alveda's honorary Doctorate of Laws was conferred by Saint Anslem College. She has also served in the Georgia State House of Representatives and is an accomplished actress and songwriter. She is a spokesperson for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, speaking about her regret for her abortion.

Following in the footsteps of her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Alveda has long worked as a civil rights activist, speaking out on issues that face society today - including the rights of the unborn.

Dr. King will also speak at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. worship services on Jan. 25, designated as "Sanctity of Life" Sunday.

Bally Mennonite Church

Worship service begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School begins at 10:15 a.m.

Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Boyertown

On Jan. 25, Pastor Dennis Christie will deliver the message. Following the 10:20 a.m. service, the 198th Annual Congregational meeting will be held. Reports will be given and the 2009 budget will be voted on. A soup and sandwich luncheon will follow the meeting.

Also the Youth Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Members of the Confirmation Class, their parents and mentors, will meet at 11:30 a.m.

Monday-Women's Ministry will have a dinner meeting at the Bridge Inn, Pleasantville beginning at 6 p.m., Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will meet at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday - Walnut Wood Communion at 9:30 a.m., Living Memorial Endowment Meeting at 7 p.m.

Wednesday - Prayer Team at 5:45 p.m., Senior Choir at 7 p.m.

Saturday - Cub Scouts will make hoagies.

Next Sunday - "Souper Bowl" Sunday. Members are asked to bring soup and crackers to be donated to the Boyertown Multi-Service Food Pantry. Members of the youth will prepare and serve lunch at 11:30 a.m. They will also participated in a Super Bowl Party at Harvest Fellowship Church beginning at 5:30 p.m.

For more information or suggestions contact Audrey K. Reinhart, church secretary at 610-754-7762, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - noon Saint Luke's Lutheran Church, Obelisk

The Rev. James A. Shelly will conduct services at Saint Luke's Lutheran Church, Route 73 and Neiffer Road, Obelisk; at the 8 a.m. Holy Communion will be at the 10:15 a.m. worship services. The sermon title for that day is "God Works Even Through Reluctant People."

Members participating at the 8 a.m. Holy Communion service are: Caroline Rahn, head usher; Barry & Linda Mertz, greeters; Kylee Rose, acolyte; Sharon Killough, reader; and Judy Shelly, communion assistant.

Members participating at the 10:15 a.m. service are: Nelson Swartley, head usher; Bruce Richard, Shelley Raymock, greeters; Lance & Allyson Breidor, ushers; Briana Ferguson, acolyte; and Mark Knepp, reader.

At approximately 11:30 a.m. a luncheon will be held in the Fellowship Hall followed by the annual meeting.

The election of council members will be held and the 2009 budget will be discussed.

Handicapped facilities are available. Saint Luke's Web site is www.stlukesobelisk.com.

Trinity Lutheran Church, Bechtelsville

Our Sunday Worship Services are 10:15 a.m., we have a Contemporary Worship Service at 8 a.m. at the first and third Sundays of the month.

We just hit another milestone "The 5th Anniversary of our Contemporary Worship Service."

Our thanks to Angie Renninger, for starting this service five years ago. Members taking part are: Mardell Miller, Janice Sheetz, Donna Repko, Lisa Fox, Sharon Renninger, Kurt Yescavage and Pastor Zaiser. Josh Hish, when he is home from college.

Our thanks from the congregation for your God given talent and pray you continue for many more years.

The Pancake & Sausage Breakfast proceeds will benefit the Oley Cluster Mission Trip to Texas in February to clean up from Hurricane Ike. Pastor Zaiser will be going along on this Mission Trip.

Three new members have been added to our present church council, Sharon Renninger, Kathy and Rich Gamler.

We thank those that have served their years of service: Kitty Isett, Bill Wiles and Mike McGowan.

The January Congregational Meeting will take place immediately following worship on Jan. 25. At that meeting we will share a potluck luncheon and review the annual report. All confirmed members are urged to attend.

Our Youth Group is getting together their annual "Souper Bowl Sunday" service project. This year the youth of our church will be collecting items to be assembled into school kits for needy children.

Congratulations to Dan and Kathy Kuser on the birth of their grandson, Kaleb Michael Goggins, born on Jan. 14, 7 lbs., 12 oz. He is the son of Jason & Diana (Kuser) Goggins. May God's blessings be upon this family!

Trinity events for the upcoming week:

Sunday, Jan. 25-The third Sunday after the Epiphany, we will have Worship Service at 10:15 a.m.. This service will be a very special service because we will be receiving new members.

The Worship Assistants for this service will be: Greeters: Nanette & Kelsey Benfield, ushers: Pat Brensinger, Dee Berger, Ken Berger & Kurt Yescavage, acolyte: Mitch Renninger, crucifer: Eric Crowe, lector: Angie Renninger and the bell ringer: Rich Gamler.

After the service, we will have our Congregational Meeting with a potluck luncheon to review the Annual Report. Jan. 26 - Boy Scouts meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 Cub Scouts meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 - Bible Study at 7 p.m. and Jan. 29 - Senior Choir Practice at 6:30 p.m..

St. Columbkill, Boyertown

St. Columbkill seniors has had a change in its trip to Tony Kenny's Ireland on March 16.

Our tour company has upgraded our bus to a 54-passenger giving us the ability to take five more people.

They have informed us that Caesar's has stopped taking buses for the current time, the good news is that the show has been moved to the Tropicana Casino, which is reported as a better and bigger show room experience.

Tony is joined by Ireland's Leprechaun of Laughter and Song, Richie Hayes; dancer-singer Victoria Kenny; the celebrated Dublin City Dancers; and traditional Irish musicians in a show noted as Ireland's No. 1 show for three consecutive years for its fun filled music, song, and dance. The cost: members, $52 / non-members, $62 with a $20 coin return from the Tropicana. Contact Jean by calling 610-473-7071 or email cemerich@comcast.net.

Our Human Concerns Committee is sponsoring a soup, "Super Bowl Canned Food Drive" and other canned goods drive to benefit the Boyertown Area Multi-Service Food Pantry the weekend of Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 for the Super Bowl.

Families are asked to bring canned items such as soups, juices, ravioli, beef stew, chili, fruits, tuna, salmon, chicken, spaghetti sauce, or canned milk to church to help feed those in need in the community this winter.

Collection containers representing both Super Bowl teams will be available for your donations, as well as a neutral collection container for those who can't decide who to cheer for or aren't a football fan.

Just drop your donation in the container that represents your choice for the Super Bowl winner. We'll see who wins the game! Either way, the community will win for sure!!!

New Hanover Evangelical Lutheran Church

The Cub Scouts are taking orders for hoagies they will make on Jan. 31. Suggested donation is $4. The Scouts will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to NHELC and will raise funds to defray the cost of summer camp. The last day to order is Jan. 25. Payment is due at the time of pickup at NHELC on Jan. 31 between 10:30 and 11 a.m.

Fifth graders will participate in a First Communion Workshop on Jan. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will receive their first Communion on Feb. 1 at the 10:15 a.m. service.

The pastors will host a baptism instruction class on Jan. 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. Families will celebrate baptisms at services on Apr. 19. Please call the church office to register.

The Book Club is currently reading Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson. The club meets on Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m.

For more information about these activities or NHELC, call 610-326-1335.

Christ Lutheran Church, Barto

Christ Lutheran Church, 222 Niantic Road, Barto, will observe the Third Sunday after Epiphany on Jan. 25 with services at 7:45 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Pastor Stacie Dougherty will preach at both services. The Children's Sermon at the 10:15 a.m. service will be presented by Diane Houck.

Also at the 10:15 a.m. service, the Young Adult Christian Singers (Y.A.C.S.) will sing "Apple Red Happiness" during the service. Those ministering at the 7:45 a.m. service are; acolyte, Amanda Smith; lector, Richard Faust; and Sue & Norman Hoffman as ushers. Those ministering at the 10:15 service are: acolyte, Nicole Snyder; lector, Tammy Hoffman; greeters (U), Please send church activities or information to cmceachern@berksmontnews.com

Hoffman, (D) Paula Hoffman and ushers, Tammy Hoffman and Debbie Pienta.

The Young Adult Christian Singers (Y.A.C.S.) will rehearse at 8:40 a.m. that morning. Then at 9 a.m., Sunday School for all ages will be held. All are invited to join us. The Confirmation classes will meet in the social hall at 9 a.m.

On Jan. 26, Morning Bible Study will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the parlor. Then at 6:30 p.m., the Hand Bell Choir will practice. The Senior Choir will rehearse at 7:30 p.m. followed by Living for You at 8:30 p.m.

On Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m., the Worship and Music Committee will have a meeting.

Men's Bible Study will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 29. The Youth/Chime choir will practice at 1 p.m. on Jan. 31 in the Senior High Sunday School Room I for all children.

The church is located at 222 Niantic Road between Routes 663 and 100 about a mile east of Bally. A nursery for preschool children is available at each 10:15 a.m. service. Sunday School for all ages is held at 9 a.m., including an adult Bible Study class. Visitors are always welcome. The church is handicapped accessible. The church Web site is www.christniantic.com

Huff's Union Church, Hereford Township

Jan. 25, services are at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:15 a.m.

On Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. the Buildings and Grounds Committee will meet.

On Jan. 25 at 9:15 a.m. the Personnel Committee will meets.

On Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Confirmands will meet.

On Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Bell Choir will practice.

On Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Cherub Choir will meet at 7 p.m. Junior Choir practices are on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. New members are welcome. Call Gloria Adams at 610-845-2744.

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