Hunger Weekend check presentation

Hunger checks

Tamaqua Hunger Weekend organizer Paul Dodson presents checks for $1,325.91 each to Betty Dolinsky and Major Sharon Whispell. Dolinsky heads the food bank at Trinity United Church of Christ, Tamaqua, and Whispell is leader of the Tamaqua Salvation Army. The money is a total of donations made to the local hunger effort as well as pledges received for the May 18 Hunger Walk.

Tamaqua’s Hunger Weekend and Walk has concluded with a presentation of checks to the two major food banks in the community.

Hunger Weekend organizer Paul Dodson presented checks totaling $2,651.82 to Betty Dolinsky of Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua and Major Sharon Whispell of the Tamaqua Salvation Army.

In addition to the checks, over 40 boxes, four shopping carts and additional bags of non-perishable food has been distributed to the two food banks.

“I am pleased with the results,” Dod

son said. “It shows that people in the Tamaqua Area are concerned about those that need a helping hand.”

Dolinsky said she was very appreciative of the community efforts.

So was Whispell.

“This is a barren time of year for us,” she said, “so we thank everyone who supported Hunger Weekend.”

Thirty-four people, representing various churches and organizations, participated in the May 18 Hunger Walk. Top pledge collectors were Diane Chicinavage and Destiny Denning (team) and the Rev. Susan Daniels, Mary Kay Davis and Charles and Jane Reaman.

The food drive was an activity of the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network (TAFFN) and the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership.

Dodson organized the project as sort of a culminating activity for a Growth Group at Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church in Tamaqua.

TAFFN is an organization of lay leaders from area churches and other organizations doing God’s working in the community.

Saturday evening worship

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Busy on Sunday? Come as you are and worship with us Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

Our Saturday evening service is a mixture of traditional and contemporary worship featuring familiar hymns and music by Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Don Moen, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redmann and others in an informal setting.

All are welcome!

Zion Lutheran Church, Mauch Chunk and Greenwood streets, Tamaqua.

For more information call 570-668-2180.

Friends in Need Food Pantry

food_pantry2The Friends in Need Food Pantry is located at Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua. We help individuals and families that are in the Tamaqua Area School District by providing them with groceries when the need arises. We are asking that local churches and organizations that would like to participate help us collect one or two items for each month to help us replenish our pantry shelves. Due to cutbacks from funding we are in need of many items. If you can help us please place the announcement in your bulletins so that we may once again fill the shelves of the Friends in Need pantry.
Here is a list for the upcoming months:
Trinity’s Friends in Need Food of the Month:
May – Spaghetti sauce and pasta
June – Soups and baked beans
July – Tuna and tuna helper
August – Peanut butter and jelly
September – Pancake mix and syrup and cereal
October – Soups and baked beans
November - Spaghetti sauce and pasta
December – Applesauce, canned fruits and vegetables

‘Ball’ gowns get second chance

George Taylor and Bethlehem YWCA Prom Gown Day coordinator Amber Mirza at the Y’s storeage facility in Bath after the local gowns had been unloaded.

George Taylor and Bethlehem YWCA Prom Gown Day coordinator Amber Mirza at the Y’s storeage facility in Bath after the local gowns had been unloaded.

Our “Belle of the Ball” program recently donated over 100 gowns to the Bethlehem YWCA which hosted a “Prom Dress Day” March 23 at the State Theatre in Easton. It’s a nice touch since we “borrowed the “Belle of the Ball” idea from the Bethlehem Y.

Our thanks to Deb Davies and Gwen Evans for championing this project the last two years. “Belle of the Ball” can continue with the full support of all Tamaqua congregations.

Last year 300 gowns were collected and over 200 distributed. This year’s collection was not as great but still about 25 gowns were distributed. Prom gown projects have sprouted up in other local communities including Hazleton and Palmerton.