Community July 4th food baskets

BASKETS 2018-Community

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Hamburgers and hot dogs – Zion Lutheran
Hamburger and hot dog buns – St. John XXIII
Ketchup and mustard – Bethany ECC
Pickles – St. John’s Lutheran
Baked beans – St. John UCC
Boxed mac & cheese – Trinity UCC
Instant potatoes
Drink mixes (lemonade or ice tea)
Pretzels – Primitive Methodist (and small boxes of raisins)
Freezer pops
We also need the names and contact information by June 25 of families that would appreciate baskets.
Basket pick up is Saturday, June 30 at Zion from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
We will begin to put baskets together June 27. Contact 570-668-2180.

2018 Tamaqua VBS programs


June 11-15 Zion Stone Church, Theme: TBA, 6:30 to 9:10 p.m. Contact 570-386-5111

June 18- 22 New Life Assembly of God, Theme: Time Lab, 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. Contact 570-668-4059

June 25-29 Zion Lutheran/St. John’s Lutheran, Theme: Shipwrecked, 6 to 8 p.m. Contact 570-668-2180 or register online at

July 9-13 St. John UCC, Theme: Prayer Safari, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Contact 570-668-2573

July 16-20 Bethany ECC, Theme: Rolling River Rampage, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Contact 570-668-2520

July 16-20 St. Peter’s Union Church, Theme: TBA, 6 to 8 p.m. Closing program at West Penn Park, July 22 at 10 a.m. Contact 570-386-4388

July 23-27 Trinity UCC, Theme: Shipwrecked, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Contact 570-668-4139

July 23-27-The Salvation Army, Theme TBA, 6 to 8 p.m. Contact 570-668-9950

Church leadership workshop postponed

Due to a medial emergency, this workshop has been postponed and will be rescheduled for either Saturday, Sept. 15 or Saturday, Sept. 22.

Guest speaker Dr. Jill Peters will address ‘The Myth of the Good Old Days’ and Church Cultyure in a workshop for lay and ordained church leaders June 2 from 9 a.m. to noon at Bethany ECC in Tamaqua.

The workshop is sponsored by the Tamaqua Ministerial Association and the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network.

Dr. Peters is on the faculty at Moravian Seminary in Bethlehem. She will address a second topic that will be determined closer to the workshop date.

The Myth of the Good Old Days will examine how congregations often hang on to what they know, what is comfortable, what has worked in the past.  But that means they never move forward to what could be and it leaves a lot of people behind.

Church Culture explores how church culture helps congregations stay together but it also keeps others out. How do congregations build a strong church culture that connects and at the same time welcomes others?  Dr. Peters will talk about five aspects of culture in general and their impact, both positive and negative, on churches.

The workshop is open to all Tamaqua area congregations free of charge. In the interest of planning, however, workshop organizers would like to know by May 30 how many people to expect.

Please contact George Taylor at 570-668-4451 or by the May 30 deadline.

Active shooter response class June 27

Zion’s Stone will hold an Active Shooter Response Class on Wednesday, June 27, from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm in the church’s auditorium. The presenter is retired State Police Trooper Robert Davis.
There’s no cost, and the event is open to all. Please email the church ( with the approximate number of attendees so we can plan accordingly.
The Rev. Russell Campbell
Pastor, Zion’s Stone Church of West Penn Township
45 Cemetery Rd
New Ringgold, PA 17960
570-386-5111 (office)
610-737-2634 (cell)

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