Back to Church proclamation

DSC_0188Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison reads a proclamation declaring Sunday, Sept. 18 as Back to Church Sunday in the borough of Tamaqua. With Morrison is the Sassaman family, Ron, Hunter and Dorothy, from St. John’s UCC, and Ruth Kerr and Pastor Darryl Kensinger from Trinity UCC. Back to Church Sunday is national observance. All Tamaqua congregations have been urged to participate. Local churches and their worship times can be found at www.backtochurch.com. Back to Church Sunday is sponsored locally by the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network, a group of lay leaders from area congregation with the goal of promoting understanding and cooperation among all organizations doing God’s work in the community.

Hunger Walk checks presented

Hunger Walk checks

Paul Dodson, Tamaqua Hunger Walk chair, presents checks for $2,133.49 each to Maj. Sharon Whispell of the Tamaqua Salvation Army and Tina Kensinger, director of the food bank at Trinity United Church of Christ, Tamaqua. Primitive Methodist Church in Tamaqua also received a Hunger Walk check. Together, the three food pantries serve over 250 families in the community. Hunger Weekend was May 13-15 with activities including an Empty Bowl Dinner hosted by Zion Lutheran Church and a family film night hosed by Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church. Rainy weather forced the actual walk to move to May 22. Cash donations from walkers as well as area churches, businesses and organizations totaled over $6,300, up from $3597 last year. Eighty-three boxes of food were collected by churches and community organizations and distributed equally to the three food banks. That was up from 48 boxes last year. Tamaqua civic and service organizations interested in participating in the 2017 Hunger Weekend can contact Paul Dodson at 570-668-0289 or by email at dodsonp@verizon.net. The Tamaqua Hunger Weekend/Walk is a project of the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship and the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership.