Coffee & Creed-Session 1

Coffee and Creed, Tamaqua Ministerium, Vonz Restaurant, Tamaqua, 9-23-2014 (2)

Some of the participants in the initial Coffee & Creed discussion held Sept. 23. Coffee & Creed is a free and open conversation on God, faith, the church, and you.

 “We’re trying to provide a neutral – non-church – location, hopefully without the baggage issues some people might have with entering a church these days and get people to talk about who they are, where they’ve been and where they are, and what they believe – ask questions, admit doubts, issue their challenges to those of us in the church.”
Pastor Michael Frost (

Next Coffee & Creed: Oct. 28, 2 to 4 p.m. Tamaqua Train Station


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.