July 4th food project


Ecumenical food project reaches 34 families

Bags with picnic food items were distributed to 34 families in the Tamaqua area thanks to the efforts of seven local congregations.

The July 4thfood project began several years ago when Melody Gensure and Ann Marie Hadesty asked Tamaqua churches to supply various picnic items for families in need on the July 4thholiday.

The project was continued this year by members of the Zion Lutheran outreach team. All Tamaqua churches were invited to participate.

Each bag contained hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, baked beans, condiments, pickles, drink mixes, freezer pops, pretzels or chips and mac and cheese kits.         Churches participating in the project included Bethany ECC, Primitive Methodist, St. John’s UCC, St. John XXIII, St. John’s Lutheran, Trinity UCC and Zion Lutheran.     The bags were distributed a few days prior to the mid-week holiday.

Caption: Members of the Zion Lutheran outreach team with some of the items going into the holiday food bags. From left: Pastor Cindy White, Colton Becker, Mary Ruth Taylor and Judy Brennan.


Hunger Walk 2018 wrap-up

hunger walk checks

Helping curb hunger

Tamaqua Hunger Walk organizer Paul Dodson, far right, presents a check to Pastor Rick Clemson of The Primitive Methodist Church in Tamaqua. Checks were also presented to Major Sharon Whispell of the Tamaqua Salvation Army and Rich Hadesty representing the food bank at Trinity United Church of Christ. This year’s Hunger Walk and related activities raised a record $6,928 which was divided evenly among the three Tamaqua food banks serving over 300 families. Also a record amount of food, 126 boxes, was given to the food banks. Any organization that would like to help with the 2019 Tamaqua Hunger Walk can contact Dodson at 570-668-0289. The Hunger Walk is a project of the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network, a 501 (3) (c) organization under the umbrella of the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership.

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 www.ziontamaqua.com

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

CANCELLED – 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 gtay200@verizon.net by the May 30 deadline.