Community Empty Bowl Dinner-May 15

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Tamaqua Community Empty Bowl Diner May 15

Changes are in store for the fourth annual Tamaqua Empty Bowl Dinner set for Wednesday, May 15. While the dinner continues to raise funds for Tamaqua’s three food banks and once again offers scrumptious soups from many Tamaqua area restaurants, the location, sponsorship and dinner format have changed. The event is now an ecumenical project of the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network (TAFFN) and will be held in Trinity UCC’s Founder Hall. Doors open for the event at 5:30 p.m. Serving continues until 7:30. When diners arrive, they will spend time in a gathering area with light snacks and beverages. Locally handmade bowls, specialty bowls and baskets to be raffled off will be on display in the area. A video will offer a wrap-up of the Hunger Weekend events and the May 5 Hunger Walk. Diners will be called into the dining/soup sampling area where they may sample as many soups as they desire. Bread, butter and water will be available to the diners. Tickets for the event are $10 and are available from all TAFFN congregations as well as at the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce and the Tamaqua Art Center. Tickets will also be sold at the door and take-out quarts of soup will be available for $10. Trinity UCC is located at 22 Lafayette Street in Tamaqua. Parking is available behind the church and across the street from the church. Entrance to Founder’s Hall is on the lower back side of the building. TAFFN is a 501 (3)(c) organization under the umbrella of the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership. Its purpose is to promote cooperation and understanding among all organizations doing God’s work in the community.

Memorial Day weekend concert

On Sunday evening, May 26, at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 124 W Broad Street, Tamaqua. As the concert will be over Memorial Weekend, patriotic music will be included in the concert. Chiz Rider, will be presenting a musical program with his trumpets. Chiz performs over 250 concerts annually throughout North America. He has performed with such popular Christian artists as Carman, Margaret Becker, DC Talk, Newsboys, Cindy Morgan, Larnell Harris, and Michael W. Smith. He has also performed at a Billy Graham Crusade and numerous times at the Crystal Cathedral. His first recording at age 15, was a custom cd titled, ‘CHIZ’, soon followed by ’COLORS IN BRASS’, his debut on the Myrrh label was ‘CHIZ RIDER’, followed by ‘SOLD ON SALVATION’, ‘TO THE ONE I PRAISE’, ‘A BIG BAND CHRISTMAS’. In 2005 he collaborated with some of America’s most talented instrumentalists to create two albums ‘America’s Choice POWER PRAISE’ and ‘America’s Choice GENTLE WORSHIP’ and now recently, he has released his newest cd “LIVE WORSHIP“. Chiz’ trumpet ministry appeals to a wide age range. From the heartfelt “Amazing Grace,” which he played at a Billy Graham Crusade, to the high energy contemporary sounds of “SOS”, which he plays at youth concerts. Admission is free. A free will offering will be received at the concert. All are welcome at the concert. More information about the concert can be had by calling Pastor Sabas at 570-593-8744.