Opioid crisis workshop Oct. 8

Zion Lutheran Church in Tamaqua is hosting “Strategies and tools for facing the drug epidemic,” a free workshop for faith leaders, mental health and drug and alcohol professionals and interested citizens in Schuylkill and Carbon counties, Oct. 8 beginning at 9 a.m.

This six-hour training, given by Greg A. Krause, who is accredited by the PA Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs, is sponsored by Schuylkill County Drug & Alcohol, Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol, St. Luke’s Health Network and the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network.

The training, previously been offered in Lehigh and Northampton counties, will provide information and resources regarding the current substance use epidemic and specifically address the opioid epidemic facing Pennsylvania today. The impact of the epidemic on local communities has been significant.

This day-long training will explore how to identify substance use concerns, how to intervene effectively and how to locate resources. Attendees will be able to identify the full impact of substances on the community and develop an understanding to effectively support those with these issues in the community.

Lunch and a coffee break are provided.

Attendance is by registration only. Register by Oct. 4 at https://www.ziontamaqua.com/out-of-the-darkness. For additional information contact Melissa Kalyan, Schuylkill County Drug & Alcohol, 570-621-2890 or mkalyan@co.schuylkill.pa.us or Rosemarie Lister, St. Luke’s Health Network, at 610-628-8462 or rosemarie.lister@sluhn.org.

This training is approved by the PA Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs and is sponsored by the Rural Community Opioid Response Planning Committee. This project is supported by HRSA, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this release do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Free diapers for Tamaqua area families

Diaper Depot, a ministry of Zion Lutheran Church in Tamaqua, is providing free diapers to families living within the boundaries of the Tamaqua Area School District.
Program guidelines and an online request form are available at www.ziontamaqua.com.
Diaper distribution takes place the third Saturday of the month and is by appointment from 9 to 11 a.m. Requests must be made the Wednesday before distribution Saturday.
Individuals must provide proof of residence and a birth certificate or some other identification for each child being served the first time they pick up diapers. Diaper sizes newborn to size 6 and some pull-ups are available for children to age 4.

Apple social & tricky trays

The Culinary Crew of Zion Lutheran, Tamaqua, is hosting an apple social and tricky trays Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 4 p.m. to sell out or 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. In addition to apples served on a waffle with ice cream, apple crumb pies and apple dumplings will also be available and should be ordered ahead of time either online at https://www.ziontamaqua.com or by calling 570-668-4451.
Kitchen fare includes homemade soups and a wide variety of other culinary delights.
Take outs are available.
Zion Lutheran is located at the corner of Mauch Chuink and Greenwood streets.

Fall church activities

August 27 – Hoagie sale – St. John UCC (order by Aug. 21)

September 15 – National Back to Church Sunday

September 18 – Apple social – Zion Lutheran

October 2, 3 – Rummage sale – Zion Lutheran

October 8, 9, 10 – Rummage sale – St. John’s Lutheran

October 8 – “Out of the Darkness: Strategies and Tools for Facing the Drug Epidemic for Faith Leaders” – A Tuesday in October – 6 hour training – Zion Lutheran

October 18 – Chamber of Commerce breakfast – Zion Lutheran

October 23 – Pumpkin social – Zion Lutheran

October 27 – Trunk or Treat – Zion Lutheran

November 2, 4, 5 – Rummage sale – St. John UCC

November 30 – Holiday Vendor and Craft Fair – St. John UCC

December 7 – Community Advent Breakfast

December 15 – Frosty’s Christmas family event – Zion Lutheran

January 1 – Community sauerkraut dinner – Zion Lutheran