SIGHT & SOUND trip Nov. 13

Zion’s Stone is sponsoring a trip Tuesday, November 13, 2018 to Sight & Sound, Lancaster, PA, to see the show, Jesus. Round-trip transportation from Zion’s Stone to Lancaster, including show tickets, is $77.00 each. We will stop at Hershey Hotel for a meal (not included) after the show. Bus leaves Zion’s Stone at 8:30 am; we’ll advise you later about approximate time of return.

If interested, please provide number of folks planning to go to Sight & Sound to our church admin, Charlotte Fritz, Checks may be made out to “Zion’s Stone of West Penn Township” with “Bus Trip” as memo. Any questions can be directed to the trip’s organizer, Nancy Meiser, 570-205-9267 or

Peach social Aug. 22

PEACH SOCIAL 2018he Culinary Crew of Zion Lutheran, Tamaqua, is hosting a peach social Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 4 p.m. to sell out or 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

                In addition to fresh peaches served on cake with ice cream, peach pies will also be available.

Kitchen fare includes hot dogs, Coney Island hamburgers, BLT’s, homemade corn chowder, garden-fresh vegetable soup, and a variety of salads.

Take outs are available.

Zion Lutheran is located at the corner of Mauch Chuink and Greenwood  streets.

Church leadership workshop Oct. 6

Due to a medial emergency, this workshop was postponed in June and has been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. The site is yet to be determined.

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 area congregations free of charge. In the interest of planning, however, workshop organizers would like to know by Oct. 1 how many people to expect.

Please contact George Taylor at 570-668-4451 or by the Oct. 1 deadline.

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.

Tamaqua Hunger Walk photos

National Day of Prayer marked

About 90 people from numerous Tamaqua congregations share breakfast and then participated in a time of prayer marking the National Day of Prayer. The event was sponsored by the Tamaqua Ministerial Association and hosted by Trinity UCC. The prayer service took place in Trinity’s parking lot overlooking the center of Tamaqua. The Rev, Kevin Roberts of Bethany ECC opened the prayer time. Assisting Rev. Roberts were fellow pastors Rev. Phyllis Wolford (St. John’s Lutheran), Rick Clemson (Primitive Methodist), Steve Gintz (Baptist missionary), Rev. Kevin Duffy-Guy (St. John UCC), Rev.Ed Noftz (New Life Assembly of God); and Rev. Cindy White (Zion Lutheran). Prayers were offered for government, the military, the media, business, education, churches and the family. The National Day of Prayer (the first Thursday of May) was established by an act of Congress and signed into law in 1952 by President Harry S. Truman and amended by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.