Church leadership workshop June 2

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 by the May 30 deadline.

Active shooter response class June 27

Zion’s Stone will hold an Active Shooter Response Class on Wednesday, June 27, from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm in the church’s auditorium. The presenter is retired State Police Trooper Robert Davis.
There’s no cost, and the event is open to all. Please email the church ( with the approximate number of attendees so we can plan accordingly.
The Rev. Russell Campbell
Pastor, Zion’s Stone Church of West Penn Township
45 Cemetery Rd
New Ringgold, PA 17960
570-386-5111 (office)
610-737-2634 (cell)

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.

2018 Vacation Bible Schools

VBS-LogoJune – August Tamaqua YMCA Summer Camp – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

June 18- 22 – New Life Assembly of God,  TIME LAB, 6:15 to 8:45 p.m.

June 25-29 – Zion Lutheran/St. John Lutheran – Shipwrecked-6 to 8 p.m.

July 16-20 – Bethany ECC, Rolling River Rampage, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

July 15-20 – St. Peter’s Union Church, 6 to 8 p.m. Closing program at West PennPark, July 22 at 10 a.m. Contact 570-386-4388

Community Empty Bowl Dinner May 2

Tamaqua Community Empty Bowl Dinner served around nearly 100 diners and raised $1,052 for the three Tamaqua food banks. Our thanks to the following Tamaqua area businesses: Stadium Hill Café; Nancy’s; Basile’s; Beacon Diner; M&I Deli; Two Kings; Skipper Dipper; Sisters Cantina; Heislers Dairy; Tommy’s; Senapes; New Asian Bistro; La Dolce Casa; the Station; Shick’s Café; Leiby’s; and Knepper’s Inn. Please patronize these community-minded businesses and thank them for their thoughtfulness. The event was hosted by the Outreach Team at Zion Lutheran Church in Tamaqua.