Hunger Walk 2018 invitation

5-22-2016, Tamaqua Hunger Walk, Tamaqua (9) copy

Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network

Community building through faith, cooperation and understanding

January 8, 2018

We are inviting your organization to become a partner in an extremely important community project this spring. As you may know, many people in the Tamaqua Area do not have an income that allows them to purchase adequate food to feed their families. The TAMAQUA AREA FAITH FELLOWSHIP NETWORK and TAMAQUA AREA COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP are collecting food and raising money for the Primitive Methodist Church, the Salvation Army, and the Trinity United Church of Christ food banks in Tamaqua.

We are asking businesses, organizations, churches, and individuals in the Tamaqua Area to consider conducting projects this winter and in the early spring to collect food and/or raise money for Hunger Weekend which will take place on May 4,5, and 6. A Hunger Walk concludes the weekend on May 6. The rain date for the walk is May 20th.

Some suggestions as to what you can do are:

•    Ask people to contribute $1.00 for a Hunger Weekend donation card. We will supply the cards if you wish.

•    Hold a dress down day and collect food or money for that day.

•    Hold a bake sale or dance or movie night

•    Ask church attendees to contribute $1.00 each month.

•    Collect food or money at your organization’s monthly meeting

•    Organize a team to participate in the Hunger Walk

These are just a few of the things that can be done to help Tamaqua food banks meet the needs of the people in our area. If you have other ideas, please share them with us.

We are planning a recognition event that will be held immediately after the Hunger Walk at the Tamaqua Art Center where people and organizations can present the money collected and be recognized for their efforts.

It is important for you to know that 100% of the food and money collected will be given to three Tamaqua food banks. All the work is done by volunteers and the cost of materials is donated by TAFFN and TACP.

If you have suggestions or questions, please contact Paul Dodson at 570-668-0289 or e-mail him at

Thanks for what you will do.

Members of TAFFN and TACP

Tamaqua Advent Breakfast

Tamaqua mayor honored at Advent Breakfast

Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship representative James Stoves (Bethany ECC) reads a proclamation to Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison during Saturday’s Community Advent Breakfast announcing that this year’s event was being held in Morrison’s honor. For each of the last five years, Morrison has prepared his own proclamation naming the third Sunday of September is Back to Church Sunday in Tamaqua. Morrison has also been a guest speaker at six of the seven Advent Breakfasts. He leaves office at the end of this month. With Stoves and Morrison is TAFFN representative Gary Price (Calvary Episcopal) who presented Morrison with a gift from TAFFN. Tamaqua’s Advent Breakfast is sponsored by TAFFN, the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership and the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce. This year’s keynote speaker was Tamaqua Citizen of the Year and chair of the annual TAFFN Hunger Walk Paul Dodson who explained why he continues to serve God by helping others. Crossroad Duo (Sterling Koch and Jack Kulp) provided the musical entertainment for this year’s event. The breakfast was prepared by Zion Lutheran’s Culinary Crew. Tamaqua Advent Breakfast is based on Bethlehem’s (Pa.) Advent Breakfast which celebrated its 52nd anniversary this year. TAFFN, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization of lay leaders from Tamaqua area congregations, operates under the umbrella of the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership.

Thanksgiving Service – Message


Tamaqua delivers the message at the Nov. 21, 2017, Tamaqua Community Thanksgiving service hosted by Trinity UCC. Pastor Clemson began his message by reading Psalm 100.

Psalm of thanksgiving.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
    Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come into his presence with singing.

Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he that made us, and we are his;[a]
    we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.

For the Lord is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.


Leadership group begins Oct. 10

Each month, the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership hosts a Leadership Club meeting–an informal discussion group for existing leaders who are interested in developing and improving their leadership skills.

It’s not a “book club” but the group uses leadership videos & book excerpts to improve leadership skills and to spark discussion.

The group has been meeting on the 2nd Tuesday at 7:45 am at LCCC’s Morgan Center for several years and received requests to also host an evening meeting for those who cannot participate on a Tuesday morning.

I am excited to announce that a new  group will be meeting every 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 pm at the Tamaqua Library!    The first meeting of this new group will be Tuesday Oct 10th.

As a leader in our community, I invite and encourage you to attend one of these monthly meetings.

Let me (or George Taylor) know if you are interested!


Micah Gursky

P.S.  Click on this example of one of the videos (3 min) we used to start a discussion—there was no dancing at our meeting but it did start a great conversation!

Back to Church proclamation


Back to Church proclamation

Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison presents his proclamation declaring Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at Back to Church Sunday in Tamaqua. With Morrison at Depot Square Park are Ron, Dorothy and Hunter Sassaman from St. John’s UCC, Nate Gerace, Anjelica Vartuli, Pastor Rick Clemson of Primitive Methodist Church, Pastor Darryl Kensinger and Frankie of Trinity UCC, and the Ben, Lisa and Sam Shafer of St. John’s UCC. Back to Church Sunday is a national program to encourage people to come to church. Back to Church Sunday can be implemented year-round, but many churches choose ton participate on National Back to Church Sunday, which is always the third Sunday in September. For 2017, it is Sept. 17. Over 31,000 churches around the world from 120 denominations have participated since Back to Church Sunday began in 2009. The Borough of Tamaqua has 14 active congregations.