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Huff’s Union Church

540 Con­rad Rd, Al­bur­tis Huff’s is open on Wed­nes­days 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for any­one who wishes to med­i­tate and pray. In the busy world of to­day, find­ing a quiet place to con­nect with God is im­por­tant, yet so many sa­cred spa­ces are locked for fear of van­dal­ism. Huff’s Church felt a call­ing to ad­dress this and re­sponded. On Maundy Thurs­day (March 29, 2018) Huff’s opened the church for peo­ple to drop by and pray. This at­tempt to pro­vide a sa­cred space to be with God was so suc­cess­ful that church mem­ber Jane Arndt gath­ered a team of vol­un­teers to open the church each Wed­nes­day. Of­fer­ing soft med­i­ta­tive mu­sic in a beau­ti­ful sanc­tu­ary, as well as a cold drink and cook­ies as one ar­rives, al­lows vis­i­tors to the church a chance to feel wel­come. We plan to con­tinue of­fer­ing this time of per­sonal re­treat and con­tem­pla­tion at Huff’s Church for the fore­see­able fu­ture.

Shep­herd of the Hills Church

527 Hoff­mansville Road, Bech­telsville The Young Adults fel­low­ship group will meet Sun­day at 5:30 p.m. The Preschool Board will meet Tues­day at 6:30 p.m. Boy Scouts meet Mon­day at 7 p.m. Cub Scouts meet Thurs­day at 7 p.m. AA groups meet at the church on Wed­nes­days at 8 p.m., Thurs­days at 12:15 p.m. and Satur­days at 10 a.m. Al Anon meets in the church on Tues­days at 8 p.m.

St. Joseph’s Hill Church

244 Koch Road, Boy­er­town Oct. 21: 22nd Sun­day af­ter Pen­te­cost

Oct. 28: Ref­or­ma­tion Sun­day, Holy Com­mu­nion, wear red. Ju­nior (6pm) and Se­nior (7:30pm) Choirs con­tinue on Oct. 24. Beth­le­hem Choir meets Oct. 24, 4:204:50pm Reg­u­lar Sun­day School classes on Oct. 21, with open­ing in nave at 8:45am. Col­lec­tion (mon­e­tary gifts) for the Navajo school through the end of Oc­to­ber. Weight Loss group (TBMP) next meet­ing on Oct. 24, 6pm. Food drive for Lutheran Pantry, through the end of Oc­to­ber. Pump­kin Fest and Trunk or Treat Oct. 21, 4-7pm at the church. Novem­ber Blood Drive date change from the usual 3rd Tues­day to Mon­day, Nov. 19, 2-7pm. Spir­i­tu­al­ity Work­shop is Nov. 10.

Good Shep­herd UCC

35 W. Philadel­phia Ave., Boy­er­town On Oct. 21, Pas­tor Matthew Hoover will de­liver the mes­sage at the 7:45 and 10:20 am Wor­ship Ser­vices (nurs­ery avail­able at sec­ond ser­vice); All are wel­come.

Sun­day: Girl Scouts at 6:30 pm; Chris­tian Jour­neys at 7 pm in Chapel.

Mon­day: Cub Scouts at 6:30 pm; Boy Scouts at 7pm. Tues­day: Wal­nut Woods Com­mu­nion at 9:30 am; All are wel­come; Prayer Team at 4 pm. Wed­nes­day: Se­nior Choir Re­hearsal at 7pm. Thurs­day: LeLeche Meet­ing at 10 am; Ch­est­nut Knoll Com­mu­nion at 1 pm; All are wel­come.

Oct. 27: Women’s Min­istry Ap­ple Dumpling Sale. Dead­line is Oct. 22. Call the church (610-367-2842) to place your or­der. Mu­sic pro­gram in­cludes Cherub, Youth & Se­nior Choir, Can­tata Choir, Orches­tra and Hand­bells; All are wel­come. Groups who meet reg­u­larly in­clude Youth, Re­lay for Life Teams, Le Leche and mul­ti­ple quilt­ing groups; call the of­fice at 610-367-2842 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Trin­ity Lutheran Church

1749 S. Main Street, Bech­telsville Our Sun­day Wor­ship Ser­vices are 10:15 a.m., Sun­day School 9 a.m., Con­tem­po­rary Wor­ship Ser­vice 8 a.m., the 1st and 3rd Sun­days of the month. Join us on Oct. 21 as we wel­come the Teen Chal­lenge Choir at the 10:15 a.m. Wor­ship Ser­vice. A free-will of­fer­ing will be taken af­ter the ser­vice to sup­port this im­por­tant min­istry. A potluck lun­cheon will fol­low. Please bring a dish to share with the Choir. At 4:30pm Youth Group Pump­kin Carv­ing. Wor­ship As­sis­tants will be Greeters: Os­car & Angie Smith, Ush­ers: Jan­ice Sheetz, Su­san Moser, Angie Smith & Elaine Dot­terer, Acolyte: Kate­lyn Dulin, Lec­tor: Linda Rit­ter, Nurs­ery: Maddy Wyda. Con­grat­u­la­tions and God’s bless­ings upon the bap­tism of Norma Jeane Christ­man, she was bap­tized by Pas­tor Zaiser on Oct. 7. Her par­ents are Jeremy and Ash­ley Christ­man. The an­nual Craft Show will be Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will have a book sign­ing by Wil­lard Car­pen­ter. Also this year, The TLC Stitch­ers are hav­ing a Silent Auc­tion on not one but two beau­ti­ful quilts. Reg­is­ter for a bid­ding num­ber for the Silent Auc­tion af­ter church. The quilts are on dis­play in the Narthex. The bid­ding will end at 1 p.m. on the day of the Craft Show. Pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit the Mis­sion Trip and the pur­chase of new choir gowns. Our Book Sale will again be in the Nurs­ery, any do­na­tions of gen­tly used books for this sale will be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated. There will be a few new crafters this year. Call­ing all Bak­ers for this years’ Bake Sale, any do­na­tions of break­fast cakes, pies, cook­ies, cakes, etc. will be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated. Fire­fight­ers Recog­ni­tion Sun­day will be held on Nov. 4. Join us as we thank and honor our lo­cal fire­fight­ers from the East Berks Fire District. A free will of­fer­ing will be taken af­ter the wor­ship ser­vice fol­lowed by a cov­ered dish lun­cheon. Please bring your fa­vorite dish to share.

Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child: Once again, we will be col­lect­ing “filled shoe boxes” for chil­dren, as a Christ­mas Project. Gift sug­ges­tions: School sup­plies, small toys, hy­giene items, other items (t-shirts, socks, ball caps, sun­glasses, hair clips, etc. If you need a shoe box or have any ques­tions, see Kathy Kuser. Please re­turn filled boxes by Nov. 11. Boy Scout Troop 511 Hoagie Sales will be the 3rd Tues­day of the month. Place or­ders on the 2nd Tues­day. To vol­un­teer and to or­der as a new per­son, call Kitty Isett. Pick up will be at the old store ev­ery month. Thank you to those who have or­dered hoa­gies in the past years. Oct. 22: 6:30 p.m. Boy Scouts Oct. 23: 6:30 p.m. Cub Scouts Oct. 24: 6:30pm TLC Stitch­ers Oct. 25: 6:30pm Se­nior Choir Prac­tice, 7:30 pm Can­tata Prac­tice.

St. Luke Lutheran Church

35 Wil­son Ave., Gil­bertsville Join in the fun of the Boy­er­town Hal­loween Pa­rade on Sat­ur­day night, as our JAM stu­dents “buzz” with Je­sus! Our Scout Troop #36 will also be in the pa­rade, col­lect­ing food, as they’ve done for a num­ber of years. Our 8:30 a.m. Bi­ble Study will be held Sun­day. We will meet to ex­plore the lec­tionary read­ings of the day. Join us at 9:30 a.m. on Sun­day for wor­ship on the 22nd Sun­day af­ter Pen­te­cost. Com­mu­nion will be cel­e­brated. The Sr. Choir will sing, “Hear­ken! Stay Close to Je­sus Christ,” by Michael/Dickinson. The Hand­bell Choir will ring, “How Great Thou Art,” by Hime/Hel­man. On Sun­day we’ll have a “good old fash­ioned” hymn sing! Come and join your voice with oth­ers as some old fa­vorites are sung, such as “How Great Thou Art,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” “On­ward Chris­tian Sol­diers” and more! There will be no JAM class on Sun­day, so that the chil­dren can en­joy the hymn sing with their fam­i­lies and the con­gre­ga­tion. Fol­low­ing wor­ship, there will be an Adult Fo­rum ex­plor­ing Pre­sid­ing Bishop Ea­ton’s four Em­phases on Church, led by Pas­tor Siefke. The Youth Choir will re­hearse af­ter wor­ship. The Women’s Bi­ble Study will meet at noon on Sun­day. The Com­mu­nity Cloth­ing Rack will be open on Wed­nes­day for cloth­ing dis­tri­bu­tion. Open from 1-4 p.m. Hand­bell Choir will re­hearse on Wed­nes­day at 6:30 p.m. The Sr. Choir will re­hearse Wed­nes­day at 7:30 p.m.

Christ Lutheran Church, Niantic

222 Niantic Road, Barto Wor­ship with us on the 22nd Sun­day af­ter Pen­te­cost on Oct. 21 at our reg­u­lar wor­ship ser­vice times of 7:45 and 10:15 a.m. The pas­tor sup­ply for the morn­ing will be Pas­tor Su­san Lang who will be lead­ing the con­gre­ga­tion in the wor­ship ser­vice, preach the morn­ing ser­mon, as well as present the Chil­dren’s Ser­mon at both ser­vices. Those min­is­ter­ing at the 7:45 a.m. ser­vice are Acolyte Braden Bart­man, Lec­tor Sue Hoff­man, and Greeters/ Ush­ers Rox­anne and Butch Fox. Those min­is­ter­ing at the 10:15 a.m. ser­vice are Acolyte Emily Fran­cisco, Lec­tor Holly Fran­cisco, and Greeters/Ush­ers Mike Ap­pold and Holly Fran­cisco. Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the 10:15 a.m. ser­vice, an Al­tar Guild meet­ing will be held in room I, up­stairs in the church. Church Coun­cil will meet on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in the par­lor. On Oct. 24, the Bell Choir will re­hearse at 6:30 p.m. fol­lowed by Se­nior Choir re­hears­ing at 7:30 p.m. The Ju­nior/Cadette Girl Scout troops meet on Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the so­cial hall. The of­fice will be open on Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon.

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