NEWS & NOTES
St. Luke’s United Church of Christ: The church at 125 N. Main St., North Wales, will welcome new pastor the Rev. Brad Mellon during the 10 a.m. Sunday worship service. A reception will follow. Visit www. uccnorthwales.org.
Church of the Holy Spirit: The recently installed Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, the Right Rev. Daniel Gutierrez, will visit the church at 2871 Barndt Road at Sumneytown Pike, Upper Salford, on Sunday. The bishop will speak at the 9 a.m. Adult Forum and will preach and accept new members into the Episcopal church at the 10:15 a.m. service. For more information, call the church at (215) 234-8020 or visit www.churchoftheholyspirit.us.
Christ Lutheran Church: Starting this Sunday, the church at 2211 Mainland Road, Towamencin, will have just one service at 9:30 a.m. Immediately following this week’s service will be the Biannual Congregational Meeting. For additional information, call the church office at (215) 256-8738.
Congregation Beth Or: Members of the synagogue’s Brotherhood group will assist in leading the Shabbat service Jan. 20. A catered dinner will be then be served, and Rabbi Marx will speak about “In the Window Living between Two Worlds,” about the spiritual future and the relationship of the Diaspora Jewish Community and Israel. Pre-registration and advance payment of $18 is required by Jan. 18. RSVP at www.bethor.org. Christ Lutheran Church: All ages are welcome to Lunch with Friends, starting at noon Jan. 18 at the church, 2211 Mainland Road, Towamencin. Enjoy free lunch and fellowship. For more information, to register, or for directions contact the church office at (215) 256-8738.
Wissahickon High School: Wissahickon Faith Community Association hosts a Solidarity Walk for Peace and Justice at 3 p.m. Sunday. Join the clergy from Congregation Beth Or, Bethlehem Baptist Church, North Penn Mosque and more to walk arm-in-arm to promote unity and peace. Meet in the school parking lot, Houston and Dager roads, Lower Gywnedd. The walk will process down Dager Road, and end at Bethlehem Baptist Church, where the Martin Luther King Jr. Service of Remembrance will start at 4 p.m.
Congregation Beth Or: The Sisterhood group hosts a Karaoke Night 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Rosenfeld Social Hall, 239 Welsh Road, Upper Dublin. Enjoy food from Pumpernick’s and homemade desserts. BYOB. Cost is $30. RSVP at www. bethor.org by Jan. 17. For questions, contact Lois at email@example.com or (215) 412-8687.
Trinity Lutheran Church: The annual free January Tuesday at Noon Organ Recitals will be held at Trinity, 1000 W. Main St., Lansdale. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, the series continues Jan. 17 with David Furniss and Vincent Ryan. On Jan. 24 hear Lee Milhouse and on Jan. 31 Michael Krentz will perform. For more information call (215) 368-1710. St. John’s United Church of Christ: The ensemble United Voices at St. John’s United Church of Christ will sing “Let It Shine” by Barbara Hamm at the 10:15 a.m. service on Sunday. In addition the Chancel Choir will sing “Oh Blessed Light” by Robert Shultz. The church is at 500 W. Main St., Lansdale. Call (215) 855-5489 or visit www.st-johns-ucc.org.
Help is available
St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church: An Elder Care Assistance Program is in place for the elderly in our community. Those dealing with issues such as safety, rehabilitation, downsizing, finding a nursing facility, and feelings of confusion, fear and hopelessness may use this free service. Contact Jennifer at (215) 721-0199, ext. 225. Also, St. Joseph’s Chapter, a group which assists the unemployed and underemployed, meets at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Parish Center, Derstine and Cowpath roads, Hatfield. You don not need to be a parishioner to contact Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. John’s United Church of Christ: The church will hold an informational gathering at noon in the Church Library on Sunday for anyone who is interested in learning more about St. John’s and the United Church of Christ. All are welcome to attend. The church is at 500 W. Main St., Lansdale. Call (215) 855-5489 or visit www. st-johns-ucc.org. St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church: A support group for the divorced continues on Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Parish Center, Derstine and Cowpath roads, Hatfield. Contact (215) 721-0199. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church: The church at Fourth and Broad Streets in Lansdale hosts a discussion group on various topics each Monday from 2 to 3 p.m. This is open to the community. Anyone who would like to connect with others in a discussion group setting is invited. The Sunday service is at 10 a.m. Fairview Village Church: The church at 3044 W. Germantown Pike, Worcester, hosts Grief Share, a Bible-based support group for people grieving the death of someone close. It is a
place where you can be with people who understand what you are experiencing and want to offer you comfort and encouragement. The group meets in Room 515 on Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon or from 6 to 8 p.m. There is a $15 workbook charge. For more information, contact Donna at email@example.com, (610) 539-3333, ext. 7709,
church.com/griefshare. Also, Fairview Village Church hosts Celebrate the Journey, a Biblebased support/recovery program that meets at 6:45 p.m. Fridays at The Village Norristown, 329 E. Main St., Norristown, and 6:45 p.m. Mondays at the church, 3044 W. Germantown Pike, Worcester. Large group gathering of prayer and praise, as well as a lesson, begins at 6:45 and small group time takes place from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Most groups are gender-based — men with men, and women with women. Some groups address a specific need; others are designed to allow each person to bring their unique challenges to a safe place. Each group is strictly confidential and is led by trained leaders with similar life experiences. For information on the Friday Celebrate the Journey, contact Pastor Marquetta at firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 539-3333, ext. 7718. For information on the Monday Celebrate the Journey, go to www. fairviewvillagechurch.com/celebrate-journey or contact Pastor Kelly Yetter at Kelly.email@example.com or (610) 539-3333, ext. 7717. Christ Lutheran Church: One of the toughest transitions of life is life after the death of a loved one. Whether it is a spouse, child, parent or close friend, the grieving process can take a toll. It is a difficult journey to navigate alone. Grief Share is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. To learn more about this program, or for additional information, contact Kim at KJA610@aol.com or the church office at (215) 256-8738. The church is at 2211 Mainland Road, Towamencin. Also, a local chapter of PFLAG, the national organization that supports Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbian/Gay and Transgender individuals, meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month in Weaver Hall. For questions or additional information, contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org. Silverdale Brethren in Christ Church: Singles Connection, a non-denominational Bux-Mont area group for single, widowed, divorced and separated adults age 45+ meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the church, 165 W. Main St. (Route 113), Silverdale. For information, call (215) 593-9995 or email email@example.com. Celebrate Recovery: This group meets 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays at Franconia Mennonite Church, Route 113, Franconia. All are welcome.
Stop and shop
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church: The St. Peter’s Thrift Shop, 211 S. Main St., North Wales, has winter specials on clothes for women and children, jewelry, linens, gifts, housewares, art, attic treasures, books and music. Also, browse vintage items. Hours are Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local charities benefit from your purchase. Call (215) 6994604.
Congregation Beth Or: Torah Study is held at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays at the synagogue, 239 Welsh Road, Upper Dublin. Today, there will be extended Torah Study at 10:45 a.m. with rabbinic intern Janine Jankovitz. Central Schwenkfelder Church: Thursday nights are for reading and studying the New Testament with the Bethel Bible Program 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through May (no meetings the fourth Thursday of the month). The church is at 2111 Valley Forge Road, Worcester. Dates will be decided by the class members. Each lesson has a picture with concepts noted and several pages of reading, as well as assignments of scripture. The emphases throughout the sessions are your concerns dealing with each week’s concepts and the readings in the program and New Testament. For questions, call Allen at (610) 584-5379 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Montco Bible Fellowship: Registration is open for free English as a Second Language classes. Sessions continue through May 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $30 for books. The church is at 160 E. Main St., Lansdale. Call (215) 855-0899 or visit www.montcobf.org.
St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church: The men’s faith studies group That Man Is You meets Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 a.m. in The Parish Center, Derstine and Cowpath roads, Hatfield. Registration forms are in the narthex. Contact Ron at (215) 393-3763.
Presentation of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church: During winter the church at 1564 Allentown Road, Towamencin, hosts bingo the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Doors open at 5 p.m., with food available for purchase, and games begin at 6:45. Admission is $10 for boards, $15 for paper. Call (215) 362-9599.
St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church: A Play and Pray Moms and Tots Group runs 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursdays in the Parish Center library, Derstine and Cowpath roads, Hatfield. Contact Kelly at Kelly.email@example.com for more information. All are welcome. St. Stanislaus Catholic Church: Infants, children and their parents and grandparents can play and do fun activities together. Little People Playgroup meets most Tuesdays from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Center, behind the church at 51 Lansdale Ave. and Main Street, Lansdale. For more information, call (215) 855-3133. Trinity Lutheran Church: If you are the mother of an infant through kindergartner, Trinity’s Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group is for you. It meets Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in Hyson Hall, 1000 W. Main St., Lansdale. Childcare and breakfast will be provided. For questions, contact Ashley at (215) 275-8212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christ Lutheran Church: A monthly meeting for caregivers is held the third Sunday of each month at 7 p.m. in the church library. Sometimes you can prepare for it, and sometimes it happens unexpectedly, but there will come a time in life when we will have the opportunity to give back to our parents, spouse or loved one the love and care they gave to us. With this responsibility though, comes many questions and often there are difficult decisions to be made. This will be an opportunity to come together, lend support, learn how to prepare, and encourage each other. The church is at 2211 Mainland Road, Towamencin. For more information email Kim at KJA610@aol.com or call (215) 256-8738.
Trinity Lutheran Church: Volunteers interested in helping the homeless in the Montgomery County area during cold winter nights are welcome to help staff the church’s shelter. Available shifts are: intake runs 8 p.m. to midnight; overnight midnight to 6 a.m.; and breakfast shift 6to 8a.m. In addition, donations of men’s boots and gloves, and underwear sizes medium and large are also needed. No other clothing is needed at this time. For more information or to volunteer, call Joe Toy at (215) 375-2928. Christ Covenant Church: During January the church at 2200 Mainland Road, Towamencin, will be supporting Keystone Opportunity Center with donations of non-perishable food. Items especially needed in restocking their food pantry are: cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix (complete), pancake syrup, canned meats (tuna, chicken, ham, salmon), spaghetti sauce, baked beans, meals in cans (spaghetti-Os with meatballs, ravioli, beefaroni), canned fruit in natural juices, sugar, ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, oil, personal care items (shampoo, razors, toothpaste, body wash, deodorants, feminine hygiene products), toilet paper, laundry soap and dryer sheets, and gluten free, sugar free and low/ no sodium products. Contributions may be dropped off at the church office Tuesdays through Fridays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. to noon. Call (215) 256-8101 or visit www.christ-covenant.org.
Trinity Lutheran Church: Gentle yoga and meditation is held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in Rooms 105-107. Contact Rosa at email@example.com. The church is at 1000 W. Main St., Lansdale.
Attitude of gratitude
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church: The topic for Sunday’s Adult Forum at 10 a.m. is “The Power of Gratitude,” including a 2013 presentation by Brother David Steindl Rast about gratefulness. In psychology, gratitude is cited as an indicator for overall mental health and happiness. In the Bible, people are frequently reminded and encouraged to give thanks. All are welcome to meet in the parlor, 211 S. Main St., North Wales.
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