POTTSTOWN — Members and friends of Trinity UCC, 60 N. Hanover Street, Pottstown, will worship virtually, live on YouTube at 9:30 AM on Sunday, February 21. The service will also be available later in the day on our website: trinityuccpottstown.org. Daily Lenten Devotional Booklets are still available. Drop by the church office during business hours to pick one up. See our ad below for office hours and contact information. Trinity will again offer a free takeaway meal on Tuesday. Feb. 23 from 4:30-5:30 PM. Access to the meal is from the parking lot at the rear of the church. All are welcome.
POTTSTOWN — On Sunday at 11:00 AM, Bethel Community Church of Pottstown Black History Celebration continues featuring Nadjah Nicole http://www.nadjahnicole.com/ vocalist featured on “The Voice”), Julian Harris (Guitarist/Composer/Audio Engineer) and the Youth of BCCP. The Youth of BCCP/Pottstown will lead in Worship. Our Black History Month 2021 Theme is “Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity” exploring the African diaspora while dissecting the wide-ranging diversity of the Black Family Life – Single, Two-Parent Households, Nuclear, Extended and Biracial. In-person worship is welcomed but masks must be worn at all times with social distancing. In addition, we are Live on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/BCCP575 or dial-in by calling 215-383-1625 Code 198087. BCCP “Farmers to Families” Box Giveaway will take place on Monday from 4:00 PM until all Boxes are distributed (weather permitting). Note: Once all Boxes are distributed and/or due to inclement weather, the Pantry will close. The “Farmers to Families” Program will continue Every Monday until further notice. On Thursday at 12:00 Noon, it’s Virtual Community Bible Study by calling 215-383-1625 Code 198087. For more information, please call (610-805-9084).
POTTSTOWN — Join us for in-person worship on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 9:30 a.m. Sign up on the First Presbyterian Church of Pottstown website or by calling the church office at (610) 326-0620. Wearing a mask and social distancing are required to enter the church building. The service will also be live-streamed on the church YouTube channel. On Sundays in Lent: Sr. High can join Kerry and Jaylee in the Community Room from 10:45-11:45 am for Jesus’ Short Stories: Finding Ourselves in the Parables. Join us for Seeking Balance: Fairness in Educational Funding via Zoom from 4:15-5:15 pm. On Thursday evenings during Lent, beginning Feb. 25, join our Lenten Circles via Zoom from 7:30-8:30 pm. Sign up on the FPC website or by calling the church office (610) 326-0620.
St. Peter’s Lutheran
POTTSTOWN — St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 564 Glasgow St., will celebrate the First Sunday in Lent with guest pastor Rev. Susan Folks. Under the suggestion from our Bishop, In-Person worship has been suspended until further notice. Video worship will be available on YouTube and Facebook Sunday at 12:30 pm by typing: st peter’s lutheran church pottstown pa. Lenten Discipline “Walk to Jerusalem” beings Sunday, Feb. 21 – March 28. During this six-week individual collective challenge we will focus on improving our health in body, mind, and spirit through healthy eating, exercise, and mind-stimulating activities and daily devotions. Open to all age groups and activity levels. Call 610-323-5044 or email the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org to register and receive instructional packet. For up-to-date messages, call the church at 610-323-5044.
POTTSTOWN — First Baptist Church (ABCUSA) located at 301 King St. Rev. Dr. Marcia Bailey, Pastor. Worship is live via Zoom this Sunday, Feb. 21, at 3:45 pm. We will gather online for a shortened worship service as we enter the Lenten season attentive to the Word for us and the word among us. FBC in collaboration with other Pottstown faith communities is hosting a six-part forum called Seeking Balance: Fairness in Educational Funding in Pennsylvania. Beginning this Sunday, Feb. 21, at 4:15 pm on Zoom, we will hear from state and community leaders on the current inequities in educational funding and the direct effects on the Pottstown School District. Please visit the School Funding Forum page on our website www.FBCPottstown.org for more information and links to join. This month we are receiving the offering for the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (AWAB). You can give online on our website or by making a note in the memo line of your check. Check our website for the Zoom links and join us in fellowship: www.FBCPottstown.org
St. John’s UCC
POTTSTOWN — St. John’s UCC, 11 S. Price St., will celebrate the First Sunday of Lent with Communion at the 10:15 am worship service. Worship will be held in the Sanctuary and also will be available for viewing on YouTube. Masks are mandatory and seating is set up to meet social distancing guidelines. Food and toiletries are being collected for St. John’s Little Pantry. The Pantry is restocked weekly giving local people in need the opportunity to pick up food, water and personal care items as needed. The Congregation is also supporting Operation 143 to help address the issue of childhood hunger.
POTTSTOWN — Feb. 21 is the First Sunday of Lent. Rev. Austin Chinault, Zion’s United Church of Christ, Hanover and Chestnut Streets, will have a message titled “Temptation.” Sunday School for youth and adults will meet via “Google Meet” on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 11 am. All are welcome to join us for our Sunday YouTube service this week available on the website https://www.zionspottstown.org, then click on the link “online services.” A coalition of Pottstown area faith communities are hosting a six-part forum titled “Seeking Balance: Fairness in Educational Funding” beginning Sunday, Feb. 21, at 4:15 pm on Zoom. State and community leaders will speak about the direct effects of funding disparities. Join the forum at: https://ministrelife.zoom.us/j/93862003402.
St. Luke Lutheran
GILBERTSVILLE — On Sunday, and more to come, we invite you to worship with us via livestream from St. Luke. Our doors may be closed, but our hearts are open, and prayers abound!! You’re welcome to find us on our Facebook page. Please look at www.stlukegilbertsville.org Our livestream worship will be on at 9:30, a.m. every Sunday. Please note that all services will be livestreamed until further notice. Sunday is the first Sunday in Lent. The sermon text for the day is Genesis 9:8-17, about Noah, and the rainbow, sign of God’s covenant. God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.” Wednesday is our first midweek service in Lent. Join us at 7:00 on stlukegilbertsville.org. The Community Clothing Rack is open once again. It will be open Feb. 24 for “shopping,” and on March 3 for donations of clothing. Times of operation are 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
St. John’s ELC
BOYERTOWN — Worship is live streamed on Sundays at 9:30 am on YouTube (St. John’s ELC Boyertown) and also is available later in the day for viewing. Midweek Lent services live streaming February 24, March 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 7 pm on YouTube. Free drive-through, take-out meal every Saturday evening from 4:30-5:30 pm. No registration necessary. For updates and further details, check our website or call the office. Please leave a voicemail message in the event of an emergency and a staff member will return your call.
NORTH COVENTRY — Visit www.cedarvilleumc.org for current announcements, weather-related online service-time changes and resources. Join us there Sunday for worship at 9:30 (Contemporary) or 11:00 am (Traditional) or recorded services after Sunday. Service links are also found on the Cedarville UMC Facebook page. Pastor Sherry’s message for the second Sunday of Lent is ” Wandering and Yearning (Genesis 2:4-15) In our sinfulness and turning from God, humanity is on a path of perpetually yearning for a home we cannot fully obtain until the return of Jesus. No Computer? Dial 610-850-9173 to listen to the sermon later in the week. In February we continue the Faith Development/Discipleship Pathway which is designed to help us along the path of spiritual growth. The initiative offers the following Bible Study opportunities to connect and grow (currently ALL on ZOOM): Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth (Monday’s 7:00 pm, Tuesdays 9:30 am), Old Testament Study, (Wednesdays 1:00 pm), Life Lessons from the Book of James (Thursdays 1:00 pm), Philippians (Thursdays 7:15 pm), Begin Again: Your Hope & Renewal Start Today (Fridays 9:00 am). Contact our Church Administrator: Susan@cedarvilleumc.org or 610-326-4173 for information. Mission First, an outreach of Cedarville UMC at 414 E High Street, continues to serve the homeless and are in need of TastyKakes, Little Debbie, etc. including individual bags of chips, pretzels for Wednesday night meals. Contact Clare@missionfirstpottstown.org (or 610-326-0560) to donate. Youth Group members will virtually join others from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference on Tuesday night to participate in “Fireside Chats and Prayer”. This final week Egypt Speaks (Christian spoken Word author and performer) will address “Creating Healing in Your Life.” Contact email@example.com for connection information.
SPRING CITY — Join us virtually on this First Sunday of Lent for our traditional worship service at 10 am when Rev. Mark Styjak will be preaching on “Facing Our Wilderness.” To watch the service from home, go to https://www.facebook.com/BrownbacksChurch/live/
BARTO — Christ Lutheran Church will worship on the First Sunday in Lent on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 9:00 a.m. The Pastor leading the worship will be determined by the outcome from the Congregational Meeting that was held on Sunday, February 14. Please check our website for more information. The member ministering as Acolyte/Lector/Assisting Minister is Denise Hoffman. Immediately following the worship service, there will be a Congregational Meeting to approve the 2020 Annual Reports as well as vote on the two council positions that are open and elect a youth to serve on council beginning in April. Confirmation class will have their class at 10:15 a.m. via Zoom in their homes. The church council will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the Welcome Center.
BARTO — Join us for a Free Community To Go Meal on Saturday, Feb. 27, from noon to 1 PM at Calvary United Church of Christ, 1231 Route 100, Barto. All are invited. Also on the Lower Level, the Indoor Flea Market will be open for shoppers. Both events are Noon – 1 pm. To contact the church: firstname.lastname@example.org
POTTSTOWN — Annual Spring Bazaar at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Pottstown, is coming soon. Pre-order only. Curbside Pickup on Saturday, March 27. Pirogies, Halupki, Halushki, Nut rolls, Home-made Baked Goods & Soups. Visit our website to order: www.holytrinitypottstown.org Order form available online from Feb. 21-March 20.
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