Middle school news

Christopher Czapla, principal of the Tamaqua Area Middle School has announced an orientation session will be held Aug. 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Parents of sixth graders, as well as seventh and eighth graders new to the district, are welcome to attend.

Information will be presented on student schedules, activities, facilities and discipline.

Individuals will meet in the school district auditorium, then have the opportunity to hear a special presentation on "cyberbullying" from Janene Holter of the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General.

Tours of the building will also be offered.

Homeroom assignments will be posted on the school's front/main door as of Aug. 2.

SAL programs

The Tamaqua Salvation Army has scheduled a Vacation Bible School for the week of July 30 through Aug. 3. There is no charge for the VBS, which will be held daily from 4-6 p.m. This year's theme will be "Sin Busters."

Sessions are open to all children between the ages of 6 and 12.

To register, call (570) 668-0410.

St. John Lutheran

The Rev. Phyllis Wolford will officiate at the 9 a.m. worship service this Sunday in St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church.

The service time has been changed this week only, as the annual church picnic will be held following the service.

The picnic will begin at 11 a.m. at the Bungalow.

Summer office hours are now in effect.

The office will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Trinity UCC

The Rev. Thomas Reinsel will officiate at the 10 a.m. worship service this Sunday in Trinity United Church of Christ.

The service will include a Joyful Noise Offering

For more information, visit the website www.Tamaquatrinity.com.

Zion Lutheran

The Rev. Jeffrey Kistler will officiate at the 9:30 a.m. worship service this Sunday in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Also on Sunday, a coffee fellowship will be held at 11 a.m.

The blanket ministry will meet at 9 a.m. on Monday.

Bethany EC

The Rev. Kevin Roberts will officiate at the 8 a.m. traditional and 10:30 a.m. contemporary worship services this Sunday in Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church.

Nursery and Primary Church are offered during the later service.

Sunday school classes will be held at 9:30 a.m.

Activities for next week will include: Monday, Acts of Worship-Drama group meets at 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Prayer time at 8:30 a.m., Playground Pals at 11:45 a.m., at the South Ward Playground, End Times group meets at 11 a.m. at the Tamaqua ABC High Rise; Wednesday, Waterside Whistle Stop at 2:30 p.m., at the Bungalow, Tamaqua Youth Ministry meets at 6:30 p.m., The Story group meets at 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, End Times group meets at 1 p.m. at the Majestic House Apartment Complex, Made to Crave group meets at 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, musician rehearsal at 8:30 a.m., praise practice at 9:30 a.m., Racing Fuel for the Spirit group meets at 11 a.m.