Christmas trees

The Borough of Tamaqua's Street Department will be collecting discarded Christmas trees throughout January.

Residents are to place their trees curbside on their regular trash collection days. Trees will be collected as time and weather permit.

Trees must be free of all tinsel and decorations. Residents are reminded to remove any plastic bags from the trees.

Trees may also be dropped off behind the Tamaqua Borough Garage, at 421 rear E. Broad St.

No trees will be collected after Jan. 31.

YMCA news

The Tamaqua YMCA will host its annual Midnight Madness Dodge Ball Tournament on Jan. 11 and is now accepting applications for the Youth Basketball Clinic. The clinic will begin Jan. 13.

Joining fees will be waived for the month of January.

For more information on any Y activity, call (570) 668-2903.

St. Peter's Union

The Rev. Cheryl Moore will officiate at the 9 a.m. worship service Sunday in St. Peter's Union Church, Mantzville. The service will include a Joyous Noise Offering. Sunday school classes will meet at 10:15 a.m.

Also on Sunday, the Confirmation class will meet at 11:30 a.m. and Daisies, Brownies and Cub Scouts will meet at 6 p.m.

Activities for next week will include: Monday, food coop at 9 a.m.; Tuesday, Women of St. Peter's meets at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, prayer group meets at 4:45 p.m.

The choirs rehearse on Thursdays. Next week's schedule will include: cherubs at 6:30 p.m.; junior choir at 7 p.m.; senior choir at 7:30 p.m.

St. John Lutheran

The Rev. Phyllis Wolford will officiate at the 9:15 a.m. worship service this Sunday in St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church. Sunday school classes will meet at 10:30 a.m.

Activities for next week include: Monday, Congregational Council will meet at 7 p.m.; Tuesday, deadline for Messenger articles; Thursday, angel choir rehearsal at 6 p.m., shepherd choir meets at 6:30 p.m., chancel/adult choir rehearses at 6:30 p.m., property committee meets at 7 p.m.; Friday, Messenger assembly at 9:30 a.m.

Bethany EC

The Rev. Kevin Roberts will officiate at the 8 a.m. traditional and 10:30 a.m. contemporary worship services Sunday in Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church. Nursery and primary church are offered during the later service. Sunday school classes will meet at 9:30 a.m.

Also on Sunday, the annual congregational meeting will be held at 11:45 a.m. and the monthly service at the Tamaqua ABC High Rise will be celebrated at 6 p.m.

The Tamaqua Youth Ministry will meet at 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday.

Musician practice is held Saturdays at 8:30 a.m., followed by praise practice at 9:30 a.m.