Garden club

The Lewistown Valley Garden Club held its May meeting in the social hall of Zion Church, Lewistown Valley. The business session was conducted by Vice President Kathy McGee.

The group discussed the 2013 Schuylkill County Fair, which will be held July 29 through Aug. 3. Members were encouraged to enter as many categories as possible.

The program was presented by Ruth Gaston of Orwigsburg. Using a family-owned Bible from the early 1900s for research, she spoke of the many current day flowers, grains and plants that can be found in the Bible. Some of the most common still known and used today include rock rose, grapevine, flax, cattails, henbane, rue, water lily, rose of sharon, wheat, rye, barley and saffron. They were used as food and for medicinal purposes, as they are today.

Gaston then created a flower arrangement using flowers of the Bible, explaining each as she placed it in the arrangement. She provided members with written information and pictures, as well as quilt patterns, using Bible flowers.

Arrangement winners were Evelyn Adams, first place; and Evelyn Berger, second place. Linda Leiby placed first in the specimen category. Refreshments were served by Kathy McGee and Louise Flexer.

The June meeting will be held at the home of Evelyn Adams and will include a garden tour and dessert.

For information about the club, (570) 668-4288.

Market vouchers

The 2013 Senior Farm Market Nutrition Program, which provides older adults with vouchers for use at farm markets, will begin distributing the vouchers in June.

In Tamaqua, vouchers will be distributed June 18 at the Tamaqua Salvation Army, 105 W. Broad St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In addition to the voucher distribution, representatives from the Schuylkill Transportation System will be attending most of the events to share information and assist seniors in registering for the transportation service.

The 2013 voucher program is administered by Diakon Community Services, which also provides APPRISE counselors to assist Medicare beneficiaries with low income subsidy applications. Proof of eligibility is required, including proof of age, residency and income.

For more information, call, (570) 624-3017 or 1-800-621-6325.

St. Peter's Union

The Rev. Cheryl Moore will officiate at the 9 a.m. worship services Sunday in St. Peter's Union Church, Mantzville. The service will include Holy Communion.

Also on Sunday, Summer School Sunday will kick off with a Sundae Sunday, with classes to meet at 10:15 a.m., and a blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Activities for next week include: Thursday, prayer group meets at 4:45 p.m., preschool moving up ceremony at 6:30 p.m., senior choir rehearsal at 7:30 p.m.

St. John UCC

Sunday worship services are held at 9:30 a.m. in St. John United Church of Christ. The service will include Holy Communion. A time of food and fellowship will be held following the service.

The consistory will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday.