Thirteen young members of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tamaqua received First Communion during Christ the King services Nov. 21.

Those receiving First Communion were Skylar Clouser, Cassidy Derr, Luis Fernandez, Antonetta Gerace, Tyler Gerber, Amy Hadesty, Courtney Hoffman, Gabrielle Markiewicz, Zackary Moyer, Mckayla Wall, Madison Watson, Tyrone Rarick and Devan Valentine.

Interim Pastor Jeffrey Kistler administered communion to the young members and family.

Kistler also led a series of four classes preparing the young members and their families for this Christian rite of passage. He was assisted by Deb Davies, Zion's confirmand coordinator.

A reception hosted by Zion's Culinary Crew, followed the service for the First Communicants, their families and congregation members.