Writers' group

The Black Diamond Writers' Network will meet Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. until noon, at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St. Guest speaker will be Kelly Ann Butterbaugh, whose topic will be "copywriting."

The public is welcome to attend. The group also holds mini critiques during their meetings. Local authors are welcome to bring a page of their unpublished work for review.

The BDWN is a nonprofit organization offering writing education and networking opportunities.

The group meets the third Saturday of every month.

For more information concerning the group or its activities and workshops, call Kathy at (570) 645-3059.

First Methodist

The Rev. James Cavallero will officiate at two worship services this Sunday: 9:30 a.m. in Salem United Methodist Church; and at 10:45 a.m. in First United Methodist Church. Both services will include Holy Communion.

Activities in First UM for next week will include: Tuesday, Quilters meet at 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday, Senior Choir rehearses at 7:30 p.m.

The churches have combined to offer an outreach ministry to U.S. troops serving abroad by purchasing "Biblesticks," a digital audio device preloaded with an entire New Testament.

For more information, or place an order, call (570) 668-3653.

Bethany EC

The Rev. Kevin Roberts will officiate at the 10:30 a.m. worship service this Sunday in Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church. Nursery care is provided. Sunday school for all ages is held at 9:30 a.m.

Activities for next week will include: Tuesday, prayer time at 8:30 a.m., Men's Fraternity meets at 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Tamaqua Youth Ministry meets at 6:30 p.m., Prayer and Bible study at 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, Quilters meet at 10:30 a.m.; Saturday, musician rehearsal at 9 a.m., praise practice at 9:30 a.m.

Calvary UM

The Rev. Brian Reading will officiate at this Sunday's 10:25 a.m. worship service in Calvary Evangelical United Methodist Church. The service will include Holy Communion. Sunday school classes meet at 9:15 a.m.

Also on Sunday, an evening of praise, worship and Bible study will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday prayer and praise services are held at 7 p.m.

St. John's Lutheran

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

Activities for next week will include: Monday, rummage sale set up begins at 9 a.m.; Saturday, blessing of animals, noon.

The choirs rehearse on Thursdays: Chimes at 5:30 p.m.; Angel Choir at 6 p.m.; Shepherds at 6:15 p.m.; and Praise at 7:30 p.m.

Deadline for tickets for the 175 anniversary dinner will be Oct. 3. The dinner will be held Oct. 24.