New Life Assembly of God Church will sponsor a free Community Fair this Saturday, from 4-7 p.m., at the Tamaqua Community Center. The center is located to the rear of Boyer's Food Mart, next to Willing Park.
Free activities will include a bounce house, face painting, balloon animals, a dunk tank and games for kids. Free refreshments will include hot dogs and cotton candy.
The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call (570) 668-4059.
Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church is offering the community the opportunity to make an impact through a series of small, Bible based "Growth Groups." In all there will be a total of 10 different groups, each meeting one night a week from October through December. Some of the sessions require a small fee for materials.
The sessions include "Heaven Finding Our True Home," examining expectations and providing a biblical perspective on Heaven, something richer and more exciting than one can imagine. These sessions will begin Oct. 6 and meet at 1 p.m., Thursdays, at the Tamaqua Majestic House Apartment Complex, 201 E. Broad St.
For more information, or to register, visit www.bethanyec.org  and click on the "growth groups" tab.
The Rev. Sunny Stock will officiate at the 10:45 a.m. worship service this Sunday in Zion Church in the Lewistown Valley. Harvest Home will be celebrated. A children's service will be included. Sunday school classes will be held at 9:30 a.m.
Also Sunday, a presentation on the mission trip to Rwanda will be held at 5:30 p.m., at Christ Church McKeansburg Fellowship Hall. The presentation will be followed by a covered dish meal.
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 classes will be held at 9:30 a.m.
Activities for next week will include: Tuesday, Prayer time at 8:30 a.m.; Wednesday, Tamaqua Youth Ministry will meet at 6:30 p.m.
A new GriefShare group is forming and will begin meeting on Sept. 21. GriefShare is a ministry for people dealing with the loss of a loved one. Meetings will be held Wednesdays, at 6:30 p.m., at Bethany. The 13-week sessions are Biblically based and non denomination. For more information, call (570) 668-2520.
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. The service will include a tribute to first responders. Sunday school classes will conduct a Rally Day beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Also on Sunday, a brief congregational meeting will be held immediately following the service to discuss the church roof.
Activities for next week include: Monday, Church Council meets at 7 p.m.; Thursday, Angel Choir rehearsal at 6 p.m. and Chancel/Adult Choir rehearses at 6:30 p.m.
The South Ward Neighborhood Committee will meet Sept. 15, at 7 p.m., in the South Ward Community Center, located at the South Ward Playground. The public is welcome to attend.