Community Fair

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 [1] and click on the "growth groups" tab.

Zion Lewistown

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.

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 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.

South Ward

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.