Black out bullying

Next Friday, Oct. 26, the Tamaqua and Minersville Area School Districts will be cooperating in an effort to address the issue of bullying, while competing on the football field.

Teams, cheerleaders and support staff on both sides of the playing field will have the color black incorporated into their uniforms as part of the two districts "Black Out Bullying Campaigns." Parents, guardians and fans are encouraged to also wear black that evening in support of the effort to raise awareness to the cause.

"Bullying is a national issue that demotes self worth and promotes adversarial relationships. By bringing awareness and working with another school district, our hope is to educate and then substantially reduce bullying and its effect on our students," notes a press release jointly issued by the schools' principals, Stephen Toth of Tamaqua and Carl McBreen of Minersville.

Donations toward the Schuylkill County Youth Conference, which provides programs to Schuylkill County youth, will be accepted during the game.

Youth workshop

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church will host a youth protection workshop from 2-4 p.m. on Nov. 4. The program is open to all area volunteers who work with children. Such training is often required by church and organization policies and insurance carriers.

Melissa B. Haydt, consultation services coordinator for Family Life Services and Diakon, will lead the session.

To register, call (570) 668-2180 before Oct. 31. The church is located at the intersection of Greenwood and Mauch Chunk streets.

Zion Lewistown

Pastor Sunny Stock will officiate at the 10:45 a.m. church service. Sunday school will be held at 9:30 a.m.

Also on Sunday, the Calvary/Zion Youth Group will meet at 3 p.m. at the Lewistown Valley Tabernacle.

Trinity UCC

The Rev. Thomas Reinsel will officiate at the 10 a.m. worship service this Sunday. The service will include a Joyful Noise Offering. Sunday school classes meet at 8:45 a.m.

Also on Sunday, help will be needed at 11 a.m. to set up for the rummage sale, which will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Senior choir rehearsal will be held Thursday, at 6:30 p.m. A prayer shawl meeting will be held Saturday at 1 p.m.

Zion Lutheran

The Rev. Jeffrey Kistler will officiate at the 9:30 a.m. service this Sunday in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. Sunday school classes will meet at 8:30. A time of coffee and conversation will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Also on Sunday, Scouts will meet at 6 p.m.

Activities for next week include: Tuesday, Scouts meet at 6 p.m.; Thursday, senior choir rehearsal will be held at 7 p.m.

Reformation Sunday will be observed on Oct. 28.