Belle of the ball

As the 2013 school prom season approaches, organizers and volunteers for "The Second Annual Community Belle of the Ball" event have been collecting gently used gowns, shoes and jewelry, which will be distributed to girls feeling the financial pinch of today's economy.

Distribution will be held from 5-8 p.m. on March 1, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 2.

Last year's event provided 200 gowns to deserving young women, a "tremendous success" according to Gwen Evans, one of the organizers.

The collection is just a small part of Zion's outreach ministry.

For more information, contact Evans at (570) 668-0666 or Deb Davies at 668-4554.

Zion Lutheran

Sunday worship services in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church are held at 9:30 a.m.

Also on Sunday, Scouts will meet at 6 p.m. and the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network will meet at 6:30 p.m.

Activities for next week will include: Monday, drama club meets at 5 p.m., outreach meeting at 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Scouts meet at 6 p.m., membership meeting at 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, fish dinner at 4:30 p.m., joint Lenten service at 7 p.m. at Zion's.

First Methodist

The Rev. James Cavallero will officiate at the 10:45 a.m. worship service this Sunday in First United Methodist Church. The service will include a children's message, offered by Marge Kropp, followed by children's Sunday school. Adult Sunday school classes are held at 9:30 a.m.

Also this Sunday, rehearsal for the Welsh Songfest will be held at 2 p.m., a pot luck supper will be held at 6 p.m. and the Lenten Bible study session will be held at 7 p.m.

Activities for next week will include: Tuesday, quilters meet at 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday, chancel choir rehearses at 7 p.m.; Friday, final rehearsal for the Welsh Songfest will be held at 7 p.m.

The Welsh Songfest will be presented at 2 p.m. on March 3, followed by a tea.

A presentation of the Easter Passion Play "Born For This" will be held at 6 p.m. on March 17.

SS. Peter and Paul

First Friday will be observed next week in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

First Friday confessions will be heard at 7:30 a.m., followed by Mass and devotions at 8 a.m. Communion calls will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, while calls to the Tamaqua Hi Rise, Majestic House, Coaldale and Hometown will be made on Thursday.

March 2 will be a Fatima Saturday. Confessions will be heard at 7:30 a.m., followed by a Recitation of the rosary and Devotions before the 8 a.m. Mass.

Members of the parish Holy rosary Society will attend the 8 a.m. Mass on March 3 and receive Holy Communion as a group.

A rosary will be said before the Mass.

Stations of the Cross are held Wednesdays at 7 p.m., with Holy Hour, recitation of the rosary and confessions beginning at 6 p.m. A Holy Hour and confessions are also held Saturdays from 4-5 p.m.

The choir rehearses Wednesdays after Stations of the Cross.