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Published May 20. 2011 05:31PM

First Steps

First Steps, a support group for mothers, will have its monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 1, at the Primitive Methodist Church, 55 Hunter St., Tamaqua. The meeting will be held in the church social room from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Participants will learn how to make fabric wreaths.

The sessions are free and open to the public. Child care for all ages will be provided free of charge. New members and volunteers are welcome.

For more information, call Linda Murphy at (570) 668-2972 or email

Fair guides

State Rep. Jerry Knowles is making free copies of the 2011 Pennsylvania Fair Guide available to his constituents. The guide lists the dates, locations and contact numbers for more than 100 agricultural fairs/events scheduled for this summer and fall.

The state Department of Agriculture also hosts the annual Pennsylvania State Farm Show, the largest indoor agricultural exhibition in the country. That event is always held at the beginning of the year. Next year's event is scheduled for Jan. 7-14, 2012.

For more information, or to pick up a guide, visit Knowle's office at 237 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, or 61 N. Third St., Hamburg.

First Methodist

The Rev. Ron Schane will deliver the message at the 10:45 a.m. worship service this Sunday in First United Methodist Church. Plane is the director of the UM Camp Pocono Plateau. Adult Sunday school will meet at 9:30 a.m.

Activities for next week include: Monday, Jesus in the Steps; Tuesday, quilters meet at 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday, Trevorrow Scholarship Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m, senior choir rehearsal at 7:30 p.m.

On June 5, there will be a family dinner event, honoring 50-year members of the church. The Trevorrow Scholarships will also be awarded.


An American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be held May 25 in Tamaqua. St. John United Church of Christ, Pine and Biddle streets, will serve as the collection site. Hours will be from 1-6 p.m.

Anyone 17 or older, who weighs at least 110 pounds and is in general good health is eligible to donate blood. Each unit of donated blood has the potential to help save three lives. Donor cards or proper identification will be required.

Donors may make an appointment by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

This visit is being sponsored by the Broad Street Deli.

Class of 1960

The Tamaqua High School Class of 1960 will meet May 22, at 2 p.m., at the home of Paul Miller in Hometown. Class members will discuss an upcoming picnic, scheduled for Sept. 4.

For more information, or directions, call Charlie at (570) 668-0775.

Trinity UCC

Elder David Billig will conduct the 10 a.m. worship service this Sunday in Trinity United Church of Christ. The service will include words for young Christians.

The Consistory will meet Monday evening with the Rev. Nancy Gottshall, interim co-conference minister of the PA Southeast Conference.

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. The service will include recognition of 2011 graduates. The preschool students will be participating. The service will be followed by a fellowship with light refreshments.

The Zion's Youth Group will meet May 13, from 7-9 p.m., in Zion's social hall.

Next Wednesday, the Fundraising Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m.and the Preschool meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Fitness for Friends, a community exercise class, meets Mondays and Thursdays, 6-7 p.m., in the social hall.

St. John's 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 recognition of the Chime, Allegro and Shepherd Choirs. Confirmation and Sunday school classes meet at 10:30 a.m.

Activities for next week will include: Monday, Evangelism/Stewardship Committees will meet at 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Learning Ministry Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Bible study at 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, Messenger assembly ay 1 p.m., Finance Committee meets at 7 p.m. and Praise Choir rehearses at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, garden maintenance.

Calvary Evangelical

The Rev. Brian Reading will officiate at the 10:25 a.m. worship service Calvary Evangelical United Methodist Church. Sunday school classes meet at 9:15 a.m.

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

An hour of praise and prayer will be held next Wednesday at 7 p.m.

On May 29, Calvary and Zion's will hold a combined Memorial service, at 10:25 a.m., at Calvary Church and Cemetery. Special music will be provided by a combined choir.

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