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Tamaqua column for Thursday

Published March 15. 2019 12:13PM

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush-Ryan-Delano Senior Citizens met March 12 at the Ryan Township Fire Company with 43 members in attendance. President Robert Neifert conducted the business session after opening the meeting with the invocation “An Irish Blessing.” Two new members, Lester Andescavage and Sue Ryan, were given warm welcomes.

Gloria Gerhart, Dorothy DeWire, Mary Reed, Alice Tite, Jane McLaughlin, Nancy Nunemacher and Jane Tartar were added to the sick list. March birthday wishes were extended to Larry Bower, Paul Rarick and Pat Fredericks.

Membership dues for 2019 are now being accepted. Upcoming events include: June 13, dinner and a show at the Hotel Anthracite in Carbondale; Oct. 23, dinner and show at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe; Dec. 4, trip to Mount Airy Casino in the Poconos. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at the Ryan Township Fire Company in Barnesville and is open to anyone 55 or older.

Tamaqua Drama Club

The Tamaqua Drama Club has selected the musical “Big Fish” for its spring production.

The plot of the play centers on the relationship between traveling salesman Edward Bloom and his son, Will. As a child, Will enjoyed the fantastic stories told by his father, but adulthood has made him question many of those tales. Their relationship has become strained as Will prepares to marry. The story shifts between two time lines, the present-day reality and Edward’s storybook past. At its core, it examines the love/hate relationships within a family. It is suitable for family viewing, featuring several high-energy dance numbers and a number of mystical creatures.

Performances will be 7 p.m. on March 15 and noon and 7 p.m. on March 16 in the auditorium.

Zion Lewistown

Pastor Jim Williams will officiate at the 10:30 a.m. service this Sunday in Zion Church, Lewistown Valley. Sunday school classes will meet at 9:15 a.m.

Sunday is also the deadline for pretzel orders.

The fundraising committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on March 19, followed by a meeting of the preschool board at 7:30 p.m.

St. Peter’s

Glenn Rarick will lead the 9 a.m. worship service this Sunday at St. Peter’s West Penn Church, Mantzville. The service will include the dedication of the carillon.

Also on Sunday, Sunday school classes will meet at 10:15 a.m.; junior choir rehearsal is at 11 a.m.; Girl Scouts meet at 6 p.m. and the church board will meet at 6:30 p.m.

Activities for next week include: Tuesday, prayer group meets at 5 p.m., women’s group to meet at 7 p.m.; Wednesday, Confirmation class is at 5 p.m., mid week Lenten service, 7:30 p.m., Zion’s Stone Church; Thursday, senior choir practice is at 7:30 p.m.

Calvary Lewistown

Pastor Susan Moore will officiate at the 10:25 a.m. worship service this Sunday in Calvary Evangelical Methodist Church in the Lewistown Valley. The service will include special music by Allie Gerber.

There will be a Sunday evening service, hymnsing and Bible study, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The community Lenten service on March 20 will be held at Congregational Free Church, McKeansburg. A hymnsing will be held at 6:45 p.m., with the service set to begin at 7 p.m.

St. John Lutheran

The Rev. Phyllis Wolford will officiate at the 9:15 a.m. Sunday service in St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Also on Sunday, Sunday school and Confirmation classes will meet at 10:30 a.m.

Activities for next week include: Wednesday, midweek Lenten service, 7 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church; Thursday, angel choir rehearses at 6 p.m., shepherd choir meets at 6:30 p.m. and chancel choir practice is at 7:30 p.m.

Last date for pie orders will be April 7.

Contact Kathy Kunkel at 570-668-1250 or Contact the Times News at 800-443-0377 or

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