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Book study group focusing on spiritual themes to meet in Kutztown [Religion Digest]

The Spiritual Exploration Project will begin a new expression of the Contemplative Spirituality group with a monthly book discussion that will focus on spiritual themes relevant to the times in which we live, beginning on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 257 W. Walnut St., Kutztown, and continuing on the second Thursday of each month.

The group first will study “The Brothers Karamozov” by Fyodor Dostoevsky,  a theological drama that addresses the problems of faith, doubt and reason, followed by a meeting of the Contemplative Spirituality group.

The discussion will be facilitated by Craig Bennett, a retired professor who has studied “The Brothers Karamazov.” The novel is divided into 12 books and an epilogue. One section will be studied each month. You are invited to join either as a reader or to simply audit, learn and participate. For more information, contact Dr. Harry L. Serio at


• The Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, 102 Apple St., Leesport will be holding a take-out chicken potpie sale on Jan. 28. Quarts are $10 and can be ordered by contacting Phyllis at 610-926-1004. There will also be pepper cabbage and baked goods for sale. Last day to order is Jan. 21.

• Christ Lutheran Church, 222 Niantic Road, Washington Township, will worship Sunday at 9 a.m., with Holy Communion. Coffee & Conversation will be held at 8:30 and 10 in the Welcome Center. Confirmation class will meet at 10 in room I. The adult Sunday school class will gather in the parlor at 10.

• Soul Coffee House will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Wyomissing Restaurant and Bakery, 1245 Penn Ave., Wyomissing. Michelle Koch,  an amateur astronomer who also practices contemplative spirituality, will lead a discussion on astronomy, modern astrology and spirituality. For more information, contact Dr. Harry L. Serio at

• St John’s Gernant’s Church (A Federated Congregation), 13 Gernant’s Road, Ontelaunee Township, will worship Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in Memorial Hall, 12 Gernant’s Road, which is handicap accessible. The choir anthem will be “Rest Little Lamb.” Musician for the service will be Shirley Breininger.  A soup and bake sale (take-out only) will be held next Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Soups offered are Chicken Corn Noodle, Chili, Ham and Bean and Italian Wedding at $9 per quart.  Pre-order by calling 610-926-2384 or 484-269-4205 by Sunday.

• Reformation Lutheran Church, 3670 Perkiomen Ave., Exeter Township, will worship Sunday at 8:30 a.m., with Holy Communion, and at 10 a.m., with Holy Communion and the Reformation Choir, under the direction of Dr. Heidi Rochlin. The 10:30 service will be livestreamed on Reformation’s Facebook page and may be viewed live or later at under worship videos. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:30.

• St. John’s Lutheran Church, 45 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown, will worship on Sunday at 9:30 a.m., livestreamed on YouTube (St. John’s ELC Boyertown). Children’s Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. A support group for parents of special-needs children will meet on Jan. 25 at 9:15 a.m. Register at Talisman Players will present “Fiddler on the Roof” on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Free drive through, take-out meal every Saturday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. No registration necessary.

• Schwarzwald Lutheran Church, 250 Church Lane Road, Exeter Township, will hold an in-person worship service on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

• Calvary United Church of Christ, 1231 Route 100, Washington Township, will hold worship in-person and livestreamed on Facebook and by Zoom on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. For Zoom, call 1-646-558-8656 and enter the meeting ID 913 8085 8414, passcode 848423.

• The United Church of Christ of Robesonia, 301 W. Penn Ave., will worship Sunday at 10:15 a.m. by YouTube, in person, by telephone and Facebook.  Details can be found at and  People in leadership roles will be ordained or installed as applicable. Bible study will be held on Tuesday morning at 9 by Zoom and on Wednesday evening at 6:30 by Zoom and in person. The men’s breakfast will be held today at 8:30 a.m. at the Heidelberg Restaurant on Route 422, west of Robesonia.

• Zion’s Lutheran Church, 354 Zions Church Road, Perry Township, will worship Sunday at 10:30 a.m., with Holy Communion. The service will be available in person, Facebook Live and the church website. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:15.

• Friedens United Church of Christ, 337 Main St., Oley, welcomes Walter Singletary as guest musician along with Angela Singletary, who will perform a solo anthem during worship Sunday at 10:15 a.m. The service is in person and is also available via Zoom and YouTube. Information and links can also be found at The Mission Team has a goal of collecting 5,000 pounds of slightly used shoes through April to raise funds as the team prepares to go to Peru to assist in the reconstruction of homes. Unused shoes can be dropped off today between 9 and 11 a.m.

• Christ Episcopal Church, 435 Court St., Reading, welcomes Father Bryce Wandrey as rector on Sunday. Worship will be at 8 a.m. (spoken Eucharist) and 10 a.m. (family Eucharist with music). After the first service, there will be a coffee hour. There will be no adult forum. After the second service, there will be a welcoming reception for Bryce and his family. Parking is available at the Abe Lincoln Parking Garage and the M&T Bank lot, both off of Washington Street. Handicap spaces are available on Court Street beside the church. On Thursday at 11, a Morning Prayer service from the Book of Common Prayer will be held in the first-floor chapel. Go to for the Centering Prayer Zoom link or to learn more about us.

• Calvary United Church of Christ, 640 Centre Ave., Reading, welcomes guest vocalist Emily Walbert to the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday. Emily is a senior at Fleetwood High School, where she is a member of Choraliers, women’s chorus, orchestra, pit orchestra, jazz band, concert band and marching band, where she is drum major. She has also been a part of PMEA District 10 chorus and PMEA Region 5 chorus.

• St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 5 W. Arch St., Fleetwood, will have two worship services on Sunday, at 9, also online, and 10:30 a.m. Worship leaders will be Carol Aulenbach at 9 and Gary Reinert at 10:30. Special music at 10:30 will be “Come, Now is the Time to Worship” with the Chancel Choir. The links to FaceBook and YouTube are found at

• Kissinger’s Church, 715 Berkshire Blvd., Wyomissing, will hold an Hour of Prayer on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend to submit prayer requests and to pray for others. Pray for our country and for each other.

• Maidencreek Church, 261 Main St., Maidencreek Township, will hold a hybrid worship service on Sunday at 9 a.m., with baptism. Music includes a selection by the Senior Choir, flute solo by Kelli Rosenberger, as well as piano/organ selections by Kimberly Ayrton. The service is livestreamed to Facebook and YouTube. Links can be found at

Source: Berkshire mont

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