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Seminary president will be guest speaker at Wyomissing church [Religion Digest]

The Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin will preach and lead worship at Atonement Lutheran Church, 5 Wyomissing Blvd., Wyomissing, on Sunday at 8:30 and 10 a.m.  He was appointed president of United Lutheran Seminary and Ministerium of Pennsylvania Chair and Professor of Reformation Studies on Aug. 1, 2020. Prior to this appointment, he was the fourth bishop of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Erwin holds degrees from Harvard and Yale, and he was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Tübingen in Germany.  He has taught at Yale Divinity School and California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

His husband, Robert T. Flynn, a West Virginia native and Yale Divinity School alumnus, has worked in scholarly publishing at Yale University Press, Columbia University Press and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Erwin is the ELCA’s first gay, partnered bishop and the first openly gay male to serve in that office in the churches of the Lutheran World Federation. As an enrolled member of the Osage Nation, on whose reservation he was born in Oklahoma, he is the first Native American bishop in the ELCA.

Kissinger’s Church, 715 Berkshire Blvd., Wyomissing, will hold a sock hop next Saturday at 6 p.m. Dave Reinwald will perform, and 45s will be spun by DJ Gary. Admission is free, but bring a snack or beverage to share. Poodle skirts are welcome but not required.

St. Michael’s Church, 529 St. Michaels Road, Tilden Township, will worship Sunday at 10:15 a.m. indoors, on the parking lot, by phone and on Facebook. Tom Fredericks will lead worship and Elaine Balthaser will be the organist.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4201 Stoudts Ferry Bridge Road, Muhlenberg Township, will celebrate God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday at 10:30 a.m. During the worship service, the congregation will leave the sanctuary and go to the hall to put together Christmas stockings containing travel size health items as well as candies and other small gifts. These gifts will be sent to military locations. The goal is to fill 100 to 150 stockings. After the work is done, everyone will return to worship in the sanctuary.

Lyle Young. a Christian Science practitioner and teacher from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, will give a  one-hour talk Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 405 N. Park Road, Wyomissing, entitled “Christian Science — A Clearer View of You.” It is free and open to the public.

Zion United Church of Christ in Womelsdorf will worship Sunday at 10:15 the Miller Social Hall of St. Paul’s Church at 301 W. Penn Ave., Robesonia, celebrating Harvest Home. In addition to the monetary support given to the Conrad Weiser Food Pantry, food, cleaning and hygiene items will be donated to Helping Harvest.

Christ Lutheran Church, 222 Niantic Road, Barto, will hold a worship service Sunday at 9 a.m. Prior to the worship service, Coffee & Conversation will be held at 8:30 in the Welcome Center, and after worship there will be Coffee & Conversation as well.

Schwarzwald Lutheran Church, 250 Church Lane Road, Exeter Township, will hold an in-person Communion worship service on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The recorded service will be available Monday on Facebook.

Schwarzwald United Church of Christ, 75 Church Lane Road, Exeter Township, will be holding an in- person and Zoom service on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.  It will also be available on YouTube.  Richard Smoker will be guest organist.

Huff’s Union Church, 540 Conrad Road, Hereford Township, will have an oyster pie sale on Oct. 30, with pick-up between 9 a.m. and noon in the lower level of the Chapel. Cost is $7.50. Orders are due by Oct. 17. To order, call the church office at 610-845-2626.

Rosedale Camp Grove, 1616 Vine St., Laureldale, will have breakfast today from 7 to 11 a.m. Cost is $6.

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 5 W. Arch St., Fleetwood, will have two worship services on Sunday, at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary and online and at 10:30 a.m. outside. weather permitting. If the weather is inclement, the second service will be held inside. The links to Facebook and YouTube  are found at Guest oboist Noah Breneman will play a duet with Jill Haley at the first service and in a trio with Jill and Carol Aulenbach at the second service. Special music at 9 will be Brenaman playing “Berceuse” and at 10:30 the Chancel Choir with “The Invisible Piper.” The worship leaders will Steve Wentz at 9 and Stella Koch at 10:30.

Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, 170 Tuckerton Road, Muhlenberg Township, will have Faith Formation for all ages Sunday at 9 a.m. and in-person and livestreamed worship at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook and YouTube. Masks are required. Representatives from SAFE Berks will share how they minister to those leaving abusive homes and situations. For more information, visit

Friedens United Church of Christ, 337 Main St., Oley, will hold both in-person and livestreamed worship via Zoom on Sunday at 10:15 a.m. Sunday school for children and Bible study group meet at 9. Church members will be participating in the Reading/Berks CROP walk at Gring’s Mill beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Mission Team continues its Harvest Home food collection for the month of October with the focus on canned chicken, canned vegetables and canned soups. Donations can be brought to church on Sunday or dropped off at out the drive-thru drop-off collection next Saturday between 9 and 11 a.m.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4201 Stoudts Ferry Bridge Road, Muhlenberg Township, will celebrate God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday at 10:30 a.m. by making Christmas stockings for members of the military. The congregation will go from the sanctuary to the hall to put together kits containing travel size health items as well as candies and other small gifts. The goal is to fill as many stockings as possible, giving what is left to the coordinators to fill more stockings. The service will end with worship in the sanctuary. On Oct. 17, there will be a hot dog roast and hymn sing from 3 to 5 p.m., free to everyone.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 45 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown, is open for in-person worship Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Registration is required in advance on the church website,, or by calling the office.  Livestreamed worship continues on YouTube (St. John’s ELC Boyertown). There is children’s Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Register at A free, drive-through, take-out meal is offered every Saturday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. No registration necessary.

Christ Episcopal Church, 435 Court St., Reading, will hold three in-person worship services on Sunday, all including Holy Eucharist: at 8, there will be a said service (no music); at 9, a service for families with young children; and at 10:15, a service with music. Everyone attending these services is asked to wear a mask. Parking is available at the Abe Lincoln Hotel parking garage and the M & T Bank lot, both off of Washington street. Parking next to the church on Court street is available for those who are disabled or need assistance. To join remotely, go to or Christ Episcopal Church, Reading, PA, on Facebook.

Bern Reformed UCC, 3196 Bernville Road, Bern Township, offers live worship at 9:30 a.m. in the air-conditioned sanctuary, or participate from your vehicle by means of an FM 87.9 transmission.

Maidencreek Church, 261 Main St., Maidencreek Township, will hold a hybrid worship service at 9 a.m. during which it will dedicate seven new confirmands. The videos they created to introduce themselves will be part of the dedication. Music includes the bell choir; piano duet with Amelia Rarick and her mother, Brea Rarick; two piano solos, by Abram Harbonic and SaraAnn Harbonic; vocal solo by Becky Wright; as well as a congregational hymn. In-person worship is livestreamed on Facebook and on YouTube. Links can be found at

Source: Berkshire mont

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