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Shillington church will host a Gift of the Arts series concert [Religion Digest]

Immanuel United Church of Christ, 99 S. Waverly St., Shillington, will host a Gift of the Arts Series concert, “Songs of the Shoah,” Sunday at 4 p.m.

The concert marks the culmination of the Violins of Hope tour of the Reading area; the mission of Violins of Hope is to promote unity and understanding in communities by  utilizing instruments rescued from the Holocaust. “Songs of the Shoah” features members of Berks Sinfonietta and Vox Philia performing chamber and vocal works by Jewish composers held at the  Theresienstadt concentration camp.

A community choir will then perform selections from British composer James Whitbourn’s “Annelies,” which sets the words of Anne Frank to music. Proceeds  from the Gift of the Arts Series will benefit the Reading Music Foundation’s needs-based  scholarship program.

Cost is $15 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets, directions and more information are available at Violins of Hope Reading is presented by  the Reading Symphony Orchestra and the Jewish Federation of Reading.


St. Andrew’s United Church of Christ, 1320 Spruce St., Reading, will be holding its fall fundraising event today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Homemade ham and bean soup, hamburger barbecue and chili; hot dogs; apple dumplings; shoo-fly pies; pumpkin pies; beverages; and other assorted baked goods will be available to purchase, either to eat in or take out.

St. Michael’s Church, 529 St. Michaels Road, Tilden Township, will worship Sunday at 10:15 a.m. Veterans will read and usher. A noisy offering will be taken to benefit Keystone Military Families, Shoemakersville. Grace Hoppes will talk about Keystone Military Families during Sunday school at 9 a.m.

Christ Lutheran Church, 222 Niantic Road, Barto, worships Sunday at 9 a.m. Following the service, the fall congregational meeting will be held. 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. Adult Bible study will be held in the parlor after the congregational meeting. Masks are recommended.

Reformation Lutheran Church, 3670 Perkiomen Ave., Exeter Township, will hold in-person worship at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Masks are required. The Reformation Choir, under the direction of Dr. Heidi Rochlin, director of music, will lead worship at the later service. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:30. The 10:30 service will be livestreamed on Facebook page and may be viewed at under worship videos.

Reading Moravian Church, 1116 Perry St., Reading, will be celebrating Communion on Sunday at 10 a.m. to celebrate Christ as the Chief Elder. Following the service there will be a congregational Meeting. Masks are required, and social distancing is recommended.

Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, 170 Tuckerton Road, Muhlenberg Township, will be gathering on Sunday at 9 a.m. for Faith Formation and at 10:30 both virtually and in-person for worship to honor and bless veterans and to celebrate Stewardship Sunday by lifting up the different ministries in which the church participates. The livestream can be found on Facebook (goodshepherducc@Godsstillspeaking) and on YouTube. Masks are required in the building.

Schwarzwald Lutheran Church, 250 Church Lane Road, Exeter Township, will hold an in-person service 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 at 10:30 a.m. It will also be available on YouTube.  Robin Ward will be guest pianist. For more information, visit

Zion United Church of Christ will worship in Miller Hall of St. Paul’s Church, 301 W Penn Ave., Robesonia, in-person on Sunday at 10:15 as well as by Zoom and Facebook to honor veterans. St. Paul’s will host social time after the service. Information can be found at

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 Abraham Lincoln 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. The 10:15 service will be livestreamed. To join the livestream, go to On Thursday morning at 11, a morning prayer group based on the Book of Common Prayer will meet at the Red Bridge recreational area in Bern Township.

Community United Church of Christ, 3330 St. Lawrence Ave., St. Lawrence, will hold a drive-thru soup and cookie sale next Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the front of the church, rain or shine.

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

Trinity United Church of Christ, 2449 Cumberland Ave., Mount Penn, will worship Sunday at 10:15 a.m. Adult church school will be held at 9. Masks are recommended for everyone regardless of vaccination status. The service will also be recorded and posted on Facebook.

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 5 W. Arch St., Fleetwood, will have two worship services in the sanctuary on Sunday, at 9 and 10:30 a.m. The 9 a.m. service also will be available on Facebook and YouTube; links can be found at The hymn soloist will be Maegan Mileshosky. Worship leaders will be Tristan Farr at 9 and Stella Koch at 10:30. The annual congregational meeting will be held between services.

Christ Episcopal Church, 316 E. High St., Pottstown, is collection new and gently used shoes through Dec. 19. Drop donations off at the church on Sundays from 8 to 11:30 a.m., during office hours (Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) or at drive-by collections on Nov. 21 from noon to 2 p.m. and Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon. The sixth annual Cookie Walk with a hoagie and homemade soup sale will be held Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hoagies are $7, cookies are $8 per pound and soup is $8 per quart. Place advance orders at

Maidencreek Church, 261 Main St., Maidencreek Township, will hold a hybrid worship service of forgiveness, healing and reconciliation Sunday at 9 a.m. Music includes Jamie Ayrton, trumpet solo; Robin Adams, Pat DeLong and Becky Wright, vocal trio; Kelli Rosemberger, flute solo; Kimberly Ayrton, piano solo; and Becky Wright, vocal solo; as well as a congregational hymn. In-person worship is livestreamed on Facebook and on You Tube.  Links can be found at

Source: Berkshire mont

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