Jan. 1-March 31 – The Great Shoe Challenge in Oley

Friedens UCC Work Camp Committee has issued the challenge of collecting 2,000 pounds of new or gently used shoes in 90 days. Friedens will receive 40 cents for every pound collected to be used toward our Work Camp in Florida in June 2019. The shoes we collect will be shipped to developing countries around the world. Micro-entrepreneurs then purchase the footwear for a small fraction of the original cost of the shoes. They clean and prepare them for sale in their communities. The vast majority of people in these countries need good walking shoes to get around because they can’t afford cars. Children who attend school need shoes to complete their uniform. Parents need shoes to go to work. Everyone needs footwear to prevent disease from parasites that can enter the bloodstream from the ground. The reality is, if you wouldn’t buy a pair of frayed or torn-up shoes, people in developing countries wouldn’t want to buy them either. Drop your shoe donations in the collection box located in the Narthex.  This challenge will run through the end of March, so encourage your family and friends to participate!

Feb. 16 – A Celebration of Black History Month in Shillington

Immanuel UCC, 99 S. Waverly Street, Shillington, hosts Vox Philia and Berks Sinfonietta, in collaboration with the choirs of Lincoln University and Penn State Berks to celebrate and honor Black History with regional premieres of music by William Grant Still, “The Wailing Woman”, and Florence Price, “Symphony No. 1” on Feb. 16 at 7:30p. General Admission $15/Students & Children $5. Tickets available at the door or online at: www.BerksSinfonietta.org.

Feb. 23 – 225th Anniversary Celebration at St. John’s Gernant’s Church

In celebration of their 225th anniversary, St. John’s Gernant’s Church, 13 Gernant’s Church Road, Leesport, will celebrate with music food and fun on Saturday, Fe. 23 from 4:00-6:00p in the Memorial Hall. Music by Crow Hill (country, gospel, bluegrass). Light refreshments will be provided. The event is free, but seating is limited, so please call Sam at 484-269-4205 to reserve your seats.

March 11 – Common Witness in Reading

On March 11 at 7:00p, St. Peter’s/Wilshire , 2901 Curtis Road, Reading, will host Common Witness. A representative of Alcoholics Anonymous will speak on the Spirituality of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, with dialogue, refreshments, and fellowship to follow. Common Witness is a joint venture of four local churches–Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Church of the Brethren, and UCC.

Wednesdays at noon – Senior Lunches in Collegeville

Senior lunches have resumed! Every Wednesday at noon, all area seniors are invited to join other seniors for a time of food and fellowship at Trinity Reformed Church, 532 E. Main Street, Collegeville. The food for those events is prepared by Ursinus College and the cost is $5. Please call the church office on Monday to register for that week’s luncheon! 610-489-4223

Homeless Outreach – Saturdays, November through April @ Trinity Reformed UCC, Pottstown

Join members of the Trinity UCC Pottstown Area Homeless Outreach on
Saturday’s from 8 am– 4:30 pm.
Providing a warm place for the homeless, job search activities, lunch, movies, games and fellowship.
For more information and to register visit sign up by clicking here.

3rd Wed of each month (Sept. thru May) – Salem Prime Timers & lunch at Salem UCC in Doylestown

Salem Prime Timers meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month, September through May at noon for lunch and entertainment at Salem UCC 186 E. Court St. Doylestown, PA 18901.
Lunch will be  sandwiches, sides, beverage and dessert. $5 per person.
Register at Salem UCC, admin@salemdoylestownucc.org or 215-348-9860.
All are welcome!

Tuesday Afternoons – Sewing for a Cause @ Trinity Reformed UCC, Pottstown

Trinity Reformed UCC, 60 N. Hanover Street in Pottstown 19464 teaches low-income and homeless people how to sew on Tuesday afternoons from 2:00 – 3:00pm . If you are a sewer, and would like to share your gifts with others, please contact Barbara Cooper through the church: 610-326-2243.

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