Pottstown-area churches schedule worship services, special events (2023)

Bethel Community

POTTSTOWN — On Sunday at 11 AM, you are invited to worship with Bethel Community Church of Pottstown for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost/Holy Communion Sunday” when Pastor Vernon Ross will deliver the morning message. In-person worship is permissible, and masks are optional with social distancing for those fully vaccinated. In addition, the service is Live on Facebook @https://www.facebook.com/BCCP575 or dial in by calling 215-383-1625 Code 198087. Transportation is available by calling 610-326-1700. BCCP Food Pantry is closed Monday and will resume on Sept.12. Applications are being accepted for the 2022 – 2023 serving period. On Thursday at 12 PM, it’s Community Bible Study (In-Person in Library) or virtually by calling 215-383-1625 Code 198087. For more information, please call 610-326-1700.

Trinity UCC

POTTSTOWN — Sunday Worship Service at Trinity UCC, 60 N. Hanover St., will take place in person at 9:30 AM on Sunday, Sept. 4. Communion will be served. Trinity will offer a free takeaway meal on Tuesday, Sept. 6, between 4:30 and 5:30 PM. Access is available in the parking lot at the rear of the church. See our ad below for office hours and contact information. All are welcome.

Cedarville UMC

NORTH COVENTRY — Join us this Sunday when we join Temple UMC and Shenkel UCC at Shenkel Grove for a combined outdoor service at 10 am (a single 8 AM service at CUMC will take place also). Bring a lawn chair and stay for fellowship and snacks afterward. No Youth Group or Sunday School this weekend. A new ministry, GriefShare; a grief recovery support group, will begin this Wednesday, Sept. 7, 6:30-8:30 PM. Call the church office for more details at 610-326-4173. Also, visit www.GriefShare.org. Mission First, the outreach ministry of Cedarville UMC, located at 414 E High St., continues to serve our community. Current urgent MF needs are canned Pasta, and soups, tasty cakes, men’s T-shirts, all sizes, men’s sneakers and work boots size 10 and above. If you’d like to help, stop by or email clare@missionfirstpottstown.org or call her at 610-326-0560.

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Emmanuel Lutheran

POTTSTOWN — You are invited to join Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 150 N. Hanover St., Pottstown, this Sunday for worship in our Sanctuary at 10:45 AM. Our service features both traditional and contemporary aspects. Dee Berger will be leading us in worship and offering the day’s message. Services are broadcast live on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/emmanuel.pottstown. They are also posted on our website at http://www.emmanuelpottstown.com and on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBQzq980Tf11SCyPX2G21mg. Services remain on these online platforms for viewing at a time convenient to our members and friends. Community Meals are served in our Genesis Room four times a week. The schedule is as follows Monday at 5 pm, Tuesday at 6 pm, Friday at 11:45 am, and Saturday at 5 pm. Guests are asked to use the Walnut Street door. Emmanuel’s Closet will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5 in observance of Labor Day. The schedule for the coming week is Wednesday from 1 pm to 3 pm and Friday from 11 am to 1 pm. Our next Community Yard Sale is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10 from 8 AM to 12 noon. In the event of rain, the event will be held inside. Food and baked goods will also be available for purchase. If you’d like to rent a table to sell your unwanted items or attic treasures, spaces are $10 each. To register, please call the church at 610-323-4312. Fall Mum Fundraiser – order now for your fall decorating! Mums come in 2 sizes: Small ($7.00) & Large ($10.00). Colors available are Red, Yellow, Orange, White, Pink. Orders with payment are due on September 11. Delivery to Emmanuel on Sept. 15. To place an order, please call the church office. Emmanuel participates in an ongoing food drive for Operation 143. Formerly known as Operation Backpack, Operation 143 fills the gap of weekend food insecurity of children in our local school districts. Donations of easy-to-open, nonperishable, food items can be placed at any time in the designated cans in the Main Sunday School Room. Scout Troop 1299 meets on Monday at 7 pm. Youth between the ages of 11 and 17 are invited to come and experience a unique hands-on learning opportunity reflecting budding interests and unlocking a world of discovery to forge a path for the future. Another local congregation shares the word of Christ from our location on Sunday mornings — Agape Life Ministry, under the leadership of Pastor Randy Shanley, meets in the Chapel at 10 AM. For more information, call 610-323-4509.

St. Gabriel Catholic

STOWE — Join us for the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Wilson and Deacon Ray will celebrate Mass on Saturday at 4 pm and Sunday morning at 9 am (the Rosary will be recited prior to Mass). Father Joseph, from Rwanda, will be visiting with us until September 21. Confessions are heard on Saturdays from 3 to 3:45 pm. We are now live streaming services for those who cannot make it to church due to health concerns https://stgabrielstowepa.org/livestream/ RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 2-7 pm in the social hall. https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=St%20Gabes PREP PICNIC/OPEN HOUSE will take place Saturday, Sept. 10, following the 4 pm Mass. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Maria Boyer, DRE at mboyer@sgsm62.org or 610-506-2455. 15th ANNUAL GOLF OUTING will take place on Friday, Sep. 23, at 11 am at Blackwood Golf Course. We are looking for golfers and sponsors! Please contact the Parish Office for more information at 610-326-5127 or contact@sgsm62.org For more information visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/sgsmstowe or our website https://stgabrielstowepa.org

St. Paul’s UCC

POTTSTOWN — St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 927 N. Franklin St., invites you to join us for in-person worship on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 9 a.m. Our service is also broadcast live at 9 a.m. from our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/stpaulsuccpottstown.

Zion’s UCC

POTTSTOWN — Zion’s United Church of Christ welcomes all to a joint worship service on Sept. 4, at Trinity United Church of Christ, 60 N. Hanover St. We will worship in Fretz Chapel at 9:30 am. (Access is available from the parking lot at the rear of the church.) Rev. Austin Chinault, Zion’s United Church of Christ will have a message titled “A New Creation.” The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be shared. There will be light refreshments after the service. Sunday School for youth and adults will begin next week, Sept. 11. For those who wish to worship virtually, you are welcome to join us later on Zion’s Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/zionsucc.

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Brownback’s UCC

SPRING CITY — Join us this Sunday at 10 am for our worship service led by Kelly Clark, who will be preaching “At What Cost,” based on Luke 14:25-33. Our Young at Heart program (ages 50+) will resume on Thursday, Sept. 8, at Noon with a program titled “It’s Ironing Day.” These folks meet on the second Thursday of each month to enjoy a meal and program together. The cost is $12/person (payable at the door) and reservations can be made by calling 484-854-1682. Reservations will be accepted through Sunday, Sept. 4. We welcome Rev. Robert Ziehmer, our new Designated Pastor, to the pulpit next Sunday. We hope you will help us give him a warm welcome on Sunday, Sept. 11, and then stick around for a special social hour in his honor! Join us at 640 Ridge Road, or you can watch the service from home at: https://www.facebook.com/BrownbacksChurch/live/

Coventryville UMC

SOUTH COVENTRY — Join Coventryville United Methodist Church, 1521 Old Ridge Road, for worship on Sunday at 9:30 AM (contemporary) or 11 AM (traditional). Visit in person or view the live stream from home on the Coventryville UMC YouTube Channel. In recognition of Labor Day – We give thanks for the blessing of work, the strength to complete each day, and the time for rest when weary. Let us all share in equal opportunities and receive a fair return for labors. May our efforts always be pure of heart, for the good of others and in the glory of God’s name. Amen. On Tuesday from 4-6 PM, there is a frozen food giveaway of Wawa breakfast sandwiches. Pick-up early while supplies last! Any questions about church functions may be directed to the main office at 610-469-9350 or Church@CoventryvilleUMC.com.

St. James Lutheran

LIMERICK — St. James Lutheran is located at 93 Kugler Road, Limerick. On Aug. 28, there was a blessing of the backpacks for the students. A laminated, colorful card that says “You Are Loved” was given to each student to add to their backpacks and was also given to all educators at the service. We will celebrate Holy Communion at the 10 AM combined service on September 4th. Come join us!! The service is also live-streamed at stjameslimerick.org. We will resume separate services on Sept. 11 with the Contemporary Service at 9 AM and the Traditional Service at 10:45 AM. Between the services, we will have a time of Fellowship with wonderful snacks. On Oct. 15, we will have our annual Apple Festival from 7:30 am-2 pm. In addition to the flea market, breakfast, lunch, silent auction and children’s activities, we will also have Pony Rides and Petting & Feeding an Alpaca from the Niles Family Alpacas Plus in Pottstown. They will be available from 11 AM – 1 PM. Come and enjoy the fun and learn about Alpacas and the yarn and products created from them. More vendors are still needed. The cost is $10.00 per table. Call the St. James church office at 610-287-7231, if interested.

Congregation Hesed shel Emet

POTTSTOWN — Upcoming Shabbat services led by Rabbi Cynthia Kravitz will be on Sept. 10, at 9:30 am. High Holiday services beginning with Erev Rosh Hashanah commence on Sunday evening, Sept. 25. Yom Kippur Services are on Oct. 4 & 5. Services are both in-person and virtual, via Zoom. Contact the Congregation office: at 610-326-1717. Email: Hesedshelemet575@gmail.com. Congregation Hesed shel Emet (formerly Mercy & Truth) is co-located with Bethel Community Church of Pottstown (BCCP) at 575 N. Keim Street.

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St. Luke Lutheran

GILBERTSVILLE — Join St. Luke Lutheran Church, 35 Wilson Ave., on Sunday as we celebrate the thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Our interim pastor, Pastor Susan Folks, will lead us in worship. Communion will be celebrated. Kathy Billger is lector. The gospel lesson for the day is Luke 14:25-33 where Jesus says: Disciples, give up your possessions and carry the cross.
A special welcome to our former pastor, The Rev. Christopher Weidner, as he joins us on Sunday for worship, followed by a luncheon in Memorial Hall. Pastor Weidner, who was St. Luke’s longest-serving pastor, is visiting and participating in worship as part of our 100th-anniversary celebration! Services are broadcast on 91.3FM and livestreamed at stlukegilbertsville.org. COMMUNITY CLOTHING RACK will be open Sept . for donations, and Sept. 14, 21, and 28 for shoppers. Note: on Sept. 7 the Clothing Rackgoes to Fall hours, from 1-4 p.m.

St. John’s UCC

POTTSTOWN — St. John’s UCC welcomes all to join in worship on Sunday. We will be joining multiple churches at outdoor worship at Shenkel Church at 10 am in their Grove. Our Little Pantry continues to be stocked weekly with water, food and personal care items for community members in need. Food items will also begin to be collected again for Operation 143 which provides food for
school-age children in the Pottstown and surrounding school districts.

First Baptist

POTTSTOWN — ​​This Sunday, Sept. 4, at 10:30 am on Zoom, join First Baptist Church (ABCUSA) for worship and Communion. You can find the link on our website. We will not have an in-person service this month due to the Labor Day holiday. Check back for details on our next get-together. This fall our Book Study Group will discuss Out of the Sun: On Race and Storytelling by Esi Edugyan. Our first meeting will be on Sept. 7, at 7:30 pm on Zoom, and we’d be delighted to add your voice to the conversation. We’ll meet a couple of nights per month on Wednesdays. Check the Group Life page of our website for more information. Beginning on Sept 18th and continuing through to Nov. 6, our Learning Community will meet on Sundays at 9:15 am on Zoom to study The Jesus Creed by Scot McKnight. Head to the Group Life page of our website for more information, and then join leader Joel Dugan to explore loving God and loving others. FBC is proud to host the Pottstown satellite location for The LGBT Center of Greater Reading. We hope you’ll check out the VOICES Youth Group (ages 12-17) on Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 pm. Your teen can drop in or you can call 484-513-3170 for more information. Parking and entrance off of Charlotte St. We hope you’ll join us for worship and beyond! Check out our website www.FBCPottstown.org for links and more info.

St. John’s ELC

BOYERTOWN — St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 45 N. Reading Ave., is open for in-person worship Sundays at 9:30 am. Livestreamed worship continues on YouTube (St. John’s ELC Boyertown). Sunday School begins Sept.11 at 9:30 am. Register online. Free drive-through, take-out meal every Saturday evening from 4:30-5:30 pm. No registration necessary. For updates and further details, please check our website at stjohnsboyertown.org or call the office at 610.369.1024.

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Christ Lutheran

BARTO — Christ Lutheran Church will worship on this Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost on Sunday, Sept. 4, with the worship service of Holy Communion at 9 a.m. Pastor Matt Finney will lead us in worship and present the sermon. Prior to the worship service, Coffee & Conversation will be held at 8:30 in the Welcome Center and then again after worship at 10:15 a.m. Quilt tying will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 9:30 a.m. in the social hall. The Worship & Music committee will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 222 Niantic Road between Routes 663 and 100 about a mile east of Bally.

Calvary UCC

BARTO — Join Calvary United Church of Christ, 1231 Route 100, every Sunday for in-person worship beginning at 9:30 am with Pastor David Brumbaugh. Services are livstreamed at www.facebook.com/calvaryuccbarto. You may also join us via Zoom by dialing 1-646-558-8656, and entering the meeting ID 913 8085 8414, passcode 848423. Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup To Go, Bake Sale and Basket Raffle, on Saturday, Sept. 10, 11 AM – 1 PM, at Calvary UCC. For more information, call the church office at 610-652-5023 or email at calvaryucc@gmail.com. Annual fall flea market and basket raffle, Saturday, Sept. 24, 8–11 AM, Calvary United Church of Christ, 1231 Route 100, Barto. Outdoor vendor space is available. Visit www.calvaryuccbarto.com. All are welcome!

St. John Hill UCC

BOYERTOWN — Free Outdoor Concert, Sunday, Sept. 11, featuring DESIRE – musical performance of the 50’s & 60’s Doo Wop group. Desire will be on stage from 4-6 PM Food available at 3:00 PM at Hill Church Picnic Grove, 620 Hill Church Road, Boyertown, PA 19512 Rain or Shine. Public Invited. Good Will Offering Accepted. For more information, call 610-367-8114 or visit www.stjohnhillucc.org

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