What’s New



The August food item:  JUICE

Place donations in the shopping cart in the Narthex.
Benefits the Hamburg Food Pantry.


Opportunity House Meals

Contact Church Office if you can help, or can serve as “Captain”
Sign up sheets for food donations are on the bulletin board.
Next meal Friday July 21st – leaving the church at 5:30 pm


Coffee Bar – CLOSED for the Summer


WELCA reminds you to use your Save-a-Tape card when shopping.
Please keep the “entire receipt” and put it in the basket on the table in the narthex.
Thank you – any questions, please contact Eileen Puglia or any WELCA member.




BEAR CREEK CAMP – Applications for 2017 Camp Sessions Available
Contact Carol Rothermel or Pastor Bruce for information and applications


Quilt Knotters 
Zion’s Quilt Knotters group meets every second and fourth Tuesday 9 am – 11 am
Contact the church office at 610-562-3112 to donate items or for more info
about becoming a part of the group.


Northern Berks Community Garden
Come help us plant & care for the garden.
The Garden continues to need new volunteers.
We are now working on Monday and Thursday nights at 6 pm.
Contact Lori to become a volunteer or
Email: communitygarden@zionslutheran.org 


AUGUST 17th – Zion’s Senior Adults 
11 AM – Cards & Board Games.
Hot Dogs & Ice Cream – Please bring salad, fruit & dessert


AUGUST 17th – St. Michael’s Free Picnic & Music
5 PM – 7 PM St. Michael’s – Tilden Twp.
Tom Vollmer & Friends Music 6 PM – 8 PM


AUGUST 17th – Zion’s Book Group
7 PM in the Church Library
“Before the Fall” by Noah Haley
A suspense filled mystery.


9 a.m. – Location TBA
Pastors of both Berks mission districts are looking for one congregation member that  has the abilities
of compassionate listening, ability to keep confidences, travel and has a heart for this visitation ministry.
If this is you, consider being one of a group of volunteer visitors from the mission districts of East and
West Berks Mission Districts, which cover hospital visits to Lutheran congregational members as they
become patients at the hospitals.  These visits would be different in nature from the chaplain’s visit
or the pastor’s visit and would further enhance the patient’s stay, for improved recovery as each visit
would keep their spirits raised.  Please contact Pastor Bruce for more information.


AUGUST 26th – Dreibelbis Farm 
10 AM – 4 PM – PA German Farm Festival
Parking $2 – Historic House Tours $5/person
Speakers, Music, Food, Hay Rides and Displays


AUGUST 29th – Faith at the Movies – Hacksaw Ridge
7 p.m. At The Hamburg Strand Theater.
Come and watch a movie and then stay for the discussion.
Admission is $8.00 and includes a  small popcorn and small soda.
$1 from each ticket benefits the Northern Berks Ministerium’s Emergency Assistance Fund


9 am Sunday School – a walk through Reformation History
Zion’s Sunday School is kicking off the new Sunday School year with a Reformation Walk.
You will travel through time to Martin Luther’s Germany and meet his parents, Hans and
Margaret Luther, as they celebrate his baptism, Tetzel the indulgence seller, the fish merchant
who shares the story of a very interesting delivery, and stop at a German Beer Garden.

There will be 3 tours, beginning at 9:00, 9:10 and 9:20.  Bring your children, family, and friends
for this interesting lesson in Reformation history!  There will be photo opportunities along the
way, so don’t forget your camera!


SEPTEMBER 11th – Cooking for Crowds  – Food Safety Course  
6 pm at Zion Church, 770 Zions Church Road, Hamburg
Anyone who helps to prepare food for the bazaar, Opportunity House, or any other Church
functions should attend the Cooking for Crowds workshop being hosted by Zion’s Church of
Windsor Castle on Monday, September 11 at 6:00pm.  It is a free class, but you need to RSVP
to Sandy Kunkel at 610-562-8034 or 610-413-7698.  The workshop is presented by Penn State
Cooperative Extension educators and provides practical food safety strategies for nonprofit
organizations that prepare and serve food.


Fund Raiser for Greater Berks Food Bank 
Sponsored  by Classic Harley Davidson
Registration 9;30 am – Run starts at 11:30 am
$20 per rider – about 50 mile run.


SEPTEMBER 19th – Faith at the Movies – The Resurrection of Gavin Stone
7 p.m. At The Hamburg Strand Theater.
Come and watch a movie and then stay for the discussion.
Admission is $8.00 and includes a  small popcorn and small soda.
$1 from each ticket benefits the Northern Berks Ministerium’s Emergency Assistance Fund


SEPTEMBER 21st – WELCA Meeting 
Please join us for an informal gathering and to help with bazaar plans.


SEPTEMBER 21st – Zion’s Book Group
7 PM in the church library
“A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest Gaines
A novel of a condemned black man convicted of a crime he didn’t commit.


7 pm – “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone”


SEPTEMBER 30th – Potato Harvest Festival
* Participate on a Potato Palooza team and compete against others all for fun
and the glory of potatoes!  Ask PB about forming a team.
* Becky Rinehart catered meal from 5-7 p.m. in the Fellowship hall.
* 7 p.m. Harvest Celebration worship service that evening.
* Watch the newsletter for information as it becomes available.


OCTOBER 2-5 – Zion’s Pairs & Spares Maine Bus Trip
4 day – 3 night bus tour of Maine – click link for more info
Contact Susan Lutz (610) 562-8785 to reserve your space.


OCTOBER 18th – 500 Lutherans for 500 years!
 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Leesport Market Banquet Hall
A Giant County Wide Lutheran Potluck Dinner.
Bishop Zeiser will share “Why I am Glad that I am a Lutheran”
Lutheran Bingo – Lutheran Trivia – Lutheran Door Prizes.
RSVP – Sign Up and Bring your Best Dish – Invite Your Friends and Neighbors
500 people together is the Goal!
Save the date/bring your date to celebrate all things Lutheran! Want to help out?  See Pastor Bruce
More details will be in Zion’s September newsletter.


OCTOBER 24th – Faith at the Movies
7 pm – “An Idea That Changed the World” (2016)
A Free Event sponsored by Thrivent Financial


OCTOBER 31st – Trunk or Treat
5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – 500th Anniversary Sunday School Reformation Party
(This is the actual night of 500th Anniversary of the Nailing Up of the 95 Theses on
the Door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg Germany in 1517 by Dr. Martin Luther)
Watch for more details about this jolly good time!


November 18th – Zion’s Annual Bazaar
A silent auction will be held as in previous years.  As you are out and about
and come upon seasonal sales, door busters, etc., please consider making a
basket of “NEW” items only, to be included in the silent auction.  All “USED”
items should be donated to the flea market area for the bazaar.
Mark your calendars – more info will be in October Newsletter


December 17-24 – Family Promise
Check the newsletter for updates





We can’t predict, but we can prepare.
Weekday emergency weather related cancellation of programs and rehearsals and
meetings will be tied to what the Hamburg Area School District is doing for the day.
If HASD cancels or lets out early, then all church programming is suspended for the day.
This eliminates the need for multiple phone calls, hopefully everyone understands.

Sunday morning cancellations will be a decision made between the Pastor and some
council members. For large groups, or for Sunday school and Worship Events,
cancellations will be posted on Channel 69’s web site:
www.wfmz.com. (click on “Weather” then “School and Business Closings”,
then select the Letter “Z” and check for Zion’s in the listing.

Information will also be on our Facebook page:
Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Perry Township.
If you’re not sure about a scheduled event, simply call the Church at 610-562-3112.