Allentown Diocese Awards Poverty Relief Grants [Religion Digest] – Reading eagle


The Diocese of Allentown has awarded 24 Anti-Poverty Grants for Humanitarian Outreach and Assistance in Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties.

Nonprofits and parish charities will share a total of $109,250 in grants for things like palliative and medical care, food for the hungry, clothing, shelter, counseling and aid to underprivileged families. Care is provided to people in need, regardless of their religious affiliation.

The money for the grants comes from a special collection taken from each parish in the diocese.

Here is a list of this year’s grants for Berks County:

• St. Francis Home, Cumru Township: $9,000 to help people with terminal illnesses.

• Western Berks Free Medical Clinic, Lower Heidelberg Township: $1,500 for a new EKG machine.

• Clare of Assisi House, Reading: $7,500 for transitional housing for ex-offenders.

• Holy Guardian Angels Parish, Muhlenberg Township: $5,000 to help families in need.

• St. Benedict Parish, Robeson Township: $6,000 to help the poor in the Reading area.

The next collection to fight against poverty will take place on November 19 and 20.


• Calvary United Church of Christ, 640 Center Ave., Reading, will hold an Earth Day Sabbath with Environment Stations at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in worship. Rev. Dr. Steve Ohnsman, pastor, will provide special music for both services. There will also be an adult forum at 9am.

• Kissinger Church, 715 Berkshire Blvd., Wyomissing, will present a dramatic presentation of “With All My Heart, Corrie Ten Boom” by Act 1 Productions and featuring Debi Irene Wahl next Saturday at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Donations will be accepted. Kissinger’s will also hold an hour of prayer on Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m. The public is invited to attend to submit prayer requests and pray for others.

• Zion and St. Paul’s United Church of Christ will worship together at 301 W. Penn Ave., Robesonia at 10:15 a.m. Sunday through YouTube, in person, and by phone. Details can be found at or Holy Humor Sunday will be observed. The theme is “Good News”. Bible study is available Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. via Zoom and Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom or in person.

• Christ Lutheran Church, 222 Niantic Road, Barto, will worship Sundays at 9 a.m. Coffee and conversation will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the Visitor Center and again after worship. Adult Sunday School will be at 10:15 a.m. in the parlor. The Confirmation class will meet in Room E at 10:15 a.m.

• The Reformation Lutheran Church, 3670 Perkiomen Avenue, Exeter Township, will hold in-person worship on Sundays at 8.30am and 10.30am. Masks are optional. The 10:30 a.m. service will be streamed live on Facebook and can be viewed on under worship videos. Sunday school for all ages meets at 9:30 a.m.

• Trinity Lutheran Church, 121 S Home Ave., Topton, hold in-person worship Sundays at 9 a.m. with Holy Communion, or anytime online on YouTube or Facebook. Masks are optional. The church will welcome Daniel Shuman as its new music director. There will be a reception immediately after worship. Sunday school is at 10 a.m.

• Olive Leaf Chapel, 846 Fritztown Road, Spring Township, presents a performance by Jeff Krick Jr. next Saturday at 7 p.m. Admission is a $10 donation.

• Christ Episcopal Church, 435 Court Street, Reading, will hold three services on Sunday, all including the Holy Eucharist: at 8 am, a said service (no music); at 9 am, a service for families with young children; and at 10:30 a.m., a service with music. Masks are optional. Parking is available at the Abraham Lincoln parking lot and the M&T Bank parking lot, both off Washington Street. Parking next to the church on Court Street is available for people with disabilities or who need assistance. On Thursdays at 11 a.m., the Book of Common Prayer Morning Prayer Service will be held in the Red Bridge Recreation Area, weather permitting. To join the live stream of the service and meeting and access Centering Prayer Zoom, go to

• Grace Lutheran Church, 30 Liberty St., Shillington, will worship in person on Sundays at 9.30am with special music and Holy Communion and also online at Sunday school for children is at 9:45 a.m. and confirmation class at 10:45 a.m. There will be a coffee hour after worship in Fellowship Hall.

• Schwarzwald Lutheran Church, 250 Church Lane Road, Exeter Township, will hold in-person worship on Sunday at 10.30am. The registered services will be available the next day on Facebook.

• Bern Reformed United Church of Christ, 3196 Bernville Road, Bern Township, offers live worship on Sundays at 9:30 am, or join in from your vehicle via FM 87.9 or 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 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The 9 a.m. service will also be available on Facebook and YouTube; the links are on Special music at 9am will be “Shout to the Lord” featuring Vicky Garl, Erin Goldman, Tina Koch and the Rev. John Folk, and at 10:30 a.m. “Shines the Light” by the Chancel Choir. The cult leaders are Alexis Ames at 9 and Stella Koch
at 10:30.

• Maidencreek Church, 261 Main Street, Township of Maidencreek, will hold a hybrid service on Sunday at 9 am. Special music includes vocals with Maynard Koplin on clarinet; piano and drum duo by Sam and Willa Pinsk; piano duo by Megan Eserly and Kimberly Ayrton; solo piano by Kimberly Ayrton; as well as two congregational hymns. The in-person worship is streamed live on Facebook and YouTube. Links can be found at


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