Latter-day Saint charities donate clothing and blankets


Latter-day Saint Charities in Salt Lake City delivered 6,500 pounds of clothing, coats and blankets to charities in the Reading, Pottstown and Lehigh Valley area.

Latter-day Saint Charities is the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Reading, Pennsylvania Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, along with local nonprofit partners, were recipients of this humanitarian assistance.

“Due to the pandemic, the method of distribution has changed in 2020,” said Peggy Shafer, local communications director for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “Instead of offering individuals and families a day to come shopping with a voucher, partner organizations now have the option of ordering and receiving clothing, coats and blankets in 100-pound lots. They will then sort and offer the clothes themselves to their customers in need,”

The semi-trailer carrying 20,000 pounds of wrapped and tied bundles of clothing, coats and blankets for men, women and children arrived at its first stop in Reading on October 19. Other stops made throughout the day were in Norristown, Philadelphia, Camden, NJ, and Wilmington, Del.

“This year’s Lehigh Valley recipients are New Bethany Ministries and the Lehigh Conference of Churches.” Shafer said. “In Reading, those also receiving lots are Opportunity House and Hope Rescue Mission.

In Pottstown, Mission First also received packages to clothe those in need in the community who are homeless.


• Kissinger Church, 715 Berkshire Blvd., Wyomissing, will host an alumni concert featuring Dave Reinwald and friends on Sunday at 4 p.m. The concert benefits the Mike Krisher Fund to help cover costs after being hit by a car. For more information, call Kissinger Church at 610-372-5606. Donations will be accepted.

• St. John’s (Hain’s) United Church of Christ, 591 N. Church Rd., Lower Heidelberg Township, will worship on Reformation Sunday at 9:30 a.m. There will also be a display of artifacts from the history of Hain in the chapel from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

• Christ Lutheran Church, 222 Niantic Road, Barto, will worship on Reformation Sunday at 9 am, with Holy Communion. The confirmation course will take place at 10 a.m. in room I and the adult Sunday/Bible course will take place at 10 a.m. in the living room.

• Cornerstone Bible Church, 529 Lauschtown Road, Brecknock Township, Lancaster County, will feature speaker Israel Cohen, a representative of Chosen People Ministries, Sunday at 6 p.m. at the worship service titled “Messiah in the Tabernacle.”

• The United Church of Christ in Robesonia will worship at 301 W. Penn Ave. at 10:15 a.m. on Reformation Sunday via YouTube, in person, Facebook and phone. A congregation meeting will follow the worship service to provide information and answer questions about our becoming a congregation. Slices of pizza and ice cream will be served at the fellowship after worship to honor new acolytes. They will be trained during Sunday school time at 9 a.m. Sunday school is available for all ages. The children’s clothes closet contains lightly used clothes. He is available by appointment (610-621-5770} or during Soup ‘n’ Such (free monthly meal) on the last Thursday of each month from 4-6 p.m. Bible study will be Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. via Zoom Details are available at and

• St. John’s Gernant Church (a federated congregation), 13 Gernant Church Road, Ontelaunee Township, will celebrate Sunday at 9:30 am the 80th anniversary of the dedication of the memorial windows. The windows were installed and then dedicated in 1942 thanks to the Ladies Aid Society and contributing donors. The church’s stained glass windows contain a Bible narrative as well as colorful pictorial art depicting the life of Christ as well as the ancestors of the faith. This service will pay tribute to the artists and craftsmen who created these stained glass windows, to the donors and to those who maintained the stained glass windows. The service musician will be Shirley Breininger.

• Reformation Lutheran Church, 3670 Perkiomen Ave., Exeter Township, will celebrate Reformation Sunday with a brass quartet, timpani and the Reformation Choir under the direction of Dr Heidi Rochlin, Director of Music, at 8.30am and 10.30am. am worship services, both with Holy Communion. The 10:30 a.m. service will be streamed live on Reformation’s Facebook page and can be viewed live or later on under worship videos. Sunday school for all ages starts at 9:30 am.

• Schwarzwald Lutheran Church, 250 Church Lane Road, Exeter Township, will hold an in-person service on Reformation Sunday at 10:30 am, with Holy Communion.

• Becker’s St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 265 Maidencreek Road, Richmond Township, will celebrate Reformation Sunday with a special musical service at 9 a.m. featuring guest flautist Glenn Fisher and congregational organist Rexine Krause.

• Grace Lutheran Church, 30 Liberty St., Shillington, will hold in-person worship on Sundays at 9.30am, with Holy Communion. West Chester University’s faculty quintet, Kryos Brass, joins organist Deborah Jenks to present special music with choir and organ. Online worship is available after 11:30 a.m. on

• Grace United Methodist Church, 1112 Union St., Reading, will host ‘Light the Night’ on Mondays from 6-8pm. The Leap of Faith praise band will share music on the church lawn as church members distribute goody bags around the neighborhood. -or-contractors. The bags contain candies as well as Bible-themed items and information about Jesus as the light of the world.

• St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4125 Penn Ave., Sinking Spring, will hold an in-person service Sunday at 9 am, with Holy Communion and special music. Masks are optional. The service will also be streamed live on Facebook.

• St. John’s Lutheran Church, 45 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown, will hold worship Sunday at 9:30 am Livestreamed worship continues on YouTube (St. John’s ELC Boyertown). Sunday school for children is at 9:30. Sign up at Free drive-thru, take-out meals every Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. No registration necessary.

• Christ Episcopal Church, 435 Court Street, Reading, will hold two services on Sunday mornings, both including the Holy Eucharist: at 8 am, a said service (no music); and at 9:30 a.m., a family service with music. Masks are optional. Parking is available at the Abe Lincoln Hotel parking lot and the M&T Bank parking lot, both located next to Washington St. Parking is also available next to the church on Court St. for people with disabilities or who need help. At 9 a.m. Sunday school for children will be held on the second floor and an adult forum will be held in the living room, featuring Bill Uhrich with “Vintage Films of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.” On Thursday at 11 a.m., a morning prayer service from the Book of Common Prayer will be held at the Red Bridge Recreation Area, 2141 Tulpehocken Road, Spring Township. Go to for the Centering Prayer Zoom link.

• Zions Lutheran Church, 354 Zions Church Road, Perry Township, will celebrate Reformation Sunday with Holy Communion at 10:30 a.m. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:15 a.m. The study Book Weekly will take place Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in person at the church and at 7 p.m. on Zoom.

• Friedens United Church of Christ, 337 Main St., will worship in person and via Zoom and YouTube Sunday at 10:15 a.m. The mission team will hold a briefing on their 2023 trip to Peru after the service. The Sunday School program for children will resume on November 13.

• St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 5 W. Arch St., Fleetwood, will have two sanctuary worship services on Sunday, at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The 9 a.m. service will also be available on Facebook and YouTube; links can be found at Worship leaders will be Bob Ames at 9 a.m. and Jim Goldman at 10:30 a.m. Special music will be “Beyond Ourselves” at 10:30 a.m. featuring the Chancel Choir and solo flute Holly Walter. The annual Christmas bazaar will take place on November 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• The United Reformed Church of Christ Bern, 3196 Bernville Road, Canton of Bern, will have an in-person service Sunday at 9:30 am. You can also participate from your vehicle in the parking lot using an FM 87.9 transmission or on Facebook.

• Trinity United Church of Christ, 2449 Cumberland Ave., Mount Penn, will worship Sundays at 10:15 am The senior choir will sing “We Are the Hands of Christ”. Stop and Shop will take place next Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with vendors and artisans.

• Kissinger Church, 715 Berkshire Blvd., Wyomissing, will hold an hour of prayer Wednesday at 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend to submit prayer requests and pray for others.

• Maidencreek Church, 261 Main Street, Township of Maidencreek, will hold a hybrid service Sunday at 9 am. Music by Youth Chimes, Kimberly Ayrton on piano and anthem by the Senior Choir. The service is streamed live on Facebook and YouTube. Links can be found at


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