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

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 non-profit partner organizations, became the recipient of this humanitarian aid.

“Because of the pandemic, the distribution method has changed in 2020,” said Peggy Shaffer, local director of communications for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “Instead of offering individuals and families a day to come and shop with a voucher, partner organizations are now able to order and receive clothes, coats and blankets in 100lb bundles. They will then sort and offer the clothes themselves to their customers in need.”

A tractor trailer carrying 20,000 pounds of wrapped and tied bundles of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, coats and blankets arrived at its first stop in Reading on October 19. Other stops during the day were in Norristown, Philadelphia, Camden, New Jersey, and Wilmington, Del.

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

In Pottstown, Mission First also received bundles to clothe those in need in the community and without homes.


• Kissinger Church, 715 Berkshire Blvd., Wyomissing, will host an oldies concert featuring Dave Reinwald and Friends Sunday at 4 p.m. The concert benefits the Mike Krisher Foundation to help cover expenses after he was hit by a car. For information, call Kissinger Church at 610-372-5606. Donations will be accepted.

• St. John (Hayne) United Church of Christ, 591 N. Church Rd., Lower Heidelberg, will have a 9:30 a.m. Reformation Sunday service. There will also be an exhibition of artefacts from Hayne’s history in the chapel from 8.30am to 11am. The Chancel Choir will perform Lloyd Larson’s hymn “From Age to Age”.

• Christ Lutheran Church, 222 Niantic Road, Barto, will have a Reformation Sunday service at 9 a.m. with Holy Communion. Confirmation class will be held at 10 a.m. in Room I, and Sunday/Bible class for adults will be held at 10 a.m. in the lounge.

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

• Robesonia United Church of Christ will worship at 301 W. Penn Ave. at 10:15 a.m. on Reformation Sunday via YouTube, in person, via Facebook and by phone. A community meeting will be held after the service to provide information and answer questions about our congregation. Pizza and ice cream will be served at the fellowship following the service to honor the new acolytes. Their training will take place during Sunday school at 9.00. Sunday School is open to all ages. The wardrobe for children’s clothes stores clothes that have been used. It is available by appointment {610-621-5770} or during Soup ‘n’ Such (a monthly free meal) on the last Thursday of each month from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Bible study will be held on Tuesday mornings at 9:00 am via Zoom Details available at and

• St. John Gernant’s Church (Federal Congregation), 13 Gernant’s Church Road, Antelani Township, will hold a service on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the consecration of the memorial stained glass windows. The windows were installed and then consecrated in 1942 thanks to the Ladies’ Aid Society and donors. The windows of the church contain a story from the Bible as well as colorful paintings representing the life of Christ as well as the forefathers of the faith. This service will pay tribute to the artists and craftsmen who created these windows, the donors and those who maintain the windows. Musician for the service will be Shirley Breininger.

• Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 3670 Perkiomen Ave., Exeter Township, will celebrate Reformation Sunday with a brass quartet, timpani and Reformation choir under the direction of Dr. Heidi Rochlin, director of music, at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. I worship, as with St. The 10:30 a.m. service will be streamed live on the Reformation Facebook page and can be viewed live or later on video services. Sunday school for all ages starts at 9.30am.

• Black Forest Lutheran Church, 250 Church Lane Road, Exeter Township, will hold a private service on Reformation Sunday at 10:30 a.m. with Holy Communion.

• St. Peter Becker Lutheran Church, 265 Maidencreek Road, Richmond Township, will celebrate Reformation Sunday with a special musical service at 9 a.m. featuring guest flutist Glenn Fisher along with community organist Rexina Krause.

• Grace Lutheran Church, 30 Liberty St., Shillington, will hold a private service Sunday at 9:30 a.m. with Holy Communion. West Chester University’s faculty quintet, Kryos Brass, joins organist Deborah Jenks to present special music with choir and organ. Online services after 11:30 a.m

• Grace United Methodist Church, 1112 Union St., Reading, will host “Light the Night” Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. The Leap of Faith worship group will be sharing music on the church lawn while church members are handing out goodie bags for neighborhood trick-or-treaters. -or-cleaners. The bags contain candy, 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 a private service at 9 a.m. Sunday 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 a service Sunday at 9:30 a.m. A live stream of the service continues on YouTube (St. John’s ELC Boyertown). Children’s Sunday school – at 9.30. Register at Free drive-thru and takeaway every Saturday from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. Registration is not required.

• Christ Episcopal Church, 435 Court St., Reading, will hold two services Sunday morning, both of which will include the Holy Eucharist: 8 a.m. – said service (no music); and at 9:30 a.m. family worship with music. Masks are optional. Parking is available in the Abe Lincoln Hotel parking garage and in the M&T Bank lot, both located just off Washington Street. Parking is also available near the church on Court Street for people with disabilities or those who require assistance. At 9 o’clock there will be Sunday school for children on the second floor and a forum for adults in the living room featuring Bill Urich with “Vintage Films of Mount Hawk Preserve.” On Thursday at 11 a.m., morning prayer from the Book of Common Prayer will be held at the Red Bridge Recreation Area, 2141 Tulpehocken Road, Spring Township. Go to to center the prayer link.

• Zion 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 weekly book study will be held on Wednesdays at 10:30 in person at the church and at 7:00 pm on Zoom.

• Friedens United Church of Christ, 337 Main St., will worship in person and via Zoom and YouTube on Sunday at 10:15 a.m. The mission team will hold an informational meeting about their trip to Peru in 2023 after the service. The children’s Sunday school program resumes on November 13.

• St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 5 W. Arch St., Fleetwood, will hold two services in the sanctuary on Sunday, at 9 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 and Jim Goldman at 10:30. At 10:30 a.m., there will be special music from “Beyond Ourselves,” featuring the Chancel Choir and flute soloist Holly Walter. The annual Christmas bazaar will be held on November 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

• Bern Reformed United Church of Christ, 3196 Bernville Road, Bern Township, will hold a private service Sunday at 9:30 a.m. You can also participate from your car in the parking lot with the FM 87.9 broadcast or on Facebook.

• Trinity United Church of Christ, 2449 Cumberland Ave., Mount Penn, will worship at 10:15 a.m. Sunday. The Senior Choir will sing “We Are the Hands of Christ.” Next Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., there will be a “Stop and Shop” with vendors and craftsmen.

• 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 St., Maidencreek Township, will host a hybrid service Sunday at 9 a.m. with music by the Youth Chimes, Kimberly Ayrton on piano and a hymn by the Senior Choir. The service is broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube. Links can be found at