In increase fellowship with our neighboring congregations, the churches in the Brandywine School District will be holding our Lenten services in a cooperative manner. We'll be observing the following schedule:
March 13 - Hope, Bowers at 7 pm - Pastor Ruth Doty preaching
March 20 - Christ DeLong at 7 pm - Pastor Paul Schoffstall preaching
March 27 - Christ Mertz at 7 pm - Pastor Roger Ulrich preaching
April 3 - New Jerusalem at 7 pm - Pastor Mike Combs preaching
April 10 - Christian Congregation at 7 pm - Pastor Jeremiah Sassaman preaching
April 17 - St. Paul, Mertztown at 7 pm - Pastor Meinschein preaching
April 18 - Maundy Thursday at Christ Mertz
April 19 - Good Friday at Hope, Bowers
April 21 - Easter Sunday - 6:00 am Sunrise Serve of the Word and Meal
Easter Breakfast between services
9:00 am Service of the Word and Meal
March 19 - Lunch Bunch
The Lunch Bunch will be going to the Kutztown Tavern for lunch on Tuesday, March 19th at noon. If you like good food and fellowship, come join us! All are welcome!
March 23 - Feed the Need Meal Packaging Project
How would you like to be part of a group that hopes to assemble 20,000 meals to fight hunger in Berks County? If that sounds like fun to you, sign up on the bulletin board to participate from 10 am to noon on March 23. Please arrive at 9:30 am to sign in and have a quick training. The event will be held here at Christ Mertz in our new social hall and is open to those 10 years old and up. We will also need help setting up and cleaning up. Please note the times you are able to help. For more information, contact Carla at firstname.lastname@example.org
April 13 - Hoagie Sale
The first hoagie sale of the year will be held April 13th. Orders are due April 7th. Sign up sheets will be on the bulletin board coming soon. We need hoagie makers and members to take orders. Cost of hoagies will be $4.00.
We will be having another hoagie sale May 11th.
April 21 - Easter Breakfast
The Easter Breakfast will be held again between services, and helpers are needed. Early birds are needed to be cooks, and help to clean up afterwards would be appreciated as well. Let Tom Trupp know if you can help.
June 6-8 Pictorial Directory
Be included in the Christ Mertz Lutheran Church DIrectory!!! Lifetouch will be coming to our church Thursday, June 6th, 2-9 pm, Friday, June 7th, 2-9 pm and Saturday June 8th, 10 am - 5 pm to photograph all of our families for our new directory.
To sign up for your photography session, you may call Lifetouch at 1-866-756-0281 Monday through Friday 9 am - 5 pm. There will also be a sign up table after service starting in late April.
VBS is coming June 24-28
VBS is coming to Christ Mertz Church June 24-28! We're looking for volunteers to help plan, organize and work. We will be kicking our 'Roar! Life is Wild, God is Good' VBS off with a trip to the Lehigh Valley Zoo June 23rd. Keep an eye out for more information to come!
Youth Readers Needed
We'd like to involve the children more in worship by having them read the Prayer of the Day before the Children's Sermon. If your child would like to read, please sign up on the bulletin board in the narthex.
The Brandywine School District is starting a program to send home backpacks of food over the weekend for children in the free and reduced meal program. We've been asked to provide individual MICROWAVALBE servings of spaghetti and meatballs (microwavable 7.5 oz cups), mac and cheese (microwavable cups) and individual soups (microwavable, any variety). Powdered milk, oatmeal cups and individual cereal cup are also being collected. The brand is not important, just the size and the micorwavableness. No child should be hungry, and this is one way to help. Thanks!
We have been given an updated list of items needed to pack backpacks for next month:
Microwavable vegetables (single serving)
Snack Pack pudding
Canned meat (single serving)
Chicken Rice a Roni
Mac and Cheese (single serving)
Soup (single serving)
Cereal boxes (single serving)
Horizon 8 fl. oz. milk
Thank you for your continued support of this program!