Joy, Thanks, and Praise

Greetings in the name of our risen Lord and Savior JESUS!


Was great to see folks at the pot luck last Saturday! We had a great meal and good conversation!  And some extra entertainment from Jerry’s nephew, Hayden.  Thank for everyone who came out – and we can’t wait to start up Pot Lucks in the fall again!

This weekend is Opportunity House.  See below for more information!

Then next month we have the Reading Pride Interfaith Service on July 11 and  Reading Pride Festival on July 19.  Please see more information about those events below – we need help to be at the booth!

Please take the time to read the articles and information in this week’s “GOOD NEWS”.  Don’t forget to print out the PRAYER REQUESTS and hold up your fellow brothers and sisters in prayer this week.    Feel free to forward this newsletter to a family member or friend, or share it on your facebook page or twitter by using the “like” and “share” icons at the top of the page.  MANY BLESSINGS!

This weeks readings and question of the week:

Take time to mediate on God’s word and prepare for worship this Sunday.  And as you meditate on them, consider the Question of the week: Is there a situation in my life or in the life of a friend or family member that is considered hopeless? How can I obey Jesus’ advice, “Do not fear, only believe”?



Book of Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24

Psalm 30

2 Corinthians 8:7-15

Mark 5:21-43



Psalm 30

I will exalt you, O LORD,
because you have lifted me up *
and have not let my enemies triumph over me.

O LORD my God, I cried out to you, *
and you restored me to health.

You brought me up, O LORD, from the dead; *
you restored my life as I was going down to the grave.

Sing to the LORD, you servants of his; *
give thanks for the remembrance of his holiness.

You have turned my wailing into dancing; *
you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy.

Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing; *
O LORD my God, I will give you thanks for ever. 

What a beautiful expression of praising and thanking God.  We do know that God answers prayers – even if now always how we expect or even agree with.  But he has brought us through a lot and continues to lift us up – as Fr. Henry pointed out in his homily last week and the Footprints poem.     So if you haven’t done so lately – thank and praise him for his goodness and for his Salvation!    And if you haven’t joined us for services lately, come by and praise with your friends at All Souls.

News about our Lenten Ministry – Opportunity House Breakfast – JUNE 27

The offering from Lent will go toward buying supplies to cook breakfast for the residents of Opportunity House on Saturday, June 27.  We will be doing prep this  Friday:

We can use volunteers for prep-work @ Joans house on Friday @ 6:30 pm and at Opportunity House Saturday morning (6:30 am – 9 am).  You can help with both, or just one or the other.
email: if you need more information or directions or call Jerry at @ 610-698-0818
We will also be collecting donations for personal hygiene kits (for men, women, and children), kitchen supplies, and children fun kits soon. More information to follow soon.
Some Kitchen Supplies they could use are: HOT PADS, METAL SCOURING PADS, FOOD STORAGE CONTAINERS, KITCHEN TOWELS, and MEAT THERMOMETERS.  Save these items if you have extra!

Interfaith Service

July 117:00 pm

The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County, 416 Franklin Street, Reading


July 19 

All Souls will have a booth at the festival and we need YOUR HELP!   Sign up sheets will be available at church starting this week!  We need people to help with set up and take down, handing out information, children’s crafts, etc.  PLEASE HELP! THANK YOU!

All Souls is part of the North West Ministerium; here are some local churches looking for help:
Hope Lutheran has a community meal and worship service every Tuesday from 5:30-6:30 Just show up – it is that easy.
Path of Holiness is collecting children’s clothing to send to El Salvador – there has been some devastation there recently and there is great need.
Have kids?: Hope Lutheran and Christ (Glenside) are having Vacation Bible School the first week of August – one is hosting in the morning, the other in the evening. Call them for more details.

How are you doing answering this  past week’s question 
of the week from the bulletin? 


What storms am I facing right now in my life? As I resolve anew to wake Christ by my prayer, do I know anyone else sailing through stormy seas who might appreciate a calming friend?