February 9 - Annual Congregational Meeting

The Annual Congregational Meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, February 9.  Two three-year terms are open for new Council members. Council meetings traditionally are held the second Monday of the month. If you would be willing to be nominated for Council, please speak with Pete Flemming or the pastor.  Janelle's will be providing a meal that day as well.  Booklets of reports will be available two weeks before the meeting. THE DEADLINE FOR REPORTS IS JANUARY 20TH!

February 15 - Youth Spaghetti Fundraiser Dinner

Hold the Date!!  We will be hosting the Youth Spaghetti Fundraiser Dinner on February 15th. The proceeds will go towards the Meal Packaging project that will be held on March 21st.  Look for more information to come!

February 18 - Lunch Bunch

The Lunch Bunch will be going to Hometown Diner for lunch on Tuesday, February 18th at noon.  If you like good food and fellowship, come join us.  All are welcome!

Community Lenten Worship Schedule

February 26 - Ash Wednesday 7pm - St. Paul, Mertztown - Pastor Meinschein preaching

March 4 - Christ Mertz Church 7 pm - Pastor Sassaman preaching

March 11 - Trinity, Topton 7 pm - Pastor Ulrich preaching

March 18 - Christ DeLong 7 pm - Pastor Doty preaching

March 25 - Hope, Bowers 7 pm - Pastor Stoneback preaching

April 1 - St. Peter's UCC or Christian Congregation 7 pm - Pastor Meinschein preaching

April 8 - St. Paul, Mertztown 7 pm

April 9 - Maundy Thursday at New Jerusalem - Pastor Sassaman preaching

April 10 - Good Friday at Christ Mertz


March 21 - Feed the Need Packaging Project

How would you like to be a 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 21st.  Please arrive at 9:30 am to sign in and get a quick training. The event will be held here in the social hall and is open to those 10 years old an up.  We will also need help setting up and cleaning up.  Please note the times you are able to help.  Contact Carla at for more information.

March 28 - Hoagie Sale

Hoagie Sales are back for 2020!  The dates this year are March 28, April 25, May 16, September 19 and October 17.  The cost is still $4.00 and orders are due the Sunday prior to the Hoagie Sale date.  Come join us Saturday mornings for coffee, fun and good conversation with other church members as we assemble the ingredients to make a "Dryville Church Hoagie".

April 26 - Blood Drive

We will be sponsoring a blood drive after church on April 26 from 10:30 - 2:30 in the Fellowship Hall.  Look for upcoming information regarding sign ups in the bulletin.  Should you have any questions regarding eligibility or general questions, please contact John Tomasi at

Save the Date!! June 22-26 VBS

VBS is coming June 22-26! "Rocky Railway - Jesus' Power Pulls Us Through"  We're looking for volunteers to hlep plan, organize and work.  See Carla for more information!!

Upcoming Dates for Sunday School and Youth Family Events

December 8 - Youth Sunday Pageant

December 22 - Last Sunday School class until new year

January 5 - First Sunday School class of the new year

January 18 - Family Game Night

February 15 - 2nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser for Feed the Need

March 13-March 15 - Confirmation retreat at Bear Creek Camp

March 21 - Feed the Need Project

April 11 - Easter Egg Hunt

May 3 - Youth Sunday

June 7 - Last day of Sunday School celebration

June 22-26 - VBS Rocky Railway "Jesus Power Pulls Us Through"


These dates are tentative and could change


The Sunday School is looking for volunteers to help on Sunday's.  All ages, high school and up  are welcome to help.  Let Carla know if you are interested in helping.

Backpack Program

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

Tuna packets

Canned meat  (single serving)

Chicken Rice a Roni

Mac and Cheese (single serving)

Soup (single serving)

Fruit snacks

Cereal boxes (single serving)

Horizon 8 fl. oz. milk

Snack crackers


Thank you for your continued support of this program!


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.

Yoga every Wednesday

Come join us every Wednesday evenings at 6 pm for yoga.  Bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. We will be meeting in the Social Hall.  For more information, please see Bonny Mensch.

Snacks for Sunday

If you (or a group of you) would like to sign up to bring snacks for some Sunday, that would be great.  There's a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.  We're also accepting packs of cookies or other snacks that can be stored for Sundays when no one is signed up.  Snacks don't need to be anything elaborate, just something to munch on with or without coffee.

Altar Flower and Bulletin Sign up for 2020

The sign-up sheets for altar flowers and bulletins for 2020 are up on the bulletin board.  The price for the two vases of altar flowers will remain $35. The cost of sponsoring the regular bulletins is $20, and the children's bulletins are $2.  Payment should be mailed to or dropped off at the church office, or placed in the offering basket prior to the Sunday you are assigned.  Checks can be made out to Christ (Mertz) Lutheran Church.