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Coffee & Conversation Schedule – Fall 2016

September 11 – Rally Day

September 18 – Chautauqua Institution Review by Suzanne Ernst: Chautauqua is a not-for-profit 750 acre community on Lake Chautauqua in southwestern New York State, where approximately 7,500 persons are in residence on any day during a 9 week session, and a total of over 100,000 attend public events. Chautauqua is dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and the enrichment of life through a program that explores the important religious, social and political issues of our times, stimulates provocative, thoughtful involvement of individuals and families in creative response to such issues, and promotes excellence and creativity in the appreciation, performance and teaching of the arts.  The four program areas are: the arts, religion, education and recreation.

September 25 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berks County, PA: is committed to providing quality mentoring services to at-risk children ages 8-19 all across Berks County.  “The children are primarily from single-parent households.  We accomplish our mission through professionally directed mentoring programs utilizing carefully screened and trained volunteers.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berks County, PA, partners with parents/guardians, volunteers, and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving: higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships; avoidance of risky behaviors; and educational success.”

 October 2 and 9 – Sola scriptura: the Bible’s authority through history and today.  Pastor Strobel will guide Coffee & Conversation on an interactive survey of how the authority of scripture has been understood in the history of the church and of how we Lutherans understand it today. Warning: it will be “hands-on” as we struggle with passages that have been dilemmas for the church through the ages.

 October 16 Medical Mission: Travel with Hatsie and Allen Forsman to Sucre, Bolivia for a two week mission trip where 47 people from Canada and the United States cared for the visual needs of the poor people there.  Every day they saw over 400 people and operated on 30 persons at a local hospital.

October 23 – Men in Mission Breakfast

 October 30 – Alzheimer’s Disease: Kellie Butsack, Associate Director, Programs – Alzheimer’s Association, Delaware Valley Chapter will talk about Alzheimer’s Disease. It is the most expensive disease in America.  Learn the statistics and basic disease information.  November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

 November 6 – Mission trip to Laos: Susan Barnisin is a Special Education teacher at Reading High School.  She spent six weeks in Laos this summer representing Glad Tidings Church.  During her mission trip, she traveled throughout the country and taught Laotian teachers how to teach English.  Join us as she shares stories about her experiences in Laos.

November 13 – Fleetwood Police Department: Come out to meet Chief Stinsky, Fleetwood Police Chief.  Join in a good conversation, share your concerns, discuss how we can improve the community relationship, how we care about our local police force and keep lines of communication open.

November 20 – Bring out the Best: Sharon Mast is a certified facilitator, trainer, speaker, and coach who believes that the greatest gift you can give others is your own personal and professional growth, following her theme: “Bring Out The Best In Yourself & Others”.  In a non-threatening yet thought provoking way, Sharon Mast will share an hour interactive format that invites us to bring out the best in ourselves and others by exploring how to live with intention and purpose and influence the world around us in a positive Christ-like way.  When we identify and remove the barriers to understanding, we create a world of love and harmony.  There’s not a better way to live our faith!

November 27 – Patrick Donmoyer: Patrick, who is site manager of the PA German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University and a well-known speaker/expert on the PA German people, always presents an interesting program and one that involves our PA Dutch natives.  He will share the cultural legacy of the German Bible in America and the traditional PA Dutch Thanksgiving customs and traditions.  He is published and often brings books and the PA Dutch calendar which make unusual and interesting Christmas gifts.  Don’t miss Patrick!

December 4 – Autism: Paul Ferber, with 23+ years of experience in autism care and education, will share his expertise and experiences in this field that is increasing in our society.  Paul lives in the Blandon area, and is the father of an autistic child.  He will relate both professional and personal issues, and review the resources that are available in this area.

December 11 – Fleetwood School District Music Department: Join us for a musical presentation by talented musicians from the Fleetwood Area School District.

December 18 – Concern: With this large social service agency located in Fleetwood and with some of St. Paul’s Angel Tree gifts being shared with Concern, Colleen Collins, Recruiter for Concern, will describe some of the additional services that Concern offers, with an emphasis on foster parents.  Colleen holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Hunter College in NY State. In her Concern position since November 2015, she recruits, trains, interviews and approves of foster parents.  She also has past experiences as a blind vision rehabilitation therapist.

 December 25 – Christmas Day