Save the date for 2nd Annual Pottstown Cluster golf tournament

Save The Date!

The 2nd Annual Pottstown Cluster Charity golf tournament will take place on Thursday, May 10th with a noon tee-off!

This event features a shotgun scramble format, putting contest, prizes, lunch, reception & dinner.

Men, women, golfers and duffers are all invited to have a super time while raising funds for disadvantaged children and their families in our community. 
Remember, if you register your foursome under your church, you are eligible to compete for the “Church Challenge Cup” (won last year by Mercy &Truth Synagogue!)

Slovak Christmas carols part of Holy Trinity tradition

The choir at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church at 370 South St. in Pottstown will be singing a selection of Slovak Christmas carols before and during both the 5 PM Christmas Eve Mass and the 10 AM Christmas Day Mass.

Holy Trinity was my mom’s church when she first moved to Pottstown in the 8th grade. She and her parents came to Pottstown from Mt. Carmel when her father got a job with Bethlehem Steel; her mom made children’s clothing in a factory across E. Third Street from St. Al’s.

Growing up, I remember occasionally attending Mass at Holy Trinity – maybe on Christmas Eve, now that I think about it. Like many Eastern European and Russian Orthodox churches, Holy Trinity has a much more ornate interior than that at St. Al’s, our home parish. I was in awe of it as a kid and look forward to feeling that awe again tonight.

Wishing all Positively Pottstown readers a blessed Christmas!

Cantatica presents “An American Thanksgiving” at Emmanuel Lutheran

This Tuesday, November 22nd at 7:30 pm, the professional chamber ensemble and artist-in-residence Cantatica will present music of gratitude, remembrance and rejoicing at Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church. Please note that the Coventry Singers will also be guest artists.

The concert will include Let Us Break Bread Together, Simple Gifts, Zion’s Walls, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands, How Can I Keep From Singing, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Dixie, and Johnny Has Gone For a Soldier.

Emmanuel Lutheran offers a free Music at Emmanuel series throughout the year. Check out their Facebook page here. Their next concert features the Reading Choral Society in “A Celebration of Light” on Sunday, December 11.

Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church
150 N. Hanover Street
Pottstown, PA 19464

Trinity Reformed Church shines light on hunger

Trinity Reformed Church of the United Church of Christ in Pottstown recently collected 859 items of food, weighing in at 862 pounds for the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities. Groups within the church held a friendly competition to see who could collect the most food. It was part of the United Church of Christ’s national campaign Mission: 1 which brings attention to hunger locally and globally. Members of the congregation also collected money for national and global food programs and wrote letters to Congress.

For more information about Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ and their programs, contact:
Rev. Lisa Martin
Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ
60 N. Hanover St.
Pottstown, PA 19464

World-renowned pianist in free concert at Emmanuel Lutheran Sunday

Elena Ulyanova will play piano masterpieces tomorrow, Sunday, October 23rd at 4pm at Emmanuel Lutheran Church as part of its Music at Emmanuel Series. 

Hailed by the Moscow Conservatory as one of its most gifted musicians, Ukrainian pianist Elena Ulyanova is described as possessing “great virtuosity, brilliant artistic temperament, unique interpretive expression and a rich sound pallet.”   From her early piano studies with her mother, she has gone on to be a prize winner in numerous national and international piano competitions.

Ms. Ulyanova has performed throughout Europe, Asia and North America and has released two critically acclaimed CDs, the second of which features Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #2 with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra.  This concert is free with a reception to follow! Not to be missed!

Emmanuel Lutheran Church is located at 150 N. Hanover Street in the heart of Pottstown. For more info go to

Emmanuel Lutheran presents outstanding choral, classical music

After promoting the Emmanuel Lutheran Music Series for the past year, I attended one of their concerts for the first time yesterday. All I can say is, “WOW!”

I will admit right here that I did not take to choral and classical music when I was growing up like my two musically-talented older sisters. I guess I just wanted choir practice to end so I could get into the next kickball or baseball game at the Franklin School playground. That being said, I’m pretty sure my musical appreciation IQ reached a new high yesterday while in the presence of some incredibly talented singers and musicians from The Hill School, The Bel Canto Children’s Chorus and Cantatica, the ensemble-in-residence for the 2011-2012 season at Emmanuel. The program featured “Music of the Celtic Isles,” and every piece was stunning – from solemn to achingly beautiful to Riverdance-inspiring.

Below is the schedule for the rest of the season, along with links. Mark calendars and make a point to get there. Emmanuel – under the creative leadership of Andrew Meade, head of Music Ministry – is bringing some world-class talent to town and showcasing homegrown talent, too.

Please note that there are actually two series: Emmanuel’s Music Series and Cantatica’s series. The Emmanuel Series is generally free; admission is charged for the Cantatica events.  See you there!

Emmanuel Lutheran is located at 150 N. Hanover Street, Pottstown, PA 19464.

For a brochure of Emmanuel’s music series, click here.

For more info on Cantatica, visit


(all concerts held on Sunday)

ELENA ULYANOVA, Piano Masterpieces –  Oct. 23, 4 pm, Free

READING CHORAL SOCIETY, Celebration of Light – Dec. 11, 4 pm, Free

MATTHEW LEWIS, Pipe Dreams (organ) – Feb. 26, 2012, Free

MEGAN DURHAM, Mystery of the Song (mezzo-soprano) – Mar. 25, 2012, 4 pm, Free

WESTMINSTER KANTOREI – April 29, 2012, 4 pm, Free


AN AMERICAN THANKSGIVING – Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, 7:30 PM

 GUEST ARTIST:  The Coventry Singers

CABARET SONGS, A Special Gala Fundraising Event – Sunday, March 11, 2012, 4 PM

 FEATURING: Toni Marie Palmertree, Soprano 

JOYFUL, JAZZY AND JEWISH! – Sunday, May 27, 2012, 4 PM

FEATURING: Klezmer Band


$12 Adults – $10 Seniors – $8 Students

Tickets available at the door.



“Music of the Celtic Isles” concert at Emmanuel today

OOPS! Please note that there is an admission fee for today’s concert at Emmanuel Lutheran. I apologize for the error.


$12 Adults – $10 Seniors – $8 Students

Tickets available at the door.





In addition to its regular music series, Emmanuel Lutheran now has an ensemble-in-residence – Cantatica – which will offer even more outstanding music in the heart of Pottstown.

Come meet and hear Cantatica for yourself as they present “Music of the Celtic Isles” this afternoon at 4 pm. The concert is free and open to the public, giving area residents the chance to also experience this beautiful, historic church. Emmanuel Lutheran is located at 150 N. Hanover Street, Pottstown, PA 19464.

For more info on Cantatica, visit

For a brochure of Emmanuel’s music series, click here.

Former soap opera star to speak, perform at First Presbyterian this Sunday

Acclaimed actor, Frank Runyeon, is scheduled to speak at First Presbyterian Church Pottstown during the Sunday School hour and worship on Sunday, September 25th. Perhaps best known for his many television roles, including his 7 year stint on As the World Turns, Runyeon is now a sought after speaker for churches, schools and groups of all denominations.

On Sunday Runyeon will give a presentation on “Hollywood and Faith: The struggle to live faithfully in the media age” at 9:15. During the 10:30 worship service, he will share his dramatic interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount. Both events are open to the public and free of charge, thanks to an anonymous donation to the church.

Runyeon is a native of our area and a graduate of The Hill School, Princeton University, and General Theological Seminary, and has won national praise for his work as a translator and performer of Biblical texts over the past 20 years. He has performed the gospel for hundreds of thousands of people in almost every state in America, earning rave reviews from critics, scholars, and church leaders of every denomination. Runyeon is regularly reviewed as “the best speaker we have ever heard” by students and faculty at private and public schools across the nation.

First Presbyterian Church of Pottstown is located at 750 North Evans Street, Pottstown and is handicapped accessible. More information about Sunday’s program and other church events can be found on the website: or by calling the church office at 610-326-0620.

For more information on Frank Runyeon:

Pottstown Cluster holds annual banquet – buy tix this week!

The Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities will hold their second annual Banquet at the Sunnybrook Ballroom on Sunday evening, October 9 beginning at 5:30 PM.

Heather Kauffman, the Cluster’s caseworker, will give an up-close view of the hardships faced by thousands of struggling households in the Pottstown community.

In addition, an excellent dinner will be served by the staff at Sunnybrook and guests will be inspired by the voices of two children’s choruses (Coventry Christian Schools Chorus and Voices of Hope from Saint Aloysius School)  and an adult chorus under the direction of Teri Hoffman, accompanied by Dr. Myra Forrest.

George Bell, President of the Pottstown Cluster Board of Directors, promises that the evening will touch the hearts of all who attend.

Tickets for the dinner are $25 each and can be purchased by calling the Cluster office at 610-970-5995 or via credit card on the Cluster website

Allan Altschull, Vice President of the Pottstown Cluster Board notes that the cost of the meal exceeds $25, but that there will be a “silent auction” and voluntary contribution envelopes that will hopefully more than offset the cost of the banquet.

The week of 9/19 is the last scheduled week for dinner ticket sales, so those interested in attending are asked to contact the Cluster as soon as possible.

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