Friday, September 30, 2022

Post Pandemic with Outside Walking Time and 3 main locations You may come for all or just part of the day. The event is free. Pay as you go for food.

Event Purpose:

a. Introduce leaders to Cafe Esperanza

b. Introduce leaders to Opportunity House

c. Have some lively in-person discussion after a long pandemic.

d. Get out and exercise in an urban environment. (About 3 miles total walking)

e. Learn about local Reading/Berks County history 8:30 - 9 a.m. Gather at Calvary UCC, 640 Centre Avenue,(Rt. 61) w/Brief Intro/Tour. 9:15 a.m.

Conversation # 1 - “The Church as the Mustard Tree” Presentation/Discussion led by Rev. Dr. Stephen Ohnsman, Calvary UCC pastor Ample off street parking in the church’s lot. Enter off of 3rd St. (calvaryreformeducc.org) 10 a.m. Walk to Cafe Esperanza (105 W. Greenwich St.) for Brunch 10:15 a.m. Welcome by Pastor Mary Wolfe, Hope Lutheran pastor (jcishope.org) Brief Tour of Church - See Garden and Mural 10:45 a.m. Walk to Opportunity House (a few blocks), with a stop outside for a brief history Walk across Buttonwood Street Bridge. (less than 1 mile) Brief History/Berkshire Knitting Lunch at Taqueria Comalli, 701 Court St. West Reading (Other options available) 1 p.m. Gather at Bethany Lutheran, West Reading after lunch

Conversation # 2 - “Urban Ministry - Reading Style!?!” Discussion led by Pastor Bruce Osterhout, Bethany Lutheran pastor (bethanywestreading.org) 2 p.m. Walk to the Museum Grounds via 4th Street (blocks) Walk back up Museum Park Rd (blocks) Hear more Wyomissing/West Reading Borough history. 4 p.m. Done if you have had enough.

Supper Option: Walk to Chatty Monks Brewery on Penn Avenue for Live Music with Steve O/Beverages/Supper. Or You could walk back to Calvary UCC or you could take the van shuttle.

You may call Pastor Bruce Osterhout 610-914-2795, Pastor Mary Wolfe (610-780-7532) or Pastor Stephen Ohnsman (610-914-2719) to RSVP and to connect that day to find out where we are during the day.

Parking Advice: 1. Park at Calvary’s lot. 2. Parking is available in the public lot in West Reading. Just download the Flowbird parking app. Street parking is randomly available at each church.

This is a Rain or Shine event which would be modified based on the weather conditions.