On Sunday, September 18, 2022, St. Thomas Church will celebrate its 125th anniversary. 

St. Thomas 125th Anniversary

St. Thomas had its beginning in 1897 when members of the Northkill Church Lutheran and Reformed congregations decided to build new churches.  The Northkill Church (St. John’s Union Church) was located near today’s cemetery behind the Evangelical Lutheran Friedens Church.

The 1898 dedication of St. Thomas was a huge event in Bernville.  Services were held Saturday afternoon and evening and Sunday morning, afternoon and evening.  It was estimated that on Sunday afternoon over 3,000 people were in town.  The church could seat 1200 persons and all the available standing room was filled.

Part of the Lutheran congregation of the Northkill Church decided to build their own church, which is now Evangelical Lutheran Friedens Church. Another group of the Lutheran members decided to go with the Reformed Congregation and build a Union Church, which was originally called St. Thomas Evangelical Lutheran and Reformed Church. The cornerstone was laid in 1897, and the building was dedicated on September 10, and 11, 1898.

In 2022, there is still lots of room at St. Thomas.  On Sunday, September 18th, Rev. Randy Bond, who grew up at St. Thomas, will preach at the 10:30 a.m. service and there will be special musical presentations by the church choirs.  St. Thomas invites everyone to join in the celebration.

July 5 Agenda

July 5, 2022

7:00 PM

Borough Council Meeting

Meeting Facilitator: President Danny Strunk Sr

 Call to Order

I. Guests  Randy Copenhaver
II. Mayor’s Report – 
III. Police Report – 
IV. Council Report  ,
V. Secretary Report
VI. Open issues
a) Generator for Well #4 – Applied for Grant
b) Green Sand Filter System for Well #3 – Dave Bright said  estimated cost for evaluating and preparing a feasibility study for the addition of greensand filtration equipment is $12,700.
c) Advertising for Parks and Public Works Employee
d) Budget and 5 year spending plan
e) Building Committee  Update by Randy Copenhaver 
f) Replacing/Repairing Streets and Curbs
g) WBSA – returned items
h) Rental Inspection’s 
i) Police Contract & Employee Manual
j) Eagle Scout Projects 
k) Water service to previous Blue Marsh Ski
l) Branches behind the borough garage
a) Equipment Service
b) Select Environmental was sold to ARRO Consultants

b)Accounts Payablec) Treasurer Report 

d) Profit and Loss

   e) Motion to accept Wessner’s bid for paving where water main breaks were
   f) To set rental inspection fee




NOTICE is hereby given that a Public Hearing of the Zoning Hearing Board of the Borough of Bernville, Berks County, Pennsylvania, will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2022, beginning at 7:00 pm in the Borough of Bernville Municipal Building, located at 6602 Bernville Road, Bernville, Pennsylvania.

The matter to be considered at that time is the Application of Zachary and Chelsea Strunk, of 92 Hetrick Road, Bernville, Pennsylvania, Equitable Owners of the Property at 100 N. Main Street, Bernville, Pennsylvania, owned by Lloyd and Ruth Barnett. The Property is located in the T-C Town Center Zoning District. The Applicants indicate that they are seeking variance relief from §4.22 – Uses Permitted by Right in the Town Center Zoning District pursuant to the Zoning Ordinance of the Borough of Bernville. The Applicants propose an additional use on the Property consisting of a welding and fabrication shop involving steel goods.

All interested persons are urged to attend. A copy of the Application is available for inspection at the Borough of Bernville Municipal Building, 6602 Bernville Road, Bernville, Pennsylvania. A decision in the above-captioned matter may be rendered at the above time and place, or at any continuance of the Hearing as shall be announced at that time.

Borough of Bernville

Zoning Hearing Board

Frederick K. Hatt, Solicitor