Christmas concerts by Keelings to aid hungry
PYMATUNING TOWNSHIP – Christmas with The Keelings will be presented at 7 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Saturday in Lakeside Evangelical Congregational Church, 3203 N. Hermitage Road. Doors open 30 minutes prior to concert times.
A free ticket, available by calling 724-962-4222 or 724-253-3339, and two or more non-perishable food items are required for admission. An offering will also be accepted.
New Virginia to host Jesus party, cantata
HERMITAGE – New Virginia United Methodist Church, 1100 S. Keel Ridge Road, will host a party for children preschool to sixth grade to learn about Jesus’ birth. The party is set for 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Crafts and a story will be used and pizza and snacks served.
The church will present their Christmas cantata at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 23.
Cedar Ave. Bible Church hosts Amish brothers
SHARON – The local chapter of Full Gospel Businessmen will sponsor Steve and Jake Lapp, Amish brothers and founders of Light of Hope Ministries who were once excommunicated by leaders of the old Amish order, at a 10 a.m. service Saturday in Cedar Avenue Bible Church, 664 Cedar Ave. The Lapps will give their testimony, then minister in healing at 11 a.m. Sunday in the church.
New Life Baptist slates ‘Home for Christmas’
NEW WILMINGTON – A dramatic musical celebration for the entire family, “Home for Christmas,” will be performed at 6 p.m. Saturday and at 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday in New Life Baptist Church, 3414 state Route 208. The 9 a.m. Sunday service will include a deaf interpretation.
Info: 724-946-2816 or www.mynlbc.com
Couple to give concert in Lebanon Presbyterian
LACKAWANNOCK TOWNSHIP – Jeff and Joanne Hall will give a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in Lebanon Presbyterian Church, 2090 Mercer-West Middlesex Road.
UCC choirs host ‘Name That (Christmas) Tune’
TRANSFER – The joint choirs of Pymatuning Charge, St. Mark’s United Church of Christ, New Hamburg, and Zion’s United Church of Christ, have slated a Christmas program at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Zion’s Church, 17 Church St.
Choirs will sing Christmas words to familiar tunes and guests will be asked to “Name That Tune.” Fellowship with refreshments will follow.
Clarks Mills Methodist offers ‘Bethlehem’ tour
CLARKS MILLS – Clarks Mills United Methodist Church, 3813 Hadley Road, will transform itself into the village of Bethlehem for “A Night in Bethlehem: A Hands on Holy Land Experience” from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Members and guests are invited to walk through and experience what it was like during the time of Christ’s birth while meeting Isaiah, the Old Testament prophet; joining in the census decreed by Caesar Augustus; hearing the story of the shepherds and angels; seeing Mary, Joseph and Jesus in the manger; and visiting several shops and tents. The event is free.
Covenant chancel choir, orchestra stages cantata
SHARON – The 65-member Chancel Choir and Orchestra of Covenant Presbyterian Church, 263 E. State St., will perform its annual Christmas cantata, “The Winter Rose,” at 7 p.m. Sunday. Featured will be soloists Cathy Szabo, Patty Norris, Jim Stevenson and Elizabeth Crowll.
Nursery is available. A reception will follow.
Deliverance services set at New & Living Way
FARRELL – New and Living Way Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, 927 Lee Ave., will hold an hour of restoration and deliverance, “Power of Deliverance,” at 10 a.m. each Thursday in the church.
New Light sets ‘The Light’ adult fellowship
SHARON – New Light Missionary Baptist Church will hold “The Light,” an adult fellowship with praise dance, singing, poetry, Christian jazz and refreshments, at 8 p.m. Dec. 21 in the church’s Christian education center, on the corner of Morrison Street and Cedar Avenue.
Participants will be Jeffery Baymon as DJ, and Danielle Wilder, mistress of ceremonies.
Children’s pageant slated at Trinity Presbyterian
MERCER – Children at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 110 East Market St., will present a Christmas pageant during the 11 a.m. service Dec. 22.
The church is accessible for everyone. An adult-supervised nursery is available.
Info and transportation: 724-662-2680.
Christmas praise to ring from Wilmington Alliance
NEW WILMINGTON – New Wilmington Alliance Church, 127 N. New Castle St., will hold “A Night of Christmas Praises” at 6 p.m. Dec. 22. The audience will participate in carol singing with some of New Wilmington’s best musical talent.
Candlelight, story marks holiday at Zion’s Church
TRANSFER – Zion’s United Church of Christ, 17 Church St., will celebrate the birth of Christ at 7 p.m. Dec. 23 with the reading of a children’s story, “The Legend of the Candy Cane,” climaxing with a candlelight service.
Christmas concerts by Keelings to aid hungry
Church briefs for April 18, 2014
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The 111-year-old Bethlehem Presbyterian Church will hold their final services at their 710 Carnegie Ave. home Sunday.
Ministry slates dinner theater
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Early on in ministry, there came an experience I would be glad to have never again in this life. Having been called by a young husband to come, I drove into the driveway of a modest home in a quiet neighborhood. The caller’s wife answered my knock at the door – her face ashen, a look of horror in her eyes. She rushed into my arms, blurting out the words, “Oh Pastor, my baby is dead!”
New pastor at Holy Trinity
The Rev. Dr. Gary B. Nelson will be installed as the new pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3325 Morefield Road at 4 p.m. Sunday.
- Religion briefs from March 7, 2014
Company word ‘gossip’ keeps in Bible shows it’s a destructive sin
Sin is an ugly thing. It’s against nature. It’s vulgar, shameful, something we’re not supposed to do. Something forbidden. But we’re lured and tempted, coaxed into doing whatever it may be, wherever one’s weakness might lead them. And who are these people that fall into sin? All of us.
Duck Dynasty’ duo at Men’s Rally in Valley
Phil and Al Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty will be among speakers at the 5th Annual Men’s Rally in the Valley May 3 at the Covelli Centre.
Crisis intervention training May 19-20
“Group Crisis Intervention” is the topic of this year’s training seminar in Hermitage for chaplains, clergy, first responders, and mental health professionals.
- Church briefs from Feb. 28, 2014
Winter weariness can get us down but God brings relief
Have you noticed the exhausted, out-of-gas energy levels residents are displaying these days? There are less than 30 days left of this long, very cold winter. Residents are winter weary from the relentless snow storms and cold spells that seem to be coming back to back. We’re all suffering from cabin fever and the effects of restricted sunlight. Counselors refer to the human impact of this season as SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Bishop Rowe to add 2nd Pa. diocese to duties
“Collaboration.” The Rev. Sean Rowe realizes he’s using the word a lot these days. But it’s an approach he’s committed to, and he thinks his interest in working with others is one of the reasons his life is about to change.
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