The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

December 6, 2013

Religion briefs from Dec. 6, 2013

Herald staff

- — Birthday party for Jesus at Wheatland church

WHEATLAND – A Birthday Party for Jesus is scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Wheatland-Farrell United Methodist Church, 75 Mercer Ave.

Children ages 3 through sixth grade are invited. The party will include games and crafts. Hats, gloves and mittens, and scarves are being collected for the Prince of Peace for those who would like to bring a gift. Call 724-347-7532 if going.

N. Castle man to speak at Unity Presbyterian

LACKAWANNOCK TOWNSHIP – Jim Moose of New Castle will preach at the 11 a.m. service Sunday in Unity Presbyterian church, 1857 Mercer-West Middlesex Road.

Christmas vespers Sunday at Westminster

NEW WILMINGTON – Westminster College will continue its tradition with the presentation of a Christmas cantata, “A Deo Daus (Given by God),” at Christmas vespers set for 3 p.m. Sunday in Orr Auditorium.

Following service, the Office of Faith and Spirituality staff will host a reception and fellowship in Orr Lobby.

Info: 724-946-7117 or

Singing Chargers to present Advent program

SHEAKLEYVILLE – Sheakleyville United Methodist Charge, composed of Old Salem, North Salem and Sheakleyville U.M. churches, will present an Advent program, "Jesus is Emmanuel," at 3 p.m. Sunday in Sheakleyville United Methodist Church. The program will feature The Singing Chargers, members of charge churches, and include chorals, reading, candlelighting and a message by the Rev. Timothy E. Bowser, pastor of lthe host church.

Church of God to host ministerial group concert

SHARON – Shenango Valley Ministerial Association will hold its Christmas concert, “Give God the Glory,” featuring Association ministers, their spouses and church members, at 5 p.m. Sunday, hosted by Cedar Avenue Church of God, 1045 Cedar Ave.

Children of WHM present three Christmas concerts

SHARON – West Hill Ministries’ children’s Christmas musical, “We Three Spies,” will be held in Sharon churches at 5 p.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph’s Church, 6 p.m. Wednesday in Oakland Avenue United Methodist Church, and 6 p.m. Thursday in First Baptist Church.

New Virginia to host party about Jesus’ birth

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. Dec. 14. Crafts and a story will be used and pizza and snacks served.

Info: 724-346-4306.

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. Dec. 14 and at 9 and 11 a.m. Dec. 15 in New Life Baptist Church, 3414 state Route 208. The 9 a.m. Dec. 15 service will include a deaf interpretation.

Info: 724-946-2816 or

Couple to give concert in Lebanon Presbyterian

LACKAWANNOCK TOWNSHIP – Jeff and Joanne Hall will give a concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 in Lebanon Presbyterian Church, 2090 Mercer-West Middlesex Road.

St. Anthony to host  Advent Recollection

SHARON – St. Anthony Church, 804 Idaho St., will host an “Advent Day of Recollection” starting at noon Dec. 15. Speaker will be the Rev. Lester Knoll, a priest of the Capuchin Franciscan Order whose home parish is Mater Dolorosa in Chicora in the Pittsburgh Diocese.

Theme will be “Giving Birth to Christ.” Rev. Knoll will present two sessions with question-and-answer opportunities. The program will also feature adoration, confessions, benediction and closing Mass, including a homily. The Mass will fulfill and the Sunday obligation for the Third Sunday of Advent.

Cost of $15 includes a catered lunch. Register by calling 724-342-7391. Deadline is Monday.

Award-winning flutist at First Church of God

GREENVILLE – Flutist David Konstantopoulos will give a concert at 6 p.m. Sunday in First Church of God, 192 Vernon Road. He was World Vision’s Independent Artist of the Year in 2009 and a Wurlitzer Collegiate Artist Competition winner in the state of Indiana.

‘Symbols of Season’ at First Presbyterian

SHARPSVILLE – First Presbyterian Church, 603 Ridge Ave., will present “Symbols of the Season” at 3 p.m. Sunday. The concert will feature area artists.