The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


June 27, 2014

Church briefs from June 27, 2014

- — Pakistani Christian available as speaker

GROVE CITY – Harvest Bridge, a local Christian mission agency, has announced a visit from one of its Pakistani partners.

“We have all heard about persecuted churches in Pakistan, but sometimes we have the misconception that Christians there are hiding in fear,” says Tim Mech, president of Harvest Bridge. “Not so with our Pakistani partners! They live boldly and face danger as they conduct rescue efforts in Christ’s name.”

Shehbaz Jalal, a Harvest Bridge partner from Pakistan, is available to speak at area churches and community groups through July 5. To schedule an event, call Tim Mech at 724-450-0356 or email

Shehbaz Jalal is founder of Paigaam Ministries Pakistan, an organization that plants churches, operates the Genesis School for children and serves disaster survivors. Paigaam has partnered with major international relief organizations, including Caritas, UMCOR and World Relief USA.

Harvest Bridge, based in Grove City, is an interdenominational Christian mission agency that comes alongside indigenous ministries in South Asia to proclaim the Gospel in word and in deed.

‘Women in White’ to give Temple of Praise concert

SHARON – “100 Women in White” will be in concert at 6 p.m. Saturday in Temple of Praise Church of God In Christ, 170 Sharpsville Ave. Women interested in singing with the Warren District No. 2 choir are welcome to attend a rehearsal at 7 p.m. today in the church.

Evangelist Simone Jeffers of Shiloh Temple Church of God in Christ, Eastover, N.C., will be guest speaker for a 5 p.m. service Sunday.

Austins to lead worship at New Life Baptist

NEW WILMINGTON – The Gordon Austin Sr. family will reunite to lead worship at the 9 and 11 a.m. services Sunday in New Life Baptist Church, 3414 state Route 208.

Austin, formerly of New Castle, became part of the church family about a year ago when he began leading worship at their Celebrate Recovery program. He will be joined by his wife Leslie, their daughters Jennifer, Jessica and Lindsay, their son Gordon Jr., and Gordon’s brother George.

The Austin daughters are known as AUS10 and have sung the national anthem at Pirates games, at the Scottish-Rite Cathedral for the Tuskegee Airmen tribute, as the opening act for Jon Bon Jovi at Carnegie Mellon University, with the River City Brass Band, and most recently for a T.D. Jakes’ conference in Florida.

The trio took second place in a competition at nationally-known Apollo Theatre in New York City

Kids worship Sunday at Stoneboro Presbyterian

STONEBORO -- Stoneboro Presbyterian Church, 7 Linden St., will hold a children’s worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, with children leading the worship service every fifth Sunday of the month.

Community Baptist hosts guest, plans prayer fest

FARRELL – The Senior Mission will be in charge of the 11 a.m. service Sunday in Community Missionary Baptist Church, 1013 Emerson Ave. Guest speaker will be Evangelist Jacqueline Glenn-Walker of Greater Mount Zion Church of God in Christ.

The Mission will initiate a Friday Prayer Fest beginning July 11. The church will be open from 6 to 8 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays; anyone desiring prayer or to pray is welcome.

Graduates of Bible study to be honored Sunday

SHARON – Bethlehem Baptist Church, 858 Wallis Ave., will honor the recent graduates of the study of hermeneutics (principles of the Bible) at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Graduates from community churches will receive certificates.

The Rev. Donna Ulrich of Hour of Power Full Gospel Church of Farrell will be guest preacher.

Praise teams from her church and the host church will minister.

Rev. Johnson to speak Sunday at First Baptist

FARRELL – The Rev. Brian Johnson of New Light Missionary Baptist Church in Sharon will be guest speaker for the 11 a.m. Missionary Sunday service in First Baptist Church, 1120 Darr Ave.

Licensing service Sunday for Minister Owens

FARRELL – Valley Baptist Church, 500 Sharon-New Castle Road, will observe an official licensing service for Minister Shirley Owens at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Rev. T. James Harrison, pastor, will officiate.

Hour of Power slates 38th anniversary service

FARRELL – Hour of Power Full Gospel Tabernacle, 1126 Fruit Ave., will celebrate the church’s 38th anniversary at 11 a.m. Sunday. Guest speakers will be the Rev. Michael and Elder Selma West.

Minister Burns to speak at Second Baptist

SHARPSVILLE – Second Baptist Church, at Walnut and High streets, will observe Missionary Sunday with Minister Michael Lewis Burns Sr., youth minister at First Baptist Church, Farrell, speaking at the 11:15 a.m. worship service Sunday.

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