The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

June 13, 2014

Religion briefs from June 13, 2014


Herald staff

- — Cana's Corner cafe moving to St. John’s

SHARON – Cana’s Corner will welcome the return of Afternoon Delight, singing old-time and contemporary gospel, from 7 to 10 p.m. today in a new location, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 226 W. State St. Refreshments will be available.

Info: 724-866-3061.

Ruth AME marks Rev. Williams’ 17th year

SHARON – The Rev. Geraldine Williams, pastor of Ruth African Methodist Episcopal Church, 95 Connelly Blvd., will mark her 17th pastoral anniversary at a 6 p.m. service Saturday. Rev. Russell V. Penn Jr., pastor of Second Missionary Baptist Church, Farrell, will be guest speaker, accompanied by his choir and congregation.

GCC ranked among 15 best for studying Bible

GROVE CITY – Grove City College isn’t a Bible college but TheBestSchools.org ranked it high on its list of the 15 best colleges for studying the Bible.

Grove City ranked sixth in the listing of colleges and universities where Christian thought is incorporated in the classroom. The pool included more than 1,200 so-called Bible and Christian schools spread throughout the country and other colleges with religious affiliations.

Grove City made the list for its Bible-based conservative economics, rooted in the Austrian (free market) school. “Widely regarded for its humanities degrees in economics, law, politics, and culture, GCC retains and frames those strengths inside an authentic Christian environment,” according to TheBestSchools, which described a degree from Grove City College as “prestigious.”

The school-ranking organization also noted Grove City’s humanities program, which is taught from a biblical-Christian worldview, and faculty who are at the forefront of conservative thought.

“This school not only teaches conservative principles, it shapes international conservative policy,” TheBestSchools said.

Temple of Praise to host speaker Sunday evening

SHARON – Temple of Praise Church of God in Christ, 170 Sharpsville Ave., will hold services at 5 p.m. Sunday with Elder Wilbur Allen, pastor of All Saints Temple Church of God in Christ, Canton, Ohio, as speaker. He will be accompanied by his choir and congregation.

Events mark anniversary of Cedar Avenue’s pastor

SHARON – In observance of the 10th pastoral anniversary of the Rev. Charles W. Johnson Jr. and Lady Crystal Johnson, Cedar Avenue Church of God, 1045 Cedar Ave., has scheduled events through the month of June.

First Lady’s Appreciation Day will be held at 11 a.m. June 22 with Minister Erik J. Huntley, son of Cedar Avenue Church of God and now of Canton, Mich., as speaker.

In other services set for 7 p.m. daily, speakers will be Rev. Russell V. Penn Jr., pastor of Second Missionary Baptist Church, Farrell, on June 25; Elder Tyrone Steals, pastor of Greater Mount Zion Church of God in Christ, Farrell, June 26; and Rev. Lora Adams-King, pastor of Erie Street Church of God, Franklin, June 27.

The closing celebration will be at 11 a.m. worship June 29, with the Rev. Vaughn Bell, pastor of Triumphant Church of God, Westerville, Ohio, as speaker.

Friendship marks Men’s Day with Rev. Brown

FARRELL -- Friendship Baptist Church, 339 Spearman Ave., will hold Men’s Day services at 4 p.m. June 22 with the Rev. Raymond O. Brown, pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church, Masury, as speaker.

Theme is “Show Yourself as Men” from Isaiah 46:6-11.

Early childhood music program set at Tower

GROVE CITY – A new early childhood music program is being launched this summer at Tower Presbyterian Church, 248 S. Broad St.

Sing ’n’ Sprout is a Christian music and movement program for babies through 5-year-olds, with a caregiver. Children get to experience God personally and in community through fun, creative and adaptable activities using props, body movements and instruments.

Coming soon are Mommy and Me Summer Camp being held at one-week intervals at 45 minutes a session, including 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. July 7 to 11; 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. July 14 to 18; 9:30 a.m. Aug. 4 to 8; and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 11 to 15. Camps cost $25 for the week, with a free Sing ’n’ Sprout CD.

After summer, weekly Sing ’n’ Sprout classes will start in September. Sessions will cost $35 for eight-week intervals.   

“I’m very excited to be a part of Sing ’n’ Sprout. It gives me an opportunity to combine my two passions – music and the gospel – into one great activity for young children and their caregivers,” says Cheryl Graham, Tower church’s music director, who will lead the program.

Info: 724-833-2813 or email her at pianozebra@hotmail .com and the Sing ’n’ Sprout Facebook page at www.face book.com/singnsproutgc

Rev. Carlson reappointed at Oakland Avenue

SHARON – Bishop Thomas Bickerton of the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church announced the reappointment of the Rev. Richard N. Carlson as pastor of Oakland Avenue United Methodist Church, 192 N. Oakland Ave.

The reappointment was announced June 7 at the annual conference at Grove City College and is effective July 1.

Rev. Carlson is a graduate of Methodist Theological School in Ohio and has served the Oakland Avenue church since July 2001.

Music series begins Sunday at Trinity

MERCER – A summer music series begins at 10 a.m. Sunday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 110 E. Market St., as Carol Carlson provides special music.

Other soloists are scheduled as follows: Leah Moose, June 22; Marilyn Rost, June 29; Jonah Klixbull, July 6; Vicky Roxberry, July 20; Pamela Courtney, July 27; Hugh Ringer, Aug. 3; Carol Mixer, Aug. 10; Greg and Anna Sankey, Aug. 17; Tony Paglia, Aug. 24; and Karla Snyder, Aug. 31.

Info and transportation: 724-662-2680.