New Virginia U.M. hosts M&M Kids craft activity
HERMITAGE – The M&M Kids will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday in New Virginia United Methodist Church, 1100 S. Keel Ridge Road.
Theme for the month is “Trusting God Helps Us Stand Strong,” referencing Jesus dying and coming back to life as written in Luke 22:39 through 24:12). Activities include making a tomb craft and Mighty Kingdom Sand Art.
Lebanon Church hosts Walkers in concert
LACKAWANNOCK TOWNSHIP – Lebanon Presbyterian Church, 2090 Mercer West Middlesex Road, will host the Tom Walker Family in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Presbyterian scholar to lead series at Trinity
MERCER – Dr. Kenneth E. Bailey will lead a series for adults, “The Good Shepherd: A Biblical Journey of 1,000 Years,” based on his most recent book, from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Sundays through Feb. 23 in the social room at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 110 E. Market St.
Dr. Bailey, of New Wilmington, is an author and lecturer in Middle Eastern New Testament studies, canon theologian of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, and research professor emeritus of New Testament at the Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem.
Dr. Bailey has written books, plays and scripts for two professionally-produced feature films and recorded more than 100 video lectures. His writings have been translated and published in more than 20 languages.
He has taught at Columbia and Princeton universities and been an adjunct professor at several American seminaries. He has lectured in the Middle East and Europe.
Ordained by the Presbyterian Church (USA), Dr. Bailey lived and taught for 40 years in Egypt, Lebanon, Jerusalem and Cyprus, retiring to New Wilmington in 1995.
A light breakfast, coffee, and juice will be served and child care will be provided. There is no charge for the program.
Info and transportation: 724-662-2680.
St. Paul’s sets Scouts Sunday, healing service
HERMITAGE – All Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Explorers, Venturing Scouts, leaders, alumni, and Scouting families are invited to celebrate Boy Scout Sunday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 159 Todd Ave. on Sunday.
Coffee and donuts will be served at 10:30 a.m., with the worship service at 11. The Custaloga Town Scout Camp chaplain, the Rev. David Williamson of St. Paul’s, will present a free patch to all Scouts and leaders in uniform.
The church will have a special service of prayer and anointing for healing at 11 a.m. Feb. 16. Rev. Williamson explained the service is not about “so-called guaranteed miracle cures and instant healing,” but to call attention to “God’s presence and active participation in healing our bodies, minds, and souls.”
All are welcome to attend and ask for prayers on behalf of themselves or loved ones. Light refreshments will precede the service at 10:30 a.m.
Missionary at Faith Fund service at 2nd Baptist
SHARPSVILLE – Missionary Tonya Hughes of Touch of Heaven Church in Canfield, Ohio, will be guest speaker at a 4 p.m. service Sunday in Second Baptist Church for the Brenda J. Reno Serving in Faith Fund.
The church is on High Street at Walnut Avenue.
Hughes has been to Africa and other countries to speak. Others participating in the service will be Prime Time Youth of the host church, with Meredith Henry, Melanie Newbie, Deaconess Pat Edwards, Anthony Dawson and Aretha MacArthur.
Pastor, ex-Steeler slated for Westminster events
NEW WILMINGTON – Westminster College’s Office of Faith and Spirituality will host two events as part of the Spiritual Emphasis Westminster (SEW) program. Both events are free to the public.
The Rev. B.J. Woodworth is lead pastor of the Open Door, a six-year-old Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) plant in Pittsburgh’s East End, and will speak on the “Gift of Gratitude and Service” during vespers at 7 p.m. Sunday in Wallace Memorial Chapel.
Woodworth earned a degree in religion from Westminster in 1992 and went on to study at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He emphasizes social justice and community development and is involved in racial reconciliation initiatives and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.
Edmund C. Nelson, former Pittsburgh Steeler and current KDKA-TV Steeler analyst, will share his faith journey and stories of his football career at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in Wallace Memorial Chapel.
Nelson was drafted by the Steelers in 1982 and played in the NFL for the next seven years, including for the New England Patriots and the Cleveland Browns. In 1986, he was chosen as the Miller Lite Lineman of the Year. For the past 24 years he has worked as an insurance agent in Pittsburgh.
Info: 724-946-7117 or www.westminster.edu/spiritlife<http://www.westminster.edu/spiritlife>
New Light Valentine’s fellowship scheduled
SHARON – New Light Missionary Baptist Church will hold a “Valentine’s Day Christian Comedy Night Out,” an adult fellowship with poetry, Christian jazz and refreshments, at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 in the church’s Christian Education Center on the corner of Morrison Street and Cedar Avenue.
Participants will be Jeffery Baymon as DJ, Daniele Wilder, mistress of ceremonies and Anthony Phillips as chef.
Word Center Church sets marriage weekend
SHARON -- Word Center Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 710 Carnegie St., will present its first Marriage Builder’s Weekend, “Mission Impossible ... Can Two Walk as One?” Pastors George and Sharlene Hawkins of High Calling Ministries, Fort Washington, Md., as facilitators.
The conference will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 15 and Feb. 16 in the church with continental breakfast and lunch served.
New Virginia U.M. hosts M&M Kids craft activity
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