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., will be facilitators.
The conference will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday in the church with continental breakfast and lunch served.
New Light Valentine’s fellowship Saturday
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. Saturday in the church’s Christian Education Center on the corner of Morrison Street and Cedar Avenue.
Presbyterian scholar to lead series at Trinity
MERCER – Dr. Kenneth E. Bailey is leading 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. Sunday and concluding 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.
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.
Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet here Sunday
HERMITAGE – Shenango Valley Baptist Church, 40 S. Neshannock Road, Hermitage, will hold a concert at 11 a.m. Sunday featuring Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet.
The group, nationally known and nominated for Band of the Year, Gospel Band of the Year and Entertainer of the Year, features award-winning musicians Tim Graves, dobro player; Bennie Boling, on banjo; and Daryl Mosley, who together with Graves played on the Grand Ole Opry for many years.
A free spaghetti dinner will be held.
Morris Chapel annual Men’s Day Sunday
FARRELL – Greater Morris Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 926 Darr Ave., will observe its annual Men’s Day service at 11 a.m. Sunday. Theme is “Repairer of the Breach.”
Guest speaker will be Bishop Alvin J. McCoy, pastor of New and Living Way Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, Farrell, accompanied by his congregation.
Love Center slates Black History youth meeting
FARRELL – The congregation of Love Christian Center, 411 Hamilton Ave., will celebrate its annual Black History Month youth meeting at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Speaker will be Elder James Hawkins of Sharon, a member of New Covenant Christian Center Church of God in Christ, Farrell, and a motivational inspirational speaker. Theme will be “Critical Thinking!”
Door prizes will be available for youth through age 19. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with ice cream sandwiches served until 6:55 p.m.
Ex-coach McCartney set at Circle of Champions
AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – Former Colorado University football coach and Promise Keepers founder Bill McCartney will speak at the Circle of Champions men’s rally at 7 p.m. Monday in Highway Tabernacle, 3000 S. Racoon Road.
The Rev. Gary Frost, national prayer coordinator for the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, will also speak.
Circle of Champions is co-sponsored by the annual Men’s Rally in the Valley, set for May 3 at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown. Local churches participate in the Men’s Rally in the Valley cross walk.
Greater Mount Zion sets Impact Conference
FARRELL – Greater Mount Zion Church of God in Christ, 1825 Roemer Blvd., will hold Impact Conference 2014 from Feb. 19-23. Theme is “Walking Into Your Destiny,” taken from Romans 8:29.
Services begin at 7 p.m. daily with theatrical presentations, music and speakers including Elder Harry Euell of Faith Temple COGIC, Erie, Feb. 19; Elder Patrick Lyons, Christ Community Church, Erie, Feb. 20; and Elder Carmon Bowman, Good Shepherd COGIC, Youngstown, Feb. 23.
A midnight musical will begin at 9 p.m. Feb. 21 featuring various local groups and soloists.
Mission 423 Evangelistic Ministries hosts revival
SHARON -- Mission 423 Evangelistic Ministries is holding a revival camp meeting at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 in North Sharon Fire Hall, 469 Thornton St., Sharon. Host Pastor Steven Hoover will preach.
Michael Burns to preach first time at First Baptist
FARRELL – First Baptist Church, 1120 Darr Ave., invites the public to the first sermon preached by church member Michael Burns. The service will be at 4 p.m. Feb. 23.
Ex-Steeler Nelson slated to speak at Westminster
NEW WILMINGTON – Westminster College’s Office of Faith and Spirituality will host Edmund C. Nelson, former Pittsburgh Steeler and current KDKA-TV Steeler analyst, as part of the Spiritual Emphasis Westminster (SEW) program. He will share his faith journey and stories of his football career at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in Wallace Memorial Chapel. The event is free to the public.
Info: 724-946-7117 or www.westminster.edu/spiritlife
Shiloh Ministry interprets Revelation at forum
GROVE CITY -- Shiloh Intrusion Ministries, 124è S. Center St., Grove City, will hold a forum from 9:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 1, explaining the end-times and the church ages from the book of Revelation and why disasters are prevalent. A light lunch will be provided. Space is limited.
Reservations: Pastor Pam Schnelzer, 724-992-9196, or Elder Marge Roxberry, 724-992-1259.
Sister Ciangio to return to St. Mike’s in March
GREENVILLE – Donna L. Ciangio, director of Church Leadership Consultation, will return to St. Michael Church on March 29 in a follow-up to her visit last October.
The Erie Diocese is sponsoring the appearance of the Dominican sister from Caldwell, N.J.
Her talk, scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, will center on “Small communities as a way to revitalize and nourish your parish.”
She works internationally and nationally in promoting parish vitality and pastoral direction, leadership development, faith formation, small Christian communities, and consulting and planning with parishes and dioceses. Her articles have appeared in many publications.
She is an adjunct faculty member in Drew University’s Doctor of Ministry program and serves at St. Rose of Lima, Short Hills, as pastoral facilitator. She serves as a consultant for RCL Benziger Publishing Co. and on the board of trustees of Caldwell College and The Center for Ministry Development, and is chair of the North American Forum for Small Christian Communities.
Word Center Church sets marriage weekend
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Church to exit after 111 years
The 111-year-old Bethlehem Presbyterian Church will hold their final services at their 710 Carnegie Ave. home Sunday.
Ministry slates dinner theater
A new theater group affiliated with Greater Mount Zion Church of God in Christ has been rehearsing for its first production next month.
- Religion briefs from March 14, 2014
Life’s hardships can lead us right into path of God’s providence
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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