The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

March 7, 2014

Religion briefs from March 7, 2014

Herald staff

- — Well-known ‘McKameys’ in concert tonight

SLIPPERY ROCK – A nationally-known southern gospel group, The McKameys, will give a concert at 7 p.m. today in Slippery Rock Baptist Church, 435 Keister Road.

The Tennessee-based group formed in 1954 and plays about 150 days a year throughout North America. One of the original members, Peg McKamey Bean, remains in the group, which has recorded 25 No. 1 singles. Awards have been won in categories including favorite song, favorite singer and favorite musician.

An offering will be received.

M&M Kids program emphasizes trusting God

HERMITAGE – The M&M Kids of New Virginia United Methodist Church, 1100 S. Keel Ridge Road, will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Theme will be “Trusting God Helps Us Stand Strong,” highlighting Jesus dying and coming back to life (Luke 22:39-24:12) and featuring a tomb craft and Mighty Kingdom Sand Art.

Children from preschool to sixth grade are welcome.

Thorpe Trio sings at Lebanon Presbyterian

LACKAWANNOCK TOWNSHIP -- Chuck Thorpe Trio will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday in Lebanon Presbyterian Church, 2090 Mercer-West Middlesex Road.

BJ Rudge to speak at Sharon Alliance

SHARON – Sharon Alliance Church, 53 South Oakland Ave., will welcome Dr. BJ Rudge of Bill Rudge Ministries in Hermitage as guest speaker Sunday. He will speak at 9:30 a.m. on understanding evil from a biblical perspective and at 10:45 on how to trust God through difficult times.

South Py church slates ‘Art of Marriage’ series

SOUTH PYMATUNING TOWNSHIP – Couples are encouraged to attend “The Art of Marriage” series which will be presented at South Pymatuning Community Church, 3400 Tamarack Drive, for six consecutive Sunday nights beginning Sunday. All sessions run from 5 to 6 p.m.

Based on the “Art of Marriage Weekend” events sponsored nationwide by Family Life, the sessions include expert teaching, engaging stories and man-on-the-street interviews to portray God’s design in marriage.

To register, call the church at 724-962-4601. Childcare is provided.

Guest to speak at Word Centered Fellowship

SHARON – Word Centered Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 710 Carnegie St., will hold a Lenten service, “The Way of the Cross,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Guest speaker will be the Rev. Michele Askerneese, pastor of The Valley Church of God, Hermitage.

Sabella to speak Sunday at IHS Gospel service

HERMITAGE -- Pastor Ty Sabella will be the first speaker at 7 p.m. Sunday for a series of Lenten services at IHS Gospel Ministries, 786 Karen Lane. Pastor Sabella has served many Disciples of Christ churches and is interim pastor at Warren (Ohio) Disciples of Christ Church.

Refreshments will follow.

Calvary Methodist site for five Lenten luncheons

GREENVILLE – Calvary Church Women will sponsor “2014 – Celebrate and Witness,” five Lenten luncheons set for 11:30 a.m. in the social room of Calvary United Methodist Church, 44 S. Mercer St.

The Rev. David Bell Sr. of Fallowfield and Kennard United Methodist churches will speak Wednesday, with special music by James Vasconi; Rev. Sean Hall of Hillside Presbyterian Church, Greenville, will speak March 19, with special music by the Pfaff Sisters; and Rev. Geraldine Williams, pastor of Ruth African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharon, will speak March 26, with special music by Barbara Davis and William Hurlbert.

Also, Rev. Randy L. Ritchey, pastor of Oak Grove Church, Fairview Township, will speak April 2, with special music by The Pic-a-longs; and Rev. John Canon, pastor of Jerusalem Christian Church, Otter Creek Township, will speak April 9, with special music by Lynette Mossman.

A donation of $4 for adults and $2 for children will be appreciated. Women from Old Salem U.M., Calvary U.M., First U.M., Kennard U.M., North Salem U.M. will take turns serving as hostesses of the luncheons.

Mercer church to offer Lenten meal, program

MERCER – A family Lenten program for the community will be offered from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays through April 9 in Trinity Presbyterian Church, 110 East Market St.

Residents are invited to bring a covered dish to share and tableware to the social hall and then join for a brief period of devotions.

Wednesday’s program will include Ash Wednesday communion. The series concludes with a Maundy Thursday dinner and communion service on April 17.

Info and transportation: 724-662-2680.

Community Lenten services, speakers slated

GREENVILLE AREA – Weekly community Lenten services are being offered at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Following are the dates, sites and scheduled speakers:

Wednesday at Transfer First Baptist Church, 50 Broad St., Transfer, with Pastor Frank Lane; March 19 at Church of God, 1013 Rutledge Road, Transfer, with Pastor Glenn Sadler; and March 26 at Central Community Church, 3571 North Hermitage Road, Pymatuning Township, with Pastor John Frey.

Also, April 2 at Transfer First Baptist with Pastor Phil Beck; and April 9 at Church of God with Pastor Frey.

During Holy Week, services will be on Maundy Thursday, April 17, at Zion’s United Church of Christ, 17 Church St., Transfer, with Pastor Beck (tureen dinner at 6 p.m.; and Good Friday, April 18, at St. Mark’s United Church of Christ, 50 Baker Hill Road, Fredonia, with Pastor Paul Camp.

Offerings will be donated to Fresh Grounds Coffeehouse, 172 Main St., Greenville.

Info: 724-646-1891.

‘Cabin Fever’ program at New Lebanon church

NEW LEBANON – The Devine Inspirations, a small business/ministry based in Sandy Lake, will present “Cabin Fever” at 5:30 p.m. March 14 in New Lebanon Community Church, 4166 Mercer St.

The program, led by Adam Devine, will include an indoor camping atmosphere, two presentations, dinner, dessert and the company of others that love the outdoors and seek a break from the winter blahs.

Program topics will be “Legacy, What’s Yours?” and “Faces Lit by the Glow of a Fire,” with a break for a hot dog, chips, soda and smores. Share your outdoors story before leaving.

The program is free but donations will be welcome.

Info: The Devine Inspirations, 724-376-7362; devine inspirations@zoominternet .net; or

Lakeside sets annual Missions Conference

PYMATUNING TOWNSHIP – Lakeside Evangelical Congregational Church Missions Conference is set for March 16-18 at the church at 3203 N. Hermitage Road.

Speakers include David Grant of Destiny Rescue, a Christian-based nonprofit dedicated to rescuing children from human trafficking and sexual exploitation, operating in South Asia; and Marty Mannion, a pediatric nurse, wife, mother and grandmother who over 38 years in missions has ministered in Asia, Central America, Africa and Mexico, working with street people including children, orphanages and former child-soldiers, and traveling with Bible smugglers to nations where Christians are persecuted.

Grant will speak at 10:45 a.m. and Mannion at 7 p.m. March 16. Mannion will also speak at 7 p.m. March 18 at Fresh Grounds Coffeehouse in Greenville.

Nick and Lisa Lakatos, short-term missionaries to Mexico City, will speak at 7 p.m. March 17 in the church.

The schedule on March 16 also includes a soup supper at 6 p.m. and sundae dessert after the evening service.

Info: 724-962-4222.