Mount Olive marks Browns’ 27th anniversary
MASURY – Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 8148 Ulp St. SE, Masury, will honor the Rev. Raymond O. Brown, pastor, and First Lady Michelle Brown for 27 years of service with a mass choir concert at 5 p.m. Saturday.
The celebration will continue at 10:45 a.m. Sunday with the Rev. Grecco Bush of Ohio as guest speaker.
Alternative Christmas at Trinity Presbyterian
MERCER – This year’s annual alternative Christmas opportunity at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 110 East Market Street, is “Give Water, Give Life,” focusing attention on the lack of clean water in the world and what can be done about it.
The church social hall has been transformed with learning centers and hands-on stations for all ages for the event which is from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and at noon Sunday. Several videos will be available at the event and online at http://water.cc
Attendees will be invited to make a donation in someone’s name for this Christmas project, which will continue at 9:45 a.m. Dec. 8. Speaker will be Scott Henderson, a lead instructor for Clean Water University associated with Living Waters for the World. He will also discuss the project during the 11 a.m. service that day.
Service marks Bishop Saunders’ 80th birthday
FARRELL – Hour of Power Full Gospel Tabernacle, 1126 Fruit Ave., Farrell, will honor Bishop Sallie M. Saunders for her 80th birthday during the 11 a.m. service Sunday with a guest speaker. At 2:30 p.m., the celebration will continue in Founder’s Hall, where Dr. Theodore Yarboro, family and friends will pay tributes. Refreshments will be served.
Friendship Baptist holds 94th anniversary service
FARRELL – Friendship Baptist Church, 339 Spearman Ave., will celebrate its 94th church anniversary at 4 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Tyrone Steals, pastor of Greater Mount Zion Church of God in Christ in Farrell speaking on the theme, “We’ve Come this Far by Faith,” Joshua 24:15.
Couple to give holiday concert at New Virginia
HERMITAGE – New Virginia United Methodist Church, 1100 S. Keel Ridge Road, will present a holiday concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Mary Ann and Sam Carmella, a husband and wife couple, will sing and play a variety of songs including hymns and popular standards.
Community choir planned for Thanksgiving service
LACKAWANNOCK TOWNSHIP – West Middlesex-area Service of Community Thanksgiving will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in Lebanon Presbyterian Church, 2090 Mercer West Middlesex Road (Route 318), Lackawannock Township. The speaker will be the Rev. Wade Barto, pastor of West Middlesex United Methodist Church.
Anyone who enjoys singing is invited to participate in the choir, with rehearsals set for 7:45 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 p.m. Monday, prior to the service, both in the Lebanon Presbyterian church. No robes or vestments are needed.
Ministerial group’s Thanksgiving service set
FARRELL – Shenango Valley Ministerial Association will have its annual Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Greater Mount Zion Church of God in Christ, 1825 Roemer Blvd., Farrell. The Rev. Geoffrey Tate, pastor of Greater Morris Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Farrell, will speak, with his choir providing music.
Greenville-area churches set Thanksgiving worship
WEST SALEM TOWNSHIP – A community Thanksgiving Eve service is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday hosted by Living Word Christian Center, 21 Maysville Road, West Salem Township. The Rev. Dr. David A. Dobi, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Greenville, will speak. Other community pastors and musicians will participate.
Haase begins Christmas tour at Grace Church
SHARON – Ernie Haase, Grammy nominee and Dove Award recipient, and Signature Sound will open their Christmas tour at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 in Sharon High School auditorium.
Sponsored by Grace Chapel Community Church, Hermitage, Haase and the group will blend humor, dance and traditional and contemporary selections to welcome Christmas.
Info: 724-962-5000. For tickets, call 1-800-965-9324 or visit www.itickets.com
Crossing Paths sets its annual Christmas event
HUBBARD – Crossing Paths TV ministry, founded by Donald G. Reed Sr., will have its annual Christmas banquet at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 in the Brentford House, 737 Myron St., Hubbard.
Speakers will be Steve and Jake Lapp, Amish brothers and founders of Light of Hope Ministries. They were once excommunicated by leaders of the old Amish order.
Steve’s career was launched by a mishap when he fell out of a barn on his Indiana farm and crushed his pelvis. After being in a wheelchair, he was miraculously healed by the power of God and he became a born-again Christian.
The banquet is free to the public, but reservations are required for the full dinner buffet. Please, no children under the age of 14.
Sponsors are needed to help defray expenses at a cost of $100 for a table of eight. Reservations and sponsorship money is due by Dec. 6. An offering will be accepted. If you make a reservation, please plan on coming; all dinners must be paid for.
Mount Olive marks Browns’ 27th anniversary
Church briefs for April 18, 2014
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New pastor at Holy Trinity
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Crisis intervention training May 19-20
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Bishop Rowe to add 2nd Pa. diocese to duties
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