First Baptist Church marks anniversaries

SHARON – This Sunday, a day of celebration, marks the 215 years of ministry for the First Baptist Church, 301 W. State St., Sharon.

The first church in the Shenango Valley preceded the organization of the city by four decades. Celebration worship begins at 10:30 a.m.

Guest pastor is Rev. Dr. Frank T. Frischkorn, executive pastor of the American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware.

A reception and historical display will follow in the Fellowship Hall.

In addition, the church is celebrating 30 years of ministry under the pastoral leadership of Rev. John Trojak.

He and his wife, Marilyn arrived Oct. 1, 1989, with their children Joshua, 4, Jacob, 2, and Erin, 6 months. Marilyn teaches fourth grade at West Hill School in Sharon. Son, Joshua, his wife, Deb and their three children, live in Spring Grove, Pa., where he serves as associate pastor. Jake and his wife, Sarah, live in Lawrence Park, Pa., teaching physics at Iroquois High School. Erin Breski and her husband, Doug, live in Coraopolis. She is an executive assistant.

The public is invited to join the celebrations.

Valley Alive Festival slated Oct. 19

SHARON – Valley Alive 2019 Festival this year will celebrate Feast of Tabernacles from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at Joshua’s Haven, 1230 Stambaugh Ave.

This year’s program includes: Pastor Chris Benson, Living Waters Church, as main speaker; Lashard Cruse, with songs and testimony; and Martin Taylor, worship.

This year Joshua’s Haven celebrates the annual Valley Alive with a theme of “Fresh Power, Fresh Anointing, and Fresh Fire.”

Seating begins at 2 p.m. with free admission. A free-will offering will be taken.

Feast of Tabernacles is an eight-day festival that represents fulfillment of the coming Kingdom of God, which Jesus taught about extensively during His earthly ministry.

Sukkot or “Feast of Tabernacles” is also known as Feast of Booths; the Jews celebrate this feast by erecting tents or temporary booths for the festival during the fall harvest.

Valley Alive will begin with the sounding of the shofar by Robbie Grim, as is custom in many Jewish and Christian worship gatherings, and an Hebraic blessing by Pamela Evakich.

Valley Alive is an annual event intended for the community with an afternoon of worship, teaching and prayer for our cities, nation and all people.

Information: Call Joshua’s Haven office at 724-983-0304.

Church plans Deacon and Deaconess Day

FARRELL – Deacons and Deaconess Day will be observed at 3:30  p.m. Oct. 20 at Friendship Baptist Church, 339 Spearman Ave.

Guest messenger will be Rev. Norman Hunt, pastor of Second Baptist Church, New Castle. His congregation will accompany him. 

Guest speaker Sunday at Tabernacle

FARRELL – Attorney Gregory Reichart will be the speaker at the 11 a.m. service Sunday at Hour of Power Full Gospel Tabernacle, 1126 Fruit Ave.

Mount Olive to mark 99th anniversary

MASURY – Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 8148 Ulp St. SE, celebrates its 99th anniversary Sunday.

Rev. James McKeithan of Second Baptist Church in Sharpsville will be the guest speaker at 3 p.m. He will be accompanied by his congregation and choir.

Baptist church celebrates 73rd anniversary

FARRELL – Community Missionary Baptist Church celebrates its 73rd anniversary at the 11 a.m. worship hour Sunday with of its own “Son of Thunder” Dr. Rayford Harris Sr.

A fellowship dinner will follow worship. 

Dr. Harris was raised in CMBC and always looks forward to returning to his alma mater of gospel. 

The theme is “Walking by Faith, Our Journey Continues” (Matt. 17:20).

Sister Loretta Bender is chairperson, and Rev. Troy Hunter is host pastor.

Parish missionto focus on St. Paul

GROVE CITY – Church of the Beloved Disciple, Grove City, will host a parish mission on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. The topic will be “Saint Paul, His Story – Who is the person behind the Letters to the Biblical Communities of Thessaloniki, Philippi and Corinth?” presented by Father James M. DiLuzio.

Father DiLuzio is a Roman Catholic priest, educator, performer and singer.

As a Paulist Father, his ministry is committed to dialogue between faith and American culture.

“Saint Paul – His Story” includes both sacred and secular song meditations highlighting how Paul’s story intersects with ours.

Sharon First UM schedules programs

SHARON – Sharon First United Methodist Church, 237 W. Silver St., holds a 9 a.m. worship service; breakfast at 9:30 a.m.; youth and adult church school at 10 a.m.; and worship at 11 a.m. followed by a reception.

On Wednesday there is Bible study/breakfast at 9:30 a.m.; Martha Circle at 1 p.m.; Bible study/dinner at 5:30 p.m.; movie night at 6 p.m.; youth choir rehearsal at 7 p.m. and sanctuary choir rehearsal at 8 p.m. 

Ladies’ Bible study is at 11 a.m., and Faith Cafe is at 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

Blue Army Rosary March set for Oct. 20

HERMITAGE – The Blue Army Rosary March will be held at 2:45 p.m. Oct. 20 in the gymnasium of Kennedy Catholic High School.

Benediction and devotions will be led by Father Brian Beal, and the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be crowned.

A light reception and a 50-50 raffle will be held afterwards.

Free concert showcases Southern gospel music

SHARPSVILLE – First Baptist Church of Sharpsville, 185 Union Ave., will host a free concert of Southern gospel music by Ron Elrod at 6:30 p.m. today.

He is an accomplished pianist, vocalist and composer, and has shared the stage with such well-known artists as The Cathedral Quartet, J.D. Sumer and the Stamps Quartet, Dottie Rambo, Bill Gaither, The Statesman Quartet, The Blackwood Brothers, the Imperials and others.

The concert is free, but an offering will be received for his ministry.

Info: 724-962-7107.

Award-winning singer to perform in Stoneboro

STONEBORO – Dove Award-winning singer and songwriter Mitchell McVicker will perform at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at Emmanuel Christian Church, 4495 Greenville-Sandy Lake Road.

Mitchell’s career began in 1995 and has since spanned 11 albums and two DVDs, an appearance as himself and a song in the movie “Ragamuffin,” and more than 2,000 concerts in 49 states and 13 countries.

Admission is free, and an offering will be taken in support of his ministry.

Info: 724-376-3412.

Living Faith schedules service, class

FARRELL – Living Faith Christian Church, 829 New Castle Road, Farrell, invites the community to its worship service at 11 a.m. every Sunday.

A discipleship class is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Orangeville Baptist slates services, Bible study

SHARPSVILLE – Orangeville Baptist Church, 7600 Orangeville Road in Sharpsville, will hold Sunday school for all ages at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Worship will be at 11 a.m.

A Bible study and evening prayer are scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The church reminds the community that it is always collecting food for its food pantry.

Pastor Harley’s wife, Andrea, will host a five-week women’s Bible study titled “Unshamed,” written by Christine Cain, at 7 p.m. Nov. 19; it continues through Dec. 17.

Contact her at the church so study guides can be ordered.

Info: 724-646-3917 or 330-718-0119.

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