Church presents story of Ukrainian massacre

SHARON – “Holodomor: Memories of Ukraine’s silent massacre,” will be presented by St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Church at 7 p.m. Saturday in the church, 389 Clark St., Sharon.

Free-will donations will be accepted. Proceeds will go to Ukrainian orphanages.

Advent season begins Sunday

MERCER – The celebration of holy communion and the hanging of the greens will mark the beginning of the Advent season during the 11 a.m. service Sunday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 110 E. Market St.

In addition to the sacrament, the service will include the introduction of symbols of Advent by the hanging of wreaths on the church doors and in the sanctuary, the changing of liturgical cloths, lighting of the first candle on the Advent wreath, placing Chrismons on the evergreen tree, hanging Advent banners, and singing Advent carols.

The adult choir will sing, and Marilyn Rost will present a solo during the service, led by the Rev. Dr. Catherine Craley, pastor.

Throughout Advent, service bulletin covers will feature artwork created by children of the church.

Adult supervised care for pre-kindergarten aged children is offered. The church is accessible to all.

Information/transportation: 724-662-2680.

Services set at Sharon First UMC

SHARON – Sharon First United Methodist Church, 237 W. Silver St., will hold a Communion Sunday.

Worship service is at 9 and 11 a.m.; breakfast at 9:30 a.m.; and adult church school at 10 a.m.

The church is seeking donations to help decorate for Christmas. Interested parties may order poinsettias for $10 each.

Poinsettias may be bought in memory or honor of someone. Orders must be placed by Sunday in the church office.

Checks can be made payable to First United Methodist Church. Poinsettias will be available for pickup following worship services on Dec. 24.

New Christmas sermon series at Center Church

GROVE CITY – Center Church, EPC, 333 Center Church Road, Grove City, will begin a new sermon series, “I Still Believe.” The focus is renewing faith in Jesus Christ and in the wonder of his birth.

The topics:

• Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent: Zechariah’s Story in Luke 1:5-25, 57-80; I still believe even when I doubt and struggle to believe.

• Dec. 8, the second Sunday of Advent: Mary’s Story in Luke 1:26-38; 46-55; I still believe even when God calls me to believe the impossible.

• Dec. 15, the third Sunday of Advent: Joseph’s Story in Matthew 1:18-25; I still believe even when all my hopes and dreams fall apart.

• Dec. 22, the fourth Sunday of Advent: Elizabeth’s Story in Luke 1:39-45, 56; I still believe even when all hope is lost.

• Dec. 24, Christmas Eve: The Shepherds’ Story in Luke 2:8-20; I still believe even when I’m afraid.

• Jan. 5: The Wise Men’s Story in Matthew 2:1-12; I still believe even when I’m not sure where to find God.

• Jan. 12: Simeon and Anna’s Story in Luke 2:21-40; I still believe even when I’m waiting for God to answer my prayers.

• Jan. 19: Jesus’s Story in Luke 2:41-52; I still believe even when I don’t fully understand God’s plans.

Sunday worship is at 9:30 a.m. with Bible classes for adults and kids at 10:45 a.m. and coffeehouse fellowship all morning.

More info: Call 724-748-4118 or visit

Spiritual Living center hosts healing session

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Unity Centre for Spiritual Living, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, will again be hosting a “Crystal Singing Bowl Meditation” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10. The group meditation will be conducted by Maria and Calvin Wagner from the Center for Sound Therapy in Boardman, Ohio.

Sound healing has been around for centuries as a healing modality. Practitioners claim that it provides deep relaxation and can balance the body’s systems by restoring its healthy harmonic patterns. The meditation is free; donations will be accepted.

Info: Call the xentre at 330-539-0122.

Corner House Christian hosts Christmas program

HUBBARD – Family, friends and community will gather at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Corner House Christian Church, 6954 Chestnut-Ridge Rd, Hubbard, for an Old-Fashioned Christmas music sing-a-long, a children’s skit, and supper of judged chili and fixings.

Attendees are asked to bring peanut butter (a jar or a case of jars) for the Lifeline Missions Haiti project.

Info: Anyone interested in having their chili judged or who needs more information, contact Avis Mathews-Grove at 330-534-7629.

Villa Maria hosts French prayer session

VILLA MARIA – Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, 2067 Evergreen Road, will hold an evening of prayer in the uplifting surroundings of the Magnificat Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

Attendees will gather around the cross for prayer in the tradition of the ecumenical monastery of Taize, France. This Christian interdenominational prayer form includes music, scripture and silence.

The theme is “Advent” and the music director is Brenda Kostial.

Light refreshments and an opportunity for fellowship will follow the prayer service.

The event is free.

Taize Prayer is funded through the generosity of an anonymous donor.

Future program dates are March 12 and May 7.

Info: 724-964-8886.

Singing Chargers perform at Sheakleyville

SHEAKLEYVILLE – “Christ Has Come For All” will be presented by The Singing Chargers at 10 a.m. Dec. 8 at Sheakleyville United Methodist Church, 19 Church St.

Regular Sunday services are held at 9 a.m. at Kennard United Methodist Church; 10 a.m. at North Salem United Methodist Church; and 11 a.m. at Sheakleyville United Methodist Church.

Info: Marcia McKelvey, 724-253-3586 or

Villa Maria hosting annual nativity display

VILLA MARIA – The community is invited to join the Sisters of the Humility of Mary for the annual nativity display, an indoor Advent tradition featuring hundreds of nativity sets from around the world.

The Villa Maria Nativity Display will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 8 at Villa Maria Community Cen ter, 288 Villa Drive. Admission and parking are free. Private group tours are available for schools, churches, and other organizations from Dec. 2 to 6, upon request.

The event will also include entertainment from local musicians and choirs. The Villa Farm will sell fresh poinsettias, swags and wreaths, and The Villa Shoppe will offer fair-trade items, nativities and unique Christmas gifts for purchase.

A roast beef dinner (with a vegetarian option) will be from noon to 4 p.m. on both Sundays. Dinner tickets are $15 for a large, $10 for a small, and $5 for a children’s portion. Tickets can be purchased in advance at The Villa Shoppe during regular shop hours or at the door. Takeout is available, and children 4 and younger eat free. Both dinners feature Villa Farm raised products.

Info: Visit or call 724-9648920, ext. 3348.

Orangeville Baptist offers services, study

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

Worship is at 11 a.m.

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

Pastor Harley’s wife, Andrea, will host a fiveweek women’s Bible study “Unshamed” at 7 p.m. through Dec. 17.

Food is being collected for the food pantry to help any in need. Anyone in need of help with food, call Pastor Harley or the church.

Living Faith Church 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.

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