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Holy Communion set for Mercer’s Trinity Church

MERCER – The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 110 E. Market St.

Ellen Campbell will provide special music.

The church is accessible, and adult-supervised child care is provided.

National pastor from Kenya to speak

SHARPSVILLE – Rev. Wilson Maungo of Independent Gospel Missions, a national pastor from Kenya, will present his mission outreach at the 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services at South Pymatuning Community Church, 3400 Tamarack Drive, on Aug. 11.

Rev. Maungo is currently responsible for the oversight of more than 120 small churches throughout the regions of Kenya and Uganda as well as operating a church-sponsored orphanage and Bible institute for the training of other national pastors.

South Pymatuning Community Church has supported and sponsored Rev. Maungo for more than a decade through its missions outreach ministry and has provided funding for the building of a church and other projects through various fundraising campaigns. The public is invited and encouraged to attend these services to see what God is doing in other regions of the world and to consider possibly joining in the support of this mission ministry.

Check the church website or Facebook page for additional information.

Church’s Bible school to explore Athens of Paul

SANDY LAKE – Vacation Bible School “Athens: Paul’s Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth” will be hosted at New Lebanon Community Church, 4166 Mercer St., from Monday through Aug. 9. \

Bible school will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Attendees will be stepping back in time at Athens, exploring some of the adventures the Apostle Paul faced. Kids and leaders participate in a memorable Bible-times Marketplace, sing songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into Bible-times snacks, visit Paul, and collect Bible Memory Makers to remind them of God’s Word. Plus, everyone learns to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes at celebration – a time of upbeat worship.

Women’s conference begins Monday

SHARON – The Isaiah 49, Inc., Sixth Annual International Women’s Empowerment Conference will hold its Kick Off Service on Monday at Penn State Shenango’s auditorium.

Doors will open at 5 p.m., and the service will begin at 6 p.m.

Evangelist Christal Graham-Jones will lead the service in welcoming the featured speaker, Rev. Judith Modiba, from Johannesburg, South Africa. Lady Phyllis Bolling of Second Baptist Church in Farrell will lead a “100 Voice Community Choir” during the kick off service.

Ruth A.M.E. Zion to host Bible school

SHARON – Ruth A.M.E. Zion Church, 95 Connelly Blvd., Sharon, holds Vacation Bible School Monday through Aug. 9 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for ages 3 through 18. The theme is “Back to Basics.” 

There will be Bible lessons, food and music.

Retreat to study ‘women doctors of church’

VILLA MARIA – Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, Evergreen Road, will offer a conference retreat with Susan Schorsten, HM and Gay Rowzie, HM, entitled: “Women Doctors of the Church.”

The conference retreat will be 7 p.m. Sunday to noon Aug. 9.

What do these four women, Hildegard, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila and Therese of Lisieux have “in common” to be designated a ‘“doctor” of the church? How are they able to influence and inspire today? What are their stories? What are our stories? How are the stories similar?

Susan Schorsten, HM, has served for many years in leadership positions within her own religious congregation, with the Diocese of Charleston, SC, and in health care ministry.

Gay Rowzie, HM, is an educator who has taught special education, elementary school, and doctoral students and has ministered at the diocesan and parish levels, in education and health care.

Cost is $395 and includes retreat, lodging, and meals from light supper on Sunday to lunch on Friday. Commuter cost is $250 and includes program and meals. 

Program information and registration are available at www.vmesc.org or 724-964-8886.

Sharon church hosts Community Day

SHARON – Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, 699 Stambaugh Ave., Sharon, will hold Community Day from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

There will be music, games, prizes, raffle baskets, food and crafts for adults and children.

Dinner at St. George’s Serbian Orthodox Church

HERMITAGE – St. George’s Serbian Orthodox Church, 65 S. Keel Ridge Road, Hermitage, will hold its Serbian beef goulash dinner from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 18.

The menu includes goulash – a traditional eastern European dish of beef, carrots, potatoes in a sauce and served on noodles – a garden salad, dessert and coffee.

Cost is $10, and service is available for dine-in or takeout.

Orangeville Baptist Church service times

SHARPSVILLE — Service times for Orangeville Baptist Church, 7600 Orangeville Road, Sharpsville, are 10 a.m. for Sunday school, followed by worship at 11 a.m. There is a 7 p.m. Wednesday prayer and Bible study.

The church is always collecting food for the church pantry which serves people in need.

Info: Call the church at 724-646-3917 or the Rev. Harley Williams at 330-718-0119.

Living Faith Christian Church service times

FARRELL — Services at Living Faith Christian Church, 829 New Castle Road, Farrell, begin at 11 a.m. Sundays. There is a discipleship class at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

The church holds a 9 a.m. Sunday service at Whispering Oaks retirement home, 260 S. Buhl Farm Drive, Hermitage.

Info: Call Pastor Chris at 724-699-1891; Pastor Cary at 724-734-3176, or Lay Pastor Frank at 724-651-0460.

Shenango Valley Baptist to host VBS

HERMITAGE – Shenango Valley Baptist Church, 40 S. Neshannock Road, Hermitage, will host vacation Bible School Monday through Aug. 9.

Programs are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each day.

Children will focus on amazing, real-life encounters with Jesus.

For information or a ride, call Pastor Cooper at 724-734-1648.