Briefly

Living Faith Christian celebrates anniversary

FARRELL – Living Faith Christian Church, 829 New Castle Road, Farrell (in the plaza), celebrates its first anniversary with a special service at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church.

Gloryway performs at Hermitage church

HERMITAGE – Gloryway performs at 7 p.m. Saturday at Shenango Valley Baptist Church, 40 S. Neshannock Road, Hermitage.

Admission is free.

Info: www.glorywayquartet.com

Singer, ventriloquist to perform at church

SHARON – West Hill presents singer and ventriloquist Jimmy Swogger and Friends from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 28 at First Baptist Church, 301 W. State St., Sharon.

Swogger and his friends have performed all over the country, including for many U.S. presidents.

Check him out at jimmyswogger.com

‘Triumph’ simulcast to be aired at Hubbard church

HUBBARD – Hubbard Church of the Nazarene will be part of the nationwide live simulcast of the “Tragedy into Triumph” series from March 18-20.

This series will show how God can bring triumphant change into lives, even in the midst of tragedy. This is event is free and open to the public (no offering will be taken) and is being simulcast exclusively to the church, 1815 Cherry Lane Drive S.E. (corner of Route 62 and Chestnut Ridge Road).

At 7 p.m. March 18, Rifqa Bary will share the custody story that made national news as she fled her home in Ohio to Florida fearing for her life for accepting Christ.

At 7 p.m. March 19, Brian Bosworth will share his journey from football to faith, as he left drugs, defiance, and the “BOZ” persona to embrace faith in Christ.

At 7 p.m. March 20, Siran Stacy will share how even a strong NFL running back has to have help in the loss of his wife and 4 of their 5 children in one night.

Information: www.tragedyintotriumph.com or call the church at 330-534-3111 between 9 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday.

Trinity Presbyterian offers communion

MERCER – Trinity Presbyterian Church, 110 East Market St., celebrates the sacrament of holy communion during the 11 a.m. service on Sunday.

The worship band and adult choir will provide special music as the church marks the first Sunday in Lent.

The Rev. Dr. Catherine Craley, pastor, will lead the service.

The entire church building is accessible to all, and adult-supervised child care is provided each Sunday.

Interactive Bible study and Kids Club offered

SOUTH PYMATUNING – South Pymatuning Community Church will offer a fresh look at Psalm 119 in an informal and interactive Bible study for adults on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Each of the 22 sections of Psalm 119 offers its own unique look at the place and importance of the Word of God in daily lives.

The study format teaches and leads the group to examine and interpret each section while making application to their own personal lives.

During the same hour of study, a Children’s Club-Kids JAM (Jesus and Me) meets to discover and learn truths from the Bible. Activities, craft and study time highlight the children’s club.

The studies are held at the church, 3400 Tamarack Drive, Sharpsville, and are open to the public.

Info: Pastor David Searle or Janet Searle, 724-962-4601.

Villa Maria hosts weekend retreat

VILLA MARIA – Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center (VMESC) offers a weekend individually-directed retreat beginning at 7 p.m. March 15 and concluding with a short prayer service at 11:30 a.m. March 17, followed by lunch.

Cost is $165 and includes daily sessions with a spiritual director, lodging and meals.

Information and registration: www.vmesc.org or 724-964-8886. 

Bible study to examine Gospel of St. John

HERMITAGE – St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 159 Todd Ave., Hermitage, holds Bible Study “The Gospel of St. John – The Gospel proclaiming The divinity of Christ” at 11 a.m. on Thursdays.

Info: 724-342-2310.

First Assembly of God adjusts services

HERMITAGE – First Assembly of God, 1455 N. Keel Ridge Road, Hermitage, have made adjustments to services.

The time of the first service will remain at 9 a.m. on Sundays, and there will be a children’s program; Sunday school for all ages, will be 10 to 10:45 a.m. and features three adult classes; and the second service will begin at 11 a.m. with Children’s Church.

Nursery provided for all services.

A new members class will be held March 24 at 9 a.m. in Room 2 of the church.

Contact Pastor Fred for more information at the church, 724-962-8206.

Valley United Methodists plan Lenten services

SHENANGO VALLEY – Join the Shenango Valley Cluster of the United Methodist Churches as they gather to share a Lenten journey.

Each Sunday at 7 p.m. participants will gather at a different United Methodist Church for worship, music and to hear one of the area pastors share “The Good News.”

Each evening will end with a time of fellowship and refreshments provided by the host church.

Host church and speakers are: Sunday, Sharpsville First UMC with Rev. Bill Locke; March 17, Charleston UMC with Rev. Frank Hodges; March 24, New Virginia UMC with Rev. Earl Butterfield; March 31, Hickory UMC, Rev. Mark Goswick; April 7, West Middlesex UMC with Rev. Doug Dyson; and April 14, Sharon First UMC with Rev. Jodie Smith, D.S.

Lenten luncheon series scheduled

GREENVILLE – Calvary United Methodist Church is hosting the annual Lenten Luncheon series which is held on Wednesday during Lent.

Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. (cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children).

The program which follows each luncheon includes special music and a guest speaker.

This year’s schedule is: Wednesday, Kennard UMC with special music by Brad McCrimmon and speaker Vicar Judy Lamb of Grace Lutheran Church; March 20, Calvary UMC with special music with Ron Robinson and speaker Rev. Theresa Robison of Sheakleyville Church; March 27, Fallowfield UMC with special music by Chuck Thorpe and speaker Rev. L.J. Stone of First UMC; April 3, North Salem UMC with special music by The Singing Chargers and speaker Rev. Jim Chapin of Living Word; and April 10, First UMC with special music by Don Henley and Jim Vasconi and speaker Rev. Dennis Henley of Ingomar UMC of Pittsburgh.

If Greenville schools are closed, the luncheon will be cancelled. 

Info: Carol Branch, 724-588-4403 or Linda-Lu Lawton, 724-588-9712.

Central Christian Church hosts Lenten series

HERMITAGE – Central Christian Church, 218 Meadowbrook Road, Hermitage, will hold a Lenten Sunday service series, “Return to Me” at 10:15 a.m. Sunday.

“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart,” Joel 2:12a

We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.

Everyone welcome, just as God has welcomed us.

Info: 724-347-1703.

Shenango Valley ICA celebrates anniversary

FARRELL – The Shenango Valley Interdenominational Clergywomen’s Alliance (ICA) will be celebrating its 11th anniversary at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Hour of Power Full Gospel Tabernacle, 1126 Fruit Ave., Farrell.

The guest speaker will be Rev. Patricia Tatum, pastor of New Life Covenant Church, Sharon.

Services set at Sharpsville church

SHARPSVILLE – Services for Orangeville Baptist Church, 7600 Orangeville Road, Sharpsville, are Sunday school for all ages at 10 a.m., followed by worship at 11 a.m.

There is a Wednesday evening prayer and Bible study at 7 p.m.

The church is collecting food for the food pantry. Items being collected include breakfast items, cereals, oatmeal, etc., personal care items such as soaps, deodorants, laundry soups, toothbrushes, toothpaste, paper towels, toilet tissue, etc. Anyone in need should contact the church or Pastor Harley Williams at 330-718-0119.

Living Faith Christian sets service times

FARRELL – Worship for Living Faith Christian Church, 829 New Castle Road, Farrell (in the plaza) will be at 11 a.m. Sunday and will be celebrating its one year anniversary.

A discipleship class will be 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Pastors Cary, Chris and Lay Pastor Frank will also have a 9 a.m.

Sunday service at Whispering Oaks, 260 S. Buhl Farm Drive, Hermitage.

Day of Recollection set for March 17

SHARON – The Mercer County Catholic Women’s Retreat League will have a Day of Recollection and luncheon at 1 p.m. March 17. Doors open at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 79 Case Ave., Sharon.

The retreat master will be Rev. Ian McElrath from St. Stephen’s Church, Oil City.

Reservations are necessary. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Parish representatives have tickets available.

Following the luncheon will be confessions, recitation of the rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Mass at 4 p.m.