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Choir concert to benefit fire victims

SHARON – The New Fellowship Community Choir, under the direction of Brother Guy Gibbs, will be in concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Cedar Avenue Church of God, 1045 Cedar Ave., Sharon.

More than 40 voice choir singers with members of surrounding churches will sing a variety of gospel music consisting of hymns, spirituals, modern gospel and contemporary.

Free-will offering will take place at the concert. All proceeds will go toward Mercer County Housing Authority Vermeire Manor Fire Victims. 

Night of Praise set for May 5

CLARKS MILLS – Lakeview Area Helping Hands Center’s Night of Praise is set for 6:30 p.m. May 5 at Clarks Mills United Methodist Church, 3813 Hadley Road, Clarks Mills.

There will be a free-will offering.

Unity Church to hold Evensong

 LACKAWANNOCK TOWNSHIP – The Unity Church at Greenfield, 1857 Mercer West Middlesex Road (Route 318) will hold Evensong at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the church sanctuary.

Evensong features the singing of hymns from the hymn book, chosen by those in attendance and led by Pastor Jim Moose, accompanied by Janet Stahl on organ, Jane Bartholomew, piano, Sharon Burns on keyboard and Barbara Miller on flute. Everyone is invited no matter what church or fellowship. (There have been 16 churches represented at one time.)

Preceding the event at 5:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall will be a free dinner for all who would like to eat and share in the fellowship around the tables. Unity is handicapped accessible through the side door from the parking lot.

Unity will also have “Family Fun Night” on March 22 with Western style line-dancing beginning at 6 p.m. led and taught by Tricia Griffith. There will also be crafts, table games and food. All are invited to this free event.

Lenten Sunday worship is at 11 a.m. with the theme of “Following Jesus ... on the Road to Calvary.” Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m.

Information about Unity: call 724-346-501 or look on social media for “Unitycommunity” 

Villa Maria to host Taizé Prayer service

VILLA MARIA – Villa Maria, Evergreen Road, will host Taizé Prayer at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the of Magnificat Chapel.

With open and ecumenical hearts, gather around the cross for prayer in the tradition of the ecumenical monastery of Taizé, France. This Christian interdenominational prayer form includes music, scripture, and silence.

There is no charge, and all are welcome.

Info: 724-964-8886. Additional program information is also available at www.vmesc.org

Day of Recollection set for Sunday

SHARON – The Mercer County Catholic Women’s Retreat League will have a Day of Recollection and luncheon at 1 p.m. Sunday. 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.

Services set at Orangeville Baptist

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 soaps, 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.

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.

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 Monday through Wednesday.

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. Monday, 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. Tuesday, 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. Wednesday, 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 330-5343111 between 9 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday.

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.

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, has 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 churches and speakers are: Sunday, 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 Wednesdays 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, 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.

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

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