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Unity Church slates services

LACKAWANNOCK TOWNSHIP – The Unity Church at Greenfield, 1857 Mercer West Middlesex Road (Route 318 in Lackawannock Township) will celebrate the first Sunday of Lent, Feb. 21, with worship at 11 a.m. 

Each year, Unity has the tradition of placing a large rough wooden cross at the front of the sanctuary. Each week various items representing Christ’s Crucifixion are placed on the cross as the congregation shares “The Road to Calvary.” Pastor James Moose will be preaching. Included in worship is the gift of music, shared each week by various friends of the congregation.

The Unity sanctuary is marked for social distancing. Masks are invited upon entering and leaving.

The church will also once again be hosting “Evensong” on Feb. 21. A free dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. in the church social hall. Dinner tables will be scattered through the large room.

At 6:30 p.m. singing will begin in the Unity sanctuary which has been marked off for social distancing.

“Evensong” is the popular hymn singing time, where those attending call out favorite hymns from the hymn book to be sung by all. Accompanists for the signing are: Jane Bartholomew (piano), Mary Elaine Metzka (keyboard), Janet Stahl (organ) and Barbara Miller (flute). Leading the singing is the pastor of Unity – Jim Moose.

Everyone is invited to this time of joy and fellowship. People of every denomination or fellowship are invited to both the dinner and the singing.

Unity is handicapped accessible through the side door from the parking lot.

For information, call the church phone at 724-346-9501. Unity can be found on social media at unitycommunity. Unity is a Presbyterian congregation where Christ is Crowned and friends are found.

Service times set for Orangeville Baptist

SHARPSVILLE – Orangeville Baptist Church is hosting Sunday school for all ages at 10 a.m. and morning worship at 11 a.m. Sundays in the church, 7600 Orangeville Road, Sharpsville. Evening Bible study and prayer is held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

The church is always collecting food for its food pantry. Those in need can contact Pastor Harley.

Wednesday evening Bible study is on the book of Revelation.

In Children’s Church, kids are learning about God’s commandments and how to worship God.

Due to COVID numbers on the rise, the church is offering virtual worship as well as in person.

Pastor Harley Williams: 330-718-0119; Church phone: 724-646-3917.

Living Faith sets in-person, broadcast services

FARRELL – All are welcome to Living Faith Christian Church, 829 New Castle Road, Farrell. Services are 11 a.m. on Sundays. The service is also broadcast on radio 87.9 FM.

Church phone: 724-734-3176.

Men’s Conference is coming to Greenville

GREENVILLE – 22:32 Men is holding the 2021 Men’s Conference from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 27 at a parish near you. All faiths are welcome.

There will be inspiring national speakers including:

John Leonetti, best selling author and radio host who conveys a message of lasting fulfillment in Jesus Christ; John Edwards, founder of Pew ministries, a Catholic apostolate with the mission of bringing the person of Jesus Christ to the pews; Master of Ceremonies, Fr. Larry Richards; and Bishop Lawrence Persico.

22:32 Men has decentralized the conference this year to mitigate the potential for COVID exposure.

St. Michael Parish will be a satellite host for the live conference. Mass will be at 7:30 a.m.; refreshments at 8:15 a.m.; Zoom conference in the church from 9 a.m. to noon. Confession is available during the conference 9 to 11 a.m. The conference will be shown on a 75’ widescreen TV with masks worn and social distancing in the large church.

Register online on the parish website banner @ stmichaelgreenville.com or 2232men.com or call 814-455-6303. Select St. Michael Greenville as site to view conference and GROUP8 using group name “St. Michael Greenville” to obtain discount of $10. Questions/help, call Deacons Marty Aubel 724-866-7432 or Frank Luciani 724-854-1579.

Cost: $15 per adult; $10 per group of 8 or more; $5 per high school student. Available to men ages high school and up.

Visit www.2232Men.com or email info@2232Men.com for more details.

Villa Maria hosts events

VILLA MARIA – Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center is offering the following events:

• Biblically Shaped Prayer with Ardath Blake, HM. This event will be conducted via Zoom.

Feb. 23: What does the Gospel of Matthew tell us about prayer?

March 2: What do the Gospels of Luke and John tell us about prayer?

All sessions are 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost is $5 for each individual session or $25 for all sessions. Registration is required. Participation in all sessions is not required.

• Individually Directed Retreat to pray, reflect and be refreshed, 7 p.m. on Feb. 19 through 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 21.

In meeting the director each day the retreatant is aided in noticing the reality of God’s presence and activity, coming to trust what has been noticed, and responding to His presence and activity.

There is no preset pattern for a directed retreat. The director and the retreatant try to be sensitive and responsive to where the retreatant is in his or her journey with God. The director’s role is to support the retreatant in the movements of his or her journey as these movements emerge in the retreatant’s prayer. Cost is $175, which includes daily sessions with a Spiritual Director, lodging and meals from a light supper on Friday to breakfast on Sunday.

• Empty Bowl: In the Presence of the Lord, with Cheryl Rose, HM, 7 p.m. on Feb. 26 through 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 27. This event will be conducted via Zoom.

Lent is the season that calls us to deeper discipleship, to walk more closely with the Jesus of the Gospels, to learn to think and feel as He did, by blessed time In the Presence of the Lord. In this Empty Bowl retreat, from the place of stillness, we will look at our lives through a new lens – the Christ gaze. We will enter learnings and experiences of HIS life. The retreat will be in the contemplative style of the Empty Bowl retreats.

Cost is $75. The Zoom link will be sent to all those registered on Feb. 25.

• Lenten Meditation Circle with Natalie Terry, 8 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 23. This event will be conducted via Zoom.

Insight for this session: See No Stranger: Loving Others

8 p.m., gathering and reading from See No Stranger: A Memoir & Manifesto of Revolutionary Love by Valarie Kaur; 8:10 p.m., 15-minute silent meditation; 8:25 p.m., blessing.

Future dates:

March 2 Insight – See No Stranger: Loving Others

March 9 Insight – Tend the Wound: Loving Opponents

March 16 Insight – Tend the Wound: Loving Opponents

March 23 Insight – Breathe and Push: Loving Others

March 30 Insight – Breach and Push: Loving Others

April 6 Insight – Joy

Participation in all sessions is not required. Registation is not required. Cost is a free will offering; donations are gratefully accepted.

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

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