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Virtual spiritual retreat offered

VILLA MARIA – Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center holds Seeking the Hidden Grace: A Corona Retreat with Cheryl Rose, HM, on July 24. The first session is at 3 p.m. and the second is at 7 p.m. A third and fourth session will be offered July 25 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively. The retreat will be conducted via zoom.

The Zoom link will be sent to all those registered on July 23.

Somewhere between endurance and despair, denial and avoidance, there is a place of deep learning being offered us in the current global pandemic. In the face of the coronavirus, we see around us a range of reactions—from anger and denial to fear and hopelessness. Before us is a mighty opportunity for working with an event that has befallen the whole planet.

Together we can enter this classroom of learning and seek the deep graces being offered all of us.

Each session lasts 90 minutes, and will begin with a short prayer, followed by some input, and then time for personal reflection with questions or an exercise, and then returning for sharing in small or large groups.

Cheryl Rose, HM, has always been drawn to the mystery of the human encounter with God and engaged in ministry in the area of spirituality and personal growth, even as a high school teacher of chemistry and physics. She has taught courses on prayer and the spiritual journey, directed retreats for youth, school staffs, nonprofits, and parishes. She has been doing spiritual direction and retreat work for many years. As a trained spiritual director and certified Enneagram teacher, Sr. Cheryl offers a variety of workshops for groups in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere.

Cost is $60.

Register at https://www.vmesc.org/Web/home/programs-retreats?id=697 or https://www.vmesc.org/Web/home.

Info: 724-964-8886.

S. Py. Community Church to host guest speaker

SHARPSVILLE – Dr. William (BJ) Rudge of The Bill Rudge Ministries in Hermitage will be a guest speaker at South Pymatuning Community Church, 3400 Tamarack Dr., Sharpsville, at 10:30 a.m. during the Sunday worship service.

Dr. Rudge’s message will be taken from the challenge to the Church of Smyrna in Revelation 2:8-11, “God’s Message to the Persecuted Church.” This service will also include music by the group Justified, providing worship and praise time.

More information can be found on the church’s Facebook page, or by calling Pastor David Searle at 724-962-4601.

Pegues to speak at awards luncheon

HERMITAGE – “The Ladies in White Recognition/Awards Luncheon” will be held at 10 a.m. Aug.1 at St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church Social Hall, 2230 Highland Road, Hermitage.

Various local women who have supported and worked in the community churches, community events and throughout Mercer County will be honored and recognized.

Our speaker will be Missionary Vanessa Pegues, of Greater Mt. Zion COGIC, Farrell.

Various awards, giveaways, fun, and a special luncheon will be served.

Tickets are $10.

For ticket information, call Apostle Jennifer L. Campbell (Freed2Lead Ministries) at 724-658-1655. 

CAE to host STOMP kickoff event

FARRELL – Community Arts Experience, Inc. is excited to introduce the Students Taking Ownership Mentoring Project, or STOMP, which is a county-wide prevention program, developed by Pastor B.J. Pleasant, co-founder and CEO, of CAE, Inc. This mentoring project initiative has been designed to combat all forms of violence and positively impact youth grades five through 12, their families, and the Mercer County community.

CAE, Inc., is an alternative learning and training organization headquartered in Farrell, and is dedicated to the education, well-being and empowerment of underserved communities.

Research shows that violence in all forms is commonly due to a lack of morals and values in America stemming from adverse childhood experiences during a child’s formative years, otherwise known as ACEs. The STOMP initiative is developed to prevent violence before it begins. This initiative employs a model to affect factors contributing to violent behavior patterns by deploying character and leadership development programs and arts-infused activities.

We invite the community to attend our family-friendly STOMP, kick-off event, “Stop the Violence Prayer and Praise Gathering.” This event will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Aug. 5, at One Kingdom Ministries, 927 Lee Ave., Farrell.

The STOMP initiative has the support of several community partners and the involvement of committed millennial Champion Leaders to ensure the success of our programming.

For more information about CAE and the services offered, visit www.caeww.com.

Rev. Jordan to preach at Second Baptist, Sharpsville 

FARRELL – Rev. Calvin Jordan, associate minister at Second Missionary Baptist Church, Farrell, will bring the Word at Second Baptist Church, Walnut and High streets, Sharpsville, at 11:15 a.m. Sunday and on July 26.

Rev. James McKeithan is host pastor.

Crossing Paths to start teenage Bible study

Don Reed Sr., founder of Crossing Paths TV Ministry, will be starting a teenage Bible study on Aug.1. The study will be limited to 12 students. Bibles and study materials will be provided. We will be starting with Genesis.

For more information call 724-981-7777 or 1-855-981-9777.

Eastgate Church holds lakeside service

SHARPSVILLE – Eastgate Church, Church Street, Sharpsville, holds an Old Time Lake Baptism service from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 19 at Chestnut Run Swim Beach, 5500 Saranac Drive, Sharpsville. There will be an outdoor picnic and games directly following the service.

Info: 330-881-1531.

Events scheduled at Orangeville Baptist

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

Worship and children’s church is at 11 a.m.

Women’s Bible study is 7 p.m Tuesdays.

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

The church is always collecting food for the food pantry. Anyone in need may contact the church or Pastor Harley.

The church is also collecting school supplies and backpacks until July 26 to contribute to the Hartford Township Police Department annual bookbag giveaway.

The first motorcycle run of the summer (you don’t need a motorcycle to participate) is Sunday, directly following service. There will be a picnic lunch at Mill Creek Park. Lunch will be provided for a cost of $5.

Info: Pastor Harley Williams, 330-718-0119.

Living Fath holding in-person, radio services

FARRELL – All are welcome to Living Faith Christian Church, 829 New Castle Road (in plaza), Farrell, holds services at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. The service is also broadcast on Radio FM 87.9.

Info: Church, 724-734-3176.

Ladies and men’s Bible studies offered

SHARPSVILLE – Separate Bible study groups for ladies and men are being offered at South Pymatuning Community Church, 3400 Tamarack Drive, South Pymatuning Township.

These groups will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays at the church.

The ladies group is led by Denise Fisher and their study will be centered on the Proverbs 31 topics from Eshet Chayil’s study, “Woman of Honor.” The men’s group is led by Pastor Barry McLaughlin Jr. and Barry McLaughlin Sr. Their present study is on the proof of Christ’s resurrection. Both study groups base their teaching principles and subject content on the Bible.

The groups are open to the public.

For additional information, call the church at 724-962-4601 or check the church Facebook page.

New Mass times for St. Michael’s in Greenville

GREENVILLE – St. Michael Parish Greenville has changed its Mass times. Mass will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Sunday at St. Michael Church, Greenville; and 9 a.m. at St. Margaret Mission, Jamestown.

Sharon 1st Presbyterianto resume worship Sunday

SHARON – First Presbyterian Church, 600 E. State St., Sharon, has reopened for worship at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

Health care precautions will be practiced, including required masks (except for medical reasons); social distancing; entry through the glass doors and exit through the wooden doors (except if elevator is needed); stay home if feeling ill; cover mouth/nose if cough/sneeze; no congregational singing.

Worship service will be in the sanctuary to maintain distancing. It could be warm, so everyone is encouraged to wear cool, comfortable clothing. Cold bottles of water will be provided.

Children will sit with their families and receive a Bible story activity packet.

The worship service will also be video recorded. There is the choice of attending in-person worship or watching the video recorded service on Facebook or the You-Tube channel. To watch it on Facebook, go to the 1st Church Facebook page and look for the post.

To watch it on the 1st Church YouTube channel, go to the 1st Church website and click the “FPC Videos” link. The link will connect with the 1st Church YouTube channel.

More info: Email the church at office@1stpcs.org, or call 724-981-2211, ext. 1.

Rev. Crooks to preach at Trinity Presbyterian

MERCER – The Rev.

Dr. William P. Crooks, pastor emeritus of Trinity Presbyterian Church, 110 E. Market St., will preach during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church. Dr. Crooks served the Mercer church from 1980 until his retirement in 2017. He serves as interim presbyter for the Shenango Presbytery.

Worshipers are invited to follow CDC guidelines of social distancing and wearing masks for services, which are both streamed and posted on the church’s website at trinitymercer.com.

The congregation recently elected, ordained, and installed officers.

Elected to three-year terms as elders were Matt Allen, Glenn Buchanan, Eric Carlson, Pam P. Courtney and Cindy Workman. Elected to three-year terms as deacons were Jean Buchanan, Jeff Colson, Bryda Drumm, Katie McCann, and Cindy Stone. Chosen for a oneyear term as deacon was Lisa C. Miller.

Also elected to oneyear terms were Meredith Allen and Nicole Mathieson, Sunday school superintendents; Carol Carlson, greeter coordinator; and Midge Ramsey, flower coordinator.

Pastor Dr. Catherine Craley installed the officers.

Sunday school classes and the nursery remain on hiatus.

Information/transportation: 724-662-2680.

Villa Maria to study hidden grace of the pandemic

VILLA MARIA – Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center offers a virtual presentation via Zoom with Cheryl Rose, HM, “Seeking the Hidden Grace: A Corona Retreat.” This virtual opportunity will take place in four sessions at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 24, and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 25.

Somewhere between endurance and despair, denial and avoidance, there is a place of deep learning being offered us in the current global pandemic. In the face of the coronavirus, we see around us a range of reactions — from anger and denial to fear and hopelessness. Before us is a mighty opportunity for working with an event that has befallen the whole planet. Together we can enter this classroom of learning and seek the deep graces being offered all of us.

In this virtual, online retreat there will be four 90-minute sessions, each session will begin with a short prayer, followed by some input, and then time for personal reflection with questions or an exercise, and then returning for sharing in small or large groups.

Sr. Cheryl has always been drawn to the mystery of the human encounter with God and engaged in ministry in the area of spirituality and personal growth,

even as a high school teacher of chemistry and physics. She has taught courses on prayer and the spiritual journey, directed retreats for youth, school staffs, non-profits, and parishes. She has been doing spiritual direction and retreat work for many years.

As a trained spiritual director and certified Enneagram teacher, Sr.

Cheryl offers a variety of workshops for groups in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere.

The cost is $60 and the Zoom link will be sent to all those registered July 23.

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