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January 5, 2013

Religion in brief | Cathedral schedules Christmas services

Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Johnstown will begin its Christmas services with a Christmas Eve Liturgy at 9 a.m. Sunday with a reading of the “Genealogy Gospel,” taken from Matthew 1:1-25 at the church, 300 Garfield St. in the West End section of Johnstown.

Nativity Complines will be chanted at 10:30 p.m., followed by a medley of carols by the cathedral choir at 11:45 and the Christmas Liturgy sung at midnight.

The second Christmas Liturgy will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Monday. Leading the service will be the Rev. Bishop Gregory Tatsis (retired), who will be joined by cathedral clergy, Protopresbyter Frank P. Miloro, the Very Rev. John S. Brancho and the Very Rev. John A. Baranik.

The bishop’s Christmas Archpastoral letter will be read at both Liturgies. Bishop Gregory’s greeting will feature the ancient Nativity Homily of St. John Chrysostom.

The third day of Christmas also will be observed with a Liturgy at 9 a.m.

West End churches to hold hymn sing

The churches of the West End will hold a hymn sing at 7 p.m. Sunday at Resurrection Roman Catholic Church, 414 Fourth Ave., Johnstown.

A social time with refreshments will follow.

Christmas cantata at Garrett UM

Garrett United Methodist Church choir and friends will present the Christmas cantata “Silent Night, Holy Night” at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church on Walker Street.

An offering will be taken for the church’s music department.

Refreshments and a time of fellowship will follow.

Arbutus Church

The Rev. Eric Kabler, guest minister, will preach about “All of the Bible Predictions Come True ... Including this Important One,” with Scripture from Matthew 2:1-12, during the 9:15 a.m. Sunday service at Arbutus Church of the Brethren, 1201 Erickson Drive, Johnstown.

Barbara Craig will serve as worship leader and Sharon Eley will be the greeter.

Sunday school will follow at 10:30.

Prayer time, praise and worship will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Bakerton UM

The Rev. Linda C. Lacovic will hold a worship service at 9 a.m. Sunday at Bakerton United Methodist Church, 246 Lane and Sponsky Road, Elmora.

Sunday school will begin at 10.

Information: 247-8911.

Bethel UM

The Rev. Don Poole will share the message “Faith Challenges – The Magi,” based on Matthew 2:1-12, during the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services at Bethel United Methodist Church, 1021 Forest Hills Drive, Salix.

Sunday school will begin at 9:45 and the Youth RUSH will meet at 6 p.m.

Community church

Holy Communion will be observed during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Community Open Door Church, Menoher Boulevard and Luzerne Street, Johnstown.

The Rev. Charles H. Zimmerman will speak on “What God Is Looking for in Men and Women.”

Cindy Wilson will bring the children’s message.

Stop-and-go Communion and in-the-car driveway Communion for the handicapped will be available from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Singles fellowship will be held at 6:30 tonight.

Conemaugh church

“O Come Let Us Worship,” with Scripture from Psalm 95:1-7, will be the sermon during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Conemaugh Church of the Brethren, 1256 William Penn Ave., Johnstown.

Nursery and children’s church will be available.

Sunday school will begin at 9:30.

Women’s Bible study will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Preschool play day will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and Bible study will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Information: 539-2615.

Faith UM

The Rev. Len Findley will share the message “Do You Trust or Just React?” with Scripture from Isaiah 60:1-6, during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at Faith United Methodist Church, 369 Glessner Road, Johnstown.

Ferndale UM

The Rev. Len Findley, pastor of Ferndale United Methodist Church, 701 Vickroy Ave., Johnstown, will deliver the message, “Do You Trust or Just React?” with Scripture from Isaiah 60:1-6, during the 10:40 a.m. Sunday service.

The choir, under the direction of Traci Weaver, will sing “A Child, A King.”

Karen Mill and Kim Bozich will be the greeters. Mike and Julie Hendershot will be the nursery helpers. Kaylee Antesberger will be the acolyte.

The offering for January will go to the Salvation Army.

The men of the church will host a breakfast Jan. 12 in the fellowship room.

First Lutheran

Communion will be observed to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany during the 5:30 service tonight and the 10:45 a.m. service Sunday at First Lutheran Church, 415 Vine St., Johnstown.

The Rev. Eleanor Abarno will preach on the visit of the wise men to the Christ child in Bethlehem, based on Matthew 2.

George Fattman will lead a class at 9:30 a.m. about the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem.

Flood City

“The Best Is Yet to Come” will be the sermon series for January at Flood City Church, 1723 Scalp Ave., Johnstown.

The Rev. Brad Westover will lead the services at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Information: 467-0707.

Grace Brethren

The Rev. Rick Horner will speak on “Going the Right Direction in the New Year” during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at Grace Brethren Church, Oak and Second streets, East Conemaugh.

Grove Avenue UM

The Rev. Ed Schoeneck will deliver the message “Understanding Our Emotions,” based on John 7:37-52, during the Sunday services at Grove Avenue United Methodist Church, 501 Grove Ave. in the Moxham section of Johnstown.

A contemporary worship service will be held at 9 a.m. with music provided by Eclectic Praise Band, under the direction of Denise Baldwin. A time of fellowship will follow.

Adult Sunday school will begin at 9:15 and children’s Sunday school will begin at 9:30.

A traditional worship service will be held at 10:45 with the choir, directed by Judy Custer, singing an anthem.

Nursery will be available with Mandy Gonzales as the coordinator.

Hastings UM

The Rev. Linda C. Lacovic will lead services at Hastings United Methodist Church, 162 Fourth Ave.

Praise service will be held at 6 tonight.

A Sunday worship service will begin at 10:45 a.m.

Sunday school will begin at 9:30, and adult Bible study will begin at 2 p.m.

Youth Bible club will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Information: 247-8911.

Holy Trinity

Worship services for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 525 Main St., Berlin, will be held at 8 and 10:40 a.m. Sunday.

The children’s Christmas program will be held during the 10:40 service.

Sunday school will begin at  9:30.

Information: 267-5014.

Johnstown fellowship

Pastor Gary L. Tustin will speak about “Anointing for the New Year” during the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship services at Greater Johnstown Christian Fellowship, 3429 Elton Road.

Pastor Ed Berringer will teach on “Stressed ... But Anointed” during the 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible study.

Connection Cafe will begin at 6 Wednesday, followed by PACT children and youth classes at 7.

Information: 266-2322.

Laurel Trinity

The Rev. Traci Bowman will officiate worship services and observe Holy Communion at 8:45 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday at Laurel Trinity Lutheran Church, 7520 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown.

Sunday school will begin at 10.

Work on the annual report will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Sharing Our Sorrows will meet at noon Tuesday at Gourmet Buffet in Somerset.

Choir practice will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The church council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Information: 629-9288.

Maple Spring

The Rev. Guy Myers will speak about “Five Smooth Stones and Giant Slayers Needed,” with Scripture from

1 Samuel 17:32-40, during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday service at Maple Spring Church of the Brethren, 106 Spring Road, Hollsopple.

Children’s church will be available for children ages 4 through Grade 6.

Sunday school will begin at 9:40, and Kidz Klub and Sunday Nite Youth will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Information: www.maplespringcob.org.

Mount Hope UM

The Rev. Jason McQueen will preside over a worship service at 9 a.m. Sunday at Mount Hope United Methodist Church, 258 Mount Hope Road, South Fork.

Sunday school will begin at 10:30, with the youth meeting at 6 p.m.

A Bible study will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Information: 535-5698.

Moxham Lutheran

The Epiphany of the Lord will be observed with a service of carols and Holy Communion during the 8:15 and 11 a.m. Sunday services at Moxham Lutheran Church, 500 Park Ave., Johnstown.

Sunday school will begin at 9:30.

Worship with Holy Communion will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Park Avenue UM

The Rev. Kathleen Schoeneck, pastor of Park Avenue United Methodist Church,

700 Park Ave., Johnstown, will speak on “God Reaches Out” during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service.

Carol Santucci will be the worship leader and Ron and E.J. Williams will be the greeters.

Sunday school will begin at 9:15.

Roxbury church

The Rev. Brian Simmons, pastor of Roxbury Church of the Brethren, 112 Sell St.,

Johnstown, will speak on “Lift Up Your Heads and Look Around,” with Scripture from Ephesians 3:1-12 and Matthew 2:1-12, during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service.

The cathedral choir, under the direction of Melanie Shiley and accompanied by Laura Krouse, pianist, will sing “Hope Was Born That Night.”

The deacons will hold their quarterly meeting following the worship service.

Commissions will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, followed by the board of administration meeting at 8.

Choir practice will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a Bible study at 7:15, led by Simmons.

Information: 536-6716.

Roxbury St. Paul’s

The Rev. Wayne D. Sedei will deliver the message “In Pursuit of the Star,” based on Isaiah 60:1-6 and Matthew 2:1-12, during the 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship services at Roxbury St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 160 Derby St., Johnstown.

Information: 535-5049.

Second Presbyterian

The Rev. Art Moffat will speak on “Living in the Kingdom of God,” with Scripture from Matthew 6:33, during the 10 a.m. Sunday worship service at Second Presbyterian Church, 565 Park Ave. in the Moxham section of Johnstown.

Communion will be observed.

The choir, under the direction of Sarah Pruss, will sing “One Bread, One Body.”

Westmont UM

The Rev. Kevin Rea will preach on “Who Is This Man?” during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship service at Westmont United Methodist Church, 1428 Menoher Blvd., Johnstown.

Sunday school will begin at 9:30.

A church planning meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 12 in the fellowship hall.

Windber Calvary UM

The Rev. John Snyder will deliver the message “Epiphany,” based on Scripture from Matthew 2:1-12, during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Windber Calvary United Methodist Church, 1800 Stockholm Ave.

Holy Communion will be observed and church officers will be installed.

The chancel choir, under the direction and accompaniment of Robert Shaffer, will sing “Star of Wonder.”

There will be a children’s sermonette and a staffed nursery will be provided.

“Share His Love” will air on WCCL 101.7 FM at 8:30.

An innovative worship service will be held at 7 p.m.

Information: 467-9811.

Zion Lutheran

A Liturgy of Holy Communion will be celebrated during the 10:15 a.m. Sunday Epiphany service at Zion Lutheran Church, 613 Locust St., downtown Johnstown, with a Gospel reading from Matthew 2:1-12.

Members of the congregational council will be installed during the service.

Church school will begin at 9, and a time of fellowship will follow at 9:30.

A midweek Liturgy of Holy Communion will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in St. John’s Memorial Chapel.

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