The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

November 24, 2012

Religion in brief | UM ministry to operate Love Tree

BY JANICE RAINEY
JRAINEY@TRIBDEM.COM

JOHNSTOWN — The United Methodist Human Services will operate a Love Tree outside the Bon Ton entrance on the lower level of The Galleria, 500 Galleria Drive, Richland Township.

An unadorned tree will stand next to a nativity scene and will be decorated with red and green hearts.

Each paper decoration represents a donation of $1 to help people in the area. For a $10 donation, a tree light will be illuminated.



Group to perform in Homer City

Ball Brothers, a Christian music group, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at Homer Center High School auditorium, 70 Wildcat Lane, Homer City.

Tickets are $15 for adults and free for children 12 and younger when accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are available by calling (724) 541-6887 or by visiting the Indiana County Tourist Bureau.

Information: www.theballbrothers.com.

Believer’s Fellowship

Pastor Brian Tunstall and Pastor Dick Yates will speak on “Salt” during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Believer’s Fellowship Family Church, 551 Cambria Ave., Revloc.

Bill Hugill will lead the congregation in worship.

Nursery and children’s and youth church will be available.

Carolyn Lopez will teach the Midweek Overflow at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Bethel UM

The Rev. Edward Patterson will deliver the message “Who Is Your King?” based on 2 Samuel 23:1-7 and John 18:33-37, during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Bethel United Methodist Church, 215 Whistler St., Hollsopple.

Sunday school will begin at 9:15.

Bethel UM

Jeff Hostetler will deliver the message “God Loves Even You,” taken from Luke 15:11-31, during the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday worship services at Bethel United Methodist Church, 1021 Forest Hills Drive, Salix.

Sunday school will begin at 9:45.

Beulah UM

Christ the King Sunday will be celebrated during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Beulah United Methodist Church, 716 Bedford St., Johnstown.

The Rev. Jeffrey Popson will deliver the message “The Perfect Man,” based on Hebrews 10:11-14. 

A contemporary worship service will begin at 8:30.

Sunday school starts at 9:25.

Van transportation will be  available.

Christ UM

The Rev. Kathleen Schoeneck will speak on “Christ the King” during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Christ United Methodist Church, Ohio Street and Cypress Avenue in the Moxham section of Johnstown.

The choir will sing “Majesty,” directed by Harriett Miller.

Norma Bowser will be the worship leader. Lorraine Walters is the greeter.

Sunday school will begin at 10:45.

Community church

Pastor Charles H. Zimmerman will deliver the message “Openness to Others and God,” with Scripture from Matthew 5:13-16, during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Community Open Door Church, Menoher Boulevard and Luzerne Street, Johnstown.

Cindy Wilson will share a children’s message.

Conemaugh church

“Full Barns Empty Souls,” with Scripture from Luke 12:13-21, will be the sermon during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Conemaugh Church of the Brethren, 1256 William Penn Ave., Johnstown.

Sunday school will begin at 9:30.

Children’s church and nursery will be available.

A Bible study on Advent will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Information: 539-2615.

Faith UM

The Rev. Len Findley will share the message “Tough Choices,” with Scripture from John 18:33-37, during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Faith United Methodist Church, 369 Glessner Road, Johnstown.

Sunday school will follow the morning worship.

Ferndale UM

The Rev. Len Findley, pastor of Ferndale United Methodist Church, will deliver the message “Tough Choices,” with Scripture from John 18:33-37, during the 10:40 a.m. Sunday worship service at the church, 701 Vickroy Ave., Johnstown.

Summer Huffman will provide special music under the direction of Traci Weaver.

Sally Rowe and Bette Weaver will be the greeters. Peggy Croyle and Barb Keith are the nursery helpers. Sean Rappold is the acolyte.

Youth fellowship will be held at 6 p.m. in the fellowship room.

First Lutheran

Christ the King will be marked with services of Holy Communion at 5:30 tonight and 10:45 a.m. Sunday at First Lutheran Church, 415 Vine St., Johnstown.

The Rev. Eleanor Abarno’s sermon will be based on John 18.

Barbara Pingatore, learning ministry associate, will talk about how people throughout the world are helped by Lutheran World Relief.

First Presbyterian

Christ the King Sunday will be observed during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship service at First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St., Johnstown.

Scriptures will be taken from  Philippians 2:1-11 and John 18:33-38.

The Festival of the Nativity will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and Dec. 1 and from 1:15 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

Flood City

Pastor Sienie Stieler, an evangelist from South Africa, will speak during the 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship services at Flood City Church, 1723 Scalp Ave., Johnstown.

Information: 467-0707.

Grove Avenue UM

The Rev. Ed Schoeneck will lead the Sunday worship services at Grove Avenue United Methodist Church, 501 Grove Ave. in the Moxham section of Johnstown.

His message will be “What Kind of King Is This,” based on John 18:33-37.

A contemporary service will begin at 9 a.m. Music will be provided by Eclectic Praise Band, directed by Denise Baldwin. Fellowship will follow.

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

A traditional service will begin at 10:45. Judy Custer, organist and choir director, will lead the choir in an anthem.

Nursery will be available. The coordinator is Mandy Gonzales.

Holy Trinity

Christ the King will be celebrated during the 8 and 10:40 a.m. Sunday worship services at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 525 Main St., Berlin.

Sunday school will begin at 9:30.

Bible study will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

Information: 267-5014 or www.htelcberlin.com.

Johnstown fellowship

Pastor Gary L. Tustin will speak about “Lesson Learned in Night Seasons” during the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship services at Greater Johnstown Christian Fellowship, 3429 Elton Road.

Pastor Jim Gay will speak on “O Holy Night” at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Connection Cafe will begin at 6, followed by PACT youth and children classes at 7.

Information: 266-2322.

Laurel Hill

Evangelist Jerry Sivnksty of Starr, S.C., will speak during  the 9:45 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship services and at 7 p.m. Sunday through Friday at Laurel Hill Gospel Tabernacle, Route 985, Jennerstown.

Sunday school will be held at 9:45.

A staffed nursery will be available.

Wednesday prayer service will begin at 7 p.m.

Laurel Trinity

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 8:45 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday at Laurel Trinity Lutheran Church, 7520 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown.

Church school will begin at 10, followed by a youth and family Thanksgiving dinner at 12:30.

Bible study will be held at 8 a.m. Wednesday at Coal Miner’s Cafe in Jennerstown.

Information: 629-9288.

Maple Spring

The Rev. Guy Myers will speak about “Intimacy With God,” with Scripture from Exodus 33:1-11, during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship 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.

Kidz Club and Sunday Nite Youth will meet from 6:30 to 8.

Information: www.maplespringcob.org.

Mount Hope UM

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

Luella Krieger will present “Visitors from the Past – Elizabeth.”

Sunday school will begin at 10:30.

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

Information: 535-5698.

Moxham Brethren

The Rev. William Wenger will deliver the message “The Glories of Heaven,” with Scripture readings taken from Revelation 21:1-6 and 22:1-6, during the 10:10 a.m. Sunday worship service at Moxham Church of the Brethren, 536 Grove Ave., Johnstown.

Judy Baxter will read Scripture from Psalm 16.

Audrey Wenger will lead story time with the children.

The cathedral choir will sing “Here I Am to Worship,” directed by Bette Poltrack.

Sunday school will begin at 9.

Nanty Glo UM

Nanty Glo United Methodist Church of the Bright Hope Parish will hold a Hanging of the Greens service, under the direction of Marlene James, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Members of the church will explain the meaning of the different decorations of the season.

The church is located at 998 Lloyd St.

Park Avenue UM

The Rev. Kathleen Schoeneck, pastor of Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 700 Park Ave. in the Moxham section of Johnstown, will speak on “Christ the King” during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service.

The choir anthem will be “Let There Be Peace.”

The greeters will be Denny and Sandy Hershberger.

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 “Faith Under Trial,” with Scripture from Acts 25:13-27, during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service.

The cathedral choir will sing “Here I Am to Worship,” directed by Melanie Shiley and accompanied by Laura Krouse, pianist.

Simmons will lead a Bible study at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Choir practice will follow at 7.

Information: 536-6716.

Roxbury St. Paul’s

The Rev. Wayne D. Sedei will deliver the message “Christ the King,” based on Revelation         1:4-8, during the 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship services at Roxbury St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 160 Derby St., Johnstown.

Sunday school will begin at 9:15.

Information: 535-5049.

Second Presbyterian

The Rev. Art Moffat Jr. will speak on “Am I a Pretender or a Believer,” with Scripture readings from Matthew 24:35-39, during the 10 a.m. Sunday worship service at Second Presbyterian Church, 565 Park Ave. in the Moxham section of Johnstown.

The choir will sing “Rain Down,” directed by Sarah Pruss.

Summit Chapel UM

The Rev. John H. Weaver, pastor of Summit Chapel United Methodist Church, 2142 William Penn Ave., Johnstown, will preach on “Trustees of God’s Word,” based on Romans 3:21-26, during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service.

Sunday school will begin at 10:30.

Melanie Dunbar will be the worship leader.

The chancel choir will sing “Soon and Very Soon,” directed by Dale Wicks.

Walnut Grove

The Rev. Ron Barto will deliver the message “What Is Christian Baptism?” with Scripture from Matthew 28:19-20, during the 10 a.m. Sunday worship service at Walnut Grove Church of the Brethren, 1068 Bedford St., Johnstown.

The service will include a baptism and an infant dedication service.

The choir will sing “O Cleansing Stream.”

Sunday Blast, for children ages 4-12, and adult Sunday school will begin at 9.

Westmont UM

Cheryl Adams, certified lay minister, will preach on “Promises From the Jesse Tree” during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship service at Westmont United Methodist Church, 1428 Menoher Blvd., Johnstown.

Larry Curtis will be the worship leader.

Sunday school will begin at 9:30.

Windber Calvary UM

The Rev. John Snyder will deliver the message “Royalty of Jesus,” based on Scripture from John 18:33-37, during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Windber Calvary United Methodist Church, 1800 Stockholm Ave.

The children’s choir will sing “Thank You God,” and there will be a children’s sermonette.

Kathleen Custer will be the organist. Mary Lou Bower is the lay reader. Peyton Betcher is the acolyte.

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

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

A staffed nursery will be provided.

Information: 467-9811.

Zion Lutheran

Liturgy of Holy Communion will be celebrated during the 10:15 a.m. Sunday worship service at Zion Lutheran Church, 613 Locust St., downtown Johnstown. The Gospel reading will be from John 18:33-37.

Church school will begin at 9. 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.