The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 1, 2012

Religion in brief | Men's prayer breakfast today in Portage

BY JANICE RAINEY
JRAINEY@TRIBDEM.COM

— A men’s prayer breakfast will be held today at Sacred Heart Center, 1872 Munster Road, Portage.

Mass will begin at 8 a.m., followed by breakfast and fellowship at 8:30 and praise and worship at 9.

Receiving our father’s blessing and learning how to share it will be taught by John Trent and Gary Smalley.

Cost is $5 for the breakfast.

Christmas services to be listed Dec. 23

The Tribune-Democrat will publish a list of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day church services on Dec. 23.

Information for that listing should be sent by noon Dec. 18 to Janice Rainey at jrainey@tribdem.com; sent by facsimile to 539-1409; or mailed to The Tribune-Democrat, 425 Locust St., P.O. Box 340, Johnstown, Pa. 15907.

Messiah concert tonight in Bedford

Pennsylvania Consort will celebrate its 25th presentation of Handel’s Messiah at 7:30 tonight at Bedford United Methodist Church, 132 E. John St.

The 50-plus choir members are from Bedford, Blair and Huntingdon counties. Nicholas Will is the conductor.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $4.50 for students.

First Presby hosting Festival of Nativity

The 29th annual Festival of the Nativity will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight and 1:15 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St., Johnstown.

Information: 536-8141.

West End churches schedule hymn sing

The churches of the West End will hold a hymn sing featuring a choir of community children at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1348 Virginia Ave., Johnstown.

A social will follow.

Quartet to be featured in Ebensburg concert

A Victorian Christmas concert featuring the Keystone State Quartet will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday at Grace Church, 223 N. West St., Ebensburg.

During the concert, the children of Grace church will present a Christmas skit.

An offering will be accepted, and refreshments will follow.

Information: 472-7864 or www.placecalledgrace.com.

Evangelist will lead prayer, healing service

Evangelist Frank Wise will lead a prayer and healing service at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Trigona Building, 110 Lundy Lane, Geistown Cloverleaf.

Information: 536-2659.

Gospel quartet to perform in Altoona

Dixie Melody Boys, a southern gospel quartet, will be featured at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona.

Information: 749-8223 or www.dixiemelodyboys.com.

Bakerton UM

The Rev. Linda C. Lacovic will lead a worship service at 9 a.m. Sunday at Bakerton United Methodist Church, Elmora.

Sunday school will follow at 10.

Information: 247-8911.

Bethel UM

The Rev. Don L. Poole will share the message “Zechariah” 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.

Youth RUSH will meet at 6 p.m.

Beulah UM

Holy Communion 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 “What Was, What Is, What Will Be,” based on Luke 21:25-36.

A contemporary service will begin at 8:30, followed by Sunday school at 9:25.

Van transportation will be available.

Christ UM

The Rev. Kathleen Schoeneck will speak on “Look at the Time,” based on Luke 21:25-36, 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.

Francis Ruhe will be the worship leader. Ronald, Nancy and Kim Sell are the greeters.

Blood-pressure readings will be taken at 10:30 in the helping hands room. Sunday school will follow at 10:45.

Community church

The Rev. Charles H. Zimmerman will deliver the message “How Much Do You Trust God?” during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Community Open Door Church, Menoher Boulevard and Luzerne Street, Johnstown.

Marlene Beckwith will bring the children’s message.

Emmanuel Baptist Church and Community Open Door Church will hold a singles fellowship meeting at 6:30 tonight.

Conemaugh church

“In the Beginning,” with Scripture from John 1:1-4, 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. Lunch and practice for the children’s musical will begin at noon.

Preschool play day will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Bible study on Advent is set for 6:30 p.m.

Information: 539-2615.

Faith UM

Holy Communion and Hanging of the Greens will be celebrated during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Faith United Methodist Church, 369 Glessner Road, Johnstown.

The annual Christmas party will begin at 6 tonight.

Ferndale UM

Holy Communion, Hanging of the Greens and a Baptism will be celebrated during the 10:40 a.m. Sunday worship service at Ferndale United Methodist Church, 701 Vickroy Ave., Johnstown.

The choir will sing “Our Hope Is in Emmanuel,” directed by Traci Weaver.

Annabelle Kauffman and Barb Keith will be the greeters and nursery helpers. Kaylee Antesberger will be the acolyte.

The youth fellowship will be caroling at 3 p.m. Sunday at Arbutus Park Manor.

SonShineres will hold its annual Christmas party at noon Tuesday at The Boulevard Grill.

The men’s prayer breakfast will be held at 8 today in the fellowship room.

First Lutheran

The Rev. Eleanor Abarno will preach on Luke 21 during the Advent worship and Communion at 5:30 tonight and 10:45 a.m. Sunday at First Lutheran Church, 415 Vine St., Johnstown.

“The Journey to Bethlehem,” a new adult study, will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the adult library.

First Presbyterian

The beginning of Advent will be observed during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship service at First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St., Johnstown.

First Presbyterian

The beginning of Advent will be observed during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship service at First Presbyterian Church of Windber, 1101 Somerset Ave.

The Rev. Cynthia Cadenhead will deliver a sermon from Jeremiah 33:14-16 and 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13.

The service will include a Baptism and the lighting of the first candle on the wreath.

First UM

Holy Communion will be celebrated during the 9:45 a.m. Sunday worship service at First United Methodist Church, 436 Vine St., Johnstown.

The Rev. Larry Rowe will deliver the message “Prepare for Something Big.”

Children’s Sunday school will follow the children’s time during the service.

Adult Sunday school will begin at 11.

Church parishioners will volunteer Monday at the United Methodist Human Service’s Love Tree at The Galleria in Richland Township.

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

Flood City

“Home for Christmas,” designed by the Rev. Brad Westover and the Rev. Don Trotz, will be the new sermon series for December at Flood City Church, 1723 Scalp Ave., Johnstown.

The message “Why Are You Smiling So Much?” will be delivered during the 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services.

Information: 467-0707.

Grace Brethren

The Rev. Rick Horner will speak on “What Does It Take To Be Good” during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Grace Brethren Church, Oak and Second streets, East Conemaugh.

Grove Avenue UM

The Rev. Ed Schoeneck will deliver the message “I Believe in the Sun ...,” taken from Luke 1:26-38, during the Sunday worship services at Grove Avenue United Methodist Church, 501 Grove Ave. in the Moxham section of Johnstown.

Communion will be served.

A contemporary worship service, with music provided by Eclectic Praise Band directed by Denise Baldwin, will begin at 9 a.m. 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, with organist and choir director Judy Custer leading the choir in singing the anthem, will begin at 10:45.

Nursery will be available. Mandy Gonzales is the coordinator.

Hastings UM

The Rev. Linda C. Lacovic will hold a worship service at 6 tonight and 10:45 a.m. Sunday at Hastings United Methodist Church, 162 Fourth Ave.

Sunday school will begin at 9:30.

Adult Bible study will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday. Youth Bible club will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Information: 247-8911.

Johnstown fellowship

Pastor Gary L. Tustin will speak about “An Empty Place ... A God Place” during the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship services at Greater Johnstown Christian Fellowship, 3429 Elton Road.

Pastor Jim Gay will teach on “Carols ... O Come All Ye Faithful” at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Connection Café will begin at 6, followed by children and youth classes.

Information: 266-2322.

Laurel Trinity

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

Sunday school and youth worship leadership training will be held at 10.

Boy Scouts will meet at 6 p.m.

Little Angels Daycare will be available from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, with Preschool II from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and Preschool I from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Bowling and Cub Scouts will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Bible study will be held at 8 a.m. Wednesday at Coal Miner’s Cafe in Jennerstown, followed by Knotty Women at 9. Choir practice will be held at 6 p.m.

Girl Scouts will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, followed by committee meetings at 7.

Information: 629-9288.

Maple Spring

The Rev. Guy Myers will speak about “Hope for Uncertain Times,” with Scripture from Matthew 1:18-25, 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 Klub and Sunday Nite Youth will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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.

Sunday school will begin at 10:30.

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

Information: 535-5698.

Moxham Brethren

The Rev. William Wenger will deliver the message “He Fulfills the Promise,” with Scripture readings taken from Luke 21:25-26, during the 10:10 a.m. Sunday worship service at Moxham Church of the Brethren, 536 Grove Ave., Johnstown.

Dave Shook will lead story time with the children.

The cathedral choir will sing “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem,” directed by Bette Poltrack. William Wenger is the soloist.

Advent will begin with the  lighting of the first candle.

Sunday school will begin at 9.

Moxham Lutheran

Holy Communion will be celebrated during the 8:15 and 11 a.m. Sunday worship services at Moxham Lutheran Church, 500 Park Ave., Johnstown.

Sunday school opening will be held at 9:30 in the sanctuary.

An Intergenerational Advent Fair, family ministry, will begin at 9:45 with the making of gifts to share with others.

The women’s Bible study will do its service project at 3 p.m. Monday.

Worship service, with Holy Communion, will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a youth dinner and shopping for the Salvation Army.

Advent vespers/Holden prayer will be held at 7:15 p.m. Thursday.

Park Avenue UM

The Rev. Kathleen Schoeneck, pastor of Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 700 Park Ave., Johnstown, will speak on “Keeping Track of the Time” during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service.

Holy Communion will be observed.

Cory Isenberg will be the worship leader.

Jim and Pat Williams are the greeters.

Sunday school will begin at 9:15.

Roxbury church

The annual Hanging of the Greens service will be held during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Roxbury Church of the Brethren, 112 Sell St., Johnstown.

Children of the church will take part in the program, which includes decorating the sanctuary.

Jeffrey Mullen and Brian Simmons Jr. will serve as narrators.

Hope, the first Advent candle, will be lit, and readings will be presented by Jeffrey and Carolyn Mullen and family.

The Rev. Brian Simmons will speak on “Fulfill the Promise,” with Scripture from Luke 21:25-28 and 34-36 and Jeremiah 33:14-16.

The cathedral choir will sing “The Holly and the Ivy,” directed by Melanie Shiley and accompanied by Laura Krouse, pianist.

Shiley also will play “O Holy Night” on the trombone.

The children of the church will sing “Away in a Manger.”

There will be a mitten and sock tree to benefit New Day Inc. and a Honduran mission.

A covered-dish dinner and fellowship will follow the service in the social room.

Sunday school will begin at 9:30.

Simmons will lead a Bible study at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Choir practice will follow at 7.

Roxbury St. Paul’s

The Rev. Wayne D. Sedei will begin an Advent sermon series “Songs for a Savior” with the message “Zechariah’s Song,” based on Isaiah 43:18-19 and Luke 1:68-79, 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.

Summit Chapel UM

Communion will be served during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at Summit Chapel United Methodist Church, 2142 William Penn Ave., Johnstown.

The Rev. John H.­ Weaver will preach on “God Does What We Cannot Do for Ourselves,” based on Luke 1:67-80.

Barney and Denise Custer will light the Advent candle. Travis Gary will be the worship leader.

The choir will sing “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” directed by Dale Wicks.

Adult Sunday school will meet following the service.

Walnut Grove

A Hanging of the Greens service with special music, including several instrumentals and a vocal selection, will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at Walnut Grove Church of the Brethren, 1068 Bedford St., Johnstown.

Adult Sunday school and Sunday Blast will begin at 9.

Meditation will be led by the Rev. Ron Barto, pastor.

Westmont UM

The Rev. Kevin Rea will preach on “Beginning With the End in Mind” 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.

Windber Calvary UM

The Rev. John Snyder will deliver the message “Advent: Prophecy,” based on Jeremiah 33:14-16, during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Windber Calvary United Methodist Church, 1800 Stockholm Ave.

The Chancel Choir will sing “Advent Cry,” directed by Robert Shaffer. Pat Bossi is the organist.

There will be a children’s sermonette.

The first Sunday of Advent will be observed with members of the choir leading the Advent wreath litany and lighting of the Hope candle.

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

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

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 Luke 21:25-36.

Church school will begin at 9, followed by fellowship 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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