The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 6, 2012

Religion in brief | Fundraiser benefits Sisters of Charity

Janice Rainey
jrainey@tribdem.com

Johnstown — Tickets are available for a holiday cash raffle benefiting the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg through Nov. 28 by calling (724) 836-0406, ext. 647, or (412) 243-4651, ext. 647.

Tickets are $10 and offer 26 chances to win from $100 to $1,500 during December. The winning number is based on the 7 p.m. Pennsylvania three-digit lottery.

Convention to be held in Chambersburg

The 150th anniversary of the Pennsylvania State Sunday School Convention will be held Oct. 19 and 20 at Chambersburg First Church of God, 2230 Grand Point Road in Franklin County.

The convention, “Sunday School ... Changing Inspiration into Perspiration,” will feature  workshops, speakers, exhibits and displays, music and lunch.

It will provide information, ideas, resources and inspirations for Christian education teachers and leaders.

Registration is $25 per person for both days or $100 for church groups.

Information: PSSSA, 5915 Fox St., Harrisburg, Pa. 17112; (717) 652-1930; emailing office@psssa.org; or online at www.SundaySchoolHelp.org.

Acts Community

Mark Geppert, president and founder of South East Asia Prayer Center, will speak during the 10 a.m. Sunday worship service at Acts Community Church, Route 30 East,              169 Bedford Plaza Road, Bedford.

Geppert has more than 35 years of international experience in more than 30 countries and has authored four books.

Information: 624-0600 or www.actschurch.com.

Benscreek Lutheran

A dedication celebrating upgrades to the sanctuary will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at Benscreek Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4459 Somerset Pike, Hollsopple.

The celebration will be held in conjunction with St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church of Boswell.

The Rev. Timothy Knauss, assistant to the bishop and director of evangelical mission of the Allegheny Synod, will assist.

Beth Sholom

Chol Hamoed morning service will be held at 9:30 today at Beth Sholom Congregation, 700 Indiana St., Johnstown.

Shemini Atzeret service with Yizkor will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Simchat Torah pizza party will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday, followed by Hakafot – Simchat Torah service at 7:30.

Candlelighting will be held at 6:22 p.m. Friday, followed by Shabbat Eve service at 7:30.

Beulah UM

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

The Rev. Jeffrey Popson will deliver the message “Never Give Up,” based on Luke 18:1-8.

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

Van transportation will be available.

Christ UM

The Rev. Kathleen Schoeneck will speak on “Fresh Bread,” with Scripture from Mark 10:13-16, at 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 senior choir will sing “Come, Share the Lord.”

There will be a service of Holy Communion.

Beverly Rager will be the worship leader. Hariett Miller is the organist. Lorraine Walters is the greeter.

Fellowship will follow the service.

Sunday school will begin at 10:45.

Community Open Door

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

Stop-and-go and driveway Communion will be available.

The Rev. Charles H. Zimmerman will deliver the message “He’s the Best Meal You’ll Ever Eat.”

Marlene Beckwith will present the children’s message.

Conemaugh church

“The Saviour and His Supper,” with Scripture from Mark 14:1-31, will be the sermon during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Conemaugh Church of the Brethren,             1256 William Penn Ave., Johnstown.

Children’s church and nursery will be available.

Sunday school will begin at 9:30.

Preschool play day will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, and a Bible study fellowship meal, followed by special pray time for the upcoming election, will begin at 6 p.m.

Horace and Amelia Derr are pastors.

Conemaugh church

Pastor Rick Horner will deliver the message “Jesus Meets a Doctor of Theology” at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Conemaugh Grace Brethren Church, Second and Oak streets, East Conemaugh.

Faith UM

Worldwide Communion will be celebrated during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at Faith United Methodist Church, 369 Glessner Road, Johnstown.

The Rev. Len Findley will deliver the message “The Good, the Bad and the Holy,” with Scripture from Job 1:1, 2:1-10.

Ferndale UM

Worldwide Communion will be celebrated during the 10:40 a.m. Sunday service at Ferndale United Methodist Church, 701 Vickroy Ave., Johnstown.

The Rev. Len Findley will deliver the message “The Good, the Bad and the Holy,” with Scripture from Job 1:1, 2:1-10.

The choir will sing “In Remembrance,” directed by  Traci Weaver.

The Altman family will be the greeters. Jane Buxbaum and Karen Miller are the nursery helpers. Kaylee Antesberger is the acolyte.

First Lutheran

The Rev. Eleanor Abarno will lead prayers for the mentally ill and for mental illness awareness during Communion services at 5:30 tonight and 10:45 a.m. Sunday at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 415 Vine St., Johnstown.

Sunday will begin the congregation’s stewardship campaign, chaired by Barry Critchfield, who will speak about “Hearts Enlightened.”

First Presbyterian

World Communion, the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, will be celebrated during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship service at First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St.,        Johnstown.

A coffee social with a light lunch and fellowship will follow.

First UM

The Rev. Larry Rowe will deliver the message “One Up on Angels” during the 9:45 a.m. Sunday worship service at First United Methodist Church, 436 Vine St., Johnstown.

The NOW Committee will meet following the service.

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

Flood City Church

The sermon series for October will be “Square One: Getting Back to Basics” at Flood City Church, 1723 Scalp Ave., Johnstown.

Pastors Brad Westover and Donny Trotz will teach about the Ten Commandments and how they apply to life today during the 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services.

Johnstown fellowship

Pastor Gary L. Tustin will speak about “Someone Like Us,” a study from Hebrews 5, during the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship services at Greater Johnstown Christian Fellowship, 3429 Elton Road.

Pastor Jim Gay will share “Finding Favor – When Life Just Doesn’t Make Sense” during the 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible study, with Connection Cafe at 6, followed by children and youth classes at 7.

Grove Avenue UM

The Rev. Ed Schoeneck will deliver the message “Healing Trust,” taken from Mark          10:2-16, during the Sunday 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 under the direction of Denise Baldwin, will begin at 9 a.m., followed by fellowship.

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

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

Nursery will be available.

Holy Trinity

Worship services for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 525 Main St., Berlin, will be held at 8 and 10:40 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday. Sunday school will begin at 9:30.

Bible study will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday, with women’s Bible study at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Grace Brethren

The Rev. Terry Gindlesperger, pastor of Johnstown Grace Brethren Church, 535 Napoleon St. in the Kernville section of Johnstown, will lead the semiannual Communion service at 6 p.m. Sunday in the fellowship hall.

The service will include washing of the saints’ feet, the love feast and the bread and cup.

Laurel Trinity

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

In observance of Blanket Sunday, special offerings received will be used to purchase blankets for Lutheran World Relief.

Church school will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday. The Boy Scouts and executive meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

Sharing Our Sorrows meeting will be held at noon Tuesday at Owens Restaurant, Berlin Plank Road, Somerset, with bowling and Cub Scouts meeting at 6 p.m.

Bible study will begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday at Coal Miners Cafe in Jennerstown, followed by sewing at 9, North Somerset conference meeting at 10:30 and choir meeting at 6 p.m.

Girl Scouts will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, followed by church council meeting at 7.

Maple Spring

The Rev. Guy Myers will speak about “In Remembrance of Me,” with Scripture from Luke 22:14-23, during the 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday services at Maple Spring Church of the Brethren, 106 Spring Road, Hollsopple.

Children’s church will be available for ages 4 through Grade 6 during the 10:45 service.

Sunday school will begin at 9:40.

A love feast and Communion will be held at 6:30 p.m. Child care will be provided.

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.m.

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

Moxham Brethren

The Rev. William Wenger, pastor, will deliver the message “Our Souls are Healed” at the 10:10 a.m. Sunday worship service at Moxham Church of the Brethren, 536 Grove Ave., Johnstown.

The service will be held in celebration of Worldwide Communion Sunday.

John Robertson will share a story with the children.

The cathedral choir will sing “Beautiful Saviour,” under the direction of Bette Poltrack, music director.

Sunday school will begin at 9.

The church board will hold its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

The Wednesday group study on “Forgiveness” will be held at 7 p.m.

Moxham Lutheran

Blanket Sunday and Global Missions will be observed during the 8:15 and 11 a.m. services at Moxham Lutheran Church, 500 Park Ave., Johnstown.

Sunday school will begin at 9:30.

Women’s Bible study will be held at 6:45 p.m. Monday.

Wednesday worship, with Holy Communion, will begin at 4 p.m. in the Good News Room Chapel.

Park Avenue UM

The Rev. Kathleen Schoeneck, pastor of Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 700 Park Ave., Johnstown, will speak on “Fresh Bread” at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Communion service.

Cory Isenberg will be the worship leader.

Mike and Lindy Furdella are the greeters.

The choir will sing “Let Us Break Bread Together.”

Sunday school will begin at 9:15.

Pleasant Hill Baptist

A retirement banquet to honor the Rev. Andrew W. Tilly, pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 205 Peelor St., Johnstown, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday at This Is It, 1300 Frankstown Road.

Tilly served as pastor for the Pleasant Hill congregation for 47 years.

Tickets: 535-4179.

Roxbury church

The Rev. Brian Simmons, pastor of Roxbury Church of the Brethren, 112 Sell St.,    Johnstown, will speak on “The Repentance that Leads to Life,” with Scripture from Acts 11:1-18, during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service.

The cathedral choir will sing “I Sing the Mighty Power of God,” under the direction of Melanie Shiley, and accompanied by Laura Krouse, pianist.

Sunday school will begin at 9:30.

Attendees are asked to bring a box of cereal for the Walnut Grove Food Pantry.

A love feast and Communion service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Provisions have been made for those unable to kneel for the feet-washing service.

Choir practice will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, followed by Simmons leading a Bible study on the book of Jude at 7:15.

Roxbury St. Paul’s

Sunday worship will begin at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Roxbury St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 160 Derby St., Johnstown, with a special presentation at 9:15 in the fellowship hall.

A two-week mission festival, featuring Tim Bell who serves as the Northeast regional director for One Mission Society, will begin.

Second Presbyterian

The Rev. Art Moffat Jr. will speak on “The Meaning of the Holy Communion Service,” with Scripture readings from 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, at the 10 a.m. Sunday worship service at Second Presbyterian Church, 565 Park Ave. in the Moxham section of Johnstown.

The choir will sing “Surely the Presence,” under the direction of Sarah Pruss.

Holy Communion will be offered.

St. Mark’s Episcopal

Animal Welfare Ministry’s second annual Blessing of the Animals, in observing the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 335 Locust St., downtown Johnstown.

Donations will be accepted and given to local animal welfare organizations.

St. Therese church

In celebration of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron of animals, a blessing of animals will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Therese Roman Catholic Church, 536 Decker Ave.,    Johnstown, at the outside grotto.

Summit Chapel

The Rev. John H. Weaver, pastor of Summit Chapel United Methodist Church, 2142 William Penn Ave., Johnstown, will participate in Worldwide Communion Sunday during the 9:30 a.m. service.

The Scripture lesson is based on Job 1:1, 2:1-10, with the theme “Never Abandoned.”

The chancel choir will sing the anthem under the direction of Dale Wicks, accompanied by Carol Gresh.

Children’s Sunday school will follow the pastor’s time with the children.

Adult Sunday school will begin at 10:30.

Nursery will be available.

Walnut Grove church

The Rev. Ron Barto will begin a new sermon series “Revival: An Alternative to Survival” with the message “The Person God Uses” and Scripture reference from II Chronicles 14, at the 10 a.m. Sunday worship service at Walnut Grove Church of the Brethren, 1068 Bedford St., Johnstown.

The choir will sing “Come to the Table.”

Sunday school will begin at 9.

Love feast and Communion service will be held at 6 p.m.

Westmont UM

The Rev. Kevin Rea will preach on “When Life Doesn’t Make Sense: A Look at Job” during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship service at Westmont United Methodist Church, 1428 Menoher Blvd., Johnstown.

Communion will be offered and a prayer shawl will be dedicated.

Sunday school will begin at 9:30.

Windber Calvary UM

The Rev. John Snyder will deliver the message “God’s Child,” based on Hebrews 1:1-4 and 2:5-12, during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Windber Calvary United Methodist Church, 1800 Stockholm Ave.

World Communion Sunday will be observed.

The chancel choir will sing “Let Them Come,” under the direction and accompaniment of Robert Shaffer, with Pat Bossi as the organist.

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

“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

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10:15 a.m. Sunday at Zion Lutheran Church, 613 Locust St., downtown Johnstown, with a Gospel reading from Mark 10:2-16.

A special offering will be collected for the benefit of Lutheran World Relief Blanket Sunday.

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.