The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 13, 2012

Religion in brief | Ministers will lead trip to Holy Land

Janice Rainey
jrainey@tribdem.com

Johnstown — The Rev. Jon Gulnac and the Rev. Larry Rowe will lead a tour to the Holy Land in March.

The journey will begin at Petra and include Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Garden of Gethsemane, Nazareth and conclude at the Sea of Galilee.

To join the tour, call Gulnac at 495-8096 or Rowe at 691-0020.

St. Clement hosting public square rosary

A public square rosary in honor of the Lady of Fatima will begin at noon today in the parking lot of St. Clement Roman Catholic Church, 114 Lindberg Ave., Upper Yoder Township.

Education class open to all denominations

An Education for Ministry class will offer lay people theological education in the Old and New Testaments, church history and modern Christian thought.

The study is open to all denominations with John and Annis Rogers as the mentors.

Information: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 535-6797.

Hymn sing Sunday in Northern Cambria

Cambria County Hymn Sing will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Goodridge Church of God, 626 Goodridge Road, Northern Cambria.

Grace Lutheran hosting hymn sing

The churches of the West End will hold a hymn sing at 7 p.m. Sunday at Grace Lutheran Church, 246 Chandler Ave., Johnstown. A social will follow.

-- Beth Sholom

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

Candlelighting will be held at 6:12 p.m. Friday, followed by Shabbat Eve service at 7:30.

-- Beulah UM

Mission 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 “Thorns of Grace,” based on 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.

Thomas Woods will speak about the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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

-- Community Open Door

Pastor Charles H. Zimmerman will speak on “Slaying the Giant of Our Day” during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Community Open Door Church, Menoher Boulevard and Luzerne Street, Johnstown.

Nan Zimmerman will present a children’s message on “David and Goliath.”

-- Conemaugh church

“A Double Portion of Compassion,” with Scripture from Matthew 9:35-38, 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. The church picnic will follow.

The children’s fall festival will be held from noon to 2 p.m. today.

Preschool play day will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday and prayer time will begin at 6:30 p.m.

A Coffee House, featuring Spring Valley Singers and hosted by Anthony Frazier, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday.

-- Conemaugh First UM

Roy Gearhart will portray biblical characters during renewal services at 7 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday at Conemaugh First United Methodist Church, First and Main streets.

-- Conemaugh Brethren

Pastor Rick Horner will speak on “The God of the Second Chance Wants to Meet You” during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at Conemaugh Grace Brethren Church, Second and Oak streets, East Conemaugh.

-- Ebensburg UM

Traditional services will be held at 8 and 10:15 a.m. Sunday followed by a contemporary service at 11:30 at Ebensburg United Methodist Church, 100 E. Highland Ave. Sunday school will begin at 9:15.

-- Faith UM

The Rev. Len Findley will share the message “Absence Makes the Faith Grow Stronger,” with Scripture from Job 23:1-9 and 16-17, during  the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at Faith United Methodist Church, 369 Glessner Road, Johnstown.

-- Ferndale UM

The Rev. Len Findley will deliver the message “Absence Makes the Faith Grow Stronger,” with Scripture from Job 23:1-9 and 16-17, at the 10:40 a.m. Sunday service at Ferndale United Methodist Church, 701 Vickroy Ave., Johnstown.

The choir will sing “How Great Is Our God,” directed by Traci Weaver.

Joyce Schalles and Karen O’Bryon will be the greeters.

Annabelle Kauffman is the nursery helper.

Brandon Anderson is the acolyte.

Fellowship will follow.

YF, a pizza and game night for the youth, will meet from 5 to 8 Sunday in the social room.

-- First UM

The Rev. Larry Rowe will speak on “Sabbath Rest,” with Scripture from Hebrews 4:1-11, during the 9:45 a.m. Sunday worship service at First United Methodist Church, 436 Vine St., Johnstown.

Sunday school begins at 11.

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

-- Flood City Church

Pastor Brad Westover will continue his sermon series “Square One: Getting Back to Basics” during the 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services at Flood City Church, 1723 Scalp Ave., Johnstown.

The teaching will be “Counterfeit Gods” from Exodus 20, focusing on the Second Commandment.

-- Johnstown fellowship

Pastor Gary L. Tustin will speak about “To Stop Going ... Is to Stop Growing,” taken from Hebrews 5:12-14, 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 “Lord Change My Attitude – From Complaining to Thankful” during the 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible study. Connections Café will begin at 6 p.m., followed by PACT youth and children services.

-- Grove Avenue UM

The Rev. Ed Schoeneck will deliver the message “Healing Hold-Outs,” taken from Mark 10:17-31, during the Sunday services at Grove Avenue United Methodist Church, 501 Grove Ave. in the Moxham section of Johnstown.

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.

Sunday school will begin at 9:15 for adults and 9:30 for children.

A traditional worship service will be held at 10:45, with the choir singing “Listen to the Lord,” led by Judy Custer, organist and choir director.

-- Holy Trinity Lutheran

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

A Mountain Playhouse trip will be at 3 p.m., with youth group meeting at 4 and women’s Bible study meeting at 6:30.

Women’s Bible study and Alpha study will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday.

-- Johnstown Brethren

In honor of Clergy Appreciation Sunday, the Christian education department of              Johnstown Grace Brethren Church, 535 Napoleon St., Kernville, will honor the Rev. Terry Gindlesperger during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service.

-- Laurel Trinity

Harvest Home, a tradition of sharing monetary gifts to help defray costs for the dietary department of the Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries, will be held during the 8:45 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday worship services at Laurel Trinity Lutheran Church, 7520 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown.

Sunday church school will begin at 10. The Boy Scouts will meet at 6 p.m.

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

Bible study will he held at 8 a.m. Wednesday at Coal Miners Café in Jennerstown, followed by Knotty Women Sewing at 9 and choir practice at 6 p.m.

Fall adult study day will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at Camp Sequanota. The Girl Scouts will meet at 6 p.m.

-- Maple Spring

The Rev. Guy Myers will speak about “Jehovah Rapha When You Need Healing,” with Scripture from Exodus 14:26-31 and 15:22-26, at the 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday services at Maple Spring Church of the Brethren, 106 Spring Road, Hollsopple.

Children’s church, for children in preschool through Grade 6, will be available during the 10:45 service.

Sunday school will begin at 9:40.

-- 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. The youth will meet at 6 p.m.

-- Mount Sinai

The celebration of the first anniversary of the Rev. Calvin McCray, and his wife, Dorothea McCray, will be held Sunday at Mount Sinai Institutional Baptist Church, 351 Second St., East Conemaugh.

The Rev. Arlene Williams of Christ Center Mission in Johnstown will be the service messenger for the 11 a.m. service.

The Rev. John Hollins of Tabernacle Cosmopolitan Baptist Church in Pittsburgh will be the messenger at 4 p.m.

-- Moxham Brethren

The Rev. William Wenger will deliver the message “Christ Jesus, the Head of the Church” at the 10:10 a.m. Sunday worship service at Moxham Church of the Brethren, 536 Grove Ave., Johnstown.

Marsha Swansboro will read Scripture from Ephesians 1:15-22.

Lynne Williams will tell the children’s story.

The cathedral choir will sing “I Do Believe,” directed by Bette Poltrack.

Sunday school will begin at 9.

Fall Group Study will continue at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

-- Moxham Lutheran

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

Sunday school, a special intergenerational hour, will begin at 9:30 in the sanctuary as part of the ELCA Malaria Campaign.

Wednesday worship with Communion will begin at 4 p.m.

-- Park Avenue UM

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

Jerry and Donna Pannone will be the greeters.

Sunday school will begin at 9:15.

-- Roxbury Brethren

The Rev. Brian Simmons, pastor of Roxbury Church of the Brethren, 112 Sell St.,     Johnstown, will speak on “Unworthy to Untie His Sandals,” with Scripture from Acts 13:13-25, during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service.

The cathedral choir will sing “Wonderful, Merciful Saviour,” directed by Melanie Shiley, and accompanied by Laura Krouse, pianist, and also sing “My Tribute.”

Sunday school will begin at 9:30.

Parishioners are encouraged to bring a box of macaroni and cheese for the Walnut Grove Food Pantry.

A community blood screening will be held from 7 to 10 a.m. today.

Choir practice will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, followed by Bible study at 7:15.

-- Roxbury St. Paul’s

Missionaries Don and Debbie Sweatman will speak during the 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship services at Roxbury St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 160 Derby St., Johnstown.

They have served with Men with Missions in Haiti and will serve a two-year term in Haiti.

A special presentation will be held at 9:15 in the fellowship hall.

-- Scalp Level UM

Closets for Campers, a clothing drive conducted by Mission Partners and Scalp Level Trinity United Methodist Church, will be held through October.

Items needed are used clothing, shoes, purses, belts and hats, which can be transformed into cash to send kids to camp.

Donations will be accepted at the church, 751 Horn Road, Windber.

Call 467-9051 to arrange for a pick up.

-- Second Presbyterian

The Rev. Jack Rupert, guest speaker, will deliver the message “How Deep the Father’s Love,” with Scripture readings from John 9:1-25, 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 “Search Me, O God,” directed by Sarah Pruss.

-- Somerset Alliance

Ken Turner and Valor III of North Carolina will present a gospel concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at Somerset Alliance Church, 708 Stoystown Road.

An offering will be taken.

-- St. James Missionary

The 12th annual KEPT Women’s Conference will begin Thursday and continue through  Oct. 20 at St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 400 Pine St., Johnstown.

The theme is “I’m Still Standing” from 1 Corinthians 15:58.

Information: The Rev. Rita Williams, 536-6179.

-- Summit Chapel UM

The Rev. John H. Weaver, pastor of Summit Chapel United Methodist Church,                2142 William Penn Ave., Johnstown, will preach on “Lethargic Faith,” based on Mark 10:17-31, during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service.

Children’s Sunday school will be held during the service and adult Sunday school will follow at 10:30.

-- Thomas Mennonite

Bill and Lori Arnold will share their witness of the miracle of the Quecreek Mine rescue at 7 p.m. Sunday at Thomas Mennonite Church, Thomas Mills.

-- Walnut Grove church

The Rev. Ron Barto will deliver the message “A Revival of Repentance,” with Scripture from 2 Chronicles 29 and 30, during the 10 a.m. Sunday worship service at Walnut Grove Church of the Brethren, 1068 Bedford St., Johnstown.

The choir will sing “Built on the Rock,” directed by Brad Calihan.

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

-- Westmont UM

Pastor Kevin Rea will preach on “Only an Empty Cup Can Be Filled” 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.

-- Zion Lutheran

Liturgy of Holy Communion will be celebrated during the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service at Zion Lutheran Church, 613 Locust St., downtown Johnstown, with Gospel readings from Mark 10:17-31.

The congregation will celebrate its 160th anniversary and have a rededication of the church building during the service that will include parts in German.

The Rev. Michael A. Van Dyke, pastor; the Rev. Warren S. Karshin, pastor emertius and son of the congregation; and the Rev. Wilbert A. Boerstler, son of congregation, will participate.

A reception will follow.

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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