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January 26, 2013

Religion in brief | Ecumenical service Sunday at St. Paul's

An ecumenical worship service of praise, preaching and prayer will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3312 William Penn Ave., Johnstown.

Church leaders participating include Bishop Gregory R. Pile, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Bishop Mark L. Bartchak, Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown; Bishop Emeritus Joseph V. Adamec, Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown; Bishop Gregory Tatsis, the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA; and the Rev. K. Joy Kaufmann, general presbyter, The Presbytery of Huntingdon, Presbyterian Church USA.

The Rev. Don McCoid, assistant to the ELCA presiding bishop and executive for ecumenical and inter-religious relations, will preach.

Psychotherapist will speak at Altoona event

“An Evening for Parents and Children: Raising Healthy Children in an Unhealthy Society,” sponsored by the Family Life Office of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 309 Lotz Ave., Altoona.

Doug Meske, a psychotherapist in private practice in Wisconsin, will be the presenter.

An offering will be accepted.

Arbutus church

The Rev. Eric Kabler, guest minister, will deliver the message “The Topic of Today’s Headlines – Lies & More Lies,” with Scripture from Ephesians 4:22-32, at the 9:15 a.m. Sunday worship service at Arbutus Church of the Brethren, 1201 Erickson Drive, Johnstown.

Fred Gipe will serve as a worship leader. The greeters will be Dan and Pat Bowser.

Sunday school will follow at 10:15.

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

Belmont UM

The Rev. Keith A. Dunn will deliver the message “Body Language,” with Scripture from 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, during the 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship services at Belmont United Methodist Church, 107 Coldren St., Johnstown.

Sunday school will begin at 9:30.

Nursery and children’s church will be available.

Information: 266-3964.

Bethany UM

A worship service will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Bethany United Methodist Church, 112 Leventry Road, Johnstown, with the message “Magnets” from Luke 4:14-21.

Sunday school will be held from 10:45 to 11:30.

Child care will be available.

Information: 266-9588.

Bethel UM

Bruce MacWilliams will be the guest speaker for the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday worship services at Bethel United Methodist Church, 1021 Forest Hills Drive, Salix.

He will share from Isaiah 55:8-9 with the sermon title “Recall Notice.”

Sunday school will begin at 9:45.

Youth RUSH will return home from the retreat around 2 p.m.

Beulah UM

The Rev. Jeffrey Popson will deliver the message “Body Language,” based on 1 Corinthians 12:12-30, during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Beulah United Methodist Church, 716 Bedford St., Johnstown.

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

Van transportation is available.

Community church

The Rev. Charles H. Zimmerman will deliver the message “How to Beat Addictions and Say Yes to God,” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Community Open Door Church, Menoher Boulevard and Luzerne Street, Johnstown.

Tenor Larry Curtis will sing contemporary music. Marlene Beckwith will deliver the children’s message.

Singles Fellowship will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2.

Conemaugh church

Pastor Horace Derr will deliver the sermon “The Command to Love,” with Scripture from I John 5:12-17, 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 and the children’s bell choir will provide music.

Sunday school will begin at 9:30.

Women’s Bible study on the book of Hebrews will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Preschool play day will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday. An adult Bible study on “When God’s People Pray” will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Information: 749-0262.

Faith UM

The Rev. Len Findley will share the message “Commitment: More Than Just a Word,” with Scripture from John 3:1-21, during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship 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 “Commitment: More Than Just a Word,” with Scripture from John 3:1-21, during  the 10:40 a.m. Sunday worship service.

The choir will sing “Soon and Very Soon,” directed by Traci Weaver.

The Griffith family will be the greeters.

Karen Miller and Jane Buxbaum will be the nursery helpers.

Sean Rappold will be the acolyte.

A spaghetti dinner and benefit auction for Billie Murphy will be held at 5 p.m.

Confirmation classes and new member classes will begin in February.

First Lutheran

The Rev. Eleanor Abarno will preach on the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, based on Luke 4, during Communion services at 5:30 tonight and 10:45 a.m. Sunday at First Lutheran Church, 415 Vine St., Johnstown.

First Presbyterian

The Rev. Cynthia Cadenhead will deliver the sermon “God’s Word Says What?” during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship service at First Presbyterian Church, 1101 Somerset Ave., Windber.

The confirmation class will meet at 9:30.

The congregation will conduct its annual meeting after the worship.

Cadenhead also will lead a worship at 2 p.m. at Windber Church of the Brethren Home.

First UM

The Rev. Larry Rowe will deliver the sermon “Scripture Fulfilled,” with Scripture from Luke 4:14-21, during the

9:45 a.m. Sunday worship service at First United Methodist Church, 436 Vine St., Johnstown.

Following the children’s  message, children will be dismissed for Sunday school.

Adult Sunday school will begin at 11.

The shared Bible study will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Franklin Street United Methodist Church.

The bell choir will practice at 6 p.m. Thursday, followed by the chancel choir at 6:30.  

Flood City church

The Rev. Brad Westover will wrap up his “The Best Is Yet to Come” series with the message “No Way Back” during the 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship services at Flood City Church, 1723 Scalp Ave., Johnstown.

Information: 467-0707.

Grace Brethren

The Rev. Rick Horner will speak on “Sanctity of Life” and “Teaching the Truth as We Know It” 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 “Fears: Energizing and Empowering,” taken from Mark 14:32-42, 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 directed by Denise Baldwin, will begin at 9 a.m., followed by fellowship.

Adult Sunday school will begin at 9:15.

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 singing an anthem.

Nursery will be available. Mandy Gonzales is the coordinator.

Holy Trinity

Worship services for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 525 Main St., Berlin, will be held at 5:30 tonight and 9 a.m. Sunday.

Mission Group breakfast will be held at 8. Sunday school will begin at 10.

Quilters & Knotters will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Senior choir will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by adult bells at 7:30.

ALPHA will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday. The quilters will meet at 9 a.m. Friday.

Information: 267-5014.

Johnstown Fellowship

Pastor Gary L. Tustin will speak about “Worthy Is the Lamb,” with Scripture from Revelation 5:1-5, during the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship services at Greater Johnstown Christian Fellowship, 3429 Elton Road.

Pastor Denny Forosisky will teach the Sunday school class at 9:30.

Prayer time will begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday in the Singer’s Room.

Connection Cafe will be held at 6 p.m., followed by PACT Youth and children’s classes.

Pastor Ed Berringer will preach on “Dealing With Defiance” at the 7 p.m. Bible study.

Information: 266-2322.

Laurel Trinity

The Rev. Traci Bowman will officiate during a  worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday at Laurel Trinity Lutheran Church, 7520 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown.

Sunday school will begin at 8:45. The annual meeting of the congregation will begin at 11, followed by a fellowship luncheon at noon.

Little Angels Daycare will be available from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with Preschool II from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 9 to 11:30 a.m. Friday and Preschool I from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

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

Knotty Women sewing will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, and choir practice will be held at 6 p.m.

Girl Scouts will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Play practice for Trinity players will be held at 7 p.m. Friday.

Information: 629-9288.

Maple Spring

The Rev. Guy Myers will speak about “Slaying the Giant of Gossip,” with Scripture from 2 Samuel 21:19 and James

4:1-12, 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 be held from 6:30 to 8. Sunday with men and women Bible studies meeting from 7 to 8.

Information: www.maplespringcob.org.

Moxham Brethren

The Rev. William Wenger, pastor, will deliver the message “More Things Are Wrought by Prayer,” with Gale Shipley

reading Scripture from Acts 4:23-31 and John 17:13-26, during the 10:10 a.m. Sunday worship service at Moxham Church of the Brethren, 536 Grove Ave., Johnstown.

Marsha Swansboro will have story time with the children.

The cathedral choir will sing “Grace Upon Grace,” accompanied by Ruth Corle, assistant organist.

Sunday school will begin at 9.

Moxham Lutheran

Worship services with Holy Communion will be held at 8:15 and 11 a.m. Sunday at Moxham Lutheran Church, 500 Park Ave., Johnstown.

A sabbatical music recital will begin at 9:30.

Nursery will be available.

Lullaby Ladies quilting group will meet at 9 a.m. Monday. The women’s Bible study will begin at 6:45 p.m.

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

Park Avenue UM

The Rev. Kathleen Schoeneck, pastor of Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 700 Park Ave., Johnstown, will speak on “A New Day” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

There will be an installation and recognition of church officers and workers.

Jerry Pannone will be the worship leader.

Joan Bright and Mary Maser 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 “Alive Together with Christ,” with Scripture from Colossians 2:10-15, during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service.

The cathedral choir will sing “When We See Christ,” directed by Melanie Shiley, and accompanied by Laura Krouse, pianist.

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

Information: 536-6716.

Roxbury St. Paul’s

The Rev. Wayne D. Sedei will begin a stewardship sermon series with the message “When Dreams Become Nightmares,” based on Luke 8:4-14, during the 8 and 10:30 a.m. 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 “How Do I Take Spiritual Authority,” with Scripture reading from Luke 9:1, 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 “You Are Mine,” directed by Sarah Pruss.

Susan LaLima and Bill Strachan will be ordained and installed as ruling elders.

Shirley Strachan will be ordained and installed as a deacon.

Summit Chapel UM

The Rev. John H. Weaver, pastor of Summit Chapel United Methodist Church, 2142 William Penn Ave., Johnstown, will preach on “The Scriptures Guiding Us in Our Daily Lives,” based on Luke 4:1-13, during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service.

Jared Gary will be the worship leader.

The chancel choir will sing “Take Me to Higher Ground,” directed by Dale Wicks and accompanied by Carol Gresh.

Tom and Linda Pattison will be the greeters.

Adult Sunday school will begin at 10:30.

Information: 322-1267.

Walnut Grove

The Rev. Ron Barto will continue his series “Let it Begin With Me” with the message “Stewardship – An Opportunity or an Obligation?” with Scripture from Galatians 6:6-10, during the 10 a.m. Sunday worship service at Walnut Grove Church of the Brethren, 1068 Bedford St., Johnstown.

There will be a children’s message included in the worship service.

Sunday Blast and adult Sunday school will begin at 9.

Westmont UM

The Rev. Kevin Rea will preach on “Casting Out Demons” 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 “Unity,” based on Scripture 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Windber Calvary United Methodist Church, 1800 Stockholm Ave.

Kathleen Custer will be the organist.

George Lucas will be the lay reader.

Marina Yarnavick will be the acolyte.

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.

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, with a Gospel reading from Luke 4:14-21.

Church school will begin at 9. Fellowship will be held 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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