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March 16, 2013

Area churches schedule Easter observances: Christians prepare for Holy Week with a variety of performances and events

JOHNSTOWN — The arrest, trial, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ will be commemorated and celebrated by various churches in the area.

The Last Supper

Oakland United Methodist Church will commemorate Holy Thursday and Good Friday with performances of “The Living Last Supper” at 7 p.m. March 28 and 29 at the church at 1504 Bedford St., Johnstown.

“Because of the amount of work involved, we decided to have it for two nights,” said the Rev. Randy Griffith, pastor at Oakland. “This is the choir’s big production for Easter. The public is invited to attend. It’s harder to get people to come when we have a cantata on a Sunday morning.”

The Renaissance masterpiece “The Last Supper” by  Leonardo Da Vinci will be brought to life by the church’s drama team and chancel choir.

The stage will be set somewhat like DaVinci’s portrait, with Jesus and his disciples sitting at a table facing the congregation.

One by one, the disciples will portray their incredible astonishment at Jesus’ assertion that one of them will betray Him that night.

Throughout the drama in the Upper Room, songs especially written for the play will be performed by the choir.

The cast will feature Dave Long as Simon Peter, Steve Parker as Andrew, Bob Shostek as James the Lesser, Brian Platt as James the Greater, Bill Dunbar as Matthew, Bill Kishlock as Simon the Zealot, Bill Patrick as Bartholomew, Tom Young as Phillip, Lynn Bray as Thaddaeus, Vince Vizzini as John, Tim Lamantia as Thomas, Bruce Griffith as Judas and Dave Webb as Jesus.

Denise Kishlock and Brenda Deyarmin will portray women servants, and Jim Fiffick will portray the house master.

Communion will be served at the service March 28, and prayer and anointing will be offered March 29.

Admission will be free.

Passion play

The passion play “His

Name Is Jesus, Lamb of God” will be presented at 7 p.m. March 28-30 at Greater

Johnstown Christian Fellowship, 3429 Elton Road, Richland Township.

The play is a presentation of the life, passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ through drama and music and will be 90 minutes in length.

Director Kim Miller said it’s been more than 10 years since the fellowship put on a passion play for the public, but the time has come to continue the tradition.

“This is a new time in history, and we want to get back to the basics,” Miller said. “We’re starting again with new people. It’s still the same incredible message of salvation, redemption and love through Jesus Christ. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.”

Admission will be free.

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