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September 29, 2012

Religion in brief | Retired priest marking milestone

Most Rev. Bonaventure Midili, TOR, of Garvey Manor, Hollidaysburg, will observe the 60th anniversary of his ordination into the priesthood today.

He was ordained in 1952 in Washington, D.C., a Franciscan Friar of the Third Order Regular.

Midili, who is retired, formerly served St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church,  Windber.

Family Life Office sponsoring workshop

The Family Life Office of the Altoona-Johnstown Roman Catholic Diocese will sponsor a two-part “Catholic’s Divorce Survival” workshop based on the DVD series by Rose Sweet.

Sister Nancy Spence, CCW, will facilitate sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and 20 at Lock Haven Catholic School. Sister Marilyn Welch, CCW, will facilitate the workshops from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 at the Family Life Office, 5379 Portage St., Lilly.

Cost is $40.

Registration: 886-5551.

Berkey church

Fall revival services will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday at Berkey Church of the Brethren, 1038 Church Drive, Windber.

The Rev. Carl Brubaker, pastor of Molnar Church of the Brethren, will speak.

Bethany UM

A homecoming celebration will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Bethany United Methodist Church, 112 Leventry Road, Johnstown.

The Rev. Patricia Cleary will speak on “The Right Reason for Celebration,” based on James 3 and Mark 9.

Joel Shumaker will be the liturgist. Randy Griffith will have the children’s time.

The cathedral and children’s choirs will offer music.

Sunday school will follow at 10:45.

The congregation will have the opportunity to tour the church, visit the preschool teachers, Christian counselors and other staff.

Fellowship and lunch will follow at noon.

Beth Sholom

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

Sukkot service will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Candlelighting will be held at 6:33 p.m. Friday, followed by Shabbat Eve service at 7:30.

Beulah UM

Rally Day 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 “Survivor,” based on Psalm 23.

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

The Masters will present a Christian concert at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Calvary UM

A special 30th anniversary service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Calvary United Methodist Church, 1800 Stockholm Ave., Windber.

It will be a blended worship to include traditional, innovative, children and youth participation, with Holy Communion and rededication.

Calvary United Methodist Church was formed in January 1970 with the union of First United Methodist and Graham Avenue Evangelical United Brethren.

A new church building was consecrated in 1982, when the people of that congregation came from the unions of Evangelical Church (formerly located at Somerset Avenue and 12th Street), the United Brethren in Christ (formerly located at Graham Avenue and Ninth Street) and First Methodist Episcopal Church (formerly located at Cambria Avenue and 12th Street).

A covered-dish meal will follow with an afternoon of games.

Christ UM

The Rev. Kathleen Schoeneck will speak on “Stumbling Blocks,” based on Mark 9:38-50, 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.

Francis Ruhe will be the worship leader. Lorraine Walters is the greeter. Harriett Miller is the organist.

Fellowship will follow.

Sunday school begins at 10:45.

Community Open Door

Pastor Charles H. Zimmerman will deliver the message “Great Life With God” during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Community Open Door Church, Menoher Boulevard and Luzerne Street, Johnstown.

Cindy Wilson will give a children’s message.

Conemaugh church

The Rev. Horace Derr will preach the message “The Hills Are Alive,” with Scripture from Psalm 121, at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Conemaugh Church of the Brethren, 1256 William Penn Ave., Johnstown.

Sunday school begins at 9:30.

Nursery and children’s church will be available.

Preschool play day will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, with Bible study of the Ten Commandments at 7 p.m.

Conemaugh church

Pastor Rick Horner will speak on “The Principles of Being a Christian Disciple Today” during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at Conemaugh Grace Brethren Church, Second and Oak streets, East Conemaugh.

Cramer UM

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton will preach and celebrate Holy Communion during the 150th anniversary celebration at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Cramer United Methodist Church, 115 Chestnut St., Seward.

Pastor Alyce Weaver Dunn, Johnstown District superintendent, also will participate.

Special music will be provided.

Faith UM

The Rev. Len Findley will share the message “Are We Too Comfortable,” with Scripture  from Numbers 11:4-6 and 10-29, during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Faith United Methodist Church, 369 Glessner Road, Johnstown.

Worldwide Communion will be celebrated.

First Lutheran

Pastor Eleanor Abarno will preach and preside at Communion services at 5:30 tonight and 10:45 a.m. Sunday at First  Lutheran Church, 415 Vine St., Johnstown. The Gospel will be from Mark 9.

Becky Gay-Gregory will lead the adult class at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Ferndale UM

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

The Rev. Len Findley, pastor, will deliver the message “Are We Too Comfortable” with Scripture from Numbers 11:4-6 and 10-29.

Jerry and Patty Eash will be  greeters. Karen Miller and Julie Hendershot are nursery helpers. Luke Kohan is the acolyte.

The SonShiners will leave at 10:30 a.m. Thursday for Bedford County. The group will return between 3 and 4 p.m.

First Presbyterian

Johnstown Council of Church Women United will sponsor an interfaith breakfast at 9:30  Friday at First Presbyterian Church, Walnut and Lincoln streets, Johnstown.

The topic will be “Gratitude for Our Heritage.” 

The breakfast will feature speakers. Personal-care items will be collected for the Women’s Help Center.

Reservations: 288-1932.

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