The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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.

The Rev. Alice Tondora will preach on “Depending on the Holy Spirit Through Prayer,” based on Isaiah 40:28-31 and Luke 18:1-8, during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday service.

First UM

Lay speaker Sharon Lentz will speak on “Say ‘No’ to Fear and ‘Yes’ to God” during the 9:45 a.m. Sunday service at First United Methodist Church, 436 Vine St., Johnstown.

Sunday school will follow.

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

Flood City

Evangelist Don Trotz will speak during the 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services at Flood City Church, 1723 Scalp Ave., Johnstown.

He will deliver the final message for the sermon series “Catch the Wave.”

Johnstown fellowship

Pastor Denny Forosisky will speak about “Facing Your Perga” at the 8:30 a.m. Sunday service and Pastor Ed Berringer will speak about “Travel Light” at the 10:30 service at Greater Johnstown Christian Fellowship, 3429 Elton Road.

Pastor Jim Gay will teach on “Finding Favor – Some People Have All the Luck?” on Wednesday.

Grove Avenue UM

The Rev. Ed Schoeneck will lead a blended worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday at Grove Avenue United Methodist Church, 501 Grove Ave. in the Moxham section of Johnstown.

He will deliver the message “Healing Divisions” from Mark 9:38-50.

Nursery will be available.

Heavenly Sent

Family and Friends Day will be observed Sunday at Heavenly Sent Ministries, 429 Second St., Johnstown.

Minister Clyde Williams Jr. will preach during the 11 a.m. service. The Rev. Ralph Johnson and his congregation will be the afternoon guests.

Dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m. with a program at 3:15.

Donna J. Williams of Heavenly Sent Ministries will speak during the 11 a.m. service celebrating Missionary Day at Beulah Baptist Church in Indiana, Pa.

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.

The youth group will meet at 4, followed by Bible study at 6:30.

Laurel Trinity Lutheran

Worship services will be held at 8:45 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday at Laurel Trinity Lutheran Church, 7520 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown.

Sunday school will meet at 10.

Cub Scouts will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Bible study will be held at 8 a.m. Wednesday at Coal Miners Café, followed by a WIC clinic and sewing at 9. Choir practice will be held at 6 p.m.

Christian and property committees will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Maple Spring

The Rev. Royden Airesman, pastor of Windber Church of the Brethren, will be the guest speaker for the revival services at Maple Spring Church of the Brethren, 106 Spring Road, Hollsopple.

He will speak on “Grace,” with Scripture from 2 Samuel 9 at the 10:45 a.m. Sunday service and 7 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday services.

Special music will be provided. Refreshments will be served.

Preschool and junior church will be available for children ages 4 through Grade 6 on Sunday.

Sunday school will begin at 9:40.

Morrellville church

Revival services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday and 7 p.m Sunday and Monday at Morrellville Church of the Brethren, 406 Chandler Ave., Johnstown.

Dan Shaffer, youth pastor, will speak. Special music will be provided.

Moxham church

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

Gene Myers will read Scripture from Hebrews 5:1-10.

The cathedral choir will sing “Everything Within Me Worships You,” with Audrey Wenger as the soloist.

Dave Shook will tell the children’s story.

Sunday school will begin at 9.

A fall group study will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

North End Assembly

Lifesaver Day, honoring medical doctors, nurses, chiropractors, EMTs and other medical personnel trained to save lives or enhance the quality of life, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at North End Assembly of God, Philadelphia Avenue, Northern Cambria.

The service will feature music and guest speakers.

Lifesaving stories can be shared at

Oakland UM

Michael James Facciani will present a concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Oakland United Methodist Church, 1504 Bedford St., Johnstown.

Facciani of Waterloo, Iowa, will feature a moving tribute to Johnstown, his hometown.

There will be a performance by Ready for Eternity Players.

A freewill offering will be received.

Park Avenue UM

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

Paul Smith will be the worship leader. Don and Barb Keiper are the greeters. The choir will sing “Travel On.”

Sunday school will begin at 9:15.

Pleasant Hill Baptist

The Rev. Andrew W. Tilly’s 47 years of service at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 205 Peelor St., Johnstown, will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12, with a retirement banquet at This is It, 1300 Frankstown Road, Johnstown.

His Scripture will be taken from I Corinthians 13, the chapter of love.

Tickets are $35 per person or $280 for a table of eight. Tickets for children younger than 12 are $17.50.

Information: 535-4179.

Roxbury church

The Rev. Brian Simmons, pastor of Roxbury Church of the Brethren, 112 Sell St., Johnstown, will speak on “The Life Saving Work of Jesus,” with Scripture from Acts 9:32-43, during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service.

The cathedral choir will sing “Sing Joyful Praise,” under the direction of Melanie Shiley, and accompanied by Laura Krouse, pianist.

Sunday school begins at 9:30.

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

Roxbury St. Paul

The Rev. Wayne D. Sedei will deliver the message “The Best Medicine,” based on James 5:13-20, during the 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship services at Roxbury St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 160 Derby St., Johnstown.

Coffee and cookies will be served in the kitchenette following each service to celebrate open house month.

Second Presbyterian

The Rev. Art Moffat Jr. will speak on “Your Heart Is Immersed in What You Treasure,” with Scripture from  Luke 12:34 and Luke 19:1-9, 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 “The Wonder of His Love” directed by Sarah Pruss.

St. Mark Episcopal

Bishop Kenneth Price of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, TEC, will be welcomed at the 7:30 and 10 a.m. Sunday services at St. Mark Episcopal Church, 335 Locust St., downtown Johnstown.

Sunday school will begin at 10, followed by a potluck luncheon.

A study on the lectionary for the following week will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Sorella Sorella coffee shop, across from Westmont Middle School.

St. Therese church

Anointing of the sick, in conjunction with the annual St. Therese novena, will be celebrated during the 2 p.m. Sunday Mass at St. Therese Roman Catholic Church, 536 Decker Ave., Johnstown.

Novena prayers to St. Therese will be said during the Mass.

Steven Memorial

Prewomen’s Day service, featuring Pastor Allen Pool of Agape Love Ministries, will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Steven Memorial Holy Church, 314 William Penn Ave., Johnstown.

Summit Chapel UM

The Rev. John H. Weaver, pastor of Summit Chapel United Methodist Church, 2142 William Penn Ave., Johnstown, will preach on “Our Witness for Jesus Christ,” based on Mark 9:38-42, during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service.

The theme for the sermon will be “The only witness for Jesus Christ is us.”

Children’s Sunday school will follow the pastor’s time with the children and adult Sunday school beginning at 10:30.

A nursery will be provided.

Walnut Grove church

The Rev. Ron Barto will deliver the message “What To Do When You Feel Like Giving Up,” with Scripture from II Corinthians 4, at 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 and the choir will sing “Just a Little Talk with Jesus” directed by Brad Callihan.

Sunday school will begin at 9.

Westmont UM

The Rev. Kevin Rea will preach on “Getting Your Hands Involved” during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship service at Westmont United Methodist Church, 1428 Menoher Blvd., Johnstown.

Fifth Sunday breakfast will be served during Sunday school.

Zion Lutheran

Liturgy of Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10:15 a.m. Sunday at Zion Lutheran Church, 613 Locust St., downtown Johnstown, with Gospel readings from Mark 9:38-50.

Church school will begin at 9 and 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.

Zion UM

Homecoming will be celebrated during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at Zion United Methodist Church, 1089 Mount Airy Drive, Elton.

The 25th anniversary of the Junior Choir ministry, under the direction of Ruby Barclay, will be celebrated.

Pastor Wayne Cleary will serve as host and the Rev. Keith Cutshall of Coral Springs, Fla., who served as pastor of Zion church from 1991 to 2005, will  speak.

Junior Choir ministry, consisting of Junior Choir, the On Fire Choir and Illumination, will provide special music.

A covered-dish dinner will follow in the social hall.

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