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Area churches plan Easter week services

on April 12, 2014 10:45 AM

The following area churches will hold services to mark the Easter season:

• Alverda Christian Church. Palm Sunday, Sunday school, 9:45 a.m., Sunday. Morning worship, 10:45 a.m., April 13. Good Friday, 2 p.m., April 18. Special music will be provided by the church choir, and the message will be delivered by the Rev. Silas West. Following the worship service, an egg hunt will be held for all the youth in attendance.

• Ambrose Baptist Church, Marion Center. Pastor: Raymond A.P. Mialki. Easter Sunrise service, 7:30 a.m. April 20.

• Black Lick Circuit United Methodist Churches. Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m. Thursday at Strangford UMC, 1680 Strangford Road, Blairsville, Holy Communion. Good Friday service, 7 p.m. Friday at Black Lick UMC, 36 Walnut St., Black Lick; the Black Lick Choir will present the Cantata, “Thy Will Be Done.” Easter Sunrise service, 6:30 a.m. April 20 at Hopewell UMC, 150 Hopewell Road, Blairsville, a brief service of rejoicing, followed by doughnuts and coffee.

• Blairsville United Presbyterian Church. Palm Sunday worship, 11 a.m. Sunday; Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. Sunday; Preacher: The Rev. Timothy Monroe; Scripture: Philippians 2:3-11 and Matthew 21:1-11. Maundy Thursday Worship and Communion, 7 p.m. Thursday; Preacher: The Rev. Timothy Monroe; Scripture: Exodus 12:1-14 and 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. Community Good Friday Worship, 7 p.m. Friday; Preacher: The Rev. Cory Braatz; Sermon: “It’s Over, Go Home,” based on John 19:38-42. Easter early worship, 8:30 a.m. April 20. Easter breakfast, 9:30 a.m. April 20. Easter worship, 11 a.m. April 20.

• Calvary Bible Church, 2712 Pine Vale Road, Rochester Mills. Early service, 8 a.m. April 20, followed by a covered-dish fellowship breakfast. Easter cantata, 11 a.m. April 20. Evening service, 6 p.m. April 20.

• Cherry Tree Presbyterian Church. Good Friday service, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

• Christ Our Savior Orthodox Church, 3 miles west of Clymer off Route 286. Holy and Great Thursday, Matins of the Passion: 12 Gospel Readings of the Holy Passion, 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday. Holy and Great Friday, Great Vespers of the Passion: Procession with the Plascanica (Burial Shroud), 7 p.m. Good Friday. Holy and Great Saturday, Sorrow Canon: Procession with the Light: Matins of the Resurrection: Paschal Canon: Blessing of Easter baskets, 8 p.m. Saturday. Easter Sunday (Pascha), Divine Liturgy of the Resurrection, blessing of children’s Easter baskets, 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday. Bright Monday, Paschal Vespers, 10 am. April 21.

• Cornerstone Worship Center, 500 Lenz Road, White Township. Good Friday service, 7 p.m. Friday, live via satellite, Pastor Rod Parsley of the World Harvest Church, Columbus, Ohio, worldwide miracle, healing and victory Holy Communion service. Easter Sunrise service, 6:30 a.m. April 20 in the sanctuary. Pastor Walter Marr will present the Easter story in first person from the view of the soldier that stood at the tomb of Jesus on that beautiful Resurrection Day. A light breakfast will follow the service.

• Crete Presbyterian Church, 25 Brady Road, Indiana. Community Maundy Thursday service, 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Special music by the Bethel Presbyterian choir, the Crete Presbyterian choir and the Jacksonville Presbyterian Church; Randy Stear will tell the story from Luke 22; The Rev. Katie Ward Stear and Pastor Terry Semsick will lead worship. Soup supper at 6 p.m.

• Curry Run Church, Shelocta. Maundy Thursday service with the Rev. Robert Thornton speaking, 7 p.m. Thursday.

• Dayton Glade Run Presbyterian Church. Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m. Thursday. Easter egg hunt, 11 a.m. April 19. Easter sunrise service, 7:30 a.m. April 20.

• Dayton United Methodist Church. Palm Sunday Worship, 10:55 a.m. Sunday. Contemporary worship, 6 p.m. Sunday. Holy Thursday worship, 7 p.m. Thursday at Smicksburg United Methodist Church. Good Friday service, 7:30 p.m. Friday, The Service of Shadows (Tenebrae). Easter Sunrise Service, 7 a.m. April 20; the Contemporary Worship Band will lead, followed by brunch. Easter worship, 10:55 a.m. No evening service April 20.

• Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in Lewisville. Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m. Thursday. Easter Sunrise service, 7:30 a.m. April 20; continental breakfast to follow.

• Ernest Bible Church. Easter Sunrise service, 6:30 a.m. April 20. Sunday school, 9:45 a.m. Worship, 11 a.m. No evening worship. Preacher: The Rev. John Sykes.

• First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, 500 Water St., Indiana. Palm Sunday Service, 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m. Thursday. Good Friday prayer vigil, noon to 3 p.m. Friday. Easter egg hunt and children’s activities, 2:30 to 4 p.m. April 19. Call Suzie at (724) 349-4669 to register. Easter sunrise service, 7 a.m. April 20, followed by breakfast. Easter morning worship hour, 10:45 a.m. April 20.

• First Unitarian Universalist Church, Indiana. Easter pancake breakfast, 9:30 a.m. April 20. Preacher: The Rev. Joan M. Sabatino. Worship associate: Nonna Randal. Special music: Lori Rittle, piano.

• Grace United Methodist Church, Seventh and Church streets, Indiana. Maundy Thursday service with Holy Communion, 7 p.m. Thursday. Good Friday service, 7 p.m. Friday.

• Grove Chapel-Harmony Grove Lutheran Parish. Maundy Thursday (Holy Communion) and Good Friday worship services, 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Harmony Grove Lutheran Church, 6584 Five Points Road, Creekside. Outdoor Easter Son-rise worship, 7 a.m. April 20 at Harmony Grove; breakfast will follow (a free-will offering will be received). Easter worship services, 9 a.m. April 20 at Harmony Grove; and 11 a.m. April 20 at Grove Chapel, 1990 Rt. 119 Hwy. N., Indiana. shieldsmountaingrammy@gmail.com (724) 397-4340.

• Independent Traditional Holiness Church, 5065 Ferguson Road, Indiana. Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m. Thursday in the Fellowship building. Sunrise service, 7 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 20, in the parking lot facing the cross. Following the service, breakfast will be served in the Fellowship building. In case of rain, the service will be held in the Fellowship hall. The children and youths of the church will present an Easter program at 9:45 a.m. April 20, followed by worship at 10:40 a.m. A 6 p.m. service will also be held Easter Sunday.

• Kenwood Church of the Nazarene. Easter Cantata, “Mine Is A Risen Saviour,” 6 p.m. April 20, special music and scriptures. (724) 254-4884.

• Marion Center First United Methodist Church. Good Friday worship service, 7 p.m. Friday.

• NuValley Presbyterian Church, Rural Valley. Maundy Thursday celebration, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Fellowship of the Upper Room, potluck and Communion. Good Friday Tenebrae service, 7 p.m. Friday.

• Penn Run Church of the Brethren, Penn Run. Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m. April 17, Pastor Jeff Fackler. “We Will Understand.” Scriptures: John 13:1-17, 31b-35; Good Friday, 7 p.m. Friday, “I Will Not Fall Away.” Scripture: Mark 14:26-31. Resurrection Sunday morning worship, 10:30 a.m. April 20, “Go and Tell.” Matthew 28:1-10.

• Penn Run Wesleyan Church, Penn Run. Penn Run area community sunrise service, 7 a.m. April 20.

• Shelocta Community Presbyterian Church. Maundy Thursday: The Rev. Peter Bower, “A Vigil of Remembrance,” Youth Group, Communion. Easter sunrise service, 6:30 a.m. April 20, Worship Committee. Easter Service, 10 a.m. April 20, the Rev. Ann Miner, Easter cantata: “There Stands The Cross.”

• Spring Church Lutheran Church. Maundy Thursday worship, 8 p.m. Thursday. Good Friday Tenebrae worship service, 6:30 p.m. Friday. Easter sunrise service, 6:30 a.m. April 20, at the pavilion; coffee and doughnuts to follow in the social hall. Pastor John K. Ludwig presiding.

• SS Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Homer City. Palm Sunday service, 10 a.m. Sunday, Divine Liturgy. Holy Unction service, 7 p.m. Wednesday at Christ the Savior Cathedral, Johnstown. Reading of the 12 Passion Gospels, Matins, 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Great and Holy Friday, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Great Vespers and the Procession of the Burial Shroud. Great and Holy Saturday, 9 a.m. April 19, Vesperal Liturgy. Resurrection Matins, 6 p.m. April 19, followed by blessing of baskets. Great and Holy Pascha, 10 a.m. April 20, Divine Liturgy.

• St. Anne Byzantine Catholic Church, 48 Franklin St., Clymer. Pastor: The Rev. Father William A. Laschelles. Palm Sunday service, blessing of the pussy willows/palms, procession and children’s sermon, 9 a.m. Sunday. Holy Friday service, Jerusalem Lamentations, 7 p.m. Friday. Pascha, Matins of the Resurrection, Divine Liturgy followed by blessing of the baskets, 8 p.m. April 19.

• St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Dixonville. Great Thursday procession, the reading of the 12 Passion Gospels, 7 p.m. Thursday. Great and Holy Friday, vespers of the Passion and procession with the Plaschanica (Burial Shroud), 7:45 p.m. Friday. Great Saturday procession with the Matins of Resurrection, followed by blessing of the baskets of Paschal foods, 7 p.m. April 19. Divine Liturgy, 10 a.m. April 20. Pussy willows will be blessed and distributed at the end of liturgy. Easter Sunday Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 11 a.m. April 20. Following the Divine Liturgy, children’s Easter baskets will be blessed and there will be an Easter egg hunt for the children.

• St. Jude Thaddeus Byzantine Catholic Church, 320 Main St., Ernest. Palm Sunday service, blessing of the pussy willows/palms, 6 p.m. today. Holy Wednesday blessing, pre-sanctified with blessing of oil/anointing, 6 p.m. Wednesday. Holy Thursday reading and procession, reading 12 Passion Gospels, procession after Fifth Gospel, 6 p.m. Thursday. Holy Friday service, Vesper burial service, 3 p.m. Friday. Pascha, Matins of Resurrection, Divine Liturgy followed by blessing of the baskets, 9 a.m. April 20.

• St. Michael’s Orthodox Church, 465 Morris St., Clymer. Pastor: The Rev. Father William A. Laschelles. Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy, 10 a.m. Sunday. Great and Holy Friday, vespers and procession of the burial shroud, 7 p.m. Friday. Divine Liturgy, Great and Holy Pascha, 10 a.m. April 20; blessing of baskets will follow the liturgy.

• St. Thomas More University Parish, 1200 Oakland Ave., Indiana. Holy Thursday, evening Mass and the Lord’s Supper, 7 p.m. Thursday. Good Friday, 7:30 a.m. morning prayer; 12:10 p.m. prayer; 3 p.m. Passion of the Lord with Adoration of the Cross; 7 p.m. evening prayer with Adoration of the Cross. Holy Saturday, 12:30 p.m. blessing of Easter foods and baskets; 8:45 p.m. Easter vigil. Easter Sunday, 8:30 and 11 a.m. Mass. Overflow seating will be available in the parish lounge for the Easter Sunday Masses. There will be no 7 p.m. Mass on Easter Sunday.

• Trinity United Methodist Church, Indiana. Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m. Thursday. Worship with Chancel Choir Cantata, 5 p.m. April 19. Easter morning worship, 8:30 and 11 a.m. April 20.

• United Methodist Charge for Christ. Silent Communion, Thursday, Rural Valley. Charge Maundy Thursday service, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Whitesburg. Cross Walk, 11 a.m. Friday, Rural Valley. Charge sunrise service, 7 a.m. April 20 at Mt. Zion, followed by breakfast. Pastor DeLuce at Mt. Zion, Cochran’s Mill and Elderton, April 20. Pastor Lindahl at Whitesburg and Rural Valley, April 20.

• Zion Lutheran Church, Sixth and Church streets. Palm Sunday services, 5:30 p.m. today and 10 a.m. Sunday, procession with palms, hymn meditation on Christ’s passion and Holy Communion. Services, 12:10 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Holy Communion, confession and individual absolution. Maundy Thursday services, 7 p.m. Holy Communion, 9:45 p.m. Office of Compline. Good Friday services, 12:10 p.m. Holy Communion, 2 p.m. Stations of the Cross, 7 p.m. Tenebrae. Vigil of Easter, 8 p.m. April 19. Easter Liturgy, 10 a.m. April 20.

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