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Harvest Community Church opens doors to Indiana location

by HEATHER ROTH hroth@indianagazette.net on March 30, 2013 11:00 AM

A Kittanning-based church has opened a satellite location on the fourth floor of the Indiana Theater building on Philadelphia Street.

Harvest Community Church is holding Sunday evening services and will eventually make the transition to Sunday morning services, said Scott Rising, an elder in the church and pastor of the Indiana campus.

“We’ve just seen the amazing things God’s been doing in the area,” Rising said. “There’s just lots of good things going on there and we just want to care for those folks and for Indiana.”

The church began with Saturday morning Bible studies in February, but officially opened with the Sunday evening services at the start of March. It begins with a 6:30 p.m. meet-and-greet period, and the service opens at 7 p.m. with “acoustic, contemporary” worship music followed by a sermon by lead Pastor Mike Greiner.

Rising, who lives in Elderton, said the church decided to expand to Indiana when more than 50 people started traveling from the Indiana area to Kittanning for services midweek activities.

“That’s a pretty long haul for a lot of folks,” he said. “They just really fell in love with the church and so (we’re expanding) to facilitate and care for them better.”

Rising said the mission of the church is to “increase the health and the size of God’s church everywhere.

“It’s important that we don’t leave out the health of the Christian and equipping them and caring for them throughout the week,” he said.

Harvest Community Church has another satellite location in Petrolia. Greiner is the lead pastor for both the main campus and both satellite locations, and once the Indiana church transitions to morning services his sermons will be shown by video locally (as is currently done in Petrolia).

Rising said anyone is welcome to “come as you are.” Child care is provided through sixth grade.

“It’s very relaxing,” he said.

The church’s website is www.harvestpa.org.

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