COMMUNITY CHURCH EVENTS
SHELOCTA — The Living Light Cantata will be presented by the choir, junior/senior high class and children’s class at the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday at Shelocta Presbyterian Church, 182 S. Ridge Road, Shelocta.
The presentation explores various perspectives on the birth of Jesus Christ. The presentation will also be made in the afternoon at Maple Valley Personal Care Home and St. Andrew’s Village.
A Christmas concert will be presented at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Indiana Wesleyan Methodist Church, 12th and Church streets, Indiana.
The 28-member choir will present Mike Speck’s “The Heart of Christmas,” a blend of traditional and southern gospel music. Organ/piano vespers start at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.
ALVERDA — The Alverda Christian Church will present their Christmas program, “Christmas Is …,” at 10:45 a.m. Sunday.
The program, with members of the congregation participating, will include the church choir, members of the congregation, the children and a surprise visit from two very special individuals.
The morning presentations will conclude with a candle-lighting service.
Beginning in the morning at 9:45, there are classes in the Sunday school for all ages.
The pastor, the Rev. Prewitt Duncan, and the congregation invite the public to join in this day of celebration. For more information, call (724) 397-9553.
Crossover and the Christmas musical
Crossover will perform and the Christmas musical will be presented at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Independent Traditional Holiness Church, 5065 Ferguson Road, Indiana.
The night of music is under the direction of Fred and Anita Stevens. Crossover is a very popular family group from Mahaffey.
The group consists of Beau and Jeanie Litz and their son, Shane, and his wife, Cortney.
They will be featured in the beginning of the service as well as during the musical. There will be a time of fellowship and refreshments following the service.
The annual children’s Christmas program will be held on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 9:45 a.m. The children have been working hard to present the message of Christmas during this service and they would like to invite everyone to come and hear them sing and share their recitations.
The Christmas worship service will follow the children’s program.
Journey through Bethlehem
COMMODORE — Journey through Bethlehem on a guided tour of a live Nativity between 5 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Purchase Line United Methodist Church, Commodore.
Come see the angels, shepherds, the Magi, King Herod, Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus.
Refreshments and a children’s craft will follow each guided tour. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Pastor Paul Price of Cornerstone Worship Center has announced the 2013 Advent message series titled “Jesus Our Shining Light” will be held each Sunday leading up to Christmas Eve.
The messages will be at 8:30 and 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The message titles will be: “Jesus the Great Light,” “The Purity of the Light,” “The Constancy of the Light,” “The Vitality of the Light,” “The Victory of Light” and “The Glory of Light.”
A Christmas concert will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at Indiana Wesleyan Methodist Church, corner of 12th and Church streets, Indiana. Admission is free.
The 28-member choir will present Mike Speck’s “The Heart of Christmas,” a blend of traditional and Southern gospel music. Organ/piano vespers begin at 6:30 p.m.
An Advent luncheon will be held from noon to 1:15 Tuesday in the social hall at Zion Lutheran Church, 100 S. Sixth St., Indiana. Everyone is welcome.
A choice of homemade soups, homemade breads and desserts are on the menu. There is no charge for the meal, but free-will offerings are appreciated and will benefit the Zion Community Food Pantry.
Community Advent series
HOMER CITY — The 2013 Homer City Ministerium Community Advent Series will be held with a brief time of worship at noon and a simple lunch to follow at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Luther Chapel Lutheran Church, Power Plant Road, Coral.
Advent luncheon series
CLYMER — The 2013 Clymer Ministerial Advent Series luncheon will be held from 12:05 to 12:50 p.m. Wednesday Clymer United Methodist, 495 Hancock St., Clymer. The Rev. Tina Keller will be presiding.
Donations will be accepted for Clymer Ministerial efforts to help local needy individuals. For more information, call Pastor Brian Keller at (724) 254-4000.
MARION CENTER — An Advent evening prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at New Life Lutheran Church, 1209 Leroy Road, Marion Center.