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on May 05, 2013 2:50 AM

Soup lunch

A soup lunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Grove Chapel Lutheran Church (near Musser’s Nursery). The cost is a free-will offering, and the menu includes vegetable soup with beef, dessert and beverage.

For takeout, please bring a container for the soup. All proceeds benefit church improvements.

The lunch is sponsored by the Grove Chapel Lutheran Church Women. Call (724) 464-0697 with any questions.

Spaghetti dinner

DERRY — A spaghetti dinner to benefit the Shaffer family, who lost their home in a fire, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Derry First United Methodist Church. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and under. Dinner includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, rolls, coffee, iced tea, water and dessert.

Swiss steak dinner

ROBINSON — The Helping Hands of the Robinson Evangelical United Methodist Church is holding a Mother’s Day Swiss steak dinner from 11:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. on May 12 at the church, at 332 Mary St., Robinson.

The cost is $8 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 12. Children ages 4 and younger eat for free. Takeouts are available.

Clothing drive and recycling

SALTSBURG — The Saltsburg Methodist Church is having a clothing drive the first two weeks in May to replenish clothing for My Best Friend’s Closet. The next My Best Friend’s Closet will be held from 9 a.m. to noon May 11 at the church, 813 Salt St., Saltsburg.

Gently used clothing is sought for babies, children, teens, men and women in all sizes. The clothing will then be available to anyone in need for free. Items can be dropped off at the church basement door in bags marked “MBFC.”

The church is also accepting old shoes, purses and clothing that can be used for rags and insulation. Items can be dropped off at the church basement door in bags marked “rags.”

For more information, call Barb at (724) 422-1050.

‘Gardener’s Paradise’

SAXONBURG — A “Gardener’s Paradise” celebration to benefit a youth mission trip will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Saxonburg.

The event includes a pancake breakfast, plants, crafts, books, quilt displays, baked goods and an auction. Attendees can learn how to plant a container butterfly garden.

The cost for the pancake breakfast is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for ages 2 and younger. For more information, call the church office at (724) 352-2333.

Evangelist to speak

ROCHESTER MILLS — Evangelist David Barker will speak at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. May 12 and 7 p.m. May 13 and 14 at Calvary Bible Church, Pine Vale Road, near Rochester Mills, Grant Township.

Barker was a correctional officer in the state of Indiana for 18 years. He published a booklet, “Behind the Prison Walls,” which gives accounts of his ministry to inmates. While working in the prison, the inmates gave him the title of Preacherman.

Everyone is. For more information please call (814) 743-5448.

Gospel music festival

ARMAGH — A gospel music festival will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. May 17 and 1 to 10 p.m. May 18 at the Armagh United Methodist Church.

Featured performers May 17 include The Choraliers & Pearl, Clowns For Jesus, Brenda Mishler and Amy Ward. The kitchen will be open from 5 to 8 p.m.

Performers May 18 include The Choraliers & Pearl, Clowns For Jesus, Brenda Mishler, Heaven 4 Shore, The Masters, Randy Simpson, Dwayne Kaufman and Diane Myers. The kitchen will be open from noon until 8 p.m.

The menu includes hamburgers, hot dogs, haluski, stromboli, pizza, dessert, pop and water. A free-will offering will be accepted. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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