NEW Church events

Every Saturday in The Indiana Gazette, find this roundup of family- and community-related events hosted by churches in the Indiana County area.

Christmas tour

BLAIRSVILLE — The Rev. Matt Fontana, a licensed and ordained minister of the gospel and a multi-instrument musician, will hold a concert as part of his Christmas tour of the western Pennsylvania region at noon today at The Melt Shop, 222 E. Market St., Blairsville.

Fontana also will minister at 7 p.m. Monday for Blairsville’s Music Monday at SS. Simon and Jude Church; and on Dec. 15  during the First Commonwealth Bank It’s a Wonderful Life Festival in Indiana.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear as much as two hours of holiday music from Fontana, based on popular Christmas hymns and carols, plus two new songs based on two Bible passages from the first chapter of the gospel of St. Luke, while maintaining the integrity of the messages of the original sources in all his offerings.

Spaghetti dinner

GLEN CAMPBELL — Glen Campbell United Methodist Church will be having a spaghetti dinner today from 4 to 7 p.m. or until the food runs out.

A basket raffle will be called at 6:30 p.m.

Cost is $10, with children 5 years old or younger admitted free.

From Indiana, take Route 286 and turn left toward Glen Campbell. In less than a half mile you will see the sign for Glen Campbell Methodist Church, where you turn right onto Jefferson Street.

Second Sunday of Advent service

GLEN CAMPBELL — The Historic First Episcopal Baptist Church of Glen Campbell will celebrate the second Sunday in Advent during the 10 a.m. worship service at the church, 334 Glenwood Ave., Glen Campbell.

The service includes lighting of the first two candles of Advent, singing of Advent hymns, offering of prayers, lay readers presenting all four lectionary texts, Holy Communion and the proclamation of the Word of God.

The Right Rev. Dr.  Allan N. Campbell, Bishop of St. Andrew, will present the sermon, “A Voice Crying in the Wilderness.” The Gospel Lesson tells St. Luke’s account of John the Baptist in the dessert as he calls the people to “prepare the way for the  Lord.”

The congregation invites anyone interested in a traditional, biblical, friendly church to attend.

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

“It’s a Wonderful Life” is a holiday classic that portrays the hope of many during the Christmas season.

George Bailey and friends remind us that good exists in our world, even in the darkest of hours.

As a way of celebrating this season, there is an opportunity to gather and watch this classic at 4 p.m. Sunday at Blairsville First United Methodist Church, 50 Walnut St.

The discussions will be as follows:

•  Sunday: “It’s a Wonderful Life — Hope In It”; Scripture: Malachi 3:1-4, Matthew 3:1-12

• Dec. 16: “It’s a Wonderful Life — Believe It”; Scripture: Zephaniah 3:14-20, Luke 1:47-55

• Dec. 23: “It’s a Wonderful Life — Trust It”; Scripture: Micah 5:2-5(a), Matthew 1:18-25

Times for the discussions are noon at Hopewell United Methodist Church, 150 Hopewell Road, with Pastors Brett Dinger and Dawn Krishart; 6:30 p.m. at Connect Church, 2134 Route 22 West, with Pastor Dinger; 7 p.m. at Black Lick United Methodist Church, 36 Walnut St., with Pastor Krishart; and 7 p.m. at Blairsville First UMC with Pastor Dan Cunkelman.

The discussion for Christmas Eve will be “It’s a Wonderful Life — Treasure It.” Times are to be determined.

Christmas cantata

CLYMER — The Clymer Community Cantata will present “Mary Do You Know?” at 7 p.m. Sunday at Clymer Presbyterian Church.

Guest group Heritage also will perform.

All are welcome. The church is located on the corner of Sixth and Hancock streets, Clymer.

Grit Guys Advent Bible study series

The Grit Guys Advent Bible Study Series will continue Friday in the back dining room of the Indiana Eat’n Park restaurant, 2675 Oakland Ave., White Township. The meetings begin with free coffee at 6:45 a.m., the teaching to follow at 7 a.m. and a Dutch-treat breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m.

The theme for this series is “The Anointing of Christmas.” Pastor Tom Spiker’s topic will be “The Anointing of Mary.”

Pastor Jerry Hoch will conclude the series Dec. 21 with his topic “The Anointing of Peace.”

All men are invited for this free community Bible study.

Study of Revelation

The subject of Sunday’s Bible study is “The Horsemen Are Coming” in the book of Revelation, at Bible Baptist Church, 6280 Route 286 East, Rayne Township, on Sample Run Hill. This message is taken from chapter 6.

The Book of Revelation is an exciting study as it is prophetic and depicts events that are on God’s calendar. God has promised that all will come to pass, even though we do not know the time. It is widely believed, in light of current world events, that the time of fulfillment is near. The coming of the four horsemen are the beginning of a succession of prophecies to be fulfilled.

The public is invited to share in these studies. For more information, call (724) 349-3557.

Living Nativity

CREEKSIDE — Creekside United Methodist Church, 444 Indiana Road, will present its Living Nativity at 7 p.m. Friday and Dec. 15.

Christmas celebration set

CHERRY TREE — The Pine Grove Church of God, on Route 240, will host a Good News from Home: A Christmas Celebration at 7 p.m. Dec. 15.

The church will be collecting nonperishable food items for the food pantry at this event.

Christmas musical

Independent Traditional Holiness Church will present a Christmas musical at 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at the church, 5065 Ferguson Road, Indiana.

The musical will be preceded by CrossOver Quartet, who will share Christmas music.

Children also will be featured in the musical, as well as other special music provided by instruments and various individuals.

The program was written and will be accompanied by Anita Stevens, and directed by Fred Stevens.

A time of fellowship and food will follow. Everyone is invited to attend.

For more information, call Pastor Charles Williamson at (724) 459-5944.

Christmas drama

CHERRY TREE — The Lighthouse, Morning Star Ministries, 4886 Route 240, Cherry Tree, will present its annual Christmas presentation at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17.

The Christmas drama is titled “From the Manger to the Cross.” Scene 1, the manger scene, will show the real reason we celebrate Christmas — our Lord and Savior’s birth.

Intermission will feature the children’s dance team, ladies dance team and many Christmas carol specials, as well as time for hot chocolate and cookies.

Scene 2 will portray the Last Supper, in the garden, the crucifixion, the Resurrection and Jesus’ ascension to the right hand of the Father.

Pastors Ken and Wilda Brown invite everyone to come and enjoy an evening of relaxation during this busy time of year.

The church is located on Route 240 between Cookport and Uniontown. From Indiana, take Route 286 East through Clymer to Route 240 at Starford. Turn right and go 3 miles. The church is on the right; look for a lighthouse on the top of the church.

From Northern Cambria, take Route 219 North toward Cherry Tree, then take Route 240 West and go about 2 miles. The church will be on the left.

For more information, call (814) 948-5765 or (724) 464-0693.

Live Nativity

CLYMER — Clymer Alliance Church will hold its annual Live Nativity performance at 6 p.m. Dec. 22 at the church, 690 Franklin St., Clymer.

The costumed re-enactors will be on the parsonage lawn next to the church. Live Christmas music will be played during the event.

Refreshments will be available inside the church fellowship hall.

Holupki sale

CLYMER — St. Michael’s Orthodox Church, 465 Morris St., is holding a holupki sale for the holidays.

It is first come, first served while supplies last.

To order, call (724) 465-9882 after 6 p.m.

Christmas Eve service

BLACK LICK — Grace Bible Chapel, 165 Walnut St., Black Lick, will have a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m. Dec. 24.

All are welcome to attend this annual event as we celebrate the birth of Christ. There is no dress code.

Call Pastor John Johnson at (412) 289-0181 with questions or for more information.

New Year’s Eve party

KITTANNING — A New Year’s Eve Party for students in grades 7 to 12 will be held from 9 p.m. Dec. 31 to 7 a.m. Jan. 1 at Armstrong High School, 300 Buffington Drive, Kittanning. Doors open at 8 p.m.

There will be inflatables, knocker ball, video games, open gym, giveaways, competitions, prizes, food and more. The event is free and open to students in the community.

Save time at the door and sign up online at harvestpa.org. Parental permission is required. For more information, visit harvestpa.org or call (724) 548-5643.

Drug and alcohol forum

COMMODORE — Montgomery Church of the Brethren will host the second annual “Montgomery Cares” Community Drug and Alcohol Forum, beginning at 10 a.m. Jan. 5 at the church, 5227 Purchase Line Road, Commodore.

This event will feature powerful testimonies and insightful information for everyone to unite the community with the local church and community agencies.

For more information, call (724) 254-9720 or visit Facebook @MontgomeryChurchoftheBrethren.

‘Alpha Study’

COMMODORE — Montgomery Church of the Brethren invites anyone asking the difficult questions of faith like “Is God real?” and “Is the Bible really true?” to attend open discussions, titled “Alpha Study,” beginning at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at the church, 5227 Purchase Line Road, Commodore.

For more information, call (724) 254-9720 or visit Facebook @MontgomeryChurchoftheBrethren.