COMMUNITY CHURCH EVENTS
KENWOOD — Due to sickness and the weather, the Kenwood Church of the Nazarene has canceled the presentation of “His Birth -— A Path To Calvary,” scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday.
All are welcome to come view the Live Nativity at the Indiana Alliance Church, 2510 Warren Road, White Township. The Nativity will be presented today through Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.
For more information, call the church at (724) 463-0862.
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CLYMER — All are invited to a live Nativity from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday on the lawn of the Clymer Alliance Church, 690 Franklin St., Clymer.
Live music will accompany the costumed characters. All visitors are also welcome to warm up inside with a hot drink and snacks. Plan on sharing this portrayal of the first Christmas with your family.
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BLAIRSVILLE — The Blairsville First United Methodist Church, 50 S. Walnut St., Blairsville, will be offering a live Nativity from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The live Nativity will include lambs, a donkey and a presentation of the Christmas story with Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, shepherds, angels and the three wise men.
Parking is available at the back of the church.
Hudak to perform
There will be Christmas music with local musician Nick Hudak at 5 p.m. today at Trinity United Methodist Church, Indiana. There is no charge for admission. A free-will offering will be taken.
Longest night service
On the longest night of the year, Dec. 21 (the winter solstice), Grace United Methodist Church, on the corner of Seventh and Church streets, invites everyone to experience a meditative worship service at 7 p.m. that takes time for remembering, time for sharing our hurts with God and time for preparing our hearts for the coming of Christ.
Come hear Scripture, offer prayers for healing and wholeness, and hear music and a message that acknowledges that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who grieve, for those who struggle. God’s Word comes to shine light in our darkness.
Everyone is welcome. The church’s Stephen Ministers will be available following the service to listen and to offer comfort and support. Light refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall after the service.
A Christmas cantata will be held at 7 p.m. today at Pine Grove Church of God, Route 240 between Uniontown and Cookport.
Come and help celebrate the birth of our savior. Please bring a nonperishable food item to donate.
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The Trinity Chancel Choir will present their Christmas cantata, “Bethlehem’s Child,” written by Lloyd Larson and Victor Johnson, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Trinity United Methodist Church, Indiana. The writers have endeavored to bring new meaning to the Christmas story by experiencing it through a musical tapestry of old and new music.
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The Christmas cantata “What Shall I Give” will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at Calvary Bible Church, between Deckers Point and Rochester Mills, Grant Township. A covered-dish luncheon will follow.
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The Calvary Bible Church choir will present the cantata “What Can I Give?” on Sunday at 11 a.m.
This cantata gives an imagined account of a stranger interviewing the innkeeper in Bethlehem.
There will be a covered-dish luncheon after the service. At 6 p.m. Sunday, there will be a candlelight service.
Calvary Bible Church is located between Deckers Point and Rochester Mills in Grant Township. For more information, call (814) 743-5448.
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Pastor Propst announces a special Christmas cantata presentation at the Indiana Church of the Nazarene at 10:45 a.m. Sunday.
The piano and stringed instruments will be used for accompaniment. The musicians are Shirley Propst, pianist; Mike Detwiler, guitarist; Leonard Isenberg, guitarist; and Walter Troup, guitarist.
The church is located at Third and Water streets, Indiana. Everyone is cordially invited to attend.
ALVERDA — The Alverda Christian Church has rescheduled its annual Christmas program at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. The program titled “Christmas is …” includes the choir, members of the congregation, and children and youths of the church.
There will be a visit from two special individuals. The service will conclude with a candlelighting service.
Activities for the 9:45 a.m. hour Sunday will be a time of fellowship, light refreshments and gift exchange for the children and the youths of the Sunday school.
The congregation and Pastor Rev. Prewitt Duncan extend an invitation to the public to join in this morning of seasonal worship. For further information, call (724) 397-9553.
Christmas tree presentation
CHERRY TREE — The Lighthouse Morning Star Ministries, Route 240, Cherry Tree, will present its annual Christmas tree presentation at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
This year’s program will be “Christmas Around the World.” The countries to be visited are Israel — Bethlehem, the manger scene and the temple scene of the dedication of baby Jesus — Belgium, Switzerland, Greece and Australia.
There will also be special music, and the Morning Star Ministries dance team will perform, along with the children’s dance team.
Everyone is invited to come and enjoy a relaxing evening at this very busy time of year.
A candlelight Communion Christmas Eve service will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday. All denominations are invited to join with us at this very special holy time of the year as we celebrate the reason for Christ’s birth.
Homemade sauerkraut and nut rolls
BLACK LICK — Homemade sauerkraut and nut rolls will be available from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 29 at St. John’s Orthodox Church, Black Lick. To place an order, call (724) 248-3435.
Southern gospel music
Everyone is invited to an evening of Southern gospel music family style at 6 p.m. Dec. 29 at Independent Traditional Holiness Church, 5065 Ferguson Road, Indiana.
Two family groups will be featured in this concert of Southern gospel music: CrossOver, a local and well-known group, and The Nelons, who come from a great background of gospel music, including the Lefeveres, Rex Nelon, Kelly, Jason and Amber.
There is no admission charge, but a free-will love offering will be received. For further information, you may call the pastor, the Rev. Charles Williamson, at (724) 459-5944.
Happy ReNew Year event
Grace United Methodist Church will have their annual Happy ReNew Year event at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 12 in the church sanctuary.
All couples present will collectively renew their vows in front of friends, family, co-workers and children. A cake and punch reception will follow in Fellowship Hall. Child care is available at no cost.
Register in the Welcome Center or email Kevin and Heather Porter at Afteridoministry@gmail.com with the couple’s name, how many family members will attend and children’s names and ages (only if they will be utilizing the child care services). The deadline is Jan. 5. If you would like to submit a wedding picture via email to display during the renewal service, email it. Pastor Dave Henderson will discuss the importance of the marriage covenant at all three of the church services on this day.
Pastor James McCaulley has completed a Christmas album, “Behold the Wonder,” recorded at the North Recording Studio with Jake Snyder as recording engineer. Musical background is provided by the North Recording Studio Band, with background vocals by Tina Marie, Jake Snyder and Pastor McCaulley.
The title song portrays Jesus Christ as the Wonder of Christmas. Other songs on the recording include “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night,” “O Holy Night” and “New Star Shining.” Other recordings by Pastor McCaulley also available are “Heaven’s Sounding Sweeter” (songs about heaven), “Go Rest High On That Mountain” (recorded in memory of his son, Sgt. 1st Class Randy McCaulley, who was killed in Iraq), “The Old Country Church” (old-time favorites) and “Partners In Emotion” (recorded in memory of his wife, Donna).
For more information, prices and how to obtain recordings, Pastor Jim can be reached at Bible Baptist Church, 6280 Route 286 East, Indiana, at (724)349-3557 or (724) 422-1324.
Mission trip to Holy Land
A unique mission trip to the Holy Land, led by Jan Ogden, of Indiana, will take place April 27 to May 9.
Visit the land where Jesus lived, walked and was crucified. The journey incorporates volunteering and serving the people who live in the Holy Land while also visiting holy sites.
The trip is sponsored by the United Methodist Church USA. People of all faiths are invited. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (724) 388-5569.
Pennsylvania Dutch buffet
A Pennsylvania Dutch buffet will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 4 at the Penn Run Christian Outreach center, 75 Grace Church Road, Penn Run.
The buffet is $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 3 to 11. There will be chicken gravy with chunks of chicken, waffles, biscuits, noodles, mashed potatoes, vegetables, two prepared salads, desserts and a drink. For more information, call (724) 463-0420.