March 16, 2013 10:50 AM

Easter musical  :: ELDERTON -- The choir and drama cast of the Elderton Presbyterian Church, 115 N. Main St., Elderton, will present "The Borrowed Tomb," an Easter musical, at 7:30 p.m. today and Sunday.

"The Borrowed Tomb" tells the story of Christ's death and resurrection from the perspective of two members of the Sanhedrin -- Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea. The audience will witness their struggle of faith and belief as they interact with each other, members of the Sanhedrin, Mary Magdalene and Jesus.

What did it really mean to be a member of the Sanhedrin with both religious and political power? Who were these men and how did they become dramatically involved in the life and death of Christ? Acts of faith and belief shed light on their lives, as the events that surround Christ's death and resurrection unfold.

A nursery will be provided and a free-will offering will be taken to benefit the choir and drama fund. For more information, call the church office at (724) 354-3117.

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HOMER CITY -- The Homer City Church of the Nazarene, Route 119 Homer City, will present the musical "He's Alive," by Bradley Knight, at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 24. Everyone is welcome to attend. Refreshments will follow in the church fellowship hall.

Stuffed pork chop dinner

ARMAGH -- A stuffed pork chop dinner will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Armagh United Methodist Church.

The meal includes pork chop, mashed potatoes, noodles, corn or peas, applesauce, rolls, dessert and drink. The cost is $9 for adults; $5 for children ages 5 to 11; and free for ages 4 and younger.

Gospel music by the group United will follow at 7 p.m. Proceeds will be put toward new church doors.

Turkey dinner

ELDERTON -- An all-you-can-eat turkey dinner will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Elderton United Methodist Church, Main Street, Elderton. The cost is $9 for adults, $5 for children and free for ages 5 and under. Takeouts will be available. For more information, call (724) 354-3846.

Swiss steak dinner

RURAL VALLEY -- The NuValley Presbyterian Church will hold its annual St. Patrick's Day Swiss steak dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today in the fellowship hall, Rural Valley. The cost of the meal is $8.50 for adults, $4.50 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for ages 4 and under. Takeouts will be available with no extra charge. To purchase or reserve tickets in advance, call Roberta Stroupe at (724) 783-6982 or Bev Stewart at (724) 783-7169.

Weekend camp meeting

CHERRY TREE -- The Lighthouse, Morningstar Ministries, 4886 Route 240, Cherry Tree, is hosting a weekend camp meeting today and Sunday.

Services are at 7 p.m. today and 10 a.m. Sunday. The guest speakers will be Pastors Traci and Libby Fannin from Morehead, Ky.

The Tony Dean Family Band from Evarts, Ky., will perform at each service. Tony and his sons were originally coal miners from the Kentucky area, until God called them into a full-time ministry of singing gospel songs.

For more information, call (814) 948-5765 or (724) 254-2991. For van transportation in the Northern Cambria area, call (724) 599-6597. For van transportation in the Strongstown area, call (814) 749-0008.

Live Christian music

BLAIRSVILLE -- Tuesday Nights with Friends, an evening of live Christian music, will be presented from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the next two Tuesdays at What's Brewing, 39 W. Market St., Blairsville.

Chris Mowery will perform Tuesday and Aubrey will perform March 26. Food and drink is available for purchase. A free-will offering is appreciated. The night is sponsored by First Hope Ministries, comprised of Blairsville First and Hopewell United Methodist churches.

Lenten services

Zion Lutheran Church will sponsor a series of Lenten organ recitals and prayer at 12:10 p.m. Tuesdays during Lent in the church sanctuary, corner of South Sixth and Church streets, Indiana. Each Tuesday's schedule is designed to accommodate workers who have a noontime lunch hour.

Following each recital, a soup luncheon will be served in the fellowship hall without charge, but proceeds from any donations will benefit the Zion Community Food Pantry, which serves Indiana and the surrounding area on a regular schedule each month.

Zion will also celebrate Holy Communion at 12:10 p.m. Wednesdays during Lent. All are welcome.

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CLYMER -- The Clymer Ministerial Lenten Luncheon will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Clymer Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 690 Franklin St. The speaker will be Rev. Bill Degenkolb.

The luncheon is free and open to all. A free-will offering will be taken. For more information, call Pastor Brian Keller at (724) 254-4000.

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RURAL VALLEY -- The NuValley Presbyterian Church will host the Community Lenten Service at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The guest speaker will be Dallas Silvis, delivering the message: "The Centurion and the Tomb Guard." The Hallelujah Choir will sing "A Place for the King." Fellowship and refreshments will follow the service.

Handbell choir to perform

CLYMER -- The Madrigal Handbell Choir from Maranatha (Wis.) Baptist Bible College will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church, Clymer.

Under the direction of Dr. Dave Brown, the choir performs a wide assortment of music including psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, classic works and spirituals. The choir sings a cappella, or with handbells, wind instruments, strings or piano.

For more information, call the church office at (724) 254-2140.

Fish fries

The final St. Bernard Regional Catholic School fish fry of Lent will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in the St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish Social Hall, 200 Clairvaux Drive, White Township.

The meal is $9 and includes a choice of sides, a roll, a drink, coffee and dessert. Takeout orders are also available. For more information, call (724) 465-7139.

Spring fest

The Children's Ministry at Graystone Presbyterian Church will host its annual Spring Fest from 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 23 at the church, 640 Church St., Indiana. This free event is for children ages 2 to 4 and in kindergarten through sixth grade. There will be an egg hunt, prizes, games and a craft. For reservations, call the church office at (724) 349-5556.

Roast beef dinner

MARION CENTER -- The spring roast beef dinner will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. March 23 at the Marion Center Presbyterian Church. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 6 to 12. Proceeds benefit the church mission and maintenance funds.

Pancake luncheon

HOMER CITY -- An all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 24 at the Homer City Christian and Missionary Alliance fellowship hall.

Homemade Easter candy and Easter-related baked goods will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Kids to Camp fund.

Easter musical

KENWOOD -- "Behold the Lamb," an Easter musical, will be presented at 6 p.m. March 24 at Kenwood Church of the Nazarene. Directed by Rev. William Degenkolb, the musical brings inspiring and heartwarming Scriptures and songs from the church choir. All are welcome. For more information, call (724) 254-4884.

Grief recovery support group

Graystone Presbyterian Church, 640 Church St., Indiana, will begin a new series with GriefShare: Grief Recovery Support Group, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on April 4.

The meeting will be held in the Seanor Library. There is no registration required and walk-ins are welcome. For questions, call (724) 349-5556.

Friday Night Light

PENN RUN -- "Friday Night Light" will be held at 7 p.m. April 5 at the Penn Run Christian Outreach Center, 75 Grace Center Road, Penn Run. The coffeehouse atmosphere will feature various dramas, readings, prayer, testimonies, social times, children's activities and refreshments. The night is sponsored by Harmony Presbyterian Church, Maple Grove Church of God, Kenwood Church of the Nazarene, Penn Run Church of the Brethren and Penn Run Wesleyan.

Chicken 'n biscuit dinner

SPRING CHURCH -- A chicken 'n biscuit dinner will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. April 6 at Spring Church Lutheran Church, Route 56 East, four miles east of Apollo.

The menu includes chicken, biscuits, mashed potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, dessert (pie/cake) and beverage. Donation is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 6 to 12. Children age 5 and under eat free.

The church is handicapped accessible. For more information or to order take-out, call (724) 478-1528.

Yard/bake sale

STARFORD -- The Pine Flats Church of God in Starford will hold its annual yard and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 6 at the Morningstar Community Building in Starford.

There will be clothing and all types of merchandise for sale, as well as cakes, pies, cookies, candies, breads, rolls and soup. Everyone is welcome to attend. Proceeds benefit the church.

Spaghetti dinner

CREEKSIDE -- A spaghetti dinner, basket raffle and 50/50 will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. April 6 at Harmony Grove Lutheran Church, 6584 Five Points Road, Creekside, Route 954 between Willet and Five Points.

The cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and under. Proceeds benefit the church basement improvements. Takeouts will be available. The menu includes spaghetti, salad, bread, drink and dessert.

Pasta buffet

PENN RUN -- There will be a pasta buffet from 4 to 7 p.m. April 6 at the Penn Run Christian Outreach Center, 75 Grace Center Road, Penn Run.

Cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3 to 11. Those younger than 3 are admitted free. Call (724) 463-0420.

Day of Service ideas needed

The Summit Church, 2707 West Pike, White Township, is planning to conduct a Day of Service on May 4, and both organizational and individual ideas are needed for the Elevate Project. Volunteers are anxious to make an impact in the area.

Contact executive Pastor Dan Miller by email at

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