Drop ’n’ shop
A “Drop ’n’ Shop” for infants and children through grade 6 will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. today at Graystone Church, Indiana. The teaching theme is based on the Jesse Tree.
Activities include teaching, crafts, games and cookie icing. This free quality child care is supervised by adults with clearances. To make reservations, call Becky in the church office at (724) 349-5556.
PENN RUN — A pasta buffet will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Penn Run Christian Outreach Center, 75 Grace Church Road, Penn Run.
The menu consists of spaghetti, penne, meatballs in sauce, sausage sauce, alfredo sauce, stuffed shells, California blend vegetables, salad, bread and dessert.
The cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3 through 11.
Children younger than 3 eat for free. Call (724) 463-0420 for more information.
PUNXSUTAWNEY — As part of their Christmas tour, gospel great Ernie Haase and Signature Sound will be in concert at 6 p.m. today in the auditorium at Punxsutawney High School. Doors open at 5 p.m. and tickets are available at itickets.com, or by calling the Roseville Independent Chapel Church office at (814) 849-0817.
Pastor Paul Price of Cornerstone Worship Center has announced the 2013 Advent message series titled “Jesus Our Shining Light” will start Sunday and continue in each service 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.”
All are welcome to attend the traditional “Music Sunday” service at 8:45 a.m. Sunday at Grace United Methodist Church, corner of Seventh and Church streets, Indiana.
The Christmas story will be retold with songs, carols, scripture readings and other special music presented by the Christmas Chancel Choir, Master’s Jazz Ensemble, Agape Handbells and Sacred Praise Liturgical Dancers.
For more information, call (724) 463-8535.
GLEN CAMPBELL — The Historic First Baptist Church of Glen Campbell will hold its Christmas musical program at the usual worship hour of 10 a.m. Sunday.
The program will feature many favorite Christmas carols and festive Advent music played on the pipe organ by church music director Mitchell Jerko and sung by a full choir under his direction. There will also be congregational singing.
This adapted service featuring beautiful music is in place of the church’s traditional worship. Pastor Allan N. Campbell will have a short homily titled “Welcoming Emmanuel!”, based upon readings from Isaiah 11:10 and Matthew 3:1-2. The entire program should be a good time for whole families to worship together for about one hour.
The motto of the Glen Campbell Church is “The little church with a big heart!” For more information, call the Rev. Dr. Campbell at (724) 463-0018.
Swiss steak dinner
ROBINSON — The Helping Hands of Robinson Evangelical United Methodist Church will hold a Swiss steak dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the church building, 332 Mary St., Robinson. The cost is $8 for adults, $3 for children ages 5 to 12, and free for children 4 and younger. Takeout is available.
RURAL VALLEY — The Hallelujah Choir of the NuValley Presbyterian Church will hold a Christmas concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the church sanctuary, 901 E. Main St., Rural Valley. A time for refreshments and fellowship will follow the concert. A free-will offering will benefit the choir and Adam Maffei. For more information, call (724) 783-6561.
An Advent luncheon will be held from noon to 1:15 Tuesday and Dec. 17 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. Wednesdays on the following dates and locations:
• Wednesday, Homer City United Methodist Church, 2 S. Main St.
• Dec. 18, Luther Chapel Lutheran Church, Power Plant Road, Coral
Advent luncheon series
CLYMER — The 2013 Clymer Ministerial Advent Luncheon Series will be held from 12:05 to 12:50 p.m. Wednesdays. Donations will be accepted for Clymer Ministerial efforts to help local needy individuals. The schedule follows:
• Wednesday; Church of the Resurrection, 305 Morris St., Clymer; the Rev. Meg Marley presiding.
• Dec. 18; Clymer United Methodist, 495 Hancock St., Clymer; the Rev. Tina Keller presiding.
For more information, call Pastor Brian Keller at (724) 254-4000.
MARION CENTER — Advent evening prayer services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 18 at New Life Lutheran Church, 1209 Leroy Road, Marion Center.
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SPRING CHURCH — Advent midweek worship services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 18 at Spring Church Lutheran Church, 3623 Lutheran Church Road, Spring Church, with Pastor John K. Ludwig presiding.
Cookies by the mile
HOMER CITY — St. Mary’s Holy Protection Byzantine Catholic Church, 279 Yellow Creek St., Homer City, is having a cookies by the mile sale from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 14 in the social hall. Many varieties will be available. The cost is $5 per dozen, mix and match (no limit unless necessary). Please bring your own containers. No early birds.
HOMER CITY — 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 Dec. 15 at Hope Lutheran Church, 35 Ridge Ave., Homer City.
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.
Journey through Bethlehem
COMMODORE — Journey through Bethlehem on a guided tour of a live Nativity between 5 and 7 p.m. Dec. 15 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.
SHELOCTA — A benefit spaghetti dinner for the medical expenses of Dennis Buterbaugh will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at Christ Lutheran Church, 205 Gastown Road, Shelocta.
The price is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 3 to 10 and free for ages 2 and under. Takeouts are available.
A candlelight service celebrating “The Birthday of the King” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at Crete Presbyterian Church, 25 Brady Road, Indiana.
June Weber, music director for 25 years, will direct the senior and junior choirs, trumpets, cello and violin. Randy Stear is the Bible storyteller. The pastor is the Rev. Katie Ward Stear. A festive reception will follow.
For more information, call (724) 463-3920.
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, 2014.
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.
The Good News Philadelphia Church, 309 Township Line Road, Elkins Park, is offering the book “The Secret of Forgiveness of Sin and Being Born Again” for free.
For a free copy, contact the church at (267) 251-3407 or email email@example.com.