Clarks Mills UM hosts craft/soup sale

CLARKS MILLS – Clarks Mills United Methodist Church will host a sale of crafts, soup/baked goods and rummage items 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

Christmas decorations, toys, jewelry, and household items from many vendors will be offered.

Lunch will feature homemade soups, pies, and sandwiches. Soup will also be available by the quart.

The church is at 3813 Hadley Road, Clarks Mills; (24-253-2424.

Handbell concert slated for Monday

GROVE CITY – The Celebration Handbell Ringers will celebrate the Christmas season with a free concert 7 p.m. Monday at Tower Presbyterian Church, 248 S. Broad St., Grove City.

Along with the Celebration Ringers, the Revelation Ringers (a group of college students) and the Glenn Memorial Ringers of Tower Church will also perform as well as Sue Garton, a world-renowned handbell soloist and clinician who has performed and taught handbell techniques all over the world.

A free-will offering will be taken.

Erie bishop to speak about abuse in church

EDINBORO – Edinboro University is hosting Erie Bishop Lawrence Persico for a discussion about the sexual abuse issues in the Roman Catholic Church.

“A Church in Crisis: A Local Diocese’s Response” the next installment of the university’s Uncomfortable Conversations series. Persico, who has led the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie since 2012, will be interviewed by reporter Debra Erdley.

The event will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center Multipurpose Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Candle lighting to usher in Advent at Trinity Church

MERCER – The lighting of the first candle on the Advent wreath during the 11 a.m. service Sunday will usher in the season of Advent at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 110 E. Market St.

The ceremony will include choir and congregational singing, accompanied by piano and hand bells.

The sacrament of holy communion will be celebrated by the Rev. Dr. Catherine Craley, pastor.

Adult-supervised child care is provided, and the entire building is accessible to all.

Information/transportation: 724-662-2680.

Prayer services slated for December

GROVE CITY – “Holden Evening Prayer Service” will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 819 Columbia Ave., Grove City, at 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday in December before Christmas (Dec. 5, 12 and 19). All are welcome.

Nativity display returnsin December

VILLA MARIA – Celebrate the holiday season by joining the Sisters of the Humility of Mary for the annual Nativity display, an indoor Advent tradition featuring hundreds of nativity sets from around the world.

The Villa Maria Nativity Display will be held from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday and Dec. 9 at Villa Maria Community Center, 225 Villa Marie Road, Villa Maria, Pa. Admission and parking are free. Private group tours are available for schools, churches, and other organizations from Dec. 3 to 7 upon request.

The event will also include entertainment from local musicians and choirs. The Villa Farm will sell fresh poinsettias, swags and wreaths, and The Villa Shoppe will offer Fair Trade items, nativities and unique Christmas gifts for purchase.

A meatloaf dinner will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, and a spaghetti dinner will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 9.

Meatloaf dinner tickets are $10 for a large and $7 for a small, and spaghetti dinner tickets are $8 for a large and $5 for a small. Tickets can be purchased in advance at The Villa Shoppe during regular shop hours (Monday, Tuesday, Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) or at the door. Take out is available, and children 4 and under are free.

Both dinners feature Villa Farm-raised products.

Info: Visit humilityofmary. org or call 724964-8920 ext. 3208.

Faith-based support group meets on Thursdays

GREENVILLE – Shenango Valley Family Addiction Support, a faith-based ministry offering spiritual support to people and their

families suffering from addiction, meets at 6 p.m. every Thursday at Eagle’s Nest Church, 99 Hamburg Road, Greenville.

Info: Call Pastor Vince Bellanca at 724-456-8900.

Holy Trinity women need baby kit donations

GROVE CITY – The women of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 819 Columbia Ave., are seeking donations of baby care kit items.

Some items that are needed include: T-shirts; gowns or pajamas (without feet); receiving blankets; cloth diapers; jackets, sweaters or sweatshirts with hoods; socks; hand towels; 4- to 5-ounce bath soap bars; and diaper pins or large safety pins.

Info: 724-458-6541.

Donations of school, sewing, health kits needed

LAKEVIEW – The Lakeview Area Methodists United in Faith are seeking donations of school, sewing and health kits.

The kits, which cost from $11 to $28, benefit people in need.

Info: Full instructions for assembly are found at

Bible International group meets at Tower

GROVE CITY – Tower Presbyterian Church, 248 S. Broad St., is hosting a non-denominational Bible Study Fellowship International satellite group linked to the Pittsburgh area group.

It is welcoming new members at two discussion groups held at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursdays during the school year.

Info: 724-458-1535 and as well as BSF on Facebook.

Mountain Top Cowboy Church welcomes members

BARKEYVILLE – Adam Devine is interim pastor at the Mountain Top Cowboy Church on Route 208 between Barkeyville and Clintonville.

Services are 10:15 a.m. every Sunday. Sunday school is at 9:15 a.m., and the nursery is available.

Don Reed documentary available on DVD

HERMITAGE – “The Don Reed Story, A Life on the Edge of Eternity” is now on DVD and available for sale to the public.

They are available for $15. Anything extra a buyer may add will go to the production cost, mailing costs, prison ministries, or a special fund for ALS patients in the area in memory of Donna Lou Reed, who passed on Dec. 29, 2005.

To buy the DVD, send your offering made payable to Don Reed Ministry. To donate a DVD to a prison, send the name of the prison and the chaplain’s name, and we will donate a DVD in your name.

Grieving support group meets at church

STONEBORO – If you or someone you know is grieving, the non-denominational Grieving Support Group meets at Stoneboro United Methodist Church (32 Lake St.).

They are more than happy to offer transportation for anyone who does not have a way to get there.

Call 724-376-2309.

ROSES meet monthly for grieving spouses

PINE TOWNSHIP – ROSES (Reaching Out after Spousal loss for Education and Support) is a peer support group for women 60 and under who have lost a spouse or partner.

Meetings are 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Grove City Alliance Church, 845 N. Liberty Road, Grove City.

Info: Registration is recommended, but not required, by calling 724-431-3520.

Always Hope meets for loved ones of addicts

GROVE CITY – Always Hope, a support group for loved ones of addicts, meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at East Main Presbyterian Church, Grove City, on the lower level beneath the Fellowship Hall.

The mission of the group is to share, support and encourage one another with the issues surrounding addiction.

Each meeting lasts about 90 minutes. Confidentiality and trust are upheld, and has essentially been the success of Always Hope.

Info: 724-301-1794; 724-992-9315; or 724-967-5894.

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