Combined choirs to present Lord Nelson Mass

GROVE CITY – Grove City College’s combined Chapel and Touring Choirs will perform Haydn’s monumental “Missa in Angustiis” at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in Harbison Chapel on campus. The choirs will be accompanied by College Organist Dr. Bradley Fitch and directed by Dr. Katherine Mueller, assistant professor of Music and director of Choral Activities.

Best known as the Lord Nelson Mass and translated as “Mass in Time of Distress,” Haydn’s famed work was first performed in 1798 and reflects the political instability of the times – namely, the Napoleonic war. It is thought to have received the nickname “as a result of the defeat of Napoleon’s forces by the British admiral around the same time as the premier of the mass. Haydn was also a great admirer of Nelson, and may have performed the mass in his honor when he met him in Eisenstadt two years after the premiere. The concert is free and open to the public. A reception in the Morledge Great Room of Rathburn Hall will follow the concert.

Help youth with bingo, bratwurst and more

GROVE CITY AREA – You can help the youth of Center Presbyterian Church, 333 Center Church Road, Grove City, finish their work on the youth room renovation by attending a night of bingo, bratwurst and more from 6 to 8 p.m. today, April 28.

Cost is $10 a person, with a cap of $25 for a family. Cost includes food, drinks and bingo.

All money raised goes to the replacement and upgrading of the youth room’s media equipment. The youth are incredibly

excited about this fundraiser, and they have done a great job of working together to make this project succeed.

Info: Mikayla at 724-748-4118.

Church hosts Friends Day

SHEAKLEYVILLE – Sheakleyville Nazarene Church, 3285 Perry Highway, Sheakleyville, hosts Friends Day at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 29.

The Devine Inspirations will perform their new musical, “At the Cross,” which takes the audience from creation through the resurrection using hymns, contemporary music, and Bible scriptures.

It has a strong salvation message and is a powerful musical.

Glory Way Quartet to give concert

FARRELL – The Glory Way Quartet presents a free concert at 7 p.m. today, April 28, at Shenango Valley Baptist Church, 500 Sharon-New Castle Road, Farrell. 

Free pizza and wings at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Church sets annual sale 

GROVE CITY – Tower Presbyterian Church in downtown Grove City is holding its Deacon’s Annual Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 4 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5.

Event proceeds will benefit missions

LAKEVIEW – Lakeview United Methodist Church, one mile south of Sandy Lake on Route 173, plans its annual rummage and bake sale for 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 9; 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 10; 8:30 to noon Friday, May 11, when items are $2 a bag.

There will be lots of baked goods, clothes, dishes, books and household goods. Lunch will include sloppy joes, hot dogs, chips and drinks. Proceeds benefit missions projects.

Info: 724-376-2646.

Retired pastor, 50-year members to be recognized at Trinity 

MERCER – Trinity Presbyterian Church, 110 E. Market St., will bestow the honorary title of pastor emeritus on its recently retired pastor and recognize 32 members who have belonged to the church for at least 50 years during the 11 a.m. service Sunday, April 29.

After serving 37 years as the church’s pastor, the Rev. Dr. William P. Crooks retired from active ministry last October.

Dr. Crooks is a graduate of Grove City College and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where he earned his master’s and doctor’s degrees in ministry.

Longtime members to be recognized are Jack Crilley, Betty Crilley, Wilma Porkolab, Marlene Eshbaugh, Lorene Peters, Ida Mae Eperthener, Dick Eperthener, Sarah Coppola, John Courtney, Jane Muha, Jane Miskovich, Delores Stone, Ann Surrena, Dick McChesney, Dave Watson, Jean Ifft, David Courtney, Becky Humes, Claudia Leyde, James Stranahan IV, Carol Mixer, Bruce Mixer, Carol Carlson, Midge Ramsey, Marilyn Stempeck, Sherry Zahniser, Walt Johnson, Chuck Locke, Les Firth, Elaine Firth, Larry Moose, Debbie McCurdy, and Janice Gerhardt.

The adult and children choirs and the worship band will provide special music during the service, to be led by the Rev. Dr. Catherine Craley, pastor. A reception will follow in the church social hall.

Adult-supervised child care is provided, and all areas of the church are accessible.

Information/transportation: 724-662-2680.

Church hosts Friends Day

SHEAKLEYVILLE – Sheakleyville Nazarene Church, 3285 Perry Highway, Sheakleyville, hosts Friends Day at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 29.

The Devine Inspirations will perform their new musical, “At the Cross,” which takes the audience from creation through the resurrection using hymns, contemporary music, and Bible scriptures.

Day of Prayer to be held in Grove City park

GROVE CITY – National Day Of Prayer will be May 3 in the new pavilion at Grove City Memorial Park. Worship is at 11 a.m. and prayer is from noon to 1:15 p.m. Snacks will be provided by community churches. In case of severe weather, the event will be held at First Church of God, 1333 W. Main St., Grove City. Info: Pastor Pam Schnelzer, 724-992-9196 or Pastor Veda Holland, 724-992-3249.

Night of Praise is May 6

LAKEVIEW – Lakeview Area Helping Hands Center’s Night of Praise is 6:30 p.m. May 6 at New Lebanon Community Church, 4166 Mercer St., Sandy Lake. There will be a free-will offering. Info: 724-376-3231 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Schall coming to sing at Harrisville United 

HARRISVILLE – Gospel singer Dan Schall of Zelienople will sing at Harrisville United Methodist Church at 6 p.m. May 6.

He and his wife Linda travel hundreds of miles a year.  Info: 724-452-7616 and

Church hosts dinner

LEESBURG – Grace Harvest (Church of God of Prophecy), 2396 Leesburg Grove City Road, Mercer, hosts a stuffed pork chop dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 12.

It includes mashed potatoes, vegetable, coleslaw, drink and dessert, at a cost of $10 for adults and $5 for kids 5 to 12. For takeouts/deliveries, call 724-734-1171.

Gospel singer to perform at Balm UM Church

MERCER – Gospel singer Dan Schall will be in concert at 7 p.m. May 19 at Balm United Methodist Church, 1536 Butler Pike, Mercer. A freewill offering will be received.

Free dinners set in Grove City, Slippery Rock

• Tower Presbyterian Church, 248 S. Broad St., Grove City, has its monthly Community Dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. the third Saturday of the month.

• The Interfaith Community of Slippery Rock has resumed its third Thursday of the month free dinners for everyone, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Center Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, Slippery Rock.

The dinners are to feed those affected by hard times or hunger, provide moments of relationship and build bridges.

Pennsylvania Senate, House to start June 19 with Hindu mantras

 HARRISBURG – On June 19, both Pennsylvania State Senate and House of Representatives will start their respective sessions with Hindu prayers, containing verses from world’s oldest existing scripture. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver the invocations from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before the Senate and House. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English interpretation of the prayers. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages. Zed, who is the President of Universal Society of Hinduism, will recite from Rig-Veda, the oldest scripture of the world still in common use; besides lines from Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), both ancient Hindu scriptures. He plans to start and end the prayer with “Om”, the mystical syllable containing the universe, which in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious work. Reciting from Bhagavad-Gita, he proposes to urge Senators and Representatives to keep the welfare of others always in mind. Zed, a global Hindu and interfaith leader, has been bestowed with World Interfaith Leader Award. He is senior fellow and religious adviser to the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, spiritual adviser to the National Association of Interchurch & Interfaith Families, is on the board of The Interfaith Peace Project. He has been a panelist for “On Faith,” a prestigious interactive conversation produced by The Washington Post; and leads a weekly interfaith panel “Faith Forum” in a Gannett publication. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about 1.1 billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in the U.S.

New Hope Lutheran slates weekly services

GROVE CITY – New Hope Independent Lutheran Church, 2049 Leesburg-Grove City Road, Grove City, holds services each Sunday at 11 a.m. in the conference room of Monroe Heights Hotel. Sunday school for adults or children is at 10:15 a.m. prior to the service.

Henderson UM slates worship schedule

STONEBORO – Hendersonville United Methodist Church, 1013 Jackson Center-Polk Road, Stoneboro, holds worship service at 8:45 a.m. every Sunday; youth and teen groups Sunday evenings biweekly; monthly dinner and Woman’s Group. Info: or www.

Mt. Hope UM sets worship times

SANDY LAKE – Mt. Hope United Methodist Church, 7 Condit Road, Sandy Lake, holds worship services at 8:45 a.m. every Sunday; children’s Sunday school during service; adult Sunday school at 9:45 a.m.; Bible Study at 7 p.m. every Wednesday; Monthly dinner; Youth and teen groups Sunday evenings biweekly; Woman’s Group and Mission Team. Info: or www.

Stoneboro UM sets worship schedule

STONEBORO – Stoneboro United Methodist Church, 32 Lake St., Stoneboro, holds worship services every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. with Praise Team, children’s message during service; Bible study at 9:30 a.m. every Wednesday; monthly luncheon; and youth and teen groups Sunday evenings biweekly.

Info: or www.

Vincent UM sets worship times

JACKSON CENTER – Vincent United Methodist Church, 28 Walnut St., Jackson Center, holds Sunday worship at 10:15 a.m. with Praise Team; Sunday School at 9:15 a.m.; youth and teen groups Sunday evenings biweekly and Woman’s Group. Info: or www.

Lutheran church slates services

GROVE CITY – Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 819 Columbia Ave., Grove City, holds services at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday.

Adult Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. and is conducted by Pastor Sandy Towberman. Study topics will be related to the Bible: timeline and story lines of the Bible; source theory and authorship questions; how to use a complete concordance; Bible dictionary; commentaries; Serendipity Bible for Group Study; what the NALC says about the Bible; Geography of the Bible; what’s in the books and where. Everyone is welcome.

Victory Chapel is open

GROVE CITY - Victory Chapel, 855 N. Broad St. (Route 173, north of Grove City), a new ministry, is Jesus focused and everyone is invited, says chaplain Bill Beck. Info: 724-944-8397 and a feature story which can be read 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, and is welcoming new members at two discussion groups held at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursdays for 29 weeks during the school year. There are 1,200 classes and 3,000 satellite sites in 40 countries where a four-fold approach (question, discuss, listen and learn) is used. There is no cost; the current Bible study subject is the Book of Romans. Info: 724-458-1535 and as well as BSF on Facebook.

All are welcome to Mountain Cowboy Church

BARKEYVILLE - Adam Devine is interim pastor at the Mountain Top Cowboy Church on Route 208 between Barkeyville and Clintonville. Services are at 10:15 a.m. every Sunday and all are welcome to attend in this casual contemporary service where Western wear is common. Sunday school is at 9:15 a.m. and the nursery is available. Rev. Devine is from Devine Inspirations, which includes his wife and three children. They travel locally and globally, entertaining and preaching the Christian mission.

Grove City Food Pantry seeks donations

GROVE CITY – The Grove City Community Food Pantry, 114 S. Center St., has 832 families on its roster and is seeking donations of fresh produce. To volunteer or donate money, call 724-458-5208.

Women’s and men’s breakfast groups meet

SANDY LAKE – The Methodists United in Faith Women’s Breakfast Group and the Men’s Devotional Breakfast happens at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays in McCullough’s Kitchen Table, 4824 Sandy Lake Greenville Road. Info: 724-376-2242.

Grieving support group meets

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), a peer support group meeting for women aged 60 and under who have lost a spouse or partner. Meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Grove City Alliance Church, 845 N. Liberty Road, Grove City.

Registration is recommended, but not required: 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 (Street) 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.

Celebrate Recovery at GC Alliance Saturdays

PINE TOWNSHIP – Grove City Alliance Church, 845 N. Liberty Road, offers Celebrate Recovery, a non-denominational, 12-step recovery program for life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups. It will meet at 6:30 p.m. Saturdays. The program offers a safe, confidential place to find hope and healing for those struggling with addictions or issues like anxiety, depression, and co-dependency. Info: 724-458-8497, 724-372-5826 or come to a CR event.

School, sewing and health kits needed

LAKEVIEW – The Lakeview Area Methodists United in Faith newsletter states that The United Methodist Committee on Relief is in need of school kits, sewing kits and health kit donations. The cost is from $11 to $28. They are priceless to the impoverished and displaced individuals that they benefit. Full instructions for assembly at

Holy women still need baby kit donations

GROVE CITY – The women of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 819 Columbia Ave., still need baby care kit items donated, including lightweight cotton T-shirts; long- or short-sleeved gowns or sleepers (without feet); receiving blankets of medium weight, cotton or flannel, or crocheted/knitted with lightweight yarn up to 52-inch-square; cloth diapers, flat-fold preferred; jacket, sweater or sweatshirt with a hood, or include a baby cap; socks; hand towels, dark color; 4- to 5-ounce bath bars with gentle soap in original wrapping; and diaper pins or large safety pins.

Sizes can be up to 24 months, but vary the sizes for the kit to accommodate the growth of the baby. Two items per category will be used, except for four cloth diapers and one hand towel. Info: 724-458-6541.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church offers Meals on Wheels

GROVE CITY – Do you find it difficult to cook your own meals? Is grocery shopping a hardship? Are you recovering from a temporary illness, injury or surgery? Try Meals on Wheels.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City prepares nutritious, ready-to-eat meals specially prepared and delivered Monday through Friday. Along with each delivery will be a warm smile from a friendly face. If you are interested in enrolling yourself or a loved one in the program, call site coordinator at Terry Lee at 724-458-5371.

New Life hosts ‘Refuel’ Bible study on Wednesdays

“Refuel,” a mid-week Bible study to refresh a person’s faith at New Life Baptist Church, 3414 state Route 208, New Wilmington, is held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Parents can bring also their children to participate in ministry groups from kindergarten to 12th grade. Child care also provided for infants to pre-schoolers. Info: 724-946-2816 or

Hendersonville UMC hosts Tuesday service

HENDERSON – The Hendersonville United Methodist Church, offers a 7 p.m. Tuesday service for those who may work on Sunday or are looking for something different with Pastor Earl Dykes.