CHURCH HAPPENINGS

Community dinner scheduled

BARKEYVILLE – Barkeyville United Methodist Church hosts a dinner of ham, scalloped potatoes, vegetable, applesauce, dessert and beverage from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Cost is by donation. The next dinner will be Aug. 17.

Father's Day event set

EMLENTON – Chapel on the Hill invites the public to join the Emlenton area church to celebrate fathers on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17. A special skit entitled “The Dream” will be presented along with special music and an inspiring message from Pastor Chris Clark. Chapel on the Hill is located west of Emlenton on Route 208 west just above the Emlenton Truck Plaza. For more information, call the church office at 724-867-6771.

Campfire church set

SANDY LAKE – New Lebanon Community Church, 4166 Mercer St., Sandy Lake, hosts Campfire Church at 7 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 2 on the front lawn. Organized by The Devine Inspirations, church services and family musicals, the non-denominational services around the campfire are open to everyone. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. The campfire services will be held rain or shine. It will move to the pavilion or indoors if it rains.

Church hosts VBS 'Shipwrecked'

CLARKS MILLS – Clarks Mills United Methodist Church, 3813 Hadley Road, hosts Shipwrecked, Rescued by Jesus, vacation Bible school, from 9 a.m. to noon June 25-29. Kids will sing songs, participate in Bible-learning activities, play team-building games, make and devour treats, experience Bible adventures and test fun gizmos. Each day ends with the sail-away sendoff. Family and friends can join every day at 11:45 a.m. The VBS will join a mission's effort with local missionaries, Josh and Jenna Dodson in France.

Info: 724-253-2424 and cmillsumc.com

Villa Maria to host summer day camps

VILLA MARIA – Registrations are being accepted for two summer day camps for children and youth at Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center. Children ages 5 to 10 are invited to choose Thursday or Friday sessions for GROW Camp, which is a once-a-week gardening and outdoor activities camp from June 14 or 15 to Aug. 9 or 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities will include planting and tending a garden, swimming and nature activities and experiences. Youth ages 10 to 16 are invited to learn and use outdoor skills at the 2018 Outdoor Summer Experience Camp held weekdays July 9-13 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Activities and skills included in the week will be: identifying local plants and animals, fire building and campfire cooking, learning about local Native American culture, team building and swimming. Lunch and snacks will be provided during both camps. Details: 724-964-8886. 

Mercer church sets summer hours, rummage sale, and other events

MERCER – Trinity Presbyterian Church, 110 E. Market St., has set summer hours through August and announces two events for the community. Worship services will be at 10 a.m., with an adult Sunday school class at 9 a.m.; all other classes will be in recess until September. Adult-supervised child care is provided, and the church is accessible to all.

• The church will sponsor its semi-annual rummage sale in the social hall from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 8 and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 9. All proceeds are distributed to mission programs.

• Women of the community are invited to a Bible study featuring Angie Smith's book "Seamless." The study is at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays, June 29, July 20, and Aug. 10. More information is available by calling the church at 724-662-2680.

Mercer church sets summer hours, rummage sale, and other events

• The 2018 Trinity Summer Music Series during the 10 a.m. Sunday services will feature soloists Carol Carlson, June 10, and Marilyn Rost, June 17; The Trinity Hand Bell Choir, June 24; Vacation Bible School children, July 1; soloist Hugh Ringer, July 8; keyboardist Glenn Buchanan, July 22; and soloists Janice Langdon, Aug. 5; Pamela Courtney, Aug. 12; and Vicky Long, Aug. 19. The adult choir will sing July 15 and 29, and a congregational hymn sing is set for Aug. 26. The series concludes with pianist Carol Mixer on Sept. 2 and Trinity's worship band on Sept. 9, both at 11 a.m. 

• The Rev. Dr. William P. Crooks will preach during the 10 a.m. service Sunday, June 10. Recently named and honored as Pastor Emeritus, Dr. Crooks served the Trinity congregation from 1980 until his retirement in October. The service will include the Sacrament of Baptism. Adult-supervised child care is provided; the church is accessible to all.

Reverse worship service set at Mercer's Trinity Church

MERCER – Fathers' Day at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 110 East Market St., will feature a reverse worship service at 10 a.m. June 17. The service will begin with the postlude, benediction, and final hymn and conclude with the opening hymn, a call to worship, and organ prelude. The Rev. Dr. Catherine Craley, pastor, will lead the service.

Free church breakfast set every Sunday

SHARON – First United Methodist Church, 237 W. Silver St., Sharon, holds a free community breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. every Sunday. Everyone is welcome.

Andover Church schedules drive-in services

ANDOVER – Andover United Methodist Church, 181 S. Main St., Andover, holds Drive-In Outdoor Services at 9:30 a.m. weekly through Sept. 2. This is a very casual interdenominational worship service. Special music services will be provided: June 24 by Sound Witness; Aug. 19 by Dan Shall; and Aug. 19 by Golden State Singers.

Bible conference details released

PORTERSVILLE – The 90th Western Pennsylvania Bible Conference featurong Steve Herzig and Dr. Norman Geisler, with his son, Dr. David Geisler, will be Sunday, June 24 to Friday, June 29 at the Presbyterian Church. All sessions are held at 7:30 p.m.

Steve Herzig is a director of North American ministries for the Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry. He has a B.A. from Kent State University and a B.S. in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible (now Carin University). A terrific Bible teacher, he is also a contributing editor for Israel My Glory magazine and is the author of Jewish Culture & Customs and teaches at The Friends of Israel's Institute of Jewish Studies. Having grown up in Cleveland in a Jewish family, Steve brings a clear Jewish perspective to his preaching.

Dr. Norman Geisler, Ph.D, is a prolific author, veteran professor, speaker, lecturer, traveler, philosopher, apologist, evangelist and theologian. He has authored or co-authored over 100 books and hundred of articles. He has taught theology, philosophy, and apologetics on the college or graduate level for over 50 years. He has served as a professor at Trinity Evangelical Seminary, Dallas Theological Seminary and Liberty University and now lends his talents to Veritas Evangelical Seminary and to Southern Evangelical Seminary.

The public is welcome with child care available. Special music will be presented and a free will offering will be taken at each session to defray conference expenses.

The Presbyterian Church is in Portersville at the crossroads of U.S. Route 19 North and state Route 488 West (the Ellwood City Road). It is 40 miles north of Pittsburgh, 80 miles south of Erie,10 miles east of New Castle and Ellwood City, 15 miles west of Butler, 10 miles north of Zelienople. It is 1 mile west of exit 96 on Interstate 79. Signs will be posted from the exit.

Please call Rev. Thomas P. Clyde at 724-816-1112 or the Presbyterian Church of Portersville at 724-368-8050 for brochures and details.

• Sunday, June 24, special music: Tom Walker Family, members of Hoover Heights CMA Church, New Castle.

• Monday, June 25, special music: Amy Nichols, member of the Presbyterian Church, Portersville.

• Tuesday, June 26: Music: Ken Metrick, member of Mt. Chestnut Presbyterian Church, Butler

• Wednesday, June 27: Dr. Norman Geisler will speak about Unchanging Truth to Our Changing Times. Music: Matt Pyle, member of the Presbyterian Church, Portersville.

• Thursday, June 28, Evangelizing In Our Changing Times, Dr. David Geisler. Music: Linda Kristophel, member of Trace Church, Harmony.

• Friday, June 28, Defending Unchanging Truth, Dr. Norman Geisler. Music: Joni McFarland, member of Parkside Community Church, Cleveland 

Church's summer hours star June 10

COOLSPRING TOWNSHIP – Coolspring Presbyterian Church, 787 Coolspring Church Road, Coolspring Township, begins summer worship hours on Sunday, June 10. Worship is at 9:45 a.m., and Sunday school is 11:15 a.m. These times continue through Aug. 26.

GC Bible school starts June 18

GROVE CITY – The Church of the Beloved Disciple in Grove City hosts Vacation Bible School – A Radical Ride on the Wings of Prayer 9 a.m. to noon Monday, June 18, through Friday, June 22. It's for kids ages four through sixth grade. Info: Contact Michelle Boarts at 724-748-6700, ext. 116.

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.

Grove City Food Pantry seeks donations

GROVE CITY – The Grove City Community Food Pantry, 114 S. Center St., has hundreds of local 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.

Free dinners 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.

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.

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: mufsecretary@gmail.com or www. methodistunitedinfaith.org

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: mufsecretary@gmail.com or www. methodistunitedinfaith.org

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: mufsecretary@gmail.com or www. methodistunitedinfaith.org

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: mufsecretary@gmail.com or www. methodistunitedinfaith.org

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 alliednews.com

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 www.bsfinternational.org 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.

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 www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies

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 www.mynlbc.com

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.