Choir festival to benefit Habitat for Humanity

Published Apr 24, 2013 at 10:36 am (Updated Apr 24, 2013 at 10:36 am)

Canonsburg U.P. Church will host a choir festival at 7 p.m. April 28. Participating churches are First U.M. of Houston, Our Redeemer Lutheran, Thomas Presbyterian, Venice Presbyterian and Canonsburg U.P. Church.

A love offering will be accepted to benefit Washington County Habitat for Humanity. Habitat houses are sold, not given, to qualified, working, low-income families.

Family bingo

St. Benedict the Abbot Youth Ministry, McMurray, will hold a Family Junk Food Bingo from 7-9:30 p.m. April 26.

The event will include prizes of gift cards to local businesses and big bags of junk food. The kitchen will be open and selling hot dogs, hoagies, candy and more. Chinese auction baskets will also be available.

Admission is $1 per regular card and 50 cents for specialty cards. Children younger than third grade need to be accompanied by a parent or adult. All funds raised will support the Youth Ministry’s mission trips to Villa Maria and Appalachia.

For more information, call Janet at 724-941-9587.

• Young adults from St. Ben’s will host a one-day Catholic retreat “Who do you say I am?” from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. May 4 for teens in grades 8-12, including a parent session starting at 4 p.m.

The retreat will focus on the relationship teens have with Jesus and how to live for Christ in a counter culture way. Speakers for the day include high school teacher and coach Gary Goga, Father Joe Freedy and Father Scott Seethaler. Teens will have the opportunity to attend Mass as well as confession throughout the course of the day. They will be provided with a T-shirt, lunch, dinner and a glow stick dance to end the evening. There is a preregistration fee of $20 for teens and $10 for adults. Walk-ins on the day of the retreat will be charged $25. Students may join up with the event any time during the day.

The parent/adult session at 4 p.m. will include a joint Mass and dinner. Fr. Scott will speak to adults on Catholic issues in the media and joy and hope for the future.

To register or for more information, contact Alyssa Simmons at or Janet Roberto at 724-941-9587 ext 112.

Pre-Shavout lunch

Chabad of the South Hills, Mt. Lebanon, will hold a Pre-Shavuot Seniors Luncheon at noon on May 8. Enjoy a dairy lunch, ice cream, presentation by a personal trainer, raffle prizes and fellowship.

Suggested donation is $5. Wheelchair Accessible. To register, contact Barb at 412-278-2658 or

Bike blessing

Carnegie Presbyterian Church will hold its sixth annual bike blessing April 27. Registration begins at 10 a.m.; blessing at 11. A ride through the country is planned followed by a picnic lunch. No requirement. All riders are encouraged to attend. Rain date will be May 11.

Ballet performance

Jesus Fellowship Church, Bethel Park, presents Paradosi Ballet Company “Awakening: A Night of Worship and Testimony” at 7 p.m. April 25. Join Paradosi, the first professional Christian ballet company in the northwestern U.S., for worship, testimony and prayer.

Call 412-854-3137 to reserve a ticket. Cost is $12.

To view a promo video, visit

Poverty workshop

Christ United Methodist Church, Bethel Park, will offer the Walk a Mile in Their Shoes Poverty Simulation from 12:30-4 p.m. May 4. Sponsored and facilitated by the Poverty team of the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, this workshop will help people get a better understanding of the challenges facing low-income families.

Appropriate for high school age through adult, this interactive program includes role-playing where each person is assigned a profile of someone whose family is living in poverty. Throughout the simulation, each person will be faced with choices about how they will make ends meet based on the circumstances they are given. A debriefing will follow where participants can discuss what they experienced and how they will move forward.

The program is designed to overcome stereotypes such as “they should just get a job” and “their choices got them into this situation” that do not reflect the majority of real life circumstances of people living in poverty. This program will be an eye opener and raise awareness and understanding.

Preregistration is required. Contact Jeanna-Mar Simmons at 412-835-6621 ext. 109 or

Book review class

First Bethel United Methodist Church wraps up its Book Review Class with Jack Aupperle at 6:30 p.m. April 24 with “Sum it Up” by Pat Summit. Summit coached the Tennessee women’s basketball team for many winning seasons. During that time she dealt with personal issues that challenged her faith, the most recent being the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The book review will take place in the Susanna Wesley Lounge. It is not necessary to read the book in order to benefit from and participate in the discussion.

• Learn more about Zentangle from Susan Puhlman from 10 a.m.-noon and 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 29 in Founder’s Hall. A fee of $10 per person will be collected to pay for supplies. Call to register.

For more information or to register, call 412-835-0700.

April events

Christ U.M. Church, Bethel Park, will hold the following events in April:

• Start Becoming a Good Samaritan, 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 8:30 a.m. Saturdays.

• Home of Hope/Home of Hope Outreach, 7 p.m. April 24 and 9:30 a.m. April 28. Learn of children who reside at the orphanage in Nyadire.

For more information, call 412-835-6621.

Oldies dance

St. Joan of Arc Appalachian Work Camp will sponsor an oldies dance featuring Mansfield 5, April 27 in Library. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $30. Proceeds benefit this year’s work camp.

For reservations, call Debbie Lafferty at 412-913-4445.

Center Church

Center Presbyterian Church, McMurray, holds traditional worship services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sundays with Holy Communion offered at the 11 a.m. service.

On April 28, the Rev. Thomas Ribar, chaplain of Waynesburg University will lead worship.

Call the church with questions at 724-941-9050.

My New Life

Bethany Presbyterian Church, Bridgeville, will hold a program, “My New Life” presented by Dr. John Mazzola at 10 a.m. April 27, May 4 and 11. Learn steps to get rid of fears of rejection, failure and commitment.

Question and answer period, discussion groups and refreshments are included.

For more information, call 412-600-0518.

Spring banquet

Christian Mothers & Women’s Guild of St. Patrick Parish, Canonsburg, will hold its spring banquet at 6 p.m. May 1 at Rolling Hills Country Club. The Stewart Family Irish Dancers will entertain. Mail check for $25, payable to Christian Mothers, to Barb Bender, 329 Mill Creek Lane, Washington, PA 15301.

Day of Prayer

The Bethel Park National Day of Prayer celebration will be held at 7 p.m. May 2 at the Bethel Park Community Center.

Arts exhibit

Wallace Memorial Presbyterian Church, Green Tree, will sponsor its third Scripture and Arts Exhibit May 10-19. Opening night is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday which includes a juror’s critique at 7:30 p.m. Viewing will continue 10 a.m.-4 p.m. the remaining days. Artists are from all through western Pennsylvania.

For information, call 412-561-2431.

Three-day trip

Baldwin United Methodist Church will offer a three-day trip to Allenberry & Gettysburg Sept. 26-28.

Enjoy the first day/night at the Allenberry Resort with buffet dinner and “Patsy Cline” at the Allenberry Theater. Day two features a trip to Gettysburg to tour the Museum, Film and Cyclorama at the Gettysburg Visitors Center.

Later, take a guided Battlefield Tour before checking into the Country Inn and Suites and a Colonial dinner at the Fairfield Inn. Day three includes a tour of Eisenhower Farm and lunch at Dobbin House. Depart Gettysburg with a stop at Round Barn in Biglerville for shopping.

Cost is $531 single occupancy, $435/double and $376 triple and includes transportation, lodging, meals and all stops listed, baggage handling, taxes, guide, meal and driver gratuity.

A $100 deposit per person is required. Final payment due by Aug. 20.

For cancellation/refund or other information, call Elaine Lewis at 412-885-4560.

Jewish learning

Chabad of the South Hills, Mt. Lebanon, will offer Curious Tales of the Talmud, a new six-week course from the Rohr Jewish Learning that will give insight to recognize the pervading goodness within everything, courage to navigate life’s most rugged moments, and an appreciation of the Jewish literary heritage.

The course will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning April 24, or 10:15 a.m. Sundays, beginning April 21.

Call 412-344-2424 or visit for registration and course-related information.

• Lag B’Omer festivities, beginning at noon on April 28. Enjoy a barbeque lunch, bird show, music and children’s activities. Cost is $30 per family.

RSVP to 412-344-2424 or email

Bible Chapel

The Bible Chapel, McMurray, plans the following events:

• The Men’s Ministry will hold a Ride for the Wreaths on June 8. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. followed by the departure at 11. The ride will begin at Steel City Harley Davidson, 375 Washington Road, Washington, and runs approximately 45 miles long. Donuts, coffee and bottled water will be available before the ride. There will be a single stopover for a brief ceremony at the Cemetery of the Alleghenies before concluding at The Bible Chapel for lunch and entertainment. Donation is $20.00/rider or $25/pair.

• “God’s Not Dead,” featuring Newsboys, All Things New and Campbell, 7 p.m. April 25. Tickets are available in the Chapter 2 Bookstore inside The Bible Chapel.

• Wing Night – Saturday Nights in the Café, 5:30 p.m. April 27. Wings will be served before and after the service, and live music and fellowship will follow the service.

For more information, visit

Peters Creek

Peters Creek Baptist Church, South Park, will offer the following:

• Men’s Bible study, 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. The topic is “Battling Unbelief.”

• Women’s Evening Bible Study, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Exploring the book “Beloved Disciple.”

• Women’s Daytime Bible Study, 9:30-11 a.m. on Tuesdays. Exploring the book “James: Mercy Triumphs.”

• Wednesday groups for all ages begin with dinner from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

• GriefShare classes, 10-11:30 a.m. Saturdays.

For more information, call 412-833-6111.

Bible study

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair, will host Adam Brakel in an organ recital at 4 p.m. April 28.

For more information, call 412-835-6630.

Legacy Baptist

Legacy Baptist Church, located in Accelerando Music Conservatory, Canonsburg, holds Sunday services at 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

• Choir practice starts at 10:10 a.m.; Sunday school starts at 10:30 a.m.; Bible study is held at 7 p.m. Thursdays. For more information, call 724-621-6785 or visit

Center Church

Center Presbyterian Church, McMurray, offers traditional worship at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sundays, with Holy Communion offered at the 11 a.m. service.

Call 724-941-9050 with questions.

Contemporary service

Hamilton Presbyterian Church, Bethel Park, offers weekly contemporary service 6 p.m. Saturdays. Music will feature a three-four piece band led by Tom Coyne and supported by local vocalists. A message will be presented by the Rev. Lance Chapman.

• Adult classes begin at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Topics include anger management, divorce care, marriage enrichment and healing is a choice.

• GriefShare, 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. Thursdays. Cost is $15.

• The Hamilton Youth Group, “The God Squad,” is open to all teens. The group meets from 6:30-8 p.m. Sundays, September-May. Adult leadership is needed.

For more information, call 412-884-2722.

Prayer breakfast

The Bridgeville Ministerium will sponsor a prayer breakfast from 7-8 a.m. on National Day of Prayer, May 2, at Bethany Presbyterian Church, Bridgeville.

Congressional Representative and Guest of Honor Tim Murphy will present the opening address, then prayers for the community, the Commonwealth and the country will be offered by local pastors and ministers from the churches that comprise the Bridgeville Ministerium.

A light breakfast and time for fellowship will follow.

The event is free.

For more information, contact Pastor Bryan Thiessen at 412-956-1910.

Mother-Daughter Banquet

Emmanuel United Presbyterian Church, Eighty-Four will hold a Mother-Daughter-Friend Banquet at 6 p.m. May 9.

Cost is $11 per person. Call Lila at 724-377-1382 to make reservations.


St. Thomas More Church, Bethel Park, will hold a baccalaureate Mass for all 2013 high school seniors at 11:30 a.m. May 19. A reception will follow in the Family Life Center. Call Kelly Spadoni at 412-969-8374 to RSVP.

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