Religion – May 8

Published May 8, 2013 at 10:59 am (Updated May 8, 2013 at 10:59 am)

A moving van will be in the parking lot at Christ U.M. Church, Bethel Park, 5-6 p.m. May 18 and 8:30 a.m.-noon May 19 to collect food contributions for South Hills Interfaith Ministries.

• Penetcost brunch is set for 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 19. Cost is $9/adults, $4/ages 4-11 and free for children under 4. Reservations needed.

• U2charist, a Eucharist for Christian rock ‘n’ roll connoisseurs, 7 p.m. May 22. For more information, call 412-835-6621.

Christian-Jewish dialogue

Temple Emanuel, Scott Twp., will hold Text & Context from noon-1 p.m. May 23. Conveners will be Rev. Jim Gilchrist, Rabbi Alex Greenbaum, Rabbi Mark Mahler, Father Brian Noel and Rabbi Howie Stein.

May events

South Hills Assembly, Bethel Park, plans the following events:

• HonorBound Men’s Ministry with breakfast at 9 a.m. May 11.

• Women of Excellence, led by Sue Willis, meets at 6:30 p.m. May 13.

• Lunch Bunch Bible Study, ages 65+, meets at noon May 16. Cost is $6.

For details, call 412-835-8900.

Adult vineyards

Bethel Presbyterian Church, Bethel Park, sponsors adult classes as follows:

• Women’s Vineyard: What Happens When Women Say Yes to God? and Digging Deeper Vineyard, 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

• Men’s Vineyard: What is the Intersection Between our Faith and our Identity as Men?, 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

For more information, call 412-835-0405.

Guide to prayer

Our Lady of Grace Church, Scott Twp., offers “Oremus: A Guide to Catholic Prayer” from 7:30-9 p.m. in Keefer Hall, May 9-June 27. Cost is $20.

To register, call 412-279-7070.

Peters Creek

Peters Creek Presbyterian Church, Venetia, will host “Need a Friend? Learn How to Be a Good One” on May 12. How did we get too busy to have good friends? If you are longing for deeper friendships, learn what true friendships are and how to make the ones you have better.

• Strawberry Festival from 6-8:30 p.m. May 31. Enjoy fried chicken, roast beef, sides and strawberry shortcake. There will be games for kids and a theme basket drawing. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for children. Cost of dessert only is $4. For tickets at 724-941-6210.

• A Men’s Breakfast will take place at 9 a.m. May 11. Men of the community are invited for food and fellowship. Call 724-941-6210 for details.

For more information, visit

Reverend to be honored

Rev. Miro Stelmaszczyk will be honored with a luncheon on May 11 at the Doubletree Hotel, Green Tree, by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation. Rev. Miro will be presented with the Outstanding Polonian Award.

In 1985, he arrived in Pittsburgh and was mentored by Rev. Zigmunt Szarnicki at St. Ignatius Church, Carnegie. Rev. Miro was assistant pastor at Holy Child Church in Bridgeville in 1998. Born in Poland and fluent in several languages. Rev. Miro currently serves at Holy Family Church in Creighton, Pa. His parish bake sales and Lenten fish fries with a Polish touch are well known. He can also be seen at the annual Polish Day celebration at Kennywood Park making potato pancakes and Polish pickles.

For tickets at $35, contact John Bartus, president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation, at 412-884-3378.

Parish renewal

St. David’s Episcopal Church, Venetia, welcomes former parishioners from its 63-year history to help celebrate its first year of renewal as a vibrant Episcopal congregation. The parish’s founding and longtime rector, the Rev. Gibb Watt, will be a featured speaker at the anniversary Eucharist at 10 a.m. May 19. A cookout and blessing of a newly-planted community garden will follow.

During the past year of rebuilding, St. David’s has witnessed tremendous growth, especially among young families. For more information, call 724-941-4060.

Bible Chapel

The Bible Chapel, McMurray, plans the following events:

• Sermon Series – Fear: What Are You Afraid Of?, through June 30. Explore what scripture has to say about fear.

• The Men’s Ministry will hold a Ride for the Wreaths on June 8. Registration is at 9:30 a.m., departure at 11. The ride will begin at Steel City Harley Davidson, Washington, and runs approximately 45 miles. Refreshments will be available before the ride. A brief ceremony will be held at the Cemetery of the Alleghenies before concluding at The Bible Chapel for lunch and entertainment. Donation is $20/rider or $25/pair. For more information, visit

Hamilton Church

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.

Peters Creek

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

• Men’s Bible study, 7:30-8:30 p.m. 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. 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.

Mother-Daughter Banquet

Emmanuel United Presbyterian Church, Eighty-, 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.

• Youth ministry will hold an Appalachia Car Wash 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 11 in the upper lot.

Ministry Fair

St. Patrick Parish, Canonsburg, will hold a Ministry Fair & Strawberry Shortcake Festival after the 7:30 and 10 a.m. and noon Masses on Pentecost Sunday, May 19. Stop by the cafeteria to learn about the many opportunities St. Patrick’s offers and how the ministries serve both the parish and community.

My New Life

Bethany Presbyterian Church, Bridgeville, will hold a program, “My New Life” presented by Dr. John Mazzola at 10 a.m. May 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.

Arts exhibit

Wallace Memorial Presbyterian Church, Green Tree, will sponsor its third “Scripture and Arts Exhibit” May 10-19. Opening night is 6:30-8:30 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 western Pennsylvania. For more information, call 412-561-2431.


The Hills Church meets at 10 a.m. in Upper St. Clair High School. A new program, “Firestarter: Learning to tame the spark” is starting. Visit

Bible study

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair, will hold a Violence in the Old Testament: A Bible Study at 10 a.m. May 16. For details, call 412-835-6630.

Spring dinner

Chabad of the South Hills, Mt. Lebanon, will hold its Seventh Annual Women’s Spring Dinner at 6 p.m. May 28.

Guest speaker Chani Baron, codirector of Chabad of Howard County, Maryland, will speak about “The Makeup of a Jewish Home-The many shades and colors of our role.” There will also be a hands-on presentation with a personal trainer and beautiful harp music.

Enjoy a dairy dinner, wine and cheese, auctions, raffles and dessert.

Cost is $36/person and $18/seniors and students. Register online at or call Batya at 412-344-2424.

Three-day trip

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

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 more 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 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 through May 29 or 10:15 a.m. Sundays through May 26.

For more information, call 412-344-2424.

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