Religion - Aug. 21

Published Aug 21, 2013 at 6:21 am (Updated Aug 16, 2013 at 2:08 pm)

Beth Israel Congregation in Washington is offering a free one-year membership (no dues or fees for 12 months) to any new Jewish members - individuals, couples, college students and families.

Beth Israel has a religious school and kosher kitchen. Yearly activities include a Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast, Chanukah luncheon, Purim hamantashen bake and sale, community Passover seder and more.

Services include:

• Regular Shabbat services, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 9:30 a.m. Saturdays

• Rosh Hashanah services, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4 with opening services at 9 a.m. Sept. 5 and 6 followed by the Torah service at 10.

• Kol Nidre service, 7 p.m. Sept. 13, with those attending asked to be seated by 6:45.

• Yom Kippur services, 10 a.m. Sept. 14 followed by Torah services at 11 and Musaf and Yizkor services at 11:30. The later services of Mincha, Torah service and Neilah will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a covered dish Break-the-Fast.

For more information, call the synagogue office at 724-225-7080, membership chairman Richard Littman at 412-519-9499 or congregation president Marilyn Posner at 724-225-1873.

Calvary Assembly

Calvary Assembly of God, located at 538 Hickory Grade Road, Bridgeville, will hold a praise and worship service at 7 p.m. Aug. 25. A nursery will be available for children up to 4 years old.

• Selah Dance Academy, Sept. 2 for children ages 2 ½ to 9+ years of age. Email for more information.

• Breaking Free Series by Beth Moore, 7-8:15 p.m. beginning Sept. 4 in the chapel. All women are invited.

• Sports Ministry Golf Outing, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at Quicksilver Golf Course in Midway. Open to all but limited to 136 golfers. Email for more information or to sign up.

• Winter Baseball Hitting Clinic – registration is being accepted until Oct. 18 for this 10-week program for boys and girls ages 7 through 18, which begins Nov. 3. Email for more information or to sign up.

Bible Chapel

The Bible Chapel, McMurray, will hold the following:

• Anthem, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 22. Roots Senior High youth will lead worship and focus on Taking Heart as students head back to school. Students, parents and siblings are invited.

• Men’s Bocce and Pizza, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 30, South Hills campus, rain or shine. Double elimination tournament. Pick a partner or be paired up. Registration fee is $5, due by Aug. 26. Register on the Events page of the website.

• Sermon series – Living Grounded: I’m Glad You Asked, foundational principals of Christian faith. Sessions run through Sept. 1. Family Under Attack, Sept. 7-8, with topics like God’s Design for the Family, Sexuality, Divorce, Living Together, Homosexuality and Parenting.

• Short Term Missions Dinner, 5:45 p.m. Sept. 4 in the main lobby of the South Hills campus. An evening celebration with food and fellowship followed by reports of the journeys that God led our teams through in Panama, Sri Lanka, Buckhannon, Kenya, New York City and Honduras. Visit the Events page of the website for more information.

• Transformed Bible Study, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 10. Join the transformation to study the book of Matthew. Each Tuesday begins with a time of worship followed by Bible study.

For more information, visit

Pig roast

Thomas Presbyterian Church, Eighty Four, will hold its annual community pig roast and corn boil 3-7 p.m. Aug. 24. Games for children and the Magic and Illusion of Dalton Lee will provide entertainment at 5 p.m. The Pirate Parrot will be on hand 4:30-5:30. Bingo begins at 6, followed by the Chinese auction drawing.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 4-10. Children under 4 are free. Hot dogs will be available for children. Proceeds will benefit Domestic Violence Services.

Beth Moore teaching

Jesus Fellowship Church, Bethel Park, will embark on another in-depth teaching for women with Beth Moore: “James/Mercy Triumphs.”

Choose from five levels of participation:

Level 1 - Viewing the video (no cost to participate, without work book)

Level 2 - Doing the homework

Level 3 - Writing the Book of James

Level 4 - Additional study - Melissa’s (Beth’s daughter) articles

Level 5 - Memorizing the Book of James

The first meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Jesus Fellowship, located on Brush Run Road, Bethel Park. Call 412-833-8419 by Aug. 25 to RSVP, order a work book or with questions. Bring a friend.

Adult Bible study

The Bible Study Committee at St. Bernard’s Church, Mt. Lebanon, will hold a 20-session adult Bible study on “The Acts of the Apostles,” using the “Great Adventure Bible Series.”

The sessions will take place from 7-9 p.m. Mondays, beginning Sept. 16 in Clairvaux Hall.

No prerequisites. All adult ages are encouraged to attend.

Early registration fee of $35 is due by Aug. 25. After that date, the registration fee is $45, due by Sept. 15. To register or for more information, contact Camille Cash at 412-344-3287 or


The fall session of the DivorceCare support group will be held from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 5-Dec. 12 at the South Hills Church of the Nazarene, located on Library Road in Bethel Park.

DivorceCare features a video every week prior to discussion with nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery topics. Seminar sessions include “Facing My Anger,” “Facing My Loneliness,” “Depression,” “New Relationships,” “KidCare” and “Forgiveness.”

Cost of $20 includes a workbook. Limited scholarships are available for those who are unable to pay. Babysitting will not be available.

For more information, contact the church office at 412-831-6333.

Fall worship

Peters Creek Presbyterian Church, Venetia, will begin its fall worship schedule on Sept. 8.

Worship will be held at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school classes for adults and children begin at 9:45 a.m. followed by a kickoff celebration with kids games at 12:15 p.m.

For more information, call 724-941-6210.


In addition to its regular Hebrew School, held 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sundays, beginning Sept. 8, Chabad of the South Hills, Mt. Lebanon, will offer a new program from 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 9 at Crowne Plaza Hotel. It will be divided into three separate, seven-week sessions designed to give children basic Jewish skills and love and knowledge of his/her heritage.

Both the Hebrew School and the new program are for ages 4-13. Choose any combination of the programs. No membership or affiliation required. Affordable rates and small classes. Scholarships available.

For more information, call 412-344-2424 or visit

Active seniors

Active Christian Seniors at Canonsburg U. P. Church will hold a salisbury steak luncheon at noon Sept. 9 in Fellowship Hall. Entertainment will begin at 11 a.m. Cost is $6. For reservations, call 724-745-0800.

Youth ministry

St. Thomas More Church Youth Ministry in Bethel Park will hold Welcome Night for eighth-graders through high school students at 6 p.m. Sept. 22. Plans will be discussed for the year.

Children’s music

National contemporary Christian music artist Randall Goodgame brings “Slugs & Bugs” tour to Christ United Methodist Church, Bethel Park, at 4 p.m. Sept. 21. Sponsored by the United Methodist Pittsburgh District, the show offers family fun through Christian music and is geared especially for children under 10.

Advance ticket sale packages are available with special perks such as discount pricing, group seating and organizational banner to be displayed at the event.

Tickets are $5/person. Call Janet Luketich at 412-835-6621 ext. 110, Sue Irwin at 412-835-6621 ext. 114 or Andrea Erbrecht at 724-330-5350.

Day trip

Canonsburg U. P. Church has planned a three-day, two-night trip to Lancaster to see “Noah” and then a visit to Gettysburg on Sept. 24-26. For details, call 724-745-0800.

• A GriefShare program will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 4-Nov. 20 in Fellowship Hall. Call 724-745-0800 for details.


Nativity of The Virgin Mary Orthodox Church, Monongahela, will hold its 15th Annual Ethnicfest Sept. 28-29 at Chess Park.

Ethnicfest opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday. The event closes at dusk on both days.

There will be ethnic and American food booths, a flea market, bake sale and a bounce house for kids. The Nutones polka band will perform live from 3 p.m.-dusk on Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.

Catholic faith

Faith Formation at St. Patrick Parish, Canonsburg, will soon begin meeting with men and women who are interested in becoming Catholic, learning more about the Catholic faith or completing the sacraments. Sessions will be held at 7 p.m. on Mondays in St. Patrick Center. For more information, call 724-745-3787.

‘My New Life’

Bethany Presbyterian Church, Bridgeville, presents “My New Life” conducted by Dr. John Mazzola at 6 p.m. Sundays. The focus will be on marriage, relationships and personal needs. To register, call 412-600-05618. Donations are voluntary.

Bethel Presbyterian

Bethel Presbyterian Church offers “Deeper Looks at Small Books of the Bible,” a program for women, at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Panera Bread, South Park Shops.

For more information, call 412-835-0405.

Diocesan Choir

Auditions of ages 18 and older for the 2013-14 Diocesan Choir season will begin soon. The choir is under the direction of Father Jim Chepponis, music director for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. The choir performs for major diocesan events at St. Paul Cathedral. Openings are available in the soprano, alto, tenor and bass sections.

Rehearsals are held at St. John Capistran Church in Upper St. Clair. For audition times, call Doris Anne at 412-456-3042.

Legacy Baptist

Legacy Baptist Church, located in Accelerando Music Conservatory, offers Sunday services at 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Choir practice is held at 10:10 a.m., and Sunday school at 10:30. Bible study takes place at 7 p.m. Thursdays.

For more information, call 724-621-6785 or visit

Hamilton Church

Hamilton Presbyterian Church, Bethel Park, offers weekly contemporary service 6:30 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 412-884-2722.

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