Religion - Sept. 4

Published Sep 4, 2013 at 6:31 am (Updated Aug 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm)

Community of Christ Church, Bethel Park, will hold Dinner for a Dollar 5-7 p.m. Sept. 12. Dinner will include spaghetti, bread, salad and dessert for $1 per person or $3 for a family.

Fall schedule

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Carnegie, will return to its regular schedule on Sept. 7 and 8. A contemporary service of Holy Communion is held at 6 p.m. Saturdays, traditional Holy Communion liturgies at 8:15 and 11 a.m. Sundays and Sunday school is held at 9:45 a.m.

Parish mission

St. Thomas More Parish, Bethel Park, will sponson an evangelization mission Sept. 16-19. Open Mission: A Theology & Spirituality of Relationships will be conducted by Father Simeon Gallagher. The mission will begin with weekend homilies and continue 7-8:15 p.m. each day.

Presentations will also take place after the 11:30 a.m. Mass. Reconciliation will be available after Wednesday’s program.

Christian Mothers

Christian Mothers & Guild at St. Patrick Parish, Canonsburg, will meet Sept. 4. Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. followed by the installation of new officers and new members. A group photo is planned at 5:45 p.m. in the church.


Chabad of the South Hills, Mt. Lebanon, will hold the following services for Rosh Hashanah:

• Rosh Hashanah, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4 and 5.

• Rosh Hashanah, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 5 and 6, followed by Shofar service at 11:30.

No membership, tickets or affiliation required. RSVP appreciated. A children’s program will take place at 10:30 a.m. on these dates and reservations are required.

In addition to its regular Hebrew School, held 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sundays, beginning Sept. 8, Chabad 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

To RSVP, call 412-344-2424 or visit

• Chabad will hold Seniors and Soup in the Sukkah at noon on Sept. 24. Enjoy High Holiday musical entertainment, food, fellowship and raffles. Suggested donation is $5. Wheelchair accessible. RSVP to Barb at 412-278-2658 or

Beth Israel

Beth Israel Congregation, Washington, is offering a free one-year membership (no dues or fees for 12 months) to any new Jewish member. 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, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 9:30 a.m. Saturdays

• Rosh Hashanah, 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, 10 a.m. Sept. 14 followed by Torah services at 11 and Musaf and Yizkor 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 724-225-7080, membership chairman Richard Littman at 412-519-9499 or congregation president Marilyn Posner at 724-225-1873.

Assembly activities

South Hills Assembly, Bethel Park, will present “Heaven’s Gates & Hell’s Flames” at 7 p.m. Sept. 8-10. The play deals with eternal consequences of life’s choices.

• New adult classes and groups offered by Compassion Connection begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 11.

• Grief Share, 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. Sept. 12.

For details, call 412-835-8900.

Day trip

Canonsburg U. P. Church will offer a GriefShare program at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 4-Nov. 20 in Fellowship Hall.

• A three-day, two-night trip to Lancaster to see “Noah” and then a visit to Gettysburg is planned Sept. 24-26.

For details, call 724-745-0800.

Youth concert

Christian rock musican Michael James Mette will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg. With a degree in theology and 14 years experience as a worship leader, keynote speaker and retreat coordinator, Mette will also share stories and reflections of how his songs originated.

A reception in St. Patrick Center will follow the concert.

Name change

Grace Community Church, Bridgeville, formerly known as Journey Church, will celebrate the changing of its name with an open house at 10:45 a.m. Sept. 8. Former Pittsburgh Steeler Steve Avery will be the special guest speaker.

The church recently voted on the name change to better reflect its purpose and goal, which is to be a “church caring for the community.” Pastor Bryan Thiessen will continue to preside over the congregation at its original location, 56 Prestley Road.

Services are held each Sunday at 10:45 a.m.

The Story

The Hills Church at Upper St. Clair High School will start a series called The Story on Sept. 8. Journey from Genesis to Revelation. Services begin at 10 a.m. For details, visit


Rev. Jeff Kipp, a representative of Chosen People Ministries, will speak at the South Hills Community Baptist Church during the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sept. 8.

Rev. Kipp is the pastor of Congregation Y’shua Ben David and will speak on “Jesus Messiah and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.”

The service is open to both the Christian and Jewish communities. A love offering will be received.

For more information, call 412-833-1313.

Community events

Christ U. M. Church, Bethel Park, plans the following programs:

• Youth Group kick-off, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 8 with dinner and games. Bring a friend.

• Triple A (55+) lunch program at noon on Sept. 11: Jack Puglisi will perform as Winston Churchill.

• Women: Staying Connected in the Digital Age with Jackie Campbell, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 12. Lunch and program.

• Women’s Study: Our Common Sins, 7 p.m. Sept. 19. Discuss denial, sleeping through importance, telling lies and betrayal. Book is $7.

For details, call 412-835-6621.

Bible study

“Community Bible Study” will begin its fall non-denominational study on Sept. 9 at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Mt. Lebanon.

This year’s study will be the Book of Romans and its relevance to our daily lives. Topics include: Who is righteous in God’s eyes? Is God for us or against us? How do we love one another? Should we respect our governing authorities?

CBS is a national organization that offers nondenominational study and is open to all, regardless of Biblical knowledge, who desire a deeper understanding of the Christian faith. There are classes for women, men, married couples, young adults, teens and children.

Fall study will be held 7-8:40 p.m. Mondays. For more information, contact John Schrott at 412-600-8756 or, or Jan Andrews at 412-736-9913 or

Calvary Assembly

Calvary Assembly of God, Bridgeville, offers the following:

• Win Your Battle, a new series led by Pastor Bob Pilardi, will be starting soon.

• 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 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:

• Sermon series – 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 mission trip. Visit the Events page of the website for more information.

• “Monumental,” a movie starring Kirk Cameron, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Worship Center. Suggested ticket donation is $2 per person. Ticket information is available on the website.

• Women’s Bible study, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 10. Each Tuesday begins with a time of worship followed by a study of the Book of Matthew.

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

• GriefShare, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12, for those who have experienced the death of someone close. Seminar includes video, small group discussion and workbook.

For more information, visit


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, Bethel Park. DivorceCare features a video every week prior to discussion with nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery topics. 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 unable to pay. Babysitting will not be available.

For more information, contact 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. There will be a children’s Sunday school kick-off celebration in each class with games, prizes and special treats.

For more information, call 724-941-6210.

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.

Scripture study

Our Lady of Grace Church, Scott Township, offers the Catholic Scripture Study: The Gospel of John from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 11.

For more information or to register, call 412-279-7070 or visit

Bible study

Ruthfred Lutheran Church, Bethel Park, will offer a woman’s Bible study on the Book of John. Classes will be held from 9:15-11:20 a.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 11. Included each week will be a prayer and singing time, a lecture and small group study.

A nursery and children’s ministry for infants through kindergarten will be provided, offering crafts, music and Bible stories.

For more information, call 412-831-6398 or 412-833-1299

Diocesan Choir

Auditions of ages 18 and older for the 2013-14 Diocesan Choir season will begin soon. 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.

Adult Bible study

Registration for a 20-session adult Bible study offered through The Bible Study Committee at St. Bernard’s Church, Mt. Lebanon, is due by Sept. 15.

Study The Acts of the Apostles using the Great Adventure Bible Series from 7-9 p.m. Mondays, beginning Sept. 16 in Clairvaux Hall.

No prerequisites. Registration fee is $45. To register or for more information, contact Camille Cash at 412-344-3287 or

Hamilton Church

Hamilton Presbyterian Church, Bethel Park, will start a new, seven-week Bible study for women at 10 a.m. Sept. 17. The same study will also be offered on Wednesday evenings, beginning Sept. 18.

Johah: Navigating a Life Interrupted is a study on the Book of Jonah that asks the question “What do we do when God interrupts our lives?” It is led by speaker Priscilla Shirer.

Call the church office at 412-884-2722 to make a reservation. The church is located across from Cool Springs Golf Center, on the corner of Baptist and Hamilton roads.

A weekly contemporary service is held at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. For more information, call 412-884-2722.

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 his “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 Christian music and is geared especially for children under 10.

Advance ticket sale packages are available with special perks.

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.

Meal packaging event

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair, and Christ United Methodist Church, Bethel Park, are partnering on Sept. 28 in the fight against hunger, and more than 800 volunteers are needed to make this one-day event a success.

Shifts are planned in 1 ½ hour increments, beginning at 9 a.m., 10:30, noon, 1:30 p.m. or 3 at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Washington Road.

Register now at to help package 100,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief agency.

Six million children under the age of 5 die every year because of hunger. Stop Hunger Now’s meal packaging program is a fun, hands-on international mission project for everyone that encourages team building and provides the opportunity to have an exponential and sustainable international impact without leaving our area.


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.

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

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