Religion - Sept. 11

Published Sep 11, 2013 at 6:52 am (Updated Sep 6, 2013 at 2:37 pm)

St. David’s Episcopal Church, Venetia, will hold its second annual community cookout at noon on Sept. 15.

Enjoy free food (vegetarian-friendly) and fun, including a bounce house for kids.

The church is located at 905 E. McMurray Road. For more information, contact the church at 724-941-4060 or

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 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.

Coupon book sale

The Nurture Committee at Wright’s United Methodist Church, Venetia, will sell Enjoy coupon books through the end of the year, with proceeds benefitting the Youth Summer Camp program.

To purchase a book at $30 each, call the church at 724-348-5718.

Assembly activities

South Hills Assembly, Bethel Park, will hold the following:

• Mary, Martha & Me, 10 a.m. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 11

• Sanctuary Bible Class, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 11.

• Lunch Bunch for Senior Adults, noon Sept. 19. Cost is $6.

For details, call 412-835-8900.

Day trip

Canonsburg U. P. Church will offer a GriefShare program at 6:30 p.m. through 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.

Community events

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

• 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.

Dinner for a Dollar

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 per family.

Weight loss program

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair, will offer First Place 4 Health, a Christ-centered health and weight loss program.

A free orientation meeting, which is required for new members, will be held 9:30-11 a.m. Sept. 12.

See how putting God first can lead to successful weight loss. Understand the positive effects good nutrition and exercise have on your emotions and spirit.

The regular program will take place 9:30-11 a.m. Sept. 19-Dec. 12.

Cost is $15 for a Bible study book and $80 for a members kit (optional).

Visit for additional program information and testimonials.

Child care is available. Contact Kathy Long at 412-835-6630 ext. 200 or to register.

Bible Chapel

The Bible Chapel, McMurray, will hold the following:

• 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.

• Chonda Pierce Girl Talk Tour, 6 p.m. Sept. 22. The “Queen of Clean” comedy will perform with laughter and joy, Southern charm, musical talent and laser-sharp wit. Visit the websit for ticket information.

• “Lord, I Just Want to be Happy” women’s conference featuring author and professional counselor Leslie Vernick, Oct. 4-5. Tickets are available at and the Chapter 2 Bookstore inside the South Hills campus.

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

For more information, visit

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

• 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.

Adult Bible study

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

Study The Acts of the Apostles using the Great Adventure Bible Series 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

Bethel Presbyterian

The following fall classes are planned at Bethel Presbyterian Church:

• Sunday classes, beginning Sept. 15 - Little Tykes, led by Lisa Wilfong and Cass Tabler for pre-K through second grade, 9:15-9:45 a.m.; Concord, led by Art Brandenburg for grades 3-6, 9:15-9:45 a.m.; Youth, grades 7-12, 9-9:30 a.m.; and Adult, on Genisis, led by Pastor Tom, 9-9:45 a.m.

• Wednesday classes - Women’s Bible study led by Nancy Galbraith, 10 a.m. beginning Sept. 15; Sexuality and Humanity, a six-week course led by Pastor Tom, 7 p.m. beginning Sept. 25.

St. Thomas More

St. Thomas More Parish, Bethel Park, will sponsor 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.

• The Youth Ministry will hold Welcome Night for eighth-graders through high school students at 6 p.m. Sept. 22. Plans will be discussed for the year.

Calvary Assembly

Calvary Assembly of God, Bridgeville, announces the following:

• Pastor Bob Pilardi continues with the Sunday series, Win Your Battles.

• Sports Ministry Golf Outing, Sept. 16 at Quicksilver Golf Club in Midway. Open to all but limited to 136 golfers. Email for details or reservations.

• Beth Moore’s “Breaking Free” series on DVD for ladies only, Wednesdays. Workbooks available, but not required.

• Men’s study, Wednesdays in the prayer room. Study a six-part DVD series by John Bevere titled “The Holy Spirit.” Workbooks available, but not required.

• Winter Baseball Hitting Clinic, a 10-week program beginning Nov. 3 for boys and girls ages 7-18. Email by Oct. 18 for details or to sign up.

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.

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 toward 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.


The fall session of the DivorceCare support group is held 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, through 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.


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

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

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 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 and 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.

Spaghetti dinner

First United Methodist Church of Bridgeville will hold a spaghetti dinner 4-7 p.m. Oct. 19.

Dinner will include spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, bread, dessert and beverage.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 2-12, and free to children under age 2.

Take-out is also available. Proceeds benefit First UMC.

Call 412-221-5577 for more information. The church is located on Station Street.

Fall schedule

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Carnegie, has returned to its regular schedule. 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.

Name change

Grace Community Church, Bridgeville, formerly known as Journey Church, holds worship services at 10:45 a.m. Sundays. Pastor Bryan Thiessen will continue to preside over the congregation at its original location, 56 Prestley Road.

Bible study

Community Bible Study holds its fall non-denominational study from 7-8:40 p.m. Mondays 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.

For more information, contact John Schrott at 412-600-8756 or, or Jan Andrews at 412-736-9913 or

Fall worship

Peters Creek Presbyterian Church, Venetia, has begun its fall worship schedule with services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school classes for adults and children begin at 9:45 a.m.

For more information, call 724-941-6210.

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.

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. 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.

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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