Religion - Oct. 2

Published Oct 2, 2013 at 6:46 am (Updated Oct 1, 2013 at 5:29 pm)

St. George Orthodox Church, Bridgeville, will hold its “Original Feast from the East” Mediterranean food festival Oct. 4-6 at the church on Dewey Avenue.

Hours are noon-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.

Menu items include shish kabob lamb dinner, Mediterranean marinated chicken, grape leaves and kibbee, and desserts such as baklawa, nut rolls and more.

Free parking. Dine in or take out. Frozen food will be available, orders can be placed online, and credit cards will be accepted.

Call 412-221-2277 or visit for more information. Proceeds benefit the St. George Building Fund.

Literature series

The Epiphany Association, Beechview, will host a four-part series through 2014 titled “The Epiphany as Spiritual Illumination in Religious Fiction.”

Presented by Fr. Richard A. Infante, pastor of Our Lady of Grace Parish, Scott Township, it will begin 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 3 and feature a reading and discussion of Fr. Infante’s short story, “Birdland.”

Admission is $10. For more information, call 412-341-7494 or 1-877-324-6873, email or visit

Assembly events

South Hills Assembly, Bethel Park, offers the following fall classes:

• Community Women’s Bible Study Fellowship, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 4 in the multi-purpose room, hosted by Pastor Sue Willis. Light refreshments. Childcare provided.

• Youth Fall Retreat, Oct. 11-13 in Ligonier featuring worship, a speaker and Mission Impossible. Cost is $140.

• Anger Management with Darla Foster, 7 p.m. Thursdays.

• Lunch Bunch for Senior Adults, noon Oct. 17 in the multi-purpose room. Cost is $6 for lunch and Bible study. Sign up at the adult ministry table.

• Foundations for Faith, led by Pastor Rick Kardell, 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

• Synoptic Gospels, led by Tom Kwiatkowski, 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

For information, call 412-835-8900.

Bible Chapel

The Bible Chapel, McMurray, will hold the following:

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

• Medicare Information, 7 p.m. Oct. 10. Overview of Medicare updates and changes for 2014.

• Women’s Bible study, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Worship followed by a study of the book of Matthew.

• Dinner and programs, Wednesdays, with dinner at 5:30 p.m. ($6/each or $20/family) and programs at 6:30 including Revi Clubs for kids, Roots Student Ministry and Bible Institute for adults. For a list of classes, visit

• National Drug Take Back, in conjunction with the Peters Township Police Department, The Bible Chapel will be a collection site for unwanted medication, no questions asked. Visit the website for collection dates and times.

• Save the date: Men’s Thanksgiving Breakfast, Nov. 23; Christmas Cantata, 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8.

For more information, visit

Animal blessing

To celebrate the Feast of St. Francis, St. Francis Academy Alumnae Association will sponsor a Blessing of Animals at 1 p.m. Oct. 5 at St. Francis Academy on McRoberts Road, Whitehall.

Seasonal events

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

• Blessing of Animals, 4 p.m. Oct. 6. Animals must be caged or leashed.

• Let’s Sleep on It, 7 p.m. Oct. 9. Discuss sleep apnea.

• Fall Festival, 2-5:30 p.m. Oct. 12. Hayride, pumpkin and corn maze for $10.

• Trunk or Treat, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Dinner 5:30-6:30 p.m. Crafts and games for kids. Adults provide treats for church kids. RSVP to 412-835-6621.

Cello Fury

Wallace Memorial Prebyterian Church, Green Tree, will hold a concert “Cello Fury” at 4 p.m. Oct. 6. Three cellists and a drummer combine symphonic sounds of the cello with driving rock beats. No fee. A reception follows.

Free concert

The Bethel Presbyterian Church Concert Committee will present a free concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 6. Pam Palmieri, accompanied by Jeff Cubeta, will present “Songs from the Movies.” A reception will follow.

New members

Canonsburg U. P. Church is taking enrollments for new members class starting at 9:45 a.m. Oct. 6. New members will be recognized on Oct. 27. Call 724-745-0800.

Pet Ministry

The Pet Ministry at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair, will hold the following free events:

• Blessing of the Pets, 2 p.m. Oct. 6. A special celebration and blessing of people-friendly pets and their owners.

• Pet Therapy Training Classes, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 7-28. Owners of certified therapy dogs can take the dogs to visit shut-ins, residents in nursing homes or assisted living communities.

• Book signing/talk, 4 p.m. Oct. 13. Luis Carlos Montalvan, New York Times best-selling author of “Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him,” will speak on issues relating to service members, veterans and their families, and Americans with disabilities.

• The Truth behind Pet Food Myths, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Dr. Brad Carmichael of Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic will discuss nutritional facts and reveal many of the secrets behind the pet food industry.

Visit for more information.

Center Church

Center Presbyterian Church, McMurray, offers Sunday worship services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school for all takes place at 9:45 a.m.

• Figures of Faith, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 9. Led by the Rev. Dr. Jack Aupperle, the four-week study will include: Billy Graham on Oct. 9, Pope Francis on Oct. 16, Elie Wiesel on Oct. 23 and the Dali Lama on Oct. 30. No charge.

For more information, call 724-941-9050.


Chabad of the South Hills, Mt. Lebanon, will offer the following events:

• In addition to its regular Hebrew School, held 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sundays, Chabad will offer a new program from 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 9 at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Bethel Park. Three separate, seven-week sessions are designed to give children ages 4-13 basic Jewish skills and love and knowledge of his/her heritage.

Choose any combination of programs. No membership or affiliation required. Scholarships available.

• Shabbaton inaugural event, Oct. 11 with special guest Dr. David Nesenoff, blogger, filmmaker, songwriter and whistleblower who’s interview of Helen Thomas forced her to resign. Services at 6:30 p.m. will be followed by a Shabbat dinner at 7. Cost is $18. RSVP to 412-344-2424 or For a short video about the event, visit

• Dr. Nesenoff will also present following 10 a.m. services and a 12:30 p.m. Kiddush lunch, Oct. 12. No charge, but an RSVP is appreciated. In addition, Nesenoff will speak at a private home at 8 p.m. that same day.

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

Rosary rally

St. Thomas More Church, Bethel Park, will hold a rosary rally at noon Oct. 12, rain or shine. Call Marci Costantino at 412-720-4850.

Pancake breakfast

St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, Canonsburg, will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 12, featuring pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries and beverage.

An open house with informational tours will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. to celebrate 95 years. See the newly renovated parish and learn more about Orthodox Christianity, its liturgical music, customs and the ancient art of iconography from local parishioners.

Cost is $8/adults, $4/children ages 6-12 and free/children ages 5 and under.

Proceeds benefit youth outreach programs sponsored by St. John’s “O” Club.

Contact John Rusinko with questions at or 724-941-7417, or visit

Spaghetti dinner

St. Winifred Church Women’s Guild and Men’s Club will sponsor a spaghetti dinner 4-8 p.m. Oct. 13 in Benedict Hall. Cost is $9/adults and $5/ children purchased prior to Oct. 13 or $10 and $6 if purchased at the door. For details, call 412-344-5010.

Seniors luncheon

Canonsburg U. P. Church Active Christian Seniors will host a luncheon on Oct. 14. Chicken will be served at noon. Ventriloquist cindy speck will entertain at 11 a.m. Cost is $6. To RSVP, call 724-745-0800.

Calvary Assembly

Calvary Assembly of God, Bridgeville, holds prayer service in the chapel every second and fourth Monday.

• Special service, 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in the sanctuary, “America Godly Heritage” on DVD.

• Pastor Bob Pilardi continues his Sunday series, Win Your Battle.

• Beth Moore’s “Breaking Free” series on DVD for ladies only, 7-8:15 p.m. Wednesdays in the chapel. 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.

The church is located on Hickory Grade Road. Call 412-257-1707 for more information.

Shoe box collection

Christian Crafters at Fawcett U.M. Church, Bridgeville, are collecting items for its Christmas shoe box ministry for Native American children. Fleece blankets for infant to pre-teen children are also being made. Needed are two yards of fleece material, slippers, socks, mittens, gloves and hats as well as small toys, books, etc.

Drop items off at the church 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, through Oct. 17.

The church is located on Fawcett Road. For more information, call Barbara at 724-941-1103.

Polka Mass

St. Valentine Church, Bethel Park, will hold a polka Mass and Oktoberfest Oct. 19. A vigil Mass will take place at 4 p.m. with dinner and dancing to Ray Jay and the Carousels following 5-10 p.m. in Frawley Hall.

BYOB. Beer and soft drinks will be available.

Tickets are $15. Tables of 6, 7 or 8 must be reserved by Oct. 10. Reservations made after that date will be open seating. No tickets will be sold at the door. For tickets or to make reservations, call 412-835-4415.

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 will be available. Proceeds benefit First UMC.

Call 412-221-5577 for more information.

Apple festival

Peters Creek Presbyterian Church, Venetia, will hold an Autumn Apple Festival beginning at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 19. The menu will include Brunswick stew and apple goodies. There will be children’s games out on the lawn and caramel apple dipping.

Cost is $10/adults, $5/children and $8/seniors. Dessert only is $5. Call 724-941-6210 or stop by the office located on Brookwood Road.

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.

Regular Shabbat services are held at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 724-225-7080, 412-519-9499 or 724-225-1873.

Bethel Presbyterian

Bethel Presbyterian Church offers the following classes:

• Sundays: 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.

• Wednesdays: Women’s Bible study led by Nancy Galbraith, 10 a.m.; Sexuality and Humanity, a six-week course led by Pastor Tom, 7 p.m. through Oct. 30.

Jewish learning

Chabad of the South Hills, Mt. Lebanon, will offer “Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas,” a new course by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. The course will cover BRCA gene and genetic testing, end of life dilemmas, autopsy and anatomical dissection, aborting one life to save another, should the sale of organs be legal, and womb transplants.

• Option 1: 7:30-9 p.m. six Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 30 at the Crowne Plaza South, Fort Couch Road, Bethel Park.

• Option 2: 10:15-11:30 a.m. six Sundays, beginning Nov. 10 at Chabad of the South Hills.

Fee is $95 per person, textbook included, or $170 per couple.

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

Scripture study

Our Lady of Grace Church, Scott Township, offers the following studies:

• Catholic scripture study on the Gospel of John, 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

• Bible study, 9:45-11 a.m. Tuesdays, through Nov. 19, focusing on the readings from Sunday Mass. There is a $5 fee for the study binder.

To register, call 412-279-7070 or visit

Bible study

Ruthfred Lutheran Church, Bethel Park, offers a woman’s Bible study on the Book of John 9:15-11:20 a.m. Wednesdays. Included each week will be prayer and singing, 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.

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 724-348-5718.


Canonsburg U. P. Church offers a GriefShare program at 6:30 p.m. through Nov. 20 in Fellowship Hall. For details, call 724-745-0800.

Blanket night

Blanket Night will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at St. Margaret’s Church in Green Tree. Make a polar fleece tie blanket to donate to charity.

Bring 1 1/2 yards print polar fleece and 1 1/2 yards coordinating solid polar fleece and scissors. Instructors and refreshments provided.

For details, call 412-921-5570.

Hamilton Church

Hamilton Presbyterian Church, Bethel Park, offers a new seven-week Bible study for women Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings.

Call the church office at 412-884-2722 to make a reservation. The church is 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.


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. A weekly video 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, call 412-831-6333.

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 nondenominational 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 offers nondenominational study and is open to all. For more information, contact John Schrott at 412-600-8756 or, or Jan Andrews at 412-736-9913.

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 412-456-3042.

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.

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.

Visit or call 724-621-6785 for more information.

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