AREA CHURCH BRIEFS
5th annual spring tea
LINDEN – The State Road Women’s Ministry will hold its fifth annual spring tea at 2 p.m. at State Road United Methodist Church, 6738 Daugherty’s Run Road. The Rev. Danesta Whaley of City Church in Williamsport will be the guest speaker and Martha Kress, of Gillett, will be the guest vocalist. The program story is The Apple Blossom and the Dandelion, is open to the general public, free and includes door prizes and refreshments.
Fundraiser concert set
WATSONTOWN – The Father’s Hope Fundraiser Concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Revival Tabernacle, 960 Susquehanna Trail. A free-will offering will be accepted to support Father’s Hope, a Milton-based international orphan outreach project which primarily ships small stuffed animals and hand-crafted cards, created by local youth, to orphanages around the world. Donations of small stuffed animals also will be accepted at the concert, which is designed to be a fun evening of fellowship for the entire family. Local artists scheduled to perform include Mackenzie Brouse with Ricky Murphy, Aubrey Chappell, Thaddeus Davis, Krissy Heimbach, Franklin and Brittany Merritt, Kirstyn Cortney Myers, Amy Santa Rosa, the Michael Sweigard Band, Angelina Ulmer, Alyssa Wise, Lauren Yost and others. Nisan Trotter will serve as master of ceremonies.
Doug Koch in concert
LAIRDSVILLE – Doug Koch will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. at Lairdsville Faith Church, 6786 Route 118. Call Pastor Max L. Walters Jr. for more information at 570-584-2765.
A pancake and sausage breakfast will be held from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Parish Fleming Center, 720 W. Fourth St. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children 6-12. All proceeds benefit our youth who will be attending Catholic HEART WorkCamp Mission/Service experience in June.
Blessing of the bikes
JERSEY SHORE – Crossroads Community Church, 1454 South Route 44, will hold its eighth annual Blessing of the Bikes service. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. All bikers are invited to participate in the service and the ride and picnic that will follow. This year, there will be a special guest speaker as Chaplain Russ Cockrum, of Outbound Motorcycle Ministry in Indiana, will share his testimony during the 11 a.m. service. For the ride and picnic, held for the bikers, there is no charge. Contact the church at 570-398-5533 with any questions.
Day of Remembrance
Ohev Shalom Congregation and Temple Beth HaShalom will hold a communitywide Holocaust Day of Remembrance ceremony at 1:30 p.m. at Ohev Sholom Congregation, 1501 Cherry St. This year’s theme, “Confronting the Holocaust, American Responses,” coincides with the 75th anniversary of the ill fated voyage of the St. Louis, a boat containing refugees escaping Nazi Europe who were refused entry into the United States, as well as the 70th anniversary of the deportation of Hungarian Jewry to the Nazi concentration camps. For more information, call Ohev Sholom Congregation at 570-322-4209 or Temple Beth HaShalom at 570-323-7751.
Chicken or ham pot pie dinner
MONTGOMERY – St. John Lutheran “Brick” Church, Route 405, will hold a chicken and/or ham pot pie dinner from 4:30-6 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children 6-10 and free for those under 6. Takeouts available by calling ahead to 570-547-6423.
Women of Faith simulcast
JERSEY SHORE – “Believe God Can Do Anything,” a Women Of Faith simulcast featuring Shelia Walsh, Max Lucado, Lisa Harper and Gateway Worship, will be held 7-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church, 229 Broad St. Call 570-398-1676 to register. A free-will offering will be taken. Lunch provided.
Area church briefs
Victorian Easter egg hunt
Katys Church, corner of Wolf Hollow and Katys Church Road in Madison Township, Columbia County next to the State Game Lands, will hold a Victorian Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m. for children age 12 and under. Children need to bring their own baskets or containers.
First Presbyterian Church, 102 E. Third St., will hold a rummage sale from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
All-you-can eat buffet
PENNSDALE – Pennsdale Trinity United Methodist Church, 658 Village Road, will hold an all you can eat buffet catered by Springman’s Country Store from 4-7 p.m. This month’s menu features homemade meatloaf (with beef gravy) and homemade chicken and biscuits. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children (ages 5-10), and free for children under 5 years. Takeouts are available for $10 each.
Free fellowship meal
WATSONTOWN – St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6590 Musser Lane, will hold a free fellowship meal from 4:30-6:30 p.m. (or until food runs out), featuring baked meat loaf.
Spring basement sale
Mill Creek United Methodist Church, 2255 Warrensville Road, will hold a spring basement sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Lunch also will be available and vegetable soup will be sold by the quart for takeout.
DuBoistown United Methodist Church, 133 Summer St., will hold a rummage sale and lunch from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.
“State Road 47 The Musical,” three parables of Jesus that happened along the road, will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at New Covenant United Church of Christ, 202 E. Third St. The musical was created by Dennis and Nan Allen and directed by Barbara Huggins.
First Presbyterian Church, 102 E. Third St., will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m.-noon
Indoor yard sale
An indoor yard sale, sponsored by Messiah Lutheran Church to benefit Family Promise, will be held from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at First Ward Fire Co., 573 Hastings St.
Daniel’s Closet open
Daniel’s Closet will be open at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1101 Washington Blvd., from 9-11 a.m. Donations of clean, seasonal clothing will be accepted from 5-6 p.m. April 24, use the Washington Boulevard stairwell.
Free clothing giveaway
WATSONTOWN – Joseph’s Closet, a free clothing giveaway will be held from 8-11 a.m. at the Watsontown United Methodist Church on Third Street. Call the church at 570-538-1017 for more information.
Free lunch scheduled
WATSONTOWN – Shepherd’s Community Kitchen will offer a free lunch starting at 11 a.m. at the Watsontown United Methodist Church, 1319 Eighth Street Drive. Call the church office at 570-538-1017 for more information.
New pastor installation
MILTON – Leadership will change hands during the 10 a.m. worship service April 27 at First Church of the Nazarene, 456 King St., when the Rev. Robert Morris is given the title of pastor emeritus and begins his retirement after more than a decade serving the church and the Rev. Benjamin Scholl is installed to succeed him. Scholl will be ordained into the Church of the Nazarene April 28. Originally from Mifflinburg, Scholl is a 2000 graduate of Mifflinburg Area High School. He earned a degree in psychology in 2004 from Eastern Nazarene College and earned his Master of Divinity degree at Nazarene Theological Seminary. Additionally, he completed five units of clinical pastoral education, including a one-year residency with the Spiritual Care Department at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. A covered dish dinner will follow the service.
Indoor yard sale, luncheon
Faith United Methodist Church, 700 Fairview Drive in Montoursville, will hold an indoor yard sale and luncheon from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
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Book signing set
Author Caroline D. Snyder will appear from 1-3 p.m. at Christian Light Bookstore, 1009 Washington Blvd., to sign copies of her book, “Yes, God Can!” In the book, Snyder, of Sunbury, tells true stories of miracles, protection, deliverance and comfort given by God.
MUNCY VALLEY – Muncy Valley United Methodist churches will hold a fisherman’s hot dog lunch at Valley United Methodist Church, 1874 Route 220, between Muncy Valley and Sonestown. Cost is $5 and proceeds will help the churches move to having a full-time pastor. Call 570-482-2084 for information.
Chicken, biscuit supper
Heshbon Park United Methodist Church, 2898 Heshbon Road, will hold a chicken and biscuit supper from 4-6 p.m. Cost is $8.50 for adults, $4 for children and free for those under 6. Takeouts available by calling 570-494-0241.
Baked chicken dinner
WATSONTOWN – Holy Spirit Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10275 Route 44 (between McEwensville and Turbotville) will hold a baked chicken dinner from 4-6 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children.
Special speaker set
NORTHUMBERLAND – Jim Cavenaugh will preach at the 10:30 a.m. service at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Susquehanna, 265 Point Township Drive. He is a member of The Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, a member of the Unisingers and chaplain at the Dauphin County Prison. He also visits inmates at SCI Muncy.
Bach’s Mass in B Minor
The Williamsport Civic Chorus will perform J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor, considered by many to be the composer’s crowning achievement, at 3 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 142 Market St. Renowned soloists from central Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and New York City will join the chorus and a chamber orchestra under the direction of Maestro Ned Wetherald who also serves as minister of music at State College Presbyterian Church. Tickets may be purchased at The Otto Book Store, Robert M. Sides Family Music Center and at the door. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free of charge.
A Palm Sunday outdoor processional will be held at 10 a.m. on West Fourth Street beginning at Trinity Episcopal Church, 844 W. Fourth St. Following the processional with singing, scripture and palm branches, the service will continue inside the church.
JERSEY SHORE – Trinity Episcopal Church, 174 Mt. Pleasant Ave., will hold a free dinner for all community members from noon-1 p.m. in the parish hall.
Easter dramatization to be presented
WELLSBORO – “The Last Supper Live,” a 10-minute dramatization of Leonardo Di Vinci’s “The Last Supper” painting, will be presented free of charge in the window of the Deane Center for the Performing Arts in 20-minute intervals from 7-8:30 p.m. Free refreshments will be served inside the lobby of the Deane Center following each presentation. The drama is presented by Shepherdess Worship Ministries, a local effort to unify Christians of all denominations in celebrating Jesus Christ as the Messiah.
Free Easter dinner
A free Easter dinner will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the West End Christian Community Center, 901 Diamond St.
Last supper presentation
MONTGOMERY – St. John Lutheran “Brick” Church, Route 405, will present a Chancel Drama “The Last Supper” at 7 p.m. It is a living dramatization in which the 12 Apostles speak their minds to themselves, to each other and to the Lord wondering “Is It I” who will betray Jesus?
Easter egg hunt
Avis United Methodist Church, 215 Prospect Ave, Avis will hold an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. There will be a story in the sanctuary “resurrection eggs” followed by the egg hunt.
Senior citizens lunch
All Saints Episcopal Church, 1656 Scott St., will hold a senior citizens lunch at noon featuring vegetable sou and sandwiches. Free-will offerings accepted.
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Rummage sale scheduled
SALLADASBURG – The Salladasburg Area Cancer Kickers will hold a rummage and bake sale at the Salladasburg United Methodist Church, 310 Main St., from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Proceeds are donation only for Relay for Life.
Rummage, soup sale set
QUIGGLEVILLE – St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 1807 St. Michael’s Road, will hold its spring rummage sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and vegetable soup sale at the church, and Relay for Life rummage sale at Quiggleville Community Hall. Soup by the quart is $5, ready for pickup between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
LAIRDSVILLE – St. Mark’s Church, 6 miles east of Hughesville on Route 118, will hold a spaghetti dinner, with takeouts, from 3-7 p.m. to benefit Adam Herr. Free-will donations accepted.
Baked steak supper
DuBoistown United Methodist Church, 133 Summer St., will hold a baked steak supper from 4-6 p.m. Takeouts will be available from 3-4 p.m. only. Cost is $9 for adults, $4.50 for children 3 to 10 and free for those under 3.
Lasagna dinner set
Trinity Episcopal Church, 844 W. Fourth St., will hold a lasagna dinner from 4-6:30 p.m. Takeouts are available. Cost is $9 for adults and $5.50 for children 12 and younger, or $6.50 for lasagna only.
New Covenant United Church of Christ, 202 E. Third St., will hold its bi-annual rummage sale from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the church fellowship hall.
Montoursville Presbyterian Church, 900 Elm St., will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Soup sale scheduled
TIVOLI – A soup sale will be held at Tivoli United Methodist Church from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. featuring ham and bean, chicken corn and vegetable beef soups, which will be sold by the quart and by the bowl. A lunch will be served and baked goods will be for sale. The church is 2 miles north of Picture Rocks at 9598 Route 220.
Walk for Water 2014
The Annual Stations of the Cross Pilgrimage to raise $7,500 for clean drinking water and sanitation projects for two communities in Nicaragua will begin with registration at 8 a.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Parish Fleming Center, 720 W. Fourth St., followed by an 8 1/2-mile walk to St. Lawrence Church in South Williamsport, St. Ann Church in Loyalsock Township, St. Boniface Church on Washington Boulevard and back to St. Joseph the Worker. For more information, contact Sue Nolan at 570-322-7755 or email@example.com, Susana Falck at 570-546-3728 or Sue McCusker at 570-323-2825.
Easter egg hunt set
MUNCY – Radiant Light Assembly of God Church, Route 442, will hold an Easter egg hunt at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided afterward.
Open house scheduled
COGAN STATION – An open house at the newly renovated Meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 82 Rader Ave., will be held from 1-4 p.m.
MAINESBURG – The men at Mainesburg United Methodist Church, Route 6, will hold a buffet dinner from 4:30-6:30 p.m. A bake table will benefit the Seeds of Hope, as does the dinner.
‘The Mystery of God’ drama set
“The Mystery of God,” a drama, will be presented at 7 p.m. at First Christian Church, 5329 Lycoming Mall Drive in Montoursville. The play is a representation of Christ’s journey to the cross, starting with the Passover meal and ending with the events that took place on the evening of the Last Supper. It is based on the scriptural events, and compiled, arranged and narrated by Elmer Fritz, a former minister of First Christian Church. Due to the solemn nature of the drama the audience will be asked to exit the church in silence at the end of the play. No tickets are required, and the doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Call the church office at 570-368-3101 for more information.
Redeemed in concert
LAIRDSVILLE – Redeemed will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. at Lairdsville Faith Church, 6786 Route 118. Call Pastor Max L. Walters Jr. for more information at 570-584-2765.
Craft fair, collectible show
South Williamsport United Methodist Church, 409 Main St., will hold its annual craft and sports memorabilia event to benefit the missions to Honduras from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. At noon, the Hunter Family will perform and at 1 p.m. Suzie Showers will present a Patsy Cline tribute.
Puppet dinner theater
MILTON – The Kingdom Kidz Inc. will offer a Puppet Dinner Theater at First Baptist Church, 319 Golf Course Road, at 12:30 p.m. A free Easter meal prepared by Jim Hilner, of The Checkered Flag Restaurant, will be served in the church fellowship hall. At 1:30 p.m., the puppet team will give its Easter presentation, which will feature songs, skits and creative movement.
Old fashioned hymn sing
An old fashioned hymn sing will be held at 7 p.m. at Buchanan Baptist Church, 3240 Grimesville Road. The song leader will be Steve Myers and pianist will be Marty Paulhamus. For more information, call Paulhamus at 570-323-4346.
Seder meal scheduled
Trinity Episcopal Church, 844 W. Fourth St., will hold a seder meal at 6 p.m. Marv Hurwitz, from Temple Ohev Sholom, will give a presentation on the symbolism of a traditional Seder meal. Following the meal there will be a service in the main church with Holy Communion and stripping of the altar. Call the church office at 570-322-0126 by April 10 if you plan to attend the meal.