Around the area
At Avery United Methodist Church, 1100 Gabby Ave., Washington, Sunday school begins at 9:15 a.m., followed by the worship service with Communion and Christmas carols at 10:30. Brenna Garda will be lay reader. Youth of Avery will hold a pancake dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Donations will be accepted. 724-225-0632
At Amity United Methodist Church, 635 Amity Ridge Road, Holy Communion will be celebrated at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service. Children’s Sunday school will begin at 9:45 a.m. Cookie tray orders for Mary Mankey Medical Fund fundraiser are due Sunday. Chicken-and-biscuit community dinner will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Liberty UMC. Donations will be accepted.
At Bentleyville United Methodist Church, 712 Main St., Madge Finney will serve as laity prayer leader and Howard Fields will be the liturgist at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service. Poinsettia orders are due Sunday. A spaghetti dinner will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday with a Chinese auction. Commission on Education meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Food pantry item for December is batteries. 724-239-2513
Bible Chapel, South Hills campus worship center, is participating in the Caring Tree Ministry to benefit City Mission, NeighborHope and others. Choose an angel from the trees in the main lobby Saturday and Sunday, and return the unwrapped gift by Dec. 9 for holiday delivery. Salt Young Adult Ministry will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
At Broad Street Baptist Church, 682 Broad St., Washington, hanging of the greens will begin at noon Saturday. Bible study will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, and Communion will be celebrated at the 11 a.m. worship service. Lay reader will be David Stewart. On Wednesday, Mission Circle and Prayer meeting will begin at 7 p.m., and choir practice will start at 8 p.m. Barb’s Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8. 724- 222-3315
At Calvary Baptist Church, 1701 Ridgewood Drive, Washington, the adult choir will present special music at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. At the 6 p.m. service, there will be updates on the church’s missionaries and their prayer requests. 724-222-2524
At Cecil Alliance Church, 3291 Reissing Road, breakfast begins at 9 a.m. Sunday, followed by the worship service at 10:30. Sermon question and discussion group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Youth group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. 412-221-4177; www.cecilcma.org
At Center Presbyterian Church, 255 Center Church Road, McMurray, the chancel choir and recorder ensemble will provide Advent music and Communion will be observed at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday worship services. Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m. Central Blood Blank accepts donations Thursday and Saturday at the church. New students for the winter preschool session are being accepted.
At Chartiers Hill United Presbyterian Church, 2230 Washington Road, Canonsburg, Communion will be observed at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday worship services. 724-746-1330
At Clarksville Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Paul Salosky will serve as guest minister at the 9 a.m. Sunday worship service.
At East Buffalo Presbyterian Church, 180 E. Buffalo Church Road, the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service will feature a skit, “The Mountain,” during the first Sunday of Advent candlelighting. Communion also will be celebrated. 724-222-1006
At Edward’s Chapel Methodist Church, 3111 Route 136, Finleyville, Sunday school begin at 10 a.m., followed by the worship service at 11. 724-258-8413
At Fairhill Manor Christian Church, 351 Montgomery Ave., Washington, Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, and the dartball team will play away. Youth group will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday. On Thursday, choir practice will begin at 6 p.m., and the elders will meet at 7. The church will participate in the Washington Christmas parade Dec. 7. Members of the congregation will ring bells for the Salvation Army Monday through Saturday at Giant Eagle at Trinity Point. The church will present its annual drive-thru live nativity from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9. The event is free, but free-will offerings will be accepted and donated to Faith in Action. 724-225-8610
At Faith United Presbyterian Church, 900 E. Beau St., Washington, Communion will be celebrated at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. Child care for those up to 7 years old will be available during the worship service. Children’s choir will meet at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary, and Sunday school will begin at 9:30, followed by the coffee hour at 10. A congregational meeting will be held after the worship service. Prayers on the Menu is Sunday at the City Mission. Bible study begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Small group will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday and 6 p.m. Wednesday. “Tour Through TULIP,” an in-depth, reformed doctrine study, will continue at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Women’s Advent Dinner, “Miracle in a Manger,” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Sign up in the gathering area. 724-225-2110; faithupchurch.org
At First Baptist Church, 215 N. Central Ave., Canonsburg, prayer time begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by Sunday school at 9:45 and the worship service at 11, with Christmas music by the adult choir. Evening worship hour begins at 6:30. Prayer, Bible study and chilren’s group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
At First Baptist Church, 101 S. College St., Washington, Communion will be observed, the chancel choir will sing and children and youth will light the first candle on the Advent wreath at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. Bible study will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. 724-222-4780
At First Church of the Nazarene, 1336 N. Main St., Washington, adult Bible Sunday school will begin at 9:45 a.m. in the Agape classroom. Adult, teen and children’s Sunday school begins at 10 a.m., followed at 11 by the worship service. Wednesday Night Video Bible Study, “Book of Revelation: Study of Seven Churches,” will begin at 7 p.m. Children’s activities will be available. Shepherds of Christ dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. White-elephant gift exchange is optional. Women of the Word Bible study will begin at 10 a.m. Dec. 11. Bring a grab-bag gift, if possible. 724-222-9240
At First Presbyterian Church, 100 E. Wheeling St., Washington, Communion will be observed at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. George Rau will conduct an adult study, “What is a Christmas Carol?” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the church social hall. 724-225-5415
At First United Methodist Church of Houston, 213 E. Pike St., adult Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., followed at 11 by children and youth Sunday school and the worship service. Mary Dalesio will serve as liturgist. Hanging of the greens luncheon will follow the worship service. Bible study begins at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday. The congregation is encouraged to attend the Christmas concert at 8 p.m. Monday at the Olin Fine Arts Center at Washington & Jefferson College. Call 724-746-6948 for questions regarding the concert. 724-745-2611
First United Methodist Church of Monongahela will hold its seventh creche show featuring many different nativities from around the world from 4 to 8 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Simpson Chapel. Refreshments will be served. 724-258-7054; www.fumcmon.com
At First United Methodist Church, 29 N. College St., Washington, Nate Butler will be the worship leader at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. Karen Huff will serve as Scripture reader, and Bailee Seaman will be the acolyte. Christmas play practice begins at 9:45 a.m. Sunday. Financial Peace University begins at 6 p.m. Sunday. Finance committee will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday. On Wednesday, Bible study begins at noon and choir practice begins at 7:30 p.m. Joy n’ Us dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the China Buffet, followed by a Christmas show at 8 p.m. at Little Lake Theatre.
At First United Presbyterian Church, 102 N. Main St., Houston, Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., followed by the worship service at 11. Missionaries Don and Melanie Roths will speak. A Christmas tea will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday in fellowship hall. On Tuesday, Christian education meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the deacons will meet at 7 p.m. Year of the Bible Readers group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday. 724-746-3040; fupc2houstonpresbyterian.org
At Fourth Presbyterian Church, 1000 Jefferson Ave., Washington, Communion will be observed at the 9:45 a.m. Sunday worship service, followed by the annual congregational dinner. There will be no Sunday school.
At Friendship Community Church, 1090 Weirich Ave., Washington, Sunday school will begin at 9:45 a.m., followed by the worship service at 10:55. Wednesday prayer, Bible study and youth group will meet at 7 p.m. Choir practice starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by church decorating at 11. The Christmas program will be held Dec. 9. 724-222-1480
At Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 17 E. Walnut St., Washington, Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by the worship service at 10:30. 724-225-2077
Greater Purpose Team Ministry has announced speakers for Sunday’s services at the following United Methodist churches: lay speaker Mary Lou Walker, Howe, 9 a.m.; Pastor Rick Bowser, Denbo, 9:30 a.m., and Fredericktown, 11 a.m.; Pastor Brian Carroll, Jefferson, 9:30 a.m., and Rices Landing, 11 a.m.; and lay speaker John Mavrovich, Roscoe, 11 a.m.
At Grove United Presbyterian Church, 125 Main St., West Middletown, prayer meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, followed by Sunday school at 9:45 and the worship service. Communion and the lighting of the first Advent candle will be celebrated, and a collection for the blanket fund will be taken. Bible study will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday. Choir practice will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday. On Wednesday, youth group will meet at 4 p.m., and Teens One Way will meet at 5 p.m. Bell ringers will practice at 7 p.m. Thursday. Christmas concert, “Come to Bethlehemtown,” will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Refreshments will be served.
At Holy Trinity National Catholic Church, 605 Hewitt Ave., Washington, Sunday Mass will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by the annual parish meeting. Adult Scripture study begins at 7 p.m. Monday. 724-225-2585
At Laboratory Presbyterian Church, 23 Manse St., Washington, student Pastor Donna Johnson and the Rev. Gail Mason will lead the 10 a.m. Sunday worship service. Communion will be celebrated, and officers will be installed. Van service is available by calling the church office. To contribute to Hurricane Sandy Relief, make checks payable to Presbytery of Elizabeth and write “disaster relief” in the memo line. Senior luncheon will begin at noon Wednesday. 724-222-5630
At Legacy Baptist Church, located in the Accelerando Music Conservatory, 2510 Washington Road, choir practice begins at 10:10 a.m. Sunday, Sunday school at 10:30 and the worship services at 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Bible study starts at 7 p.m. Thursday. 724-621-6785; www.legacybaptistchurch.us
At Liberty United Methodist Church, 1330 Banetown Road, Washington, Communion will be celebrated at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service, and children’s Sunday school will begin at 11:15 a.m. Cookie tray orders for Mary Mankey Medical Fund fundraiser are due Sunday. Chicken-and-biscuit community dinner will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Donations will be accepted. 724-222-7180
At Millsboro Presbyterian Church, East Bethlehem Township, the Rev. Paul Salosky will be guest minister at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service. 724-377-0728
At Muse Presbyterian Church, 1 Birch Way, hanging of the greens, lighting of the first Advent candle and Holy Communion will be observed at the 9 a.m. Sunday worship service. 724-228-1319
Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Christian Mothers and Guild will hold their annual adult covered-dish dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the CCD building. Members are asked to bring a $2 donation for the crib. Money collected will be given to a charitable organization. A Christmas sing-along will follow dinner.
At Servant Song Ministries, 720 E. High St., Waynesburg, “Come To The Quiet” Advent Retreat Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday. Special Advent Scripture suggestions and reflections will be provided to help participants enter into the spirit of the Christmas season. Lunch will be served. “Preparing For Christmas” Advent Retreat Weekend will be held Dec. 7-9, with returning retreat leader Jacqueline Spirnak. Registration deadline for both is Sunday. Call 724-852-2133. The programs are free, although free-will donations will be accepted.
At Thomas Presbyterian Church, 1068 Linden Road, Eighty Four, Sunday worship services begin at 8:45 and 11 a.m. Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m. Breakfast with Joseph and Mary will start at 10 a.m. Sunday. 724-941-8910
At Upper Buffalo Presbyterian Church, South Buffalo Road, Hopewell Township, Holy Communion will be observed at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. The annual congregation meeting will begin at noon Sunday, followed by a covered-dish dinner.
At Washington Alliance Church, 246 Sanitarium Road, Washington, cross training and children’s Sunday school will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed at 10:30 by the worship service. AWANA will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday. 724-705-0019; www.washingtoncma.org