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At Calvary Baptist Church, 1701 Ridgewood Drive, Washington, the adult choir will provide special music at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. Communion fellowship with the congregation welcoming new members will begin at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. 724-222-2524
Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church will host the Active Christian Seniors December lunch Monday in fellowship hall. A Christmas sing-along will begin at 11 a.m. Menu includes oven-fried chicken, red potatoes, coleslaw, vegetable and pie at noon. Cost is $6 per person. 724-745-0800
At Cecil Alliance Church, 3291 Reissing Road, Sunday school begins at 9 a.m., followed by the worship service at 10:30. Sermon question and discussion group meets Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Youth group meets Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. 412-221-4177; www.cecilcma.org
At Center Presbyterian Church, 255 Center Church Road, McMurray, Sunday worship services begin at 8:30 and 11 a.m. The chancel choir, children’s choir and youth bells will provide music, and new members will join the church. Christmas caroling will be held Sunday evening. New students for the preschool winter session are being accepted.
At Chartiers Hill United Presbyterian Church, 2230 Washington Road, Canonsburg, Sunday worship services begin at 8:30 and 11 a.m. The evening service begins at 6. A Christmas dinner will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday. 724-746-1330
At Church of the Covenant, 267 E. Beau St., Washington, Darla Pepper-Miller will provide holiday music and entertainment at today’s noon gathering of the 55-Plus group. Washington Festival Chorale will present “Handel With Holly” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the sanctuary. Tickets are $12 at the door. On Sunday, the church library will sponsor a book give-away, and Family Promise host week will begin. Deacons finals feast for Washington & Jefferson College students will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. Monday. Covenant Colonial Christmas will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and includes dinner. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance. 724-222-0190
At Clarksville Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Louise Corbett will serve as guest minister at the 9 a.m. Sunday worship service.
At Claysville United Methodist Church, 1279 Route 40 West, Becky Welsh will serve as liturgist at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. Each Sunday during Advent, a second offering will be taken. A coin offering on Sunday will be dimes. The money will be divided between McGuffey Food Pantry and Helping Hand Fund. Poinsettia orders are due Sunday. Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m. Donations for the Caring Tree in Wesley Chapel are being taken in December. Donated items should include women’s slippers, ladies pajamas (all sizes), body wash, shampoo, conditioner, hair brushes, combs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, baby bottles, tall kitchen trash bags and 33-gallon trash bags. All items will be given to Domestic Violence Services. Choir practice will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. A covered-dish Christmas party will begin at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Meat, rolls, beverages and table service will be provided. 724-663-4439
At East Buffalo Presbyterian Church, 180 E. Buffalo Church Road, an Advent candlelighting skit, “Delight in the Mountain,” will be held at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. Items for the McGuffey Food Pantry and lap throws for local nursing home residents will be collected. 724-222-1006
At Edward’s Chapel Methodist Church, 3111 Route 136, Finleyville, Sunday school begins at 10 a.m., followed by the worship service at 11. 724-258-8413
Exhortation Ministries, 600 Allison Ave., Washington, is sponsoring a Prophetic Teaching and Equipping Seminar at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Courtyard By Marriott, 5100 Campbells Run Road, Pittsburgh. Register and pay online at www.exhortationministries.org. 724-225-6808
At Fairhill Manor Christian Church, 351 Montgomery Ave., Washington, a live drive-thru Nativity with eight scenes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Christian Men’s Fellowship dinner will begin at 5 p.m. Monday at the Pizza Hut on Murtland Avenue, followed by a meeting at the church at 7. Christian Women’s Fellowship will meet at noon Tuesday at Grand China Buffet for a Christmas luncheon. The dartball team will play at home Tuesday. On Wednesday, the youth group will meet at 6 p.m., and ministry leaders will meet at 7. On Thursday, choir practice will begin at 6 p.m., and the elders will meet at 7. Breakfast at the Manger for children 3 years old through fifth grade will begin at 10 a.m. Dec. 15. Those planning to attend are asked to donate socks, hats, mittens or gloves for a local charity. Breakfast will be served, and there will be a craft and Nativity play. Children will receive a treat bag. Children are invited to attend with an adult guest. 724-225-8610
At Faith United Presbyterian Church, 900 E. Beau St., Washington, Holy Communion will be celebrated at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. The children’s choir will meet at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary, Sunday school will begin at 9:30 and coffee hour begins at 10. Child care is available for those up to 7 years old. A four-week Advent Sunday school class, “Advent Through the Eyes of Those Who Waited,” led by Pastor Jason and Linda Hefner, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Women’s Fellowship open house will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 14. Call 724-222-0276 for details.
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. The adult choir will provide Christmas music. Evening worship begins at 6:30. Prayer, Bible study and children’s group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
At First Baptist Church, 101 S. College St., Washington, the chancel choir will sing and the children and youth will light the second candle on the Advent wreath at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. Bible study begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the library.
At First Christian Church, 615 E. Beau St., Washington, Sunday worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. The bell choir will play special music. The board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday. Disciples Women Christmas get-together will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Christian Friends Christmas luncheon will begin at noon Thursday at the Clubhouse at the Woodlands. 724-222-1510
At First Church of the Nazarene, 1336 N. Main St., Washington, adult Bible school will begin at 9:45 a.m. Sunday in the Agape classroom; all other Sunday school classes begin at 10. Worship service begins at 11 a.m., and children’s church is available. Video Bible study, “Book of Revelation, Seven Churches,” will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Anyone interested in helping with the Christmas pageant should email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At First Presbyterian Church, 100 E. Wheeling St., Washington, a special congregational meeting will begin after the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. Members will elect officers and vote on the merger of First United Presbyterian and First Presbyterian churches. A candlelight carol service will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, followed by the Christmas tea. On Dec. 15, Three Rivers Ringers will present a handbell concert at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Tickets are $5 in advance or at the door. 724-225-5415
At First United Methodist Church, 213 E. Pike St., Houston, adult Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., followed at 11 by children and youth Sunday school and the worship service. Brandi, Jason, Brody and Brooklyn Havelka will light the Advent candle. Pat Doman will serve as liturgist. The congregation will take a candlelight tour of the David Bradford House at 5 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $5. Dinner at Eat n’ Park will follow. 724-745-2611
At First United Methodist Church, 29 N. College St., Washington, Nate Butler will be the worship leader at the 11 a.m. Sunday service. The children’s Christmas play, “The Blessed Family of God”, will be presented at the service. Austin Aber will be acolyte. At 6 p.m., the youth and congregation will go Christmas caroling. Ladies Christmas luncheon will be held at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday at Jeremiah’s. On Wednesday, Bible study will begin at noon and choir practice at 7:30 p.m. 724-222-2520
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. Officers will be elected after the service during a special congregational meeting. Shopping card orders are due. A worship service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawthorne Woods. Year of the Bible Readers group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The property meeting scheduled for Wednesday has been canceled. A children’s Christmas musical dress rehearsal will be held Dec. 15. 724-746-3040; email@example.com
At Friendship Community Church, 1090 Weirich Ave., Washington, Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., followed by the worship service at 10:55. A children’s Christmas program will be held during the service. Choir practice begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. 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. 724-222-2382
Greater Purpose Team Ministry has announced speakers for Sunday’s services at the following United Methodist churches: Pastor Brian Carroll, Howe, 9 a.m., and Roscoe, 11 a.m.; lay speaker Bevin Freshwater, Denbo, 9:30 a.m., and Fredericktown, 11 a.m.; and Pastor Rick Bowser, Jefferson, 9:30 a.m., and Rices Landing, 11 a.m.
At Grove United Presbyterian Church, 125 E. Main St., West Middletown, prayer meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, followed by Sunday school at 9:45 and the worship service at 11. A Christmas concert featuring the chancel choir and bell ringers will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday. Chancel choir practice will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday. On Wednesday, youth group will meet at 4 p.m., and One Way Teens will meet at 5.
At Holy Trinity National Catholic Church, 605 Hewitt Ave., Washington, Sunday Mass will begin at 9:30 a.m., when an Advent parish pentential service will be included. St. Nicholas also will visit. SOCL classes begin at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. 724-225-1895
At Laboratory Presbyterian Church, 23 Manse St., Washington, Sunday school begins at 8:45 a.m., followed by the worship service at 10. To contribute to Hurricane Sandy Relief, make checks payable to Presbytery of Elizabeth and write “disaster relief” in the memo line. 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 starts 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, the Sunday worship service begins at 11 a.m. Children’s Sunday school will begin at 11:15. 724-222-7180
At Millsboro Presbyterian Church, East Bethlehem Township, the Rev. Louise Corbett will serve as guest minister at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service. 724-377-0728
At Muse Presbyterian Church, 1 Birch Way, the Sunday worship service begins at 9 a.m. 724-228-1319
At Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 105 Gateshead Drive, McMurray, Journey to Bethlehem, an outdoor interactive living Nativity walk, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 15. 724-941-7467
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. 724-941-8910
At Trinity Bible Fellowship, 1350 Park Ave., Washington, a Southern gospel music concert featuring Abundant Grace Quartet will begin at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 16. The concert if free, but a free-will offering will be received. 724-222-2330; www.tbfchurch.com
At United Presbyterian Church of Claysville, 134 Wayne St., the chancel and bell choirs will hold a dinner and seasonal concert beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Tickets for the dinner are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and can be obtained by calling the church office at 724-663-7632. The 7:30 p.m. concert is free.
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
At West Washington United Methodist Church, 625 Fayette St., Washington, a Christmas sing-along will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Light refreshments will be served, and Santa Claus will visit. 724-228-4371
At Abundant Life Baptist Church, 269 Cameron Road, Washington, speeches will be presented by the Sunday school children at 9:40 a.m., followed by birthday cake for Jesus and morning worship at 10:45. Senior high youth group will leave at 2 p.m. for Caroling and Cookies ministry to shut-ins, and MOPS Christmas Party begins at 5:30 p.m. Community Bible study prayer group for women will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Child care will be provided. On Thursday, KINGS Club for children 4 years old through fifth grade will begin at 6:45 p.m., and TNT adult study and JV youth group will meet at 7 p.m. 724-225-5355
At Amity United Methodist Church, 635 Amity Ridge Road, Sunday worship service begins at 9:30 a.m., and children’s Sunday school starts at 9:45. 724-229-8393
At Avery United Methodist Church, 1100 Gabby Ave., Washington, Sunday school begins at 9:15 a.m., followed by the worship service at 10:30. “The Christmas Shoe Tree” musical will be presented during the service. United Methodist Women will hold a bake sale after the service. 724-225-0632
At Bentleyville United Methodist Church, 712 Main St., Howard Fields will serve as liturgist and Pat Cornell as laity prayer leader at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service. United Methodist Men will meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Carlton Restaurant. United Methodist Women will hold a Christmas program at 6 p.m. Dec. 13. 724-239-2513
At the Bible Chapel, South Hills campus worship center, “The Gift of Joy, He is Coming” Christmas cantata will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for free admission are available at the Chapter 2 Bookstore. A love offering will be taken to benefit City Mission. Child care will be available. SageWorks will sing Christmas carols and share reflections at 6 p.m. Monday. Those planning to attend are asked to bring an hors d’oeurvre or Christmas dessert to share. www.biblechapel.org
At Broad Street Baptist Church, 682 Broad St., Washington, Bible study will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, followed by the worship service at 11, with Karen Palfreyman as lay reader. A board meeting will follow the service. Mission Circle and prayer group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday. A children’s party will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Dec. 16. Barb’s Closet, which offers free clothing, will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 724-222-3315