Around the area
At Abundant Life Baptist Church, 269 Cameron Road, Washington, the adult and children’s choruses will present “Heaven’s Gifts,” an original production written by members of the church, at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. On Thursday, KINGS Club will meet at 6:45 p.m., and TNT adult study will begin at 7. 724-225-5355
At Amity United Methodist Church, 635 Amity Ridge Road, the Advent offering at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service will benefit UMCOR for Hurricane Sandy relief. Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m. 724-229-8393
At Bentleyville United Methodist Church, 712 Main St., Lori Ashby will serve as liturgist and Madge Finney will lead the laity prayer at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service. Church family Christmas dinner and program, hosted by United Methodist men, will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday. Those planning to attend are asked to bring a covered dish. 724-239-2513
At the Bible Chapel, South Hills, Robinson and Washington campuses, the sermon series will feature a “Countdown to Christmas” each weekend through Dec. 30. For more information on Christmas Eve services and times, visit www.biblechapel.org. Liz Arnita, author of “Baby Come Home” will hold a book signing at 7 p.m. today at the South Hills campus, Family Life Center. Dessert and coffee will be served. All proceeds benefit Welcome the Children. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Broad Street Baptist Church, 682 Broad St., Washington, discussion group will meet at 10 a.m. Sunday. Francis Moore will serve as lay reader at the 11 a.m. worship service. On Wednesday, prayer meeting and Mission Circle will begin at 7 p.m., and choir practice will begin at 8. December mission offering will benefit retired ministers and missionaries. 724-222-3315
At Calvary Baptist Church, 1701 Ridgewood Drive, Washington, the adult choir and Lorilee Lemley will provide special music at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. A musical, “Christmas in Reverse,” will be presented by the young voices choir and the adult choir at 6 p.m. Sunday. 724-222-2524
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 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. 412-221-4177; www.cecilcma.org
At Chartiers Hill United Presbyterian Church, 2230 Washington Road, Canonsburg, Sunday worship services begin at 8:30 and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Youth group Christmas party will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by Christmas caroling at nursing homes. 724-746-1330
At Clarksville Christian Church Disciples of Christ, 330 Market St., Sunday worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. 724-377-2406
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, a Christmas party will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the fellowship room. Those planning to attend are asked to bring a covered dish. Santa will visit. Rick Guy will serve as liturgist at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. Quarters will be collected during the second offering, and will be divided between the McGuffey Food Bank and the Helping Hand Fund. United Methodist Women will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Main Street Café. Call Margaret McAnany today at 724-663-7388 if planning to attend. Choir practice will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. 724-663-4439
At East Buffalo Presbyterian Church, 180 E. Buffalo Church Road, Advent candlelighting will include a skit, “Trust in the Mountain.” The chimes choir will play and the vocal choir will sing at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. The children’s Christmas party will begin at 2:30 p.m. The choir will go caroling and children will deliver Christmas gifts to local nursing homes at 5 p.m. 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. A Christmas program will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday. 724-258-8413
At Fairhill Manor Christian Church, 351 Montgomery Ave., Washington, the Bethany Sunday school and Shepherd’s Sunday school classes will hold Christmas parties Sunday. On Tuesday, Beading Buddies will meet at 4 p.m., Prayer Shawl will meet at 6:30 and the dartball team will be away. The youth group will go caroling Wednesday. On Thursday, choir practice will begin at 6 p.m., and the elders will meet at 7. 724-225-8610
At Faith United Presbyterian Church, 900 E. Beau St., Washington, the children’s choir will meet at 9 a.m. Sunday in the sanctuary, Sunday school will begin at 9:30 and coffee hour at 10. A four-week Advent Sunday school class, “Advent Through the Eyes of Those Who Waited,” will be held at 9:30 a.m. in fellowship hall. Noisy bucket Sunday will be observed at the 11 a.m. worship service. Women’s Fellowship open house will begin at 6 p.m. today. Call 724-222-0276 for details. The deacon/session Christmas party will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Clubhouse at the Woodlands. Blessings in a Backpack volunteers will meet at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at Washington Elementary School. Those wishing to go Christmas caroling should meet at the church at 6 p.m. Wednesday. 724-225-2110; faithupchurch.org
At First Baptist Church, 215 N. Central Ave., Canonsburg, children’s Christmas play rehearsal will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by a birthday party for Jesus from noon to 2 p.m. On Sunday, prayer time begins at 9:30 a.m., Sunday school at 9:45 and the worship service at 11. The adult choir will provide Christmas music. The 6:30 p.m. Sunday service will feature music by the adult choir and the children’s Christmas play. Christmas caroling and delivery of Christmas baskets will be held Wednesday.
At First Baptist Church of Washington, 101 S. College St., Stephen Dragan will be guest vocalist at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. Also, the chancel choir will sing, the jubiliers handbell choir will ring, and children and youth will light the third candle on the Advent wreath. 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.; all other Sunday school classes begin at 10. The Christmas musical/drama, “Flower of the Holy Night,” will be presented by the children and teens during the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. The annual Christmas dinner will be held after the service. Video Bible study, “Book of Revelation, Seven Churches,” will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday. December is Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Month. An offering will be taken Dec. 30. Anyone interested in helping with the Christmas pageant should contact the church.
At First Presbyterian Church, 100 E. Wheeling St., Washington, Sunday worship service begins at 11 a.m. Afterward, the youth of the church will participate in the Pack a Pick-Up holiday food drive to benefit the Greater Washington Food Bank. They will be at the West Chestnut Street McDonald’s from 1 to 4 p.m. Members can bring nonperishable food to the church or to McDonald’s. 724-225-5415
At First United Methodist Church of Houston, 213 E. Pike St., adult Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m. Youth and children’s Sunday school and worship service begin at 11 a.m. Liturgist will be Mary Lou Scharf. Judy Aiello and Sherry, Megan and Luke Moore will light the Advent candle. Poinsetta orders are due Sunday. The bus for “The Nutcracker” will leave the church at 11:50 a.m. Saturday. Bring unwanted winter clothing for the 8th Avenue Place project. 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 worship service. Nathaniel Heim will read Scripture, and Julia Faust will be the acolyte. On Wednesday, Bible study begins at noon and choir practice at 7:30 p.m. Women’s fellowship group will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the New Tower Restaurant. 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. The children’s Christmas musical will be presented. A worship service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Strabane Trails. Session will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Year of the Bible Readers group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday. 724-746-3040; email@example.com
At Fourth Presbyterian Church, 1000 Jefferson Ave., Washington, Sunday worship service begins at 9:45 a.m., followed by Sunday school at 11. 724-503-4687
At Friendship Community Church, 1090 Weirich Ave., Washington, Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., followed by the Christmas cantata worship service at 10:55. The last dartball game of the season is 7 p.m. today. Choir practice begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. 724-222-1480
At Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 17 E. Walnut St., Washington, Pastor Quinn Law of Zion Hill Baptist Church, Jeannette, will serve as guest minister at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service. Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m. Music ministry Christmas concert will begin at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
At Glenn Street Free Methodist Church, 690 Glenn St., Washington, ladies breakfast will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday. The annual children’s Christmas program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Family night program of caroling, food and videos will be held Thursday in the memorial fellowship hall. 724-222-4766
Greater Purpose Team Ministry has announced speakers for Sunday’s services at the following United Methodist churches: Pastor Rick Bowser, Howe at 9 a.m., and Roscoe, 11 a.m.; Pastor Brian Carroll, Denbo, 9:30 a.m., and Fredericktown, 11; lay speaker Kim Provance, Jefferson, 9 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. Bible study will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday. On Wednesday, youth group will meet at 4 p.m., and Teens One Way will meet at 5.
At Holy Trinity National Catholic Church, 605 Hewitt Ave., Washington, Sunday Mass begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by the children’s Christmas play and parish breakfast. 724-225-1895
At Legacy Baptist Church, located at Accelerando Music Conservatory, 2510 Washington Road, choir practice begins at 10:10 a.m. Sunday. Sunday school starts at 10:30, and worship services begin at 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Bible study starts at 7 p.m. Thursday. 724-621-6785; www.legacybaptistchurch.us
At Laboratory Presbyterian Church, 23 Manse St., Washington, Sunday school begins at 8:45 a.m., followed by the worship service at 10. Van service is available by calling the church office. 724-222-5630
At Liberty United Methodist Church, 1300 Banetown Road, Washington, the Sunday worship service begins at 11 a.m., followed by Sunday school at 11:15. Sunday is the deadline to bring mitten tree gift items for men’s and women’s rehabilitation. Volunteers will meet at Washington Christian Outreach at 8 a.m. Wednesday. 724-222-7180
At Millsboro Presbyterian Church, East Bethlehem Township, the Rev. Paul Salosky will serve as guest minister at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service. 724-377-0728
At Muse Presbyterian Church, 1 Birch Way, Sunday worship service begins at 9 a.m. 724-228-1319
At North Ten Mile Baptist Church, 322 Ridge Church Road, Amity, the last 8 a.m. Sunday service until mid-March will be held Dec. 23. 724-267-4385
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. Sunday. 724-941-7467
At St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 210 N. Jefferson Ave., Canonsburg, Communion will be observed at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. 724-746-5962
At Thomas Presbyterian Church, 1068 Linden Road, Eighty Four, Sunday Advent 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 concert featuring Abundant Grace Quartet will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The concert is free, but a free-will offering will be received. 724-222-2330; www.tbfchurch.com
At Trinity United Methodist, 530 Center Church Road, McMurray, Christmas celebration music services will begin at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday. 724-941-4770
At Washington Alliance Church, 246 Sanitarium Road, Washington, there will be no cross training or children’s Sunday school. Sunday worship service will begin at 10:30 a.m. AWANA will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday. 724-705-0019; www.washingtoncma.org
Local GOP turns out for national races, can’t fill ticket on county level (10649)
Roman Catholic bishop of Harrisburg dies suddenly (10429)
Corbett: Plant decision probably next year (10428)
IG: Pittsburgh VA didn’t abide Legionnaires’ rules (10418)
Mary resigns as Canon-McMillan wrestling coach (1934)