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At Abundant Life Baptist Church, 269 Cameron Road, Washington, Christmas dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday. Everyone should bring a covered dish to share. Sunday school begins at 9:15 a.m., followed by the worship service at 10:45. Senior high youth will leave at 3 p.m. to deliver cookies to residents of Vanadium Woods. Community Bible study prayer group begins at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday. Child care will be provided. On Thursday, KINGS Club for children 4 years old through fifth grade will meet at 6:45 p.m., and JV youth and TNT adult study begin at 7 p.m. 724-225-5355
At Amity United Methodist Church, 635 Amity Ridge Road, Sunday worship service will begin at 9:30 a.m., and children’s Sunday school will begin at 9:45. Nursery care will be available. Young at Heart lunch group will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Spring House. 724-229-8393
At Avery United Methodist Church, 1100 Gabby Ave., Washington, Sunday school begins at 9:15 a.m., and the worship service starts at 10:30. Karen O’Brien, Sarah Walker, Noah Walker and Christina Devers will light the second candle. 724-225-0632
At Bentleyville United Methodist Church, 712 Main St., Madge Finney will serve as laity prayer leader at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service. Choir practice will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday. United Methodist Men and Women will host a Christmas dinner and program at 6 p.m. Dec. 14. Bring a covered dish; meat, beverages and dessert will be provided. Special guests will attend to visit the children. 724-239-2513
At Beth Israel, 265 North Ave., Washington, Shabbas services begin at 7:30 p.m. today and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Sunday school starts at 10 a.m. 724-225-7080
At the Bible Chapel, 300 Gallery Drive, McMurray, a Christmas cantata, “The Gift of Love,” will begin at 7 p.m. today and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. City Mission love offering will be accepted. The art group’s second annual Christmas show will be held today through Jan. 10 at the South Hills Campus. 724-941-8990, ext. 151
At Broad Street Baptist Church, 682 Broad St., Washington, children’s Christmas party will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Bible study will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday. Mission collection will benefit retired ministers, RIMMO. Mission group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday. 724-222-3315
At Burgettstown Presbyterian Church, 1325 Main St., Sunday worship service begins at 11 a.m. 724-947-5387
At Calvary Baptist Church, 1701 Ridgewood Drive, Washington, the adult choir and Julia Smith will provide special music at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. Communion will be celebrated at 5 p.m. during the annual Christmas dinner. 724-222-2524
At Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church, Sunday worship services begin at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Active Christian Seniors will host a Christmas luncheon at 11 a.m. Monday. Cost is $6 per person. Reservation deadline is today. Christian singer Ron King will entertain, and a roast beef dinner will be served at noon. 724-745-0800
At Cecil Alliance Church, 3291 Reissing Road, Sunday school begins at 9 a.m., with the worship service at 10:30. Youth group meets Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. A live outdoor nativity depicting the first Christmas will be presented from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Free refreshments will be provided. Parking will be available in the church lot. 412-221-4177; www.cecilcma.org 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., with Sunday school for all ages at 9:45 a.m. 724-941-9050; firstname.lastname@example.org
At Centerville United Methodist Church, 823 Old National Pike, Brownsville, Sunday worship service will begin at 9:45 a.m. A coat drive and collection for the food pantry are under way. A pennies collection will be donated to the food pantry. Bible study will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday. 724-632-2020
At Chartiers Hill United Presbyterian Church, 2230 Washington Road, Canonsburg, dress rehearsal for the Christmas pageant will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Sunday worship services begin at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school starts at 9:45. A Christmas dinner and program will begin at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Parables of Jesus Bible study begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday. 724-746-1330
At Church of the Covenant, 267 E. Beau St., Washington, traditional Sunday worship services begin at 8:30 and 11 a.m.; contemporary worship starts at 9:43 a.m. Sunday school for children and youth begins at 11 a.m., and Sunday school for adults starts at 8:45, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Youth group meets Sundays as follows: student leaders, 5 p.m.; middle school, 6 p.m.; and high school, 6:45 p.m. The deacons will host the traditional “Finals Feast” for Washington & Jefferson College students from 8 to 11 p.m. Tuesday. The Washington Festival Chorale will present “Christmas Memories,” a program of seasonal songs, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Tickets are $12 at the door. 724-222-0190, ext. 112.
At Clarksville Christian Church Disciples of Christ, 330 Market St., Sunday worship service will begin at 10:30 a.m. 724-377-2406
At Clarksville Presbyterian Church, Sunday worship service begins at 9 a.m.
At Claysville United Methodist Church, 1279 Route 40 West, Sunday worship service begins at 11 a.m. A second offering will be taken each Sunday during Advent. Nickels will be taken on Sunday. Sunday school for children 4 years old through high school begins at 9:45 a.m. Bible study for adults will start at 9:45 a.m. Sunday. Choir practice begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The church’s Christmas party will begin at 5 p.m. Dec. 14 with a covered-dish dinner. Meat, rolls, beverage and table service will be provided by the fellowhip committee. Santa Claus will arrive at 7 p.m. 724-663-4439
At Claysville United Presbyterian Church, 134 Wayne St., Sunday school begins at 10 a.m., followed by the worship service at 11. On Thursday, the bell choir will rehearse at 6:30 p.m., and the chancel choir will practice at 7:30. 724-663-7632
At East Buffalo Presbyterian Church, 180 E. Buffalo Church Road, children’s Sunday school will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the worship service at 11. Christmas mission project begins. Bring nonperishable Christmas dinner items for the McGuffey Food Pantry. 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. Nursery care will be provided. 724-258-8413
At Fairhill Manor Christian Church, 351 Montgomery Ave., Washington, Sunday worship services begin at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. On Monday, dinner will be held at Pizza Hut on Murtland Avenue at 5 p.m., followed by the Christian Men’s Fellowship meeting at 7 at the church. The drive-through nativity committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday. On Tuesday, Christian Women’s Fellowship will hold its annual Christmas party at noon; Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet at 6:30 p.m.; and the dartball team will play at West Washington. 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. A drive-through nativity will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13 and Dec. 14. 724-225-8610
At Faith United Presbyterian Church, 900 E. Beau St., Washington, youth choir meets at 9 a.m. Sunday in the sanctuary. Coffee hour starts at 10 a.m., followed by the worship service at 11. Child care is available for children up to 7 years old. Women of Faith open house will begin at 5 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Connor family home. Men’s prayer breakfast will begin at 8:15 a.m. Dec. 14. 724-225-2110
At First Baptist Church, 215 N. Central Ave., Canonsburg, teen night will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. today. Quiet time begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by Sunday school at 9:45 and the worship service at 11. Adult choir practice will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, with evening worship and children’s choir practice at 6:30 p.m. Prayer, Bible study and youth group begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
At First Baptist Church, 101 S. College St., Washington, Sunday worship service will begin at 11 a.m., and the chancel choir will sing. Children and youth will light the second candle on the Advent wreath. On Wednesday, Blessings in a Backpack will begin at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at Washington Park Elementary School, and Bible study will be held at 6:30 p.m. 724-222-4780
At First Church of the Nazarene, 1336 N. Main St., Washington, Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:45 a.m., with older and other Sunday school classes starting at 10. Women of the Word Bible study will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Bible study and Worship Arts Ministry for children and teens will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday. 724-222-9240; www.washingtonfirstnazarene.org
At First Christian Church, 615 E. Beau St., Washington, Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by the worship service at 10:30. Holy Communion will be observed, and a congregational meeting will follow worship. Costume fitting will be held at 12:30 p.m. for those participating in the live nativity. Nativities are on display in the sanctuary. Public viewing will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Sunday and Dec. 15. The Girl Scouts will hold a Mom & Me Tea at 3 p.m. Sunday in fellowship hall. The board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday. Choir practice begins at 7 p.m. Thursday. 724-222-1510
At First Presbyterian Church, 100 E. Wheeling St., Washington, a congregational meeting to elect officers will be held after the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. 724-225-5415
At First United Methodist Church of Canonsburg, 161 W. Pike St., a blended worship service will begin at 8:45 a.m. Sunday. Leadership meeting will start at 7 p.m. Thursday. Membership recognition dinner and annual church Christmas party will begin at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Reservation deadline is Monday. 724-745-5771
At First United Methodist Church of Houston, 213 E. Pike St., adult Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., followed by junior/senior high Sunday school, children’s Sunday school and the worship service at 11 a.m. Mary Dalesio will serve as liturgist. Bob and Diana Barnes will light the Advent wreath. Candy and nuts are the food bank items for December. 724-745-2611
At First United Methodist Church, 29 N. College St., Washington, Mike Faust will be the worship leader and Sage Miller will be acolyte at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. The children will present their Christmas play, “A Super Christmas.” Endowment Foundation meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. Churchwide Christmas caroling will be held after dinner at 5 p.m., and cookies will be provided at 7:15 at Avery United Methodist Church. Ladies Christmas luncheon will begin at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. 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. Barb Mullen will be the Minute for Mission guest speaker. A 2 p.m. service will be held at Hawthorne Woods, with a ladies Christmas tea at 3 p.m. in fellowship hall. Confirmation class will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Companions in Christ Bible study group will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Property committee will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Christmas musical dress rehearsal will begin at 10 a.m. Dec. 14. 724-746-3040
At Fourth Presbyterian Church, 1000 Jefferson Ave., Washington, Sunday worship service begins at 9:45 a.m., with the Rev. Alyce Curry as speaker. There will be no Sunday school. 724-503-4687
At Friendship Baptist Church, 17 E. Walnut St. Washington, a Missionary Unity Concert will begin at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
At Friendship Community Church, 1090 Weirich Ave., Washington, men’s breakfast begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, with choir practice at 11 a.m. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m., with the worship service at 10:55. Bible study and youth group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. 724-222-1480
At Glenn Street Free Methodist Church, 690 Glenn St., Washington, pickup for the annual church food drive for Washington Christian Outreach begins at 11 a.m. Saturday. Worship services begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Gladys Keener will light the second candle of the Advent wreath. 724-222-4766
At Grove United Presbyterian Church, 125 E. Main St., Route 844, West Middletown, prayer meeting begins at 9 a.m. Sunday, followed by Sunday school at 9:45 and the worship service at 11. On Monday, kindergarteners through sixth-graders will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and Teens One Way will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Chancel choir practice begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday. 724-587-3754
At Holy Trinity National Catholic Church, 605 Hewitt Ave., Washington, parish Advent penance service begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. There also will be an ornament blessing and doughnut social. Mass for the Conception of Mary will begin at 7 p.m. Monday. 724-225-1895
At Immaculate Conception Parish, Washington, Market Day begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Sunday Mass and children’s liturgy begin at 9 a.m. On Monday, holy hour and benediction begin at 5 p.m., and Men Under Construction will meet at 7 p.m. On Tuesday, JFK pennance will begin at 9 a.m.; Bible study at 1 p.m.; education committee meeting at 6:30 p.m.; capital campaign meeting at 7 p.m.; and RCIA and prayer group at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday, prayer group will meet at 5:30 p.m., and the Light is On will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. On Thursday, quilters will meet at 10 a.m.; Temporalities at 6:30 p.m.; and pre-baptism and penance service at 7 p.m. Posada will begin at 10 a.m. Dec. 14. 724-228-2456
At Laboratory Presbyterian Church, 23 Manse St., Washington, Sunday school and bell choir begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the worship service at 10. Nursery is provided for Sunday school and worship. Van service is available by calling the church. 724-222-5630
At Legacy Baptist Church, located in Accelerando Music Conservatory, 2510 Washington Road, Route 19, choir practice begins at 10:10 a.m. Sunday, with Sunday school at 10:30 and worship services at 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Bible study begins at 7 p.m. Thursday. 724-621-6785; www.legacybaptistchurch.
At Liberty United Methodist Church, 1330 Banetown Road, Washington, Sunday worship service will begin at 11 a.m., and children’s Sunday school begins at 11:15. Nursery care will be available. Adult and senior high Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m. Homebound visitation and caroling will follow worship. Kids and youth night out will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. 724-222-7180; email@example.com
At Living Stone Community Church, 265 North Ave., Washington, fellowship café begins at 9 a.m., followed by Sunday school at 9:45 and the worship service at 10:45. Nursery and junior church will be offered during the worship service.
At Living Waters Church of God, 965 Weirich Ave., Washington, Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m., and the worship service starts at 10:30. Adult Bible study, children, youth and teen ministries meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday. 724-222-1558
At Millsboro Presbyterian Church, East Bethlehem Township, Sunday worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. 724-377-0728
At Nazareth Baptist Church, 123 N. Lincoln St., Washington, the Rev. Daniel Jamison of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, Pittsburgh, will be guest speaker at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. 724-225-8210
At New Hope Church, 22 Cortez Drive, Washington, doughnuts and coffee will be available at 9:30 a.m., followed by Sunday school at 9:45 and the worship service at 11. Contemporary worship will feature the Circle of Faith praise band. A light lunch will follow. Session also will meet after the service. December mission is monetary donations to help needy families with Christmas dinner. Word of New Hope study begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday. 724-222-7490
At Pigeon Creek Presbyterian Church, 45 Church Road, Eighty Four, youth group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. every other Saturday. For information, call Alyssa at 724-747-0613
At St. Hilary Roman Catholic Church, 320 Henderson Ave., Washington, weekend Masses begin at 4 p.m. Saturday and 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Confession is held 30 minutes before each weekend Mass. Weekday Mass begins at 8:30 a.m. Prayer group meets after Tuesday Mass. Religious education classes for kindergarteners through eighth-graders is held from 9 to 10:10 a.m. Sundays. Christmas program, “The Stations of Christmas,” will begin at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 15. 724-222-4087; firstname.lastname@example.org
At St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 210 N. Jefferson Ave., Canonsburg, Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by the worship service at 10:30. Advent meal and study will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. 724-745-5962
At Servant Song Ministries, 720 E. High St., Waynesburg, Advent Retreat Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday. Special Advent Scripture suggestions and reflections will be provided. Lunch will be served. Registration deadline is Monday. “What Gift Will You Bring?” Retreat Day for kids will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 14. There will be stories, songs, a craft and snacks. Registration deadline is Wednesday.
“Relying On Our Father,” a celebration of thanks and praise, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15. There will be refreshments, and a tour of the changes on the third floor will be provide. 724-852-2133
At Taylor United Methodist Church, 610 Old National Pike, Brownsville, Sunday worship service begins at 11 a.m. Coat drive and a collection for the food pantry are under way.
At Thomas Presbyterian Church, 1068 Linden Road, Eighty Four, Sunday worship services begin at 8:45 and 11 a.m., with Sunday school for all ages at 9:45. 724-941-8910
At Trinity Church, 550 S. Main St., Washington, traditional Sunday service begins at 8:30 a.m., and a contemporary blend starts at 10:45. 724-222-0740; www.trinitywashington.org
At Upper Buffalo Presbyterian Church, South Buffalo Road, Hopewell Township, hanging of the greens will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. Sunday worship will be held at 11 a.m. A Christmas dinner will follow the service. Missionary Society Christmas meeting and covered-dish luncheon will begin at noon Wednesday. 724-483-7090
At Washington Alliance Church, 246 Sanitarium Road, Washington, Sunday worship services and Open Life groups begin at 9 and 10:45 a.m. AWANA begins at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. 724-705-0019; www.washingtoncma.org
At West Washington United Methodist Church, 625 Fayette St., Washington, Friday Faith Café�with “Door Jam” from Christ United Methodist Church in Bethel Park will begin at 7 p.m. today. Doors open at 6:30. Free refreshments will be provided.