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At Abundant Life Baptist Church, 269 Cameron Road, Washington, the children will be present their Christmas program at 9:40 a.m., followed with a birthday cake for Jesus. The worship service begins at 10:45 a.m. Community Bible study begins at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday. Child care will be provided. On Thursday, ensemble choir will rehearse at 6 p.m., and TNT adult study and Essentials class will begin at 7 p.m. JV youth group and KINGS Club will not meet this week. 724-225-5355
At Amity United Methodist Church, 635 Amity Ridge Road, Sunday worship service will begin at 9:30 a.m. Children’s Sunday school starts at 9:45 a.m. Nursery care will be available. 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. Cindy Garda will be lay reader, and children and the adult choir will present “The Christmas Carol Special Report.” Bible study begins at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. 724-225-0632
At Bentleyville United Methodist Church, 712 Main St., United Methodist men and women will host a Christmas dinner and program at 6 p.m. Saturday. Bring a covered dish; meat, beverages and dessert will be provided. Lori Ashby will serve as liturgist at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service, and Joan Weatherford will lead the laity prayer. 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. Board of directors will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. 724-225-7080
At the Bible Chapel, 300 Gallery Drive, McMurray, SageWorks Christmas Carol Celebration will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Hors d’oeuvres, Christmas cookies and baked goods will be served. Register at biblechapel.org. The Art Group’s second annual Christmas show runs through Jan. 10 at Connections Café and the main lobby at the South Hills campus. Original artwork will be on display during the Christmas sermon series, “Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas.” 724-941-8990, ext. 151
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 Autumn Hanson will provide special music at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. The young voices choir, adult choir and teens of the church will present “Then Jesus Came” at the 6 p.m. service.
At Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church, Sunday worship services begin at 8:30 and 11 a.m. 724-745-0800
At Cecil Alliance Church, 3291 Reissing Road, a live outdoor nativity will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today. 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. 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. Sunday school begins 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. Holly Rohrer will serve as liturgist. Coats are being collected with an emphasis on girls and boys coats. A pennies collection will be donated to the food pantry. 724-632-2020
At Chartiers Hill United Presbyterian Church, 2230 Washington Road, Canonsburg, Sunday worship services begin at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school starts at 9:45 a.m. Also on Sunday, elementary youth Christmas party will begin at 2 p.m., and Christmas caroling for youth and adults begins at 4 p.m. Fellowship will follow at the home of Ken and June Polk. 724-746-1330
At Church of the Covenant, 267 E. Beau St., Washington, the Washington Festival Chorale will present “Christmas Memories” at 7:30 p.m. today. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door. Washington Hospital School of Nursing will hold its graduation at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the church. 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. “Pack the Pick-up” with nonperishable food items will be held in the parking lot Sunday. On Tuesday, the Covenant Christmas celebration will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a Christmas concert at 7 by the Covenant choirs and the Jubilate ringers. 724-222-0190, ext. 112.
At Clarksville Presbyterian Church, Sunday worship service begins at 9 a.m.
Claysville United Methodist Church, 1279 Route 40 West, will hold a covered-dish Christmas celebration at 5 p.m. Saturday at Claysville Christian Church. Meat, rolls, beverages and table service will be provided. Santa Claus will arrive about 7 p.m. Sunday worship service begins at 11 a.m. Michelle Wright will serve as liturgist. Sunday school for children 4 years old through high school and an Advent Bible study for adults will begin at 9:45 a.m. The second Advent coin offering is quarters. The coin offering collected during Advent will be divided between the McGuffey Food Bank and the Helping Hand Fund. The third Advent luncheon will begin at noon Wednesday at Claysville Christian Church, with the Rev. Chad Bogdewic of the Fairmount church serving as guest speaker. Choir practice begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. 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. An Advent candlelighting skit, “Joy in the Candy Store,” will be performed. Also on Sunday, the children’s Christmas party will begin at 2:30 p.m., and caroling at local nursing homes will begin 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. 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 Tuesday, the dartball team will play at home, and Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet at 6:30 p.m. Youth group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. On Thursday, choir practice will begin at 6 p.m., and the elders will meet at 7 p.m.. Breakfast at the Manger will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 21. Children through fifth grade are invited to attend with an adult. Reservations are required by calling the church office at 724-225-8610.
At Faith United Presbyterian Church, 900 E. Beau St., Washington, men’s prayer breakfast will begin at 8:15 a.m. Saturday. The 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. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. Christmas play and family fun night will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday. Christmas caroling will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday. 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. Music will be provided by Nancy Brown. Evening worship and children’s choir practice begin at 6:30 Sunday. 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. Bible study will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. 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. Ann Weber will play the piano, and her husband, Paul, will play the trumpet. Members will be caroling from 4 to 6 p.m. to shut-ins. Carolers are invited to the Lindley farm in Lone Pine afterward. Disciples Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday for its Christmas gathering. Loving Caregivers Support Group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Margie Webber, massage therapist, will be the speaker. 724-222-1510
At First Presbyterian Church, 100 E. Wheeling St., Washington, Sunday worship service begins at 11 a.m., and the annual candlelight carol service will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a Christmas tea. Child care will be provided. 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. Free monthly community spaghetti dinner will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 20. 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. Nancy Stenger will serve as liturgist, and Warren and Peg Liberatore will light the Advent wreath. Candy and nuts are the pantry item for the food bank. A donation for the Enchanted tree will be made during the worship service. 724-745-2611
At First United Methodist Church, 29 N. College St., Washington, Mike Faust will be the worship leader, Angel Shaw will read Scripture and Emily Schmidt will be acolyte at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. On Wednesday, Bible study begins at noon, and the choir will rehearse at 7:30 p.m. Women’s fellowship group will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday 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 musical will be performed and will be followed by a luncheon. Also on Sunday, a special giving committee meeting will be held at noon, and confirmation class will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Session will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Cantata practice is 7 p.m. Wednesday. 724-746-3040
At Fourth Presbyterian Church, 1000 Jefferson Ave., Washington, Sunday worship service begins at 9:45 a.m., followed by the worship service at 11. 724-503-4687
At Friendship Community Church, 1090 Weirich Ave., Washington, dartball will be held today at 7 p.m. Choir practice begins at 11 a.m. Saturday. 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 Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 17 E. Walnut St., Washington, Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by worship at 10:30. For van pick-up, call 724-222-2382 by 8 p.m. Saturday.
At Garwood Baptist Church, 637 Scenic Drive, Daisytown, adult Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., and a Christmas gathering for children will begin at 10 a.m. The choir will perform special music at the 11 a.m. service. Angel Tree gifts and cookies for Presents for Patients are due Sunday. On Tuesday, deacons will meet at 6 p.m., and men’s fellowship and Bible study will begin at 7. Items are needed to restock the food pantry. Recipes are being collected for the cookbook. Email recipes to Ruth Blose at email@example.com. 724-938-7431
At Glenn Street Free Methodist Church, 690 Glenn St., Washington, family Christmas fellowship will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday with dinner, followed by the Chrismon service and Christmas caroling throughout the Tylerdale area. The annual children’s Christmas program will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The youth of the church also will present a Christmas drama during the service. 724-222-4766
At Grace Brethren Church, 4 Waynesburg Road, Washington, Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., followed by the worship service at 10:45. Members will go caroling Sunday night. Meet at the church at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday Prophecy and prayers service, plus Kids Power Hour, will begin at 7 p.m. 724-225-8203; firstname.lastname@example.org
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, Sunday Mass begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by a doughnut social and SOCL classes at 10:30. SOCL children will participate in “The Straw of Good Deeds” at Mass. 724-225-1895
At Immaculate Conception Parish, Washington, the Posada will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. Sunday Mass and children’s liturgy begin at 9 a.m. There will be no Newman Center Mass on Sunday. Penance service will begin at 7 p.m. Monday. On Tuesday, Bible study starts at 1 p.m.; Secular Franciscans, 6:30 p.m.; capital campaign meeting, 7 p.m.; and RCIA and prayer group, 7:30. Prayer group begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Quilters will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday. 724-228-2456
At Laboratory Presbyterian Church, 23 Manse St., Washington, Sunday school and bell choir rehearsal 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, men’s breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at the New Tower Restaurant, and the women’s breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. at Panera Bread, Washington. Sunday worship service begins 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. Dry goods collection for local food bank continues. 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 and children, youth and teen ministries meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday. 724-222-1558
At Lone Pine Christian Church, 582 Lone Pine Road, Washington, adult Bible class begins at 9 a.m. Sunday, followed by the worship service at 10:25. SUP will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Shepherd’s Exchange offers free clothing, shoes, coats, hats, toys and various household items from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Donations of gently used items also are accepted. http://www.lonepinechristianchurch.org/; 724-267-4512
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, Sunday worship service begins at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Richard Owens of New Zion Baptist Church, Pittsburgh, as guest speaker. 724-225-8210
At New Hope Church, 22 Cortez Drive, Washington, doughnuts and coffee will be available at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, with Sunday school at 9:45. Children will practice for the Christmas pageant during Sunday school. The worship service will begin at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a congregational meeting and light lunch. Angel tree gifts are due Sunday. Mission focus is monetary donations to offset Christmas dinner for those in need. Word of New Hope study begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Circle of Faith and children’s bell choir Christmas concert will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 21. 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. Stations of Christmas program will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. 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. 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 Advent worship service at 10:30. Advent meal and study will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. 724-745-5962
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 begins 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, Sunday worship service begins at 11 a.m. 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, Sunday worship service will begin at 11 a.m. A holiday open house to meet the new minister, Ross Pryor, and his family will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.