Special events, services

Services at Greenwood Furnace State Park

Summer services at Greenwood Furnace State Park, sponsored by the Methodist Men of Manor Hill Charge, will run through the first Sunday in September at the historic Old Methodist Stone Church. The next service is at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 14, featuring Ken Robertson as speaker. All are welcome.

Annual Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul

All are invited to celebrate the 103rd annual Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul by attending services, meals, discussions and events planned by Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Christian Church, 800 N. Front St., Mount Union, through Sunday, July 14. Vespers will be held at 7:30 p.m. today. At 9 a.m. Sunday, there will be a Hierarchal Divine Liturgy with Archbishop Demetrius, Father Christos and numerous visiting clergy. Feast Day meal will follow at the church with Christian music and talent by parish and visitors. For more information, email thespfl@gmail.com.

Ladies Prayer Breakfast

The next Ladies Prayer Breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday July 13, at Bethel AME Church in Mount Union with Rosalyn Martin Hileman speaking. All area ladies are welcome to attend. Please plan to attend and bring a friend.

Free community meal

The 12th Street United Methodist Church holds a free community meal from 5-6 p.m. every second Saturday of the month. This month’s meal will be Saturday, July 13. Stuffed peppers and macaroni and cheese will be served. All are welcome.

VBS planned at Beavertown Bible Church

The “Mane” Event, Roar! Life is wild, God is good, join Vacation Bible School at Beavertown Bible Church, Todd, from 6-8:45 p.m. Sunday, July 14, through Thursday, July 18. VBS is open to children age 3 through grade 6. Pre-register online at www.beavertownbiblechurch.org.

Sugar Run Church to host VBS

Sugar Run Church of the Brethren, Route 747, Mount Union, will have vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, July 15, to Friday, July 19. There will be a pool party at Three Springs Pool from 7-10 p.m. Friday, July 19, for members of Sugar Run Church, as well as everyone attending Vacation Bible School and their families. Please bring a hot or cold covered dish to share. The closing program for VBS will be from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday, July 21. For more information, contact the Rev. Jim Hullihen at 542-09621.

Mill Creek community VBS

Mill Creek community Vacation Bible School will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, July 15, through Friday, July 19, at the Mill Creek Baptist Church, Big Valley Pike, Mill Creek. Classes are available for all ages. For more information, contact Deborah Crownover at grammydebcrownover@hotmail.com or 643-5744.

Raystown Country’s

Gospel Music Celebration

Gospel music artists The Kingsmen and the Chuckwagon Gang will perform at Raystown Country’s Gospel Music Celebration at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Huntingdon Area High School, 2400 Cassady Ave., Huntingdon. Sponsored by area businesses, the concert is free and open to the public. No food, beverages or smoking allowed. For more information, call 643-0536.

Operation Christmas Child

Want to find out what Operation Christmas Child is all about? It’s a wonderful project for clubs, Scouts, churches, families and interested individuals! Everyone is invited to the upcoming community workshop from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Mount Union Wesleyan Church, 609 S. Jefferson St., Mount Union. Looking for a ministry project that aims to fulfill The Great Commission but is completed before Thanksgiving? This informative and fun event is for you! Consider partnering with Operation Christmas Child, a ministry project of Samaritan’s Purse, that uses a simple shoebox gift to impact the lives of children and share God’s love. Come, and find out what it’s all about! There’ll be giveaways, promotional materials and refreshments. Please RSVP to occ.JVAT@gmail.com and provide a name and contact phone number. Dave and Tina Goll serve as the Juniata Valley area team coordinators

Beech Run Church to host VBS

The Beech Run Church of the Brethren will host Vacation Bible School from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, July 21, through Thursday, July 25. The theme is, “Everest.” All ages are welcome.

Free ice cream festival

The Hope United Methodist Church on Main Street, Alexandria, will host a free ice cream social from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, July 21. The event will feature Ritchey’s Dairy Ice Cream and everyone’s favorite toppings. All are welcome to join in the summer fun!

Join the ‘Incredible Race’

On your mark! Get set! Go! Join “The Incredible Race” during Vacation Bible School the Abbey Reformed United Church of Christ, 515 Sixth St., Huntingdon, from 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 22, through Friday, July 26. Race around the world and discover that no matter where one lives, what language one speaks or what someone looks like, everyone is part of the same family! Kids will discover they are all part of the same race, the human race, as they enjoy songs, crafts, games, goodies and dramas. Parent hospitality will be offered for any parents who are interested in staying for refreshments while their children attend VBS. To register, visit abbey-reformed-ucc.myanswers.com/incredible-race/ or call the church office 814-643-1340 for a registration form. Those who don’t pre-register are asked to come at 5:30 p.m. opening night.

Shirleysburg VBS

The Shirleysburg United Methodist Church and the Germany Valley Church of the Brethren will have Vacation Bible School at the Shirleysburg United Methodist Church from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, July 22, through Friday, July 26, with a closing program Friday night at 7:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Mystery Manor.” All children ages 4 years old and up are invited to come, bring your Bible, bring a friend, learn new songs, make crafts, enjoy a snack, make new friends while you search for God in His Word. Nightly offering will be donated to the Shirleysburg Heritage Association.

Pentecostal Freedom Church VBS

Pentecostal Freedom Church in Mount Union will hold its Vacation Bible School titled “Eye of the Storm” from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, through Friday, July 26. All children ages 2-12 are welcome. Come and bring a friend for games, crafts, songs and missions while learning more about Jesus and his world of sand and sea. Nightly snacks provided.

Spaghetti dinner fundraiser

A full spaghetti dinner with dessert will be open for all to enjoy Sunday July 28, at St. James Lutheran Church, 525 Mifflin St., Huntingdon. The dinner will be held in the Luther Outreach Center at the church from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. Take-out service will be available. Please call Amy at the church office, 643-4790, to reserve your tickets in advance (office hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., weekdays). This fundraiser dinner is being held to assist Mindy Nicholas with medical expenses related to her upcoming liver transplant surgery.

Walk with Jesus at VBS

Robertsdale Church of God will host “Walking with Jesus” Vacation Bible School from 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 29, through Thursday, Aug. 1. Don’t miss out on the fun and fellowship, skits, snacks, crafts, activities and more. Walk with Jesus through his last days. Registration will be available soon on the website or at the door. All kids are welcome.

Keller Church anniversary celebration

Please plan to attend the annual homecoming service of the Old Keller Reformed Church at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, marking the 173rd anniversary celebration of the country church and graveyard on Fox Run Road off of Route 22 on the first dirt drive on the right past Brenneman Farm at the Blair-Huntingdon County line. Anyone interested in the history or preservation of this historical site is welcome to attend. Immediately following the service, a short business meeting will be held to elect one new trustee and those in attendance will be invited to share ideas and suggestions.

Summer Kid’s Activity Days

Children ages 3 to 12 are invited to Summer Kid’s Activity Days at the Oasis of Love Church 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday through Aug. 13. Families are invited to a picnic and closing program at noon Aug. 13. The theme for Kid’s Activity Day is “God’s Big Backyard” where children will learn valuable lessons from the Bible about how to love God, serve others and choose good friends. Each day will include exciting Bible Lessons, object talks, songs, games, crafts and a variety of activities. Lunch is provided. Limited transportation is available if arrangements are made in advance. For more information, call the church office at 627-3819 or email questions to oasisinhuntingdon@gmail.com. You may pre-register your children (recommended but not necessary) or on the first Tuesday they attend. Registration is open throughout the summer. The Oasis of Love Church is located at 10991 Station Road, Huntingdon, across from Southside Elementary School.

Mill Creek UMC monthly community meal

Mill Creek United Methodist Church will hold its monthly community meal Wednesday, Aug. 14. Doors open at 4 p.m., and dinner will be served from 5-6 p.m. If interested, Bible study will be held at 3 p.m. This month’s dish is chicken dinner. The meal is free to community members and friends.

Family seminar planned

Christ Reformed Church, 502 Main St. in Alexandria, invites all to a family seminar on including children in God’s Kingdom. “Let the Little Children Come to Me” will be held at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, August 17th, 2019 from 9am-1pm.

Importance of family worship focus of event

Want more enjoyable worship services? Looking for ways to have a more Biblically literate family? Seeking more meaningful family conversations? Join us to learn the importance and practice of family worship, both in corporate worship settings, and in its extension throughout the week at home. Child care and activities will be provided for children during the seminar and lunch will be provided for all attendees. More information and registration is available at www.CRCAlexandria.org/family-worship-seminar or contact us with questions at CRCalexandria@gmail.com or 669-4135.

Summer Youth program

All junior and senior high youth are invited to participate in a series of activities in June surrounding the theme: They’ll know we are Christians by our Love based on John 13:35. The group meets from 4:30-6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Stone Church of the Brethren, and is led by a Juniata College student. All are welcome!

Community service

The Cassville United Methodist Church, 30 Maple St., Cassville, will host a community prayer service at 9 a.m. Monday mornings. A lay leader will be on site for anyone who wishes to stop in and offer prayers for family, friends or loved ones in need. Those unable to stop in can email acoupleofjensens@gmail.com.

Bible study

A ladies’ Bible study will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Shade Gap.

Propel Womens’ series

All are invited to attend a series hosted by the Oasis of Love Church in the Valley, 2159 Broad Top Mountain Road, Saxton, the third Tuesday of every month from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Join the ladies of the church for an exciting time of fellowship, learning and inspiration to enhance the passion, purpose and potential in every woman. For more information, contact 635-3424 or saxtonoasis@comcast.net.

‘Kingdom Living’ class

All are invited to attend an empowering “Kingdom Living” Bible class hosted by the Oasis of Love Church in the Valley, 2159 Broad Top Mountain Road, Saxton, every Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the church. For information, contact 635-3424 or saxtonoasis@comcast.net.

Youth program

The Salvation Army, located on Shadyside Avenue, Huntingdon, will host a youth program for children and teens ages Head Start to 12th grade from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Free community meal

The McConnellstown United Methodist Church at 1125 Ward St. will be hosting a free community meal from 5-6:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month. All are welcome to attend.

Free breakfast

Manna House will offer a free breakfast at Grace Community Church, 310 W. Poplar St., Mount Union, from 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in June, July and August.

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