Special events, services
‘Loss of a Spouse’
The death of a spouse brings a unique kind of pain. People who are widowed haven’t just lost a loved one — they’ve lost an entire lifestyle. “Loss of a Spouse” is a two-hour Griefshare help seminar and support group for people experiencing grief and loss upon the death of their spouse. There is a short video followed by small-group discussion. The video features expert Christian counselors, authors, and pastors. The Loss of a Spouse seminar will be offered from 2-4 p.m. today, Saturday, Dec. 8, at the First United Methodist Church, 15 W. Shirley St., Mount Union. For more information or to register, call the church at 542-2550.
Free holiday meal
Alabaster House, located at 12045 Technology Drive, Mill Creek, will host a holiday dinner at 5 p.m. this evening, Saturday, Dec. 8, with a menu filled with holiday favorites. All are welcome to attend and transportation will be provided by GoDezi for those in need. For more information, call 506-2483.
The Water Street Evangelical Church near Alexandria will host special guest speaker the Rev. Paul Zook at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. The public is invited to attend.
Christmas community meal
The Huntingdon Salvation Army, located at 2514 Shadyside Ave., Huntingdon, will host a Christmas community meal from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. All are welcome to attend. This event is free and open to the community.
A Christmas special performed by members of the Oasis in Love Church, Shippensburg, at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Oasis of Love Church of Huntingdon. Discover the meaning of Christmas through the presentation of “A Meaning-FULL Christmas” that incorporates music, dance, and drama. This is a great family-friendly event — admission is free and so are the refreshments that follow. The Oasis of Love Church is located at 10991 Station Road across from Southside Elementary. Please, call the church office with any questions (814) 627-3819 or go to www.OasisInHuntingdon.com.
The Cantata Choir from the First Regular Baptist Church, Huntingdon, will present the cantata “Joy to the World” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. The cantata, under the direction of Frank Shue, minister of music, will be narrated by TyJuan Hartman. A free luncheon will be provided by the church cantata choir. Members of the community’ are invited to attend this joyous event at 6th and Mifflin Street, Huntingdon.
The Mount Union Festival Chorus will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the First United Methodist Church in Mount Union. For more information, please contact Bill Lamberson at email@example.com.
Sunday evening series
The Oasis of Love Church, located on Station Road in Huntingdon, will begin a new Sunday evening series “Frequency” by the Rev. Robert Morris at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. In this Bible-based teaching, Morris shares how God communicates — through the Bible, circumstances, even a whisper. He demonstrates how people can mature from hearing God’s voice as His sheep to hearing His voice as a friend and then conveying His voice to others. All are welcome to join this special series. For more information, telephone the church office at 627-3819.
Whether it has been eight months or eight years since the loss of a loved one, those having trouble “finding joy” in life and moving on are encouraged to join in Griefshare. GriefShare is a special help seminar and support group for people experiencing grief and loss, from 2-4 p.m. Sundays beginning Sunday, Sept. 9, at First United Methodist Church, Mount Union. GriefShare features 13 weeks of nationally recognized experts on grief recovery topics. Seminar sessions include “Is This Normal?,” “The Challenges of Grief,” “Grief and Your Relationships,” “Why?” and “Guilt and Anger.” Meetings will be held at 15 W. Shirley St.. For more information or to register for Griefshare, call the church at 542-2550.
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 prayer requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A ladies’ Bible study will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Shade Gap.
A Christmas luncheon will be held at noon Tuesday, Dec. 11, with Heaven Bound at the Oasis of Love Church, 2159 Broad Top Mountain Road, Saxton. Please RSVP by Sunday, Dec. 9.
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 email@example.com.
The First United Methodist Church, located at 15 W. Shirley St., Mount Union, will offer an open sanctuary for the purposes of prayer, meditation and quiet time from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday (weather permitting). All are welcome.
‘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 more information, contact 635-3424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Pioneer Kids Club
Kids ages kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to attend Pioneer Kids Club from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays at McConnellstown Bible Missionary Church, located at 11383 Raystown Road, Huntingdon. Kids will enjoy fun, games, character-building Bible stories, arts and crafts, skills, field trips and snacks. Transportation is available if needed. Call the Rev. Jeff or Donna Rigsby at 627-0218.
Ladies’ Bible study
The Ladies’ Bible study will be held from 10-11:15 a.m. Fridays in the Pennsylvania Room of the Huntingdon County Library. Participants will be studying the book of Daniel. For more information, please contact the Valley View Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Huntingdon, at 643-5645.
Kid’s Adventure Klub
As the new school year is underway, Southside Elementary School students are given the opportunity to attend Kid’s Adventure Klub. This one-hour weekly class is made possible through the federal law providing for “Release of Pupils for Religious Instruction.” At the request of a parent or guardian, students are excused one hour a week to attend classes sponsored by local churches, parents or community groups. Kid’s Adventure Klub will meet every Tuesday of the school year, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 25. There will be three sessions: 10:15–11:15 a.m. for kindergarten and first grade students; 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for second and third graders; and 12:15–1:15 p.m. for fourth and fifth graders. Each week children will be taught character lessons showing how the Bible can help us in everyday life. The classes include Bible lessons, songs, object lessons, games and a variety of activities centered around that day’s lesson. All Southside children are welcome to enroll in Kid’s Adventure Klub. A release form must be submitted to the school each year. Anyone interested in learning more about Kid’s Klub or enrolling their children, may contact the Oasis of Love Church, 10991 Station Road, Huntingdon, at 627-3819 or email@example.com.
The Rev. Jonathan Morningstar will lead a four-week advent study, “Dwelling in Darkness,” Wednesdays, Nov. 28, through Dec. 19. Studies will be held at 2 p.m. at Mill Creek United Methodist Church and at 7 p.m. at the McConnellstown United Methodist Church. For more information, call 627-6750. All are welcome to attend.
Come to the Stable
All are invited to a special evening, Friday, Dec. 14, celebrating the Christmas season at the 15th Street United Methodist Church, Huntingdon, with “Come to the Stable.” Come to the Stable is in two parts. The first part is the Living Nativity which takes place on the front lawn of the church beginning at 6:30 pm. with the arrival of Mary and Joseph. Their arrival is followed by the shepherds and eventually by the Magi or Wisemen. A little before 7 p.m., participants will proceed into the sanctuary for the second part, which is a wonderful Christmas concert. The concert will include special music by Spencer Korman, Sharon and Herman Burks, Patti and Paul Veitch, The Potter’s Band, Adam Bucynski, Shawn Campopiano, Beth Querry and Kimberly Stratton. The Living Nativity and the Christmas concert are open to the public. A free will offering will be received in the manger for Heifer International.
Community Christmas meal
The Beech Run Church of the Brethren, 14981 Hares Valley Road, Mapleton, will host a community Christmas meal at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. There is no cost for the event. All are welcome to attend and enjoy a time of fellowship with friends and neighbors.
Christmas in the Courtyard
All are invited to attend Christmas in the Courtyard at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Standing Stone Coffee Co. at the corner of Mifflin and 13th streets, Huntingdon. The Valley View Youth Choir from Big Valley will sing traditional carols and chaplain David Bowen will present, “From Humbug to Hallelujah!”. Dress warmly as the event will take place outdoors.
‘Surviving the Holidays’
“Surviving the Holidays” is a one-day Griefshare event for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. It will be offered from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the First United Methodist Church, 15 W. Shirley St., Mount Union.
Men’s Prayer Breakfast and Fellowship
The Christmas celebration for the Men’s Prayer Breakfast and Fellowship will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in the social room of the Mount Hope Missionary Baptist Church, located at the corner of Division and Chestnut streets, Mount Union. The Rev. Herman Burks, church pastor, will lead the service with worship, word and music. The members of the church will serve the breakfast. Men and boys from the area and county are invited. For more information, call 506-4214 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Longest Night service
Stone Church of the Brethren, 1623 Moore St., Huntingdon, will host a Longest Night Worship Service, at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. Anyone who is struggling because of loss, disappointment or other pain is welcome to attend. The service will be reflective in nature with candle-lighting, prayer, scripture and songs. In the hustle and bustle of the season, it can be easy to feel alone in grief. Come attend as all try to seek the “light that shines in the darkness.” For those who are interested and want further information, please call the Stone Church office at 643-3390 or email@example.com or visit the web site at www.huntingdonstonechurch.org.
Free pasta dinner
All are welcome to enjoy a free pasta dinner from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, in Freedom Hall at the Oasis of Love Church of Huntingdon. Reservations are not necessary. There will be a gluten free option. At 6:30 p.m., all are welcome to attend a delightful play called “Shepherds and Kings.” Although the title makes one think of the typical Christmas scene with a stable, sheep and shepherds, this is not your typical Christmas setting. The King family is lost on a mountain and the Shepherd family comes to their aid. What does this have to do with Christmas? Good question! Please, be a guest and come find out.
Children’s Christmas program
Orbisonia United Methodist Church invites all to the children/youth Christmas program, “Jesus Means Christmas to Me,” at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 23. All are welcome to come and be blessed by the story of the Savior’s birth as told by the next generation of the church.
‘Shepherds and Kings’
The Oasis of Love Church, Huntingdon, will host a Christmas service at the usual time, 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 23. It will be an encouraging time of songs, celebration and sharing of God’s word. In the afternoon, the play “Shepherds and Kings” will be performed at 3 p.m.
Blue Christmas service
Not everyone enjoys the Christmas season. Thoughts of difficult childhoods, the loss of a loved one, death of a precious pet and rifts in long-time friendships all cause hurt. That hurt is especially difficult in what most people view as a joyous time of year. Those who are feeling “down,” are invited to join in a Blue Christmas service at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23. Come to honor the Christ Child, but come also to reconcile God’s redeeming love with complicated feelings.
Christmas Eve service
The Oasis of Love Church, located on Station Road in Huntingdon, will host a Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. All are welcome to attend. For more information, telephone the church office at 627-3819.
‘Lighting the Way for the Messiah’
Members of the Mount Union Area High School National Honor Society would like to invite the public to participate in “Lighting the Way for the Messiah” Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Folks who would like to help set out luminaries should meet at the teen center on Shirley Street at 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, and are asked to bring a taper lighter. Anyone who would like to help pick up the luminaries should meet at the teen center at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25. This year’s luminaries were sponsored by the Mount Union Ministerium. Those who would like to contribute to next year’s luminaries are asked to contact Nancy Corson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Eve services
at 15th Street United Methodist Church
The 15th Street United Methodist Church, located on the corner of 15th and Moore streets, Huntingdon, will offer a choice of services Christmas Eve. The earlier service at 6:15 p.m. is a shorter service geared to families with children. Not only is it earlier and shorter, each child is invited to take part in the special Children’s Christmas Tableau. This takes place toward the end of the service during the telling of the Christmas story. Each child is invited to come forward as a shepherd, Magi or angel joining Mary and Joseph around the manger. By coming forward they become the Christmas Tableau for the Candle Lighting conclusion of the service. The later service at 8 p.m. is preceded by the Hand Bell Choir’s Bell Preludes at 7:40 p.m. The service includes service of Carols and Scripture concluding with the Candle Lighting Service. Carol singing will include congregational singing, solos and duets as well as choir anthems. All are welcome to either of both services as the birth of the Christ Child is celebrated. Church parking is available in the church lot at 1521 Mifflin St.
Christmas Eve services
at Mount Union Presbyterian
The congregation of the Mount Union Presbyterian Church invites the public to attend their Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. This awe-inspiring Candlelight service will be conducted by the Rev. Beverly Skopic. The title of her message will be “Be the Light.” Andria O’Banion and Donny Muckle will also read relevant selections and scriptures. The choir, under the direction of Peg Boozel, will be featured in the singing of “Mary, Did You Know?,” words and music by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene. Organist Jeanette Bumbaugh will provide pipe organ selections as well. The service will conclude with the lighting of individual candles and the congregational singing of “Silent Night.” The church is located at the corner of Division and Shirley streets and is handicap accessible on the ramp on the Division Street entrance. All are welcome to attend.
Kids’ Christmas Camp
The 15th Street United Methodist Church, 1500 Moore St., Huntingdon, will host a Kids’s Christmas Camp from Thursday, Dec. 27, through Saturday, Dec. 29, for children ages 5-12 to explore the true meaning of Christmas. The event will include games, crafts, snacks and Bible stories. Registration will be held from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Thursday, with camp to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. For more information, call 643-3690.