The Everett Seventh-day Adventist Church will hold a blood drive from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 3.
The recovery service, “Recovery is for everyone: every person, every family, every community,” will be held at 6:30 p.m. on September 18 at Bedford United Methodist Church. For more information, call 814-623-8711.
The eighth annual Fall Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 24 at Hixon Bible Camp. Bluegrass gospel music will be provided by Guilford Station. There will be food, vendors, a bake sale, wagon rides, cake rides, apple butter making, a huge selection of pumpkins and mums for sale. The camp is located at 3472 McKees Gap Road, Warfordsburg. Bring lawn chairs. Animals are prohibited.
The Claysburg Brethren Church will host spiritual renewal services in the fall focusing on the “simple truth/hard reality.” Guest speaker, Reverend Kirby Dubble, retired pastor of The Brethren Church of the Northeast Atlantic District, will preach at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 25 and 7 p.m. Sept. 25-28 . Born in Schaefferstown, Dubble served three years in Morocco and three different churches, retiring in the fall of 2020. His longest tenure was at Mount Wilson Brethren Church, where he served for 25 years. The service themes will be “Where is the true temple?” “Reconciliation, take three!” “Sanctification, what a great word! “A snake or a cocoon? “Parables, if Told Today.” The church is located at 577 Bedford St.
Real Life Church Women’s Ministries will be hosting a soup sale from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 8 at the church, 621 W. Pitt St., Bedford. The cost of pints of homemade ham and bean and vegetable soup will be $8 each. Soup must be pre-ordered by October 2 by calling 814-494-9553 or 814-623-9218; leave a message if no response.
Freedom House Ministries is hosting fundraisers of Rada Cutlery, Pearl Valley Cheese, Country Meat Sticks and Gardners Peanut Butter Melt Candy Bars through October 16. Order forms are available at the gift shop. For more information, call 814-494-2949.
The revival will be held at Peoples Bible Holiness Church at 7 p.m. September 16-25. The speaker will be the Reverend Tim Stuart. For more information or to get to the church, call 814-839-4505.
The Greenfield Cemetery Association has announced that objects are removed twice a year from burial sites to allow for maintenance. People wishing to keep items should remember to remove summer and broken pieces by November 1 and Christmas and broken pieces by March 1.
The clothing distribution will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on September 27 at St John’s United Church of Christ, 144 W. Pitt St., Bedford.
The Ice Cream Social and Ministry Fair will be hosted by Schellsburg United Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on September 17. The open house type event is open to anyone interested in learning about church and congregation members who would like to know where their talents would be welcomed in various ministries. For more information, call 814-733-4811.
Crossroads Bible Church will host a ladies luncheon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on September 17. The guest speaker will be Teasi Cannon, author of “Lord’s Where Is My Calling?” Cannon will share information on understanding purpose versus a calling in Christ. The $10 cost includes a light breakfast, lunch, and a copy of Cannon’s book. To register, call 814-623-9950. The church is located at 5564 US Business 220, Bedford.
The fall dinner will be served from 4-7 p.m. on September 24 at Pleasant Union Church Fellowship Hall in Clearville. The meal will consist of chicken, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, applesauce, cake and soft serve ice cream. Donations will be accepted as payment. On-site and take-out catering services will be available. Music will be provided by Country Blend. The Community Hall is located at 259 Pleasant Union Church Road, Clearville.
Manns Choice Church of God will be hosting a Fall Party and Chest or Treat for children 12 and under from 2-5 p.m. on October 23. There will be games, food, bouncy houses, pony rides and a chest or treat. The church is located at 6150 Allegheny Rd.
“Be of One Heart with Jesus” is the theme for the 2022 Middle Pennsylvania District Church of the Brethren conference September 16-17 at Camp Blue Diamond. Mike Benner, District 2022 moderator and pastor of Everett Brethren Church, will lead the conference. The gathering combines the annual Heritage Fair with the conference and will bring together delegates and attendees from 55 congregations that make up the District of Middle Pennsylvania and its partner agencies, including Camp Blue Diamond, The Village at Morrisons Cove and Juniata College. The conference opens at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at Camp Blue Diamond with Benner sharing a “Be One Heart With Jesus” message during worship in the tent. The fair will take place on September 17 and will feature food, activities and camaraderie. Breakfast will be served at 6:30 a.m. and booths will open at 8:30 a.m. There will be a kids’ area, dunk tank, music, crafts, and the auction will start at 11 a.m. Following the auction at approximately 1:00 p.m., the business session will begin for the remainder of the conference. This year’s community outreach offering will support the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Company and the Twin Creek Ambulance Service. Friday night’s offerings will go to support the Church of the Brethren Disaster Emergency Fund for Ukraine Relief. Saturday’s offering will be Pennies for Witness to support outreach ministries in the Middle PA District. For more information, call the district at 814-643-0601 or visit its website at www.midpacob.org.
The Iron Gate Recovery Program meets at 7 p.m. Saturdays at Pleasant Hill Bible Church, 2793 Briar Valley Road, Bedford. For more information, visit phbiblechurch.com.
The Kids 4 Truth club for children ages 4-12 meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Pleasant Hill Bible Church, 2793 Briar Valley Road, Bedford. There will be Bible lessons, games, Truthbook time, crafts, songs and more. Visit phbiblechurch.com for more information.
Dunnings Creek Friends Meeting (Quakers) will present the first in its “Still Listening” guest speaker series on local history at 6:30 p.m. September 21 at the Dunnings Creek Friends Meetinghouse (also known as Old Brick Quaker Church), 285 Old Quaker Church Rd., Fishertown, as well as online via Zoom. Somerset reporter Cody McDevitt, author of “Banished From Johnstown: Racist Backlash in Western Pennsylvania (2020)”, will tell the story of the time in 1923 when black and Hispanic residents were evicted and forced to flee Johnstown out of fear for their life. McDevitt said it’s considered one of the worst civil rights injustices in Pennsylvania history, but few people are aware it even happened. After the presentation, the author will be available to answer questions and copies of the book will be available for sale. There are no admission fees. Light refreshments will be served. Email [email protected] for the Zoom link or more information.
The pork roast will be served at 3 p.m. on September 17 at the Jerusalem Christian Church, 273 Church Road, Warfordsburg.
An evening of praise and singing of classic hymns will be hosted by the Bedford Alliance Church, 9391 Lincoln Highway, Bedford, at 6 p.m. on September 24. The hymns will center on the theme of “the goodness of God”. For more information, visit the church’s website at bedfordpacma.org.
Elizabeth Groff will share a testimonial of how the Operation Christmas Child shoebox impacted her life. His presentation will be offered at 1 p.m. September 23 at Bedford Senior Citizen Center, 205 S. Richard St., Bedford, and at 9:30 a.m. September 25 at Crossroads Bible Church, Business 220, Bedford. Groff grew up in a broken family in eastern Ukraine and ended up in an orphanage when she was 7 years old. She was devastated by her family’s tragedies and felt very alone.
The ladies’ retreat will be hosted by Freedom House Ministries from 9 a.m. to noon on September 17 at 176 Chalybeate Road, Bedford. An offering will be collected for the ministry. Admission will be free. All women must pre-register, call or text 814-494-2949 or 814-977-5015. Space is limited. Sue Goodin will talk about her new book “Pathways of Love for Christian Girls”. Andrea Poteat will share her testimony. If time permits, another lady will share her testimony. Light refreshments will be served and there will be a time for prayer.
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Osterburg will be holding a Funds2Orgs fundraiser through September 30. Anyone can help by donating new and lightly worn shoes. St. Peter’s will earn funds based on the total weight of shoes collected. Contact Fay Dellinger at 814-276-3192 or Rita Walker at 814-932-2346 for drop off locations.
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