The Rev. Eleanor Abarno will preach on John 6, which presents Jesus as the bread of life, at 5:30 tonight and 9:30 a.m. Sunday at First Lutheran Church, 415 Vine St., Johnstown.

Carl Schultz will be a guest musician during the Sunday service.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at both services.


Pastor will speak about ‘God, Olympics’

Pastor Jim Farrer will speak about “God and the Olympics” during the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the Ebensburg Presbyterian Church, 200 N. Center St.


Churches, store to collect school supplies

Worship services for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 525 Main St., Berlin, will be held at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday.

Sunday school will begin at 9.

Several Berlin area churches, along with Berlin Dollar General Store, will collect school supplies to fill free backpacks for needy families of kindergarteners through sixth-graders in the Berlin Brothersvalley School District.

Items and/or donations can be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Backpacks will be assembled at 4 p.m. Aug. 12 in the fellowship hall and distributed at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 in the upstairs meeting room of Berlin Borough Building, Mulberry Street.

Information: 267-5014.


Pastors will speak Sunday at fellowship

Pastor Ed Berringer will speak during the 8:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Greater Johnstown Christian Fellowship, 3429 Elton Road.

Pastor Jim Gay will speak about “TWO-Gather” during the 10:30 service.

Gay also will preach on “Which God Do You Serve” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, with Connection Café and children and youth services.


Zion Lutheran to celebrate Communion

The Liturgy of Holy Communion will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Sunday at Zion Lutheran Church, 613 Locust St., downtown Johnstown. The Gospel reading will be taken from John 6:1-21.

 Adult study will follow at 10:30.

A midweek Liturgy will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in St. John’s Memorial Chapel.


Blended service at Grove Ave. UM

The Rev. Ed Schoeneck will lead a blended worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday at Grove Avenue United Methodist Church, 501 Grove Ave. in the Moxham section of Johnstown.

His message will be “An Inner Strength,” taken from Ephesians 3:14-21.

There will be no contemporary service or adult Sunday school.


Minister will lead worship at Mount Hope

The Rev. Jason McQueen will lead a worship service at 9 a.m. Sunday at Mount Hope United Methodist Church, 258 Mount Hope Road, South Fork.

Sunday school will begin at 10:30.

Information: 535-5698.


Church will install Bible school teachers

Installation of Bible school teachers will be held during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Moxham Lutheran Church, 500 Park Ave., Johnstown.

Pastor Tim Knauss, assistant to the bishop, will speak during the forum following the service.

Bible school, for children ages 3 to 10, will be held from 9 to 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Wednesday worship will be held in the chancel at 4 p.m.

Moxham Ministerium’s ecumenical service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Moxham Church of the Brethren, 536 Grove Ave.


Message at Christ UM taken from John

The Rev. Kathleen Schoeneck will speak on “Resources of the Father,” based on John 6:1-21, during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Christ United Methodist Church, Ohio Street and Cypress Avenue in the Moxham section of Johnstown.

Jeff Rusin will sing his own composition “Life’s Mysteries.”

Pat Hull will be the worship leader.

Lorraine Walters will be the greeter.

A fellowship time will follow with Sunday school at 10:45. Carolyn Chapple is the guest teacher.


Pastor will speak from Thessalonians

The Rev. Art Moffat Jr. will speak on “Christian Living Is 24/7,” with Scripture readings from 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10, during the 10 a.m. Sunday worship service at Second Presbyterian Church, 565 Park Ave. in the Moxham section of Johnstown.

The choir will sing “Chosen” under the direction of Sarah Pruss.


‘Resurrection’ topic at Moxham church

The Rev. William Wenger, pastor, will continue speaking on “Biblical Worldview: The Resurrection of Jesus,” with Scripture readings taken from 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 and John 20:1-18, during the 10:10 a.m. Sunday worship service at Moxham Church of the Brethren, 536 Grove Ave., Johnstown.

Audrey Wenger will tell the children’s story. Special music will be provided.

Sunday school will begin at 9.


Food drive scheduled at Community church

The Rev. Charles H. Zimmerman will speak on “How Important Is Praise to Experiencing the Holy Spirit?” during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Community Open Door Church, Menoher Boulevard and Luzerne Street, Johnstown.

Marlene Beckwith will bring the children’s message.

Thanks for Jobs food drive of 3,000 cans will begin Wednesday and continue through Labor Day.


Conemaugh church to have guest speakers

Sis Link of New Day Inc. and Herb Ewald of the Western Pennsylvania District Church of the Brethren Disaster Relief will speak during Mission Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Conemaugh Church of the Brethren, 1256 William Penn Ave., Johnstown.

Link and Scott Ochenrider will provide special music.

Kara Hagerich will hold faith sharing.

A study of the Ten Commandments will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Horace and Amelia Derr are the pastors.

Information: 539-2615.


‘God’s Resources’ topic at Park Avenue

The Rev. Kathleen Schoeneck, pastor of Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 700 Park Ave., Johnstown, will speak on “God’s Resources” during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service.

The Isenberg sisters will provide special music.

Sunday school will begin at 9:15.


Pastor’s message taken from Matthew

The Rev. Jeffrey Popson will deliver the message “Step Out of the Boat,” based on Matthew 14:22-23, during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Beulah United Methodist Church, 716 Bedford St., Johnstown.

A contemporary service will begin at 8:30 a.m..

Sunday school will follow at 9:25.

Van transportation will be available.


Pastor: ‘Love and Joy Perfected’

The Rev. Brian Simmons, pastor of Roxbury Church of the Brethren, 112 Sell St.,   Johnstown, will speak on “Love and Joy Perfected,” with Scripture from John 15:9-17, during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service.

Jill Mullen will provide special music on her flute and will play the hymn “Be Thou My Vision.”

Sunday school will begin at 9:30.

The Crusaders Sunday school class will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church grove along Somerset Pike, Route 985.

Information: 536-6716.


Maple Spring service at Camp Harmony

Maple Spring Church of the Brethren will hold an outdoor worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday at Camp Harmony, 1414 Plank Road, Hooversville.

Sunday school will begin at 10.

The Rev. Linda Beachley will speak on “God’s Touch,” with Scripture from Mark 1:40-45.

Wendy Myers will have the children’s story.

Dan and Maggie Zambanini will provide music.

The Sunday school picnic will follow the service.



Grace Church to host picnic, concert

A carry-in picnic and concert hosted by Grace Church of Ebensburg will be held at  5 p.m. Sunday at Pavilion 2 at Lake Rowena, just off the Ebensburg/Loretto Exit of Route 22.

The Keystone State Quartet, a southern gospel group based in Ebensburg, will hold a concert at 6:30.

An offering will be accepted at the concert.

Information: 472-7864 or


Ferndale pastor: ‘Jesus Feeds 5001’

The Rev. Len Findley, pastor of Ferndale United Methodist Church, 701 Vickroy Ave., Johnstown, will deliver the message “Jesus Feeds 5001,” with Scripture from John 6:1-15, during the 10 a.m. Sunday service.

George Kolesar will be the worship assistant.

Bill and Deb Griffith are greeters.

Karen Miller and Helen Tomb will be nursery helpers.

Luke Kohan is the acolyte.

The annual covered-dish church picnic will follow at Terry and Jane Buxbaum’s home, 106 Old Delta Road, Johnstown.

Findley also will speak during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at Faith United Methodist Church, 369 Glessner Road, Johnstown.


Churches schedule vacation Bible schools

The following churches will hold vacation Bible schools:

“All Access: Backstage Pass,” for children in pre-K through Grade 6, 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Johnstown Grace Brethren Church, 535 Napoleon St.

Information or transportation: 539-7815.

“Sky,” 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St., Johnstown.

“No Friend Like Jesus: Get Connected,” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with registration at 6 p.m. Sunday, Bethel and Centennial United Methodist churches, 215 Whistler St., Hollsopple.

Information: 479-4518.

“Jesus Every Day,” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Praise Center Full Gospel Church, 200 Cooper Ave., Johnstown.

Information: 536-2064.  


St. Vincent Seminary names academic dean

Father Patrick T. Cronauer, OSB, a native of Summerhill, has been named academic dean of St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe.

He is the son of Marion G. Cronauer of Summerhill and the late Harold T. Cronauer Sr.

Upon completion of his doctorate in sacred Scripture in 1999 from the École Biblique et Archeologique in Jerusalem, Cronauer was named an assistant professor of sacred Scripture and biblical languages at St. Vincent and a member of the formation committee.

He was promoted to associate professor in the seminary in October 2006.

Cronauer served as director of solemnly professed Benedictine seminarians and other religious seminarians from 1999–2008.

Since 2000, he has served as junior master for the archabbey.  

Cronauer also serves on the faculty of St. Vincent College, and is a member of the council of seniors for the archabbey and the rector’s council in the seminary and chairs the joint vocation-formation committee.

He taught at St. Vincent College and Seminary from 1990-1992, also working in campus ministry.

He was a senior dormitory moderator and member of the Monastic Schola, Monastic Ridge Committee and vocation committee since 2000.    

Cronauer attended St. Vincent Preparatory School and is a 1973 graduate of Forest Hills High School, Sidman.

His home parish is St. John, Summerhill.


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