Ash Wednesday service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Zion Lutheran Church. A light supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. Pastor Kathy Popp will lead a quiet and reflective service that will include the Imposition of Ashes in preparation for the Lenten season. The service is open to all denominations.
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church will host its annual Chili Cook Off from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 22. Cost is $6 for anyone 13 and older, $4 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for children ages 3 and younger. There will also be a bake sale and basket raffle. The church is located at 175 Graybill Rd., Osterburg.
Ash Wednesday service for the community will be hosted by Friends Cove Council of Ministries at Yeager Memorial Lutheran Church near Rainsburg on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. The service will include Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes. Yeager is located at 3419 Main Rd., Bedford, Route 326, nine miles south of the Narrows Bridge.
Chili cook-off will be hosted by Time Ministries Church March 1 to benefit the church’s building fund. The cook-off will follow the celebration service, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. Snow date is March 15. Awards for best tasting, spiciest and most creative will be presented. Admission will be free. To enter the cook-off, each chili entry will be $10. Votes are 1 cent each. All proceeds will go to the church building fund. For more information, call 624-2444. The church is located at 5202 Business 220, Bedford.
Conference with Rabbi Jack Zimmerman will be held at Time Ministries Church at 7 p.m. March 30 to April 1. The topic for March 30 will be “The Ancient Jewish Wedding and the Wedding to Come.” On March 31, the topic will be “The Biblical Festivals and their Fulfillment in the Book of Revelation,” which will include certain themes, such as the “Coronation of the King.” On April 1, Zimmerman will officiate the celebration of the Family Passover Seder. Zimmerman is a staff evangelist of Jewish Voice International based in Arizona. He is a former stand-up comedian and has an engaging wit and dynamic speaking style. He has a deep understanding of the Hebrew roots of the Christian faith. He is also an award-winning reporter, radio and television host, and has taught Bible classes throughout the United States, and at theological universities in Russia and the Ukraine. The public is invited to attend. Admission is free. Make reservations for the Passover Seder by March 18 by calling 624-2444 or through Facebook.com/TimeMinistriesChurch. The church is located at 5202 Business 220, Bedford.
Afternoon at the movies will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at Mt. Pisgah AME Zion church, corner of West and John streets in Bedford. The movie “Harriett,” with Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom and Janelle Monae, will be shown. There will be light refreshments and time for fellowship. The movie is rate PG-13.
Movie “Breakthrough” will be shown from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 21 at Bedford Valley Assembly of God, 5973 Bedford Valley Road, Bedford. The ladies ministry will provide light refreshments during intermission. For more information, call 356-3550.
Whips Cove Church, located at 5044 Moss Road, Warfordsburg, will serve a pancake supper March 7, starting at 5 p.m. The menu will include buttermilk and old-fashioned buckwheat pancakes, ham, sausage, sausage links and sausage gravy, puddin’ and fried and scrambled eggs. Donations will be accepted. Call 717-294-3229 with questions.
Lenten fish fry will be served all-you-can-eat style from 3:30 to 6:30 Fridays, Feb. 28 through April 3, at St. John’s Parish Hall in New Baltimore. The menu will include baked and fried fish, fried shrimp, fried clams, soup, baked potato, vegetables, salad and dessert bar and beverage. The cost will be $14 for anyone 12 and older, $4 for children under 12 and free for children under 5.
“Love Your Neighbor” benefit dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Everett Assembly of God Church, 161 Blackstone Road, Everett. Proceeds will benefit ReNewing Hope Ministries Ladies Recovery Center. The menu will include slippery ham potpie, slippery chicken potpie and homemade desserts. Donations will be accepted.
Special Red-Out Sunday is planned for 11 a.m. Feb. 16 at Liberty Independent Baptist Church. People are encouraged to wear as much red as possible in honor of Valentine’s Day. The church is located at 13619 Lincoln Highway, Everett. For more information, call 652-9504.
Ham and turkey dinner will be served at 5 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Upper Claar Church, Claysburg. All homemade trimmings will be included. Takeouts will be available. Donations will be taken at the door. For more information, call 239-5449.
Prophecy series will be held at the Claysburg Bible Church on Thursdays, through Feb. 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The studies will focus on the books of Daniel, Ezekiel and Revelation, putting together a proposed chronology of the seven-year tribulation period, including current events that are setting the stage for prophecies to be fulfilled. For more information, call 623-6744 or 937-9938.
Building Bridges, a new contemporary service, will be held at Weyant United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. Mondays. For more information, visit the church’s Facebook page.
Bedford Moms in Prayer group will meet the third Saturday of each month during the school year at Denny’s Restaurant, Route 220 north of Bedford, for breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. and prayer time from 9 to 10 a.m. For more information, call Diane Flaaen at 623-7787 or Elyse Murphy at 847-2512. Mothers of students and concerned women in the Bedford district are invited.
Saint James Episcopal Church, corner of Richard and John streets, Bedford, will offer a form of Christian contemplative prayer called “Centering Prayer” each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in the rectory. The technique is intended to help a person focus on hearing the voice of God speaking to them. Deacon Pete Gdula will lead the group. Enter through the door marked “Office,” located next to the rear of the church.
Copies of a directory for the Woods Church Cemetery are available by calling 847-2295. Cost is $10, with proceeds going to the Woods Church. The directory has information about all of the graves, including the unmarked ones.
Family Fun Nights are held at Time Ministries Church on the last Friday of each month. The event is open to people of all ages, including adults. Doors open at 6 p.m. for an hour of bingo with prizes. At 6 p.m., the Fun Zone also opens with activities, including basketball, volleyball, foosball, air hockey, four square, two bounce houses, ping pong, badminton, dodge ball, billiards and more. There is also a Toddler Zone for younger children. Activities may vary from one night to another. There is also a food station. Admission is free. The church is located at 5202 Business 220, Bedford. For more information, call 624-2444.
Free senior luncheons will be served from noon to 1:30 p.m. the first Thursday at Pleasant Hill Bible Church, 2793 Briar Valley Road, Imlertown. For more information, call 803-8614.
Prayer, praise and seek services will be held at 6 p.m. Sundays at the Everett Assembly of God. For more information, call 652-6917. The church is located behind the Shell station along Route 30 east of Everett.
Records of members, births, baptisms, confirmations, communicants, marriages and deaths for Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in Dutch Corner, Bedford, have been compiled and published in a book. Families included in the book are Anderson, Beegle, Claycomb, Deffibaugh, Dibert, Fetter, Hershberger, Imler, Reighard, Smith, Walter and Weyant, who were among members of the church when it was founded in the early 1800s. The 325-page book sells for $25, plus $5 for shipping and handling. It also includes an index of 40 pages. All proceeds from the book sales will be donated to the church. The book can be ordered by making a check payable to Messiah Lutheran Church and mailing it to Messiah Lutheran Church, c/o Betty L. Johnstone, 212 Concord Drive, Bedford, PA 15522. Or patrons may contact any member of Messiah Lutheran Church to purchase a copy. The church was the home church of Indian Eve and family after her return from captivity. Eve cooked for the men building the church. She is buried in the church cemetery.
Love In the Name of Christ Seek and Find Shop, State Street, Everett, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bag day sales are held on the last Thursday of each month.
Grief Support Group meets the first Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Chestnut Ridge Independent Fellowship Church. For more information, call 839-4143.
Family History Center at the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church is open 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays. Make an appointment by calling 623-2482.
Reformers Unanimous, a Christ-centered addiction recovery program, meets every Sunday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and covers 10 biblical principles to help overcome addictions. Classes will be offered free of charge at Liberty Independent Baptist Church, 13619 Lincoln Highway, Everett, PA 15537. For more information, call 977-1463.
“Faith & Fun” groups for children and youth will meet on the first and third Sundays of each month from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Hyndman United Methodist Church, 183 First Ave., Hyndman. Children from age 5 to 11 will meet in one group, while youth ages 12 to 18 will meet in another group. The program is hosted by six Hyndman area churches in partnership with New Life Bible Camp. For more information, call 842-3830.
Peace knits charity knitting and crocheting group makes items to donate to local and global needs. The group meets on the first and third Mondays of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Bedford Church of the Brethren, 310 Donahue Manor Road, Bedford. Beginner and experienced knitters and crocheters welcomed. Yarn, patterns and ideas provided. Bring needles, if possible. Donations of washable yarn welcome. For more information, call 623-6095.
Children’s clothing exchange will be held at Genesis Cottage next to Robertsdale Church of God on the first Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every other Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Clothes for children ages newborn to teens years will be available. Bring laundered, gently used clothing. The exchange is a ministry of the church, located along Route 913.
Free community meal will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month at Baptist Cafe, located at the Faith Baptist Church, 315 40th St., Altoona. Call 944-2894 before 3 p.m. on the day before if a ride is needed.
Comforting Friends will meet every third Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Trinity Reformed Church, 722 Main St., Osterburg. This is an opportunity for parents and grandparents who have lost a child or grandchild of any age, pregnancy through adulthood, to have a casual get together to talk about their children and find comfort. All bereaved parents are welcome. For more information, call 239-5410 or 239-5870.
“Stitches of Love Quilters” group makes child-sized quilts for children of Bedford County dealing with stressful situations. The group meets the first Thursday of each month from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 144 W. John St., Bedford. No skills are needed. There are lots of jobs in creating the quilts and group members are willing to teach skills to those who are interested. For more information, call 839-4595.
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