Thanksgiving dinner will be served free of charge on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. The meal will be coordinated by the Bedford Service Unit of the Salvation Army and will be served at Trinity Lutheran Church, 106 W. Penn St., on Bedford’s Public Square. The dinner buffet will be open from 11 to 11:45 a.m., serving turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, cranberry sauce, gravy, dinner rolls, pumpkin pie and drinks. Advance reservations are needed by Nov. 15 and can be made by calling Trinity at 623-8813. Volunteers who would like to help serve the dinner are also asked to call the church office and register. Volunteers can work the first shift from 10 to 11:30 a.m. or the second shift from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact Pastor Ray Short at 623-8813.
Churches of Southern Morrisons Cove will host a community Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. Nov. 24 at Faith United Methodist Church in Woodbury. Sponsored by the Southern Cove Ministerium, the service will include a Thanksgiving message by Pastor Darwin Steele of the Bell Seventh-day Baptist Church of Salemville. Other clergy and persons from the host church will participate. An offering will be received for community needs that come to the attention of the ministerium.
Annual Christmas sale at St. James Thrift Shop will be held through Dec. 24. New and gently used items will be sold. The shop is located at 210 E. John St., Bedford, and is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. The shop is closed on Thanksgiving Day.
Freedom House Ministries is selling Pearl Valley Cheese as a fundraiser. Orders and money are due by Nov. 24. Orders will be delivered on Dec. 12. For more information, see the flier on the ministries’ Facebook page or call 494-2949.
Turkey and waffle supper and bazaar will be held at Trinity Reformed Church, Osterburg, Nov. 23, beginning at 4 p.m. Cost for the all-you-can-eat dinner will be $11 for anyone 13 and older, $5 for children ages 5 to 12, free for children under 5 and $12 for takeouts.
Woods Church of Rainsburg will host its 54th Christmas Carol Sing at 2 p.m. Dec. 8. The service will be led by the Rev. Bill Shrout of the Friends Cove United Church of Christ. Ruth Miller, of the St. John Evangelical and Rerformed United Church of Christ, will serve as pianist. Special music will be presented by Brandi Naugle, local country and gospel singer. The public is invited. The historic Woods Church in located west of Rainsburg along Harrieta Lane. For directions, call 310-2581 or 977-6655.
Annual free community Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, at the Ryot Church of the Nazarene, 406 Dunkard Hollow Road, Alum Bank. Make reservations by Nov. 21 by calling 839-2543. Leave a message if no answer. Carry-out dinners will be available. Specify dine in or carry out when making reservations.
Citrus fruit orders through the Everett Seventh-Day Adventist Church, located at 203 Drive-In Lane, behind UPMC Bedford Memorial, will be accepted until Nov. 24 for delivery between 4 and 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at the church. Available fruit includes navels, grapefruit, navel/grapefruit mix, mandarin and Oregon pears. For more information, call 979-3737 or 735-3440.
Free community Thanksgiving meal will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at the New Enterprise Church of the Brethren, 3729 Brumbaugh Road, Route 869, New Enterprise.
Free community Thanksgiving meal will be served at Weyant United Methodist Church Nov. 23 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Messianic Jewish Evangelist Jeffrey D. Miller, host of the nationally syndicated radio program Messianic Minutes, will minister at Faith Heart Family Fellowship, 8 E. South St., Everett, at the 10 a.m. service on Nov. 17. The Rev. Miller, who refers to himself as “a Jew with a message about Jesus,” has traveled the country for the past 30 years, proclaiming the Jewishness of the Gospel and Jesus is the Messiah. He said his background as a radio and television personality prepared him to be a communicator of the Bible. For more information, call 327-9290.
Milligans Cove Christian Church will serve a Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 25 after the 11 a.m. church service.
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.
Giveaway will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16 and Nov. 23 at Clear Ridge Fellowship Church, located at 10721 Clear Ridge Road, Everett. There will be a kitchen table, twin mattress and box springs, trucks, Legos, coats, books, clothing, shoes, household items, puzzles, kitchen items and more. Call 652-5203 for more information.
Faith Bible Institute November classes will focus on a study in Ephesians, one of Paul’s prison epistles. Classes will be held at Foundations Christian Academy, Upper Snake Spring Road, Everett, Nov. 19, 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dale Chamberlain will teach. There is no cost to attend the classes. For more information, call 623-6744.
Heaven Bound will minister in music at 10 a.m. Nov. 17 at Rays Cove Christian Church, Breezewood.
Champion Life Center will host its first Altoona Christmas Market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7. There will be vendors, food and drinks. Admission is free, and door prizes will be given away every hour. For more information, or how to become a vendor, visit Champion Life Center’s Facebook page and go under “Events” or call 942-9400.
Carmelite Community of the Word Hands and Hearts Haiti Ministry will sponsor a Harvest Tea & Basket Auction from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 24 at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall in Newry. Tickets are $18. The deadline to purchase tickets is Nov. 18. To reserve tickets, send names of all persons attending, along with payment to: CCW Hands & Hearts Haiti Ministry, 394 Bem Road, Gallitizin, PA 16641. For more information, call 886-4098.
Second free Thanksgiving dinner at the Tatesville United Methodist Church will be served from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 24. The meal is open to the public.
Members of St. Matthew Lutheran Church at 115 E. Penn St., Martinsburg, will present a walk through the Christmas story, “Journey to Bethlehem,” Dec. 8 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. As shepherds guide visitors along the “Journey to Bethlehem,” the angel Gabriel tells about the message he delivers to Mary and Elizabeth; Joseph and Mary share their fears and joys along their journey; the busy innkeeper tells of his conversation with Joseph; the wisemen describe what it was like to follow the star; and God’s message of peace is presented. Refreshments will be served following the “journey.” In support of the Martinsburg Food Pantry, St. Matthew will accept donations of non-perishable food items at both presentations. An offering will be accepted for people wishing to make a monetary donation. For more information or directions to the church, contact the office weekday mornings between 9 and noon by calling 793-2413. This year, the church also will present “Journey to Bethlehem” as a stage play at Bice Memorial Chapel at Homewood at Martinsburg, on Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. for people unable to participate in the walking tour at St. Matthew.
Everett Church of the Brethren, corner of Water and Second streets, hosts an hour of Centering Prayer at 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month. Enter the church from the Second Street door where the light is on.
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. The group is part of a nationally-recognized nonprofit organization. The chapter’s primary purpose is to pray for the Bedford Area School District’s staff, students and administration. Mothers of students and concerned women in the Bedford district are invited.
St. 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 will be held at Time Ministries Church from 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 22 and Jan. 31. The event will kick off with bingo. 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 Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in Dutch Corner, Bedford, have been compiled and published in a book. 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.
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.
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. 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 from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 144 W. John St., Bedford. No skills are needed. For more information, call 839-4595.
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