Paint party fundraiser will be hosted by Freedom House Ministries at 6 p.m. Oct. 7. Instructor Dorthy Vensel will give step-by-step instruction as participants paint a wooden folding chair with a snowman scene. There will be lots of room for social distancing. Space and supplies are limited. To reserve a space, call 814-494-2949. Mail check for $40 (cost of paint party) to Freedom House Ministries office address at 790 Echo Vale Drive, Bedford. The party will be held at the ministries location at 176 Chalybeate Road, Bedford.

Pet blessing will be held Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 309 S. Richard St., Bedford. Social distancing and masks will be required. The service will be held outdoors on the church lawn; bring a lawn chair if desired. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be moved to the parish hall. All pets must be on leashes or in carriers. Bring a photo of the pet if the animal cannot attend the service. A special blessing in memory of pets who have died also will be held. Bring photos of pets to be remembered. Donations of dry and wet dog and cat food will be accepted for the Bedford County Humane Society. For more information, email with the subject “October Pet Blessing.”

Heaven Bound will minister at St. Pauls Reformed Church, Yellow Creek, at 10 a.m. Sept. 27 and at the Bible Gospel Church, Hyndman, at 7 p.m. Sept. 27.

Jewish roots conference with Rabbi Jack Zimmerman will be held at Time Ministries Church from Oct. 26-28 at 7 p.m. nightly. The topics will be as follows: Monday, “The Ancient Jewish wedding and the Wedding to Come!”; Tuesday, “The Biblical Festivals and their Fulfillment in the Book of Revelation,” which will include the “Coronation of the King”; and Wednesday, “Current Events and what it tells us about the Last Days.” Zimmerman is a staff evangelist of Jewish Voice International, based in Arizona. He is a Messianic Jewish rabbi and has an understanding of the Hebrew roots of the Christian faith. He is a former stand-up comedian. 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. Admission is free. For more information, call 624-2444 or visit The church is located at 5202 Business 220, Bedford.

Annual Bedford County Life Chain will take place Oct. 4 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Signs may be picked up at the Bedford Elementary School parking lot, beginning at 2 p.m. The Life Chain will stretch along Business Route 220 from the elementary school to St. Thomas Catholic Church at the corner of Penn and Richard streets. Life Chain organizers say the event is a peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life Americans standing in honor of over 59 million lives lost to abortion. Bottled water, lawn chairs, umbrellas and strollers are welcome. For more information, call 839-4806.

Fall semester of the Faith Bible Institute will not be offered this year. The institute hopes to begin the second semester in January. Anyone interested in taking a course title “Greek for the Rest of Us” as an online offering is asked to email The course is designed to help students use online Bible study aids.

Women’s luncheon with Greta Brokaw, who will speak about “Bloom Where You Are Planted,” will be hosted by Crossroads Bible Church from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 26. Call 623-9950 to reserve a ticket, which costs $10 each. The admission fee includes a signed devotional book, sandwich and salad, with a drink and cookie.

Drive-thru chicken barbecue and apple butter sale will be hosted by Hixon Bible Camp, 3472 McKee’s Gap Road, Warfordsburg, on Sept. 26. Dinners include half a chicken, baked beans, applesauce, roll and butter for $8. Apple butter will cost $8 for quarts and $6 for pints. Pre-orders are strongly recommended by calling 301-988-3379 or 784-5773. Last date to pre-order will be Sept. 25. No pre-orders will be accepted on the the day of the barbecue.

Free clothing is given away from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the Claysburg Church of God Blessing Room. For more information, call 239-8542.

Seek and Find Shop at Love In The Name of Christ of Bedford County is open each week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Until further notice, there will be no “Bag Days.” There will be weekly specials and giveaways. The shop is located along State Street in Everett.

Family History Center at the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church is closed until further notice. For more information, call 623-2482.

Records of members, births, baptisms, confirmations, communicants, marriages and death 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.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at Osterburg is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser through Sept. 30 to raise funds for the church’s Women’s Organization and Outreach Fund. St. Peter’s will earn funds through Funds2Orgs based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes at the church, or at several locations throughout the area. All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise (small business) partners. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school. St. Peter’s women’s organization is active in the community by volunteering at Pennknoll Village for birthday and Christmas parties, volunteering at the New Paris food bank, participating in the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Child program, and working on many Lutheran World Relief projects. St. Peter’s Outreach Fund is used to help anyone in need. Drop off locations are Dunkle’s Gulf Station in Bedford, Best Way Pizza in Alum Bank and Osterburg Store in Osterburg or call Fay Dellinger at 276-3192 or Mary Bowser at 276-3748. The church has collected more than 1,300 pairs of shoes so far.

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.

Deadline to submit items for publication on the Church News Page is 5 p.m. Tuesdays.

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