“When He Becomes She: A Transgender’s Journey” will be the topic of discussion at the Lifetree Cafe at 6:30 p.m. July 11 at Faith United Methodist Church, 133 Main St., Woodbury. The session will examine issues surrounding transgender people such as family dynamics, workplace complications, and spiritual implications. Lifetree Cafe spokesperson Craig Cable said, “This issue raises all sorts of questions for people. Increasingly, our schools, workplaces, and faith communities are looking for answers. This Lifetree program provides some insight.”
Family Crusade with evangelist Ed Dunlop is planned for 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 14-18 at Liberty Independent Baptist Church, 13619 Lincoln Highway, Everett. Dunlop has worked in children’s ministries for more than 40 years. His ministry involves ventriloquism, gospel illusions, PowerPoint and a variety of other visual media. Dunlop writes fiction for children and resource books for teachers and currently has 37 titles in print with five publishers. For more information, call 652-9504.
God’s Gift of Gender conference will be held July 19 and July 20 at Everett Assembly of God Church. The first session will begin at 6:30 p.m. July 19. Coffee and danishes will be served at 9 a.m., and lunch will begin at noon, with an afternoon session from 1 to 3 or 3:30 p.m. July 20. Conference speaker will be Pastor Sam Andreadas, and each session will consist of praise and worship, Andreadas’ presentation, a question-and-answer time, breakout into small groups and a time of prayer. Session topics include: “Ministering God’s Gift of Gender,” “What Makes a Real Man and How to Be a True Woman” and “transFigured — Jesus Christ’s Help for the Gender Distressed and Confused.” The conference is arranged and supported by ReNewing Hope Ministries, Rehobeth New Life Church, Grace & Truth Fellowship and numerous other local churches and ministries in Bedford and Fulton counties. Make reservations by July 12 at email@example.com or (717) 860-3782. The conference is open to the public and is free of charge.
Snake Spring Valley Church of the Brethren’s Annual Ice Cream Festival will be held July 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. Food available will include sandwiches, salads, pies and cakes. Donations will be accepted for the food and beverages. There also will be eight flavors of ice cream available for a small fee. All proceeds will be used for community outreach.
Vacation Bible School will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. July 15-19 at German Seventh-day Baptist Brick Church, 786 Golden Rule Drive, Salemville, for children ages 5 through sixth grade. Participants will take a journey back to ancient Babylon and will learn more about Daniel and find out what it was like to be a captive in a strange country.
Salemville Area Community Picnic will be held at 4 p.m. July 21 at the German Seventh-day Baptist Brick Church, 786 Golden Rule Drive, Salemville. Food will be served at 5 p.m., and there will be a bounce house, hot dogs and hamburgers. Bring a covered dish and a chair. There will be programs and games for children.
Kidz Time will celebrate summer with horse rides, water games, crafts and more from 6 to 8 p.m. July 12 at Faith United Methodist Church, 133 Main St., Woodbury. For more information, call 766-3742.
Manns Choice Church of God will host Vacation Bible School from 6 to 8 p.m. July 24-26 for children ages 4 to 12. The school will conclude with a Sunday fun day at 10:30 a.m. July 28. This year’s theme is “Roar! Life is Wild, God is Good.”
Bethel Park Campmeeting will be held July 10-21. The campground is located near Reynoldsdale. Bible study begins at 9:15 a.m., and worship services will begin at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day. The evangelists, Dr. Bob Wilkerson and the Rev. Kenny Greenway, have preached at the campmeeting in previous summers. Randy Simpson will serve as the song evangelist. On July 11, Missionary Day, Timothy Bell from One Mission Society will share at all the services. Other special events will be a concert by the Keystone State Quartet on July 14 at 6 p.m. Sunday morning service on July 14 has been designated as a “Community Worship Service.” The goal is for local churches to bring their congregations to camp to worship together at 10:30 a.m. The camp is still accepting registrations for junior and senior camp. Junior camp runs July 10-14 and is open to children who have completed kindergarten through sixth grade. Senior camp runs July 10-21 and is open to students who have completed sixth through 12th grade. For questions about the camping opportunities, call Trudy Snyder at 814-585-4440. For more information about Bethel Park Camp, see bethelparkcamp.org.
Community Christian Day Camp will be held July 15-19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for children in kindergarten through eighth grade at Bedford Presbyterian Church. Krislund Camp, located near State College, will bring the camp experience to Bedford. Trained counselors and a director to lead a week-long program of outdoor activities, crafts, music, Bible study, water games and more. The week will conclude with an optional overnight stay at Camp Krislund for all campers who want to experience the real deal. Certified staff, lunch, snacks and all transportation will be provided for the week for $20 per child. Late pick-up will be available for working parents. The Day Camp is non-denominational and open to all. Limited spots are available. Call 623-6891 by July 8 to make reservations.
Free community lunch will be served noon to 1:30 p.m. July 13 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Imler. For more information, call 276-3852 after 10 a.m. on the day of the meal.
Liberty Bible Church, 2840 Chalybeate Road, Bedford, will sponsor a “Weekend with Missionary Dan Gross” at 7 p.m. July 19, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. July 20 and 10:30 a.m. July 21 at the church. Gross will speak on “Understanding the Law.” Lunch will be served on Saturday at 12:15 p.m. The Sunday meeting concludes with a “pot luck” picnic in the church pavilion. Gross is the founder of Rejoicing in Grace Ministries and has preached for several years in the Philippines, Singapore and India. For further information, call David Greenwood, administrative pastor of Liberty Bible Church, at 931-3040.
Mid-summer bazaar, yard sale, flea market and craft vendors fair will be hosted by the Covenant Women of God from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 19 and July 20 at Christ Victory Church in New Buena Vista. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A pie baking contest will be held. Judging will be done on July 20, and pies will be available for purchase after the judging. Anyone is invited to enter the contest or set up a table. Inside and outside tables will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and can be rented for $10 for one or $15 for two. To rent table space or for more information on the pie baking contest, call 733-4478 or 977-0208.
Annual Mega Sports Camp, “Fundamentals,” will be held at the Everett Assembly of God from 6 to 9 p.m. July 8-12. Sports training will be offered in soccer for children ages 6-12, flag football for children ages 6-12, cheerleading for children ages 6-12, basketball for children ages 8-12 and volleyball for children ages 10-12. Children ages 3-5 will participate in SPARK activities, and MSQUAD, for children ages 6-8, will play a variety of sports. Bible stories that help build character traits to excel in sports and life will be shared. Cost of registration is $5 for the camp T-shirt. Call 652-6917 to register or for more information.
Family Fun Night will be held at Time Ministries Church every last Friday of the month. The event is open to all ages, including adults, and there will be a Toddler Zone. Doors open at 5 p.m. for indoor archery. Bring archery equipment. Other activities will begin at 6 p.m. and will include basketball, volleyball, foosball, air hockey, four square, bounce house, ping pong, badminton, dodge ball, billiards and more. Activities will vary. There also will be indoor board games. There will also be an area for snacks and coffee. Admission is free. The church is located at 5202 Business 220, Bedford. For more information, call 624-2444.
Summer Kid’s Activity Days for children ages 3 through 12 are held at the Oasis of Love Church every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon through Aug. 13. On Aug. 13 at noon, families of the children are invited to a picnic and closing program. The theme for the program is “God’s Big Backyard,” where children will learn valuable lessons from the Bible about how to love God, serve others and choose good friends. There will be Bible lessons, object talks, songs, games, crafts and a variety of activities. Lunch is provided for the children. Limited transportation is available by calling 627-3819. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The church is located at 10991 Station Road, Huntingdon, across from Southside Elementary School.
Bingo is played every Wednesday night at the parish hall of St. John the Baptist Church, New Baltimore, starting at 6:30 pm. Refreshments are available.
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.
Solid Rock Independent Baptist Church will host a tour of Jordan and Israel Feb. 9-21. The trip includes flights, transportation, lodging, food, tips and taxes. Passports are needed and a $300 deposit is required by Nov. 1 for the $3,999 trip. Final payment is due Dec. 11. The trip will include various tour stops. Modern-day topics will be woven into the commentary. For additional information, call John Klink at 804-761-5088.
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. Or patrons may contact any member of Messiah Lutheran Church to purchase a copy.
Yard sales will be held Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Love In the Name of Christ, 80 State St., Everett.
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.
Choice Spot, a community youth center located in the Fellowship Center of the Manns Choice Church of God, 6150 Allegheny Road, is open Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/thechoicespot.
“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. 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.
Vacation Bible School will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 4-7 at the United Church of Schellsburg for children in pre-kindergarten to 11 years. Registration will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 4. For more information, call 733-4811 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
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