Annual Forefathers Day service at the Friends Cove United Church of Christ double brick church, Diehl Road, Bedford, has been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. The service was scheduled for June 7. Organizers hope to hold the service next year.

Trinity Lutheran Church, located on Bedford’s Public Square at 106 W. Penn St., has returned to corporate Sunday worship. One liturgy of the word is celebrated at 8:30 a.m. Congregants are observing social distancing, wearing masks and employing other “best-practices” as recommended by public health officials. Call 623-8813 if planning to attend or for more information about Trinity’s ministries.

St. John’s Reformed Church of Loysburg will offer worship online. Pastor David Meckley will conduct each service. All services can be viewed by clicking on the “live stream” option on the church’s home page. The website is All Sunday services will be posted by 9:30 a.m. The services can be viewed/heard on the church facebook page as well as the website. The services will remain on the website and can be viewed any hour at one’s convenience.

Rabies clinic to benefit the Wells Valley Presbyterian Church will be held from 8 a.m, to noon June 6 at the Wells Tannery Community Park. Rabies shots will cost $10; other vaccines will be given for additional costs. Dr. Edwin Bracken will be the veterinarian.

Black Valley Church has canceled its annual Strawberry Festival this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The festival is held annually on the second Saturday in June.

Election Day ham pot pie sale will take place at Wolfsburg United Methodist Church from noon to 5 p.m. June 2. Cost will be $8 for one quart of pot pie, two rolls and two gobs. Drive-through to pick up orders. Preorders also will be accepted by calling 623-6595 or 623-8927.

Family Fun Nights at Time Ministries Church will resume as soon as the state restrictions due to the COVID-19 are lifted.

Faith Baptist Church of Altoona will serve free hot lunches May 30 as a ministry outreach for people in need. The meals will be available for pick up from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. A hot main food item, as well as fruit and other items, will be provided for each individual present on a first-come, first-served basis. Meals will be distributed at the lower level of the church, corner of 4th Avenue and 40th Street. For more information, call 944-2894 or visit

Everett Church of the Brethren has canceled services for the time being. Visit the church’s Facebook page for weekly meditations and more information.

Crossroads Bible Church’s services will be livestreamed on Sundays at 11 a.m. and can be viewed at or on the church’s Facebook page.

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

United Methodist churches in Manns Choice, Buffalo Mills and Helixville will be closed until further notice.

St. James Thrift Shop is closed until further notice. No donations or consignments will be accepted during the time of closure.

Manns Choice Church of God will have online services each Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. There are three ways to join the services — through Facebook live on the Manns Choice Church of God Facebook page, at the website and click on the live stream tab or by visiting

Love in the Name of Christ ham and cheese sandwich sale fundraisers will be held June 4, Sept. 3. Cost is $5 for a sandwich and chips. To place orders, call 652-0025.

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.

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 Hospice, part of UPMC, is continuing to offer a free monthly Bereavement Support Group meetings on the last Tuesday of each month from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at ACTS Community Church, 169 Bedford Plaza Rd., Bedford. Registration is required. Contact Charlene Ebersole, bereavement secretary, at or 814-947-7060 to register. Facilitated by Family Hospice Spiritual Counselor John Bennett, the support group is free and open to all members of the community grieving the loss of a loved one. Group meeting dates are June 30, July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 24 and Dec. 29.

Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Support Group meetings held at the Bedford United Methodist Church have been canceled until further notice.

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

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