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Connellsville church to host open house

| Saturday, May 17, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

A new local church will host an open house from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday.

“We are having this open house for people who want to come and get a feel for what we are about as a spiritual community in a comfortable and safe environment,” said the Rev. Donna Kopitsky of Unity Church of Connellsville.

The nondenominational church serves Connellsville, Uniontown, Greensburg and all of southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia. The church opened in October last year in Room 204 at Greater Connellsville Community Center.

“Having the church here helps us meet one more of our community's needs and wants,” said Lori Kosisko, administrative contractor for the community center. “With the addition of the Unity Church, it helps our building become a more well-rounded building that offers a wide variety of services to our community.”

Kopitsky said she and members of the church want to educate people that the church is a little different than a conventional church.

“We have no dogma. We have no rules. We have some basic beliefs. We are open to all faiths,” Kopitsky said. “We honor and know that God is present in all religions and faiths.”

She said that most people who attended the church for the first time say they felt like they were coming home.

“I think it's because when they come to the church for the first time, they feel the unity and that we are all one. You are coming home to your spiritual family. You know right away that you are loved and accepted just the way you are,” Kopitsky said.

In place of a typical Sunday worship service, the church has a Sunday Celebration Service, which is offered at 10:30 a.m. each week.

Parishioner Jacquie Albert of Uniontown described the services as very informal and very real. She said the services include prayers as well as greetings and songs.

“The songs are very upbeat. Some of the songs I grew up singing in church and some that are new to me,” Albert said.

She said she first became familiar with Unity, headquartered in Missouri, several years ago from her late father-in-law. She said she attended Unity churches in California and Arizona and was happy when the church opened here.

“I love the positive nature of practical Christianity,” Albert said. “One of the things I like about Unity is there is no judgment. They see you as a beautiful creature of God, and you are full of potential.”

The open house include refreshments, free literature and a free gift for visitors. Kopitsky plans to show some short videos.

For more information on the church, visit www.unityofconnellsville.org or call 717-580-6742.

Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer.

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