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Lenten observances, activities set at area churches

| Friday, April 27, 2012, 12:40 a.m.

The Community Mid-Week Lenten Services, sponsored by the First United Church of Christ's Men's Prayer Fellowship, is being held every Wednesday of Lent, starting with hymns at 11:30 a.m., with preaching at noon and lunch at 12:30 p.m.

The church, located at 400 Main St., Irwin, will feature different topics and speakers each week. Lunch, which is $5, is provided by the Colonial Grille.

The speaker on Wednesday is the Rev. Todd Neveu, who will address "The Word of Affection," with special music provided by Fred King. The Scripture is John 19:25, 26.

Jars of Love

Norwin Christian Church, along with the West Hills Christian Church in Moon, is collecting peanut butter and infant formula for hungry families in Haiti as part of "Operation Jars of Love."

The drive runs through Sunday, and organizers hope to collect 2,000 jars of peanut butter and 200 cans of infant formula, which will be sent to Haiti through the Lifeline Ministry.

Organizers prefer creamy peanut butter in jars between 12 and 18 ounces.

Formula must be powdered and small-size cans are preferred for shipping reasons.

Items can be left on a collection table in the church's lobby, located at 9610 Barnes Lake Road, North Huntingdon.

Rock Around the Clock

The "Rock Around the Clock" celebration at Queen of Angels Catholic School, 1 Main St., Irwin, has been rescheduled for April 9, from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m.

The event will feature dinner, entertainment by students and an auction to benefit the school's educational program.

This year's activities include a raffle with a $4,000 cash prize.

Tickets are $20 and only 500 are available. For more information or to reserve a ticket, call 724-978-0144.

St. John's United

St. John's United Church of Christ on Brownstown Road in Larimer is sponsoring a trip to "Sight and Sound" in Lancaster on May 5 for a showing of "Joseph."

The cost is $154, which includes bus fare, dinner and a tip for the bus driver. There is a payment plan available.

For more information, or to make reservations, call Lillian at 724-863-3093.

The church is hosting a craft show March 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crafters interested in registering for a table should call Lillian at 724-863-3093. A bake sale and lunch also will be offered.

Lenten season

The Norwin Cluster of Lutheran Pastors will be "On the Road to the Cross" during the Lenten season, with a series of Wednesday night devotions at Holy Trinity and the other Evangelical Lutheran churches in the area.

On Wednesdays there will be a covered dish dinner in the fellowship hall at 6 p.m., followed by a prayer service in the sanctuary at 7 p.m.

The line up of guest preachers includes: the Rev. Bruce Brunkhorst from Immanuel Lutheran Church on Wednesday; the Rev. Dorothy Worth of Paintertown Lutheran Church on March 10; the Rev. Janice Altenburger of Our Savior Lutheran Church on March 17; and the Rev. Roger Steiner of Penn-Zion Lutheran Church on March 24.

For more information, call the church office at 724-863-7350.

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