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Editor’s note: To submit a nonprofit announcement to The Sentinel’s Religion section, contact Tom Laub at (717) 248-6741 or by email at [email protected]. Items also may be faxed to (717) 248-3481 or sent to The Sentinel, 352 Sixth St., Lewistown, PA 17044. Items must be received by Tuesday for publication in the Saturday edition. Submissions will be published as space allows. The editor reserves the right to edit all submissions.


UMC to host Bible study

LEWISTOWN — First Bakers United Methodist Church will host a Bible study every Wednesday at 7 p.m. They will also host a youth group for individuals under age 18 on the first Thursday of each month, except July.

Schrader to host special speakers

MILROY — Schrader United Methodist Church will host the following speakers during its 8:30 a.m. services:

• March 26 — Jack and Jackson Armstrong

• April 2 — Harold Sharp

• April 9 — Bernard Carpenter

• April 16 — John Looney

• April 23 — Dennis Hetrick

• April 30 — Molly Phillips

Stony Run Mission upcoming events

McALISTERVILLE — Upcoming events at Stony Run Mission, 2825 Evendale Hill Rd., McAlisterville:

• March 26 — Caleb Snook will be sharing at 6 p.m.

Worship Services at Trinity Lutheran Church

McALISTERVILLE — Trinity Lutheran Church,

420 Main St. in McAlisterville. Worship every Sunday with Holy Communion at 9 a.m.

The spring highway clean-up and free community breakfast is today. All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. The clean-up begins at 9 a.m. Please bring a monetary donation or canned food item for the Juniata County Food Pantry. The breakfast will take place rain or shine. The rain date for the highway clean-up is Saturday, April 1.

We are in the midst of the season of Lent. TLC will be giving their Lenten offerings to the East Juniata Tiger Treats Program. Currently TT is helping feed 83 children every weekend. That means nearly ¼ of the students at East Juniata are in need of food assistance. Please consider making a donation to this mission soon. Lenten donation envelopes can be found in members’ mailboxes or donations can be made online via Tithely on TLC’s website.

Watch our services live on our Facebook page or posted on our YouTube Channel and website,

Services at Watts UMC

BELLEVILLE — Watts Memorial United Methodist Church at the corner of Green and Walnut Streets in Belleville. Worship service every Sunday at 9 a.m. All are invited and welcome.

• Thursday, April 6 — Maundy Thursday service with Holy Communion at 7 p.m.

• Sunday, April 9 — Sunrise service at the church at 6:30 a.m.

• Sunday, April 9 — Easter worship with Holy Communion at 9 a.m.

Services at Upper Room

Worship Center Cafe’ Church

BELLEVILLE — The Upper Room Worship Center Cafe’ Church, 4567 E. Main St. in Belleville.

Worship services Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Events at Trinity United Church of Christ

LEWISTOWN — Upcoming events at Trinity United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. in Lewistown.

• April 6 — Maundy Thursday service is at 7 p.m. Covered dish meal at 6 p.m.

• April 7 — Good Friday service at 7 p.m.

Lenten Worship Series presented

by McAlisterville Ministerium

McALISTERVILLE — The McAlisterville Ministerium invites you to the 2023 Lenten Worship Series “Jesus Offers You the Power of Prayer.” This year ,in-person worship returns, but the service will also be

Streamed live on the McAlisterville Ministerium Facebook page. (

You do not need a Facebook account to watch the services (just surf over to the web page above). All services begin at 7 p.m.

• March 26 — Terry Smith speaks at Pine Grove on the theme “Jesus Prays for Future Believers.”

• April 2 — at Delaware, where the theme is “Jesus Agonizes in the Garden” by Chad Weaver.

• April 7 at Trinity, a Good Friday Tenebrae service led by all the pastors. Offerings this year will be divided between Crossroads Pregnancy Center and Central World Kitchen. Hopefully, this worship series will help you grow in your faith and bless your relationship with God.

Port Royal Men’s Lenten Prayer Breakfast

PORT ROYAL — The Port Royal Men’s Lenten Prayer Breakfast will meet each Saturday during Lent at 7 a.m. in the Port Royal community building on 4th St.

Schedule of speakers:

• March 25 — Mr. Rodney Pry, Free Spring Church

• April 1 — Rev. Perry Monrow, McAlisterville United Methodist Church

• April 8 — Rev. Ron Shupe, First Baptist Church

Trinity and Walnut Street UMC

worship schedule

BURNHAM / LEWISTOWN — Worship schedule for Trinity and Walnut Street United Methodist Churches:

• March 26 — 9:30 a.m. at Walnut Street

• April 2 (Palm Sunday) — 9:30 a.m. at Trinity

• April 6 (Maundy Thursday) — 7 p.m. at Walnut Street

• April 7 (Good Friday) — 7 p.m. at Trinity

• April 9 (Easter Sunday) — 7 a.m. Sunrise Easter Service at Trinity

• April 9 (Easter Sunday) — 9:30 a.m. Easter Service at Walnut Street

Walnut Street UMC is located in Burnham. Trinity UMC is on S. Main St. in Lewistown. All are welcome.

Burnham-Derry Ministerium

Lenten Service dates

LEWISTOWN — Burnham-Derry Ministerium Lenten services, Sunday evenings at 6 p.m., coffee house style.

• March 26 at Burnham Church of the Brethren with music by Chris Ruble

• April 2 at Maitland Church of the Brethren with music by The Unusual Suspects

Lewistown Ministerium Lenten Services

LEWISTOWN — The Lewistown Ministerium will host a brief Lenten lesson Wednesdays at 12 noon followed by a luncheon on the following dates:

• March 29 — St. John’s Lutheran Church, 120 North Main St. in Lewistown.

• April 7 — Good Friday Cross Walk, beginning at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 106 N. Dorcas St. in Lewistown and continuing through the downtown area.

Downtown churches are sharing these services sponsored by the Lewistown Ministerium. All are welcome.

Free Passover Seder meal

at First Baptist Church

MIFFLINTOWN — A free Passover Seder meal will be held at the First Baptist Church of Juniata County on Route 35, one mile north of Mifflintown on Saturday, March 25 at 5 p.m. in the Family Ministry Center. Rev. Tom Simcox with “Friends of Israel” will be presenting the instructions for the Seder Meal. After the formalities of the Seder Meal which consists of special tastes centering around Jesus Christ; His death, burial and resurrection, we will be serving a main meal which includes: turkey, filling, mashed potatoes, corn, carrots & dessert. We look forward to having you join us in this special meal in remembrance of our Lord and Savior. Please call the church office at (717) 436-9261 by Sunday, March 12 to sign-up.

Bunkertown Men’s Chorus plans

to begin 90th season of singing

McALISTERVILLE — The Bunkertown Men’s Chorus plans to begin its 90th season of singing this month (March). The group was founded in 1934 by a small group of Christian men from Eastern Juniata and Western Snyder Counties, originally providing music on WKOK in Sunbury. Continuing to sing, the group grew and has performed at churches for worship and revival services, Sunday School conventions, camp meetings, social functions, and more. For many years, the Chorus practiced at the Brethren Church in Bunkertown (rural McAlisterville), and currently practices at Good News Lutheran Brethren Church near Cocolamus. The music sung by the group is four-part men’s Gospel quartet music, both accompanied and a cappella. Present-day members hail from Snyder, Juniata, Perry, Lebanon, and Cumberland Counties. If your church or organization is interested in hosting the chorus, or you are a Christian man who would enjoy signing with the group, more information can be found online at, or you can contact the Good News Church office at (717) 463-4030.

Facing the future with confidence

LEWISTOWN — A special global program featuring the theme, “You Can Face the Future With Confidence!” will be held on the weekend of April 1-2, 2023. The free 30-minute presentation will be hosted locally at the Lewistown Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, with a videoconferencing option available. Check the “Attend a Meeting” section on the homepage of for local addresses and meeting times. The public is also invited to the annual observance of the Memorial of Jesus Christ’s death, to be held on the evening of Tuesday, April 4, 2023. Admission to both programs is free, and no registration is required.

A cappella Hymn Sing at Ellen Chapel

LEWISTOWN — Ellen Chapel Church, Ferguson Valley Road, will hold a special community Maundy Thursday service of a cappella hymn singing on April 6 from 7- 8 p.m. All are welcome.

Ham and dandelion supper

TROXELVILLE — Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church will host a ham and dandelion supper on Saturday, April 15 beginning at 4 p.m at the Troxelville Community Hall in Troxelville. Menu includes fried ham, dandelion greens, oven-browned potatoes, corn, homemade bread and applesauce. Hot lettuce will also be available. Cost is $13 for adults (includes beverage and dessert – all you can eat). $6 for children six to 12. Free for children five and under. Take-outs will be available. Handicap accessible. For more information, call (570) 658-9175 or email [email protected].

Pastors invited to submit messages

LEWISTOWN — The Sentinel invites area religious leaders to submit columns for “Professions of Faith” in the Sentinel’s weekly religion section. Interested individuals may contact Tom Laub at [email protected] or (717) 248-6741, ext. 127. Sermons should be limited to 1,000 words; exceptions may be made at the editor’s discretion.

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