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Piqua Community Good Friday Service

PIQUA — The Piqua Community Good Friday Service, sponsored by the Piqua Association of Churches, will be held on Friday, March 25, 2016 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church, 500 N. Downing Street in downtown Piqua.

Pastors from many Piqua churches will be presenting short messages following the topic, “Six Attitudes of the Heart.” Following scriptural readings from the book of Matthew, topics will focus on “The Nails” by Rev. Fr. Tom Bolte of St. Mary-St. Boniface Catholic Church; “The Silver Coins” by Rev. Michael Gross of Trinity Church; “Peter’s Sword” by Rev. Dr. Keith Gebhart of St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church; “Pilate’s Basin of Water” by Rev. Kenneth Stewart of Greene Street United Methodist Church; “The Crown of Thorns” by Rev. David Fishback of Piqua Christian Church with the conclusion focusing on “The Cross of Our Lord.”

A community choir directed by Carol Palmer with singers from many Piqua churches will sing during the worship service and special musical numbers will be performed by the Combined Handbell Choirs of St. Boniface and St. Mary Church, vocal soloists Jason Townsend and Fred Lee and trumpeter Jon Millhouse. Congregational hymns will be led by members of the St. Paul’s chancel choir under the leadership of Marilyn Carey, Jane Ann Vest will serve as organist and scriptures will be read by lay readers including Nancy Schelle, Michael Yannucci, Lori Heiser, Barbara Hartzell, Peggy Moorman and others. Pastor Michael Gross of Trinity Church and Vice-President of the Piqua Association of Churches will provide closing thoughts.

The public is encouraged to attend — come on your lunch hour — and feel free to “come and go” to fit your schedule. The church is handicapped-accessible (elevator is off the front Downing Street entrance). This promises to be a very powerful and impacting service of worship, made stronger by community participation.

Easter Bazaar is coming to Gettysburg Cardinal Center

GETTYSBURG — The Friends of the Cardinal Center (Gettysburg School), a 501c3 non-profit corporation, will host a East Bazaar at the Gettysburg Cardinal Center on Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Shoppers will find a wide selection of craft items, bake goods, and specialty item. There will be door prizes to win and concession available for busy shoppers.

The Easter Bunny will be there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to see all of the children and the young at heart are encouraged to bring their cameras and get picture taken with the Easter Bunny.

There is no charge for admittance. Handicap parking is available from the Auld Street side of the building.

The Cardinal Center is located at 260 E. Main St. in Gettysburg.

Good Friday Worship Chorus forming

PIQUA — The annual Piqua Community Good Friday Service sponsored by the Piqua Association of Churches will be held at St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church, 500 N. Downing Street, Piqua on Friday, March 25 from noon to 1:30 p.m. (come and go as schedules allow). Pastors from many churches will share messages on “Six Attitudes of the Heart.”

Once again a community chorus is being assembled to sing two anthems during the worship service. Men and women of all ages who love to sing are welcome to participate. A single rehearsal for the chorus will be held on Monday evening, March 21 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church. Music for the two numbers to be sung is available from church choir directors/praise team leaders throughout the community or can be provided on-line by phoning Marilyn Carey, St. Paul’s choir director, at (937) 773-8149 or emailing to

Pleasant Hill Community Easter Sunrise Service

PLEASANT HILL — The Pleasant Hill Community Easter Sunrise Service will be held on Sunday, March 27 at 7:30 a.m. at the First Brethren Church located at 210 North Church Street (one block behind Indians Pizza).

Pastor John Weaver of the Brethren in Christ Church will bring the message. A breakfast will follow the service.

Renew Your Spirit at First Brethren Church

PLEASANT HILL — Spring is the time of year when the earth comes alive with new growth and new life. At First Brethren Church we’re celebrating new life this Easter – not just Spring’s green – but an intentional abundant life that comes from knowing God and His Son Jesus, who came back to life that first Easter. “I have come that you might have life – life to the fullest,” Jesus said. Come join us Easter Sunday, March 27, and renew your spirit!

Celebrate Easter with us, March 27

• 7:30 a.m. Community Sunrise Service followed by a Breakfast

• 9 a.m. Continental Breakfast (Donuts, Coffee & Juice)

• 9:30 a.m. Community Time with small groups for all ages

• 10:30 a.m. Worship Celebration

First Brethren Church is located at 210 N. Church St., Pleasant Hill, and can be contacted at (937) 676-2802 and at

Positive Parenting Classes

PIQUA — Snyder Road Church of God will be hosting Positive Parenting Classes, lead by Louise Burgess, LSW. They will take place Wednesday evenings on April 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 6-8 p.m.

The classes will include a free dinner for the entire family along with the Positive Parenting Class for adults and a Bible lesson, games, music, and crafts for kids.

Those interested in taking part can register for these classes and sign up for dinner by contacting Sara Keeran at 9937) 631-6069.

Snyder Road Church of God is located at 636 E. Snyder Road in Piqua.