CHURCH AREA BRIEFS
St. John offers
Blessing of Backpacks
JERSEY SHORE — St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 229 S. Broad St., offers a Blessing of the Backpacks service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. Students and teachers are encouraged to bring their backpacks to the service for a special blessing as the new school year begins.
The church youth plan a short bicycle ride for ice cream from the rail trail parking lot at Waterville, Aug. 26 starting at 11:30 a.m. All youth are invited to bring their bikes and join the ride.
The youth also invite other church members to join them in a trip to the Williamsport Crosscutters game against the State College Spikes on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 7:05 p.m. A fireworks display will follow the game.
Curtin UM offers
Joyful Noise concert
HOWARD — A contemporary Christian concert by Joyful Noise will be held Sunday, Aug. 26 at 3 p.m. at Curtin United Methodist Church, 305 Curtin Village Road, three miles north of Milesburg near historic Curtin Village. A documentary on the band will be filmed during the concert. For more information, call Larry Beahm at 814-355-9588.
First Church to host
FLEMINGTON — An area-wide Sing Celebration will be held Sunday, Aug. 26, hosted by Flemington First Church of Christ. Sister churches and members of the general public are invited. The church will provide a meal from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and the sing will begin at 7 p.m.
Big Woods to host
back-to-school prayer night
CASTANEA — Big Woods Bible Church, 120 Logan Ave., offers a back-to-school prayer night Monday as a community event for teachers, administrators, students, parents, anyone who wants to pray for the coming school year. The event starts at 7 p.m. with a brief opening, followed by a chance to pray either individually or in groups. Desserts will follow. Child care will be provided. If more information is needed, call the church office at 570-893-8274.
Flemington First Church
FLEMINGTON — A “Celebration Sing” will be held Sunday, Aug. 26 at Flemington First Church of Christ, with the sing starting at 5 p.m. and a meal at 6:30 p.m. Those planning to attend the meal, or to sing, are asked to sign up ahead of time.
Blanchard youth plan
Back to School Bash
BLANCHARD — The annual Back to School Bash for the youth of Blanchard Church of Christ is Sunday at Bald Eagle State Park. The fun starts after the second, 11 a.m. worship service.
Coffeehouse-style service is tonight
MACKEYVILLE — Mackeyville United Methodist Church offers an informal church service coffeehouse style tonight from 7 to 8 p.m., with coffee, tea, cold drinks and baked goods, local musicians playing, and a brief inspirational message.