Hear hymn writers

Hear hymn writers


Keith and Kristyn Getty, modern hymn writers whose songs are sung by an estimated 100 million people each year in churches and concert halls around the world, will present a concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Arena of the Physical Learning Center on campus. Tickets are available at www.gcc.edu/thegettys.

The Gettys have created a catalog of songs teaching Christian doctrine and crossing the genres of traditional, classical, folk and contemporary composition.

School of ushering


The Interdenominational Church Ushers Association School of Ushering for 2016-17 is conducting classes at Grace Evangelistic Temple, 2214 Mahoning Avenue. Classes began today. The next class will be from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 15.

The 32-hour course is conducted every other Saturday through April. The course is taught from the National United Church Ushers Association Inc. School of Ushering Manual. The cost of the book is $10 and can be purchased upon registration.

The ICUA is a nondenominational organization, and all church ushers are welcome to participate. Call 330-360-3850 or 330-233-4107.

Life Chains

Three Life Chains in Lawrence County, Pa., are planned Sunday. Prayer for Life services will begin at each location at 1:30 p.m. Pastors will lead prayers, and various groups will provide music.

Services are planned at Kennedy Square, Washington and Jefferson streets in New Castle; Jameson Health System parking lot, Market Street and Neshannock Avenue, New Wilmington; and McDonald’s parking lot, Fifth and Fountain Avenues, Ellwood City.

The one-hour Life Chains will begin at 2 p.m. with each person standing along the street holding a pro-life sign while praying in silence for an end to abortion in America. Lawrence County Life Chains are endorsed by the Greater New Castle Ministerial Fellowship, the Ellwood City Ministerium and Lawrence County Catholic Priests and Deacons.

Weekend retreat


Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center will offer a weekend retreat, Praying and Coiling a Mandala, with Sister Paulette Kirschensteiner, from 7 p.m. Oct. 7 to noon Oct. 9.

Beginning with a simple technique of coiling with yarn and clothesline, participants will create a mandala (circular design). “Through reflection we will open ourselves to the experience of praying with our hands and heart as we coil our mandala.” No art experience is necessary. Supplies are included. Sister Paulette leads retreats incorporating art and prayer. Cost is $175 and includes program, meals from pizza supper on Friday to lunch on Sunday, refreshments and supplies.

Program information and registration are available at www.vmesc.org or 724-964-8886.

NOW Creations


Now Creations will conduct a service from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Ursuline Center auditorium, 4280 Shields Road. Maureen Collins will present music; Vince Lisi, the message; and Bob Cene Jr., meditation. Now Creations regularly schedules a first Sunday of the month service.

Guest speaker


Dr. Paul A. Wright will speak on “Mother Teresa and Compassion” from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Community, 3020 Reeves Road NE. A reception will follow the presentation.

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