SAEGERTOWN — Twelve Apostles Lutheran Church, 358 Euclid Ave., invites the public to the conclusion of Holy Week services. Pastor Mark A. Fischer and visiting clergy will preside.

Twelve Apostles hosts the public and congregations from churches in its Synod’s Agape Cluster at a Vigil of Easter service at 8 p.m. today. This service celebrates Christ’s resurrection, symbolically taking congregants from the darkness of the tomb to the light of the resurrection using an ancient Christian liturgy.

It will incorporate a service of light, service of readings, affirmation of baptism and Holy Communion. Modern-day sunrise services evolved from this historical service.

Pastor Brian Riddle will serve as celebrant, Pastor Jake Jacobson will preach, Fischer will serve as cantor and Deacon Nancy Guthrie will serve as assisting minister. The Cluster’s joint bell choirs will perform, and refreshments and fellowship will be enjoyed in Apostles Hall after the service.

Twelve Apostles joins with Saegertown UMC in conducting a community-wide sunrise service “at the cross” at 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunday in the Saegertown Cemetery on Grange Center Road.

At 10:15 a.m. Easter Sunday, Twelve Apostles celebrates Christ’s resurrection with Holy Communion in its sanctuary.

Easter morning services are at 7 at Pymatuning State Park, Shelter 4; at 8:45 at State Line United Methodist Church; 10 at Jamestown UMC; and 11:15 at Westford UMC on Sunday.

LINESVILLE — Linesville Presbyterian Church holds an Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. Sunday at the Linesville Spillway with Rose Hilliard officiating.

All are welcome.

The Feast of Divine Mercy will be celebrated from 3 to 4 p.m. April 8 at St. Agatha Church in Meadville.

This feast day was established by Pope John Paul II as per the directions of visionary St. Maria Faustina. The Lord has deemed it a day of his great mercy, graces and forgiveness of sins.

A group that crochets plastic bags into mats for homeless people meets every second Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at New Beginnings Church of God on Leslie Road in conference room 118.

The next meeting is April 12.

The mats will be given to homeless people to sleep on outside. If you can crochet, you can be a blessing.

No donations of bags are necessary at this time.

• More information: Call Joan Sommers at 425-7736.

ERIE — WCTL, Erie’s Christian radio station, welcomes comedian Jason Earls as part of its 16th annual Family Comedy Night. Erie First Assembly, on Oliver Road, hosts the event at 7 p.m. April 14.

Since 2002, WCTL has brought in popular comedians like Brad Stine, Tim Hawkins and Thor Ramsey — for a night of comedy that the whole family can enjoy.

“We’re excited to have Jason Earls for this year’s Family Comedy Night. Jason takes laughing seriously and connects with everyone from 5 to 95,” WCTL General Manager Adam Q. Frase said. “Being a husband and father of six kids, Jason will no doubt have some great insight into everyday life that will leave us laughing for more.”

Tickets for Family Comedy Night can be purchased at To find out more about Jason Earl’s comedy, visit

• More information: Contact Lori Clapper at (814) 796-6000, extension 105, or

Adamsville Presbyterian Church hosts the gospel concert featuring The Carriers at 6 p.m. April 15.

A love offering will be taken, and light refreshments will be served following the concert.

WEST MEAD TOWNSHIP — Bethany Christian Services of Western Pennsylvania hosts this year’s Empowered To Connect Conference Simulcast.

The simulcast is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27 and 28 at New Beginnings Church of God, 13226 Leslie Road.

Experience practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as everyone works to equip families, churches and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care. This features methods developed by Karyn Purvis and David Cross from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU to help bring attachment and connection in families.

Registration is limited to the first 100 participants. Attendance both days is not required.

Lunch may be purchased at the church from local ministries for a donation.

Child care will not be provided.

• To register: Visit

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