ERIE — The Presbyterian church invites all to a wide-ranging training event today at First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 250 W. 7th St.

The event is open to all who desire to enhance church leadership skills, regardless of denominational affiliation.

The keynote speaker is David Hansen, a pastor and author of several books on ministry without all the answers. He is an engaging speaker with keen insights for the 21st century church.

Numerous workshops will be held engaging wide ranging topics from international mission connections to music in smaller congregations to exploring what God is up to in your neighborhood. All are welcome.

• More information: Visit

Meadville Area Ministerial Association invites the public to visit various churches for this year’s Lenten Lunch Series.

Each week a different congregation will provide a meal and a devotional speaker, with donations for lunch supporting a program of that church’s choosing.

Lunch is available at noon, and the program begins at 12:30 p.m. Dates and locations are:

• March 14 at Stone United Methodist Church, 956 S. Main St., 724-6736

• March 21 at United Faith Fellowship Church of God, 561 State St., 336-4124

An evening prayer and praise service is at 7 p.m. March 18 at Stone United Methodist Church’s The Living Room (third floor), 956 S. Main St., Meadville.

Prayer and praise is more than just music and singing; it is a time of genuine praise toward God and thanksgiving for all he has done designed for you to experience God in a fresh and dynamic way, according to the church.

• More information: Call 724-6736 or email

LINESVILLE — Linesville United Methodist Church, 334 W. Erie St., hosts a self-guided walk to the cross from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 30.

Participants will see and feel the washing of the disciple’s feet in the Upper Room, the betrayal, the trial, the crown of thorns, the nails; all while following Jesus on his journey to the cross.

Experience Christ’s great sacrifice for the salvation of the world.

The Shadow of the Cross is at 7 p.m. March 30 at Stone United Methodist Church, 956 S. Main St., Meadville.

The musical “service of darkness” focuses on the final hours of Jesus’ life and crucifixion.

“Standing in the shadow of the cross, we find comfort and courage in knowing that we can live in a future that is ultimately God’s making!” according to the church.

• More information: Call the church office at 724-6736.

HARMONSBURG — A Tenebrae Service is at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, March 30, at Harmonsburg United Methodist Church, 14182 First St.

The word Tenebrae is Latin for shadows and the service recreates the betrayal, abandonment and agony of the passion story.

After attending a Tenebrae Service, you will feel and understand the joy of the Easter resurrection, according to the church.

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

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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