The United Methodist churches of Harmonsburg and Linesville welcome special "visitors," portrayed by Pastor Dennis Lawton, to their worship services during the Lenten season.

King Herod will be the first visitor on Sunday. Nicodemus will attend the service on March 17 with the Centurion following on March 24. The last two visitors will be Judas on March 31 and then Peter on April 7.

All are invited to attend and listen as each character reveals their thoughts and actions leading to the crucifixion of Jesus. Worship services are at 9:30 a.m. in Harmonsburg and 11 a.m. in Linesville.

Meadville Area Ministerial Association invites the public to visit its various churches for this year’s lenten lunch series.

Each week a different congregation will provide a simple 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.

Dates and venues are:

• March 13: Stone United Methodist Church, 956 S. Main St.

• March 20: Trinity Lutheran Church, 649 Park Ave.

• March 27: Christ Episcopal Church, 870 Diamond Park

• April 3: St. Agatha’s Roman Catholic Church, 353 Pine St.

• April 10: United Faith Fellowship Church of God, 561 State St.

The Catholic Community of Meadville presents its Tri-Parish Mission, “Brought to Perfection as One,” from 7 to 8 p.m. March 24 to 28 at St. Mary of Grace church, 1085 Water St.

The mission speaker features Father Michael Houston, a redemptorist priest.

Each evening will have a specialized focus within the theme “Brought to Perfection as One” from John 17:23. A healing service, allowing God to make people whole, heart, soul, mind and body, is scheduled for March 24 with exposition of the blessed sacrament.

The March 25 talk is aimed at God’s love for all. March 26 continues the theme and includes a penance service, a way to reconcile with God and each other.

March 27, Family Night, emphasizes that all are part of God’s family and includes children leading and participating in the evening’s events. Family Night also features a family dinner from 5 to 6:30. The meat will be provided; side dishes of cole slaw, potato casserole, mac and cheese, vegetable and desserts are requested.

Sign-up posters will be at each church through March 20. If there are any questions regarding the dinner, call members Sue Kelly at 336-4641 or Joanne McClay at 336-2274.

The mission closes with a Holy Mass dedicated to the blessed mother.

Transportation will be made available as well as child care for children in second grade and younger from approximately 6:30 to 8 p.m. upon request. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

SANDY LAKE — Anthony Evans Jr. will lead a day of worship from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 6 at New Lebanon Community Church, 4166 Mercer St.

There will be laughter, teaching, learning and new friendships, according to the church. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. Donations are accepted.

Reservations are required by March 29 and may be made by calling (724) 376-3708.

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