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

Twelve Apostles’ Palm Sunday service is at 10:15 a.m. Sunday and includes a reading from the Gospel according to St. John and Holy Communion.

The Maundy Thursday’s service begins at 7 p.m. and includes stripping of the altar as well as Holy Communion.

Good Friday’s Tenebrae Service begins at 8 p.m. and is held in conjunction with Saegertown United Methodist Church.

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. March 31. 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, April 1, 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.

Holy Thursday services are at 7 p.m. Thursday at State Line United Methodist Church, 263 West State Road.

Good Friday services are at 7 p.m. Friday at Westford United Methodist Church, 2031 Westford Road.

Easter morning services are at 7 at Pymatuning State Park, Shelter 4; at 8:45 at State Line UMC; 10 at Jamestown UMC; and 11:15 at Westford UMC on April 1.

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. Friday.

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. Friday 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 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.

WAYNE TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A prayer service with praise and music is at 7 p.m. Friday at The First Congregational Church of Wayne, corner of routes 193 and 322 in Wayne Township, Ohio. 

LINESVILLE — Linesville Presbyterian Church holds an Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. April 1 at the Linesville Spillway with Rose Hilliard officiating.

All are welcome.

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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