Woods Church annual Christmas hymn sing will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 4. There will be hymn singing, a message by Pastor Dan Oldham from the Chestnut Ridge Independent Fellowship Church and special music by the Chestnut Ridge Fellowship Choir and special soloists. Music accompaniment will be provided by Ruth Miller. Woods Church is located in Friends Cove at 486 Harrietta Lane, Bedford. The entrance is handicapped accessible. For more information, call 814-327-4530.
Joyful Noise will minister in music at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 20 at Calvary Baptist Church, 615 Barclay Drive, Bedford.
Bethel Church of the Brethren, Tatesville, will host a Thanksgiving Eve community service at 7 p.m. Nov. 23. Tim McIntyre, Riddlesburg, will be the guest speaker. Light refreshments will be served following the service.
Free drive-through Thanksgiving meal will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Weyant United Methodist Church, 136 Mowry’s Mills Road, Imler, Route 869 west of Osterburg.
Clothing giveaway will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 22 at St John’s United Church of Christ, 144 W John St, Bedford.
Free Thanksgiving dinners will be served Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, by the Bedford Service Unit of the Salvation Army. The dinners will be served from Trinity Lutheran Church, 106 W. Penn St., Public Square, Bedford. The warm and ready-to-eat carry-out meals will be available for pickup from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and will include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, cranberry sauce, gravy, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie and drinks. Advance reservations are needed by Nov. 18 and can be made by calling Trinity at 814-623-8813. For more information, call Stacy at Trinity Lutheran Church at 623-8813.
Bedford Alliance Church will host an evening of Thanksgiving and praise at 6 p.m. Nov. 20. For more information, visit bedfordpacma.org.
Christmas celebrations will kick off at Time Ministries Church at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 with a talent show, dessert carnival and ugly sweater party. The evening will feature special talents from the church. Following the talent show, there will be a wide spread of dessert. On Dec. 18, at 10:30 a.m., there will be a special Christmas service. TMC’s Alive Drama Team will present a Christmas play, “Christmas Catastrophe,” which is about the children’s choir being invited to sing at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The children learn a lesson in grace that they will never forget. A Christmas Eve candlelight service will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 24. This year’s theme is “What Child is This?” The service will feature the Alive Drama Team as characters surrounding the Christmas story and singing the carols of the season. The service ends with candlelighting and the singing of “Silent Night.” The church is located at 5202 Business 220, Bedford. Please call 624-2444 for more information.
Giveaway will be hosted by the Clear Ridge Fellowship Church, 10721 Clear Ridge Road, Everett, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 19. There will be free furniture, toys, coats, books, clothing, shoes, puzzles, kitchen items and more. Thrift store and flea market vendors may not participate. For more information, call or text 814-414-5287.
New Life Bible Camp, 451 Tar Water Hollow Road, Buffalo Mills, will host a Turkey Bowl flag football tournament fundraiser Nov. 19, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Seven-player teams for ninth graders through adults will compete. Cost to register is $8 per person. Each person on the winning team will receive a $10 gift card and a medal. Teams can register at www.newlifebiblecamp.com or on the camp’s Facebook page. Participants who don’t have a full team can register individually and will be assigned to a team. All registrants will receive goody bags. The camp also will host other events on the day of the tournament. There will be door prizes and a Punt, Pass and Kick contest with three divisions, including elementary, middle school and open. Prizes will be awarded. Non-players can purchase $8 Gobbler passes to compete in the Punt, Pass and Kick contest, a hay ride or pony ride and lunch. The maximum family cost will be $25. Children ages 5 and under can participate for free. The camp’s gameroom, Box Cave, tetherball court and gym will be open.
First Christian Church youth will perform the play “Picture a Christmas” at 4 p.m. Dec. 4 at the church, 57 Providence St., Everett. There will be hot chocolate and cookies in the social room after the play. For more information, call 814-652-5010.
Turkey and waffle supper will be served drive-thru, takeout style Nov. 19 at Trinity Reformed Church in Osterburg. Meals can be picked up between 4 and 6 p.m. at the church basement doors. Each meal includes turkey, filling, gravy, waffles, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, coleslaw and pie. Cost will be $12 per meal.
Big 50 Bingo will be played at St. John The Baptist parish in New Baltimore on Nov. 20, beginning at 1 p.m. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Admission will be $30. Refreshments will be available.
National Collection Week for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes is underway. Dropoff locations in Bedford and Fulton counties include Bedford – United Methodist Church, 132 E. John St. (Paul Kendall, 814-494-3657, email@example.com) — Nov. 18, 6-8 p.m.; Nov. 19, 9-11 a.m.; Nov. 20, 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Nov. 21, 8-10 a.m.; other times by appointment. Breezewood – Gospel Lighthouse Assembly of God, 1092 Lighthouse Road (Lynne Shaffer, Collection Center, 814-934-2940, firstname.lastname@example.org) — Nov. 18, 5-7 p.m.; Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-noon; Nov. 20, 2-4 p.m.; Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; other times by appointment. Buffalo Mills – United Methodist Church, 164 Church St. (Heather Chaney, 814-977-6768, email@example.com) — Nov. 18, 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Nov. 19, 8-10 a.m.; Nov. 20, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Nov. 21, 7-9 a.m.; other times by appointment. Clearville – Pleasant Union Church, 259 Pleasant Union Church Road (Bonnie Mills, 814-717-658-2498, firstname.lastname@example.org) — Nov. 18, 6-8 p.m.; Nov. 19, 9-11 a.m.; Nov. 20, noon-2 p.m.; Nov. 21, 9-11 a.m.; other times by appointment. Everett – Pennwood Bible Church, 440 Hospital Drive (Diane Flaaen, 814-623-9444, email@example.com) — Nov. 18, 5-7 p.m.; Nov. 19, noon-2 p.m.; Nov. 20, noon-4 p.m.; Nov. 21, 7-9 a.m.; other times by appointment. Fishertown – Chestnut Ridge Independent Fellowship Church, 1486 Quaker Valley Road, New Paris (Deanna Bowser, 814-839-9378, firstname.lastname@example.org) — Nov. 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Nov. 19, 19:30 a.m.-noon; Nov. 20, 2-4 p.m.; Nov. 21, 7:30-9:30 a.m.; other times by appointment Hopewell – Grace Brethren Church, 5320 Raystown Road (Dale Ellis, 814-766-3747, email@example.com) — Nov. 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Nov. 19, 9-11 a.m.; Nov. 20, 12:30-3 p.m.; Nov. 21, 9-11 a.m.; other times by appointment. Imler – St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 1338 S. Imler Valley Road (Debbie Yoder, 814-239-8375, firstname.lastname@example.org) — Nov. 18, 5-7 p.m.; Nov. 19-20, noon-3 p.m.; Nov. 21, 9-11 a.m.; other times by appointment. Woodbury – Healing Waters Church of God, 4061 Woodbury Pike (Mindy Hillegass, 814-585-0055, email@example.com) — Nov. 18, 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Nov. 20, 2:30-4:30 p.m.; Nov. 21, 8-10 a.m.; other times by appointment. Fulton County — Needmore – Needmore Bible Church, 6939 Great Cove Road (Billie White, 717-573-2212, firstname.lastname@example.org) — Nov. 18, noon-3 p.m.; Nov. 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Nov. 20, 1-6 p.m.; Nov. 21, 7-9 a.m.; other times by appointment.
St. James Thrift Shop, 210 E. John St., Bedford, is featuring fall and winter clothing and fall decorating items. The shop is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.
Iron Gate Recovery program meets at 7 p.m. Saturdays at Pleasant Hill Bible Church, 2793 Briar Valley Road, Bedford. For more information, visit phbiblechurch.com.
Family Fun Night, with activities for participants of all ages, will be held at Time Ministries Church from 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 18 and Jan. 27. There will be no Family Fun Night in December. The Fun Zone opens at 6 p.m. with activities. There is also a Toddler Zone for younger children. There will be bingo with prizes from 7 to 8 p.m. There is also a food station. Admission is free. The church is located at 5202 Business 220, Bedford. For more information, call 814-624-2444.
Kids 4 Truth Club for children ages 4 to 12 meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Pleasant Hill Bible Church, 2793 Briar Valley Road, Bedford. There will be Bible lessons, games, Truthbook time, crafts, songs and more. Visit phbiblechurch.com for more info.
Freedom House Ministries Christian gift and thrift shop, 176 Chalybeate Road, Bedford, is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. For more information, call 814-494-2949.
Free clothing giveaways are held from 9 a.m. to noon the first and third Saturdays at the Claysburg Church of God Blessing Room. For more information, call 814-239-8542.
Family History Center at the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints is open by appointment. Call 814-623-2482, 814-310-5047 or 814-733-4403 to schedule appointments.
Deadline to submit items for publication on the Church News page is 5 p.m. Tuesdays. Items are published free of charge. For more information, email email@example.com or call 814-310-5277.