(Publications of what’s happening at our churches will be sent out once a month not included in News and Notes,

 and will typically be sent out the beginning of the month.  If you wish to publish, please have information sent to by the end of the previous month.

Please keep it brief, with What, Where, When and any other information needed.  thanks.)





Join us at Reedsville United Methodist Church for a free movie night Sunday, December 8th, at 6:30PM. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome!

“The Christmas Shoes” This heartwarming story stars Rob Lowe, as Robert Layton, a workaholic attorney with no time for Christmas---until a young boy helps him rediscover the true meaning of this special time of year:  Clearly, Layton is overdue for a "humanizing" treatment, which comes in the form of a little boy named Nathan Andrews. Learning that his mother, Maggie is dying from congenital heart failure, and unable to financially rely upon his underemployed father, Jack, Nathan goes about collecting tin cans and other throwaways so that he can afford an expensive pair of red shoes for his ailing mom. Nathan's plight not only touches Layton, but also has a heartwarming trickle-down effect on the lawyer's estranged family.



Mackeyville Sun. Dec. 8  6:00 p.m. Old Time Radio Christmas Program called "Christmas Hope" at Mackeyville United Methodist Church


Clintondale and Mackeyville Sat. Dec. 14 6:00 p.m. Christmas Coffeehouse Service sponsored by Clintondale and Mackeyville United Methodist Churches at the Porter Township Community Building


Mackeyville Wed. Dec. 18 6:30 p.m. Blue Christmas Service at Mackeyville United Methodist Church


Clintondale Sat. Dec. 21 2:00 and 6:00 p.m. Nativity Musical at Clintondale United Methodist Church.  Program is free but you must have tickets due to limited seating.  Call Pastor Dan Christopher at 814-359-0306 for more information and for tickets.



Image result for candle lightPleasant Gap is hosting a Christmas Eve service starting at 4:30 pm with a children’s service where they can meet Saint Nicholas and here his story.  Also, candlelight services at 7:00 pm & 11:00 pm 


East Salem United Methodist

East Salem UMC (7398 Rte 235, Mifflintown, PA) will host their annual Cookie Walk on Saturday, December 7th from 10:00 AM until Noon.


Homemade soup, sandwiches, baked goods and crafts will also be sold. Proceeds will be split between the elevator fund and the mission fund.





Park Forest Village will hold its 50th annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 7. The Bazaar will have specialized craft vendors along with Christmas decorations, books and other wonderful items. There will be a huge bake sale and a delicious lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please call 814-238-2657 or email for more information. Thank you!



Christmas Cookies & Sweet Treats Sale at Greater Buffalo Run Valley UMC


Wednesday December 4th Advent Service at 7pm

Friday December 6th Christmas Cookies and Sweet Treat Sale  3 to 7 pm 

Friday December 6th Spaghetti Supper 4 to 7 pm  

Wednesday December 11, & 18, Advent Service at 7pm

Christmas Eve service at 7pm 

1667 Buffalo Run Road

(Rte. 550 across from Meyer Cemetery)


Proceeds benefit the

Church Building Fund


Sale coincides with our monthly spaghetti supper

which is open to the public. Everyone is welcome.




The Gift of The Nutcracker series will be presented Dec. 1, 8, 15, and 22.  How does this iconic tale help us understand God’s greatest gift of the Christ child and of the kingdom Christ came to build?  Find out at 8:30am at Trinity UMC, 224 Trinity Lane, Woodward, 9:45am at St. James Coburn, 501 Main Street, Coburn and 11am at Sprucetown UMC, 177 Upper Georges Valley Road, Spring Mills.  Visit for details.


Ladies in Penns Valley join friends and neighbors for Ladies Coffee and Conversation every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 9:30am at St. James Coburn, 501 Main Street in Coburn.  Bring a treat to share if you like and spend some quality time chit chatting about every little thing!  Open to all!


Celebrate the Spirit of Christmas in Woodward Sunday, December 15th from 5-7pm with outdoor light display, indoor displays, cookie decorating, carol singing and light refreshments.  Hosted by Trinity Woodward, 224 Trinity Lane, Woodward, online at


Deep Blue Adventures Saturday School for kids ages 3-10 will have a Christmas Party study December 21st from 10-11:30am at St. James Coburn, 501 Main Street in Coburn!  How does the story of The Nutcracker relate to Christmas?  Find out at this fun and free event led by Pastor Theresa Heiser!  For more visit!


PV UMC Charge Youth Pizza Study Christmas Party Palooza for grades 7-12 is Sunday, December 22nd 5-6:30pm at St. James Coburn!  Led by Pastor Theresa Heiser.  Bring a wrapped exchange gift valued at $5 or less and wear your best rendition of the ugly sweater!  RSVP no later than Noon December 22nd.  Visit for details!


Image result for candle lightCandlelight Christmas Eve Communion Services will be held at 3pm at Sprucetown, 177 Upper Georges Valley Road and 6pm at St. James United Methodist Church 501 Main Street, Coburn.  Sing the story of the greatest gift ever given through beloved hymns.  Pastor Theresa Heiser shares a message of hope, peace, joy and love.  All are welcome!



Victorian Christmas Concerts at Trinity United Methodist Church  

128 W. Howard Street, Bellefonte

Saturday, December 14, 2019

10:00 am    Toot-in-Common

11:00 am    PSU Saxophone Studio and Soloists

12:00 pm    Shawn Gority, Bagpiper

1:00   pm    Arietta Women's Ensemble

2:00   pm    Curtin Family Ensemble

3:00   pm    Callanish

There is no charge to enjoy this beautiful music.


Pancake Supper

Saturday, December 14, 2019


Pancakes, pancake toppings, sausage, applesauce & beverage

Cost: By Donation

Trinity United Methodist Church

128 W. Howard Street






Created by God:

Parents and Church Partnering to Prepare Preteens with a Healthy, Faithful Understanding of Human Sexuality






Dates: January 30-February 2, 2020

Location: St. Paul’s UMC

Participant information

(4th – 7th grades)


Your preteen is at the ideal age for getting involved with this study.  They are curious but not yet obligated to pretend as though they already know everything.  When offered a setting where their questions and ability to understand “adult” information are treated with respect, they will ask anything.

You can learn more about Created by God and its mission AND download a registration form for your preteen by going to  or and clicking on the link.  Info is also available in the McAllister Lobby of the Education Center. Look for the goldenrod colored pamphlet. Registration Deadline is January 15 for both the event and childcare for younger siblings.  Contact Tori Von Leer ( if you need additional information.


Encouragement from a St. Paul’s Family:


Jim and I desire strong and honest communication with our girls and have sought, with intention, ways to strengthen open conversation. When our first child attended, we were curious and a bit nervous about the content. We knew it was the right choice given the conversations we had on the way home from sessions, at the end of the program, and on numerous occasions since the program. Don't be afraid to blow the doors off the taboos and fear around the topic of sexuality. What better place to hear the truth about God's plan for sexuality than at church!”  Julie Simon