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BLACKWELL STEPPING DOWN—Reverend Eugene J. Blackwell stepped down as pastor of Bethesda Presbyterian Church, Homewood, effective Nov. 15. Blackwell preached his final sermon at Bethesda Nov. 1. He has served at Bethesda since 2004, first serving as student pastor and then ordained in 2006 as minister of Word and Sacrament. He has accepted a call to serve as organizing pastor for House of Manna, a new church development of Pittsburgh Presbytery to be based in Homewood.

Christmas concert

DEC. 6—The Music Department of Bethel AME Church, 2720 Webster Ave., Hill District, will host a Christmas Season Concert at 5 p.m. The concert will feature the C.H. Foggie/Allegheny AMEZ Conference Choir under the direction of James White. There will be a free will offering taken. For more information, call 412-683-2160 or visit http://www.bethel-ame-pgh.com.


Gospel skate

DEC. 6—Arlena Jackson and Tyrone Strong will host a Gospel Skate Night from 5-8 p.m. at Romp N Roll Skate Rink, 1661 E. Sutter Rd., Glenshaw. Churches from all over the area are welcome at this skating event. Each person is asked to wear their church T-shirt for church roll call. Guests are asked to bring a non-perishable food items to donate to a local charity. Transportation will be provided for those needing it. The cost is $10 per person, which includes skate rental. For more information, e-mail Jackson at mrslena@verizon.net.

‘Code Red’

DEC. 6—ONEChurch ONELife will host “Code Red” at 6 p.m. at 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown. This event is in observance of World AIDS day and will include special guest Zebulon Ellis of BET’s Sunday Best Gospel Show. Other performances include Delbert Fullum, VonJana Davis and Roberta Burke. Admission is free. There will also be testing available. For more information, call 412-261-2692 or e-mail onechurchpittsburgh@yahoo .com.

‘Night Chaser’

DEC. 11—The Brown Chapel Heir Force will host “Night Chaser” at 7:30 p.m. at the New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side. This is a multimedia Christmas experience for the whole family. It is a story about a family who receives a video game as a gift. The game draws them into an adventure that requires them to show courage and responsibility. It includes the Hill Dance Academy Theater, Artistree and more. Tickets are $5-$10. For more information, call Bynums Marketing & Communications Inc. at 412-471-4332.

Joyful noise

DEC. 12—The New Horizon Theater Inc. will host “Make a Joyful Noise” at 7:30 p.m. at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. This concert fundraiser will feature pianist, vocalist and composer, J’Aira Pryor. Other performers include Spirit Mime Ministry, Rev. Leslie Boone, Anthony “Crunk” Crunkleton and more. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 412-363-2407.

Festival if carols

DEC. 13—The Children’s Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh will host a Children’s Festival of Carols at 4 p.m. at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty. Tickets are $16-$18 in advance and $20-$23 at the door. For more information, call ProArtsTickets at 412-394-3353 or visit http://www.proartstickets.org.

After school

ONGOING—Pentecostal Temple COGIC, 6300 East Liberty Blvd., East Liberty, will host an After School Enrichment Program from 5-6:30 p.m. Every Tuesday and Thursday kindergarten through high school students will receive tutoring services, homework assistance and education enrichment. For more information, call 412-361-7000.

LIVE service

ONGOING—Mount Ararat Baptist Church, 271 Paulson Ave., East Liberty, will host their “Saturday Night LIVE Service” from 7-8:30 p.m. Every Saturday night tune in and get the word either in person or listen online. Dr. William Curtis is the senior pastor. For more information, call 412-441-1800 or visit http://www.mt-ararat.org.

ONE church

ONGOING—ONE Church will host Sunday Services at 1 p.m. at 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown. Reverend Deryck Tines is the pastor. This is the service where everybody gathers as one in worship. Services will be held every Sunday. For more information, call 412-261-1692 or e-mail churchpittsburgh@yahoo.com.

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