Beyond Service at Spencer UMC

On Thursday evenings, we are combining our study of the seven last words with Spencer UMC’s Beyond Service, with a light supper beginning at 6:15 pm and worship/study beginning at 7 pm. 

A companion reader for this class, Rev. Adam Hamilton’s book on the Final Words from the Cross, will be available for $13. 

Also, please contact Past Matt ( or 412-532-6157) if you are interested in participating in this study via Facebook, with weekly discussion questions and conversation. 

We hope you will prayerfully consider being part of this study as we journey along the path of discipleship together this Lent!

Mid-Week Ecumenical Luncheon and Worship

Join with the churches of the Castle Shannon community for Lenten worship and a fellowship meal.

Worship begins at noon in the sanctuary of Emmanuel Lutheran Church (935 Pine Avenue).

The pastors of the churches lead us in worship. Immediately following, we move to the fellowship hall for a light lunch, hosted by the various congregations.

Cost: $4 donation to the local community food bank.

We hope you will remain for the study, “Final Words from the Cross”, led by Matt Price, beginning at 1:00 pm.

This year’s theme is God’s mercy, as seen in many of the parables of Jesus.

February 17, 2016

  • Title: “The Lost Sheep/Coin”
  • Preaching – Father Mike Caridi – St. Anne
  • Luncheon Host: UMC of Castle Shannon

February 24, 2016

  • Title: “The Persistent Widow”
  • Preaching – Father Peter Horton – St. Winifred
  • Luncheon Host – St. Winifred

March 2, 2016

  • Title: “The Prodigal Son”
  • Preaching – Rev. Dick Merkner – Emmanuel Lutheran
  • Luncheon Host – St. Anne Roman Catholic

March 9, 2016

  • Title: “The Good Samaritan”
  • Preaching – Rev. Sue Hutchins – UMC of Castle Shannon
  • Luncheon Host – First Presbyterian

March 16, 2016

  • Title: “The Unmerciful Servant”
  • Preaching – Rev. Scott Shetter  – Emmanuel Lutheran
  • Luncheon Host – Emmanuel Lutheran

Lenten Prayer Service – Walking Into Darkness

Starting at a new time – 7 pm Wednesday Nights

According to Christian tradition, Lent is a time of self-examination and repentance, a season of prayer, fasting, and self-denial, and a moment especially fit for reading and meditating on God’s Holy Word.

This Lent of 2016, our mid-week prayer service at Hill Top UMC (631 E Warrington Ave) is a great way to get into the spirit of this season, with time for quiet prayer and fellowship with other believers.

Each Wednesday at 7 pm in the Hill Top sanctuary, please join us as we journey together towards the cross, where the Lord gave himself up for us all.

Special Services during Lent 2016

Ash Wednesday Service – February 10th

  • 7 pm at Hill Top UMC
  • This service will be preceded by a meal of soup and bread beginning at 6 pm.

Holy Thursday Service – March 24th

  • The will be a special foot-washing service at Spencer UMC, and an additional service may be added, based on interest.

Good Friday Tenebrae Service – March 25th

  • 7:30 pm at Spencer UMC
    • A Baked Fish Dinner will be served at 6pm (Good Will Offering)
    • RSVP by March 22 (for count only).
    • A service of Scripture lessons, music, candles and darkness at 7:30 pm.