Indoor Worship

In-person worship has been postponed


Last Sunday, Pastor Steve made the decision to postpone in-person Worship for the next 30 days per the Allegheny County latest restrictions.  During this time he will be continuing the online YouTube version of worship.  He is hoping that services will be resumed for December 20th and Christmas Eve, but we will need to monitor the status of COVID in Allegheny County and the state of PA.  We will keep you posted on any changes to the worship schedule.

 Online YouTube services for Sunday, November 29th - The service can be accessed on our website and choose the option for Live Stream Series for a list of available dates, the Central Highlands Facebook Page or directly by searching Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church in YouTube.



Rev. Janet’s ZOOM study of the BIBLE – Monday, November 30th @ 7:00 pm

Trustees will meet in the Narthex – Tuesday, December 1st @ 7:00 pm


Meals on Wheels is in URGENT need of  help with all volunteer areas.  Please contact Linda (412) 751-2230 or Suzie (412) 751-0511 if you can help in any way – driver, runner, kitchen help. 

WE STILL HAVE ABOUT 30 ANGEL TREE TAGS THAT NEED TO BE DISTRIBUTED.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PROVIDE A GIFT FOR A LOCAL CHILD, PLEASE CALL OR STOP BY THE OFFICE.  ALSO, LYNDA KROL CAN BE CONTACTED BY EMAIL This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (412) 600-6690. 

Again this year you will have the opportunity to pick a name and provide a Christmas Gift for a local child that will be distributed through the Elizabeth Salvation Army and coordinated by Darlene Brown from the Elizabeth Baptist Church.  Each tag will include the name, age, gender and wish list for each child.  Your generosity in years past has been overwhelming and very much appreciated by these families.  Deadline for having the gifts back to the church is Sunday, December 13thPLEASE BRING YOUR GIFTS TO THE CHURCH BY DECEMBER 13TH – MONDAY-THURSDAY 8:30-2:30 OR CALL THE CHURCH OFFICE AND WE CAN ARRANGE TO PICK UP YOUR GIFT.  PLEASE PLACE THE ORIGINAL NAME TAG SECURELY AND VISIBLE ON THE PACKAGE.   


Tim and Emma Durant will be heading our Toys for Tots collection on behalf of Boy Scout Troop 99.  Please consider donating a new, unwrapped & non-violent toy this Christmas Season to benefit under privileged children and youth in the Mon Valley Area.  There will be a collection box in the Narthex to drop your donations with the deadline of December 13th.  Thank you for your past generous support.  This year, more than ever, families in our area need our support. DUE TO THE CANCELLATION OF IN-PERSON WORSHIP SERVICES, FEEL FREE TO DROP ANY TOYS FOR TOTS GIFTS AT THE CHURCH OFFICE MONDAY-THURSDAY 8:30-2:30.  ALSO, TIM AND EMMA WILL BE AT THE CHURCH ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5TH AND SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12TH FROM 10:00 AM – NOON TO RECEIVE YOUR DONATIONS.


IN ANTICIPATION OF A RESTART OF SERVICES IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS, I WILL CONTINUE TO RECORD YOUR CHRISTMAS EVE RESERVATIONS.  ANNOUNCEMENTS PERTAINING TO CANCELLATIONS WILL BE MADE IN A TIMELY MANNER TO ALLOW FOR YOUR CHANGE IN PLANS.  The Advent Season is fast approaching and we are laying out plans for how to conduct Christmas Eve Services according to guidelines and COVID safety precautions.  It has been decided that we will have four service time options to keep attendance to the appropriate numbers.  The Worship Service times will be 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm.  We will ask the congregation to please email Suzie in the office, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to sign up for your desired time slot and number in your family.  If no email, please call the office @ 412 751-0511.  We will also be allowing enough space at each service for walk-ins.  Between services, we will need a few volunteers to sanitize the sanctuary and narthex.  We ask for your patience in this process as there may be a situation where we will need to shut-off a time slot that has filled up and ask you to make a second choice. 

In addition to the Christmas Eve Sign-ups, we are asking for volunteers for ushering, temperatures, attendance, sanitizing.  Because of the number of services, we will require many volunteers.  Therefore, when you are reserving your slot for worship, please consider also volunteering. 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE ELIZABETH SALVATION ARMY UNIT KETTLE DRIVE, YOU MAY SEND A CHECK TO THE CHURCH OFFICE MADE PAYABLE TO THE ELIZABETH SALVATION ARMY UNIT AND I WILL SEE THAT IT GETS IN THE KETTLE.  YOU MAY ALSO DROP CASH INTO THE KETTLE DURING OFFICE HOURS.  The Elizabeth Salvation Army Unit has begun their “Red Counter Kettle Drive” – now through December 31st.  If you care to donate to this local fund raiser, you can place cash or a check made payable to Elizabeth Salvation Army in the kettle.  We will be sure that your donation gets to the Unit to be used locally for families in need.  Last year the Elizabeth Unit raised over $7,000.  Thank you for your support.

Has someone in your household had surgery and is unable to shop for groceries and prepare meals?  Has there been an illness recently that does not allow for meal preparation?  You may want to consider getting meal deliveries from our Meals on Wheels program.  The price is $4.00 per day per person and a delicious full course hot meal is delivered to your doorstep along with a bag of other items to provide you with all you could eat for the day.  The MOW staff would be happy to set you up on the delivery route – even on a temporary basis while you are recuperating.  You need not get meals every day – you can choose your delivery days.  Contact Linda Way @ 412 751-2230 or call the church office.

Rev. Janet Lord has prepared a Calendar for December entitled “A Month of Anticipation”.  The calendar contains daily Scripture and weekly activities to do as a family in preparation.  There is also an Advent meditation for at home candle lighting each week with scripture and discussion topics.  I am attaching to this email or pick up a copy of each in the Narthex.

Birthday Celebrations this week:  November 30th:  Emma Durant. December 2nd: Bob Semich.  December 3rd: Tory Jo Martinelli.  December 4th:  Jeffrey James.  December 5th:  Tyler Scott.  A very Happy Birthday to all!! 

Prayer List Additions/Updates:

Frontline Workers List

Madison Messina – Giant Eagle Cashier

Greg Messina – Nurse Jefferson Hospital

Lesley Messina – Nurse working from home – Insurance side

Ray Gronlund (and Julie) – PT

Jessie Starr Nelson - PA

Carol Mayfield – PA

Donna Durant – Nurse

Rachelle Scott – PA

Lynda Krol –UPMC support

Kassia Krol – Nurse (doing PA rounds to complete her degree)

Jared Delbianco – Kassia’s Partner – ICU Nurse Presby

Donna Pezel – Nursing Aid – Forbes

Tom & Matt Walter – Keeping their store open

David Zora - CVS Pharmacy in Ohio

Melissa McClain – Nurse

Jan Bruney Armbruster – School Nurse in IL

Jason Sari – ICU Nurse VA Hospital Oakland

Bev James – Dr. Goralczyk’s Office

John & Nancy Corey’s daughter & son-in-law both ICU Nurses in Anchorage, Alaska

Courtney Basic – Manager, Chic-Fil-A

Brett Basic – Police Detective, West Mifflin

Colette Hucko – Scheduling & Staffing Administrator, Lowe’s West Mifflin

Ronalee Slavick – Giant Eagle Cashier

Scott Schwirian – Radiology Jefferson Hospital

Kim Schwirian – UPMC insurance authorizations

Kristen Uveges – Jefferson Pain & Rehab

Debra Burkholder – Pediatric Nurse

Jamiee DeSimone – RN/CRNP works for AHN but in New York City assisting

Justin DeSimone – Allegheny County Police Force

MOW Staff and Volunteers

Dean Keller – Dietary Staff UPMC McKeesport

Jonathan Hobaugh – CLASS (formerly United Cerebral Palsey)

Tricia Hobaugh – RN Excela Westmoreland Hospital


Intercessory Prayer List

Prayer & Health Concerns:  Abby Starr, Del Morrow, Carol School, Jeff School, Betty Gronlund, Barb Mayfield, Ella Heaton, Colette Hucko, Maryann Shaffer (Nancy Starr’s Mother), Rev. Willard Morse, Becky Hrutkay, Katie Snyir, Barb & Ed from MOW, Carol Walker, Laurel Pershing, Kathy Nestler (Sharon Karnes Sister), Rita Roper (Sharon Karnes Sister), Family of David’s Co-worker, Seth (Brenda’s nephew), Wayne Sutch (Tony Barr’s friend), Karen Simon, Linda Way, Maryann Pociask, Lexie’s Family (niece of Colette’s friend Maureen), Family of Ann Carlson, Family of Kevin Rolls, Family of Barbara King, Joyce & Joe Newmeyer, Robert Hoffman, Linda Schneider, Dee Peters, Jennie Carothers, Mike Simon, Mary Adams & Family, Penny Roemer, Paul Fannin (Booth’s brother-in-law), Mike Vuckovich, Clarence Hobaugh, Marybeth Morris, Vi Huffsmith, Dan Sepesky, Family of Oleva Gainer, Bev Heid and Family, Family of Doug Shaw, Beaner Family, Mike & Joe (friends of Rich J.), Robin Cowell, Zora/Hoffman Family, Family of Isabel Suarez, Family of Shirley Noll, Ben Hobaugh, Tracy Hobaugh, Joan Wise, Norma McKim & Family, Keith Waltower, Sr., P.J. Pociask, Dr. James Brady, Nancy Mihalko, Family of Ron Fox, Colleen Kiger, Bishop Bashore, Mina Burkett, Brian Miller, Maggie Weagley, Linda Marett, Darlene Roberts, Vance, Family of Rosella Faust, Renee Kanski, Rich Jozwiak, Debra Burkholder & Family, Nickolas Pederson, Family of Shirley Barnes, Judy Karg, Paul Kacmarik, Alyssa (Helen McConnell’s granddaughter), Benny Smith (Zora cousin), Yvonne Leggett, Bob Joseph, The Turner Family–Matthew & Timothy Graveson, Diane, Lorraine Stone, Hands of the Carpenter, CH Shepherds, Cathy Drabicki, Doris Magiske, Lorraine Ulrich, Diane McCarty, Rose Roberts, Anna Jean Saccani, Sandy Wrona’s br-in-law Dave, Meals on Wheels program & volunteers, Andrew, Billie Hutson, John Stoner, Angie, Marci, Corey, Mary Anne Smith, Tom Heinrich, Trisha Ten,  Kelli Blaze, Tom Sickle, Phyllis Esch, Beth Malady Kelley, Bob, Vance & Charlene, Karl Kim, Bob & Nancy Hoffman, Logan Assi, Marcia Novak, Marcy King, Lois Sheasley, Lori Wernke, Rev. Bill Heaton, Sandy Scott, Rita Kushner, Cindy Saxon Abraham, Valerie Margie, Joanie Mitchell, Marge Andrews, Tony Humphries, Henry Sproat, Helen McConnell, Sherry Johnson, Clint Blazevich, Emma Knoblock, Anna (Burkett’s Granddaughter), Virginia Kapisak, Claire Bryce, Nancy Shotwell, Bill Ross, Peg Muron, Ellen Gainer, Dorothy Howell, Marge & Milt Smith’s daughter Elizabeth Puharic, Kim Loceff, Bunny Metz, Geraldine Warren, Bob Walter, Jim Wetzler, Gloria Sperhac, Faith Ringbloom, Deborah Schuck

Our homebound, nursing home and care center members:  Marie Custer, Ruth Krise, Ann Carlson, Lois Davis, Becky Guenther, Faye Puskaric, Michael Bill, June Nock, Emily Moore, Gail Hankins, Carolyn Svec, Ed Gronlund

Those serving in the Military:  Seth Smith, John Anderson, Bryan Bound, Zach Lepley, Frank Coulter, Jared Booth, Joseph Puharic, Christian Painter, Chris McCall, Johnny Summers, Zach Trunzo, Abby Altieri