Religion

Area group aims to prevent trafficking through child education

Human trafficking is happening — possibly closer to home than some might think. But there are ways for children to be more self-aware and help keep themselves safe without tarnishing their innocent world view, according to Dawn Blanchard and Ann Judd. The two head up a local group of Born 2 ...

First Church assists community with home improvement projects

For the past week, it was not uncommon to see a simple red sign that said “God’s Servants At Work” stuck into the lawns of certain homes throughout the city and in other parts of Lycoming County. These signs signified that volunteers associated with the First United Methodist Church of ...

Cavalry Baptist Church celebrates 150 years

Nearly 150 years ago to the day, a group of German Baptists, from the Dunkard Church at Blooming Grove, founded what is now Calvary Baptist Church at 42 Washington Boulevard. Originally founded June 13, 1869, the small church remains strong in its mission and will celebrate its 150th ...

Season of joy, rebirth continues

Alleluia! Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia! These or similar words are what we often hear in church in this Easter season, tomorrow being the fourth Sunday of Easter in many churches. The Easter Season is roughly 1/7th of the year, so some look at it as the “sabbath” ...

Love thy family, save worship for God

A little while ago, I attended a wedding at a Roman Catholic church, and I witnessed a beautiful religious gesture in the middle of the service: offering a bouquet of flowers to the Holy Family and asking for a blessing for the couple’s marriage. Being United Methodist, I am generally ...

Church briefs

Saturday morning rummage sale The Lycoming Presbyterian Church, 825 Arch St., Williamsport, will host a rummage sale and lunch from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18. Spring Festival celebrates the season Phelps Chapel Church off Pine Creek exit along Route 220 is having a Spring Festival on starting ...

13th annual Biker Blessing honors man who began it

Jersey Shore’s Crossroads Church once again opened their facilities to the local community to spread love with the 13th Annual Biker Blessing. The goal of the event was to share the love of God with individuals who ride as part of larger motorcycling community. However, this year’s ...

Institutional services

The following institutional services are arranged for and reported by United Churches of Lycoming County: Sunday County Prison, 1:45 and 3:15 p.m., the Rev. Ronald Shellhamer, semi-retired Lutheran Pastor, Williamsport. HCR Manor Care South, 2 p.m., the Rev. Danesta Whaley, Citychurch, ...

Islam, a religion of peace, submission

Islam is a religion of peace and submission to Almighty God. It is a continuation of monotheistic belief and was preached by Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) who was born in Arabia in 570 A.D. He started preaching Islam at age 40 after receiving a divine revelation over a 23-year time span that, at ...

Luncheon builds community for 47 years, with soup and pie

MONTOURSVILLE – A familiar sight along Loyalsock Avenue in Montoursville in late winter is a sign that appears just before the season of Lent begins: it announces that the soup luncheons at the Church of Our Savior Episcopal are set to begin after Ash Wednesday. “People look forward to ...

Faith & Families: Church Briefs

Trash or Treasure Sale continues today Faxon-Kenmar United Methodist Church will hold the second day of its Spring Trash or Treasure Sale, today, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Homemade Easter Eggs also will be available. The church is located on the corner of Sheridan Street and Clayton ...

Footsteps to Follow: Our God is a Second-Chance God

It is a pleasure to share some thoughts about God’s promises with you today. Let’s examine Genesis 5:1-5 with the emphasis on verse 3: “And Adam lived a hundred and thirty years, and begat a son [Seth] in his own likeness” (KJV). One could ask what happened to Cain and Abel in Genesis ...

Faith and Families: Religion Briefs

Healing Communities Training Day set April 13 The Pennsylvania Council of Churches has partnered with Healing Communities USA to offer a Healing Communities Training Day, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., April 13 at New Covenant United Church of Christ, 202 E. Third St. This training is designed ...

Footsteps to Follow: Are You Ready?

Are You Ready? When you read First Samuel in the Hebrew Scripture, you will learn about Hanna. She so wanted a son that she dedicated him to God. At age five, Samuel was given to Levi, the priest, and there he was brought up to be a strong religious leader of the Jewish nation. In time, ...

Footsteps to Follow: Is God Laughing At You?

Is God Laughing at You? God has a wonderful sense of humor. This is seen clearly in both the Old and New Testaments. God laughs for joy over His people as a father enjoys his children. Conversely, God mocks and laughs at those who oppose Him. One way or another, God is probably laughing at ...

Keeping ‘Vigil’ant: Catholic musicians stress theology

By PAT CROSSLEY pcrossley@sungazette.com MUNCY ­ – The Vigil Project is a group of Catholic artists, who write and sing Catholic music for Catholic prayer. They recently kicked off a Lent and Easter tour and one of their first stops was at Resurrection Catholic Church, Muncy. They had ...

Religion: Faith and Families Area Briefs

Hepburn-Lycoming Ministerium plans services “Preparing Hearts for Easter” is the theme for a series of Lenten community services being hosted by the Hepburn-Lycoming Ministerium. The services are held on Sundays at 4 p.m., March 17, 24, 31 and April 7 at Calvary Church of the Nazarene, ...

Lamar Lighthouse Camp Raises Funds for new Tabernacle building

LAMAR – It was at the end of February this year that the members of the Lamar Lighthouse Camp had to bid farewell to a building that stood on its property for over seven decades. Previously, it had been a part of Montoursville history when Indian Park was once called Starr Island Amusement ...