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Crossroads Church hosts annual fall festival

JERSEY SHORE — It’s that time of the year when summer has breathed its last breath, and shorts and T-shirts give way to sweaters and hats, while the vibrant greens of nature have changed into the browns and oranges of autumn. Pumpkins are in season and the sights and sounds of the Christmas ...

Former Navy chaplain recounts sharing word of God

Holding up a pair of boots which served him well during his time as a Navy chaplain aboard an aircraft carrier, the Rev. James West, told members of the community at the Ecumenical luncheon recently that, to him, the shoes highlight that verse of scripture, “How beautiful upon the mountain ...

Annual golf tournament raises over $12K for UCLC

About 112 golfers split into teams of four to enjoy a day golfing in the United Churches 9th Annual Golf Tournament held at White Deer Golf Complex on Sept. 27, said the Rev. Gwen Bernstine, executive director of United Church Lycoming County. Each golfer received a round of golf, a gift — ...

Passing along the gift of faith

A young man waited at the end of the line after the prison service to ask if I knew his aunt. She is a pastor in our county, and I was happy to be able to say, “Yes, I do!” It speaks well of being part of the family of God, and I was also able to honor his respect for his aunt. As we ...

Area church briefs

Lycoming County Life Chain The Lycoming County Life Chain will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday along the Golden Strip (East Third Street) in Loyalsock Township. All area churches are invited to participate. Life Chain is a prayerful nationwide movement in which pro-life people stand in remembrance ...

Area woman raising funds for mission trip to Haiti

It was in 2003 when Christina Boughton, then a college student at the University of South Carolina, trekked to the Haitian town of Grand Goave with members of a student Christian group to help with a construction project, participate in street corner evangelism and pass out clothes to families ...

A land with no tears, nor sorrow, nor pain

There are things that make me cry — like a kidney stone that I had last year. But I am not talking about physical pain that can bring tears. No, I am talking about the pain that comes to all of us in our human condition. This pain comes to us because we live in a world that is imperfect and ...

Area church briefs

Hymn sing in Trout Run TROUT RUN — The Beech Valley United Methodist Church, 30 Beech Valley Road, Trout Run, will hold a hymn sing at 6:30 p.m. Sunday with refreshments served at the close of the program. Roast beef dinner Third Street United Methodist Church, 939 E. Third St., will host ...

Area pastor committed to Bahamian congregation

For one beautiful week in July, the Rev. Lenore Hosier, of St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church, led a mission team to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, for the eighth consecutive year. When they left, there was no hint that a monster called Dorian would strike in early September. ...

‘Something I learned from my grandparents’: God blesses faithfulness

Did you know that Grandparents Day was on Sept. 8 this year? I admit that I didn't do anything special to commemorate it, and neither did my church. Shame on us! However, the month of September has long been a time to honor my grandparents because both of my grandfathers’ birthdays are ...

‘Where your treasure is, there your heart will be’

What is success? We all want to be successful, but when you look at how you spend your time, talents, and treasure, do you feel satisfied that you have spent them well; that the outcome will be worth it? Will you look back and say that you have been successful in life? I ask this because it ...

Retired minister shares memories of being a ground zero chaplain

Like most of the nation on Sept. 11, 2001, the Rev. Robert Wallace lived through the horror of terrorists weaponizing airplanes to launch four attacks on the United States. “The day of 9/11, like most of us, I went through all sorts of feelings — despair, disgust, anger, and it actually ...

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, ...