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Shown in these photos taken by Ronald Johnson, of Diamond Street Christian Church, locals and other church members are seen in fellowship, eating and singing praises together at Walking Deacon Kevin Johnson’s home in Newberry. At top, the band Kimberly Adair & Soulful performs, and below locals and members of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Wing of Love and Revival Tabernacle join Diamond Street in the fun.

Churches reach out with backyard praise in Newberry

An afternoon of praise, music, fellowship and food beckoned locals to a backyard in Newberry recently. The event was organized by Diamond Street Christian Church, 822 Diamond St., and members from Ebenezer Baptist Church, 527 Park Ave., Wings of Love Community Church, 699 Southmont Ave., ...

Walking with God

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., Evangelist ...

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Adding a summer day camp is a natural progression for Camp Susque

TROUT RUN — A local youth camp, and staple natural and spiritual getaway for the region, is branching out from residential camps by adding a day camp element to its repertoire. Founded 70 years ago, Camp Susque, 47 Susque Camp Road, kicked off its day camp this pas week. The second camp ...

Footsteps to follow: What Did You Expect

When a beloved relative — parent, sibling or other — dies, what a shock it always is to us. Our faith tells us that they still are alive with a loving God, but our human hearts are still broken. Our human emotions try to persuade us of the total finality of physical death. In the ...

Area church briefs

The history of spices with Christian ladies HUGHESVILLE — The Christian Ladies Group will meet at Tivoli United Methodist Church, 9598 Route 220, at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Susan Sprout will speak about the historical importance of spices, where they come from, and how they can be used. ...

Vacation Bible Schools

(EDITOR’S NOTE: If your church is holding Vacation Bible School this year, please submit your information in the following format via email to religion@sungazette.com) Jersey Shore Area Assembly of God VBS ANTES FORT — Jersey Shore Area Assembly of God, 172 Main St., will hold its VBS ...

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Summer Love, Born2Fly teacher, speaks about sex trafficking education at a recent community meeting at James E. Short Park in Loyalsock Township. Sitting behind is Carrie Tassell, teen participant.

Local ministry seeks to educate children on dangers of trafficking

Born2Fly Summer Day Camp is kicking off for the first time in the Lycoming County area to help educate children with age appropriate information in order to stop child sex trafficking. “I started a ministry two and a half years ago called Mission Possible to help end trafficking,” said ...

‘Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone’

“Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.” I am grateful to Andy Stanley, the pastor of North Point Church in Georgia, for these words of wisdom. Needs are endless. Sometimes that can lead to feelings of guilt. Generous people can get sucked into feeling they have never done ...

Area church briefs

Fundraiser for Lycoming Presbyterian Church repair The Warriors for Christ Martial Arts School will hold a fundraiser at the Lycoming Presbyterian Church, , 825 Arch St.,, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, to cover repair costs for storm damage. Vendors and crafters will have items for sale. For ...

Vacation Bible study

(EDITOR’S NOTE: If your church is holding Vacation Bible School this year, please submit your information in the following format via email to religion@sungazette.com) Go Fish Victory COGAN STATION — Hepburn Baptist Church, 2917 Pleasant Valley Road, will hold its GO FISH Victory VBS ...

Footsteps to follow: Engaging with church and state

Let me introduce you to a funny little word that has had a big impact on me as a faith leader: “praxis.” I first learned about praxis from a book by Paolo Freire, a Brazilian educator who, among other things, was jailed for a short time for teaching common folks to read. Freire defines ...

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Jersey Shore churches find unity in bringing area back to Jesus

JERSEY SHORE — A pastor from Uganda and over 30 churches in the Jersey Shore area have come together in a combined crusade for a five night mission event to help bring the area back to God. The event, Jersey Shore for Jesus, will be held from July 9 to 13 at the Jersey Shore Football ...

Footsteps to follow: The love of God

A lawyer asked Jesus, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment” (Matthew 22:36-38). So … how do we love the ...

A Rhyme in Time

Love! Need I say more? Father I know, you will immeasurably bless Those who read this poets address. For I was once a dirty and broken soul. The life I lived, held thoughts untold. Hard to guess or even for others to see The internal workings of my heart unhealthy. You ...

Area Religion Briefs

WEDNESDAY Ladies group to meet HUGHESVILLE — The Christian Ladies Group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Tivoli United Methodist Church, 9598 Route 220 Hwy., where retired teacher Robert Webster will speak about U.S. Military Cemeteries around the world. WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY Mount Luther family ...

Vacation Bible Schools

(EDITOR’S NOTE: If your church is holding Vacation Bible School this year, please submit your information in the following format via email to religion@sungazette.com) JULY 9-13 • JERSEY SHORE — Nippenose Bible Fellowship, 92 Schoolhouse Road, will hold Mighty Fortress VBS from ...

Pastor reflects on leaving Amish life, founding megachurch

LANCASTER — Forty years sounds like a lifetime. It also can fly past in the blink of an eye. Just ask the Rev. Sam Smucker. In 1977, Smucker and 30 other people gathered for worship in a room at the former Sheraton Conestoga Hotel on Oregon Pike. Three years later, they were renting space ...

Honor the flag in unity

National holidays are common in every global setting. In the U.S. Memorial Day is a recent memory. Flag Day has just passed. Plans for Independence Day are underway. Labor Day will follow soon enough. In a recent editorial, the Sun-Gazette spoke of the importance of flying the flag at ...

Walking with God

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. Ron Shellhamer, Area Lutheran Pastor, Williamsport. HCR Manor Care South, 2 p.m., Diane Kinley, New ...

Religion around the world

Archbishop: Church of England ‘colluded’ to hide sex abuse LONDON (AP) — The Church of England “colluded” with and helped to hide the long-term sexual abuse of young men by one of its former bishops, the head of the church said Thursday. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby ...