Religion

Camp’s fall festival brings big crowds for 3rd year

TROUT RUN — The third annual harvest festival and fourth annual trail run at Camp Susque offered an outlet to raise awareness for an organization hidden in the hills above Trout Run. “People consider us Lycoming County’s best kept secret,” said Peter Swift, camp director, adding that ...

Volunteers take time to listen, build understanding with patients

LEWISBURG — “How did it get so late so soon?” Dr. Seuss said. And in today’s busy, smartphone, fast food, selfie world, sometimes people forget to take a moment and look around — to wave to the couple on their front porch swing, hold the door for the person behind them or offer a ride ...

Churchgoers build community, motivate physical activity

LOCK HAVEN — Listening to the hum of the river, and enjoying the green of summer seen on a dragonfly’s buzzing wings and above in the dancing leaves and below in the lush grass God’s beauty surrounds a group of women walking at Riverview Park in Lock Haven. “For where two or three are ...

American Rescue Workers mission seeks to bring needy in out of the cold

No roof overhead, little food to eat and a blanket for a bed in the woods can drive the humanity out of most people. For Lane Ellis, it took years of dedicated love and service from a local ministry to bring him in out of the cold to find a home. Every person who comes through the doors of ...

Shelter’s church reaches out to the ‘poor and forgotten’

Since its foundation in 1934, the American Rescue Workers Community Church has sought to fill the needs of the “poor and forgotten” throughout Lycoming County. “Our mission statement says we are a faith-based, charitable organization that gives material and spiritual aid to those in ...

Radiant Light Assembly of God honors Lairdsville Fire Department and EMTs

LAIRDSVILLE — With temperatures hitting the 90s, a local church recently held an event to say thank-you the Lairdsville Volunteer Fire Department for its dedication, service and sacrifice on the front lawn of the Renn Elementary School. With children playing in inflatable bounce houses, ...

Chaplain retires after 23 years in ministry

LEWISBURG — After 23 years of service, the Rev. Peter Geschwindner will retire as the chaplain of RiverWoods, an Albright Care Services Retirement Living Community at 15 Ridgecrest Circle. The Rev. Kathryn Morse will be the new chaplain as of Monday. She previously was employed as the staff ...

Area fathers, men honored at church auto show

TROY — An area church’s regional car show shed light on good husbands and fathers through a celebration of classic automobiles. The fifth annual Father’s Day Car Show was held at Victory Church off of Main Street on June 17. The event featured over 300 cars, vans, trucks and motorcycles ...

Secret Keeper Girl shows daughters they are special in Montoursville event

The Secret Keeper Girl Masterpiece World Tour, an interactive traveling performance for young girls to celebrate their faith in God, made a stop at Community Baptist Church in Montoursville recently. The performance is aimed at bringing preteen girls and their mothers out for a night of fun, ...

Church in the valley celebrates 180 years

BASTRESS - Legend has it that a Jesuit missionary traveling from near Philadelphia was on a wooded trail in the Nippenose Valley when his horse stumbled — or perhaps the horse stopped to pray — and the rider, the Rev. Father Nicholas Steinbacher, looked about at the valleys, which reminded ...

Sojourner Truth Ministries names new director with eye for youth ministry

Sojourner Truth Ministries recently named the Rev. Angelique Labadie-Cihanowyz as its new director and will welcome her to the community with an upcoming open house. The meet-and-greet will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. June 7 at 501 High St. “It will be a time to introduce Angelique to ...

Crossroads Church hosts active shooter defense seminar

In recent years, the public has seen an increase in shootings in the workplace, shopping centers, schools and now churches. To prevent churchgoers from becoming victims, Jersey Shore’s Crossroads Church hosted the House of Worship Workshop recently. The workshop was led by personnel from ...

Local father retires after 40 years at parish he helped build

For nearly 40 years, Father Daniel C. Kovalak served at Holy Cross Orthodox Church, his first parish to serve as a priest, and a structure he built with his own hands. He will have his last service in the area on Sunday and officially retires on Monday. Kovalak graduated from the seminary ...

Bingo event to raise money for local church’s roof repair

Evelyn Free and daughter Diane Stine are hosting Designer Bag Bingo in hopes to raise money for a local church’s roof. The Episcopal Church of Our Savior, at 31 N. Loyalsock Ave., Montoursville, has a 50-year-old roof in need of replacing. The bingo event will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday. ...

4 local clergy ordained together celebrate 50 years

Fifty years ago, four men — Charles Cummings, John Manno, Stephen McGough and Michael Zipay — from the region were ordained as a part of the Diocese of Scranton’s 1968 ordination class. Today they still serve and stay active in the community. Bishop James C. Timlin will celebrate their ...

Cyclists prepare for warmer weather with safety and bike blessing

BALLS MILLS — One childhood goal easily remembered by all ages is the joy of learning to ride a bike. The speed, exhilaration and independence of traveling on two wheels, baseball cards clipped to the spokes sounding ferocious, with the wind rushing at your face can bring treasured memories ...

Author and adventurer to speak at local church on finding fulfillment

Celebrating the release of his book “Fully You,” author and adventurer Joel Malm will be in the city to speak about how people can fully become themselves and lead more fulfilling lives. The talk is set for 10 a.m. Sunday at Northway Community Church, 1680 Four Mile Drive. Malm, a ...

Messiah Lutheran rejoices after 150 years of service

Celebrating 150 years of serving the community, Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, 324 S. Howard St., South Williamsport, will be holding a special 150 anniversary celebration and dinner on April 28 at the church. Festive Eucharist will start at 2 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres at 4:15 p.m. and ...

Muncy Baptist Church expands services with kitchen renovation

MUNCY — The Muncy Baptist Church, 11 W. Penn St., recently renovated its kitchen area in order to promote more fellowship through food. “We’re looking into the possibility of offering some free community dinners in the future. We don’t do anything currently, but we’d like to ...

Local event explores the healing power of relics

More than 160 sacred relics, some possibly 2,000 years old, were at St. Joseph the Worker Parish recently for the “Exposition of Sacred Relics,” a teaching and explanation about reliquaries. Father Carlos Martins, director of Treasures of the Church, spoke to a full house about the ...