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Roger Turner and his buddy for the night, Christina Steinbacher-Reed, can’t contain their excitement as they walk the red carpet.

Church gives guests a night to remember

Guests at the Night to Shine prom were greeted with high-fives and a round of applause as they walked the red carpet to begin their evening of dancing, feasting and reigning as kings and queens of the prom. Held at Community Baptist Church on Route 87 Friday night, the prom is sponsored by ...

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Rev. Bryan McClelland sits at his office inside the First Southern Baptist Church, 89 Kimble Hill Road, Loyalsock Township, recently.

2-year search brings pastor with eye for outreach

After a two-year search for a new pastor, First Southern Baptist Church, 89 Kimble Hill Road, Loyalsock Township, found the Rev. Bryan McClelland, who began serving the congregation in December. “I am originally from near Pittsburgh,” he said. “I grew up in a Lutheran church, and when I ...

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Rev. Andy France, the Lycoming County prison chaplain, stands outside the Lycoming County prison in Williamsport recently.

Reverend’s prison ministry seeks to offer spiritual ‘transformation’

When a person is incarcerated, they are often at a spiritual crossroads in their life and need guidance. Lycoming County Prison Chaplain Andy France heads the religious programs for inmates to help them on their journeys with faith. “It’s part time. I’m a retired Episcopal priest, ...

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Lay Pastor, Kyle Murphy, left, and Rev. Veronica Donohue Chappell joined the Christ Episcopal Church in May as a ministry team.  Rev. Chappell is Murphy’s mentor, and in three years he will take over as reverend. Since May, they have actively worked in the community through their feeding program and partnering with Family Promise to host families overnight in their church.

Church’s new pastor duo brings fresh ideas, community focus

ast May Christ Episcopal Church brought on not one, but two, new pastors into its community. The church at 426 Mulberry St. had been without a rector for four years, with interim priests to keep operations going, and now it has welcomed Rector Veronica Donohue Chappell and Lay Pastor Kyle ...

Late theologian leaves behind a legacy of works and teachings

Recognized as “one of the most influential popularizers of reformed theology spanning the late 20th and early 21st centuries,” Robert Charles Sproul, or R.C., as most know him, was born Feb, 13, 1939, and died Dec. 14, 2017. Dr. R.C. Sproul worked tirelessly, teaching and explaining the ...

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A number of local women gather for the August 2016 IF: Table.

Event invites local women to seek God’s calling together

A local event seeks to give women of faith a safe place to find fellowship and courage together. “There is a lot of hurt and a lot of heaviness that women have and we need to turn to God for our strength and comfort, not only for that eternal life, but there is also hope, courage and ...

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From top: Janet Wood, volunteer at All Saints Episcopal Church, serves spaghetti at the January dinner; from left, Merritt Shaffer, Florence Shaffer, Carol Schick, Joel Schick, Charles Kuhns and Dave Shaffer enjoy a meal at Farragut Mt. Zion United Methodist Church; from left, Doris Nicholas, Barb Dugan, Shirley Walter and Sharon Merrill serve food at Farragut church.

Local churches witness through fellowship meals

Throughout Lycoming County, there are many places to get a bite, but it is rare to find the chance to sit down to a homemade meal surrounded by a caring and engaging community. Meals of this nature can be found at local churches’ monthly dinners — some open to donations and others are ...

Area church briefs

Family Thrift Shop open Fairfield United Methodist Church will open The Family Thrift Shop at 833 Fairfield Church Road, Montoursville, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 2 and 8 a.m. to noon Feb 3. A new supply of spring and summer clothing will be available. All winter items will be free. Bus trip ...

Prophecy about Jesus

Christmas is over, and in preparation for the coming of Jesus, Isaiah talks about the virgin birth, that the one coming would be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and “Price of Peace.” Isaiah also refers to him as the “suffering servant,” and about the ...

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American Rescue Workers in need of children’s toys

Approximately 385 local children may not be having Christmas this year. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, which is locally distributed throughout Lycoming County by the American Rescue Workers, is short for toy donations with less than two weeks until Christmas. “It is unusual for us ...

In this Nov. 14, 2017 photo, sisters sing at the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist campus in Ann Arbor, Mich. Their third and latest album, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring: Christmas with the Dominican Sisters of Mary,” has muscled its way to the top of Billboard’s classical chart and climbed nearly as high on the holiday chart. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

No sister act: Nun’s album tops charts in time for Christmas

ANN ARBOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The members of Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, silently filed into the chapel. Within minutes, they were singing — first in unison, then in a transfixing, layered harmony that reverberated off the marble floors, wood-paneled walls and ...

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Book review: Author dives into Luther’s life, theology

Reading Martin Luther is like watching a buzzsaw cut through traditional spirituality. But that shouldn’t come as a surprise. I stand firmly in the Presbyterian tradition that Luther kicked off exactly five centuries ago — yet I’ve never read much by or about the man himself; so to ...

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 Members of 2 Seconds or Less and residents of Zimbabwe work to plant a sustainable garden to help feed locals.

Gala raises funds for Zimbabwe mission

Members of the Lycoming Baptist Church helped take on the fight to end malnutrition in Zimbabwe by raising just over $10,000 at the fourth annual Silent Auction Gala, on Nov. 4 to benefit 2 Seconds or Less. “We are honored to be a part of this,” said Jack Delaney, care pastor of the ...

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Shown here from top: a photo of the Antes Fort United Methodist Church after the first major renovation; Max Furman, pastor readies to preach on Sunday; organist Elaine Harmon prepares for the service; members of the adult Sunday school class getting ready to discuss the Bible; congregants worshiping during the service; the Antes Fort United Methodist Church today.

Antes Fort UMC celebrates 150th anniversary

ANTES FORT — On Oct. 15 members of the Antes Fort United Methodist Church will celebrate their 150th anniversary with a special service, lunch and music. Former pastors will return to speak along with local Methodist District Superintendent Rev. Beth Jones and Methodist Bishop Jeremiah ...

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Local churches minister to women in Nicaragua

In August, nine members of Hope Community Church, of Loyalsock and Muncy, travelled to Nicaragua with the primary focus to hold a women’s conference at the New Day Ministry’s mission in the country. Although members of the churches had participated in missions trips to that area before, ...

Fear not: A personal account

It was year nine of living my dream! Since I was a girl, I had known the Lord wanted me to serve Him overseas. Finally, after college and other preparations, I was ministering in gorgeous, subtropical Durban, South Africa. God had provided a husband and two sons to also live this adventure. The ...

Area Church Briefs

Christian Ladies Group to meet HUGHESVILLE — The Christian Ladies Group will meet at Tivoli United Methodist Church, 9598 Route 220, at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. The program will be provided by Meg Geffken as she portrays conservationist and children’s author Beatrix Potter. Christian ...

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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., ...