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A history of the bell ringers

When the sound of bells ringing can be heard at malls or outside stores, then you know the Christmas season is beginning. In this area of the country, there are two main non-profits that employ bell ringers to usher in the holiday season. The Salvation Army and the American Rescue Workers ...

Shelter resident rings bell for ARW

If you happen to go to the Dollar General in South Williamsport, you will be greeted with the familiar sound of a bell ringing and the smiling face of Clayton Witherite, who is manning that spot as a bell ringer for the American Rescue Workers. Witherite readily shares how he understands ...

Retiring pastor looks back at service

As the end of 2019 draws near, 73-year-old Pastor Louis Gatti has decided to retire as the pastor of Williamsport Church of the Nazarene. He had been contemplating it for a while when the question was brought up by representatives of the Church of the Nazarene district. It was time for “new ...

Community members ‘blessed’ to know pastor

Besides serving as the pastor of the Williamsport Church of the Nazarene, Louis Gatti has been involved with the Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA) and the United Churches of Lycoming County (UCLC). Gatti said he stepped away from the UCLC due to health reasons — but not before he left ...

The Vigil Project returns to Church of the Resurrection

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is reprinted with permission from The Catholic Light. MUNCY – While many are focused on the hustle of the holiday season, the Church of the Resurrection is giving people a special chance to reflect on the meaning of the Advent season this year. The Church of the ...

St. Andrew welcomes new pastor

The Rev. Christopher Raiford accepted the symbolic towel of the “doulos” in his installation ceremony Nov. 17 at St. Andrew Evangelical Lutheran Church, Muncy. The installation sermon, “Taking up the towel,” was based on Mark 10:42-45 in which Jesus washes the feet of his disciples. ...

Group packs food, essentials at Global Aid Network

LANCASTER — It was an early October morning when over four dozen people were collected on a chartered bus and driven to the small community of Mount Joy, which is in the heart of Lancaster County. Their goal was to donate food, clothes and other items to the Global Aid Network (GAiN) as ...

What the ‘outside observer’ gained from GAiN

LANCASTER — When I first got the call for this assignment, I was unsure what to expect. I did not know anyone associated with this event and I had never even heard of the Global Aid Network (GAiN). It was amazing to see how over 50 strangers in a bus changed in one day. In the wee ...

Operation Christmas Child collections this week

Samaritan’s Purse kicks off its national collection week Monday for Operation Christmas Child, an annual holiday drive with the goal of donating shoe boxes full of gifts and necessities to children in need for Christmas. Operation Christmas Child has operated locally for the past 14 years ...

Call for coats

With the onset of cooler fall weather and the prospect of even colder temperatures to follow, the West End Christian Community Center’s Clothes Closet is in need of warm outerwear, particularly coats for men, women and children of all ages and sizes. The Clothes Closet, one of the ...

Buchanan to celebrate 150 years in countryside

For 150 years, a church has stood overlooking a beautiful country setting at 3240 Grimesville Road. Currently called Buchanan Baptist, the church was officially dedicated on Nov. 19, 1869, as Lycoming Baptist Church. A Rev. Kunkle served as the first pastor of the congregation until 1876. ...

Beloved pastor nearing 45 years of service

For at least one member of Buchanan Baptist Church’s congregation, the pastor drew her to call Buchanan her home church. “The first time I heard him preach, we knew this was the church,” she said. The current pastor, the Rev. Robert Regan, has been at the church since 1977. While ...

Area church offers griefshare program

With the passing of a loved one, each day brings challenges of dealing with the grief that at times can be overwhelming. The holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, can be especially difficult for those who mourn. With this in mind, a local church is hosting a program entitled, ...

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 ...