Religion

Unwavering trust

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and never rely on what you think you know …”Proverbs 3:5-6 (GLT) Beloved, the good news is that Jesus knows where you are and He understands all that you face. When He asks us to trust Him emphatically, that is because He also had to trust His ...

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., Rick Douglas, Door Fellowship, Williamsport. HCR Manor Care South, 2 p.m., the Rev. Gwen Bernstine, United ...

A rhyme in time

The lowly seed With the world at my fingertips, I find myself much alone with God. Yet feel the need to connect with you, Though my seeking oft looks odd. You may think me fanciful, Or think me slightly crazed. It doesn’t stop the flow for me, He gives, N’ I take, ...

Conservative criticism of pope sparks rally of strong support

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis’ top advisers are rallying to his defense amid an unprecedented wave of conservative criticism that represents the biggest challenge to his mercy-over-morals papacy. In an unusual gesture, the nine cardinals from around the world who advise Francis on ...

Compassion is not just in its name but in its deeds

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Church of Christian Compassion doesn’t consider itself too big or too posh to get calloused hands in helping its neighbors in taking compassion to heart. With 3,500 members and housing classrooms, a bookstore and an administrative office in the two-level building, ...

Area church briefs

SUNDAY Special speaker slated JERSEY SHORE — Dr. Colby Wesner, president and founder of the ThinkBIG Pediatric Cancer Fund, will speak during Mission Sunday services at 9 a.m. at Antes Fort United Methodist Church, 2 miles south of Jersey Shore off Route 44, 39 Main St. in Antes ...

Shelley Shellenberger uses a circular loom to knit a cap Jan. 5 at his apartment at Landis Homes in Lititz. Since the retired dairy farmer and Mennonite pastor learned to use the circular loom in 2007, Shellenberger has produced about 1,150 caps for needy adults and children in Eastern Europe, courtesy of Christian Aid Ministries in Ephrata.
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Retired pastor, 94, knits hats for needy

LANCASTER (AP) — Shelley Shellenberger sits in a chair by the window in his Landis Homes apartment, wrapping strands of yarn around the pegs of a Knifty Knitter loom. After he has wrapped enough yarn and used a hook to pull the colorful strands together and back up over the pegs many times, ...

Valentine’s Day celebrates ‘true’ love

St. Valentine’s Day (shortened to Valentine’s Day) is observed on Feb. 14 honoring the 14 Christian martyrs of ancient Rome, who were named St. Valentine. The day later became a day associated with “romantic love” in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer during the Middle Ages when the ...

Appearances deceive

There once was a King of Judah to whom God gave a miracle when he healed him of his illness. His faithfulness was rewarded by God by healing his body and then extending his life. The scripture is found in 2 Kings 20: 1-21. His name was King Hezekiah. The part of his life I would like to focus ...

Bud’s Corner

Watch out for greed “Then he said to them, Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15 Of all the sins mentioned in the Bible, greed is the one mostly to be feared. A greedy person is a selfish ...

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., to be announced. HCR Manor Care South, 2 p.m., Pat Burket, State Road United Methodist ...

Anger at dead dad persists

Q: How can I forgive my deceased father for his cruel words and behavior? He treated me horribly when I was a kid, so my relationship with him was strained and distant until the day he died. I never worked things out with him in person, and now I’m struggling with feelings of anger, ...

Germans, Koreans, refugees

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Faith Matters is a column written by the social concerns committee of the United Churches of Lycoming County. The monthly feature will include local faith-based comment on issues facing us today. Opinions expressed in the columns are those of the writers and the social ...

Area church briefs

TODAY Baked steak supper LOGANTON — Albright United Methodist Church, 47 E. Main St., will hold a baked steak supper from 4-6 p.m. (Takeouts available only from 3:30-4:30 p.m.) Roast turkey dinner Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 10275 Route 44, between Turbotville and ...

Trump moves leave some wary

NEW YORK (AP) — Mixed signals from the White House on gay rights and religious exemptions have put two constituencies on edge: LGBT advocates already wary of President Donald Trump and social conservatives determined to hold him to his campaign promises. Recent developments have left both ...

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David Barton, the founder and president of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that presents America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious and constitutional heritage speaks at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport Tuesday night.

America built on God’s Word

Before he even spoke one word, the audience at the Community Arts Center rose in a standing ovation for David Barton, the speaker for “Make America Pray Again” on Tuesday. Barton is the founder and president of WallBuilders, an organization focused on educating people about the Godly ...

Who determines right or wrong?

You and I live in a sea of subjectivity. Our culture is obsessed with blurring the lines of truth and minimizing clear distinctions of right and wrong. Who defines evil and good? Does an organized government determine which acts are legal and illegal to commit? Some people believe that each ...

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. John Butler, Wings of Love Community Church, South Williamsport. HCR Manor Care South, 2 p.m., Marge ...

A rhyme in Time

Converter of hearts There is nothing hidden, That won’t be revealed, No, no secret we have, That is kept truly sealed. Society will try, To encourage us to fully keep, Thoughts hidden, Yes, in chasms dark deep. Jesus says though, I will take you as you are, Rich ...

Area church briefs

TODAY Free clothing exchange set Messiah Lutheran Church, 324 S. Howard St. in South Williamsport, will hold a free clothing exchange from 8-11 a.m. Bring what you have, take what you need. Park in the lot across the street and use the alley entrance. Clothes for all ages —  if you ...