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Joe Lusk, of Linden, has been racing since he was a child and has hopes of one day reaching the NASCAR circuit. “I always try to think of the future, then Dad says, ‘stop, bring it back, we’ll focus on today and the Lord will get us through. When it’s your time, the circumstance will set you up, and it won’t be just circumstance; it will be a guiding hand,’ ” Lusk said.
“My five-year plan, I can imagine things, but realistically we just have to wait for opportunities to arise.

No ordinary Joe: Local 19-year-old races for glory of God

Joe Lusk, of Linden, is not your typical 19-year-old. In addition to studying web and interactive media at Pennsylvania College of Technology, he is a paid intern in the technology department of the Jersey Shore Area School District. But his passion is racing cars, and he does it for the glory ...

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Lazy days such as this in Murrells Inlet, S.C., in 2010, spending time watching grandchildren grow, is a great reason for a new beginning.

Reminiscing: One for the road; here’s to new beginnings

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (NLT) I recall that early fall day in 1971 that I was in Williamsport to meet up with an old college friend for lunch and a game of tennis. On a whim, I brought along my sports coat, shirt, tie and good slacks with ...

What’s going on?

With all the terrible things going on in our world today, from a biblical point one would believe that we are living in the last days. Second Timothy 3:1-5 states, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, ...

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., Pastor Gary Runtas, GAP Fellowship, ...

A rhyme in time

Effort Effort to me brings a sound of hope. That selfless step unknowingly evokes So much more than ever meets any eye. The inward path of a love made live. Our Father though He surely knows the effort you took towards hope. Many times I have sobbed, I’ve ...

Amid uproar, Southern Baptists condemn ‘alt-right’ movement

PHOENIX (AP) — Southern Baptists on Wednesday formally condemned the political movement known as the “alt-right,” in a national meeting that was thrown into turmoil after leaders initially refused to take up the issue. The denomination’s annual convention in Phoenix voted to “decry ...

Area church briefs

TODAY Strawberry festival set Garman Lutheran Church, 1761 Sulphur Run Road, Jersey Shore, will hold a strawberry festival from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. SUNDAY Mission speaker scheduled ANTES FORT/ORIOLE — Antes Fort and Oriole United Methodist churches will host Christine Caffrey Johnson, state ...

VBS

(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) JUNE 19-23 • MUNCY — Bible Baptist Church of Huntersville, 1229 Dutchtown Road, will hold Ark Adventure VBS from ...

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In April, Seth Fredericks, a Life in Focus Education certified instructor, started a local meeting group centered around Christian biblical teachings and addiction recovery that meets 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Living Hope United Pentecostal Church, 2405 Bottle Run Road. In the 12-week program, each week focuses on a Bible lesson on a different type of addiction.

Faith helps recovering addicts

While Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous have religious themes or undertones, sometimes having a stronger emphasis on a higher power can help recovering addicts fight the disease of addiction. In April, Seth Fredericks, a Life in Focus Education certified instructor, started a local ...

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. Velinda Smith, New Life Wake Up Ministries Inc., Williamsport. HCR Manor Care South, 2 p.m., Jerry Webb, ...

Bud’s Corner

Take a look at your church Every church must continue to face the truth about herself. Is the church growing, just maintaining or dying? These are hard questions to not only ask, but answer. If the church is growing, great! But how and why is she growing? This is good news but don’t take ...

Church & State

Church says Papua riot sparked by military burning Bibles JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A major church in Indonesia’s predominantly Christian Papua province said a riot in the provincial capital last month was sparked by the military burning Bibles, contradicting the police account of ...

Area church briefs

TODAY Men’s prayer breakfast St. Joseph the Worker Parish will hold a prayer breakfast today featuring guest speaker Anthony Gentile. The day begins with an 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 W. Fourth St., followed by a breakfast at 9:30 a.m. and the speaker at 10:30 a.m. ...

State Legislature needs to recall the words of Micah

(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 ...

VBS

(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) JUNE 11-16 • Phelps Chapel United Methodist Church, Pine Creek Exit off Route 220, will hold Hero Central Discover Your ...

Congregation moves into former Shenandoah church

SHENANDOAH (AP) — Last Christmas, the congregation of First United Methodist Church had its final worship service at 38 E. Oak St. Then the church closed. Two weeks ago, another congregation moved into the white-brick building and started holding services — Divine Power of Christ ...

Remains of former slave eyed for sainthood moved to church

DENVER (AP) — In a step toward possible sainthood, the remains of a former slave have been moved to a Catholic cathedral in Denver, where people lined up Wednesday to honor her and pray for her help. Many touched the glass covering of a wooden chest holding the exhumed skull and other bones ...

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Michael Fisher, solar contractor with I-TEC, points to a new location in Africa where the team plans to set up a power pack this summer. The rest of the map shows the locations where I-TEC has made trips in 40 countries.

I-TEC backs missionaries

With premature babies requiring warmth to survive and life support equipment keeping patients going in critical conditions, power is vital in a hospital setting in order for lives to be saved. Tom Garber, president of I-TEC, said he met a doctor overseas that told him a story of working on a ...

God’s hidden wisdom

The New Testament teaches that Jesus Christ defeated Satan by his death on the cross. Further that Satan was “paraded through” the spirit-world and openly humiliated in the unseen realm (Colossians 2:15). All this was accomplished by the hidden wisdom of God to redeem the human ...

A rhyme in time

Stepping stone graduate Graduates, We couldn’t be prouder of you! We’ll share a story, From our point of view. A short skit of your life, In poem form, A small twist and Step, Away from the norm. In our minds eye, We can imagine you, Leaving stepping stone ...