Area church briefs


Free clothing give-away

WATSONTOWN – Joseph’s Closet will offer a free clothing give-away between 8 and 11 a.m. at the “old” Watsontown United Methodist Church on Third Street. For more information, call the church at 538-1017 or Linda Smith at 538-9373.

Free lunch

WATSONTOWN – Shepherd’s Community Kitchen will offer a free lunch starting at 11 a.m. at the Watsontown United Methodist Church, 1319 Eighth Street Drive. For more information, call the church at 538-1017 or Linda Smith at 538-9373.


Orthodox Palm Sunday service

For millions of Orthodox Christians throughout the world, today is Palm Sunday commemorating the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and marking the beginning of Holy Week leading to “Pascha,” (Easter) the resurrection of Christ, on May 5. Locally, Holy Cross Orthodox Church, 1725 Holy Cross Lane, off Northway Road in Loyalsock Township, will celebrate Palm Sunday in its 10 a.m. Festal Liturgy that includes the blessing and distribution of palms and willow branches and a childrens’ procession. Daily worship services are slated during Holy Week highlighted by a Good Friday (May 3) service at 7 p.m. with an outdoor candlelight “funeral” procession around the church. Further information and complete schedule of services may be found at


National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer will be observed in Williamsport from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on the steps of City Hall, 245 W. West Fourth St. The main event is scheduled for noon, according to Danesta “Nessie” Whaley.

Prayer program set

MILTON – Kingdom Kidz Puppet Ministry, the religious division of Kingdom Kidz Inc., is sponsoring the National Day of Prayer program at 6 p.m. at the Lincoln Park gazebo on Front Street. During the program, puppets will present a time of sharing and prayer. Worship in Motion, a contemporary movement group, from Community Mennonite Fellowship, will present ” All Praise” by Avalon. There will be a time of praying for our country, our leaders (local, state, national), our schools and our nation. It will be an evening of lifting our nation before God. The public is invited to participate and the program is suitable for all ages. Attendees should bring a chair. The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, call Linda Meckley, Milton coordinator, at 742-4209 or Kingdom Kidz Inc. at 742-0379.

MAY 2-3-4

Rummage sale

Northway Presbyterian Church, 1520 Northway Road in Loyalsock Township, will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. Among the items for sale are a hospital bed, furniture, children and adult clothing and many new items.

MAY 3-4

Food packers sought

People are needed to help pack food for the Help & Hope World Hunger project. Packers are needed from 6-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Registration is required by visiting and following the prompts. It takes about 1 or 2 minutes to complete the registration. For more information, call Paul Kinley at 419-4684.

MAY 3-5

L.I.F.E. Conference

Christ Community Worship Center Inc., 436 W. Fourth St., will host the L.I.F.E. Conference starting at 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and 10:45 a.m. Sunday. The conference will teach and empower people how to “live intentionally for eternity” and includes topics focusing on manhood, human trafficking and social media responsibility. A $20 registration fee includes a T-shirt. The Life Cafe, a sharing experience of Life in Christ through music and the arts, will be held at 10 p.m. Friday. A musical concert will be held on Saturday including local and guest artists. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the concert will begin at 6 p.m. There is a $5 donation to attend. For more information, call Christ Community Worship Center Inc. 322-7141 or visit


Free clothing exchange

Messiah Lutheran Church, 324 Howard St. in South Williamsport, will hold a free clothing exchange from 8-11 a.m. Park in the lot across the street and use the alley entrance; an elevator is available. Clothes for all ages is available. If you have clean wearable clothes to donate, please bring them. If not, come and take what you need.

Baked steak supper

DuBoistown United Methodist Church, 133 Summer St., will hold a baked steak supper from 4-6 p.m. Takeouts available from 3-4 p.m. only. Cost is $8.50 for adults, $4.50 for children 3-10 and free for those under 3.

‘God of All Glory’ tour

Steve Green, Twila Paris, Wayne Watson and Larnelle Harris will appear in concert at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6) at the Williamsport Area High School Auditorium. Tickets are available through iTickets.


Shiloh Baptist to install new pastor

Shiloh Baptist Church, 433 Walnut St., will install Rev. W. Conrad Gibson as its pastor at 4 p.m.

Gibson has served as the interim pastor at Shiloh for the past year. He and his wife come to Shiloh from Bethlehem Baptist Church in York.

After graduation from Nash Central High School, Nashville N.C., he relocated to Newark, N.J., where he was employed by Herculite Protective Fabrics Corp. as an inspector and was a member of the Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church. At Abyssinia Baptist he served on the board of ushers, youth choir and hosted the Abyssinia gospel program on a local radio station.

After eight years in Newark, he relocated to York as manager for Herculite Fabrics. In York he met and married Donnie M. Simon and they joined the Bethlehem Baptist Church in 1976.

Gibson was ordained a deacon in 1983, licensed to preach the gospel in 1985 by Rev. Dr. Aaron Willford Jr. and was ordained by the Central Baptist Association of Pennsylvania in 1987. He had pastored the Fellowship Baptist Church in Harrisburg for three years, after which he returned to Bethlehem Baptist Church in York where he has since served on the senior usher board, adult choir and men’s chorus. He also served as the Sunday school superintendent for 15 years and adult class teacher for 12 years.

Gibson studied at Lancaster Bible College, Guided Growth Ministries of First Baptist Church, Atlanta, Ga., Teamwork College International, Martinsville, Va., and the Christian School of York.

Gibson attended Penn State, York for Business Administration from 1987 to 1989. He also is a licensed barber and licensed cosmetologist. The second of nine children, he and his wife, Donnie, reside in Dover. They are the parents of five children, one deceased, and have 14 grandchildren.

Full Armor in concert

EAST STROUDSBURG – Catholic Social Services of Monroe County will host its fifth annual concert fundraiser from 6-8 p.m. at Notre Dame High School theater featuring Full Armor, up-and-coming contemporary Catholic/Christian band from Middletown, N.Y. Proceeds from the concert will benefit both the drug and alcohol program and the anger management program of Catholic Social Services of Monroe County. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and music begins at 6 p.m. The open seating tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults. Call 350-5361 for more information.

Area church briefs


Baked steak supper

DuBoistown United Methodist Church, 133 Summer St., will hold a baked steak supper from 4-6 p.m. Takeouts available from 3-4 p.m. only. Cost is $8.50 for adults, $4.50 for children 3-10 and free for those under 3.


Hymn sing scheduled

CALVERT – Beech Valley United Methodist Church, 30 Beech Valley Road, will have a hymn sing beginning at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments following.


Ugly quilt session

St. Paul-Calvary United Methodist Church, 1427 Memorial Ave, will hold an “ugly quilt” session at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Ugly quilts are simple emergency sleeping bags for the homeless made from recycled fabrics. Everyone is welcome to participate.


Tioga County CEF banquet

WELLSBORO – Child Evangelism Fellowship of Tioga County Inc. will hold its spring banquet at 6 p.m. at the firemen’s annex. County Commissioner Mark Hamilton will be the featured speaker. The main course is chicken barbecue.

Roast turkey dinner

WATSONTOWN – Holy Spirit Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10275 Route 44 between McEwensville and Turbotville, will hold a roast turkey dinner from 4-6 p.m. Call Pastor Dan May for more information at 490-9788.

Chicken and biscuit supper

Heshbon Park United Methodist Church, 2898 Heshbon Road, will hold a chicken and biscuit supper from 4-6 p.m. Cost is $8.50 for adults, $4 for children and children under 6 eat free. Takeouts available by calling 494-0241.

Soup sale

TIVOLI – Tivoli United Methodist Church, 9598 Route 220, will hold a ham and bean, chicken corn and vegetable beef soup sale starting at 9 a.m. Soup will be sold by the bowl and by the quart. A lunch will be served and baked goods will be for sale.

APRIL 14-17

Prophetic conference

LEWISBURG – Lewisburg Bible Church, 311 Hospital Drive, will hold a prophetic conference Sunday through Wednesday featuring guest speaker Mitch Triestman, of Friends of Israel. Times and messages include 10:30 a.m. Sunday “The Great White Throne” from Revelation 20:11-15; 7 p.m. Sunday “The End of the Middle East Crisis;” 7 p.m. Monday PowerPoint presentations “10 Prophetic ‘P’s;” 7 p.m. Tuesday “The Prophecy in the Feasts of the Lord;” and 7 p.m. Wednesday “The Whirlwind,” which is a look at the devastating storms that have hit our nation and our policies toward the land of Israel prior to the storms.

APRIL 14-19

Revival meetings set

Tabernacle Baptist Church, 911 W. Third St., will hold revival meetings Sunday through Friday featuring Evangelist Mike Pelletier. Sunday services are 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:45 a.m. morning service, 6 p.m. evening service. Services will continue at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.