Religion

Bingo event to raise money for local church’s roof repair

Evelyn Free and daughter Diane Stine are hosting Designer Bag Bingo in hopes to raise money for a local church’s roof. The Episcopal Church of Our Savior, at 31 N. Loyalsock Ave., Montoursville, has a 50-year-old roof in need of replacing. The bingo event will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday. ...

4 local clergy ordained together celebrate 50 years

Fifty years ago, four men — Charles Cummings, John Manno, Stephen McGough and Michael Zipay — from the region were ordained as a part of the Diocese of Scranton’s 1968 ordination class. Today they still serve and stay active in the community. Bishop James C. Timlin will celebrate their ...

Cyclists prepare for warmer weather with safety and bike blessing

BALLS MILLS — One childhood goal easily remembered by all ages is the joy of learning to ride a bike. The speed, exhilaration and independence of traveling on two wheels, baseball cards clipped to the spokes sounding ferocious, with the wind rushing at your face can bring treasured memories ...

Author and adventurer to speak at local church on finding fulfillment

Celebrating the release of his book “Fully You,” author and adventurer Joel Malm will be in the city to speak about how people can fully become themselves and lead more fulfilling lives. The talk is set for 10 a.m. Sunday at Northway Community Church, 1680 Four Mile Drive. Malm, a ...

Messiah Lutheran rejoices after 150 years of service

Celebrating 150 years of serving the community, Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, 324 S. Howard St., South Williamsport, will be holding a special 150 anniversary celebration and dinner on April 28 at the church. Festive Eucharist will start at 2 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres at 4:15 p.m. and ...

Muncy Baptist Church expands services with kitchen renovation

MUNCY — The Muncy Baptist Church, 11 W. Penn St., recently renovated its kitchen area in order to promote more fellowship through food. “We’re looking into the possibility of offering some free community dinners in the future. We don’t do anything currently, but we’d like to ...

Local event explores the healing power of relics

More than 160 sacred relics, some possibly 2,000 years old, were at St. Joseph the Worker Parish recently for the “Exposition of Sacred Relics,” a teaching and explanation about reliquaries. Father Carlos Martins, director of Treasures of the Church, spoke to a full house about the ...

Local churches hold prayer rally to battle opioid ‘crisis’

WELLSBORO — Often referred to as a crisis by local and federal officials, the effects of the opioid epidemic have reached into the church. Church members are working to fight the battle on a local level by appealing to a higher power with a simple exercise — prayer. Citing the Bible ...

Local mission provides seeds for the hungry

Experience Missions, in partnership with Global Aid Network (GAiN), held a GAiN seed-packing event recently at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Montoursville. About 90 volunteers helped assemble almost 10,000 seed packs. The packs will be sent to the Middle East and Africa, and will ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...