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Religion

Luncheon builds community for 47 years, with soup and pie

MONTOURSVILLE – A familiar sight along Loyalsock Avenue in Montoursville in late winter is a sign that appears just before the season of Lent begins: it announces that the soup luncheons at the Church of Our Savior Episcopal are set to begin after Ash Wednesday. “People look forward to ...

Faith & Families: Church Briefs

Trash or Treasure Sale continues today Faxon-Kenmar United Methodist Church will hold the second day of its Spring Trash or Treasure Sale, today, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Homemade Easter Eggs also will be available. The church is located on the corner of Sheridan Street and Clayton ...

Footsteps to Follow: Our God is a Second-Chance God

It is a pleasure to share some thoughts about God’s promises with you today. Let’s examine Genesis 5:1-5 with the emphasis on verse 3: “And Adam lived a hundred and thirty years, and begat a son [Seth] in his own likeness” (KJV). One could ask what happened to Cain and Abel in Genesis ...

Faith and Families: Religion Briefs

Healing Communities Training Day set April 13 The Pennsylvania Council of Churches has partnered with Healing Communities USA to offer a Healing Communities Training Day, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., April 13 at New Covenant United Church of Christ, 202 E. Third St. This training is designed ...

Footsteps to Follow: Are You Ready?

Are You Ready? When you read First Samuel in the Hebrew Scripture, you will learn about Hanna. She so wanted a son that she dedicated him to God. At age five, Samuel was given to Levi, the priest, and there he was brought up to be a strong religious leader of the Jewish nation. In time, ...

Footsteps to Follow: Is God Laughing At You?

Is God Laughing at You? God has a wonderful sense of humor. This is seen clearly in both the Old and New Testaments. God laughs for joy over His people as a father enjoys his children. Conversely, God mocks and laughs at those who oppose Him. One way or another, God is probably laughing at ...

Keeping ‘Vigil’ant: Catholic musicians stress theology

By PAT CROSSLEY pcrossley@sungazette.com MUNCY ­ – The Vigil Project is a group of Catholic artists, who write and sing Catholic music for Catholic prayer. They recently kicked off a Lent and Easter tour and one of their first stops was at Resurrection Catholic Church, Muncy. They had ...

Religion: Faith and Families Area Briefs

Hepburn-Lycoming Ministerium plans services “Preparing Hearts for Easter” is the theme for a series of Lenten community services being hosted by the Hepburn-Lycoming Ministerium. The services are held on Sundays at 4 p.m., March 17, 24, 31 and April 7 at Calvary Church of the Nazarene, ...

Lamar Lighthouse Camp Raises Funds for new Tabernacle building

LAMAR – It was at the end of February this year that the members of the Lamar Lighthouse Camp had to bid farewell to a building that stood on its property for over seven decades. Previously, it had been a part of Montoursville history when Indian Park was once called Starr Island Amusement ...

Footsteps to Follow: Solidify the Covenant

Christians, Jews and Muslims share a relationship with Abraham who they trace back to the common link in their faiths. Christians and Jews track it through Isaac, while Muslims track it through Ishmael. Ishmael was the first-born son of Abram, by Sari's handmaiden, Haggar. The promise of ...

Free to Pray

By DANA MASSING Erie Times-News RIE — Eleven killed at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, in October. Twenty-six slain at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in November 2017. Seven fatally shot at Quebec Islamic Cultural Center in Quebec, Canada, in January ...

Faith Matters column

Adventure awaits. “Morning has broken ... God’s recreation of a new day.” These hymn lyrics, penned by British author Eleanor Farjean almost 90 years ago, are based on Psalm 118 verse 24. We so often hear these words in the opening to worship. “This is the day the Lord has made; let us ...

Footsteps to Follow column

The other day, as I was thinking about a situation that has recently come up in my life and wishing for a desired outcome in my favor, I heard a still, small voice say to me, “Speak the Word. It is in your mouth.” How many times do we have circumstances in our lives that will ...

Briefs

Chicken and Waffles dinner set for today WATSONTOWN – A chicken and waffle dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, dessert and beverage is planned for today, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Holy Spirit Evangelical Lutheran Church. $9 each, children $5. Takeouts available. Church is located ...

Donuts, Ashes and Fasting

As the beginning of Lent approaches, New Covenant United Church of Christ prepares to celebrate on the eve of Ash Wednesday by holding a Fastnacht Social, a tradition that dates back to the 1800ás. The season of Lent, which begins this week on Ash Wednesday and lasts 40 days, is often ...

New Love Center provides food to hundreds in region

JERSEY SHORE — Hundreds of families in Jersey Shore had a merrier Christmas thanks to the efforts of Jersey Shore’s New Love Center on Broad Street. Volunteers from the New Love Center recently distributed bags of groceries, food and other items to about 500 families in the area. ...

Food pantry fills a need for the hungry in Montoursville

More than two years ago, a Montoursville-based food pantry, Harvest of Hope, was a dream in the hearts of three people who sat at a small round table and “began the vision.” Today, it is a reality. It boasts more than 150 volunteers from different churches and community members who ...

Mentoring couple take on ministry to build relationships at home, abroad

For Duane and Mary Shenk, starting Cottage Ministries was a natural culmination of the way they have lived during their almost 27 years of marriage. “We have only had two years that we did not have either a young adult, college student and foster children living with us,” Mary Shenk said. ...