Religion

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 ...

American Rescue Workers in need of children’s toys

Approximately 385 local children may not be having Christmas this year. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, which is locally distributed throughout Lycoming County by the American Rescue Workers, is short for toy donations with less than two weeks until Christmas. “It is unusual for us ...

No sister act: Nun’s album tops charts in time for Christmas

ANN ARBOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The members of Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, silently filed into the chapel. Within minutes, they were singing — first in unison, then in a transfixing, layered harmony that reverberated off the marble floors, wood-paneled walls and ...

Book review: Author dives into Luther’s life, theology

Reading Martin Luther is like watching a buzzsaw cut through traditional spirituality. But that shouldn’t come as a surprise. I stand firmly in the Presbyterian tradition that Luther kicked off exactly five centuries ago — yet I’ve never read much by or about the man himself; so to ...

Gala raises funds for Zimbabwe mission

Members of the Lycoming Baptist Church helped take on the fight to end malnutrition in Zimbabwe by raising just over $10,000 at the fourth annual Silent Auction Gala, on Nov. 4 to benefit 2 Seconds or Less. “We are honored to be a part of this,” said Jack Delaney, care pastor of the ...

Antes Fort UMC celebrates 150th anniversary

ANTES FORT — On Oct. 15 members of the Antes Fort United Methodist Church will celebrate their 150th anniversary with a special service, lunch and music. Former pastors will return to speak along with local Methodist District Superintendent Rev. Beth Jones and Methodist Bishop Jeremiah ...