Religion

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 ...

Local churches minister to women in Nicaragua

In August, nine members of Hope Community Church, of Loyalsock and Muncy, travelled to Nicaragua with the primary focus to hold a women’s conference at the New Day Ministry’s mission in the country. Although members of the churches had participated in missions trips to that area before, ...

Fear not: A personal account

It was year nine of living my dream! Since I was a girl, I had known the Lord wanted me to serve Him overseas. Finally, after college and other preparations, I was ministering in gorgeous, subtropical Durban, South Africa. God had provided a husband and two sons to also live this adventure. The ...

Area Church Briefs

Christian Ladies Group to meet HUGHESVILLE — The Christian Ladies Group will meet at Tivoli United Methodist Church, 9598 Route 220, at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. The program will be provided by Meg Geffken as she portrays conservationist and children’s author Beatrix Potter. Christian ...

Churches reach out with backyard praise in Newberry

An afternoon of praise, music, fellowship and food beckoned locals to a backyard in Newberry recently. The event was organized by Diamond Street Christian Church, 822 Diamond St., and members from Ebenezer Baptist Church, 527 Park Ave., Wings of Love Community Church, 699 Southmont Ave., ...

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. Ronald Shellhamer, Semi-retired Lutheran Pastor, Williamsport. HCR Manor Care South, 2 p.m., Evangelist ...

Adding a summer day camp is a natural progression for Camp Susque

TROUT RUN — A local youth camp, and staple natural and spiritual getaway for the region, is branching out from residential camps by adding a day camp element to its repertoire. Founded 70 years ago, Camp Susque, 47 Susque Camp Road, kicked off its day camp this pas week. The second camp ...

Footsteps to follow: What Did You Expect

When a beloved relative — parent, sibling or other — dies, what a shock it always is to us. Our faith tells us that they still are alive with a loving God, but our human hearts are still broken. Our human emotions try to persuade us of the total finality of physical death. In the ...

Area church briefs

The history of spices with Christian ladies HUGHESVILLE — The Christian Ladies Group will meet at Tivoli United Methodist Church, 9598 Route 220, at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Susan Sprout will speak about the historical importance of spices, where they come from, and how they can be used. ...

Vacation Bible Schools

(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) Jersey Shore Area Assembly of God VBS ANTES FORT — Jersey Shore Area Assembly of God, 172 Main St., will hold its VBS ...

Local ministry seeks to educate children on dangers of trafficking

Born2Fly Summer Day Camp is kicking off for the first time in the Lycoming County area to help educate children with age appropriate information in order to stop child sex trafficking. “I started a ministry two and a half years ago called Mission Possible to help end trafficking,” said ...

‘Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone’

“Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.” I am grateful to Andy Stanley, the pastor of North Point Church in Georgia, for these words of wisdom. Needs are endless. Sometimes that can lead to feelings of guilt. Generous people can get sucked into feeling they have never done ...

Area church briefs

Fundraiser for Lycoming Presbyterian Church repair The Warriors for Christ Martial Arts School will hold a fundraiser at the Lycoming Presbyterian Church, , 825 Arch St.,, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, to cover repair costs for storm damage. Vendors and crafters will have items for sale. For ...