Religion

A Rhyme in Time

Love! Need I say more? Father I know, you will immeasurably bless Those who read this poets address. For I was once a dirty and broken soul. The life I lived, held thoughts untold. Hard to guess or even for others to see The internal workings of my heart unhealthy. You ...

Area Religion Briefs

WEDNESDAY Ladies group to meet HUGHESVILLE — The Christian Ladies Group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Tivoli United Methodist Church, 9598 Route 220 Hwy., where retired teacher Robert Webster will speak about U.S. Military Cemeteries around the world. WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY Mount Luther family ...

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) JULY 9-13 • JERSEY SHORE — Nippenose Bible Fellowship, 92 Schoolhouse Road, will hold Mighty Fortress VBS from ...

Pastor reflects on leaving Amish life, founding megachurch

LANCASTER — Forty years sounds like a lifetime. It also can fly past in the blink of an eye. Just ask the Rev. Sam Smucker. In 1977, Smucker and 30 other people gathered for worship in a room at the former Sheraton Conestoga Hotel on Oregon Pike. Three years later, they were renting space ...

Honor the flag in unity

National holidays are common in every global setting. In the U.S. Memorial Day is a recent memory. Flag Day has just passed. Plans for Independence Day are underway. Labor Day will follow soon enough. In a recent editorial, the Sun-Gazette spoke of the importance of flying the flag at ...

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. Ron Shellhamer, Area Lutheran Pastor, Williamsport. HCR Manor Care South, 2 p.m., Diane Kinley, New ...

Religion around the world

Archbishop: Church of England ‘colluded’ to hide sex abuse LONDON (AP) — The Church of England “colluded” with and helped to hide the long-term sexual abuse of young men by one of its former bishops, the head of the church said Thursday. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby ...

Bud’s Corner: Challenges abound

How many challenges do you think you will face today? Some people call them problems, but I call them challenges. For sure, each day will bring some for us all. The seasons of the year bring different challenges. In the winter we have snow and cold. This winter was a real challenge. We had to ...

Area church briefs

TODAY Concert in Lairdsville LAIRDSVILLE — Todd Robatin will perform in concert at Lairdsville Faith Church, 6786 Route 118, at 7:30 p.m. Call Pastor Max L. Walters Jr. for more information at 570-584-2765. SUNDAY Ham, scalloped potato dinner LIBERTY — Salem Lutheran Church, 3536 ...

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) TODAY • Warrensville United Methodist Church, 5748 Warrensville Road, Montoursville, will hold Prayer Warrior VBS from 10 ...

Once rare, cremation is becoming the new norm

PITTSBURGH (AP) — When Scott Beinhauer’s forebears expanded their funeral business in 1921 with a location just south of the then-new Liberty Tunnel, they added a rare piece of equipment: a crematory. For nearly a century it stood as the second-oldest crematory in use in the nation, ...

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Joe Lusk, of Linden, has been racing since he was a child and has hopes of one day reaching the NASCAR circuit. “I always try to think of the future, then Dad says, ‘stop, bring it back, we’ll focus on today and the Lord will get us through. When it’s your time, the circumstance will set you up, and it won’t be just circumstance; it will be a guiding hand,’ ” Lusk said.
“My five-year plan, I can imagine things, but realistically we just have to wait for opportunities to arise.

No ordinary Joe: Local 19-year-old races for glory of God

Joe Lusk, of Linden, is not your typical 19-year-old. In addition to studying web and interactive media at Pennsylvania College of Technology, he is a paid intern in the technology department of the Jersey Shore Area School District. But his passion is racing cars, and he does it for the glory ...

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Lazy days such as this in Murrells Inlet, S.C., in 2010, spending time watching grandchildren grow, is a great reason for a new beginning.

Reminiscing: One for the road; here’s to new beginnings

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (NLT) I recall that early fall day in 1971 that I was in Williamsport to meet up with an old college friend for lunch and a game of tennis. On a whim, I brought along my sports coat, shirt, tie and good slacks with ...

What’s going on?

With all the terrible things going on in our world today, from a biblical point one would believe that we are living in the last days. Second Timothy 3:1-5 states, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, ...

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., Rick Douglas, Door Fellowship, Williamsport. HCR Manor Care South, 2 p.m., Pastor Gary Runtas, GAP Fellowship, ...

A rhyme in time

Effort Effort to me brings a sound of hope. That selfless step unknowingly evokes So much more than ever meets any eye. The inward path of a love made live. Our Father though He surely knows the effort you took towards hope. Many times I have sobbed, I’ve ...

Amid uproar, Southern Baptists condemn ‘alt-right’ movement

PHOENIX (AP) — Southern Baptists on Wednesday formally condemned the political movement known as the “alt-right,” in a national meeting that was thrown into turmoil after leaders initially refused to take up the issue. The denomination’s annual convention in Phoenix voted to “decry ...

Area church briefs

TODAY Strawberry festival set Garman Lutheran Church, 1761 Sulphur Run Road, Jersey Shore, will hold a strawberry festival from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. SUNDAY Mission speaker scheduled ANTES FORT/ORIOLE — Antes Fort and Oriole United Methodist churches will host Christine Caffrey Johnson, state ...

VBS

(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) JUNE 19-23 • MUNCY — Bible Baptist Church of Huntersville, 1229 Dutchtown Road, will hold Ark Adventure VBS from ...

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In April, Seth Fredericks, a Life in Focus Education certified instructor, started a local meeting group centered around Christian biblical teachings and addiction recovery that meets 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Living Hope United Pentecostal Church, 2405 Bottle Run Road. In the 12-week program, each week focuses on a Bible lesson on a different type of addiction.

Faith helps recovering addicts

While Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous have religious themes or undertones, sometimes having a stronger emphasis on a higher power can help recovering addicts fight the disease of addiction. In April, Seth Fredericks, a Life in Focus Education certified instructor, started a local ...