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(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 11-16 • JERSEY SHORE — Phelps Chapel United Methodist Church, Pine Creek Exit off Route 220, will hold Hero ...

God’s Community Choir ends 40-year run

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — God’s Community Choir held its “Sunset Celebration Concert” to a full house at the Grace Baptist Church of Germantown recently. The ecumenical 17-voice choir has been together for 40 years singing traditional church music. They marked their departure from the church ...

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. John Butler, Wings of Love Community Church, South Williamsport. HCR Manor Care South, 2 p.m., Pat Burket, ...

Church-turned-nightclub again a worship site

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A brick structure on Penn Avenue in the Strip District, most recently known as the Altar Bar, is about to undergo an unusual reversal of fortunes. Built as a Catholic church that served an ethnic Slovak congregation for much of the 20th century, the building had a 15-year ...

The basics of Islam

This article briefly attempts to highlight basic tenets and beliefs in Islam. Some people use religion to justify their actions and sometimes use information from religious books out of context. Differing ideas and impressions about Islam are due to existing conditions in the world. So it is ...

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., Sara Bower, Faxon-Kenmar ...

Bud’s corner

The real test of a congregation and its ministry is the spirituality of its members. Spirituality involves our total life, and will be seen in: • The messages we preach • The daily lives we live. • Our attendance. • Our stewardship, giving and involvement. • Our home and ...

Ex-spouse questions divorce

Q: Should I consider remarrying my ex-spouse for the sake of our child? We recently got divorced, but over the past few weeks I’ve become increasingly concerned about the impact of this family breakup upon our preschooler. As the dust settles, I wonder if maybe we could have made a better go ...

Area church briefs

SUNDAY Ice cream benefit set MUNCY — Katys Church, 440 Katys Church Road in Columbia County next to State Game Lands will hold an ice cream benefit from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. weather permitting. Ice cream benefits will continue the second and fourth Sundays each month through the summer. Call ...

Vacation Bible school

(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 11-16 • Phelps Chapel United Methodist Church, Pine Creek Exit off Route 220, will hold Hero Central Discover Your ...

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The Diocese of Scranton Annual Appeal has surpassed its $5 million goal, raising $5,075,000 in gifts and pledges. Lycoming-Tioga Clergy and Lay Regional chairs with Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, right, are from left, the Rev. John Victoria, of St. Ann Parish in Loyalsock Township; and John and Joan Eck, of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Williamsport.

Local residents chair successful Diocese of Scranton Annual Appeal

The Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, has announced that the 2016 Diocesan Annual Appeal has raised $5,075,000 in gifts and pledges, surpassing the goal of $5 million. The Annual Appeal has received gifts and pledges from 31,211 donors. Seventy-seven parishes ...

Church surprises longtime member known as Good Sam

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Mary Jane Alexander is known around west Florence as the Good Samaritan, and her church, New Ebenezer Baptist Church, threw a surprise party on a recent Saturday to recognized her as a Good Samaritan. The Good Samaritan in the Bible helped an injured man, took him to a ...

Sistine Chapel Choir to make rare visit to US in September

DETROIT (AP) — The “Pope’s Choir” is coming to the U.S. for the first time in three decades. The Sistine Chapel Choir will perform in New York, Washington and Detroit in September, organizers of the Michigan visit announced Wednesday. The choir, whose boys and men sing for Pope ...

In this photo taken Feb. 1, Gene McGuire  says he has found redemption working as a chaplain for the 
employees at the restaurants
 throughout North Texas. 
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Texas chaplain finds life after years in prison

BEDFORD, Texas — Gene McGuire never will forget his 18th birthday. Instead of celebrating with friends and family in rural Pennsylvania, he was headed to prison to serve life without parole after he was convicted of second-degree murder. What made it especially hard: He didn’t commit the ...

‘Truth’ for today

In the span of a few months our cultural vocabulary has added some new terms: “fake news” and “alternative facts.” These two terms now are used frequently in the world of politics as competing ideas and initiatives are pushed by one group or another. Each group attempts to convince us ...

Walking

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

Magnetic North We are warrior’s, Clothed in the full armor of the Lord. We wear shields, helmets, And wield double-edged swords. He stretches forth in our soul, Teaches our arms how to reach. Our feet He has shod, With His gospel of peace. He helps us you know, And daily he ...

Adoption option tough choice

Q: We’re considering adopting a baby boy who was removed from his birth home due to abuse when only a few months old. He has been in the foster-care system for the past year. What kind of risks are we facing? Jim: You deserve a lot of credit for your willingness to adopt a child from a ...

Area church briefs

TODAY Rummage sale slated Lycoming Presbyterian Church, 825 Arch St., will hold a rummage sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Food will be available. Rummage sale benefits youth LEWISBURG — Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 100 S. Third St., will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. as a fundraiser to ...

Top US Catholic bishop plans for Trump meeting

HOUSTON (AP) — The top Roman Catholic bishop in the U.S. lauds President Donald Trump for his anti-abortion views, for comments on the importance of Catholic schools and for promising to defend religious liberties. When it comes to refugees and immigration, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo says he and ...