Religion

Remains of former slave eyed for sainthood moved to church

DENVER (AP) — In a step toward possible sainthood, the remains of a former slave have been moved to a Catholic cathedral in Denver, where people lined up Wednesday to honor her and pray for her help. Many touched the glass covering of a wooden chest holding the exhumed skull and other bones ...

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Michael Fisher, solar contractor with I-TEC, points to a new location in Africa where the team plans to set up a power pack this summer. The rest of the map shows the locations where I-TEC has made trips in 40 countries.

I-TEC backs missionaries

With premature babies requiring warmth to survive and life support equipment keeping patients going in critical conditions, power is vital in a hospital setting in order for lives to be saved. Tom Garber, president of I-TEC, said he met a doctor overseas that told him a story of working on a ...

God’s hidden wisdom

The New Testament teaches that Jesus Christ defeated Satan by his death on the cross. Further that Satan was “paraded through” the spirit-world and openly humiliated in the unseen realm (Colossians 2:15). All this was accomplished by the hidden wisdom of God to redeem the human ...

A rhyme in time

Stepping stone graduate Graduates, We couldn’t be prouder of you! We’ll share a story, From our point of view. A short skit of your life, In poem form, A small twist and Step, Away from the norm. In our minds eye, We can imagine you, Leaving stepping stone ...

Trump and pope focus on peace

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Handshakes, gifts, friendly small talk and big hopes for peace. Setting past differences and rude comments aside, President Donald Trump and Pope Francis put a determinedly positive face on their first meeting May 24 at the Vatican. The two global leaders, vastly ...

Area church briefs

WEDNESDAY Christian ladies to meet TIVOLI — The Christian Ladies Group will meet at 1 p.m. at Tivoli United Methodist Church, 9598 Route 220, Hughesville, where Nancy Baumgartner will present “Glimpses of God from One Writer’s Pen” about a series on miracles she wrote for the ...

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 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 ...