Religion

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. Velinda Smith, New Life Wake Up Ministries Inc., Williamsport. HCR Manor Care South, 2 p.m., Jerry Webb, ...

Bud’s Corner

Take a look at your church Every church must continue to face the truth about herself. Is the church growing, just maintaining or dying? These are hard questions to not only ask, but answer. If the church is growing, great! But how and why is she growing? This is good news but don’t take ...

Church & State

Church says Papua riot sparked by military burning Bibles JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A major church in Indonesia’s predominantly Christian Papua province said a riot in the provincial capital last month was sparked by the military burning Bibles, contradicting the police account of ...

Area church briefs

TODAY Men’s prayer breakfast St. Joseph the Worker Parish will hold a prayer breakfast today featuring guest speaker Anthony Gentile. The day begins with an 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 W. Fourth St., followed by a breakfast at 9:30 a.m. and the speaker at 10:30 a.m. ...

State Legislature needs to recall the words of Micah

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Faith Matters is a column written by the social concerns committee of the United Churches of Lycoming County. The monthly feature will include local faith-based comment on issues facing us today. Opinions expressed in the columns are those of the writers and the social ...

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

Congregation moves into former Shenandoah church

SHENANDOAH (AP) — Last Christmas, the congregation of First United Methodist Church had its final worship service at 38 E. Oak St. Then the church closed. Two weeks ago, another congregation moved into the white-brick building and started holding services — Divine Power of Christ ...

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 ...