Religion

Lent: ‘Coming to ourselves’

Christians now are in the season of Lent. An internet search of “lent” will boggle the mind with information on its origins, history, variations in its observance and its relevance (or not) in modern society. Whatever the case, it generally is agreed Lent embodies three traditional ...

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. Marwin Reeves, Christ Community Worship Center Inc. Williamsport. HCR Manor Care South, 2 p.m., the Rev. ...

Father longs to reconnect with kids

Q: How can I reconnect with my children after divorcing their mother and abandoning them? I regret to say that I walked out on my family several years ago. Since then, I’ve recognized my mistakes and changed my life (including coming to faith). I’d like to get back in touch with my kids, ...

A rhyme in time

Boomerang effect No time like the present, to be fully aware, Of the Power of Christ, be minus all fear. The time is upon us, to gain strength in number, But some are a sleep, yes some they do slumber. Great is our calling, we dare not be idle, The saddle is in place and Jesus is ...

Area church briefs

TODAY Free community dinner Christ Episcopal Church, 426 Mulberry St., will hold a free community dinner from 4-6 p.m. Baked steak supper DuBoistown United Methodist Church, 133 Summer St., will hold a baked steak supper from 4-6 p.m. Takeouts available from 3-4 p.m. only. Cost is $10 for ...

Pope gets Ash Wednesday ashes in Rome to start Lent

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis bowed his forehead to receive a dab of ashes, then smudged ashes in turn on the heads of other faithful during an Ash Wednesday service in an ancient Roman basilica. Ash Wednesday begins the Catholic Church’s annual Lenten period of reflection in preparation for ...

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In this Feb. 7 photo, the Rev. Frank D. Almade talks to students at St. Vitus Catholic School in New Castle. Almade is the pastor of parishes in New Castle, Mary Mother of Hope, St. Joseph the Worker, St. Vincent de Paul and St. Vitus.

A sense of duty: New Castle pastor always on call

NEW CASTLE (AP) — After breakfast at McDonald’s and his morning prayers, the Rev. Frank Almade arrived around 8:30 at the office of St. Vitus Church, one of four Roman Catholic parishes he oversees here in this Lawrence County seat. Shortly before 10 a.m., he went to the sacristy to put on ...

God appreciates uniqueness

I recently watched an inspiring video about a teacher who developed a distinctive way to greet each of his students as a replacement for the traditional handshake. Standing near the entrance to his classroom, this teacher greeted each student in practiced gestures that included hand slaps, ...

Bud’s Corner

The prepared will prevail We are preparing every day for tomorrow. The question is, what are we learning? And, who are we learning from? Who we learn from will determine what we are learning, so we must ask more questions. Are their teachings true, are they honest people, and what are ...

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, area Lutheran pastor, Williamsport. HCR Manor Care South, 2 p.m., the Rev. Gwen ...

Should atheists deliver opening prayer in the state House of Representatives?

HARRISBURG (AP) — For decades, the state House of Representatives, like most governmental bodies, has opened each session with a prayer. But does it have to be delivered by someone who believes in God or a higher power? That question is at the heart of a battle unfolding in a courtroom ...

After shooting, Roof went toward 2nd black church

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The man convicted of killing nine worshippers during Bible study at a black church in 2015 drove toward a second black parish afterward, according to federal court documents unsealed Tuesday, but no one was there because that sanctuary's class had been ...

World Day of Prayer to be observed locally on Friday

Christians throughout Lycoming County will join with Christians in over 170 countries around the world in observance of World Day of Prayer on Friday. The local service will be held at 1:30 p.m. at New Covenant United Church of Christ, 202 E. Third St. This year’s international planning ...

Area church briefs

TODAY Pancake breakfast set First United Methodist Church whill hold a pancake breakfast buffet from 7-11 a.m. at the Christian Life Center, 601 Market St. The event is hosted by the Williamsport Kiwanis Club. SUNDAY Movie night scheduled Diamond Street Christian Church, 822 Diamond St., ...

Unwavering trust

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and never rely on what you think you know …”Proverbs 3:5-6 (GLT) Beloved, the good news is that Jesus knows where you are and He understands all that you face. When He asks us to trust Him emphatically, that is because He also had to trust His ...

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., the Rev. Gwen Bernstine, United ...

A rhyme in time

The lowly seed With the world at my fingertips, I find myself much alone with God. Yet feel the need to connect with you, Though my seeking oft looks odd. You may think me fanciful, Or think me slightly crazed. It doesn’t stop the flow for me, He gives, N’ I take, ...

Conservative criticism of pope sparks rally of strong support

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis’ top advisers are rallying to his defense amid an unprecedented wave of conservative criticism that represents the biggest challenge to his mercy-over-morals papacy. In an unusual gesture, the nine cardinals from around the world who advise Francis on ...

Compassion is not just in its name but in its deeds

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Church of Christian Compassion doesn’t consider itself too big or too posh to get calloused hands in helping its neighbors in taking compassion to heart. With 3,500 members and housing classrooms, a bookstore and an administrative office in the two-level building, ...

Area church briefs

SUNDAY Special speaker slated JERSEY SHORE — Dr. Colby Wesner, president and founder of the ThinkBIG Pediatric Cancer Fund, will speak during Mission Sunday services at 9 a.m. at Antes Fort United Methodist Church, 2 miles south of Jersey Shore off Route 44, 39 Main St. in Antes ...