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Religion

Keeping ‘Vigil’ant: Catholic musicians stress theology

By PAT CROSSLEY pcrossley@sungazette.com MUNCY ­ – The Vigil Project is a group of Catholic artists, who write and sing Catholic music for Catholic prayer. They recently kicked off a Lent and Easter tour and one of their first stops was at Resurrection Catholic Church, Muncy. They had ...

Religion: Faith and Families Area Briefs

Hepburn-Lycoming Ministerium plans services “Preparing Hearts for Easter” is the theme for a series of Lenten community services being hosted by the Hepburn-Lycoming Ministerium. The services are held on Sundays at 4 p.m., March 17, 24, 31 and April 7 at Calvary Church of the Nazarene, ...

Lamar Lighthouse Camp Raises Funds for new Tabernacle building

LAMAR – It was at the end of February this year that the members of the Lamar Lighthouse Camp had to bid farewell to a building that stood on its property for over seven decades. Previously, it had been a part of Montoursville history when Indian Park was once called Starr Island Amusement ...

Footsteps to Follow: Solidify the Covenant

Christians, Jews and Muslims share a relationship with Abraham who they trace back to the common link in their faiths. Christians and Jews track it through Isaac, while Muslims track it through Ishmael. Ishmael was the first-born son of Abram, by Sari's handmaiden, Haggar. The promise of ...

Free to Pray

By DANA MASSING Erie Times-News RIE — Eleven killed at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, in October. Twenty-six slain at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in November 2017. Seven fatally shot at Quebec Islamic Cultural Center in Quebec, Canada, in January ...

Faith Matters column

Adventure awaits. “Morning has broken ... God’s recreation of a new day.” These hymn lyrics, penned by British author Eleanor Farjean almost 90 years ago, are based on Psalm 118 verse 24. We so often hear these words in the opening to worship. “This is the day the Lord has made; let us ...

Footsteps to Follow column

The other day, as I was thinking about a situation that has recently come up in my life and wishing for a desired outcome in my favor, I heard a still, small voice say to me, “Speak the Word. It is in your mouth.” How many times do we have circumstances in our lives that will ...

Briefs

Chicken and Waffles dinner set for today WATSONTOWN – A chicken and waffle dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, dessert and beverage is planned for today, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Holy Spirit Evangelical Lutheran Church. $9 each, children $5. Takeouts available. Church is located ...

Donuts, Ashes and Fasting

As the beginning of Lent approaches, New Covenant United Church of Christ prepares to celebrate on the eve of Ash Wednesday by holding a Fastnacht Social, a tradition that dates back to the 1800ás. The season of Lent, which begins this week on Ash Wednesday and lasts 40 days, is often ...

New Love Center provides food to hundreds in region

JERSEY SHORE — Hundreds of families in Jersey Shore had a merrier Christmas thanks to the efforts of Jersey Shore’s New Love Center on Broad Street. Volunteers from the New Love Center recently distributed bags of groceries, food and other items to about 500 families in the area. ...

Food pantry fills a need for the hungry in Montoursville

More than two years ago, a Montoursville-based food pantry, Harvest of Hope, was a dream in the hearts of three people who sat at a small round table and “began the vision.” Today, it is a reality. It boasts more than 150 volunteers from different churches and community members who ...

Mentoring couple take on ministry to build relationships at home, abroad

For Duane and Mary Shenk, starting Cottage Ministries was a natural culmination of the way they have lived during their almost 27 years of marriage. “We have only had two years that we did not have either a young adult, college student and foster children living with us,” Mary Shenk said. ...

Local group’s Zimbabwe mission sees year of success

An organization dedicated to ending hunger in Zimbabwe recently hosted its annual dinner at the Lycoming Valley Baptist Church. Christie Heimbach, co-founder of 2 Seconds or Less (2SOL), said the banquet raised over $10,000 and brought in about 130 people. Heimbach, a graduate of ...

Local author seeks increased transparency in the modern church

When Joseph W. Smith III set out to do a Sunday School class on transparency, he was surprised at the lack of materials available to pull from. “I looked high and low and couldn’t find one on the subject,” he said, except for one he found that was written 40 years ago and is now out of ...

Church helps hurricane victims in Myrtle Beach

Pastors Lon and Dawn Williams from Liberty Church recently led a five-day missions trip of 20 locals to the Myrtle Beach area to help Hurricane Florence victims. There were 6,000 flooded homes in the area. Many lost everything and are trying to figure out how and where to rebuild their ...

Locals seek to end hunger, bring awareness with CROP walk

Lycoming County residents committed to their faith turned out recently to walk against hunger at the 40th annual CROP Hunger Walk. Participants began their journey at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, on Market Street, at 1:30 p.m. and strolled around the Susquehanna River Walk for three-, six- ...

Church seeks to ‘love on community’ through fall festival

JERSEY SHORE — With the thermometer finally dropping to its appropriate October temperatures, nearly 3,000 people gathered recently at the Crossroads Church in Jersey Shore to celebrate its seventh annual Fall Festival. Booths of tents and tarps were set up along with bounce houses, games ...

Camp’s fall festival brings big crowds for 3rd year

TROUT RUN — The third annual harvest festival and fourth annual trail run at Camp Susque offered an outlet to raise awareness for an organization hidden in the hills above Trout Run. “People consider us Lycoming County’s best kept secret,” said Peter Swift, camp director, adding that ...

Volunteers take time to listen, build understanding with patients

LEWISBURG — “How did it get so late so soon?” Dr. Seuss said. And in today’s busy, smartphone, fast food, selfie world, sometimes people forget to take a moment and look around — to wave to the couple on their front porch swing, hold the door for the person behind them or offer a ride ...

Churchgoers build community, motivate physical activity

LOCK HAVEN — Listening to the hum of the river, and enjoying the green of summer seen on a dragonfly’s buzzing wings and above in the dancing leaves and below in the lush grass God’s beauty surrounds a group of women walking at Riverview Park in Lock Haven. “For where two or three are ...