Religion

Father’s absence weighs on adult child

Q: My father abandoned our family when I was young. Now that I’m getting older and really need his input, he’s not here for me. Do you have advice for dealing with this pain? Jim: If your mother is available, a starting point would be to tell her that you’re having a hard time right ...

Church Women United May Friendship Day set Friday

“Kindling New Fires of Love,” will be the focus on Friday when Christian women throughout Lycoming County gather at Pine Street United Methodist Church, 441 Pine St., in celebration of May Friendship Day of Church Women United. The annual event is observed as a luncheon and common worship ...

Catholic men’s conference Saturday

The third annual Diocesan Catholic Men’s Conference will be held from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre. The theme is “Be A Man: Mary’s Call to Battle,” inspired by this year’s centenary celebration of Our Blessed Mother’s appearances at Fatima. More ...

Area church briefs

TODAY Spaghetti dinner set Lycoming Presbyterian Church, 825 Arch St., will hold a spaghetti dinner from 4:30-6:30 p.m. (Takeouts available at 4 p.m.) Cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children. Parking in the back off Funston Avenue. Spaghetti dinner slated MUNCY — Huntersville United ...

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Soon-to-be 101-year-old Florence Rider, of Hughesville, continues making the most of her time each day and spent time leading up to Palm Sunday working on palm crosses that were distributed to four area churches and two assisted living facilities. In her spare time, Rider enjoys crocheting doilies and afghans, which she can complete in a day or two. She likes cooking, making her own candy and potting plants.

Hughesville woman, 100, still makes palm crosses

HUGHESVILLE — The week before Palm Sunday, 100-year-old Florence Rider sat at her kitchen table with dozens of palm leaves. With a pot of chicken noodle soup on the stove made by her daughter Dorothy Smith, of Hughesville, and accompanied by her niece, Marty Jordan, of Muncy Valley, the ...

‘Visions of Passover’ (1)

As the weather gets warmer and flowers push their heads through the ground, we Jews celebrate our holiday of renewal. Passover reminds us that we have come on a journey from slavery to liberation. We escaped from Egypt, crossed a sea, and emerged stronger on the other side. We have survived a ...

‘Visions of Passover’ (2)

We begin the storytelling portion of the Passover seder with an invitation called “Ha Lachma Anya,” in which we describe the meaning of matzah: “This is the bread of affliction that our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt. Let all who are hungry come and eat. Let all who are in need come ...

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., Pastor Todd Baker, Elimsport Baptist Church, Allenwood. HCR Manor Care South, 2 p.m., Evangelist Dawn White, ...

Bud’s Corner

Find your real purpose A great man once said, “Always do the right thing for the right purpose.” Doing the right thing is not always the easiest thing to do, but always the right thing to do. Life continues to test us with decisions, decisions and more decisions. But, that is life. That ...

Modern instruments, compositions join traditional hymns in houses of worship

SCRANTON (AP) — Noreen Schofield knows she did her job if her fellow parishioners leave Mass feeling better than they did when they arrived. The music she and her fellow Catholics provide each weekend at Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church in North Scranton might not be the ...

Area church briefs

TODAY Rummage and soup sale QUIGGLEVILLE — St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 1877 St. Michael’s Road, Cogan Station, will hold its annual rummage and vegetable soup sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Soup will be available by the quart from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Hymn sing scheduled UNITYVILLE — St. John ...

In emotional service, Jesuits and Georgetown repent for slave trading

There is wide gulf, Frederick Douglass wrote in 1845, between Christianity proper and the “slaveholding religion of this land.” One is “good, pure and holy,” the other corrupt and wicked, the “climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds.” “We have men-stealers for ...

Between the cross and the resurrection

If you are reading this on the day it is delivered to your mailbox, it is the day between the cross and the resurrection. In some Christian communities this day is called Holy Saturday. It’s the middle day between Good Friday, when Jesus was crucified and died on a Cross, and the third day, ...

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., Pastor Gary Runtas, GAP Fellowship, ...

Adult wonders about birth mom

Q: I was adopted as I child. I can’t help wondering — why did my mom give me up? Why would any mom put her child up for adoption? I’ve been aware of the situation since I was small, and on the whole I’m very happy with my life, but I can’t get away from nagging thoughts and doubts ...

Area church briefs

TODAY Easter egg hunt set Trinity Assembly of God, 332 N. Loyalsock Ave. in Montoursville, will hold an Easter egg hunt from 10-11:30 a.m. Call 570-368-1026 for more information. SUNDAY Sunrise services scheduled • HUGHESVILLE — Hughesville United Methodist Church Praise Team will ...

Which Jesus do you want?

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of a two-part series. Chris Pick is a singer/songwriter, missionary, and advocate for the Persecuted Church and Native Missionary Movement. He has been involved with several mission projects which have included work in South America, Africa, Asia, and North ...

A rhyme in time

Tri-T (Masculine) (Tri-T is Father, Son, Spirit) Slow of speech, slow of tongue, He quickens you, for the run. Heart He staid, fast he prose, Where Tri-T is, one oft knows. Fruit He be and fruit He bear, Giving many a sense of care. Fleeting time, and chiming clock, Mighty ...

The Revs. John Manno and Gwen Bernstine have helped develop a Sunday school program in an effort to positively influence young minds to steer clear of harmful drugs.
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Project Bald Eagle takes drug education into Sunday school

The opioid epidemic has affected the lives of people throughout the nation and Lycoming County is not exempt. In an effort to positively influence young minds to steer clear of harmful drugs, the Revs. John Manno, the former priest at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in ...

Pastors fight heroin epidemic for lives — and souls

JOHNSTOWN (AP) — In recent years, Pastor Bob Wagner has found himself conducting more funeral services for people he never met. “The last one was a young mother of two,” the Moxham Lutheran Church minister said. “It’s tragic.” That scenario has become far too common in a ...