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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 ...

We never know

My wife and I both lost our mothers within two months of each other this past winter. Even though both had lived long lives, 89 and 90, both deaths were a surprise and a shock. My mother-in-law had just gone down to Florida the night before to start her four months of being a snow bird. She ...

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 Dawn White, Lite-Shine Ministries, Williamsport. HCR Manor Care South, 2 p.m., Pat Burket, State Road United ...

Area church briefs

TODAY Filled pork chop dinner TURBOTVILLE — Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 10275 Route 44 between Turbotville and McEwensville, will hold a filled pork chop dinner from 4-6 p.m. Takeouts are available. MONDAY Free Easter dinner West End Christian Community Center, 901 Diamond St., will ...

Developing our interfaith ears

(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 ...

Bud’s Corner

Enlarge your harvest “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:33-34 Today, everyone is looking for a ...

PHOTOS PROVIDED
Gail Jones, of Muncy Valley, was asked to establish a pottery studio at Eternity Gospel Ministry in a suburb of Nairobi, Kenya. Last November, she and her husband, Wyatt Timmins, flew out to help empower women to create a means of income for themselves through art. Shown in the photos are Jones, the women she taught hand-building to and some of the pieces they made.

Area woman shares the arts and empowers Kenyan women

Life comes with its challenges but through persistence sometimes it can turn out to be better than expected. In 2015, Eternity Gospel Ministry in Karen, a suburb of Nairobi, Kenya, reached out to artist Gail Jones, of Muncy Valley, to help open a clay studio. The ministry wanted her to set up ...

A rhyme in time

You Are A Child of Mine (Feminine) Heart of beauty, heart so fine, Return to Me, Towards My will align. Weather rough, weather fair, Sheltering under My wings, Has no care. You think, that you are in the low, But I can see, that is not so. Like a flower bud, Like a farmer ...

Technology helps grandparenting

Q: Our son is in the military, and he’s now stationed overseas with his family. We realize that for the next few years we won’t see our grandchildren in person as often as we’re accustomed. We’re going to miss a lot of key moments in their lives. How can we stay connected and engaged ...

Australia finds no proof its World Vision aid went to Hamas

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government said Thursday it had found no evidence that any of its donations to the Christian charity World Vision had been siphoned to Islamic militant group Hamas. But Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said its World Vision ...

Area church briefs

TODAY 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 adults, $5 for children 3-10 and free for those 2 and under. Call 570-322-5398 for more information. Spaghetti ...

Photo courtesy of MICHELLE PETERS Photography
Pictured, Jesus (Jared Moore) heals the crippled woman (Marge Haagen), oldest cast member at age 92.

King of Kings at Blanchard Church of Christ

BLANCHARD — Blanchard Church of Christ, 161 Beach St., will present its 24th annual King of Kings and Easter musical drama depicting the entire life of Christ at 7 p.m. today, Sunday and April 7, 8 and 9. Free advance tickets are required for attendance, and there is no admission charge ...

For some, Passover Seder will address global refugee crisis

Abdul Jalal Hashimi grew up in Kabul and fled with his family to the United States after working more than six years against the Taliban alongside American military forces. A 32-year-old Muslim, he has known few Jews personally, but come Passover he’ll be among more than a dozen refugees ...

Perspective matters

We often hear the scripture quoted from 2 Corinthians 5:7 that states that we walk by faith and not by sight. In the Amplified version, it states that we walk by faith, not by sight (living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises). This would imply that ...