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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, ...

A rhyme in time

Magnetic North We are warrior’s, Clothed in the full armor of the Lord. We wear shields, helmets, And wield double-edged swords. He stretches forth in our soul, Teaches our arms how to reach. Our feet He has shod, With His gospel of peace. He helps us you know, And daily he ...

Adoption option tough choice

Q: We’re considering adopting a baby boy who was removed from his birth home due to abuse when only a few months old. He has been in the foster-care system for the past year. What kind of risks are we facing? Jim: You deserve a lot of credit for your willingness to adopt a child from a ...

Area church briefs

TODAY Rummage sale slated Lycoming Presbyterian Church, 825 Arch St., will hold a rummage sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Food will be available. Rummage sale benefits youth LEWISBURG — Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 100 S. Third St., will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. as a fundraiser to ...

Top US Catholic bishop plans for Trump meeting

HOUSTON (AP) — The top Roman Catholic bishop in the U.S. lauds President Donald Trump for his anti-abortion views, for comments on the importance of Catholic schools and for promising to defend religious liberties. When it comes to refugees and immigration, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo says he and ...

Pope seeks to end stigma of Huntington’s Disease

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis embraced weeping mothers, fathers and children with Huntington’s Disease on Thursday as he sought to remove the stigma of an incurable genetic disorder that causes such devastating physical and psychiatric effects that its sufferers are often shunned and ...

Man paints scenes about the life of Jesus on church walls

PRINCETON, Ind. (AP) — The four Gospels of the New Testament chronicle the life of Jesus Christ. When Charlie Hunt reads them, he sees a story and he puts it on the walls of Princeton’s First Baptist Church. Hunt’s first paintings were inspired by cartoons he saw on television when he ...

The Rev. Charles J. Cummings, of Jersey Shore, has a copy of his book, ‘Love, Laughter and Living Saints,’ at his home in Jersey Shore recently.
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‘Love, Laughter and Living Saints’ shines a light on life

JERSEY SHORE — “My nephew said to me, ‘when you’re gone, the stories will be gone.’ He said I ought to write them down to keep them,” said the Rev. Charles J. Cummings, of Jersey Shore, author of “Love, Laughter and Living Saints.” “I wrote them sort of like diary entries, one ...

Hope remains

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all,” Emily Dickenson wrote. Easter is over: the ham was bought, cooked and eaten; the eggs were colored; the baskets and family visits are becoming a faded memory. But the ...

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 ...

Transform Jersey Shore seeks projects, volunteers

Transform Jersey Shore Area is seeking applications from those from within the Jersey Shore Area who have life situations–financial inabilities, physical limitations, or lack of family support –— that have prevented much needed home repairs from being completed. Examples of projects ...

United Churches to host Healing Communities training

The United Churches of Lycoming County is sponsoring Healing Communities training session from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 13 at the Fleming Parish Center, St. Joseph the Worker parish, 720 W. Fourth St. The Healing Communities model equips congregations to become a “Station of Hope” by providing ...

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 ...

MEGAN E. BLOOM/Sun-Gazette Correspondent
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, ...