Religion

Give daughter time and space

Q: Just as we were looking forward to the freedom of an “empty nest,” our adult daughter decided that she needs to come back and “get her life together” before “moving on to the next step.” But we don’t know exactly what this means, and we have no idea how long she’s planning to ...

Area church briefs

SUNDAY-FEB. 6 Soup sale set Nisbet United Methodist Church, 155 W. Village Drive, is taking orders for its soup sale that will feature ham and bean, vegetable beef and chicken corn soup. Cost is $6 per quart. Call 570-322-1956 or 570-419-0497. TUESDAY Social conservative ...

Jude Law stars as a disruptive pontiff in HBO’s ‘Young Pope’

NEW YORK — In HBO’s absorbing new drama “The Young Pope,” Jude Law plays the title character, American-born Lenny Belardo, who, through divine intervention or woeful human error (this will be hotly debated), is made Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church at the tender age of 47. A ...

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Living Hope church in new building

Living Hope United Pentecostal Church has moved into the former Faith Alliance Church in Old Lycoming Township, packing its belongings at its former George Street location and going to a larger space at 2405 Bottle Run Road. The Rev. Roger Betterly, his wife, Vicki Betterly, their four ...

Post-Christmas reality

Welcome to January, when the sublime season of Christmas now is a memory and most of the gifts given have been put to use in daily life. Yet, vividly, the bills for the extravagant end of December festivities now arrive, putting a fresh face on the experiences past. Perhaps the numbers that we ...

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., Debra Buckman, ...

Learn to be civil

Q: Every time I turn around, there’s another example in the news or on social media about people fighting over issues of race, politics, religion, moral beliefs, etc. I’m beginning to lose hope that there can ever be peace in our land. What are your thoughts? Jim: It’s clear that ...

A rhyme in time

A mirage? Faith inside, viewed outside, A reflection pool of inner self. A mirage? Moments cast rivulets, Others eyes see. Faith awaits, From a once dormant state, Inside you, Inside me. Our outward flow, Must stem from His Spirit living. A perpetuate know, His ...

Pope meets Palestinian leader; Vatican calls Jerusalem holy

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican stressed the sacred nature of Jerusalem last Saturday as the Palestinian leader warned that prospects for peace could suffer if the incoming Trump administration goes ahead with plans to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The ...

Area church briefs

SUNDAY Nick Biddle in service Nick Biddle will present an encouraging morning of hymns during the 9 a.m. service at Heshbon Park United Methodist Church, 2898 Heshbon Road in Loyalsock Township. WEDNESDAY Free soup and sandwich A free soup and sandwich lunch will be ...

Nebraska targets ban on religious garb worn by teachers

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Sister Madeleine Miller applied for a high school teaching job in Nebraska thinking she would get judged on her credentials — not what she was wearing on her head. The 37-year-old nun was shocked to learn that, under a little-known law nearly a century old, she ...

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St. John Lutheran ‘Brick’ church turns 200

MONTGOMERY —  To commemorate the 200th anniversary of St. John Lutheran “Brick” Church, the congregation will celebrate all year long. The church’s anniversary committee has dedicated days from January to November to honor different aspects of its history. Kicking off the year is a ...

There are many footsteps to follow; unfortunately in the mainline church it is parishioners leaving never to return. The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing. Moreover, these changes are ...

Bud’s Corner

Possibilities or problems Every day has possibilities and problems. The question then is, which is going to get the most attention; the problems or the possibilities? Your day will be consumed with one or the other. If you spend most of your day just fixing or dealing with problems, 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., Rick Douglas, Door Fellowship, Williamsport. HCR Manor Care South, 2 p.m. Pat Burket, State Road United ...

Permission and respect differ

Q: My teenage son keeps telling me that I don’t “respect” him as I should. I’ll admit that we often butt heads, but I honestly don’t believe that I’ve ever done anything to denigrate him as a person. What does it mean for a parent to “respect” a child? I can’t just let him ...

MLK Day should matter to all of us

(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 ...

Area church briefs

TODAY Wild game dinner set MIDDLEBURG — The sportsmen’s Wild Game Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. at the James Bates Youth Center at Beavertown God’s Missionary Church, 1693 Creek Road, between Middleburg and Beavertown, 1.5 miles off Route 522 at the corner of Covered Bridge and ...

Orthodox Christmas celebrated on Jan. 7 at Saint Clair church

SAINT CLAIR (AP) — St. Michael the Archangel Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church was filled with joyful prayer and song Jan. 7 as the beautiful Divine Liturgy of the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ was celebrated. Many families and individuals shared in the spiritual worship ...