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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., 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 ...

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 ...