Religion

Ex-spouse questions divorce

Q: Should I consider remarrying my ex-spouse for the sake of our child? We recently got divorced, but over the past few weeks I’ve become increasingly concerned about the impact of this family breakup upon our preschooler. As the dust settles, I wonder if maybe we could have made a better go ...

Area church briefs

SUNDAY Ice cream benefit set MUNCY — Katys Church, 440 Katys Church Road in Columbia County next to State Game Lands will hold an ice cream benefit from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. weather permitting. Ice cream benefits will continue the second and fourth Sundays each month through the summer. Call ...

Vacation Bible school

(EDITOR’S NOTE: If your church is holding Vacation Bible School this year, please submit your information in the following format via email to religion@sungazette.com) JUNE 11-16 • Phelps Chapel United Methodist Church, Pine Creek Exit off Route 220, will hold Hero Central Discover Your ...

Local residents chair successful Diocese of Scranton Annual Appeal

The Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, has announced that the 2016 Diocesan Annual Appeal has raised $5,075,000 in gifts and pledges, surpassing the goal of $5 million. The Annual Appeal has received gifts and pledges from 31,211 donors. Seventy-seven parishes ...

Church surprises longtime member known as Good Sam

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Mary Jane Alexander is known around west Florence as the Good Samaritan, and her church, New Ebenezer Baptist Church, threw a surprise party on a recent Saturday to recognized her as a Good Samaritan. The Good Samaritan in the Bible helped an injured man, took him to a ...

Sistine Chapel Choir to make rare visit to US in September

DETROIT (AP) — The “Pope’s Choir” is coming to the U.S. for the first time in three decades. The Sistine Chapel Choir will perform in New York, Washington and Detroit in September, organizers of the Michigan visit announced Wednesday. The choir, whose boys and men sing for Pope ...

Texas chaplain finds life after years in prison

BEDFORD, Texas — Gene McGuire never will forget his 18th birthday. Instead of celebrating with friends and family in rural Pennsylvania, he was headed to prison to serve life without parole after he was convicted of second-degree murder. What made it especially hard: He didn’t commit the ...

‘Truth’ for today

In the span of a few months our cultural vocabulary has added some new terms: “fake news” and “alternative facts.” These two terms now are used frequently in the world of politics as competing ideas and initiatives are pushed by one group or another. Each group attempts to convince us ...

Walking

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 ...

‘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 ...