Religion

Bud’s corner

A message of hope As a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ and an American, what message would God have me preach to his church? The world we find ourselves in has gone mad. Kids killing kids. Homes being destroyed. Where will all this end? We are reaping the fruit of a godless society. A ...

Dealing with negative thoughts

Q: My wife and I don’t argue often, but when we do I sometimes find myself spiraling into negative thoughts about her. Is there a practical way to keep myself from going there? Greg Smalley, vice president, Family Ministries: My father, the late Gary Smalley, was a renowned relationship ...

Virginia court asks who should lead prayer before government meeting

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Does it matter whether a prayer opening a government meeting is led by local clergy or an elected official? That's a question a federal appeals court is wrestling with in a unique case examining the constitutional requirement of separating church and state. The case ...

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 is available in the back of the church off Funston Ave. SUNDAY Pastor installation ...

Church welcomes new pastor

The Rev. Stephen A Fulkes has assumed the pastorate of Trinity Assembly of God, 332 N. Loyalsock Ave. in Montoursville. An installation service was held on Jan. 15, with the Rev. Dr. Stephen R. Tourville, district superintendent of the Penn-Del District of the Assemblies of God. Fulkes ...

Ten Commandments monument moved from high school

NEW KENSINGTON. (AP) — A Ten Commandments monument has been moved from a western Pennsylvania high school as part of an agreement to settle a lawsuit. The Valley News Dispatch reports that the monument was apparently removed Tuesday afternoon from Valley Junior-Senior High School in New ...

John Aderhold: A life dedicated to helping others

With over four decades in ministry, the Rev. John Aderhold, of Williamsport, has been used by God to touch the lives of many in the community. Through his service at the Living Water Ministry, West End Christian Community Center Food Bank and teaching Bible study at the STEP Inc. RiverWalk ...

Lent: ‘Coming to ourselves’

Christians now are in the season of Lent. An internet search of “lent” will boggle the mind with information on its origins, history, variations in its observance and its relevance (or not) in modern society. Whatever the case, it generally is agreed Lent embodies three traditional ...

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. Marwin Reeves, Christ Community Worship Center Inc. Williamsport. HCR Manor Care South, 2 p.m., the Rev. ...

Father longs to reconnect with kids

Q: How can I reconnect with my children after divorcing their mother and abandoning them? I regret to say that I walked out on my family several years ago. Since then, I’ve recognized my mistakes and changed my life (including coming to faith). I’d like to get back in touch with my kids, ...

A rhyme in time

Boomerang effect No time like the present, to be fully aware, Of the Power of Christ, be minus all fear. The time is upon us, to gain strength in number, But some are a sleep, yes some they do slumber. Great is our calling, we dare not be idle, The saddle is in place and Jesus is ...

Area church briefs

TODAY Free community dinner Christ Episcopal Church, 426 Mulberry St., will hold a free community dinner from 4-6 p.m. 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 ...

Pope gets Ash Wednesday ashes in Rome to start Lent

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis bowed his forehead to receive a dab of ashes, then smudged ashes in turn on the heads of other faithful during an Ash Wednesday service in an ancient Roman basilica. Ash Wednesday begins the Catholic Church’s annual Lenten period of reflection in preparation for ...

A sense of duty: New Castle pastor always on call

NEW CASTLE (AP) — After breakfast at McDonald’s and his morning prayers, the Rev. Frank Almade arrived around 8:30 at the office of St. Vitus Church, one of four Roman Catholic parishes he oversees here in this Lawrence County seat. Shortly before 10 a.m., he went to the sacristy to put on ...

God appreciates uniqueness

I recently watched an inspiring video about a teacher who developed a distinctive way to greet each of his students as a replacement for the traditional handshake. Standing near the entrance to his classroom, this teacher greeted each student in practiced gestures that included hand slaps, ...

Bud’s Corner

The prepared will prevail We are preparing every day for tomorrow. The question is, what are we learning? And, who are we learning from? Who we learn from will determine what we are learning, so we must ask more questions. Are their teachings true, are they honest people, and what are ...

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 ...

Should atheists deliver opening prayer in the state House of Representatives?

HARRISBURG (AP) — For decades, the state House of Representatives, like most governmental bodies, has opened each session with a prayer. But does it have to be delivered by someone who believes in God or a higher power? That question is at the heart of a battle unfolding in a courtroom ...

After shooting, Roof went toward 2nd black church

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The man convicted of killing nine worshippers during Bible study at a black church in 2015 drove toward a second black parish afterward, according to federal court documents unsealed Tuesday, but no one was there because that sanctuary's class had been ...

World Day of Prayer to be observed locally on Friday

Christians throughout Lycoming County will join with Christians in over 170 countries around the world in observance of World Day of Prayer on Friday. The local service will be held at 1:30 p.m. at New Covenant United Church of Christ, 202 E. Third St. This year’s international planning ...