Religion

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Summer Love, Born2Fly teacher, speaks about sex trafficking education at a recent community meeting at James E. Short Park in Loyalsock Township. Sitting behind is Carrie Tassell, teen participant.

Local ministry seeks to educate children on dangers of trafficking

Born2Fly Summer Day Camp is kicking off for the first time in the Lycoming County area to help educate children with age appropriate information in order to stop child sex trafficking. “I started a ministry two and a half years ago called Mission Possible to help end trafficking,” said ...

‘Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone’

“Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.” I am grateful to Andy Stanley, the pastor of North Point Church in Georgia, for these words of wisdom. Needs are endless. Sometimes that can lead to feelings of guilt. Generous people can get sucked into feeling they have never done ...

Area church briefs

Fundraiser for Lycoming Presbyterian Church repair The Warriors for Christ Martial Arts School will hold a fundraiser at the Lycoming Presbyterian Church, , 825 Arch St.,, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, to cover repair costs for storm damage. Vendors and crafters will have items for sale. For ...

Vacation Bible study

(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) Go Fish Victory COGAN STATION — Hepburn Baptist Church, 2917 Pleasant Valley Road, will hold its GO FISH Victory VBS ...

Footsteps to follow: Engaging with church and state

Let me introduce you to a funny little word that has had a big impact on me as a faith leader: “praxis.” I first learned about praxis from a book by Paolo Freire, a Brazilian educator who, among other things, was jailed for a short time for teaching common folks to read. Freire defines ...

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Jersey Shore churches find unity in bringing area back to Jesus

JERSEY SHORE — A pastor from Uganda and over 30 churches in the Jersey Shore area have come together in a combined crusade for a five night mission event to help bring the area back to God. The event, Jersey Shore for Jesus, will be held from July 9 to 13 at the Jersey Shore Football ...

Footsteps to follow: The love of God

A lawyer asked Jesus, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment” (Matthew 22:36-38). So … how do we love the ...

A Rhyme in Time

Love! Need I say more? Father I know, you will immeasurably bless Those who read this poets address. For I was once a dirty and broken soul. The life I lived, held thoughts untold. Hard to guess or even for others to see The internal workings of my heart unhealthy. You ...

Area Religion Briefs

WEDNESDAY Ladies group to meet HUGHESVILLE — The Christian Ladies Group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Tivoli United Methodist Church, 9598 Route 220 Hwy., where retired teacher Robert Webster will speak about U.S. Military Cemeteries around the world. WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY Mount Luther family ...

Vacation Bible Schools

(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) JULY 9-13 • JERSEY SHORE — Nippenose Bible Fellowship, 92 Schoolhouse Road, will hold Mighty Fortress VBS from ...

Pastor reflects on leaving Amish life, founding megachurch

LANCASTER — Forty years sounds like a lifetime. It also can fly past in the blink of an eye. Just ask the Rev. Sam Smucker. In 1977, Smucker and 30 other people gathered for worship in a room at the former Sheraton Conestoga Hotel on Oregon Pike. Three years later, they were renting space ...

Honor the flag in unity

National holidays are common in every global setting. In the U.S. Memorial Day is a recent memory. Flag Day has just passed. Plans for Independence Day are underway. Labor Day will follow soon enough. In a recent editorial, the Sun-Gazette spoke of the importance of flying the flag at ...

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. Ron Shellhamer, Area Lutheran Pastor, Williamsport. HCR Manor Care South, 2 p.m., Diane Kinley, New ...

Religion around the world

Archbishop: Church of England ‘colluded’ to hide sex abuse LONDON (AP) — The Church of England “colluded” with and helped to hide the long-term sexual abuse of young men by one of its former bishops, the head of the church said Thursday. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby ...

Bud’s Corner: Challenges abound

How many challenges do you think you will face today? Some people call them problems, but I call them challenges. For sure, each day will bring some for us all. The seasons of the year bring different challenges. In the winter we have snow and cold. This winter was a real challenge. We had to ...

Area church briefs

TODAY Concert in Lairdsville LAIRDSVILLE — Todd Robatin will perform in concert at Lairdsville Faith Church, 6786 Route 118, at 7:30 p.m. Call Pastor Max L. Walters Jr. for more information at 570-584-2765. SUNDAY Ham, scalloped potato dinner LIBERTY — Salem Lutheran Church, 3536 ...

Vacation Bible schools

(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) TODAY • Warrensville United Methodist Church, 5748 Warrensville Road, Montoursville, will hold Prayer Warrior VBS from 10 ...

Once rare, cremation is becoming the new norm

PITTSBURGH (AP) — When Scott Beinhauer’s forebears expanded their funeral business in 1921 with a location just south of the then-new Liberty Tunnel, they added a rare piece of equipment: a crematory. For nearly a century it stood as the second-oldest crematory in use in the nation, ...

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Joe Lusk, of Linden, has been racing since he was a child and has hopes of one day reaching the NASCAR circuit. “I always try to think of the future, then Dad says, ‘stop, bring it back, we’ll focus on today and the Lord will get us through. When it’s your time, the circumstance will set you up, and it won’t be just circumstance; it will be a guiding hand,’ ” Lusk said.
“My five-year plan, I can imagine things, but realistically we just have to wait for opportunities to arise.

No ordinary Joe: Local 19-year-old races for glory of God

Joe Lusk, of Linden, is not your typical 19-year-old. In addition to studying web and interactive media at Pennsylvania College of Technology, he is a paid intern in the technology department of the Jersey Shore Area School District. But his passion is racing cars, and he does it for the glory ...

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Lazy days such as this in Murrells Inlet, S.C., in 2010, spending time watching grandchildren grow, is a great reason for a new beginning.

Reminiscing: One for the road; here’s to new beginnings

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (NLT) I recall that early fall day in 1971 that I was in Williamsport to meet up with an old college friend for lunch and a game of tennis. On a whim, I brought along my sports coat, shirt, tie and good slacks with ...