Religion

Local group’s Zimbabwe mission sees year of success

An organization dedicated to ending hunger in Zimbabwe recently hosted its annual dinner at the Lycoming Valley Baptist Church. Christie Heimbach, co-founder of 2 Seconds or Less (2SOL), said the banquet raised over $10,000 and brought in about 130 people. Heimbach, a graduate of ...

Local author seeks increased transparency in the modern church

When Joseph W. Smith III set out to do a Sunday School class on transparency, he was surprised at the lack of materials available to pull from. “I looked high and low and couldn’t find one on the subject,” he said, except for one he found that was written 40 years ago and is now out of ...

Church helps hurricane victims in Myrtle Beach

Pastors Lon and Dawn Williams from Liberty Church recently led a five-day missions trip of 20 locals to the Myrtle Beach area to help Hurricane Florence victims. There were 6,000 flooded homes in the area. Many lost everything and are trying to figure out how and where to rebuild their ...

Locals seek to end hunger, bring awareness with CROP walk

Lycoming County residents committed to their faith turned out recently to walk against hunger at the 40th annual CROP Hunger Walk. Participants began their journey at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, on Market Street, at 1:30 p.m. and strolled around the Susquehanna River Walk for three-, six- ...

Church seeks to ‘love on community’ through fall festival

JERSEY SHORE — With the thermometer finally dropping to its appropriate October temperatures, nearly 3,000 people gathered recently at the Crossroads Church in Jersey Shore to celebrate its seventh annual Fall Festival. Booths of tents and tarps were set up along with bounce houses, games ...

Camp’s fall festival brings big crowds for 3rd year

TROUT RUN — The third annual harvest festival and fourth annual trail run at Camp Susque offered an outlet to raise awareness for an organization hidden in the hills above Trout Run. “People consider us Lycoming County’s best kept secret,” said Peter Swift, camp director, adding that ...

Volunteers take time to listen, build understanding with patients

LEWISBURG — “How did it get so late so soon?” Dr. Seuss said. And in today’s busy, smartphone, fast food, selfie world, sometimes people forget to take a moment and look around — to wave to the couple on their front porch swing, hold the door for the person behind them or offer a ride ...

Churchgoers build community, motivate physical activity

LOCK HAVEN — Listening to the hum of the river, and enjoying the green of summer seen on a dragonfly’s buzzing wings and above in the dancing leaves and below in the lush grass God’s beauty surrounds a group of women walking at Riverview Park in Lock Haven. “For where two or three are ...

American Rescue Workers mission seeks to bring needy in out of the cold

No roof overhead, little food to eat and a blanket for a bed in the woods can drive the humanity out of most people. For Lane Ellis, it took years of dedicated love and service from a local ministry to bring him in out of the cold to find a home. Every person who comes through the doors of ...

Shelter’s church reaches out to the ‘poor and forgotten’

Since its foundation in 1934, the American Rescue Workers Community Church has sought to fill the needs of the “poor and forgotten” throughout Lycoming County. “Our mission statement says we are a faith-based, charitable organization that gives material and spiritual aid to those in ...

Radiant Light Assembly of God honors Lairdsville Fire Department and EMTs

LAIRDSVILLE — With temperatures hitting the 90s, a local church recently held an event to say thank-you the Lairdsville Volunteer Fire Department for its dedication, service and sacrifice on the front lawn of the Renn Elementary School. With children playing in inflatable bounce houses, ...

Chaplain retires after 23 years in ministry

LEWISBURG — After 23 years of service, the Rev. Peter Geschwindner will retire as the chaplain of RiverWoods, an Albright Care Services Retirement Living Community at 15 Ridgecrest Circle. The Rev. Kathryn Morse will be the new chaplain as of Monday. She previously was employed as the staff ...

Area fathers, men honored at church auto show

TROY — An area church’s regional car show shed light on good husbands and fathers through a celebration of classic automobiles. The fifth annual Father’s Day Car Show was held at Victory Church off of Main Street on June 17. The event featured over 300 cars, vans, trucks and motorcycles ...

Secret Keeper Girl shows daughters they are special in Montoursville event

The Secret Keeper Girl Masterpiece World Tour, an interactive traveling performance for young girls to celebrate their faith in God, made a stop at Community Baptist Church in Montoursville recently. The performance is aimed at bringing preteen girls and their mothers out for a night of fun, ...

Church in the valley celebrates 180 years

BASTRESS - Legend has it that a Jesuit missionary traveling from near Philadelphia was on a wooded trail in the Nippenose Valley when his horse stumbled — or perhaps the horse stopped to pray — and the rider, the Rev. Father Nicholas Steinbacher, looked about at the valleys, which reminded ...

Sojourner Truth Ministries names new director with eye for youth ministry

Sojourner Truth Ministries recently named the Rev. Angelique Labadie-Cihanowyz as its new director and will welcome her to the community with an upcoming open house. The meet-and-greet will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. June 7 at 501 High St. “It will be a time to introduce Angelique to ...

Crossroads Church hosts active shooter defense seminar

In recent years, the public has seen an increase in shootings in the workplace, shopping centers, schools and now churches. To prevent churchgoers from becoming victims, Jersey Shore’s Crossroads Church hosted the House of Worship Workshop recently. The workshop was led by personnel from ...

Local father retires after 40 years at parish he helped build

For nearly 40 years, Father Daniel C. Kovalak served at Holy Cross Orthodox Church, his first parish to serve as a priest, and a structure he built with his own hands. He will have his last service in the area on Sunday and officially retires on Monday. Kovalak graduated from the seminary ...

Bingo event to raise money for local church’s roof repair

Evelyn Free and daughter Diane Stine are hosting Designer Bag Bingo in hopes to raise money for a local church’s roof. The Episcopal Church of Our Savior, at 31 N. Loyalsock Ave., Montoursville, has a 50-year-old roof in need of replacing. The bingo event will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday. ...

4 local clergy ordained together celebrate 50 years

Fifty years ago, four men — Charles Cummings, John Manno, Stephen McGough and Michael Zipay — from the region were ordained as a part of the Diocese of Scranton’s 1968 ordination class. Today they still serve and stay active in the community. Bishop James C. Timlin will celebrate their ...