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Churches across the nation begin holding in-person services

The inability to attend church each week has been one of the most affecting consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to social distancing guidelines, it’s been nearly impossible for congregations around the country to gather in ways they were accustomed to prior to the COVID-19 ...

Footsteps to Follow: A call for unity

Throughout the Bible, we are reminded by God that, no matter what we face in this life, He will be with us. It seems in the past several months that I have leaned on this truth more than I ever have before. The list of adjectives that we could use to describe the past several months is ...

Rev. J. Morris Smith to retire in August

Lycoming County’s “Shepherd of the Streets,” the Rev. J. Morris Smith, Th.D., has submitted notification of his pending retirement as head of the program that has brought help and assistance to hundreds of needy in the county, effective Aug. 28. The Shepherd Program is the imaginative ...

Rev. J. Morris Smith to retire as Shepherd of the Streets in August

Lycoming County’s “Shepherd of the Streets,” the Rev. J. Morris Smith, Th.D., has submitted notification of his pending retirement as head of the program that has brought help and assistance to hundreds of needy in the county, effective Aug. 28. The Shepherd Program is the imaginative ...

Hunter’s Martial Arts-Warriors for Christ Dojo marks several milestones

Hunter’s Martial Arts–Warriors for Christ Dojo is proud to announce several milestones within their school. Located at 825 Arch Street in the Newberry section of Williamsport, Shihan Steve Hunter and his assistant instructors are excited about their important achievements. “Shihan” is ...

Footsteps to Follow: Are we there yet?

I have never been a good traveler. When I was a child, my question was always, “Are we there yet?” Long car trips meant I would get motion sick no matter how much Dramamine I took, where I sat, or what I did while in the car. Sometimes just going a mile or two was way too long! We have ...

Black Catholics: Words not enough as church decries racism

NEW YORK — Black Roman Catholics are hearing their church’s leaders calling for racial justice once again after the killing of George Floyd, but this time they’re demanding not just words but action. As protests against racism and police brutality continue nationwide, there are rising ...

Saudi Arabia to hold ‘very limited’ hajj due to coronavirus pandemic

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that because of the coronavirus only “very limited numbers” of people will be allowed to perform the annual hajj pilgrimage that traditionally draws around 2 million people from around the world. The kingdom’s Ministry of Hajj ...

Penn College welding faculty, students build ‘Living Chapel’

A massive structure meant to encourage the “ecological awakening of humanity” in Europe can trace its foundation across the Atlantic Ocean to the welding expertise and facilities offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Nine instructors and 15 students spent 10 weeks fabricating the ...

Column: Turning tragedies into triumphs

Recently, as I was praying, the Lord began to speak to me about the coronavirus and the different tragedies that have been taking place on the earth. First, we need to understand that absolutely nothing comes to God as a surprise as He is our supreme, all-knowing, all-powerful, sovereign ...

Linden couple’s newborn baptized in Geisinger NICU

After 37 weeks of pregnancy, Amanda Greenawalt and David Sauter, of Linden, welcomed their beautiful baby boy, Greyson, into this world. Greyson survived with zero amniotic fluid surrounding him in-utero, causing issues with his kidneys and ultimately leading to a diagnosis of bilateral ...

Beyond this, there be dragons!

Changes! Have you had any this year? I mean, besides more than you have ever faced? We have gone from a thriving economy with record low unemployment and normal health concerns to a global pandemic, total lockdown, the worst recession since the great depression, and now race riots in major ...

Perseverance

Perseverance is the name given to the new Mars Rover. Seventh grader Alex Mather, who won a contest to name it, was not describing the Rover, but the people who made it. They persevered and kept pushing the limits. In Luke 18:1-8, a persistent widow kept telling a judge that her rights were ...

Pandemic and racial unrest test black clergy on dual fronts

For black clergy across the United States, the past 10 days have been a tumultuous test of their stamina and their skills. For weeks, they had been striving to comfort their congregations amid a pandemic taking a disproportionately heavy toll on African-Americans. Then came a coast-to-coast ...

Local physician shares experiences, spiritual inspiration behind book

If God had let Dr. Joseph DeMay know what he had planned for him, that He would want him to write a 120,000-word book while taking care of a private practice of almost 5,000 patients, DeMay admitted that he would have said there was no way. “I can’t take time off. I don’t have anyone ...

The Sacred Heart of Jesus: A heart that heals and unites

I think it is safe to say, considering the pandemic, that we are craving healing and unity in ways we had not imagined possible a few months ago. Health care providers have been on the front-lines of our physical care. Mental health specialists and social workers are treating emotional and ...

UPMC, United Churches design guide for return to worship

Medical professionals from UPMC in the Susquehanna region have partnered with a team of spiritual leaders from the United Churches of Lycoming County to develop faith-based guidelines to assist spiritual leaders with how best to reopen places of worship while keeping congregations safe, ...

Four roommates of different faiths face a pandemic together

LOS ANGELES — Hadar Cohen, Ala’ Khan, Maya Mansour and Jonathan Simcosky arrived as strangers, ready to embark on a new interfaith journey. The four roommates moved into a five-bedroom, five-bath house in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood earlier this year. They come from different ...