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Footsteps to Follow: Reflections on Isaiah 64 for this advent season

As St. Paul often wrote at the outset and/or conclusion of his writings and sermons: “Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” One of the most cherished freedoms we have in our country is that of mobility: the opportunity to travel, move about, visit with ...

Serving all the Lord’s people

City Alliance Church has nearly completed its ADA-compliant ramp to the main entrance on the corner for Fourth and Elmira streets. The ramp is the first in a multi-step project to make the entire church ADA-compliant. Once the ramp is finished, City Alliance plans to remodel its first-floor ...

US Jews plan smaller Hanukkah celebrations amid virus

Jewish Americans from a variety of branches of the faith are celebrating Hanukkah with smaller-than-usual gatherings this year, in hopes of keeping the year-end holiday safe but still joyful as coronavirus cases spike across the country. Many Jewish Americans are already accustomed to more ...

Footsteps to Follow: Overcoming the year of uncertainty

As a pastor, I believe 2020 has been one of the most difficult years I have lived through. It has opened our eyes to how vulnerable we are. Until this year, I thought that corona was an astronomy term regarding the sun. But as Christians, our focus needs to be on not what the seasons hold, ...

Faith Matters: Christmas is coming?

Do you ever wonder what makes the Christmas season feel like - well, Christmas? This past year, especially since we began Advent, this question seems more profound. When we think about all that is occurring, we can be overwhelmed with the negative. The pandemic, violence, isolation, discord, ...

Saving Vermont’s oldest Jewish cemetery

EAST POULTNEY, Vt. (AP) — The autumn leaves crunched underfoot as Netanel Crispe walked uphill, toward the northwest corner of the small cemetery. He stopped and examined a toppled headstone. “The last time I was here this was standing up,” he said, regarding the weathered, gray stone. ...

Pine Street UMC ‘Thank Out’ dinner serves hundreds

Volunteers at Pine Street United Methodist Church were busy the weekend before Thanksgiving preparing food for their “Thank Out” meal to send out into the community to be shared with people they are thankful for. According to Pastor James Wooster, the group prepared 275 quarts of soup, ...

St. Boniface Church dedicates flagpole

A new flag pole was dedicated in St. Boniface Church Cemetery as a final marker for the site for burial of war veterans. In an outdoor ceremony with a little more than 50 people, the flagpole was blessed by the Rev. Bill Corcoran of St. Boniface and St. Lawrence parishes. The ceremony had ...

Footsteps to Follow: Rejoicing while we wait

One of my favorite Christmas carols is “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” I love the haunting melody and the descriptions in the carol of who Jesus is and what He has come to do. Years ago, I researched the various images for Jesus that are used in the carol. From Emmanuel, which reminds us that ...

Black clergy, United Way to launch anti-coronavirus effort

NEW YORK — Black clergy leaders are joining forces with the United Way of New York City for a new initiative designed to combat the coronavirus’ outsized toll on African Americans through ramped-up testing, contact tracing and treatment management. Details of the new effort, shared with ...

Footsteps to Follow: Prayer…but

In Acts 12, King Herod decided to have James, the brother of John, killed because he belonged to the church. He saw that this act pleased the crowd. Then Herod went after the bigger disciple, the one who brought 3,000 souls to the Lord at the start of his ministry. Peter was the big ...

Pope book backs George Floyd protests, blasts virus skeptics

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is supporting demands for racial justice in the wake of the U.S. police killing of George Floyd and is blasting COVID-19 skeptics and media organizations that spread their conspiracies in a new book penned during the Vatican’s coronavirus lockdown. In “Let Us ...

Kolb ‘stunned’ with Ecumenical Service Award

The Ecumenical Service Award was presented to Louis J. Kolb at the United Churches of Lycoming County 74th Annual Assembly Thursday. The assembly was held virtually via Zoom. Kolb, a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, was recognized for the ways in which he has extended the mission of ...

Catholics divided as bishops examine Biden’s abortion stance

Catholics split almost evenly in supporting Donald Trump or Joe Biden in the presidential election. Now they’re sharply divided over a declaration by the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops that the president-elect’s support for abortion rights presents the church with a ...

Footsteps to Follow: Choose gratitude, always

The holidays look different this year, no matter who or where we are. Big box retailers have missed the memo; by the last week of October, Christmas goods were back-to-back with Halloween candy, same as always. Too many small businesses have reduced their hours or shut their doors, hoping and ...

Pastor moves states away to take reins at Montoursville church

After serving 15 years at Lycoming Valley Baptist Church, Pastor Jack Delaney has retired again, and according to Delaney, this time it is final. While he was pastor at Lycoming Valley Baptist, Delaney said the church had undergone some changes, such as remodeling in order to facilitate the ...

Footsteps to Follow: Good grief

2020 could be titled, “The International Year of Grieving.” Almost everyone has experienced daily losses, from time with family members to finances to freedom of travel. For example, this week alone, I broke a knee bone, one son was diagnosed with COVID, I learned the only local son, ...

Faith Matters: The toughest year yet – why my faith gives me hope

It is not a secret to anyone that 2020 has been one of the roughest, most challenging years for many reasons. It has been a whirlwind of mask wearing, social distancing, temperature screenings, and many other small things that all add up over time. For many, it has become a time of ...

Faith groups pray, sing in post-vote ritual in New York

NEW YORK — Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Muslims and people of other faiths prayed and sang together in post-election solidarity Wednesday afternoon in New York City, even as the outcome of the hotly contested and polarizing vote was still in doubt. Gathering outside a church in Manhattan’s ...

Footsteps to Follow: Meeting the difficult challenges we face

The horrific tragedy at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC., with the brutal murder of nine church members, presents a profound challenge to all of us. How do we cope with tragedy? How do we deal with the deep traumas in our lives? Bill Cosby once said, “If you ...