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Religion

‘Never really closed’: Bringing church outside its four walls

For many people, Saturday or Sunday morning means getting out of bed and heading for a house of worship, but during the pandemic, that house of worship may have been your home. “People have become comfortable worshipping in different ways now,” said the Rev. Gwen Bernstine, executive ...

The Rosary: A misunderstood devotion

What is the Rosary? Is it a tool for idolatry or worship of Mary, the mother of Jesus? The Bible explicitly states we are to worship the one God alone. Traditionally, Catholics celebrate a wide variety of special causes and devotions each month. October is the month of the Rosary and respect ...

Former school teacher works toward ordination

After teaching math for 35 years, all but one of those in the Loyalsock Township School District, Carol Johnson decided to retire two years ago, at least from the education profession. “It was a long time and overall a great career at Loyalsock,” she said. She thought, once she retired from ...

Daniel’s Closet open after months of closure due to pandemic

When Daniel’s Closet reopened its doors last month, it had been five months since their clients, or as they like to call them, their friends, had been allowed to visit the no-charge clothes closet to look for much needed clothing. What greeted them were the same smiling faces, this time ...

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church parish house celebrates 80 years

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church parish house is celebrating 80 years of service. Dedicated in 1940, the parish house was called “one of the best equipped and up-to-date parish and educational houses. The structure includes a large fellowship hall, several offices and lounges, and a library. ...

Footsteps to Follow: Beneficial conversations

Have you noticed our society seems unable to have beneficial conversations on controversial topics? There is a lot of yelling going on, both literally and figuratively, but not a lot of productive dialogue. Maybe you respond by just remaining silent, but I am not sure silence is always the ...

Bells of St. Ann’s

The following poem was written and submitted by W. Scott Schell. Sometimes when the wind blows You can hear the Bells of St. Ann’s Ringing from a distance Waking up the land On a cool September ...

What happens when a pandemic locks down a globe-trotting pope?

On the March day that Italy recorded its single biggest jump in coronavirus fatalities, Pope Francis emerged from lockdown to offer an extraordinary prayer and plea to his flock to reassess their priorities, arguing the virus had proved they needed one another. Francis’ words from the ...

Footsteps to Follow: Be a light

My heart sank as we were told that the church must be locked up and closed to the world in the beginning of the pandemic. I won’t lie; I instantly thought the Devil had won, and we had snuffed out the Light of the World to all who need Him. Our churches had become silent memorials to what ...

Faith Matters: Wanting the best for each other

Since I was a child going off to school, my parents sent me on my way with the instruction, “Do your best!” You probably heard something similar. It was good advice. They probably had school work most in mind, wanting me to focus my attention on what was being taught. They also ...

Footsteps to Follow: Love, abounding love

It was on Paul’s second missionary journey that he visited the city of Philippi, a city about ten miles inland from the shores of the Aegean Sea. Paul had to travel nine hundred miles in order to get to Philippi. What a commitment he made so that he could share the Good News to people who ...

Rev. Brumbach to begin as new Shepherd this week

“The Board of Directors of the United Churches of Lycoming County has selected the Rev. Mark Donald Brumbach to replace the retiring J. Morris Smith, Th. D., as Shepherd of the Streets. His ministry as the Shepherd will begin Tuesday,” the Rev. Gwen N. Bernstine, executive director of ...

Faithful find home in fellowship for athletes

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes officially began in 1954, when it was founded by Don McLanen, although the idea for the group was conceived years before. According to Bill Morrow, the FCA area representative of the Upper Susquehanna Valley, McClanen, who passed away in 2016, first ...

Footsteps to Follow: Wise people watch their words

In 2020, we learned that everyone has an opinion. It started with Covid-19, then, when to re-open schools, and now the Presidential election. In contrast, Esther is a refreshing, godly example of communication that pleases God. May we all take these lessons to heart, and ask God to guard our ...

Footsteps to Follow: What God hates

I went to church faithfully as a boy — because my mother dragged me there. I didn’t find it particularly appealing, but it was a family thing. There were people I saw only once a week. There were clothes I wore only once a week. We moved several times, and we changed churches several times ...

More US churches sue to challenge restrictions

Churches in California and Minnesota, backed by a conservative legal group, filed lawsuits this week against the governors of their states challenging restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus outbreak that they contend are violations of religious liberty. They’re the latest in a long ...

Footsteps to Follow: Judging others

Sunrise of life began on October 13, 1959, for my cousin Michael Thompson, and sunset was on April 17, 2020. He died from COVID-19. Later, I was standing in line at a seafood store, and the attendant finally waited on me. I was upset because she took so long. She said, “May I help you, ...

Daniel’s Closet to reopen for first time since March

Daniel’s Closet, a ministry of Redeemer Lutheran Church, which is located at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Sherman Street, will be opening from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Aug. 22. The facility has been closed since the shutdown in March. According to Barb Horn, one of the organizers, masks ...

Church members call for change amid violence, virus, racism

Andre and Tailynn Davis sat on the edge of their living-room couch, a box of tissues at arms’ reach. Their bodies were weary, their faces drawn with grief as they joined a Facebook Live broadcast of the Sunday service at the Church of Christian Compassion. “You are going to have to learn ...