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ARW to open new thrift store, donation center

American Rescue Workers is set to open its 10th thrift store location and second donation center early this year in Sunbury, with donations being accepted starting this week and a grand opening slated for March. The center, located in the Sunbury Plaza at 1125 N. Fourth St., is expected to be ...

Stone Church opens for annual Christmas service

ALLENWOOD — Saturday, Dec. 14, was a gray and bleak day outside. However, inside the old Stone Church, on the grounds of the Federal Prison in Allenwood, was warm with candles and holiday lights. This illumination helped hold back the darker oppression, and allowed for a simple and quiet ...

Hanukkah commemorates religious freedom

For eight days in either November or December, Jewish families around the world light a candelabra, called a menorah, in celebration of the festival of Hanukkah, which commemorates a miracle that took place in Jerusalem in the second century BCE. For Marvin Hurwitz, a member of ...

New pastor installed at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

An installation service was held recently at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 142 Market St., for new pastor Brian David Vasey. Vasey’s first Sunday was in early November and, after a few weeks, a service is held to be “technically installed” with the church. An interim pastor had served ...

A history of the bell ringers

When the sound of bells ringing can be heard at malls or outside stores, then you know the Christmas season is beginning. In this area of the country, there are two main non-profits that employ bell ringers to usher in the holiday season. The Salvation Army and the American Rescue Workers ...

Shelter resident rings bell for ARW

If you happen to go to the Dollar General in South Williamsport, you will be greeted with the familiar sound of a bell ringing and the smiling face of Clayton Witherite, who is manning that spot as a bell ringer for the American Rescue Workers. Witherite readily shares how he understands ...

Retiring pastor looks back at service

As the end of 2019 draws near, 73-year-old Pastor Louis Gatti has decided to retire as the pastor of Williamsport Church of the Nazarene. He had been contemplating it for a while when the question was brought up by representatives of the Church of the Nazarene district. It was time for “new ...

Community members ‘blessed’ to know pastor

Besides serving as the pastor of the Williamsport Church of the Nazarene, Louis Gatti has been involved with the Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA) and the United Churches of Lycoming County (UCLC). Gatti said he stepped away from the UCLC due to health reasons — but not before he left ...

The Vigil Project returns to Church of the Resurrection

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is reprinted with permission from The Catholic Light. MUNCY – While many are focused on the hustle of the holiday season, the Church of the Resurrection is giving people a special chance to reflect on the meaning of the Advent season this year. The Church of the ...

St. Andrew welcomes new pastor

The Rev. Christopher Raiford accepted the symbolic towel of the “doulos” in his installation ceremony Nov. 17 at St. Andrew Evangelical Lutheran Church, Muncy. The installation sermon, “Taking up the towel,” was based on Mark 10:42-45 in which Jesus washes the feet of his disciples. ...

Group packs food, essentials at Global Aid Network

LANCASTER — It was an early October morning when over four dozen people were collected on a chartered bus and driven to the small community of Mount Joy, which is in the heart of Lancaster County. Their goal was to donate food, clothes and other items to the Global Aid Network (GAiN) as ...

What the ‘outside observer’ gained from GAiN

LANCASTER — When I first got the call for this assignment, I was unsure what to expect. I did not know anyone associated with this event and I had never even heard of the Global Aid Network (GAiN). It was amazing to see how over 50 strangers in a bus changed in one day. In the wee ...

Operation Christmas Child collections this week

Samaritan’s Purse kicks off its national collection week Monday for Operation Christmas Child, an annual holiday drive with the goal of donating shoe boxes full of gifts and necessities to children in need for Christmas. Operation Christmas Child has operated locally for the past 14 years ...

Call for coats

With the onset of cooler fall weather and the prospect of even colder temperatures to follow, the West End Christian Community Center’s Clothes Closet is in need of warm outerwear, particularly coats for men, women and children of all ages and sizes. The Clothes Closet, one of the ...

Buchanan to celebrate 150 years in countryside

For 150 years, a church has stood overlooking a beautiful country setting at 3240 Grimesville Road. Currently called Buchanan Baptist, the church was officially dedicated on Nov. 19, 1869, as Lycoming Baptist Church. A Rev. Kunkle served as the first pastor of the congregation until 1876. ...

Beloved pastor nearing 45 years of service

For at least one member of Buchanan Baptist Church’s congregation, the pastor drew her to call Buchanan her home church. “The first time I heard him preach, we knew this was the church,” she said. The current pastor, the Rev. Robert Regan, has been at the church since 1977. While ...

Area church offers griefshare program

With the passing of a loved one, each day brings challenges of dealing with the grief that at times can be overwhelming. The holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, can be especially difficult for those who mourn. With this in mind, a local church is hosting a program entitled, ...

Crossroads Church hosts annual fall festival

JERSEY SHORE — It’s that time of the year when summer has breathed its last breath, and shorts and T-shirts give way to sweaters and hats, while the vibrant greens of nature have changed into the browns and oranges of autumn. Pumpkins are in season and the sights and sounds of the Christmas ...

Former Navy chaplain recounts sharing word of God

Holding up a pair of boots which served him well during his time as a Navy chaplain aboard an aircraft carrier, the Rev. James West, told members of the community at the Ecumenical luncheon recently that, to him, the shoes highlight that verse of scripture, “How beautiful upon the mountain ...

Annual golf tournament raises over $12K for UCLC

About 112 golfers split into teams of four to enjoy a day golfing in the United Churches 9th Annual Golf Tournament held at White Deer Golf Complex on Sept. 27, said the Rev. Gwen Bernstine, executive director of United Church Lycoming County. Each golfer received a round of golf, a gift — ...