Religion

The unnatural loss of a child

As parents, there is no pain we experience in this world than that of our children’s pain. Pain has many forms and we would gladly shoulder that pain for our children if we could. Some parents have children with chronic conditions that do not go away when those children become ...

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Cast members of the traveling Passion Play “Christ Lives” include, from left, Tom Meyer, Vaughn Meyer, Eleanor Benner, Charlie Dotterer and Dave Benner. All five have been with the production for all of its 40 years.

A ‘Christ Lives’ cast member steps down after 40 years

SNYDERTOWN — The Passion Play “Christ Lives” was performed again this Easter season by The Nittany Valley Players at St. Mark Lutheran Church. It is the only traveling Passion Play in the area and is performed at different churches each year. One of the cast members has decided to step ...

National Day of Prayer observance planned in Lock Haven

LOCK HAVEN — The 66th annual national observance known as the National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 4. The Southern Clinton County Association of Christian Churches plans an observance that is open to all. It will be held Sunday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Covenant United Methodist Church, ...

area church briefs

St. John Lutheran to mark 150 years JERSEY SHORE — St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 229 S. Broad St., will mark its 150th anniversary on Sunday, April 30. Thirty-one people gathered April 29, 1867 as charter members to form the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jersey Shore. They ...

Blessing of Bikes

Blessing of the Bikes slated April 30

PHOTO PROVIDED Crossroads Church at Jersey Shore will hold a Blessing of the Bikes service Sunday, April 30 at 11 a.m. This is the 11th annual ride sponsored by Crossroads. It includes a free ride and a picnic after the service for all participating bikers. More than 350 bikes and about 500 ...

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Glory-of-the-Snow is seen in bloom in our region.

Spring comes to Clinton County

Driving through Sugar Valley a week ago, I saw something that made me smile. In the shadow of a small wood beside a farmhouse was a large patch of Glory-of-the-Snow in full bloom. I had to stop and make a photograph of these gorgeous harbingers of spring! Another winter is behind us. At ...

AREA CHURCH BRIEFS

Kids invited to VeggieTales movie LOCK HAVEN — Covenant United Methodist Church, 44 W. Main St., invites kids to bring a favorite adult to a VeggieTales movie and pizza event next Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Free pizza will be served before the screening of “Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie” ...

Jesus’ resurrection: fact or fiction?

At Easter, some who have heard little about Jesus might wonder what all the fuss is about. Who cares? What difference does it make if Jesus rose from the dead? It makes all the difference in the world. If Christ did not rise, then thousands of believers have died as martyrs for a hoax. If He ...

area church briefs

River of Life offers breakfast LOCK HAVEN — River of Life Fellowship offers a breakfast-brunch at 9 a.m. tomorrow before the 10 a.m. service. River of Life worships at 320 W. Church St., in the Beth Yehuda Spiritual Center, and can be reached by the side ramp. For further information, ...

‘Messiah in the Passover’ offered Sunday

FLEMINGTON — “Messiah in the Passover,” a vivid demonstration showing how Jesus fulfilled the ancient feast of Passover, is offered at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Hillview Wesleyan Church. “Messiah in the Passover” will be conducted by Carole Bahm for Chosen People Ministries, a mission ...

take the steps to recovery

Editor’s note: Groups listed below focus on recovery from addiction, and the meetings are open to the general public, unless otherwise indicated. Al-Anon is for friends and family members of addicts, and Romans 12:2 is for people battling addiction and their families. — — — ...

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The Nittany Valley Players’ Passion Play “Christ Lives” will be presented in its 40th year at 7 p.m. Good Friday, April 14 at St. Mark Lutheran Church on Snydertown Road.

Nittany Valley Players to present Passion Play

SNYDERTOWN — The Nittany Valley Players, a group of 25 local people from 11 churches in the Nittany Valley, will present their annual Passion Play, “Christ Lives,” at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 850 Snydertown Road, Howard, at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 14. This is the 40th year the ...

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Hillview to present Easter drama

PHOTO PROVIDED In last year’s Easter presentation at Hillview Wesleyan Church are Brandon Walizer, in front, and from left in the second row: Sarah Walizer, Justin Geary, Emmie Schwab and Coney Yearick. Hillview Wesleyan Church’s annual dramatic Easter presentation will be given Friday ...

Running with Moses

I am a dog person – always have been. About five months ago, we had the opportunity to add to our dog family by adopting Moses – a larger dog weighing about 75 pounds. Moses is a lab/hound mix with a personality reminiscent of Jeff Spicoli (think Fast Times at Ridgemont High). He is not ...

lenten services, events

Area churches offer weekly worship services and other events throughout Lent, the solemn season that leads to Easter Sunday, April 16. LENTEN BREAKFASTS Woolrich Community United Methodist hosts the Community Lenten Breakfasts with brief devotions, Wednesdays until April 12, from 7 to 8 ...

Hillview to host concert Sunday

FLEMINGTON — Ashley Wagner will present a concert at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Hillview Wesleyan Church, 1200 W. Fourth St. Ashley is a Christian song artist who sings for the encouragement of Christian believers and to reach out to those who don’t know Jesus Christ. For more ...

area church briefs

Masses at Holy Spirit Parish LOCK HAVEN — Holy Spirit Catholic Parish will have the blessing of palms and the solemn procession of the congregation in the church at all weekend Masses on April 8 and 9 for Passion Sunday. The Chrism Mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 10 in the ...

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Pastor Bob and Annette Maurer have served the Romola Bible Church in Marsh Creek for the past 15 years.  They will be moving to Florence, S. C. to assist Beacon of Truth Ministries.

Pastor Bob and Annette Maurer leaving area

ROMOLA —Pastor Bob and Annette Maurer have been the pastoral couple at the Romola Bible Church in Marsh Creek for the past 15 years, but they will be moving away soon. Pastor Bob has had some health issues lately and the couple has decided to change their ministry focus. They will be ...

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Jesus (Jared Moore) heals the crippled woman (Marge Haagen, the oldest cast member at age 92).

‘King of Kings’ Easter drama tells life of Christ

BLANCHARD — The 24th annual “King of Kings” Easter musical drama depicting the entire life of Christ will be presented by Blanchard Church of Christ on March 31, April 1, 2 and the following weekend, on April 7, 8, 9. Shows are at 7 p.m. each night. Free advance tickets are required for ...

Sky Family

‘Celtic Revival’ slated April 1

PHOTO PROVIDED The Sky Family will present a high-energy Celtic/pop-rock music, dance and gospel production called “Celtic Revival” at Beech Creek Wesleyan Church next Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The show has delighted audiences from coast to coast across the U.S. and Canada. The evening will be ...