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Keystone State Quartet to sing Sunday

PHOTO PROVIDED Lamar Lighthouse Camp concludes Family Camp Week with a concert by The Keystone State Quartet on Sunday at 7 p.m. The quarter from Ebensburg sings in close harmony and praises God in Southern style. Their concert should be a night of worship and fellowship for all ages. The ...

Liberty Baptist invites kids to choose backpacks

BLANCHARD — Liberty Baptist Church will host a back to school event Sunday, July 30. Community students, from preschoolers through 12th graders, are invited to attend and receive free backpacks and school supplies. The Back to School – School Supply Give-Away is sponsored by the Board of ...

Oriented toward the light

Perhaps you remember this smile-worthy summer scene from last summer: a huge field of sunflowers, their yellow heads uniformly turned toward the east. For several weeks, this field was a photography magnet. It’s striking how sunflowers appear to all “look” in the same direction. We ...

Vacation Bible Schools listed

Vacation Bible School opportunities abound for children in our region, offered by a variety of local churches. JUST ANNOUNCED Swissdale United Methodist Church — “Hero Central” for 3-year-olds through sixth graders 6-8 p.m., July 24-28, with stories, games, music and crafts. Register ...

area church briefs

Mass of Thanksgiving scheduled LOCK HAVEN — Holy Spirit Parish plans a Mass of Thanksgiving at 4 p.m. next Saturday at St. Agnes Church. A Mass of Thanksgiving is a tradition of the Holy Spirit Parish Fair weekend. The fair is slated next week, Thursday through Saturday, July 20 to ...

Stabler’s Grove camp meeting starts July 23

SALLADASBURG — The 82nd Camp Meeting at Stabler’s Grove will be held July 23 to 30 from 7 to 9 p.m., on the theme “Deeper Spiritual Growth.” Rev. Leroy Wion is the evangelist. The camp meeting is held in a woodland mountaintop setting, and all are encouraged to come as they are. The ...

Youth Night at Lighthouse to feature concert

PHOTO PROVIDED Lamar Lighthouse Camp celebrates Youth Night this coming Friday with a contemporary concert with the alternative Christian rock band A Day Awaits. The concert at 7 p.m. is geared not only for the youth but for all who love or want to experience this type of music. With the ...

The Weaver Believers to sing Sunday

PHOTO PROVIDED Lamar Lighthouse Camp opens its Family Camp Week with The Weaver Believers in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday. The Weaver Believers have been an area favorite. The family band sings and plays a unique mixture of bluegrass, Southern gospel and country music. The ensemble bridges the ...

area church briefs

Sister churches have new pastor The sister churches of Lamar and Mill Hall United Methodist said good-bye to Pastor Joan Gordon on June 25 as she retired. She served nine years at Lamar and two years at Mill Hall. The churches then welcomed Pastor Rick Conklin and his family on July 2. ...

A second chance, and a third, and a fourth

A sculptor had ruined a huge piece of beautiful Carrara marble. It was left in the courtyard of the cathedral in Florence, Italy, for almost a hundred years. Artisans thought it was beyond repair. But in 1505, a young sculptor by the name of Michelangelo was asked if he thought anything could ...

Vacation Bible Schools listed

Vacation Bible School opportunities abound for kids in our region. JUST ANNOUNCED Oval United Methodist Church, 6796 State Route 44 Hwy, Jersey Shore — “Joseph and His Coat of Many Colors” for 4-year-olds through eighth graders, 6-8 p.m. July 30-Aug. 3. Jersey Shore Area Assembly of ...

Weeks like this should make us thankful

Romans 12:12 tells us to “Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.” (NRSV) In the world we live in today, when hatred and violence seem so prevalent, it is easy to get discouraged. It is easy to get frustrated and scared. Pastors are no different. Most of us get ...

Family Camp Week at Lamar is coming soon

LAMAR — The annual Family Camp Week at Lamar Lighthouse Camp is slated for Sunday, July 9 to Sunday, July 16. All are invited to enjoy the camp services and activities, whether they are staying on the grounds or not. Youth in grades 6 to 12 are particularly encouraged to participate, by ...

The Masters to sing at Lighthouse Camp

LAMAR — The Lamar Lighthouse Camp will host The Masters in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday. The Masters are from Nanty Glo and have been singing since 1970, spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ in song, testimony and the message of salvation. They are known for the close harmony of their ...

area church briefs

Christmas in July at St. Mark SNYDERTOWN — St. Mark Lutheran Church will celebrate Christmas each Sunday in July. A Christmas tree will be placed in the sanctuary, and the congregation is asked to decorate it with warm socks, gloves, hats and scarves. Those attending are also asked to ...

Save the dates for Stabler’s Grove

SALLADASBURG — The 82nd Camp Meeting at Stabler’s Grove is announced for the evenings of Sunday, July 23 through Sunday, July 30. Rev. Leroy Wion is the evangelist, and the theme is “Deeper Spiritual Growth.” Special music, from gospel to country to contemporary, will be presented ...

Vacation Bible Schools listed

Vacation Bible School opportunities abound for kids in our region. NEXT WEEK Blanchard Church of Christ — Little K Camp for 4-year-olds through first graders, 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday-Friday. WEEK OF JULY 10 Blanchard Church of Christ — King’s Kids Camp for second through sixth ...

We do not own the earth

We have arrived at another turn of the seasons — the summer solstice arrived June 21, and summer is in full bloom. And as I have done since my childhood summers, standing knee-deep in a local stream with a fishing rod in my hand, today is not much different. Last week, I was kayaking on the ...

Trinity in Hublersburg votes to leave UCC

HUBLERSBURG — The congregation of Trinity United Church of Christ voted this past Sunday to leave the UCC denomination. The church has maybe 70 or 80 members, and although the vote was not unanimous, the congregation will now be independent, according to its pastor, Rev. Keith G. Koch. The ...

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Lynn Swizinsky to sing at Lamar

PHOTO PROVIDED The 2017 season of free Sunday night concerts at Lamar Lighthouse Camp is well underway. All concerts are free and open to the public. This Sunday at 7 p.m., the camp will host Lynn Swizinsky of Muncy, a singer-songwriter of inspirational songs of worship and praise. The camp ...