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Free fishing lessons for kids offered MILL HALL — How does free fishing lessons for the kids sound? These lessons are for ages 5 to 13 (parents are welcome to stay) and will stretch over a period of about five weeks. The lessons are being organized now and will be held at Living Faith ...

A crook in the candy store

I am quite certain everyone is familiar with the age-old idiom “like a kid in a candy store,” but have you ever heard “like a crook in a candy store?” To this day, I am ashamed to admit it… but that was me. I was only 4 years old when I was with my mother in a store, and I stole a ...

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Holy Spirit offers ‘EarthKeepers’ VBS LOCK HAVEN — Holy Spirit Catholic Parish is offering “EarthKeepers” Vacation Bible School, Monday through Thursday, June 19 to 22. Children from age 4 through sixth grade are invited to participate in the sessions which will be held from 5:45 ...

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Kid Notes sing in nursing homes

It’s National Nursing Home Week, and First Church of Christ joined the celebration. Tuesday evening the children’s choir hit the road and performed at Susque-View and at Haven Skilled Rehab and Nursing Facility. The Kid Notes children’s choir is wrapping up its third season of singing, ...

Words that don’t belong together

Everyone knows the English language (and possibly most other languages) contains words we use together that really don’t belong together because they contradict. To cite a few examples, we sometimes say “awful pretty,” “pretty awful,” or “pretty ugly.” We might urge someone to ...

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Trinity to host youth musical JERSEY SHORE — Trinity United Methodist Church, 1407 Allegheny St., will host the musical play “The Agape League”on Sunday at 9 a.m. Faced with bullying, greed, vice and more, the super heroes of the Agape League use the powers of the Spirit to combat the ...

Walk by Faith program to start soon

LOCK HAVEN — Penn State Extension is offering a new faith-based program to promote health, called Walk by Faith. The local partner is Covenant United Methodist Church, 44 W. Main St., but the program is open to all. Walk by Faith will kick off Tuesday, May 30 with a meeting from 7 to 8 ...

Independent Catholic Foundation has new staff member

ALTOONA — Chris Ringkamp has joined the Independent Catholic Foundation, Altoona, as its first director of mission advancement. The Foundation manages a $27 million portfolio of donor-designated permanent endowments for the benefit of Catholic parishes, schools, ministries and other ...

Miracles are all around us

“What is impossible with man is possible with God.” These words can be found in the Bible and are purported to have been spoken by Jesus Christ himself. Along those lines, I had what you could call a bit of an epiphany the other day when I realized that I was watching a miracle unfold ...

‘Jersey Shore for Jesus’ crusade planned

JERSEY SHORE — The Jersey Shore Area Ministerium is planning a five-day, multi-church, evangelistic crusade for the area with visiting international evangelist Pastor Richard Nyakaana from Uganda. The crusade is called “Jersey Shore for Jesus 2017” and it is planned for Sunday through ...

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Trinity to host youth musical JERSEY SHORE — Trinity United Methodist Church will host the youth-oriented musical The Agape League during the 9 a.m. service Sunday, May 21. The program shows the challenges of today and the love that can overcome them, and will be presented by the youth of ...

Covalts’ Outdoor Gospel Sing slated

CENTRE HALL — The Covalts announce their 22nd Annual Outdoor Gospel Sing at the Grange Fair Grounds will be held June 9 to 11. Admission is free, and camping is available for $30 per night, including electricity and water. For more information, call 814-441-5059 or 814-422-8640. Groups ...

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The Farm Hands will give a concert Sunday morning May 21 at Hillview Wesleyan Church, Flemington.

Hillview to host The Farm Hands

FLEMINGTON — Hillview Wesleyan Church, 1200 W. Fourth St., will host a concert featuring The Farm Hands Sunday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m. The Farm Hands are one of the most exciting and talked-about bands in bluegrass music. At the 2016 Bluegrass Music Awards, The Farm Hands were named for a ...

The story of Fatima

Next Saturday will be the 100th anniversary of the first apparition at Fatima in Portugal. On May 13, 1917 (with Europe in the midst of suffering the First World War) Mary, the mother of our Lord, Jesus, is said to have first appeared to three shepherd children in a vale near the little town ...

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Kid Kingdom gets out and about

PHOTO PROVIDED The pre-K class of the Blanchard Church of Christ Kid Kingdom Preschool spent several days this month exploring the community and giving back by picking up trash and pulling weeds. The students gathered several bags of trash and loved the fact that they were “helping keep ...

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Mother’s Day at St. John JERSEY SHORE — The youth of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church will honor the women of the church with a small gift on Mother’s Day which is Sunday, May 14. The children’s choir will sing during the 10:30 a.m. service. Avis UM Women to host tea AVIS — ...

Why pray? God is listening!

God made us a communicating people. That is never more evident than it is today. Everyone has an opinion and wants to express it. We have gone beyond speech, letters, TV, radio, movies, songs, books and art to include internet, smart phones, email, text, twitter, social media, blogs, vlogs ...

Two National Day of Prayer events offered

LOCK HAVEN — The local ministerium is now offering two ways for the community to participate in the National Day of Prayer this year. The Southern Clinton County Association of Christian Churches’ National Day of Prayer Service will be held Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at Covenant United Methodist ...

Jehovah’s Witnesses attend seminar

MILL HALL — Local Jehovah’s Witnesses attended a one-day Circuit Assembly at the Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Grantville. The program was attended by more than 100 witnesses of all ages, according to Curtis Jones, a congregation elder with the Mill Hall congregation. The ...

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St. John Lutheran turns 150 JERSEY SHORE — St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 229 S. Broad St., will mark its 150th anniversary Sunday. Only one service is planned, at 10:30 a.m., with a dinner following. Bring your own place setting. A history of the congregation will be shared during ...