Religion

Standing on the Christmas soapbox

There are some things that I need to admit to you before you read any further today. First, I don’t have this parenting thing down perfect. There are plenty of times that my parenting may result in driving my children (and wife) closer to a date with a family therapist than to each other. ...

Send your shoebox on its way

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes will be collected at local sites today through Monday. It is not too late to pack a shoebox with little gifts of school supplies, hygiene items, and fun toys for kids in war-torn or disaster-stricken regions of the world. For information on how to do that, ...

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Covenant UM hosts ‘Shoe Tree’ LOCK HAVEN — Covenant United Methodist Church, 44 W. Main St., is hosting the “Shoe Tree” for the Lock Haven Area Shoe Bank. Donations of new sneakers, new socks, and books for kids and teens may be dropped off at the church, to be placed under the ...

Serving in the Lord’s army

Today is Saturday, Nov. 11 — Veterans Day. Excerpts from military.com report that Veterans Day gives Americans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans. However, most Americans confuse this holiday with Memorial Day, reports the Department of Veterans ...

Thanksgiving worship, dinners announced

Communities will come together to celebrate Thanksgiving with worship and turkey dinners open to everyone. SERVICES r The annual Nittany Valley community Thanksgiving Eve service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22 at Lamar United Methodist Church on Route 64, sponsored by the Nittany ...

Shoebox collections start Monday

Operation Christmas Child collects gifts of shoeboxes filled with school supplies, hygiene items, and fun toys, and delivers them to children from a war-torn or disaster-stricken region of the world. For many of the children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever ...

area church briefs

St. John Lutheran helps others JERSEY SHORE — St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church is again participating in the Christmas-at-Sea ministry of Seafarers International in New York City. Christmas-at-Sea satchels will be collected at the church office through Sunday, Nov. 19. The satchels ...

A time of remembering

November has been for centuries a special time when Christians remember the dead. It begins with the celebration of All Saints Day and All Souls Day (Nov. 1 and Nov. 2). The evening before All Saints Day is well known as “All Hallows Eve” or Halloween. It’s a time when Christians would ...

Elaine Barth’s concert is Nov. 19

LOCK HAVEN — The annual Christmas concert by well-known area vocalist Elaine Frederick Barth will be performed Sunday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in the First Church of Christ, 330 N. Vesper St. The prelude will begin at 6:30 p.m., Special guests on this year’s program include the Renovo ...

Christian Women’s Club plans ‘A Crafty Lunch’

FLEMINGTON — The next lunch program of the Lock Haven Christian Women’s Club will be held Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 11:50 a.m. at Flemington First Church of Christ, 714 Fairpoint Road, Allison Township. The theme is “A Crafty Lunch,” and there will be about 10 local craft vendors set up ...

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St. John to receive special offerings JERSEY SHORE — The Women of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church will receive their annual offering of monetary donations for blankets tomorrow. (They no longer receive actual blankets.) The donations will buy blankets in other countries where they are ...

Only God can make a tree

With autumn in the air, trees are front and center on everyone’s mind. Once again, Mother Nature has taken out her painter’s palette to transform the tree-covered hillsides into patchwork multi-colored quilts of reds, and yellows, and browns. Trees in autumn certainly do take center ...

First Baptist to mark 150 years

LOCK HAVEN — The First Baptist Church of Lock Haven will celebrate 150 years of ministry at its only permanent home, on the corner of East Church and Vesper streets. The celebration will take place Sunday, Nov. 19, starting at 9:30 a.m. with an hour of reflections, followed by worship at ...

Churches to ‘treat’ everyone

TODAY r hayride and indoor “Trunk-or-Treat” (for kids 12 and younger) with face-painting and free hot dogs and snacks, 5-8 p.m., Pine Run United Methodist Church, 1719 Pine Run Road, Linden, 1.7 miles north of Route 220— turn north at Sheetz. r Trunk-or-Treat, 6-7 p.m., Great Island ...

History should not repeat itself

The Bible never ceases to amaze me. There is always something new to be discovered and to learn, especially from some of the most popular, basic stories that we think we know all there is to know about. A great example is the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11:1-9. To understand the Tower of ...

Shoebox collection week starts Nov. 13

LOCK HAVEN — Operation Christmas Child collects gifts of shoeboxes filled with school supplies, hygiene items, and fun toys, and delivers them to children in need around the world. For many of the children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received. Operation ...

area church briefs

St. John Lutheran to host workshop JERSEY SHORE — St. John Lutheran Church is hosting a second Healthy Congregations Workshop next Saturday and inviting members from other congregations to join in. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church at 229 S. Broad St., and the ...

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Clintondale, Mackeyville plan joint service CLINTONDALE — Clintondale United Methodist Church will host its sister church of Mackeyville United Methodist for a combined service Sunday, Oct. 29 at 10:30 a.m. One hour before the service, a gathering time will feature doughnuts and ...

Churches invite everyone to ‘treat’ events

WEDNESDAY r Light the Night with candy, other food, games, activities, bounce house, 6-8 p.m., Walker Township Park. sponsored by the churches in Nittany Valley Fellowship. Horror or other scary costumes discouraged; all faces must be visible through the costume. FRIDAY r Board Game Night ...

Hard stops in daily life

The only way to get anywhere safely is to make complete stops along the way. To follow Christ, in whatever you do, make hard complete stops at set times throughout the day to pray. Otherwise you’re risking a crash. Or missing your turn. You might use 9 a.m., 12 noon, 3 p.m., on the ...