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Religion

Finding Faith: Why go to church?

By Rev. LAURA KING Well, I’m the pastor so I can think of lots of reasons to go to church, but this past week I heard a story on NPR from the social science desk that talked about a new study that shows that teens especially benefit from attending church regularly and are less depressed ...

Local Church Briefs

One-stop shop AVIS — Grace Fellowship Church, 19 W. Ridge St., will be holding a Christmas One-Stop Shop event on Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fundraising event will benefit the Student Ministries Program. Anyone who would like to participate may contact ...

Curtins to perform in Bellefonte’s Sunday Afternoon Chamber Music Series

BELLEFONTE — David and Hyun Ju Curtin, concert pianists, will appear as part of the Bellefonte Sunday Afternoon Chamber Music Series on Sunday, Nov. 10, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 128 W. Howard St., Bellefonte. The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. Their program includes Mozart 4 hands ...

Finding Faith: Why pray for the dead?

By Rev. Joseph Orr November is for many Christians a traditional time of praying for our deceased loved ones. This ancient Christian practice of praying for those who have died is often confusing to fellow believers. We are inclined to see death as the end of life and conclude that it’s too ...

Local Church Briefs

Pancake Supper Nov. 9 BELLEFONTE — Trinity United Methodist Church, 128 W. Howard St., will be holding a pancake supper from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the church. There will be pancakes, toppings, sausage, applesauce and beverage. Cost is a donation. Call 814-355-9425 with ...

Revival Services at Loganton Wesleyan Church

LOGANTON — Evangelist George Holley will be leading Revival Services at the Loganton Wesleyan Church from Sunday, Oct. 27 through Wednesday, Oct. 30. Everyone is invited to join the church for this special ministry. Service time on Sunday is at 10:30 a.m., and then each evening at 7 ...

Finding Faith: Who are you: Noun or adjective?

By JANIS HEISER Our lives today can be very busy and fast-paced as we run from place to place and responsibility to responsibility. We can get caught in a never-ending cycle always searching for the best experience or having the most material stuff. No use trying to have the latest and the ...

Essence of Joy Alumni Concert

To celebrate 130 years of God’s faithfulness and blessing of Zion Community Church, 3261 Zion Road, Bellefonte, the public is invited to attend a special concert Saturday, Nov. 9, from 7 – 9 p.m. The Essence of Joy Alumni Singers®, under the direction of Dr. Anthony T. Leach, perform ...

Local church briefs

Chicken and waffle dinner LOGANTON — Sugar Valley Church of the Brethren will be hosting a chicken and waffle dinner on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. The meal will consist of chicken and gravy over waffles, candied baby carrots, creamy coleslaw and a variety of desserts. Cost is a ...

All Saint’s Day

By Rev. Bryon Reynolds Finding Faith The Fall Harvest Season is one of my very favorite times of the year. People gather together at many different event venues to buy and sell crafts, as well as consume the traditional pumpkin and apple treats. Pumpkin coffee, doughnuts, hot cider with ...

Two ways to respond to trouble like a Christian

Let me begin by telling you something you already know: In your life there will be hardships, there will be trials, there will be tears and there is no way to avoid them. You do not avoid the troubles of life by being a Christian. (John 16:33) Jesus warned of great difficulty in this life! ...

Local church briefs

Vendors wanted for Craft Show MILL HALL — New Hope Fellowship Church, 6436 Nittany Valley Drive, Mill Hall, are looking for vendors for their craft show on Nov. 23. Spaces cost $10. Those interested in can contact Mary Ann at 570-297-8324 to learn more about how to sign up. The show will ...

After deadly shooting, Pittsburgh synagogue plans reopening

By RAMESH SANTANAM Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Leaders of the Pittsburgh synagogue where worshippers were fatally shot last year want to rebuild and renovate the building, turning it into what they hope will be a "center for Jewish life in the United States" and a symbol against ...

Five verses you just won’t find in your Bible

With the rise of social media, the spread of biblical sounding phrases have – well – gone viral. Beautiful images filled with inspirational phrases slowly take on the status of being “somewhere in the Bible.” But when you take a closer look, you’ll have a great deal of trouble ...

Brush Valley Fusion of Faith Congregations receive Clergy Renewal Grant

REBERSBURG — The Brush Valley Fusion of Faith, comprised of the Rebersburg Charge, United Church of Christ and St. Peter’s Lutheran (ELCA) has received a grant of $19,000 to enable its minister, Rev. Juliana (Julie) Holm, to participate in the 2019 National Clergy Renewal Program. The ...

Lighthouse Wesleyan welcomes new pastor

JERSEY SHORE — Lighthouse Wesleyan Church, 220 High St., Jersey Shore, is delighted to announce they have called Rev. Rodney F. Bartman to serve as pastor. Rodney, his wife Melinda and daughter MyaKay, come to the area from Kutztown, Pa. Pastor Rodney has 24 years experience in the ...

‘A Crafty Lunch’ with LH Christian Women’s Club

LOCK HAVEN — The next lunch program of Lock Haven Christian Women’s Club is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct.24 at Flemington Church of Christ at 714 Fairpoint Road, Allison Township. The theme for the luncheon is “A Crafty Lunch.” The Special Feature will be a craft show participating in ...

Local Church Briefs

Lifetree Ministries to host movie night JERSEY SHORE — Lifetree Ministries, 500 River Road, Jersey Shore, will be hosting a family movie night Friday evening, October 18 at 7 p.m. with free admission, and free food and drinks beginning at 6:30 p.m. The movie to be screened is “War Room” ...

Local church honors area veterans

BELLEFONTE — A Salute To Our Veterans was held on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Bald Eagle Valley Community Church. The event was planned to give our veterans and their families a place to have some fun, eat some great food and learn about local resources available to them. The event was attended ...

GloryWay Quartet to perform at Loganton Wesleyan

The Loganton Wesleyan Church is holding a special service, featuring the GloryWay Quartet, a southern gospel singing group from Mansfield, Ohio, on Sunday, Oct. 6 beginning at 10 a.m. GloryWay has blessed audiences for many years with their singing and music in praise to the Lord. The group ...