Religion

Our communities are called to worship

Assembly of God JERSEY SHORE AREA Main Street, Antes Fort Rob Archey, pastor Worship 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.; Wednesday 7 p.m. MILL HALL Echo Hope Assembly 320 Hogan Blvd., Craig Cross, pastor Fellowship 9:30 a.m., worship 10 a.m. Baptist AVIS Walnut Street Baptist at ...

Err on the side of life, and love

I am pro-life. This is not a simple and pat statement, but one that I have contemplated and thought about, reflected upon, prayed about and researched for a number of years. I want to be open to all sides of the debate about humanity, and so I have read many publications from both similar and ...

Weekly Lenten services listed

Communities in our region gather together for Lenten services and events during these weeks of preparation leading to Easter Sunday, April 1. UNITED METHODIST CHURCHES The Lord’s Prayer Community Lenten Service Series for United Methodist churches between Lock Haven and Jersey Shore, ...

God’s Valentine card to all of us

Dear reader, did you pay attention to the weather alert earlier this week warning of around 6 inches of snow and ice Wednesday? Did you prepare? I noticed crowds in line as I bought bread, milk, and other food to prepare, hunker down, and weather the expected snowfall. I even called the ...

Area Church Briefs

Church offers Valentine’s service MILL HALL — Bald Eagle United Presbyterian Church offers a Valentine’s service Sunday at 10:30 a.m., with a special message of the Biblical love story that most people just pass over... love for God. Everyone will receive a gift, appropriate for the ...

Ash Wednesday services listed

Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, is Feb. 14. Special services will be held in churches locally and around the world. In addition, local churches are planning dinners on Tuesday for Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras), Feb. 13 this year, as a way to mark the day before the solemn season of Lent ...

The complex history of ‘In God We Trust’

By David Mislin Temple University (THE CONVERSATION) In his address to the National Prayer Breakfast on the morning of Feb. 8, President Donald Trump emphasized the centrality of faith in American life. After describing the country as a “nation of believers,” Trump reminded his ...

Faith ‘central’ to American life

By CATHERINE LUCEY Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump told a prayer breakfast Thursday that faith is "central to American life and liberty." In remarks to the annual gathering of lawmakers, religious leaders and dignitaries, Trump noted that America's founders ...

The mission of Jesus begins

Following the Christmas season, Christians recall the life and ministry of Jesus. His public ministry eventually led to Christ’s suffering and death on the cross, his glorious resurrection, and his ascension into heaven. According to the gospels, Jesus began his public ministry with his ...

Area CHurch Briefs

St. John youth raising funds JERSEY SHORE — The youth of St. John Lutheran Church plan to attend the National Youth Gathering this June and plan two fundraisers to help finance their trip. Cookies and Canvas is offered next Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m., a time of fellowship and painting with ...

An easy way to help neighbors in need

LOCK HAVEN — It’s February and it’s still cold outside. Most of us who live here expect the weather to stay cold for some time yet, cold enough that we don’t want to live without heating our homes. Some in our community, however, have reached the end of the financial rope and aren’t ...

Two sides of the coin

I have many fond memories of visiting my Grandpop Kerns. Among one of these memories is when we were ready to go home, he would hand my sister and myself each a silver dollar. We were so excited. Unfortunately our first child-like thoughts were: “What can I buy with this?” However, now as ...

area Church Briefs

Church to celebrate pastor’s milestone JERSEY SHORE — St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 229 S. Broad St., will honor its pastor, Rev. Dr. Kerry Aucker, on Sunday, Feb. 11. There will be one service that day at 10:30 a.m. Bishop Barbara Collins, bishop of the Upper Susquehanna Synod, ...

So how is your New Year’s resolution going?

A New Year’s resolution is a tradition across all socioeconomic and geographic boundaries that is intended to change a particular trait, or behavior. This tradition originated with the ancient Babylonians such that the people would promise their gods that they would return borrowed items ...

Church Briefs

Blanchard church to talk missions BLANCHARD — The annual Love Feast and congregational meeting at Blanchard Church of Christ will be held Sunday, Jan. 28 after worship. The Love Feast, at 12:15 p.m., is a meal of soup, bread and dessert served by the youth. Donations will be taken for a ...

Area Church Briefs

Children to present play Sunday TYLERSVILLE — The church season of Christmastide continues until Jan. 6. St. John’s United Church of Christ continues to embrace it this Sunday, with a Christmas hymn sing and the Sunday school children’s Christmas play to be presented during the service, ...

‘Tis better to give than to receive

“In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35 (NRSV) As I watched my (almost) 2-year-old enjoy Christmas this year, I was ...

New Year’s services listed

Sunday is New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day will be celebrated on Monday. A few area churches plan special services to conclude the old year and welcome in the new. NEW YEAR’S EVE Mackeyville and Clintondale United Methodist churches — Combined service 10:30 a.m. at Mackeyville ...

A place by the manger

One of my favorite Christmas decorations is the nativity scene. I love them all. Ornate ones, simple ones. Even the ones that look like Peanuts characters. They are all different, but one thing that remains the same in them all: the stable is wide open. There are no doors on the stable. No one ...

AREA CHURCH BRIEFS

Community responds to Operation Christmas Child LOCK HAVEN — The community joined in Operation Christmas Child in a big way this year, filling shoe boxes with little gifts for children in need around the world. For the 10th year, the House of the Lord Fellowship Church on West Main Street ...