Religion

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 ...

The face of evil

I’m writing this at a patio table that overlooks a tropical pond on the grounds of my southwest Florida hotel, ringed with palm trees and other island vegetation. It’s perfectly peaceful. But in the middle of the pond is a sign: “Do not feed alligators. $500 max. fine. Possible ...

Loganton Wesleyan to host revival

LOGANTON — Evangelist George Holley will lead revival services at the Loganton Wesleyan Church beginning tomorrow and continuing through Wednesday. Service time on Sunday is 10:30 a.m. Services will then be held each evening at 7 p.m. “Brother George” said communicating the good news ...

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Hurricane relief concert is Oct. 22 OVAL — Area musicians will perform in a hurricane relief benefit program Sunday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. at Oval United Methodist Church, 6796 SR 44 Hwy, Jersey Shore. All donations will be given to Samaritan’s Purse International Relief. If more ...

Light the Night in Walker Park

ZION — The annual Light the Night event in Walker Township Park will be held Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by the churches in the Nittany Valley Fellowship, the free fun will include candy, other food, games and activities, and a bounce house. Horror or other scary ...

Churches work to improve homes in Schuylkill County

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — As gray clouds hovered Sunday morning, Jim Peters, 32, of Pottsville, was up on a roof ripping off old shingles beaten by time. It was at 219 Dock St., Schuylkill Haven. Helping him was a retired welder, Dave Snyder, 73, of Gordon, and Ty Lehman, 23, of Pine Grove. It ...

‘The parable of the sunflowers’

As I traveled approximately some 3,000 miles by car over the past 10 days, there have been many conversations concerning what we called in my school days “current events.” And in the course of several of these conversations, mention has been made concerning something I wrote for this column ...