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From brokenness to blessing

One of the unique privileges of being a pastor is the opportunity to search and study the scriptures... to daily mine out, from the depths of the Word of God, great wealth and wonderful truths that are often obscure and overlooked. One of those is found deep within the pages of the Old ...

Local church briefs

Beech Creek Wesleyan services BEECH CREEK — Beech Creek Wesleyan Church willl hold Sunday service at 9 a.m. and include in person worship, in the parking lot by tuning into 100.5 FM; or live streamed at the Beech Creek Wesleyan Church Facebook page. The church will also have Children’s ...

Muralists have work in dozens of churches across 13 states

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — No matter how intricate the art or meaningful the message, Andrew Hattermann says his studio’s work comes down to one simple thing: Beauty. “We try to make a church more beautiful than it’s ever been,” the Peorian says. “That’s our goal.” And for nearly ...

The luckiest man

You’ve heard it before, I know you have. The famous phrase goes like this: “Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” We know those words and many of us know their origin. But have you ever really contemplated it? Hall of Fame baseball player, Lou Gehrig ...

Local church briefs

Beech Creek Wesleyan services BEECH CREEK — Beech Creek Wesleyan Church willl hold Sunday service at 9 a.m. and include in person worship, in the parking lot by tuning into 100.5 FM; or live stremed at the Beech Creek Wesleyan Church Facebook page. The church will also have Children’s ...

Finding Faith: Six ways the Holy Spirit transforms our lives

The Holy Spirit gives believers the power to live like Jesus and be bold witnesses for Him. Of course, there are many ways He goes about doing this, so we’re going to look at the most common ones. Jesus said in John 16:7 that it was to our benefit that He would go away so we would receive ...

Local Church Briefs

Virtual services WOOLRICH — The Caldwell/McElhattan/Woolrich Charge of the United Methodist Church is worshiping together virtually until further notice. They will conduct services via livestream every Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. on the Woolrich Community Facebook page or by calling into ...

Finding Faith: What if there was no Christmas?

King Herod tried to stop the plan of God and he did a horrendous sinister act which he is paying for today! Herod lost! He could not thwart the plan of God. The Devil could not thwart the plan of God. Circumstances could not thwart the plan of God. The reality is — Gods plan for mankind would ...

Finding Faith: Is Christ truly in your Christmas?

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Right now it might seem the worst type of year. How can this be most wonderful? Many, myself included, have experienced various losses, changes we did not ask for, cancelations of things hoped for... wonderful? The answer is still yes! If we ...

Local Church Briefs

New Year’s Day Dinner BELLEFONTE — Trinity United Methodist Church, 128 W. Howard St., Bellefonte, will be holding a take out traditional pork and sauerkraut dinner on Jan. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information call 814-355-9425 or visit www.trinitybellefonte.com. Service ...

Finding Faith: Timing

Solomon knew quite a bit about “timing.” Solomon tells us there exists an appointed time for everything under heaven. In Ecclesiastes 3, this poem reflects the seasons of life. “God has made everything fitting in its time, but has also placed eternity in their hearts, without enabling ...

Local Church Briefs

No in-person services Due to the increase in COVID cases in our area Bishop Park and the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church has encouraged all united Methodist churches to temporarily close until further notice. They will be holding services beginning Sunday, Dec. 13 on ...

US Jews plan smaller Hanukkah celebrations amid virus

Jewish Americans from a variety of branches of the faith are celebrating Hanukkah with smaller-than-usual gatherings this year, in hopes of keeping the year-end holiday safe but still joyful as coronavirus cases spike across the country. Many Jewish Americans are already accustomed to more ...

How do you seek God’s kingdom?

What does “Seek first the kingdom of God” mean? Many have heard the verse, but do we know its true meaning? In my Bible, these words are printed in red, which means Jesus spoke them. It also indicates importance. We’re wise to pay attention when our Savior speaks, as He offers much ...

Submit your Christmas service times to The Express

LOCK HAVEN — The Christmas season is getting closer and closer and with that comes special service times for many local churches in our area. Every year The Express lists the date and time for each service and this year is no different. Any church that wishes to have their service listed ...

Finding Faith: Much to be thankful for in America

We have so much to be thankful for, even if all is not well and even this year with the COVID-19 pandemic. We live in a great country. One could argue a strong case that America is the greatest nation in the world by the standard of several measures. God has blessed our nation with great ...

Submit your Christmas service times to The Express

LOCK HAVEN — The Christmas season is getting closer and closer and with that comes special service times for many local churches in our area. Every year The Express lists the date and time for each service and this year is no different. Any church that wishes to have their service listed ...

Operation Christmas Child Project Note

We just want to thank this wonderful community for all the shoebox donations received for Operation Christmas Child’s 2020 National Collection Week, a project of Samaritan’s Purse. Our OCC Drop-off Site at House of the Lord Fellowship in Lock Haven, Pa. received 2,580 shoeboxes donated and ...

Local Church Briefs

Virtual services LOCK HAVEN — Great Island Presbyterian Church will begin hold virtual services this Sunday. To join the 10:30 a.m. services each Sunday, visit www.greatislandpresby.org; the church’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GreatIslandPresby or their YouTube channel by ...

Finding Faith: The high cost of following Jesus

It’s pretty easy — if you want more followers on your Twitter or Instagram accounts, all you have to do is post an adorable pic with your kids (make sure your hair looks good and the lighting is right!) or your recent travels and a great meal you ate. Add in a cute little poem once in ...