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Religion

Finding Faith: Encouragement

By REV. CHRISTOPHER PASSANTE “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 One of the most visible signs of mature discipleship is the ability to encourage others. This might sound easy: A friend, co-worker or loved one is feeling down or challenged, ...

Local Church Briefs

Annual Free Book Fair HOWARD — St. Mark Lutheran Church, 850 Snydertown Road, Howard, will be holding its annual Free Book Fair and Costless Closet on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All books, magazines, games, puzzles, and clothing are free. Please bring books to share (no ...

Finding Faith: A new you for the new year!

By REV. DON GRANT When I was a kid, one of my favorite TV shows was “The Six Million Dollar Man.” It was about an astronaut who nearly died in a terrible accident. The government stepped in and replaced his crushed body with bionic parts. The show’s opening said, “We can rebuild him. ...

Local Church Briefs

Dinner and concert for a cause JERSEY SHORE — Trinity United Methodist Church’s youth group will be hosting a chili and cornbread dinner and concert for a cause to benefit Diane Goodreau tomorrow beginning at 5 p.m. The meal will be served from 5 to 6:15 p.m. followed by a concert by ...

Finding Faith: Today is the day!

By REV. HOLLY JOHNSON As I write this article today, it’s currently Christmas Eve. Although my article won’t be published until after Christmas, it dawned on me that New Years Eve would be here before we knew it! Soon, the stores will be flooded with the latest diet fads and trends in ...

Local Church Briefs

Game night FLEMINGTON — Flemington First Church of Christ, 714 Canal St., will be hosting a game night on Sunday starting at 5 p.m. Bring your favorite cards or board games to play as well as a snack and drink to share. Soup sale at Covenant UM LOCK HAVEN — Covenant United Methodist ...

God is keeping watch over you

A noisy flock of birds was nestled in the tree tops the other day as I walked to my car. I could not tell what kind of birds they were, but I suppose the treetops were simply a resting place from their arduous flight. These birds were on there way to somewhere, a destination, a place that ...

Local church briefs

Fifth Sunday service MILL HALL — Mill Hall United Methodist Church will host their sister churches Flemington and Lamar for a Fifth Sunday Service on Dec. 29 at 10 a.m. A fellowship lunch will follow. Fifth Sunday service LOCK HAVEN — Covenant Faith will have a combined service on ...

A silent worship revival at an Episcopal church for the deaf

By LUIS ANDRES HENAO Associated Press NEW YORK — The Lord’s Prayer ended with the bang of dozens of fists that landed on open palms after a circular motion and a thumbs up in a joint “Amen!” Not a voice could be heard inside the cavernous sanctuary of Holyrood Episcopal ...

Michigan synagogue member sues anti-Israel protesters, city

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A member of a Michigan synagogue is suing anti-Israel protesters and Ann Arbor city leaders over 16 years of protests outside the Beth Israel Congregation, arguing the protesters have been uniquely provocative and that some restrictions on them would not violate ...

Protests continue in India against new citizenship law

GAUHATI, India (AP) — More than a thousand students, artists and writers protested in India's capital and northeastern Assam state on Wednesday against a new citizenship law introduced by the Hindu nationalist-led government that excludes Muslims. In Gauhati, Assam’s capital, protesters ...

Celebrating Christmas like Mary and Joseph

By REV. DONALD GRANT Christmas holidays come to us most often handed down from our parents and grandparents, full of traditions, memories and significance. For the Christ-follower, Christmas is a day of celebration and remembrance honoring the fact that God sent His Son into the world as a ...

Local Church Briefs

Fifth Sunday service MILL HALL — Mill Hall United Methodist Church will host their sister churches Flemington and Lamar for a Fifth Sunday Service on Dec. 29 at 10 a.m. A fellowship lunch will follow. Christmas brunch LOCK HAVEN — River of Life Fellowship, 507 E. Main St., will be ...

Heartstrings to perform at Christmas Party

Today, a Community Christmas Party and Coffeehouse will be held at the Porter Township Community Building in Lamar from 6 to 8 p.m. Heartstrings (the Bradford family) will provide special music. Also there will be singing of Christmas carols, a skit and an “Ugly Hat” contest. Refreshments ...

Finding Faith: A Christmas to unite

By STEVE SALMON I had a friend who didn’t have a sidewalk in front of his house. It was becoming a problem because he was getting older and it was hard for him to walk on the uneven ground. He used to complain about it a lot until someone, moved by compassion, installed a sidewalk for him ...

Submit your Christmas service times to The Express

From Staff Reports 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 ...

Local Church Briefs

Fifth Sunday service LOCK HAVEN — Covenant Faith will have a combined service on Sunday, Dec. 29 at Faith United Methodist Church, 23 Brown St., Castanea at 10:30 a.m. with a potluck lunch following the service. Please bring a dish to share such as casserole, vegetable, salad or dessert ...

Jesus is the reason for season

By Pastor John Snyder John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” ...

BEV United Methodist presents: A Live Nativity

Bald Eagle Valley Community United Methodist Church will be performing a live nativity scene for three nights this December. This is a 20 minute outdoor moving live presentation with narration and music of the Nativity story. The performances will feature live animals and characters. The ...

Submit your Christmas service times to The Express

From Staff Reports 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 ...