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Finding Faith: The challenge

I don’t often do this, but today, if you are reading this column, I want to challenge you. This is a challenge that will take you outside of your comfort zone and to a place many are reluctant to go. This challenge is designed to make you uncomfortable by taking you away from your normal ...

Local Church Briefs

In-person worship The Caldwell/Woolrich Charge of the United Methodist Church will meet in-house for worship until further notice. Pandemic safety guidelines will be in place, with masks and social distancing required. Caldwell Peoples Church worship service will begin at 8:30 a.m. and ...

Finding Faith: Easter’s life changing message

This Sunday many will be celebrating what is known as Easter, which is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, though there is a huge distraction by a bunny and candy. Easter, that is, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, is the greatest event of all time. It is the most powerful event in human ...

Local Church Briefs

Virtual Easter services Lock Haven House of the Lord Fellowship will be holding its Easter Sunday services on Facebook Live and in-person. A Sunrise service will take place at 6:45 a.m., virtually, followed by regular services at 10 a.m. in-person. The service will also be available ...

Finding Faith: Finding common ground

It has been a privilege and blessing to be able to write these articles for The Express newspaper. I am merely one of many pastors who preach and teach the gospel here in Clinton County. In my three years here as the pastor and administrator for The Lock Haven Salvation Army, I have met some ...

Local Church Briefs

In-person services LOCK HAVEN — On Sunday, April 11, the Lock Haven Parish will reopen all four churches — Liberty and McElhattan at 8:30 a.m., Dunnstown at 9:45 a.m., and Swissdale at 11 a.m. Masks are required for all services. Virtual Easter services LOCK HAVEN — Great Island ...

Local Church Briefs

Easter Bazaar HOWARD — Howard Christian Church, 367 Walnut St., Howard, will be holding an Easter Bazaar on Saturday, March 27 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The public is invited to shop for crafts and gifts, baked goods and Easter candies. There will be freshly baked breads and bagels ...

Vatican pressed on decree limiting Latin Mass in St. Peter’s

ROME — A second Catholic cardinal has questioned the legitimacy of a recent decree by the Vatican to restrict the celebration of the old Latin Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica and forbid private Masses in its side chapels. The March 12 circular was written on the letterhead of the Vatican ...

Finding Faith: Get ready to celebrate a return to life

This Sunday is Laetare Sunday. We’re halfway through the penitential season of Lent. Yesterday I saw a crocus in bloom. We’re nearing the end of winter. Today I received my second vaccination shot. We’re anticipating the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now is a season of expectation, ...

Local Church Briefs

Zoom services LOCK HAVEN — First Church of Christ in Lock Haven will be holding livestream services soon. The services will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. each Sunday via Zoom. To join the service use ID 827 1543 3026 and passcode 068740. The Gloryway Quartet JERSEY SHORE — The Jersey ...

Finding Faith: Why is it essential that we guard our hearts

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Keep, watch, guard your heart... with all diligence, with all vigilance, above all else. No matter the Biblical translation, this is strong language indicating that the warning and instruction to ...

Local Church Briefs

Virtual services FLEMINGTON — St. Luke’s United Church of Christ will continued to hold Virtual services through Sunday, March 21 at 10:45 a.m. St. Luke’s will return to in-person service on Palm Sunday, March 28 at 10:45. Services are conducted by Pastor Gary Nottis. Join the virtual ...

Great Island Presbyterian’s sanctuary sees renovations

PHOTOS PROVIDED E.W. Merrifield contractors were hard at work in January renovating Great Island Presbyterian Church’s sanctuary. Plans began in September 2020 to give the space an update. The sanctuary hasn’t seen a renovation since 1972 following the Hurricane Agnes flooding. The heads ...

Drawing closer to God

James 4:8a says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” This Bible verse is an invitation for us all to initiate a closer step to God’s heart and direction. As we pray, read, or meditate on the Bible, God will reveal Himself to us. These steps will help us to discover who He ...

Local church briefs

Virtual services FLEMINGTON — St. Luke’s United Church of Christ will continued to hold Virtual services through Sunday, March 21 at 10:45 a.m. St. Luke’s will return to in-person service on Palm Sunday, March 28 at 10:45. Services are conducted by Pastor Gary Nottis. Join the virtual ...

Finding Faith: ‘Just reach out’

My five-year-old daughter, Livvy started kindergarten this past fall. For a time, I would walk her into school and help her get settled into her classroom. We would get out of the van, get her things together, and she would reach out her hand for me to take it. She knows Momma and Daddy’s ...

Local Church Briefs

SV Church of the Brethren to hold turkey supper LOGANTON — Sugar Valley Church of the Brethren will hold its annual turkey supper on Saturday, March 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. This year, because of the pandemic, this will be a take-out only meal. Supper will consist of the usual roast turkey, ...

It’s not enough to give love…

“Love one another as I have loved you,” (John 15.12) We confess that we love Jesus, and we’d be right to say we let Jesus love us, too. But when Jesus says to love like he loves us, we too often interpret the rules according to our own preferences: What does it mean to love and — ...

Local church briefs

Virtual Ash Wednesday Join the Caldwell/Woolrich Charge of United Methodist Church for an Ash Wednesday Service, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. This service will be available as a live stream on either church’s Facebook page or by calling in using phone number 1-425-436-6384 access code 366144# (this ...

Corps officer has big plans for Hobbs Salvation Army

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Shannon Brown knows the struggles of homelessness and addiction. She’s been there. A recovering methamphetamine addict, Brown spent time living on the streets. “I’ve been homeless before and been on the streets in Page, Arizona,” she told the Hobbs News-Sun. ...