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Finding Faith: ‘God as our help!’

At the center of the Bible is the book of Psalms. The book of Psalms is a great collection of songs and prayers for communicating the heart and soul of humanity. Feeling separated from God, the psalmist wouldn’t rest until he restored his relationship to God because he knew that his very life ...

Local Church Briefs

Lenten fish fry LOCK HAVEN — Holy Spirit Parish will be holding their annual Lenten fish fry beginning Friday, Feb. 19 at the parish center, 3 E. Walnut St., Lock Haven. This year’s fry will be drive-thru only. The meal will consist of baked or fried fish, macaroni and cheese, stewed ...

A new year for forming Christians, making disciples

Four years ago I wrote that 2016 may well be remembered nationally as a year of divided opinions in the U.S. Looking back from 2021, all that seems like just the beginning of our nation’s quarrels and contentions. How different that is from the church! In Christ there is unity. Our fellowship ...

Local church briefs

Howard UM soup sale HOWARD — Howard United Methodist Church, 144 W. Main St., Howard, will be holding a take out only soup sale on Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Soups available will be vegetable beef, ham and bean, chicken corn and chicken noodle at $7 a quart. Pre-orders strongly ...

At Amanda Gorman’s church, ‘everybody is a freedom fighter’

At St. Brigid Catholic Church, the Rev. Kenneth Keke preaches that the gospel of Jesus Christ is not only about eternity, but about “having a human face, loving one another.” Keke’s message stresses unity and that a “common humanity is what we need for us to live in peace.” “That ...

Group of US Catholic bishops urges support for LGBT youth

NEW YORK (AP) — Declaring “God is on your side,” a Roman Catholic cardinal, an archbishop and six other U.S. bishops issued a statement last Monday expressing support for LGBT youth and denouncing the bullying often directed at them. “All people of goodwill should help, support and ...

Blessed is the nation

Psalm 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord… These United States of America are a nation under God. I want you to take notice that America is under The Almighty God. We are not above. Our founding fathers were well aware of this scripture and established this nation for the ...

Local church briefs

Beech Creek Wesleyan services BEECH CREEK — Beech Creek Wesleyan Church will 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 ...

Organists offer soundtrack to jabs at medieval UK cathedral

SALISBURY, England (AP) — David Halls isn’t a doctor, nurse or ambulance driver, but he wanted to contribute in the fight against COVID-19. So he did what he does best: He sat down on the bench beside at Salisbury Cathedral’s historic organ and began to play. Halls is one of the many ...

French doctor who made Down discovery closer to sainthood

ROME (AP) — The French doctor who discovered the genetic basis of Down syndrome but spent his career advocating against abortion as a result of prenatal diagnosis has taken his first major step to possible sainthood. Pope Francis on Thursday approved the “heroic virtues” of Dr. Jerome ...

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 ...