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First Church of Christ welcomes new pastor

(Editors Note: First Church of Christ in Lock Haven recently welcomed a new pastor, Matt Kinley. Below is a welcome column written by the pastor himself.) The story of my birth is truly a miracle. I was born at 26 weeks and I survived, and I praise God for everyday that I have lived because of ...

Area Church Briefs

Last in-person service LOCK HAVEN — Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases Great Island Presbyterian Church, 12 W. Water St., Lock Haven, will be holding its last in-person service on Sunday, Nov. 22. The following Sunday services will be available online at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning ...

Susquehanna Big Twins donates to Prayer Shawl ministry

PHOTO PROVIDED Members of the Susquehanna Big Twins Motorcycle Club recently presented a check for $500 to the Bald Eagle United Presbyterian Prayer Shawl ministry for the purchase of yarn. The yarn will be used for local community projects as well as Meals on Wheels. Pictured, from left, are ...

Star struck

I am not by any stretch of the imagination a scientist. At times, I wish I were so I could talk a little more intelligently on such issues as creation, evolution and the universe. I do have a proclivity towards certain Sci-Fi movies such as “Star Wars,” “Star Trek” and “The ...

Local church briefs

Hanging of the Greens MILL HALL — Bald Eagle United Presbyterian Church, 111 Main St., Mill Hall, will be hosting a Hanging of the Greens service at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 6. The sanctuary will be decorated one item at a time with their meaning explained. As the service concludes the sanctuary ...

Waiting…

Waiting. We are all waiting. The world is watching the United States recent elections and waiting for results to finish coming in. Waiting for those votes to be verified. Waiting. We are often not good at waiting. Like the impatient child who just wants it now, we want to know now. And ...

Operation Christmas Child

LOCK HAVEN — House of the Lord Fellowship will be taking part in the annual Operation Christmas Child National Collection week beginning Nov. 16. Operation Christmas Child is a project from Samaritan’s Purse and collects shoebox gifts filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun ...

Great Island offers Blue Christmas Service

LOCK HAVEN — This Christmas, are you without a loved one? For many who have lost a loved one, this is a time of sharp loneliness. For others, who have lost a relationship, health, a job, or had a financial setback, it may be a time of pain, confusion, or fear. Others are ill equipped for ...

Faith groups pray, sing in post-vote ritual in New York

Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Muslims and people of other faiths prayed and sang together in post-election solidarity Wednesday afternoon in New York City, even as the outcome of the hotly contested and polarizing vote was still in doubt. Gathering outside a church in Manhattan’s Greenwich ...

Local church briefs

Covenant/Faith UMC weekend worship schedule LOCK HAVEN — The Lock Haven Covenant/Faith Charge will be following this weekend worship schedule: Beginning on Saturday, Nov. 7 there will be virtual worship through Google Meet at 5 p.m. If you would like to participate in virtual worship ...

Finding Faith: ‘I have overcome the world’

Today there is much fear in the world: fear of the coronavirus; fear of election outcomes; fear of storms; and fear of whatever it is that we don’t know about. We know that trials and tribulations will arise from time to time. This is the way it has always been, and this is the way that we ...

Local Church Briefs

Spaghetti Dinner BELLEFONTE — Trinity United Methodist Church, 128 W. Howard St., Bellefonte, will be holding a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The cost will be a donation. Anyone with questions should call 814-355-9425. Christmas Bazaar LOCK HAVEN — Holy ...

Attack, then pandemic: Pittsburgh Jewish congregations cope

Two years ago, the three congregations sharing space at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue relocated after an anti-Semitic gunman killed 11 worshippers. Last March, the congregations dispersed from their new locations due to the coronavirus pandemic and switched to virtual services. On ...

Don’t lose heart

2020 has been a very unusual year to say the least. For most of us, as we rang in the New Year, I am sure, we did not expect many things to turn out as they have: COVID-19, shut-downs, masks, social distancing, hybrid schooling, all words that at first seemed foreign and now are common to our ...

Stand up church

I have been listening to interviews with so-called “rock stars” like Bruce Springsteen, members of U2 and the most recent release of the Bon Jovi album “2020.” The underlying message is that the concert hall is now the cathedral, or church, of the millennial era. The approach is ...

Local church briefs

Christmas Bazaar LOCK HAVEN — Holy Spirit Parish is once again holding its Holly Mart on Saturday, Oct. 31 beginning at 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Holy Spirit Parish Center, 3 E. Walnut St., Lock Haven. There will be a silent auction, homemade soup, baked goods, theme baskets and a 50/50 ...

Religious identity and Supreme Court justices – a brief history

(THE CONVERSATION) Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation process has put focus not only on the would-be Supreme Court justice’s faith but the religious makeup of the court itself. If she is appointed, Barrett would be the second successive Catholic elevated to the U.S.‘s highest court and ...

Local parish assists sister churches across the Atlantic

LOCK HAVEN — Good things are happening in Clinton County. Holy Spirit Parish of Lock Haven — made up of St. Agnus Catholic and Immaculate Conception churches — are partnering with St. Joseph’s Parish in Renovo, the Knights of Columbus (KOC) of Lock Haven and Renovo, and Lock Haven ...

Local Church Briefs

Pulled Pork Lunch LOGANTON — The Sugar Valley Church of the Brethren, 2305 E. Winter Rd. Loganton, will hold a take-out only pulled pork lunch on Sat., Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The meal will consist of pulled pork, potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, a roll, and cake for dessert. The ...

Italian teenage computer whiz beatified by Catholic Church

ASSISI, Italy (AP) — A 15-year-old Italian computer whiz who died of leukemia in 2006 moved a step closer to possible sainthood Saturday with his beatification in the town of Assisi, where he is buried. Carlo Acutis is the youngest contemporary person to be beatified, a path taken by two ...