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Two COVID-19-ravaged churches take different recovery paths

NEW YORK — The paths of two New York City churches diverged this week — one reopened and one stayed closed. But they have shared a tragic fate, together losing at least 134 members of their mostly Hispanic congregations to the coronavirus. Saint Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church in ...

Finding Faith: Notice to Millenials

My own children were born between 1981 and 1986, so I believe I do understand the Millennial generation. Strauss and Howe define the Millennials as being born between 1982 and 2004. But I just recently learned from a panel of Millennials just how diverse the Millennial generation is with ...

Area churches to hold in-person services

LOCK HAVEN — With Clinton County moved into the “green phase” of Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan many area churches are transitioning back to in-person services. The following churches have announced their intent to hold services. Any churches who wish to announce a service change is ...

Local Church Briefs

Easter in July FLEMINGTON — Flemington Church of Christ, 714 Fairpoint Road, will celebrate Easter on Sunday, July 5. The leadership feels it’s important to celebrate now what was missed due to the pandemic in March. Services will include a resurrection breakfast at 7:30 a.m., ...

What does the Bible say about racism

Scripture teaches that God created all human beings in His image. There is no exception to that and being made in God’s image makes each person valuable and precious. There is no hierarchy of human beings demonstrated throughout Scripture. Jesus came so that all may be saved. The Bible ...

Sharing a personal story

I wanted to share with each of you readers a personal story and so here goes. When I was six years old, I was sitting on my Mom’s lap in her favorite rocking chair. As we were relaxing together, my Mom was gently stroking my hair and she said to me, “Do you know how many hairs you have on ...

Area churches to hold in-person services

LOCK HAVEN — With Clinton County moved into the “green phase” of Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan many area churches are transitioning back to in-person services. The following churches have announced their intent to hold services. Any churches who wish to announce a service change is ...

local church briefs

Chicken barbeque McELHATTAN — McElhattan United Methodist Church will be holding a take-out only chicken barbeque today from 11 a.m. until sold out. The meal will consist of a serving of chicken, macaroni salad, baked beans and cake for dessert at a cost of a suggested donation of ...

‘The Potter’s Hand’

Isaiah 64: 8 “But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and you are the potter; and all we are the work of your hand.” I have two children — a 12-year-old daughter who has the sass of a teenager, and “knows it all”… oh you know, just an occasional (insert sarcasm ...

Local church briefs

Chicken barbeque McELHATTAN — McElhattan United Methodist Church will be holding a take-out only chicken barbeque on Saturday, June 27 from 11 a.m. until sold out. The meal will consist of a serving of chicken, macaroni salad, baked beans and cake for dessert as a cost of a suggested ...

Area churches to hold in-person services

LOCK HAVEN — With Clinton County moved into the “green phase” of Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan many area churches are transitioning back to in-person services. The following churches have announced their intent to hold services. Any churches who wish to announce a service change is ...

As they reopen, congregations grapple with including seniors

Each Sunday, Larry Little and his wife, Mary, get ready for church. They dress casually, fill two tumblers with water, climb into their golf cart and drive two miles to The Grove, a grassy field next to their church. There they find a parking place, turn off the engine and settle in for a ...

Arkansas AG sues TV pastor over virus treatment claims

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' attorney general on Tuesday sued Missouri-based TV pastor Jim Bakker over his promotion of a product falsely touted as a cure for the illness caused by the coronavirus. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed the lawsuit in Arkansas against Bakker and ...

Mercy is a gift

Part of our flawed human condition is that we do sometimes fail. Falling or failing is part of our human journey. Throughout our lifetime we are bound to make mistakes. In fact, Webster’s Dictionary lists many definitions of failure: deficieny in a duty, obligation, or expectation; lack of ...

Area churches to hold in-person services

LOCK HAVEN — With Clinton County moved into the “green phase” of Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan many area churches are transitioning back to in-person services. The following churches have announced their intent to hold services. Any churches who wish to announce a service change is ...

Local church briefs

Holy Spirit Parishes return to worship LOCK HAVEN — Churches from Holy Spirit Parish will return to worship this weekend. Saint Agnes will hold a Saturday service beginning at 5 p.m. On Sunday, Immaculate Conception will hold services at 8 a.m.; Saint Agnes at 9:30 a.m. and Saint Joseph ...

Pope sends strong message to US Catholics after Floyd’s death

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called George Floyd by name, twice, and offered support to an American bishop who knelt in prayer during a Black Lives Matter protest. Cardinals black and white have spoken out about Floyd's death, and the Vatican’s communications juggernaut has shifted into ...

TV pastor Jim Bakker hopes attorney general halts probe

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri-based TV pastor Jim Bakker hopes Arkansas' attorney general does not obtain personal information of his congregation members as part of an investigation into his false promotion of a product claiming it cured the coronavirus. Bakker’s attorneys said Attorney ...

Finding Faith: Forgiveness fueled by love

The Bible says you cannot love God and hate your neighbor. You must love and forgive. But only the love of God brings the power to love like that, that crosses the protest line. Love is not an emotion or feeling. Love is about obedience to God, even when it’s uncomfortable. Ask yourself, ...

Surprise retirement parade

Beech Creek Wesleyan Church held a surprise retirement parade for Donna Jeirles. Several cars filled with well-wishers of all ages gathered to parade by Donna’s home. Donna’s friends and family joined the church caravan. There were balloons, signs, gifts and lots of smiles. Donna drove ...