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Finding Faith: Timing

Solomon knew quite a bit about “timing.” Solomon tells us there exists an appointed time for everything under heaven. In Ecclesiastes 3, this poem reflects the seasons of life. “God has made everything fitting in its time, but has also placed eternity in their hearts, without enabling ...

Local Church Briefs

No in-person services Due to the increase in COVID cases in our area Bishop Park and the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church has encouraged all united Methodist churches to temporarily close until further notice. They will be holding services beginning Sunday, Dec. 13 on ...

US Jews plan smaller Hanukkah celebrations amid virus

Jewish Americans from a variety of branches of the faith are celebrating Hanukkah with smaller-than-usual gatherings this year, in hopes of keeping the year-end holiday safe but still joyful as coronavirus cases spike across the country. Many Jewish Americans are already accustomed to more ...

How do you seek God’s kingdom?

What does “Seek first the kingdom of God” mean? Many have heard the verse, but do we know its true meaning? In my Bible, these words are printed in red, which means Jesus spoke them. It also indicates importance. We’re wise to pay attention when our Savior speaks, as He offers much ...

Submit your Christmas service times to The Express

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 their service listed ...

Finding Faith: Much to be thankful for in America

We have so much to be thankful for, even if all is not well and even this year with the COVID-19 pandemic. We live in a great country. One could argue a strong case that America is the greatest nation in the world by the standard of several measures. God has blessed our nation with great ...

Submit your Christmas service times to The Express

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 their service listed ...

Operation Christmas Child Project Note

We just want to thank this wonderful community for all the shoebox donations received for Operation Christmas Child’s 2020 National Collection Week, a project of Samaritan’s Purse. Our OCC Drop-off Site at House of the Lord Fellowship in Lock Haven, Pa. received 2,580 shoeboxes donated and ...

Local Church Briefs

Virtual services LOCK HAVEN — Great Island Presbyterian Church will begin hold virtual services this Sunday. To join the 10:30 a.m. services each Sunday, visit www.greatislandpresby.org; the church’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GreatIslandPresby or their YouTube channel by ...

Finding Faith: The high cost of following Jesus

It’s pretty easy — if you want more followers on your Twitter or Instagram accounts, all you have to do is post an adorable pic with your kids (make sure your hair looks good and the lighting is right!) or your recent travels and a great meal you ate. Add in a cute little poem once in ...

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 ...