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 Members of 2 Seconds or Less and residents of Zimbabwe work to plant a sustainable garden to help feed locals.

Gala raises funds for Zimbabwe mission

Members of the Lycoming Baptist Church helped take on the fight to end malnutrition in Zimbabwe by raising just over $10,000 at the fourth annual Silent Auction Gala, on Nov. 4 to benefit 2 Seconds or Less. “We are honored to be a part of this,” said Jack Delaney, care pastor of the ...

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Shown here from top: a photo of the Antes Fort United Methodist Church after the first major renovation; Max Furman, pastor readies to preach on Sunday; organist Elaine Harmon prepares for the service; members of the adult Sunday school class getting ready to discuss the Bible; congregants worshiping during the service; the Antes Fort United Methodist Church today.

Antes Fort UMC celebrates 150th anniversary

ANTES FORT — On Oct. 15 members of the Antes Fort United Methodist Church will celebrate their 150th anniversary with a special service, lunch and music. Former pastors will return to speak along with local Methodist District Superintendent Rev. Beth Jones and Methodist Bishop Jeremiah ...

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Local churches minister to women in Nicaragua

In August, nine members of Hope Community Church, of Loyalsock and Muncy, travelled to Nicaragua with the primary focus to hold a women’s conference at the New Day Ministry’s mission in the country. Although members of the churches had participated in missions trips to that area before, ...

Fear not: A personal account

It was year nine of living my dream! Since I was a girl, I had known the Lord wanted me to serve Him overseas. Finally, after college and other preparations, I was ministering in gorgeous, subtropical Durban, South Africa. God had provided a husband and two sons to also live this adventure. The ...

Area Church Briefs

Christian Ladies Group to meet HUGHESVILLE — The Christian Ladies Group will meet at Tivoli United Methodist Church, 9598 Route 220, at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. The program will be provided by Meg Geffken as she portrays conservationist and children’s author Beatrix Potter. Christian ...

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Shown in these photos taken by Ronald Johnson, of Diamond Street Christian Church, locals and other church members are seen in fellowship, eating and singing praises together at Walking Deacon Kevin Johnson’s home in Newberry. At top, the band Kimberly Adair & Soulful performs, and below locals and members of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Wing of Love and Revival Tabernacle join Diamond Street in the fun.

Churches reach out with backyard praise in Newberry

An afternoon of praise, music, fellowship and food beckoned locals to a backyard in Newberry recently. The event was organized by Diamond Street Christian Church, 822 Diamond St., and members from Ebenezer Baptist Church, 527 Park Ave., Wings of Love Community Church, 699 Southmont Ave., ...

Walking with God

Institutional services The following institutional services are arranged for and reported by United Churches of Lycoming County: Sunday: County Prison, 1:45 and 3:15 p.m., the Rev. Ronald Shellhamer, Semi-retired Lutheran Pastor, Williamsport. HCR Manor Care South, 2 p.m., Evangelist ...

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Adding a summer day camp is a natural progression for Camp Susque

TROUT RUN — A local youth camp, and staple natural and spiritual getaway for the region, is branching out from residential camps by adding a day camp element to its repertoire. Founded 70 years ago, Camp Susque, 47 Susque Camp Road, kicked off its day camp this pas week. The second camp ...

Footsteps to follow: What Did You Expect

When a beloved relative — parent, sibling or other — dies, what a shock it always is to us. Our faith tells us that they still are alive with a loving God, but our human hearts are still broken. Our human emotions try to persuade us of the total finality of physical death. In the ...

Area church briefs

The history of spices with Christian ladies HUGHESVILLE — The Christian Ladies Group will meet at Tivoli United Methodist Church, 9598 Route 220, at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Susan Sprout will speak about the historical importance of spices, where they come from, and how they can be used. ...

Vacation Bible Schools

(EDITOR’S NOTE: If your church is holding Vacation Bible School this year, please submit your information in the following format via email to religion@sungazette.com) Jersey Shore Area Assembly of God VBS ANTES FORT — Jersey Shore Area Assembly of God, 172 Main St., will hold its VBS ...

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Summer Love, Born2Fly teacher, speaks about sex trafficking education at a recent community meeting at James E. Short Park in Loyalsock Township. Sitting behind is Carrie Tassell, teen participant.

Local ministry seeks to educate children on dangers of trafficking

Born2Fly Summer Day Camp is kicking off for the first time in the Lycoming County area to help educate children with age appropriate information in order to stop child sex trafficking. “I started a ministry two and a half years ago called Mission Possible to help end trafficking,” said ...

‘Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone’

“Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.” I am grateful to Andy Stanley, the pastor of North Point Church in Georgia, for these words of wisdom. Needs are endless. Sometimes that can lead to feelings of guilt. Generous people can get sucked into feeling they have never done ...

Area church briefs

Fundraiser for Lycoming Presbyterian Church repair The Warriors for Christ Martial Arts School will hold a fundraiser at the Lycoming Presbyterian Church, , 825 Arch St.,, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, to cover repair costs for storm damage. Vendors and crafters will have items for sale. For ...

Vacation Bible study

(EDITOR’S NOTE: If your church is holding Vacation Bible School this year, please submit your information in the following format via email to religion@sungazette.com) Go Fish Victory COGAN STATION — Hepburn Baptist Church, 2917 Pleasant Valley Road, will hold its GO FISH Victory VBS ...

Footsteps to follow: Engaging with church and state

Let me introduce you to a funny little word that has had a big impact on me as a faith leader: “praxis.” I first learned about praxis from a book by Paolo Freire, a Brazilian educator who, among other things, was jailed for a short time for teaching common folks to read. Freire defines ...

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Jersey Shore churches find unity in bringing area back to Jesus

JERSEY SHORE — A pastor from Uganda and over 30 churches in the Jersey Shore area have come together in a combined crusade for a five night mission event to help bring the area back to God. The event, Jersey Shore for Jesus, will be held from July 9 to 13 at the Jersey Shore Football ...

Footsteps to follow: The love of God

A lawyer asked Jesus, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment” (Matthew 22:36-38). So … how do we love the ...