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Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: St. Matthew 5:3 & 23:13 St. Matthew 5:4 & 23:14 St. Matthew 5:5 & 23:15 St. Matthew 5:6 & 23:16-22 St. Matthew 5:7 & 23:23-24 St. Matthew 5:8 & 23:25-28 St....

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Easter wells are colorful, traditional decorations in Germany and Franconian Switzerland. The custom of Osterbrunnen, which started in the early 20th century, includes decorating public fountains and wells with Easter eggs. The tradition begins on...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Faith    February 18, 2021

Not Your Typical Church Lady

If you've ever had your feet shoot out from underneath you, you know that falling down is no fun. It happens suddenly and unexpectedly. When I was young, if I fell down, I would immediately spring...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: St. Matthew 5:21-26 St. Matthew 5:27-30 St. Matthew 5:33-37 St. Matthew 5:38-42 St. Matthew 5:43-48 St. Matthew 7:24-29 St. Matthew 12:34-40 Jesus gave teachings that none else...

 

Area Church Scenes

Above: St. John’s Church, Replogle School Road, New Enterprise. Below: Barley Evangelical Lutheran Church, Route 867, New Enterprise (Bakers Summit)....

 

Trinity UM Church to Host Manna on Main Street Feb. 13

Trinity United Methodist Church in Roaring Spring will continue its monthly Manna on Main Street as a drive-through, take-out-only service, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Attendees can drive or walk up to the doors of the fellowship hall...

 

Lines by Lee

As I continue to write this series of observations and applications from the book of Proverbs it becomes increasingly clear to me that it is easier to write about God's truth than it is to obey it....

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: St. Matthew 23:1-4 St. Matthew 23:5-12 St. Matthew 23:13-15 St. Matthew 23:16-26 St. Luke 13:10-17 St. Matthew 12:1-8 St. Matthew 12:9-14 Jesus and the Scribes and Pharisees also...

 

Preparing for Lent and Easter

The Christian tradition of Lent is celebrated across the globe by many different denominations of the faith. Lent is a 40-day period of sacrifice that begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, and culminates with the celebration of the resurrection of...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Faith    February 4, 2021

Not Your Typical Church Lady

"Then the Lord said to him, 'What is that in your hand?' 'A staff,' he replied. The Lord said, 'Throw it on the ground.' Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it."...

 

Lines by Lee

I am nearly 2.5 years into my ministry as a hospice chaplain. Time flies. I like most everything about the job. I am able to meet amazing people and share God's Word with them. We listen to and...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Proverbs 15:13-17 Proverbs 17:22 II Samuel 6:12-17 Isaiah 61:1-10 St. Luke 15:7-10 & 22-24 Psalm 16:11 & James 5:13 Ephesians 5:19 & Colossians 3:16 I am planning to...

 

Explaining the Practice of Choosing Confirmation Names

Various sects that fall under the umbrella of Christianity have their own unique traditions when it comes to the sacraments. Roman Catholics about to receive the sacrament of confirmation often are...

 

Not Your Typical Church Lady

I've always found it interesting to take trips below the Mason Dixon line. There are things growing down there that we don't have in Pennsylvania. It's fun to drive past fields and fields of peanuts....

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Psalm 139:1-12 Psalm 139:13-24 I Peter 2:9-12 Psalm 127:3-128:4 St. John 15:1-8 St. Matthew 18:1-6 St. John 15:9-17 …The Little Children” and …Me.” In these two scripturally based hymns, we can easily see His love for...

 

Lines by Lee

Think about the various things you think about and deal with on any given day. One minute you can be at peace and looking forward to something and the next you may be sad and troubled. Your good...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: I Timothy 6:6-10 St. Matthew 6:1-4 St. Matthew 6:19-24 St. Luke 12:13-21 Hebrews 13:5-6 St. Matthew 25:31-40 St. Matthew 25:41-46 If you could choose one of the Ten Commandments...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Faith    January 7, 2021

Not Your Typical Church Lady

As Pastor Lee mentioned in his column last week, 2020 was a doozie. Every day of it brought a new mental or physical hurdle to climb over leaving all of us tired and exhausted. New Years Day of 2021...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: I Thessalonians 5:17 & St. Matthew 6:7-13 II Timothy 14-19 Hebrews 10:22-25 Acts 2:36-41 Acts 2:42-47 Philippians 4:4-9 Acts 4:7-12 & 29-31 Many people make New Year's...

 

Trinity UMC To Hold Manna on Main St.

Trinity United Methodist Church in Roaring Spring will continue its monthly Manna on Main Street as a drive-through, take-out-only service from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9. Attendees can drive or walk up to the doors of fellowship hall located...

 

Lines by Lee

I do not like saying goodbye. I suppose most people are the same way. For years I served on a national board associated with our fellowship of churches. Twice a year about a dozen of us got together from around the country with the goal of making...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: St. Matthew 1:18-25 St. Matthew 2:1-6 St. Matthew 2:7-12 St. Luke 2:22-32 St. Luke 2:28-35 St. Luke 2:36-40 Galatians 4:4-7 Today, I want to lead your thinking about un-named witne...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Faith    December 24, 2020

Not Your Typical Church

Dec. 21, 2020. The longest night of the longest year. The Star of Bethlehem is to appear on that night, which is in the future as I write, and in the past till this prints. Will we have been able to...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: St. Luke 1:5-25 St. Luke 1:26-38 St. Luke 139-56 St. Luke 1:57-66 St. Luke 1:67-80 St. John 1:19-34 St. Luke 2:1-20 Another often overlooked character in the Christmas Story is an...

 

Ready for Christmas

St John's Reformed Church of Loysburg looks serene, like it is waiting for Christmas, during the new-fallen snow Thursday, Dec. 17. The church will hold an outdoor Christmas Eve worship service along...

 

Start New Caroling Traditions

Caroling is a symbol of community that once was a wildly popular holiday tradition but has largely fallen by the wayside. According to the Pew Research Center, about 16 percent of Americans reported caroling in 2017. However, this once-beloved...

 

Shades of Joy Ages 5-7 Winner

Rosene Martin, 7, of Martinsburg, is the Morrisons Cove Herald's first-place winner for ages 5 to 7 in the annual Shades of Joy coloring contest. Rosene will receive a prize for her...

 

Williamsburg Christmas Services

The following church services will be held in person or online. • United Methodist Church – Christmas Eve service will be Facebook Live at 7:30 p.m.; Light Up Williamsburg (with luminaries) at 5 p.m. • St. Joseph’s Catholic Church ...

 

Lines by Lee

At Christmas, certain things just go together. There is mistletoe and holly, Bing Crosby and White Christmas, red and green, Mary and Joseph, Santa and reindeer, milk and cookies, fruitcake...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Isaiah 9:6-7 Isaiah 11:1-9 Isaiah 24:13-16 Isaiah 25:3-6 Isaiah 26:1-5 & 10-13 Philippians 2:5-11 St. Luke 1:67-79 "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable f...

 

Christmas Concert with The Isaacs Set for Dec. 11 Has Been Cancelled

The Christmas concert with The Isaacs, scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at Champion Life Church in downtown Altoona, has been cancelled due to Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 restrictions.... Full story

 

'O Come, All Ye Faithful'

The popular Christmas carol "O Come, All Ye Faithful" traces its history back several centuries. While the lyrics to the song have been attributed to various authors, the text is most often credited...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Faith    December 10, 2020

Not Your Typical Church Lady

"Here is a statement you can trust, one that fully deserves to be accepted (indeed, it is for this that we toil and strive): we have our hope set on a living God who is the deliverer of all humanity,...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Isaiah 1:10-17 Isaiah 1:18-20 Isaiah 2:1-5 Isaiah 6:1-7 Isaiah 6:8-12 Isaiah 7:12-14 St. Luke 1:26-38 I am inviting Isaiah to the Christmas Story. He lived some 700 years before...

 

Santa Claus to Visit Vicksburg Church Dec. 19

Santa Clause will be at the Vicksburg Grace Brethren Church from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. The church will have a setup for those special pictures with Santa Claus. Free gifts will be given out to children in sixth grade and under. Mrs. Clause,...

 

Brotherly Love at Thanksgiving Time

Brothers Jacob Noah and Eli Muthler of Martinsburg were among a group of volunteers at Trinity United Methodist Church in Roaring Spring who were continuing a many-years tradition of offering a free...

 

Fontanini Nativity Set

Sandy Allison of Claysburg stands next to her Fontanini Nativity Set that is on display at Lower Claar Church of the Brethren near Claysburg. The Fontanini pieces are made in Italy. It took Allison...

 

The Isaacs to Perform At Champion Life Church

Tennessee-based country and bluegrass gospel music band, The Isaacs, will present their unique blend of instrumentation and vocal harmony at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 11 at Champion Life Church in downtown Altoona. Band members Lily Isaacs, Ben Isaa...

 

Christmas Is Coming

I remember as a teen, hearing John Denver and the Muppets sing a song I had never heard before. It was sung in the round. Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat. Please put a penny in the old...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Daniel 8:15-17 & 26-27 Daniel 9:1-6 Daniel 9:7-14 Daniel 9:15-19 St. Luke 1:11-17 St. Luke 1:68-79 St. Luke 1:28-38 I AM WRITING THIS ON VETERANS DAY. Today evoked many...

 

RS Church Serves Over 300 Meals

Trinity United Methodist Church in Roaring Spring served its annual Thanksgiving dinner to the community Thursday, Nov. 26. Meals were take-out only....

 
 By Kelly Baker    Faith    November 25, 2020

Not Your Typical Church Lady

"Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generat...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: I Thessalonians 5:14-18 Philippians 4:4-8 Psalm 40:1-5 Psalm 130:1-7 Psalm 139:1-6 & 14 Psalm 46:1-2 & 10-11 Psalm 136:1-4 & 23-26 I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU to give...

 

Lines by Lee

You may know some people who like to talk. Some folks go on and on in their speech. Of course, there is nothing wrong with being talkative. The problem is when a person talks without being a good...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: St. John 8:31-36 Romans 5:15-18 Romans 6:15-23 Romans 8:1-11 Galatians 5:1-6 I Peter 2:4-12 Philippians 2:1-11 I am trusting you are planning to observe Thanksgiving Day. Thanks ma...

 

Area Community Thanksgiving Services Cancelled Due to Virus

Area ministeriums have cancelled their community Thanksgiving services due to the recent rise in numbers of those affected by COVID-19. The Claysburg-East Freedom Ministerium will broadcast its Thanksgiving service Sunday, Nov. 22, at 6:30 p.m. via...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Faith    November 12, 2020

Not Your Typical Church Lady

Each morning at my house is met with a copious amount of reading. This week as always, it was very appropriately timed. Truly I tell you, I do not go looking for these things, they find me. The follow...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: I Thessalonians 5:12-18 I Corinthians 2:6-11 St. Matthew 6:9-15 Psalm 136:1-9 Ephesians 5:15-21 Colossians 3:12-17 II Peter 1:12-21 Hopefully you saved last week's "Thought" I want...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Genesis 1:1 & 9-14 Genesis 8:15-22 Psalm 8:1-9 Psalm 90:10-17 II Corinthians 5:1-10 St. Matthew 25:31-40 St. Matthew28:16-20 I want to do something with you that I have never...

 

Drive-Thru Dinner Set for Sat., Nov. 7, at Memorial Church

The Middle Pennsylvania District Church of the Brethren and Middle Pennsylvania District Disaster Team will partner together to have a spaghetti dinner drive-thru fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, for pick up at Memorial Church of the...

 

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