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 Faith    May 13, 2021 

A Declaration of Faith

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.” (Hebrews 11:1, NIV) We hold these truths to be self-evident,...

 
 By Pastor Earl Herr    Faith    May 13, 2021 

Thought for the Week

Last week we celebrated National Day of Prayer. Hopefully, you were able to attend some sort of prayer rally. I am reminded there is a passage in Scripture that says God is wearied by the many words...

 
 By Lee H. Hamilton    Faith    May 6, 2021

Matter of Motives

One of the aspects of life that is sometimes tricky to discern and weigh is one’s motives. I do not always question my motives; however, it is helpful to do so pretty often. With just about every...

 

Thought for the Week

Today is National Day of Prayer. Hopefully, you will be able to attend some sort of prayer rally. Pray your life will be radically different from the life lived by Judas Iscariot. I said last week,...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Faith    April 29, 2021

Rocks for Brains

“And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:10, KJV) It was such a beautiful day. Not the day that we...

 

Thought for the Week

Things are moving to a climax. In fact there will several climaxes. One of these happens just before the Week begins. It happens I think, as a result of what Jesus did for His family of friends....

 

Those Cows

“If you see your fellow Israelite’s ox or sheep straying, do not ignore it but be sure to take it back to its owner. If they do not live near you or if you do not know who owns it, take it home wi...

 

Thought for the Week

In this series, I have said: “The Passover Lamb was kept and observed for four days, to be sure it was not sick or defective in any way. In some cases the lamb was kept in the house and was...

 

Lines by Lee

For over a year, my bicycle has been hanging in the garage – untouched. It needed new brakes, tires and an overall tune up. Since I have no mechanical abilities, I broke down and decided to take it...

 

Holy Week III

Scriptures to Read St. John 14:1-6 St. John 3:16-21 St. John 5:24-30 Exodus 12:3-13 Romans 5:9-11 Hebrews 10:1-7 Hebrews 10:8-18 In this series, I have said: "The Passover Lamb was kept and observed...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    Faith    April 8, 2021

Last Supper Presented at United Methodist Church

On Thursday, April 1, the Williamsburg United Methodist Church hosted a Maundy Thursday presentation of the Last Supper, based on Leonardo da Vinci's painting. The presentation was narrated by...

 

The Lamb

Imagine Papa coming home one day with the most beautiful little lamb your family has ever seen. Its little wool coat is perfect. Its little legs are shaped just the way they ought to be. Its little ho...

 

Holy Week Services in Roaring Spring

Wednesday, March 31 6 p.m. – Prayer walk through Roaring Spring. Gather at the Spring Dam Parking lot. Thursday, April 1 Maundy Thursday 6 p.m. – Bare Memorial Church of God: Worship service with Communion, feet washing and baptisms 7 p.m. ...

 

Thought for the Week

Sometimes I think I stretch out my "Thoughts." Holy Week could technically be seven days long. So much happens in that week it can scarcely be examined in a short time. On Thursday night of that...

 

Roaring Spring Easter Mural

Pastor Charles J. Brewbaker of Holy Fire Chapel in Roaring Spring painted this depiction of the resurrection of Christ. The painting will be on display in front of the Holy Fire Chapel on Bloomfield...

 

Heart of Grief and Peace

Recently I found myself in an interesting position. Although I help people prepare for grief and in the midst of their grief, this was a new one. It is different when family is involved. What made it...

 

RS Churches Holding Prayer Walk

Two Roaring Spring churches are offering a community-wide prayer walk starting at 6 p.m. March 31 at the Spring Dam. The Roaring Spring Ministerium is providing an ecumenical time for prayer in the community leading up to the Holy days before Easter....

 

St. Luke Announces Holy Week Services

St. Luke Lutheran Church in Roaring Spring has announced its Holy Week services. They are as follows: • Palm/Passion Sunday, March 28 - 9:45 a.m. - In-person and on Facebook Live • Maundy Thursday Service - April 1 - 7 p.m. - In-person and...

 

Thought for the Week

We come to St. Matthew 18:21-35 and the parable for discussion this week. This is the only passage that records this parable but forgiveness is a topic for discussion frequently. Jesus had been...

 

St. Luke Holding Soup Sale to Benefit Local Family

St. Luke Lutheran Church of Roaring Spring is holding a soup sale fundraiser for a family that is going through an ordeal with cancer. Kristen Thomas is a young mother of two who has been diagnosed for a second time with a cancerous brain tumor. In...

 

Holy Week Services, Walk Planned in Roaring Spring

Wednesday, March 31 6 p.m. – Prayer walk through Roaring Spring. Gather at the Spring Dam. Thurs., April 1 - Maundy Thursday 6 p.m. – Bare Memorial Church of God: Worship service with Communion, feet washing and baptisms 7 p.m. – Christ Church:...

 
 By KELLY BAKER    Faith    March 18, 2021

Blessings and Curses

In my last column, I touched on the importance of reading the Bible. There was a reason for that. Even though the Bible was written by many people a long, long time ago, it is still relevant today. It...

 

Thought for the Week

Last week's parable dealt with Sowers – Seeds – Soils. It was told to help those who tell God's Story about how their message would be received. Today, we look at a parable to will help us...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Faith    March 18, 2021

Blessings and Curses

In my last column, I touched on the importance of reading the Bible. There was a reason for that. Even though the Bible was written by many people a long, long time ago, it is still relevant today. It...

 

Weeds

Scriptures to Read St. Matthew 13:24-30 St. Matthew 13:36-43 St. John 5:19-23 St. John 5:24-30 St. John 5:31-47 St. John 8:42-47 Revelation 20:11-15 Last week's parable dealt with Sowers – Seeds...

 

United Methodist Church Offers Two Events

Since Pastor Matt Roberts and his family took over the United Methodist Church, plans have been in place for many events. Two of their Easter events were announced last week. On April 1, Leonard da Vinci’s “Last Supper” will be held at the...

 
 By Jade Campos    Faith    March 18, 2021

Spiritually Remote?

Dwindling daylight shimmers through the stained glass and onto the pews of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in State College, Pennsylvania, on a Sunday in late autumn as the sun sets on its 5 p.m....

 

Just the Facts from Proverbs

Recently I have been watching old episodes of the TV show Dragnet from the late 1960s. I am not sure why I am getting into it but I find it very interesting despite the stiff, predictable acting and...

 

Sowers – Seeds - Soils

Scriptures to Read St. Matthew 13:1-9 St. Matthew 13:18-23 St. Mark 4:1-9 St. Mark 4:13-20 St. Mark 4:24-25 & St. Luke 8:18 St. Luke 8:1-8 St. Luke 8:11-15 The first parable we will look at is...

 
 By GEORGE DEMPSIE    Faith    March 11, 2021

A Lenten Reflection

At the beginning of Lent this year, my Lutheran pastor uttered the familiar line at our Zoom Ash Wednesday service – “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Another minister, the Rev. Jenny Phillips, a Methodist, writes...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Faith    March 4, 2021

Not Your Typical Church Lady

It's because of the cream cheese. I love cream cheese. I love it in cheese danish, in icing, in dips, on cheese steak sandwiches, on bagels with or without jelly and on crackers. I love it in, on, or...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Isaiah 6:8-13 St. Matthew 13:9-16 & 34-35 Psalm 78:1-7 St. Mark 4:9-12 St. Luke 8:8d-10 St. Mark 4:33-41 Revelation 2:1-7 I would like us to look at some of the parables of...

 

Farmers to Families Coming to the Morrisons Cove Area

The Farmers to Families Food Box program, a staple of food lines across America, is coming to the Morrisons Cove area. The program was launched in May 2020 to support struggling farmers and feed jobless Americans battered by the pandemic. It was...

 

A Saint By Any Other Name

St. Patrick's Day, which is often referred to as "Patty's Day" or "Paddy's Day," is a wildly popular holiday. Though the holiday honors the life of the patron saint of Ireland and has become a way...

 

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...

 

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