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 By Linda Weko    Faith    January 20, 2022 

Giving Our Best to the Lord

We live busy lives. Our culture practically demands that our daily hours get filled to the brim with activities and events. It has become almost a badge of honor to brag about how much is on you day...

 

Thought for the Week

In a recent Bible Study, someone proposed we should “hate the sin but love the sinner.” I don’t know that this is actually a simple statement from Scripture but I do think it is a concept drawn...

 

February Manna on Main Street Planned

Trinity United Methodist Church of Roaring Spring will host Manna on Main Street on Feb. 12 from 5 to 6 p.m. The menu features porcupine meatballs, mac-n-cheese, a vegetable and cake for dessert. This meal will be a drive-through event. All are...

 

Plans for Tomorrow

For weeks, my siblings and our families planned our annual holiday get together on Jan. 2 at my younger brother’s home. About a week before that, his wife was stricken with COVID. Soon after, two...

 

Thought for the Week

We were traveling recently and I lamented to my wife, “Prayer is the most powerful tool a Christian’s has. But I really wonder how many Christians actually pray.” There is so much Scripture to...

 

Penn State Altoona Lecturer to Perform Concert in Church

Timothy Melbinger, part-time lecturer in music at Penn State Altoona, will offer a performance of his work Sunday, Jan. 23 at 3:00 p.m. at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in downtown Altoona. The concert includes four new compositions by...

 
 By LINDA WEKO    Faith    January 6, 2022

New Year Resolutions

Are you ready to embrace this new year? Admittedly, these past two years have not given us much to cheer about, but there is something about hanging a new calendar on the wall and seeing those squares ready to be filled with activities and events tha...

 

RS Native to Speak at Wild Game Meal

A wild game meal will take place Saturday, Jan. 22, at Crossview Missional Church in Cassville. Doors will open at 4 p.m. with a covered dish meal at 5 p.m. The guest speaker will be Brandon Baker, a Roaring Spring native who is a competitive...

 

Manna on Main Street Back Saturday

Trinity United Methodist Church invites you to come out and enjoy a delicious meal: ham balls, buttered noodles, a vegetable and dessert. Our meals will continue as a drive through. This outreach is free to the community and everyone is...

 

Thought for the Week

There is a section of Scripture in the beginning of the Book of Ezra that I would like to look at with you. This will not be an expository ‘Thought” just some comments on what Israel went through...

 

What is New in '22?

Now and then I make the mistake of asking my hospice patients what is new with them. In general, nothing is new with a person who is in their final months or days. Now and then they may receive a...

 

A Bing Christmas

‘Twas just days before Christmas and this columnist thought, “Will I be able to write creatively for the big day or not?” He went to his keyboard with a slipper on each foot, glad to not have to go down a chimney with soot. Would he write...

 

Thought for the Week

Let’s look again at the Luke passage. Remember this is a parable. Jesus is attempting to teach people God loves them with a desperate love that willingly forgives and wants His children to be like...

 

Loysburg Reformed Church to Have Christmas Eve Service

The Loysburg Reformed Church is inviting the public to attend its Christmas Eve candlelight service Friday, Dec. 24, in the church sanctuary, 1698 Woodbury Pike. The time for the traditional service has been moved from 9 p.m. to 7 p.m. this year....

 

God Bless 'A Christmas Carol'

As I have been immersed for several months now with a theater version of A Christmas Carol, I thought I would make some random observations of the Charles Dickens classic redemption story and my...

 

First Church of the Brethren to Have 'A Night in Bethlehem'

First Church of the Brethren in Roaring Spring is planning on hosting “A Night in Bethlehem” on Dec. 22 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. At “A Night in Bethlehem,” kids and their families will explore the city at the time of Jesus’ birth. Through...

 

Thought for the Week

I have often wished I could go back to the Garden of Eden. I am not saying I would have done better than Adam and Eve. My desire is not for the fruits and vegetables although I like them. Of course I...

 

Church Bells to Ring Out On Christmas

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” is a familiar song this time of year. St. John’s United Church of Christ at 117 East Julian St. will ring their church bells and all the churches in the area are invited to join in at 10 a.m. on Christmas Day...

 

Re-Creation Performing at First UM Church Hollidaysburg

Re-Creation, the full performance singing and dancing group from Port Trevorton, Pa., will present the program “Rockin’ Little Christmas!” at First United Methodist Church, 801 Allegheny Street in Hollidaysburg on Thursday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m....

 

Bedford Forge United Methodist Church Has Drive-Through Nativity

Bedford Forge United Methodist Church hosted a Live Nativity Drive-Through on Sunday, Dec. 12. The church is located at 384 Jacks Corner Rd., Hopewell. According to the church's Facebook page, 43...

 

Faith United Methodist Church Kids Putting On 'Star of Wonder'

Faith United Methodist Church in Woodbury invites the public to attend two special services they will be holding during the next week to celebrate the Christmas Season. The first will be a...

 

St. John's Reformed Church To Present Christmas Musical

St. John’s Reformed Church of Loysburg has invited the public to a performance by its adult choir of a Christmas musical arranged by Mosie Lister called “Celebrate Jesus — Our Redeemer, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    Faith    December 9, 2021

Martinsburg Mennonite Church Provides Events For Holiday Season

On Sunday, Dec. 5, Martinsburg Mennonite Church's congregation enjoyed special music by flutist Linda Furry. Other activities are being planned for this month as well. Clothed by Grace will be open...

 

Thought for the Week

In the Luke passage a father has two sons and multiple servants. Servants work for wages. That is what is expected. They have no permanent place in the household. They are not part of the family. The...

 

Word Warnings

I have the privilege of having a small role in a community theater Christmas play this year. I have worked with most of the men and women in the cast before and consider them my friends, although I ha...

 

Thought for the Week

I wish we could sit at our dining room table and do Bible Study together. We have had quite a number of these over the years. I think sitting around the table is a great place and way to work at...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Faith    November 24, 2021

With Thanksgiving

This week we are blessed to celebrate Thanksgiving. As you read this, it is likely that your house may be filling with the smells of roasting turkey and pumpkin pie. If not, go to the New Enterprise C...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    Faith    November 24, 2021

Remembering Robert 'Bob' Bruce Yoder

Bob Yoder of Martinsburg passed away Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, at home at age 87. Folks of Martinsburg Mennonite Church had many things to say about this beloved friend, teacher, mentor, leader and...

 

Thought for the Week

Scripture tells us to give thanks to God in all things. We accept that normally but sometimes when something bad happens, we have more trouble. A favorite verse is Romans 8:28. “And we know that in...

 

Apt Words

Due to nursing home facility visit restrictions, I had to do a telehealth visit via Zoom today for a dear lady of the faith. It was the second time in the last several months that I had to settle for...

 

Final Blair County Single's Meeting at the Imler's

It is with mixed emotions that the Imlers announce their final get-together. Joy, because of all the great memories. And sorrow, because it is coming to an end. Please, consider attending the Nov. 19 Thanksgiving covered dish dinner at 6:30 p.m., in...

 

Thought for the Week

I started thinking I would write about a “heroine” this time. But as I got to working on it, I thought I might also mention the hero. Before you know it, I got the third person involved. The whole story is found in the Old Testament book of...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Faith    November 10, 2021

God's Creatures Great and Small

Ah, there’s nothing like a relaxing morning with a cup of coffee and a nice warm cat on my lap. My cat, Gladys has been spending mornings with me for years. She’s a creature of routine. So am I....

 

Our Legacy Campaign Underway at St. John's UCC

St. John’s United Church of Christ will be holding a special celebration on Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. to celebrate and acknowledge the wonderful effort put into the Our legacy Campaign that was successfully completed recently. As part of the traditional...

 

Thought for the Week

We will be observing Veterans Day this week. A part of that observance is a service at the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.” Each of the Allied Nations: Belgium, France, Great Britain, Italy and the...

 

Something Missing?

Sometimes in life we find that we are lacking the very thing we need at any given time. Last week I was well down the road on my way to work and already thinking about lunch when I realized I had...

 

Thought for the Week

One more “Thought” about Daniel, my hero. He is living under the reign of King Darius. He is now an old man. He has been a faithful servant to God and to the king who was sovereign in the land....

 
 By JUDITH OTT    Faith    November 4, 2021

Vicksburg Grace Brethren Trunk or Treat

On Thursday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. Vicksburg Grace Brethren Church held its annual Trunk or Treat. Scooby Doo with his Mystery Machine, Mrs. Claus, Day of the Dead, and Frozen were just a few of...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    Faith    November 4, 2021

Faith United Methodist Holds Drive-Through Trick-or-Treat

Faith United Methodist Church held a drive-through Trick or Treat on Oct. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. This was held at Woodbury Community Center. This safe, fun way of trick-or-treating was a success. Many...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    Faith    November 4, 2021

Halloween Highlighted by Two Trunk or Treats in New Enterprise

Southern Cove Fire Company held a Trunk or Treat on Sunday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. The weather was chilly, but there was no rain. Many children attended this event. New Enterprise Church of the...

 

Grammy Award Winner Brings Tour To Grace Bible Church In Hollidaysburg

The unmistakable sound of multi-Dove and Grammy Award-winning recording artist, David Phelps will be featured in Hollidaysburg on Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Grace Bible Church, located at 164 Laurel Lane. This concert event will begin at 7 p.m., and...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Faith    October 28, 2021

New Words

Reflecting on my recent and ongoing study of the book of Matthew, I thought I’d share some of what I’ve discovered while digging deeper into the Lord’s Prayer and verses that follow it. “This...

 

Thought for the Week

Another episode: Daniel lived under at least three kings by now. God and Daniel strongly influenced Nebuchadnezzar. That was not the case in this reign. Daniel had been pushed aside. I am sure it was because this king, Belshazzar, lived a wicked...

 

Is it Worth It?

A few days ago my brother sent my sister and me a bill. As mentioned in my previous column, the three of us traveled over 1,000 toll road miles to Illinois to visit with family from England. The trip...

 

Thought for the Week

Most heroes develop during a lifetime and are not declared heroes until their adult years. Not so for my hero today. We meet him in his early teen years. He has gone through major trauma. He was...

 

Manna On Main Street Set for Oct. 25

Trinity United Methodist Church in Roaring Spring will continue their monthly Manna on Monday as a drive-through, take-out only service Oct. 25 from noon to 1 p.m. Participants can drive or walk up to the doors of fellowship hall located at the end...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    Faith    October 21, 2021

Newry Church Holds Craft Fair and Bake Sale

Women of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) in conjunction with the Women's Craft Class held a Holiday Craft Fair and Bake Sale on Saturday, Oct. 16. This event had many craft items...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Faith    October 14, 2021

A New Creation

An old piano was given to us many years ago. It was a Cable Nelson Upright Grand. Although I am not musically gifted, nor had I been taught to play the piano, I thought it might be fun to learn. That never materialized the way I envisioned, but it...

 

Children's Disaster Services Offers Volunteer Workshop In Roaring Spring

Children’s Disaster Services is offering a workshop to train volunteers in Roaring Spring on Nov. 5 and 6. The workshop will be held at Roaring Spring First Church of the Brethren. Kristine Shunk is the local coordinator (814) 643-0601. The Middle...

 

Thought for the Week

I want to look at another of my heroes. First we look at three others. I take them as a group because it is impossible to separate them. They are Hananiah, Mischael, and Azariah. You may not know...

 

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