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What's on Your Agenda?

Here we are at the beginning of February. It’s a month since we started the new year of 2023. We have been experiencing some cold, blustery, winter weather. Some people love this time of year, and f...

 

Thought for the Week

What is a leader? It is someone who provides direction, goals, motivation, and perhaps sets the pace for the group. He possesses authority either because he has earned it or it has been given to him...

 

Diocese to Celebrate Catholic Schools Week 2023

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is celebrating Catholic Schools Week 2023 from Jan. 29 to Feb. 4. The theme for the national observance is Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service. “Our...

 

Who Was Saint Valentine?

Valentine's Day presents an opportunity to express feelings of love. Greeting cards and heart-shaped chocolate boxes are traditional gifts, as are red roses. Most people know how and why Valentine's Day is celebrated, but few may know the person...

 

Wonderful Words

As someone who has done his fair share of writing over the years, I recognize that words have meanings. The other night my wife and I were talking, and I said something strange because I was thinking from an unusual perspective. I pointed out to her...

 

Thought for the Week

We love and please God by obeying Him. Of course that is not only what God wants, it is good for us as well. I acknowledge it is hard because of our “fallen nature.” But think how wonderful our...

 

'Choose to Remember' on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The United Nations General Assembly designated Jan. 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the...

 

Too. Many. Distractions.

In a couple of the daily devotionals I read, I saw the suggestion to choose a word to focus on for the new year, a word that would shape my life as the days unfold. Maybe the word would be patience, or peace, or gratitude. I had never read of this...

 

Bedford Co. Sets Prayer Breakfast

The Bedford County Chamber is pleased to present our third annual Prayer Breakfast, an opportunity for the business community to come together to express gratitude and hope for the new year. This...

 

Thought for the Week

“I want to always love You and be what You want me to be forever.” This was my closing sentence last time. Since God loves me (and you) perfectly, I think this should be my response to Him. When I...

 

Manna on Monday Set for Jan. 30

Trinity United Methodist Church in Roaring Spring will host its monthly Manna on Monday on Jan. 30 from noon to 1 p.m. This will be a sit-down meal or take-out. The menu will consist of an open-face turkey sandwich, gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetable...

 

The Only Way

It is probable that in my line of work I have more opportunities to interact with and meet people than the average follower of Jesus. In recent weeks I can think of several folks I have met who know and love the Lord, although they are of a...

 

Thought for the Week

I would like to describe perfect love but I am not sure I can. First, I would say that no person who is only human could understand perfect love and could certainly not practice it. Therefore, I have...

 

Jerman to Speak at Wild Game Meal

Come see the record-setting Jerman Buck! Crossview Missional Church in Cassville, Huntingdon County, will hold its seventh annual Wild Game Meal on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the covered dish meal begins at 5 p.m. The keynote...

 

Fling Wide the Door

Scripture text Psalm 146: 5-10 This season that we just passed through has some wonderful moments no matter how many times we experience it. This psalm that we look at today is the song of a person...

 

Bishop Mourns the Passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict, Recalls Fond Memories of 2011 Meeting

Bishop Mark Bartchak issued the following statement regarding the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. “I am deeply saddened by the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Today, I join Catholics...

 

Thought for the Week

This “Thought” will hopefully cause us to think about The Church/Christians. For Christians are The Church, one at a time. Followers of Christ were first called Christians at Antioch. It was...

 

23

As we are about to bid goodbye to another year, I thought I would look back and then look way back. We can probably agree that 2022 was a better year than the past few have been. I trust that you...

 

Thought for the Week

I believe I can support the first part of this “Thought” with Scripture. The second part includes more speculation and less Scripture. The conclusion is a mix. Most certainly, Jesus is on His...

 

Christmas Eve Prep

Rev. Jerry McCuller prepares for his Christmas Eve Service in the Bice Memorial Chapel at Homewood Saturday afternoon....

 

The Best Christmas Ever

Can you feel the excitement in the air today? We have a special gift to unwrap. The box it comes in is a lowly manger. The tissue paper surrounding it is sweet smelling straw and it's tied in a bow...

 

Martinsburg​​​​​​​​ Volunteers Send Christmas Joy to Children Overseas

Martinsburg​​​​​​​​​-area volunteers are celebrating the collection of gift-filled shoeboxes that will send a message to children around the world: God loves you, and you’re not...

 

Faith Baptist to Hold Candlelight Service

Christmas Eve service The Faith Baptist Church of Altoona will be holding a candlelight Christmas Eve service on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m. The theme of the service will be: “down from His glory.” The service will include the singing of some...

 

Thought for the Week

Do you have a "life-goal?" Many people do and state it. I want to be (or have) or (wind up with)... They put their effort, their education, their money, into an attempt to reach that goal. Not...

 

St. Matthew Lutheran Church Mitten Tree Helps Children

Every year at this time, St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Martinsburg has a tree decorated with mittens, hats, gloves, scarves and socks. These items are distributed to needy children at the local elementary schools before Christmas to help children...

 

Sing a Song of Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Whether this will be the most wonderful column of the year remains to be seen. As long as I do not get coal in my stocking from the editor, I will be satisfied. I started with that sentence because it is...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    Faith    December 15, 2022

Dennis Shoemaker Presents at Curryville Church of the Brethren

Curryville Church of the Brethren, under Pastor Chris Heinlein, held a Christmas dinner made by the Sollenberger ladies on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Dennis Shoemaker (shown) of Woodbury, a well-known local...

 

Thought for the Week

The Journey is nearing its end. It’s been thousands of years since it began. We have no idea how far it is from Heaven to Earth so we don’t know how long the journey has been. We just know it is...

 

'A Night In Nazareth' This Friday

The Williamsburg United Methodist Church will be hosting “A Night in Bethlehem.” Journey with the church as they follow Mary & Joseph’s footsteps in “A Night in Bethlehem” on Friday, Dec. 16, starting at 6 p.m. This is an interactive event...

 

Listen for the Bells: An Invitation to All Churches

On Dec. 25, at 10 a.m., St. John’s United Church of Christ at 117 E. Julian St. in Martinsburg, a church members will ring the church bells for five minutes. If any other churches in the area have bells or loud speaker systems with chimes of...

 

Are you Good at Waiting?

John the Baptist or John, the Baptizer, is a colorful character in our scripture. He’s a rough but utterly sincere character with everything he owns on his back. He’s as wild as the wilderness tha...

 

St. John's Featuring Christmas Programs

The public is invited to either or both of two special Christmas programs on Sunday, Dec. 18, at St. John’s Reformed Church of Loysburg. The preschool and elementary Sunday school classes, with their teachers, will present a program at 10:30 a.m....

 

Martinsburg Church of God Giving Trees Away This Weekend

On Saturday, Dec. 10, Martinsburg Church of God will be hosting a Christmas tree giveaway. This year, the church will have 30 trees and 30 turkeys to give away. This event is the fifth of its kind; the first two were held at Woodbury Church of God...

 

Thought for the Week

The Journey has begun. The Son has left His home in Heaven. I asked John McConahy to do an illustration that would project a prosperous man leaving. But this was not truly the case. When The Christ...

 

Jesus Knows

For most of my life I have waited until after Thanksgiving to start to listen to Christmas music. But since last year I have broken my unwritten rule. Once November hits, I am ready and willing to hear the music of the season, whether silly,...

 

Thought for the Week

Some weeks ago, I had a Thought that I knew would take a lot of space. I asked Editor Baughman if I could have more than my normal space and she graciously granted it. I don’t think I should ask...

 

Grace Brethren to Hold Christmas Performance

The Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church invites the community to its Christmas cantata “Thrill of Hope.” The free performances will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4....

 

Cove Homeschool Choir to Present First Concert

The newly organized Cove Homeschool Choir will present a Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2:30 p.m. at the Martinsburg Church of God. The choir was established by Mrs. Marci Starr and is...

 

Memorial Church Presenting Play Written by Local Man

"Oh What a Wonderful Story" (an interactive play) was written and directed by Anthony Rumberger, a local young man from Martinsburg and member of Memorial Church. It will be held at Memorial Church of...

 

God of the Living

Scripture text Luke 20;27-40 It’s a quirky time of the year. Creation itself seems to be preparing for the death that winter weather brings. For myself, I lost some people who were important in my life at this time of year: my favorite aunt, my...

 

Thought for the Week

Scripture and hymn-writers unite to tell us to give thanks to the Lord. They utilize various words for the thanks part, including praise, worship, exalt and many others. The point being we are to...

 

Sisters Cleanup at Byers Cemetery; Hope Others Will Take Over

Byers Cemetery, located on a farm on Hickory Bottom Road in Woodbury Township, recently had some work done courtesy of sisters Debra Dunkle of Everett and Mary Miller of Chambersburg. The cemetery...

 

C-burg Churches Having Drive-By Nativity

The Claysburg Area churches are doing “A Christmas Story” drive-by with four area churches enacting a portion of the Christmas story at Christ Lutheran Church parking lot at 208 Walnut Street, Claysburg, PA on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. This year...

 

The Marvelous Light

I just read that some places in Ukraine may be without heat and power for a very long time as winter approaches. Imagine shorter, colder days with no electricity. We take for granted the comforts of home like running water and lights that turn on at...

 

Thought for the Week

When I ask our good friend John McConahy to do our Thanksgiving illustration, it will likely be a Thanksgiving table loaded with celebratory food. He will do a great job as usual. He might feature a l...

 

Amazing Love

Matthew 10:16-32 Does anyone write letters any more? I am not talking about emails or texts or Twitter. I mean the kind of letter where you find a piece of stationery and a pen that writes smoothly. A letter where you carefully choose your words,...

 

Thought for the Week

Sometimes things overflow. Sometimes we overflow. I know three men who faced near-death situations. When each talks about it, they choke up and are unable to speak for a while. Tears course down...

 

St. Johns Inspired to Help Family

An article and picture in the Morrisons Cove Herald edition of Dec. 24, 2020, caught the eye of a consistory member of St. John’s United Church of Christ at 116 East Julian Street in Martinsburg. Th...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    Faith    November 3, 2022

Woodbury Churches Celebrate Halloween with Drive-Through Trick or Treat

Grace Community Church formerly Woodbury Cafe opened its doors to adults and children as part of an "All Halloween Eve" celebration, according to Pastor Brad Reed. This was the first Halloween...

 

Thought for the Week

Two weeks ago, I alluded to the duties of a prophet being challenging because he was asked to do whatever God wanted him to do. Sometimes those things were bizarre. But there were regular things as...

 

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