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 By Kelly Baker    Faith    July 9, 2020 

Not Your Typical Church Lady

If you had asked me a few years ago what I thought of reading the prophets in the Old Testament, I would have made a face. If you ask me that same question today, you will get a completely different...

 
 By Pastor Earl Herr    Faith    July 9, 2020 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: St. Luke 6:27-31 St. Luke 3:10-14 Ephesians 4:29-32 Jonah 42 St. Luke 10:30-37 St. Matthew 5:43-48 St. Matthew 7:15-23 We celebrated a national holiday on July 4. We call it...

 
 Faith    July 9, 2020 

Wedding Unity Ceremony Ideas

Weddings celebrate the joining together of hearts, families and homes. The unification of a couple pledging vows to each other is the key component of the ceremony, and unity rituals are common...

 
 By PASTOR LEE SEESE    Faith    July 2, 2020

Lines by Lee

As hospice chaplain of almost two years I have grown accustomed to the challenges of ministering to dear folks who have dementia. Just today I visited with someone I have seen for over a year. She...

 
 By Pastor Earl Herr    Faith    July 2, 2020

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Psalm 24:3-6 St. Matthew 5:8 Hebrews 13:4 I Timothy 5:22c I Corinthians 6:15-20 I Corinthians 7:1-10 I Thessalonians 4:1-8 Today, I have chosen to write about purity. Purity...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Faith    June 25, 2020

Not Your Typical Church Lady

"Finally, grow powerful in union with the Lord, in union with his mighty strength! Use all the armor and weaponry that God provides, so that you will be able to stand against the deceptive tactics of...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Ephesians 5:19-20 Colossians 3:12-17 Isaiah 42:10-12 Psalm 40:1-6 Psalm 96:1-6 Psalm 98:1-6 Revelation 5:8-14 I really enjoy music. When there are vocal parts, I want them to be un...

 

Discarded Treasure Sale June 26-27 at Loysburg Church

The Women's Guild of St. John’s Reformed Church of Loysburg will hold its annual Discarded Treasure Sale (formerly the Rummage Sale) on June 26 and 27, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church basement and pavilion, 1698...

 

Lines by Lee

When I was 18 years old I did something for the first time. I became friends with a black man. In fact, in my freshman year of college there were two African American guys who I got to know. The one...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: I Thessalonians 5:17 Ephesians 6:18 Philippians 4:6-8 I Timothy 2:1-4 & 8 St. Matthew 26:41 Romans 8:26 St. Matthew 7:7-8 When I was young, I was somewhat baffled by I...

 

Imlers to Host Cookout June 19 At RS Barn Room

Pete and Carol Imler of Roaring Spring will host a cookout and a time of Christian fellowship with Tom Smith of Everett for the Christian Singles group on Friday, June 19. The evening will include hot dogs, desserts, and attendees may bring a dish...

 

Church Services Return Inside

Pastor Jim Spivey preaches to a large crowd of parishioners during Sunday's service at the Grace Pointe Community Church of God in Williamsburg. This was the first service held inside since the...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Faith    June 11, 2020

Not Your Typical Church Lady

One thing is for certain, it has been an exhausting year. I think we could all do with a little rest and relaxation. I think we're all sick and tired of hearing words like social distancing, "in...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Jeremiah 29:11-13 Genesis 18:9-14 St. Matthew 19:26-30 Romans 8:26-28 Exodus 15:11-18 Ephesians 1:15-22 Jeremiah 10:10-12 One of the attributes of God is that He is All-Powerful....

 

Simple Ways to Personalize Holy Communion Celebrations

Budding flowers and humming birds are some of the first harbingers of spring. So, too, are young Christian children dressed in white as they embark on the next step in their spiritual journeys. The...

 

Trinity Church Begins Summer Lunch Program

Trinity United Methodist Church in Roaring Spring began its free summer lunch program on Thursday, June 4, and it will continue until Friday, Aug. 21. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Everyone is welcome. The...

 

St. Luke's to Hand Out Meals

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Roaring Spring will continue with weekly food giveaways from 2 to 5 p.m. every Friday for the time being. This week, the church will give away goulash and mixed vegetables. Meals will be distributed in a drive-thru...

 
 By PASTOR LEE SEESE    Faith    June 4, 2020

Lines by Lee

I cut the grass today. Maybe you did too. Perhaps you wish your health still would permit you to do so. Some people love to mow the lawn. When my dad was alive it was one of his favorite things to do...

 
 By Pastor Earl Herr    Faith    June 4, 2020

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Proverbs 3:5-6 Romans 8:28 Romans 8:38-39 Isaiah 12:1-5 Psalm 20:5-7 Psalm 37:3-7 Psalm 71:1-5 I write this on May 4. You will likely read it a month later. What will change? I have no idea but likely things will be better or...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Faith    May 28, 2020

Not Your Typical Church Lady

I've always enjoyed connect the dots activity pages. Sometimes you can tell quite obviously what the picture is going to be before you even begin. Other times, the picture is more complicated and... Full story

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: I Kings 11:9-13 I Kings 11:14, 23, 25 I Kings 11:28-34 Galatians 6:1-10 Leviticus 26:14-20 Isaiah 13:11 & Jeremiah 21:11-14 Ezra 9:10-15 I wish I was smarter and knew God...

 
 By PASTOR LEE SEESE    Faith    May 21, 2020

Lines by Lee

Late every summer we hear the term "back to school." There are back-to-school sales, band camps and fall sports practices. In some cases, parents are counting the days until the kids can return. Of...

 
 By Pastor Earl Herr    Faith    May 21, 2020

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Exodus 20:1-7. Leviticus 24:10-17 Isaiah 6:1-8 St. John 4:19-26 Isaiah 29:13 & St. Mark 7:6-8 Psalm 86:8-12 Revelation 5:9-13 I want to share today about something that distres...

 

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...

 

St. Luke's to Hand Out Meals

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Roaring Spring will continue with weekly food giveaways from 2 to 5 p.m. every Friday for the time being. This week, the church will give away spaghetti with meat sauce. The church also will have half gallons of local...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Faith    May 14, 2020

Not Your Typical Church Lady

Thursday, May 7, was National Day of Prayer. People of all denominations were invited to come together in prayer. Locally, the Southern Cove Ministerium organized a drive-in prayer event at the Woodbury Church of the Brethren that evening at 7 p.m....

 
 By Pastor Earl Herr    Faith    May 14, 2020

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Acts 28:17-22 Acts 28:22-25 Acts 28:25-29 Acts 28:30-31 I Corinthians 3:21-4:2 St. Matthew 25:14-23 St. John 21:15-23 Luke wrote his Gospel so Christ could be seen and known ...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    Faith    May 14, 2020

New Life Alliance Church Offers Drive-In Sunday Worship Services

Churches in the Cove are being creative in finding ways to meet as believers in Christ while remaining safe by distancing themselves. New Life Alliance Church in East Freedom has been having drive-in...

 

St. Luke's Church to Hand Out Meals

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Roaring Spring will continue with weekly food giveaways from 2 to 5 p.m. every Friday for the time being. This week, the church will give away vegetable soup and ham sandwiches. The church also will have half gallons...

 

Curryville Church Plans Drive-Thru Event on National Day of Prayer

Curryville Church will host a drive-thru event on Thursday, May 7, the National Day of Prayer. The event will run from 7 a..m to 8 p.m. When drivers pull into the parking lot, there will be stations that they will pull up to. Each station will be...

 
 By PASTOR LEE SEESE    Faith    May 7, 2020

Lines by Lee

I must admit that I do not feel like writing this column today. I really did not feel like writing it yesterday either. However, you obviously feel like reading it; so I will press ahead. Think of...

 
 By Pastor Earl Herr    Faith    May 7, 2020

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Suggested Scriptures: Isaiah 35:1-7 Isaiah 35:8-10 Read these Scriptures over and over from various translations Today, Thursday, May 7, 2020, is scheduled to be the National Day...

 

Church Bell Rings After Three Decades of Silence

Martinsburg area churches were asked to ring their bells Sunday evening at 7 o'clock for three minutes as an act of faith and solidarity against the coronavirus. St. John United Church of Christ on...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Faith    April 30, 2020

Not Your Typical Church Lady

Warning: You may not like what you read here; I am about to exercise my freedom of speech. It is time to come out of the closet and tell you: I'm pro-choice. Normally pro-choice is the term we use...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Acts 27:42-44 Acts 28:1-4 Acts 28:5-6 Acts 28:7-10 Acts 28:11-16 Acts 14:8-18 St. Mark 16:15-20 The ship has run aground and been destroyed, but the people have all gotten to... Full story

 

St. Luke's Lutheran Church to Hand Out Meals Every Friday

Because of the success of its giveaway last week, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Roaring Spring will continue with weekly food giveaways from 2 to 5 p.m. every Friday for the time being. The meals that St. Luke’s received from the state last week...

 

National Day of Prayer on May 1 To Feature Drive-In Event in H-burg

Due to the coronavirus, Blair County’s 69th annual National Day of Prayer event this year will be a drive-in event. The event will begin at noon on Thursday, May 7, at the Legion Park, N. Juniata St., Hollidaysburg. The theme is “Pray God’s...

 

Lines by Lee

A few weeks ago it was a beautiful spring day with warm temperatures and blue skies. It is not unusual for my wife and me to go for a walk in our neighborhood, which is at the base of a mountain. But...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Acts 27:21-26 Acts 27:27-32 Acts 27:33-38 Acts 27:39-44 II Corinthians 11:23-33 Acts 9:13-19 Acts 19:23-31 On board this ship there are soldiers, sailors, prisoners, passengers...

 

How Religious Organizations Are Confronting Social Distancing

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 changed life as people know it. In the wake of the outbreak, hundreds of millions of people across the globe were forced to change how they work, how...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Faith    April 16, 2020

Not Your Typical Church Lady

How are we all doing today? Everyone hanging in there? Week three was my dark week. Week three was when we found out there would be no Easter morning worship. Sure, there would still be a recorded...

 

Thought for the Week

Acts 27 begins a new phase of activity in Paul's life. We have noted the king and the governor have agreed if Paul had not appealed to Caesar, he could have been freed. He was not guilty of any crime...

 

Lines by Lee

This will be an Easter weekend like we have never seen before. There will be no crowded malls with people looking for a new Easter outfit. If a person had an Easter outfit, they would not have a...

 

Thought for the Week

Jesus had celebrated Passover one last time with His disciples: During the meal, He given them a New Covenant: They were to remember it using bread, representing His broken body and grape wine, repres...

 

The Cove's Easter Services

Most Cove churches are recording services and then distributing them via Facebook, websites or email because of restrictions placed on gathering due to the coronavirus. Contact the church for more information. St. John's Reformed Church of Loysburg...

 

Pa. Asks For Alternatives To Religious Gatherings

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and as significant religious holidays approach in the coming weeks, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and religious leaders across the commonwealth encouraged alternative forms of faith gatherings. The Pa. Department of Health...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Faith    April 2, 2020

A Mouse In the House

There's something soothing about routine. Our cat, Gladys, is the routine queen. Every week day, we wake up at 4:30 a.m. to start the day. That means Monday through Friday, Gladys gets fed at...

 

One Spectacular Sunday

Scripture to Read St. Matthew 21:1-11 & 14-17 St. Mark 11:1-11 St. Luke 19:29-44 St. John 12:12-19 Zechariah 9:9 &16-17 Psalm 118:1-9 & 19-24 Isaiah 62:10-12 I am going to interrupt our study...

 

Hear Our Prayers, O Lord

Paula and Bruce Hamilton of Williamsburg attend the Sunday morning service at Grace Pointe Community Church on March 29. More than 50 members of the congregation attended the morning service from...

 

The Meaning of Palm Sunday

Easter Sunday is the most sacred day on the Christian calendar. A celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion on Good Friday, Easter Sunday marks the culmination of the...

 

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