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You probably remember that it was a lawyer who inspired Jesus to tell the story of the Good Samaritan. He seemed like a smart person with a well-trained mind. He seemed concerned with the law, if not justice and with drawing the line between right...

 

Back on the Streets of Bedford After Pandemic Pause

If you happen to be in Bedford Square this week, you may notice that a pre-pandemic fixture is back on the sidewalks: smiling faces standing next to colorful carts featuring a positive message and...

 

Thought for the Week

My thanks to Editor Anna Baughman for allowing me extra space for the last “Thought.” Today, we look at Isaiah 55 and we will likely switch to another book next. LISTEN EVERYONE, Isaiah begins thi...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    Faith    September 29, 2022 

Catalano Releases a Christmas Book Centered on Santa, Baby Jesus

Former Hollidaysburg author Tom Catalano has released his latest book entitled “Nicholas, the Santa Story.” Growing up, Catalano always celebrated Christmas the traditional way, with Santa,...

 

Sheep Will Never Die

This week I have had several patients surprisingly pass from this earthly life. No one should be too surprised when a hospice patient dies. However, in the case of these ladies I had recently visited them and they were talking and feeling pretty...

 

Thought for the Week

Isaiah has a special story to tell in his 53rd chapter. It is a conundrum, at once horrible and beautiful. It is a story of man's inhumanity to a man and God's tremendous love for mankind. Isaiah...

 

Come to the Well

Biblical text: John 4 Growing up living in the suburbs of Philadelphia, I took water for granted. All I had to do was turn on the faucet and there was always plenty of water. But when we, as a new...

 

Claysburg Church of the Brethren to Have Fall Spiritual Renewal Services

The Claysburg Church of the Brethren invites all to its Fall Spiritual Renewal Services focusing on “Simple Truth/Hard Reality.” Guest speaker is the Rev. Kirby Dubble, retired Church of the...

 

Thought for the Week

We closed last time with: “His answer was:” specific and 100 percent accurate. Isaiah said, do not be afraid of this man nor of the words he has spoken. He will not enter this city. Not even one...

 

Cove Community Chorus Reconvenes

The Cove Community Chorus reconvened on Sept. 6. Due to COVID, the group was unable to perform for two and a half years. The group met at Bare Memorial Church of the Brethren in Roaring Spring. About...

 

Fall Ladies/Teen Encounter Coming Up

The Fall Ladies/Teen Encounter with Carole Wolaver, the Pottery Lady, is coming up on Sept. 27, 2022. Wolaver will share the story of “The Road to Emmaus” while working at the potter’s wheel. She will connect little known characters that...

 

Manna on Monday Resumes at Trinity UMC, RS

On Sept. 26, Trinity UMC: Roaring Spring, 434 E. Main St., will resume serving a free meal once a month from noon to 1 p.m. Manna at Noon will happen on the last Monday of the month during September and October. The meal will be served in the...

 

Imlers Open Home for Another Fellowship Meeting

On Sept. 16 from 6 to 7 p.m., Pete and Carol Imler of Roaring Spring will host a meeting at their home at 1271 Spang St Ext., Roaring Spring. Those interested can attend and enjoy music. They are encouraged to bring food, friends and anything they...

 

The Sacrifice of the Shepherd

Recently I spoke with two dear relatives about my columns. One complimented me on my most recent one. I asked her what it was about. She paused. I thought. She could not recall the contents of the article. That made two of us. The other relative...

 

Middle Pennsylvania District Church of the Brethren Conference & Heritage Fair Combined

“Be of one heart with Jesus.” is the theme of the 2022 Middle Pennsylvania District Church of the Brethren Conference, being held Sept. 16 to 17 at Camp Blue Diamond. Mike Benner, 2022 District Moderator will lead the conference. Mike is a...

 

Thought for the Week

We closed last time with: “His answer was:” specific and 100 percent accurate. Isaiah said, do not be afraid of this man nor of the words he has spoken. He will not enter this city. Not even one...

 

A Joyful Homecoming

St. John’s United Church of Christ welcomed new members, DeAnna Cree and husband, Dennis Foltz. Sunday, Aug. 28, Pastor Betty Royer served them communion. De grew up in Martinsburg and is currently...

 

Dunnings Creek Friends Starting Series

The Dunnings Creek Friends Meeting (Quakers) will present the first in its “Still Listening” guest speaker series on local history in September. Journalist Cody McDevitt of Somerset, author of Banished From Johnstown: Racist Backlash in Western...

 

Becoming a Sincere Seeker

Biblical text Matthew 15: 10-20, 21-28 Have you ever noticed that many of the people at the center of our gospel narrative seem to be the kind of people who might not have a place in our lives? What...

 

Thought for the Week

For a prophet to be considered a prophet, speaking the Word of the Lord, he must issue prophesies (predictions) that are specific and 100-percent accurate. To prophesy that something is going to...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    Faith    September 1, 2022

Curryville Pastor Gives Donkeys a Home

Pastor Chris Heinlein from Curryville Church of the Brethren, located on Curryville Road in Martinsburg, shared his tale on his two donkeys. Their names are Ted and Fred, and they are beautiful white...

 

Sing, Salute, and Celebrate!

Cove Community Chorus is back. Starting on Sept. 6 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., rehearsal will begin at Bare Memorial Church of God Roaring Spring. The chorus looks forward to having previous members back and welcoming new members. Those who like to sing...

 

Bedford Knights of Columbus Donates $500 to 'Shop With A Cop' Program

On Thursday evening, Aug. 18, The Father Thomas E. Heyden Assembly #2529 of the 4th Degree Knight's of Columbus presented a check for $500 to Trooper Michael Whelan of the Arthur L. Hershey Bedford...

 

Seeing and Believing

Soon I will speak at an interesting event that is held every six months or so. It is a challenging assignment. The gathering includes my hospice co-workers and the families of those who have passed...

 

Thought for the Week

As I said last week, "Isaiah is a good prophet and he uses a combination of warnings to alert the people and promises of blessings to entice them to get into a right relationship with God and to obey...

 

Open the Door and Walk Through

In Matthew’s gospel, Chapter 16, verses 13-19 Jesus asks His disciples, “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter quickly answered, as he so often did, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living...

 

25 Years Ago

Herald of Aug. 21, 1997 Intensive block scheduling was implemented for the new school year at Williamsburg High School. Instead of eight class periods per day, students would have four: two in the morning and two in the afternoon. The airport’s...

 

Proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ Celebration

Child Evangelism Fellowship Proclamation Week in the City of Altoona is being celebrated from Aug. 14 to 20, 2022. All families are invited to attend the “Proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ Celebration” as part of this week. The celebration w...

 

Thought for the Week

I did not plan to spend lots of time in any of the Old Testament Prophets/Books. But, already I have digressed. Last week’s “Thought” on “The Vineyard” gave us something to consider. I know these words are from God, through Isaiah, to Israe...

 

Churches Get Together for Community Days

Local churches’ softball teams played against each other during Clayburg’s Community Days last weekend. Players enjoyed highs in the low 80s....

 

Family Hospice Offers Free Grief Support

Family Hospice, Part of UPMC, is offering free grief support sessions at the UPMC Home Healthcare/Family Hospice office, 20 Sheraton Dr., Altoona (beside Outback Steakhouse). Groups will be held on Mondays from Sept. 12-Oct. 7 from 1-2:30 p.m....

 

Light and Right

I am grateful to have safely returned from a really nice family vacation. Everyone got along well, were able to relax, have fun, and see some beautiful sights. We even went to a Thai restaurant for the first time. There were several experiences...

 

Imlers Invite All Ages to 'Special Time' of Christian Fellowship

On Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m., Pete and Carol Imler of Roaring Spring invite friends of all ages to visit their Roaring Spring Barn for an evening of fun, food and Christian fellowship. Along with an evening of praise and worship, those attending will...

 
 By EMILY LOOSE    Faith    August 11, 2022

Lions, Local Churches Create Free Events At Spring Dam for the Community

The community of Roaring Spring was brought together for a weekend filled with fun, food and worship. To start the weekend, The Roaring Spring Lions held a picnic at Spring Dam Saturday, Aug. 6,...

 

Thought for the Week

Isaiah brings a parable to his people. You remember parables literally means ”putting things alongside each other in order to understand what is unknown or misunderstood with the use of something known and understood.” So his parable is about a...

 
 By Linda Weko    Faith    August 4, 2022

Dancing in the Street

Let’s meet David today, the great grandson of Ruth. In 2 Samuel we meet him as a young king as he rises from shepherd boy to shepherding king. The reign of Saul had been oppressive. The elders and...

 

The Central Pennsylvania Bible Conference to Hold 102nd Session

The Central Pennsylvania Bible Conference will conduct its 102nd year of existence during the annual summer session at the Casino at Lakemont Park in Altoona on the dates of July 31 to Aug. 5, 2022. The Bible conference was established in 1920 and...

 

Christian Music, Food Festival Coming To Downtown Altoona

Sonshine Fest, a Christian music and food festival, is coming to downtown Altoona. Sonshine Fest will be hosted at Heritage Plaza on Saturday, August 27 from 9 am to 5 pm. Enjoy great local Christian artists while enjoying delicious food from one of...

 

Thought for the Week

Much preaching/teaching today is focused on the New Testament. I am certainly not opposed to that. I am glad for those who preach and teach truth and utilize the New Testament to do it. But I'd like...

 

Mailbag Meanderings

We are in the dog days of summer, as they say. That can only mean one thing. It is time for my second annual column as I respond to mailbag questions from my faithful readers. If your question was...

 

The Central Pennsylvania Bible Conference to Hold 102nd Session

The Central Pennsylvania Bible Conference will conduct its 102nd year of existence during the annual summer session at the Casino at Lakemont Park in Altoona on the dates of July 31 to Aug. 5, 2022. The Bible conference was established in 1920 and...

 

Thought for the Week

If we met for the first time, I would ask, “Who are you?” Your answer would probably be simple like: your name, or your relationship to someone I might know, i.e. “I am Tom Brown’s...

 
 By Linda Weko    Faith    July 21, 2022

This Thing Called Life

Do you ever think how much courage it takes to be a human being? I have been thinking about babies lately as my great-grandson and his parents moved to Texas, and several friends have had their first great-granddaughters. I was visiting a church at...

 

Thought for the Week

We continue with our study of Ezekiel 18 to get a wonderful picture of God. He has denied the use of an unjust proverb. People had been saying God was not fair because He was punishing them for the si...

 

Grace Pointe Sign Gets Facelift

Loie Galbraith, Diane Crouch, Mark Wheland and Johnny Crouch gave the Grace Pointe Community Church of God this facelift by adding paint for the background....

 

Teaching with Authority

Recently my wife and I attended college orientation with my youngest son. Next month, we will have two sons attending school full time. As I observed the campus and how young the incoming freshmen looked, I could not help but make a few...

 

Thought for the Week

We humans are pretty good at the blame game. We do not do so well at accepting responsibility. This started way back in the Garden of Eden, after our first human ancestors disobeyed God and ate from...

 

Church's Summer Lunch Program Now Offering Take-Out Meals

Wade Rodlind and Alexia Finochio, 17, are among the volunteers helping the Trinity United Methodist Church serve more than 100 lunches each day as part of the church’s summer lunch program....

 

Giving Box Opened at RS First Church of the Brethren

The Roaring Spring First Church of the Brethren has started a new outreach program for the community. A box has been placed on the California side of the parking lot of the church. It is called the...

 

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