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Lenten services

February 21, 2015 Following is the schedule for Avis area church Lenten services: Sunday — Phelps Chapel UMC; March 1 — Woolrich UMC; March 8 — Dunnstown UMC; March 15 — Farrandsville UMC; March 22 — Swissdale UMC;... more »»

Pope walks in Ash Wednesday procession between Rome churches

February 21, 2015 ROME (AP) — Pope Francis walked in a solemn Ash Wednesday procession between churches on Rome’s ancient Aventine Hill, calling on people to humbly remember their human limits as faithful began their... more »»

German archdiocese of Cologne reveals $3.82 billion fortune

February 21, 2015 BERLIN (AP) — The Roman Catholic archdiocese of Cologne published financial accounts Wednesday, showing for the first time the full extent of its worldly wealth. more »»

Pope to new cardinals: Practice compassion, be open to all

February 21, 2015 VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday exhorted 20 new cardinals to reach out to all those who have been shunned, physically or spiritually, by the church or society. Celebrating Mass in St. more »»

Netanyahu calls for ‘massive’ Jewish immigration to Israel

February 21, 2015 JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is calling for the “massive immigration” of European Jews to Israel following the shooting attack outside a Copenhagen synagogue that kille... more »»

Minister dying of cancer 'richly happy'

February 14, 2015 LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The Rev. Ted Dotts and his wife, Betty, make the same drive to Santa Fe, New Mexico, they’ve made dozens of times in the past. The family stops on a country road. more »»

Help! Where are the gifts in the church?

February 14, 2015 What are the five-fold ministries in the church? Are they really important for what God said in 2 Timothy 3:17 so that we will be equipped for complete work? So, I’m looking for the leaders: the... more »»

What love is made of

February 14, 2015 For starters: There are no perfect parents. It’s more than a full-time job to be what Bruno Bettelheim (and others) have called a good enough parent. more »»

UC pre-Lenten celebration Sunday

February 14, 2015 The Covenant Players, an international drama company, will share the message, “Making a Clean Sweep: What Do We Keep, Toss and Give Away to Get Ready for Lent?” as part of the 33rd annual countywide... more »»

Lenten services set

February 14, 2015 Antes Fort, Oriole United Methodist Charge 7 p.m. Wednesday Restored in Christ Lenten service schedule follows: NIPPENOSE VALLEY Feb. more »»

Walking with God

February 14, 2015 Institutional services The following institutional services are arranged for and reported by United Churches of Lycoming County: Sunday: County Prison, 1:45 and 3:15 p.m., the Rev. more »»

Eradicating poverty: There is much to learn and do!

February 14, 2015 (EDITOR’S NOTE: Faith Matters is a column written by the social concerns committee of the United Churches of Lycoming County. more »»

Area church briefs

February 14, 2015 TODAY-Feb. 21 Soup sale Nisbet United Methodist Church will take orders for a chicken-corn and ham-and-bean soup sale from today to Feb. 21. Cost is $6 a quart. Pickup will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. more »»

Pope urges cooperation on Vatican reform from cardinals

February 14, 2015 VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged his cardinals Thursday to cooperate in reforming the outdated and dysfunctional Vatican bureaucracy, saying the overhaul will help him govern the Catholic... more »»

Does your church tweet?

February 7, 2015 In an age where social media is growing increasingly essential to the success of an organization, local churches can find themselves hurting without the knowledge or manpower to keep up, though they... more »»

Obama condemns those who seek to ‘hijack religion’

February 7, 2015 WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday condemned those who seek to use religion as a rationale for carrying out violence around the world, declaring that “no god condones terror. more »»

Err on the side of love

February 7, 2015 To eat or not to eat, that is apparently the question. In our appointed lessons this past Sunday, we heard a very interesting letter from St. more »»

Institutional services

February 7, 2015 The following institutional services are arranged for and reported by United Churches of Lycoming County: Sunday: County Prison, 1:45 and 3:15 p.m., the Rev. more »»

Regular date nights spark marriage

February 7, 2015 Q: I want to do something special for my wife for Valentine’s Day beyond the usual dinner and flowers, but I’m at a loss. more »»

AP-GfK Poll: Support of gay marriage comes with caveats

February 7, 2015 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — While finding that Americans narrowly favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, a new Associated Press-GfK poll also shows most believe wedding-related businesse... more »»



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