Religion

Waking Each Morning in Prayer

August 16, 2014

by Robert C. Frank more»

Meeting God at the Supermarket

July 15, 2014

by Robert C. Frank more»

Monthly "Lunch & Learn" sessions on the Torah (Old Testament)

10 weeks 2 days ago

The monthly "Lunch & Learn" sessions on the Torah (Old Testament) with Rabbi Joel Kessler of Ohev Sholom Congregation continue on the second Tuesday of each month at noon at the Rieders, Travis law office, 161 W. more»

Passover Community Seder

23 weeks 3 days ago

Ohev Sholom Congregation, 1501 Cherry Street, in Williamsport, would like to invite the entire community to its annual  annual Passover Community Seder taken place on Tuesday evening,April 15, 2014 with services at  more»

United Churchs Area Institution / Radio Church Services for this Week

28 weeks 4 days ago

Institutional services for February 15, 2014

The following institutional services are arranged for and reported by United Churches of Lycoming County: more»

Basic Hebrew Reading Classes offered by Synagogue

32 weeks 3 days ago

Ohev Sholom Synagogue is pleased to announce two new classes being given by Rabbi Joel Kessler. Rabbi Kessler will be first teaching Basic Hebrew Reading using the program made famous by the National Jewish Outreach Program. Afterwards a Jewish Laws and Customs course will be given with the first series of classes being on the Jewish calendar and the holidays. more»

United Churches of Lycoming County Annual Dinner Meeting news

32 weeks 4 days ago

In 1946, several churches of different denominations in the williamsport Lycoming County area came together to promote Christian unity.  67 years later, United churches of Lycoming county has grown to 183 in number, representing Protestant, Roman Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox faith traditions.  The organization has fostered many ministries including the food pantry and the  Uni more»

A Ministry of Teen Challenge and Christ Wesleyan Church Celebrate Recovery Ministry

40 weeks 2 days ago

A Ministry of Teen Challenge  and Christ Wesleyan Church Celebrate Recovery Ministry more»

Christ's Team Caring for God's Creation

September 27, 2013

by Robert C. Frank more»

Christ's Team in a Changing Tanzania

August 31, 2013

by Robert C. Frank more»

Christmas postcards available as orphan project fundraiser

1 year 1 week ago

Christmas postcards are now available as a fundraiser for Father’s Hope, a Central Pennsylvania based international orphan outreach project. more»

Nick Biddle will Host Hymn Concert

1 year 4 weeks ago
Nick Biddle will Host Hymn Concert

Nick Biddle will host a hymn concert Wednesday, August 14 at 7 pm at Camp Susque, 47 Susque Camp Road, Trout Run. Admission for this outdoor concert is free and open to the public. You are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. more»

The Team Concept in Religion

June 28, 2013

by Robert C. Frank

In the 12th chapter of the Apostle Paul’s 1st letter to the Corinthians in the Bible, he compared the followers of Jesus to the parts of the human body. They are all different and function differently but all need each other and work together to achieve their purpose. more»

Faith Wesleyan’s “Change the World” project raises funds for X-Ray machine

1 year 10 weeks ago
A nurse provides care to a child in the Zimba Missions Hospital in Zambia, Africa.

“Hey mister, can you spare a dime? How about some nickels, quarters, and even some pennies?” We all have them - those loose bits of change that have a habit of accumulating in the bottoms of our purses and dresser drawers. We casually toss them into the consoles of our vehicles. more»

Open Arms To Hold Father’s Day Celebration

1 year 11 weeks ago

As final preparations are being made for the October launch of a new church in Port Allegany, Open Arms Community Church is set to host a Father’s Day Celebration in the town square in Port Allegany this Sunday at 10AM more»

Christianity and the Tough Mudder

May 31, 2013

I was watching the Today Show on NBC recently and saw that the staff members were challenged to participate in an unusually difficult obstacle course called the Tough Mudder. The one thing that struck me as different was that the participants were encouraged to help each other so that everyone was able to continue all the way. more»

The Peaceable Kingdom of God

May 27, 2013

Memorial Day reminds us that the peaceable kingdom of God is the Promised Land on our planet, a civilization in which there are no longer any conflicts that cause death. After thousands of years we can finally see it on the horizon as we move toward it.  more»

Teamwork in Christian Family Life

April 30, 2013

Family life has always been exceptionally important because extensions to the chain of life are created and nurtured within families. Not all families are ideal and today a family may consist of a husband and wife with children, one parent with children, grandparents with children, or two or more adults living together with or without children. more»

The Resurrection and the Kingdom of God

March 27, 2013

In 1994, my wife and I went to Israel where we visited the sites believed to be where Jesus was crucified, entombed and later ascended into heaven. We were reminded that most of the physical evidence and details of what happened at the crucifixion and resurrection had been destroyed when Jerusalem was burned and leveled by conflicts with the Romans and others over the years. more»

The Cross as the Symbol of Forgiveness

February 27, 2013

The cross is seen around the world on church steeples, in homes, on clothing, and on chains around the necks of the followers of Jesus.  It is seen so often that it has become almost invisible and forgotten as the symbol of God’s forgiveness. As a result, the importance of forgiveness is easily ignored even though it plays a central role in our current civilization. more»

Nick Biddle will host a free hymn concert

1 year 26 weeks ago

Nick Biddle will host a hymn concert Sunday, March 17 at 5 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, 300 Sixth Street, in Northumberland. Admission is free and open to the public. more»

Lent and Ash Wednesday Services

1 year 29 weeks ago

Lent begins on February 13, 2013.

St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 West Fourth Street, will hold the its 31 County-Wide Ecumenical Pre-Lenten Celebration. The celebration will take place on February 10, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. Reverend Dr. John Charnock, ecumenism committee chm. of United Churches of Lycoming County, will be speaking at the event. more»

The Two Views of Christianity

January 19, 2013

There are two biblically based, coexistent, views of Christianity. It is a matter of what is emphasized.

The Eternal Life View more»

Christmas, A Time for Teamwork and Happiness

December 10, 2012

Two thousand years ago Jesus Christ came to earth to teach humans how to work together. In our modern world, Christians have become Christ’s Team, teaching about God’s grace and helping all people lead happy and productive lives. Christmas, a holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus tends to emphasize teamwork and bring family life to a focus. more»

Christians Should Look Out the Window More

November 18, 2012

The world is changing much more rapidly now and Christianity has played a vital role in those changes, but few Christians seem to be noticing. They should be looking out the window more to see how the Holy Spirit is using the interrelationship of Christianity and science to produce those dramatic changes. more»

Tickets Available for Ken Davis Comedy Concert on Sunday

1 year 42 weeks ago

Ken Davis Comedy Concert for the Entire Family will be held tonight, Sunday. November 11, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the Williamsport Area High School Auditorium, 2990 West Fourth Street, Williamsport.  Music provided by "Spoken For" and Band. This concert will benefit our Shepherd Ministry of United Churches. Tickets at the door are $20. more»

The Learning Periods in God's Continuing Creation

October 27, 2012

If you look back at the evolution of human civilization and include a study of the history of Christianity you can see it as part of God’s continuing creation. The small number of followers of Jesus in the 1st century gradually became over 2 billion in the 21st century, but that growth required learning periods and often conflict. more»

Every Human Life is Important

September 28, 2012

We tend to idolize the rich and famous, but Jesus Christ taught that every human life was important. I often think about that when I walk through the mall and see people of all sizes, shapes and backgrounds. There are now over seven billion people on Earth and since they were all created by God it means every one of those lives is important. more»

Trinity Episcopal Church: A Tower of Faith

1 year 50 weeks ago
(Postcard courtesy of Richard Mix)

Trinity Episcopal Church’s 210-foot spire towers over the skyline of the City of Williamsport as one of the city’s tallest edifices. That towering spire also symbolizes almost 130 years and thousands of parishioners who have shared a common vision of faith and love of God. more»

Righteousness in the 21st Century

August 28, 2012

Righteous is a word used extensively in the Bible to refer to the fact that everyone is expected to live perfectly according to God’s will. What does that mean in our current complex world? more»

Teamwork in Music

July 27, 2012

Music has developed over a long period of time into a culture that has its own language. One example is that there are many music groups such as choirs, choruses, bands, orchestras, ensembles, and others that are excellent examples of teams, but the word “team” is never used to describe them. more»

How Quickly We Forget

June 27, 2012

The United States is a country with freedom of religion in which Christianity has flourished and teamwork has been taught. With the assistance of our allies in World War II in the 1940’s, we literally conquered the world, then set it free and helped the countries rebuild. What a team we were and what a great achievement, a modern miracle. more»

Christ's Team: Teaching Love and Teamwork With the Aid of Science

January 1, 2013

Anyone who has tried to help someone who is seriously ill is well aware that love is not enough. Teamwork and science are also required. That applies to all human problems, but it has taken us a long time to realize it. God gave humans the Bible to tell them that they were loved and needed to work together, but there were originally only a few copies and most people could not read. more»

Jesus Christ and Servant Leadership

May 28, 2012

The long history of Christianity has placed much emphasis on the role of Jesus as redeemer, sometimes obscuring the major role he played in shaping our modern civilization. In ancient cultures when few people could read and write, leaders held positions of near absolute power. This is sometimes called positional or pedestal leadership. more»

Understanding God's Control

May 17, 2012

Obviously no one knows how God controls our world so we have to depend upon what we see taking place. Some think that God is in total control of everything, but that leaves us with haunting questions such as: If God is a loving God and in total control, how do we reconcile that with genocide like the Holocaust during World War II?  more»

The Rules That Make Teamwork Functional

March 21, 2012

The Ten Commandments and the two advocated by Jesus are the Rules of Life that make human teamwork functional. God gave the ancient Hebrews the Ten Commandments to help them live peacefully and successfully with each other, but in that early civilization, very few people could read or write so their understanding was very limited. more»

The Common English Bible as an eBook

February 21, 2012

My wife and I read part of the Bible every morning during our devotions. Since the Common English Bible came out only a short time ago, we decided to obtain an ebook version of it and read it electronically on our Kindle. Using wi-fi we were able to download it and begin reading within a couple minutes. more»

Christ's Team: The Sunday Morning Huddle

January 23, 2012

One of the practices that Christianity inherited from Judaism is the gathering of members every seven days. Of the other major religions, Islam is the only one that includes that tradition. In our 21st century, rapidly changing, complex world, the Sunday morning gathering still plays a vital role. more»

Religions Working Together in Continuing Creation

January 9, 2012

The rapid improvement of the quality of human life in our world today provides clear evidence that creation is a continuing process. Members of the Christian, Judaic, and Islamic traditions believe that there is a single source of creation that is called God. more»

Christmas, A Time for Teamwork and Happiness

November 29, 2011

Two thousand years ago Jesus Christ came to earth to teach humans how to work together. In our modern world, Christians have become Christ’s Team, teaching about God’s grace and helping all people lead happy and productive lives. Christmas, a holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus tends to emphasize teamwork and bring family life to a focus. more»

Teamwork: The Way Out of the Wilderness

November 25, 2011

There are occasional passages of the Old Testament in the Bible that describe the Israelites spending long periods, even years, wandering in the wilderness. At first thought that seems surprising because even though they were in a strange land, the territory was so small that traveling by foot in almost any direction would permit them to leave any wilderness in at most a few weeks. more»

Teamwork in Democratic Governments

October 26, 2011

Countries throughout the world are increasingly becoming democracies governed by leaders who serve at the will of the people. This has been made possible by higher literacy rates and more sophisticated methods of communication so people living in each country are much better informed. more»

Cursillo: A Little Course in Christianity

October 12, 2011

Some years ago our two oldest daughters ask my wife and I to attend weekend retreats called Cursillo that were sponsored by the Roman Catholic Church. After some foot dragging, we finally did, not aware of how much those weekends were going to change the course of our lives. more»

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