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Refuge for youth

August 16, 2012 Sinclair Rodgers, 15, of Altoona enjoys youth group more than a party. But she always didn’t think that way. “I was a partyer,” said Sinclair. “I would go to house parties to drink and smoke. more »»

Altoona church offers two-year biblical education

August 10, 2012 A biblical studies program that would have taken at least seven years to complete locally can now be finished in two years. For the past four years, Pleasant Valley Church of Christ, 514 S. more »»

Gospel music to reign

August 3, 2012 Dave Carter was only trying to earn money to buy medicine for a sick daughter in 1935 when he asked if he and two of his other children could sing on the radio in Lub­bock, Texas. more »»

Closing the gap

July 20, 2012 Some people go to the same church week after week, but never get to know the people in the next pew or across the aisle. It’s especially true when they are separated by decades in age. more »»

Preaching pair

July 13, 2012 Some married couples have “His” and “Her” bath towels. The Rasers take it a few steps further. They have his and her pulpit. more »»

An interfaith journey

July 6, 2012 Faith and respect for one’s fellowman go hand in hand or at least that’s the goal. more »»

Honoring marriage

June 29, 2012 Bob and Chris Laraia made a decision more than three decades ago that they still stand behind. They promised to love and stay committed to each other no matter what. more »»

Mardorf bids farewell to longtime pastor

June 22, 2012 When Pastor Ed Preston delivered his first children’s message at Mardorf United Methodist Church 16 years ago, only three children sat around the altar to listen — and two were his ow. more »»

Full of grace

June 15, 2012 SHIRLEYSBURG — An extended hand is what makes Creation Festival a blessed experience, according to participants and workers at the outdoor worship event. more »»

CHoSen for Faith Day

May 24, 2012 TYRONE — Borough residents are getting ready to celebrate their spiritual side. more »»

Child fortifies faith

May 11, 2012 When Mark and Angie Lingenfelter were expecting their third child, they anticipated a normal healthy girl. None of Angie’s prenatal tests or sonograms indicated otherwise. more »»

Offerings go digital

May 4, 2012 Since January, about the time Altoona Alliance Church introduced online giving, contributions to the church have increased 18 percent. more »»

A year of change

April 20, 2012 It has been a year like no other for the Most Rev. Mark L. Bartchak. He went from being a priest to a leader of 94,000 Catholics on April 19, 2011. more »»

One-woman show to tell Corrie ten Boom’s story

April 13, 2012 Her love for people of the Jewish faith motivated Corrie ten Boom to risk her life and hide them from the Nazis during World War II. more »»

Passover to begin

April 6, 2012 The search for the Afiko­man, (a half piece of matzo) was the favorite part of the Passover seder for Dr. Andy Gurman when he was a child. more »»

Fast for area to be held at convention center

April 6, 2012 Christians from throughout Blair County will address issues of the area by taking a day to fast and pray. A fast called The Restoration will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. more »»

First Presbyterian to reflect on its heritage

April 6, 2012 HOLLIDAYSBURG — First Presby­terian Church of Hollidaysburg will celebrate its history as it looks to the future at a celebration dinner being held April 14. more »»

Hillside expands

March 30, 2012 More than the usual excitement will be in the air this Easter at Hillside Community Church in Bellwood. The church has added a service to welcome newcomers. more »»

‘Set Free’ relates today’s troubles to Easter story

March 30, 2012 An Altoona church is hoping to change lives and give hope this Easter season. For the past 25 years, Pleasant Valley Assembly of God in Altoona has produced a dramatic Easter performanc. more »»

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