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Mary teaches others that God’s grace can untie knots of life

December 5, 2014 God loves to astonish. Just consider the Virgin Mar. more »»

Children from churches to present programs and plays for Christmas

December 5, 2014 The following churches have announced their children’s programs for Christmas: Ward Avenue Presby­terian Church, 111 Ward Ave., will present a Christ­mas play, “Our God is an Awesome God” at 6:15 p.m. more »»

Catholic communal penance services

December 5, 2014 In preparation for Christ­mas, Catholics are encouraged to seek God’s healing and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Recon­cil­ia­tion. more »»

TV viewer learns to grin and bear commercials

December 5, 2014 Let’s talk commercials, shall we? I don’t know if I’m imagining things or not, but it seems like there are more of them on TV than in the pas. more »»

Spiritual notes for Dec. 5, 2014

December 5, 2014 Calvary United Methodist Church, 607 N. Fourth St., Bellwood, is showing movies during Advent. “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey” will be shown at 6 p.m. Sunday. more »»

Music’s her gift to church

November 28, 2014 NEWRY — When she was a child, one of Rita Beegle’s teachers noticed a gift in her that Beegle continues to share. It is Beegle’s way with an organ. more »»

Pastor enjoys walking, reading

November 28, 2014 The Rev. Sharon C. Erb is serving as pastor of First English Lutheran Church in Tyrone. more »»

Hope enables people to endure even in the worst of circumstances

November 28, 2014 “Let me tell you something, my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.” So said Red Redding to Andy Dufresne in that masterpiece, “The Shawshank Redemption. more »»

Mercy often an undeserved gift

November 28, 2014 There’s a lot to be said for mercy; the concept of getting something you don’t deserve, or not getting something you do deserve. more »»

Spiritual Notes for Nov. 28, 2014

November 28, 2014 Geeseytown-Newry Lutheran Parish will be hold Advent services entitled “The Family of Christ” at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 17 at Geeseytown Parish, 462 Route 22, Hollidaysburg, and Dec. more »»

Counting blessings just might change your perspective

November 21, 2014 In the churches of my youth, we sang an old hymn, “Count Blessings” at every Thanksgiving service. more »»

TV family reminder to be faithful

November 21, 2014 I did something the other day I’m not proud of. To make matters worse, I did it for four solid hours. I watched a “19 Kids and Counting” marathon on television. more »»

Spiritual Notes for Nov. 21, 2014

November 21, 2014 Stone Church of the Brethren, 1623 Moore St., Huntingdon, will hold an Alternative Christmas Gifts Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6. A large selection of SERRV products will be available. more »»

St. Rose of Lima holds annual Oxfam banquet

November 21, 2014 The eighth grade class of St. Rose of Lima School held its annual hunger banquet Thursday. more »»

Small synod, big hearts

November 21, 2014 As the new leader of the Allegheny Synod, Bishop Michael L. more »»

Thoughts on Francis

November 14, 2014 Pope Francis is a well-liked and well-received leader of the Catholic church, even among people of other religions. more »»

Seeking right kind of desires can bring a life of satisfaction

November 14, 2014 An old Quaker farmer placed a sign on his land that read, “This farm will be given to anyone who is truly satisfied.” A wealthy merchant came riding along and saw the sign. more »»

Traveler happy to end her time on road

November 14, 2014 I think Dorothy Gale said it best: There’s no place like home. We just re­turned from a weeklong trip to Louisiana to see our new granddaughter, Autumn Skye, who was born Sept. 29. more »»

Spiritual Notes for Nov. 14, 2014

November 14, 2014 Altoona Aglow International will host Pastor Joe Kelly of Altoona Full Gospel Church at its meeting to be held with lunch at noon and the program at 12:45 p.m. Mon­day at the Gourmet Buffet. S. more »»

Spreading the season’s joy

November 7, 2014 By Linda T. Gracey HOLLIDAYSBURG — Christ­mas starts early at Grace Bible Church. more »»

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