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Churches to celebrate birth of Jesus on Christmas Day

December 18, 2015 Churches in the Blair County area have announced the following services for Dec. 25, Christmas Day: Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, One Cathedral Square — 8 and 10 a.m. and noon. more »»

Christmas notes

December 18, 2015 St. John’s Reformed Church of Loysburg will hold its Advent Communion during the 9:30 a.m. worship service Sunday. more »»

Spiritual notes

December 18, 2015 Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Ave., will hold a free community luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church. more »»

Comments that imply one is past prime are tough to take

December 18, 2015 OK, folks, I get it. I’m no spring chicken. The bloom is off the proverbial rose. I’m long in the tooth, and my best days are officially w-a-a-a-y behind me. Or, to put it simply, I’m middle-aged. more »»

Pope says mercy trumps moralizing as he begins Holy Year

December 11, 2015 VATICAN CITY— Pope Francis pushed open the great bronze doors of St. Peter’s Basilica on Tuesday to launch his Holy Year of Mercy, declaring that mercy trumps moralizing in his Catholic Church. more »»

Christmas Notes

December 11, 2015 Geeseytown-Newry Lutheran Parish will hold a Blue Christmas service at 7 p.m. Thursday at Newry Lutheran Church. Pastor John Telyea will conduct this special service on healing. more »»

Tales from the front pew

December 11, 2015 When I was a kid, my all-time favorite holiday TV special was “A Charlie Brown Christmas. more »»

Festival of Lights to begin

December 4, 2015 Hanukkah is a festive time for Jewish families as they celebrate the miracle of the oil and the rededication of the Temple after it was defiled by the Greeks more than 2,000 years ago. more »»

St. Matthew offers ‘Journey to Bethlehem

December 4, 2015 St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 115 E. Penn St. Martinsburg, will present a free walk-through of the Christmas story. “Journey to Bethlehem” will be presented from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. more »»

Catholic churches to offer Sacrament of Reconciliation

December 4, 2015 Advent is a time for Cath­olics to seek God’s healing and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. more »»

Wife poses deer question and gets not-so-dear reply

December 4, 2015 It’s amazing how something that appears so innocent can be so dangerous. My husband, Bob, discovered this the other day on his way to work. more »»

Spiritual notes

December 4, 2015 Trinity United Methodist Church, 121 Front St., Philipsburg, will present its Valley Voices Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. more »»

Annual Thanksgiving service continues

November 20, 2015 Congregations of the 6th Ward will gather at 7 p.m. Tuesday for their 84th Interfaith Community Thanksgiving service. more »»

People like to associate with those who appear to be on winning side

November 20, 2015 I have a question: Are you a BIRGer or a CORFer? No, I’m not typing with a cat on my keyboard. (Although I actually did that once.) BIRG and CORF are acronyms. more »»

Spiritual notes

November 20, 2015 Free lunches -- The Twenty-eighth Street Church of the Brethren, 2800 Union Ave., (across from Tuckahoe Park) will hold its free community soup lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. more »»

Panel to consider Earth’s woes

November 6, 2015 Care for the Earth is a worldwide concern. Ice caps are melting and drought is occurring on land that was once fertile. more »»

Priest feels at home in Altoona

November 6, 2015 Father Josh Shipman was hoping to start his vocation as a priest in Colorado until he learned about St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Altoon. more »»

Bible conference to focus on creation

November 6, 2015 The Central Pennsylvania Bible Conference will hold its 2015 fall session at 6 p.m. Nov. 15 and 7 p.m. Nov. 16-17 at The Faith Baptist Church of Altoona. more »»

Temple to remember ‘Night of Broken Glass’

November 6, 2015 Temple Beth Israel, 3004 Union Ave., is inviting the community at large to a special Shabbat (Sabbath) program called “All the Right People” in remembrance of Kristallnacht. more »»

Ladies Encounter plans prayer and praise event

November 6, 2015 Ladies Encounter will hold its fall prayer and praise event from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Fellowship Community Centre (adjacent to the Martinsburg Church of God), 117 S. Market St., Martinsburg. more »»

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