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Espy Trinity UMC serves God by serving others ESPY — Espy Trinity United Methodist Church is a faith community focused on celebrating the “Good News” of Jesus Christ! We are a people of joy and hope because our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, lives! We are a dynamic, growing fellowship of persons who love the Lord and accept his gifts of grace and forgiveness — because we need them; we are all sinners seeking God’s better way to live in this life! The words faithful, passionate and joyfilled best describe the people and leadership of Espy Trinity UM Church. The atmosphere of the church is enthusiastic, warm and welcoming. The three key words of our mission statement are love, serve and celebrate. Persons who visit our church gathering place are guests only once; after that, they become family. At Espy Trinity, every person is important and is encouraged to use his or her God-given gifts for God’s glory. Worship at Trinity is informal, interactive, and Spirit-filled — incorporating a blend of traditional and contemporary styles. Worship services intertwine scripture, prayer, various kinds of music, power-point technology and drama to deliver the message of faith. The mission focus of the body of Christ

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MEMBERS of Espy Trinity United Methodist Church serve free refreshments to weary travelers on Interstate 80 over Thanksgiving weekend as part of their Outreach Ministry. at Espy Trinity UMC is to share the love of God and to witness our faith to others. We believe the best way to do this is through the example of our own lives. We are a loving community of faith, focused on spiritual growth first. At Trinity, we offer ongoing Bible study, the ALPHA course (a 10-week journey into the Christian faith), various mission opportunities, weekly Prayer Ministry and Sunday School opportunities for all ages.

In addition, the people of Espy Trinity believe in “a church without walls” with an outward focus to our community and the world in an effort to “feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and heal the sick.” Local missions supported include the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard, Christian radio, prison ministries, Protestant Campus Ministry, EOS, Gideon Society, The Bridge House, The Gatehouse and Danville State Hospital. We support the work of the Bloomsburg Ministerium, the local fire companies and the police. Church-sponsored dinners open to the community are more than meals; they are fellowship and outreach events. Each year, we feature special dinners where honored guests of the church and community eat free. These special dinners include a Mother’s Day Meal and a Veterans Day Meal. Each year during the fourday Thanksgiving holiday, we deliver free food, drinks and prayer to thousands of travelers on I-80. If you are looking for a faith community where you can belong, be forgiven and be in service to God, call the church office at 387-0677 or come for 9 a.m. Sunday worship at Espy Trinity UMC, 2351 Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg. Let’s get acquainted and celebrate God in word and deed!

Ukrainian Catholic Church serves Berwick BERWICK — Ss. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church is at 706 N. Warren St. in Berwick. It is fundamental Christian teaching that all people have an innate desire to seek their Creator and to understand something about their Creator. This desire manifests itself in all humans and especially as an often-illusive desire for happiness, love and inner peace. The great St. Augustine of Hippo expressed it in the following prayer, “O Lord, our hearts are restless until they rest in You.” This restlessness or desire for our Creator is often mistakenly muffled not by a relationship with God but by all sorts of other diversions and activities of human beings. These diversions are usually temporary, and, with time, leave a person feeling empty and meaningless. In order to have a meaningful relationship with God and find true meaning in life, there must be some structure and a sense of organized belonging. Often, people search for places of worship where they are comfortable and can feel this sense of belonging. Worship is an intensely personal experience, and so what appeals to one does not always appeal to another. Increasingly in our times, we find people searching for a church that appeals to them. Sometimes they go in the

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SS. CYRIL AND METHODIUS Ukrainian Catholic Church is at 706 N. Warren St. in Berwick. right direction, and sometimes they go in the wrong direction. A point which is well understood by most people is that Christians are seriously fragmented into various sometimes opposing groups. We may think of Protestants and Catholics in this regard or we may speak of various Protestant churches which are separated from one another by various aspects of doctrine. A point which is not as well understood is that the Catholic Church is in fact a communion of sis-

ter Churches which in total beautifully reflect the universal nature of the Catholic Church. The Roman Catholic Church, albeit the largest, is one of 22 Catholic Churches which pray and worship according to different styles and traditions. These are traditions which developed long ago in vastly different areas of the world and which today represent a different approach to worship, theology and spirituality within the Catholic Communion of Churches. We often say that these Churches all have unity, especially of doctrine, but not uniformity of prayer and worship. They are all in full communion with the Pope. One can then say that the Catholic Church is made up of the Roman Catholic Church and 21 other Eastern Catholic Churches of equal dignity each of which uses its own name. The greater number of these 21 Eastern Catholic Churches follows the Byzantine tradition, and so they are often called Byzantine Catholic Churches and sometimes use other names as well. Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church belongs to the Byzantine-Ukrainian tradition and welcomes all who seek to worship according to this rich tradition. We see it as our unique mission to provide area residents with this beautiful and very Catholic approach to prayer and worship.

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592 Dutch Hill Road Bloomsburg, PA 17815 Phone: 570-784-1680 Email: Website: Rev. George Allen Zerbe, Pastor

SUNDAY Sunday LifeGroups at 9am (Acts) Sunday School for Preschool to 5th grade at 9am 1WayPraise at 10am...Family Worship with The Dutch Hill Praise Band FUTUREyouth at 6:30pm LifeGroup at 6:30pm (Answers in Genesis) Prayer Meeting at 7:30pm

Dutch Hill is in a beautifu l, country location with warm and loving fellowship. Handicapped accessible. Nursery available. Air Conditioned.

MON DAY Ladies LifeGroup at 9am (Romans) W EDN ESDAY Mens & Ladies LifeGroups at 6:30pm (Courageous Study) KI DSclub at 6:30pm (CEF Bible Lessons) Choir Rehearsal at 7:30pm Praise Band Rehearsal at 8:15pm TH U R SDAY Recovery LifeGroup at 6:30pm MONT H LY Fusion180X Shows at 7pm Coffee House/Concert

Knowing God...Growing God’s Family! ...Growing from Morning Worship to Small Groups to Ministry


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BLOOMSBURG — Jesus prayed for His Church in John Chapter 17 “that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me,” (John 17:21). As we here at Emanuel Dutch Hill Bible Church look to see what God has done in our midst over the last few years, we have realized that He Himself has brought an amazing spirit of unity among us, which is exactly what He wants. ... Growing from Morning Worship to Small Groups People come and go, some stay, some move to Ministry! on, but we count it a privilege to be able to minister to them while they are here. Those who have stayed, the core of our fellowship, have grown in a way that can be felt. Unity is a sign of maturity, and we praise God for that growth. We have come to understand that it is more important to be of One Mind and One Heart, than it is to be right. Jesus was right; as we function as One Body, people know He is here. When we worship together, we encourage the Body of Christ here to worship with their whole heart, mind, soul, and strength, with one heart and one voice. Our praise band is truly amazing. Weekly, through the power of God, they bring us into such an attitude of worship that some of us get lost in it. Pastor then brings a powerful, practical message to remind us of how great God is and how much we need Him. We just have a great time in worship every Sunday. One woman who attends says, “I have a blast! And I don’t fall asleep!” We have recently adopted a very “Simple Church” idea to keep our focus on His purpose, making disciples, as He commanded us. Our purpose is “Knowing God… Growing God’s Family.” Everything we do is done with this purpose in mind, to know Him better, and to help others know Him. It’s simple. We’re into that lately. We don’t have a lot of fancy programs. We teach the Word and pray. We reach the people right around us with everything we’ve got, and we don‘t forget about the world. We’re just available, and God gives the increase. No matter what age you are or what your background is, there is a small group here to help you become more like Jesus. Even in our Nursery, the youngest ones are read a Bible story and listen to Christian music (and yes, even dance!). Children can learn during Sunday School and Children’s Church on Sunday mornings and KIDSclub on Wednesday nights. Teens can hang out with friends and learn during Sunday School before church and at FUTUREyouth on Sunday nights. Our adult Bible studies are now called “LifeGroups” because we know that we need each other to do life. So, we spend more time getting to know each other and praying for each other, praying for our community, our nation and our world. Prayer makes our Bible studies come alive. We recognize we need His Spirit to bring new life and revival to us as we study His Word, no matter how old we are or how mature we think we are. God, through the leading of His Spirit, has given us a fresh vision for the power of prayer. We changed our time of focused prayer to early Sunday mornings. We pray over every pew, for every person who will walk through our doors, for Pastor and worship leaders and for you to join us! Actually, we don’t really care where you plant your feet. Just plant them in a church where “God‘s Word is preached and His presence is felt.” We’re all on the same team, so find a place where you can grow in your walk with the Lord. We would be honored to help you know God and grow in God’s family. Come and see what God is doing on Dutch Hill. Your heart will rejoice!

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“Community of Christ’’ Market & 8th Street, Bloomsburg, PA (570) 784-4753

Danville Service at 9:00 am Church located just south of I-80 on Route 54

Bloomsburg Service at 10:45 am Church located just south of I-80 on Route 487

Henry N. Shaffer, Jr. ~Pastor~ Sunday Church School 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship Service 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon Wednesday Evening Prayer Service 7:00 p.m.

To learn more visit Lead Pastor: Nathan King Pastor: Jeff Salvesen Pastor: Mike Spagnuolo

Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ 260 E 7th Street, Bloomsburg


e-mail: Website: Pastor: Rev. Stephen D. Engelhardt

570-784-6723 Sunday Service Times: Worship 9:00 a.m. Church School 10:30 a.m.

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Wesley UMC has served Bloom more than 180 years BLOOMSBURG — Wesley United Methodist Church, Market and Third streets in Bloomsburg, has served the town and surrounding area for more than 180 years. Over the years, Wesley’s large facility has provided the congregation with many opportunities to reach out to others, not just through weekly worship services but also via educational and recreational events for all ages. During last year’s flooding, Wesley was able to serve thousands of meals to help those who experienced damage and to those who were taking part in cleanup efforts. The church opened its doors to house a local preschool which was affected by the flood and to the Head Start students and teachers who also experienced damage at their Town Park Village facility. Wesley offers Sunday worship services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. The early service offers a more traditional worship style, while the 10:30 a.m. service has a traditional basis that is enhanced by a mix of drama and media with both traditional and contemporary music. Wesley offers a contemporary worship service once every month. It takes place at 8:30 a.m. in the church gym on designated Sundays. Wesley also offers a once a month,

mid-week, Taize worship experience, a unique style of music, prayer and silence. Wesley’s Sunday School classes are held weekly at 9:15 a.m. and are open to everyone of every age — infants through adults. Classes for children and youth are geared for age levels and specific grades. Adults can choose studies of the Bible, social issues and stewardship and mission topics, among others. In addition, Wesley provides a summer Vacation Bible School program that touches the lives of children ages 3-12. This year’s VBS takes place Aug. 5-9, from 6-8:30 p.m. All in the community are invited to take part. Starlight is a special ministry for adults or people with disabilities. The Starlight program reaches out to anyone in the community who might desire to be part of this evening of activities, worship and fellowship. The Starlight members annually lead a Sunday morning worship service and present an evening holiday program. Starlight holds weekly meetings every Sunday, September-May, at 7 p.m. and is led by Jane and Brian Bercher. “Limited activity members” (LAMs) are homebound persons with limited means to function. LAMs receive extra attention at Wesley via a group

of “shepherds” who visit and often run errands and provide meals and transportation for them. Bible studies are popular at Wesley and are open to all members of the congregation and interested persons in the community. In addition, church retreats have become events that everyone looks forward to. In April, Wesley sponsors an all-church retreat and, in the fall, the Wesley UMW sponsors a women’s retreat. Persons who take part gather at Wesley Forest in Weikert for a weekend camping experience that includes fun, fellowship and renewal in the great out-of-doors. Youth at Wesley meet on Sundays from 6:30-8 p.m., deviating from that schedule for occasional special events. Young persons in grades six-12 gather for fun and fellowship while taking part in Bible studies, outreach projects and various exciting events and activities geared to their age-level. The Wesley UMYF is open to all youth in the community. Wesley is well-known for its outstanding music department that includes opportunities for persons of all ages and abilities. Several choirs are available to all who want to be part of the Wesley music ministry: Kinder Choir (age 4-grade one), Wesley

Family Singers (grades twofive), Singers of Faith (grades six- 12), Young Chimers (grades three-12) and Sanctuary Choir (adults of all ages). The Bells In Bloom handbell choir performs for the congregation, occasionally offers musical presentations for organizations in the Bloomsburg area and has attended bell festivals in Pennsylvania and other states. The Bloomsburg Bicentennial Choir continues to present exemplary musical presentations under the direction of Wesley’s minister of music, Patricia W. Gensemer. Since 2002, the choir has combined approximately 120 talented singers from numerous churches and other individuals from Bloomsburg and surrounding communities. The choir’s 2012 concert, “This Is My Song,” will take place at Wesley on Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10. The Community Friendship Meal ���soup kitchen” is sponsored by, and hosted at Wesley, but outside groups also prepare and serve meals on a rotating basis every Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. There is no charge for the meal, and it is open to anyone in the community. Groups or individuals who would like to sponsor a meal should contact Donna Gillaspy at 784-8977.

Good Shepherd UMC is a small town church with big heart BLOOMSBURG — Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, on the corner of Fifth and Iron streets in Bloomsburg, is known as a small town church with a big heart. Love for others radiates inside the building as well as outside its walls. We realize that a church is not a building, but a church is the people. If you are looking for a church home, we would love to include you in our church body. Give us a look! Stop in! We are here to serve and love as Jesus taught. Although we are a small church, we are a very active, mission-minded body. Our mission as a church is to bring new disciples to Jesus Christ. In an effort to help carry out this mission, in 2009 we initiated a Monthly Complimentary Meal offered to anyone in the greater Bloomsburg area. The meals are served the third Saturday

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GOOD SHEPHERD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH is on the corner of Fifth and Iron streets in Bloomsburg. of each month at 5 p.m. Just call 784-7430 to reserve a spot. Food is an important commodity, especially during the Christmas season. Each year, we provide food baskets so that

our needy friends will have a good Christmas meal. Early in 2011, the church decided to offer an option of a Children’s Church program to families with young children. Children attend part of the regular worship service and then move to another area of the church to participate in worship activities which complement the weekly sermon. As part of their worship experience, children give praise to God in the Children’s Bell Choir once a month. Children of the Bloomsburg area are encouraged to attend our well-organized annual Vacation Bible School. This program is offered in conjunction with our sister church, Buckhorn United Methodist. We participate in various community services which are in place to help others.  A num-

ber of our members reach out in prison ministry at various locations. Others deliver Meals on Wheels every six weeks. We also sponsor a yearly Red Cross Blood Drive. Throughout the year, there are several fundraisers. Proceeds from our bazaar, hoagie sales and doughnut sale go to a number of local missions. Profits from the spring and fall rummage sales are sent to the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard. These are just some of the programs that are provided at Good Shepherd. If you would like to know more, please feel free to come and worship with us at 10:30 any Sunday. Come meet Pastor Audrey Brosious and the rest of us. You will be welcomed with open arms.  In addition to on-street parking, we also have a paved parking lot at Seventh and Iron streets.

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BOWER MEMORIAL CHURCH 140 East 2nd St., Berwick, PA 18603 570-752-6262 Rev. Ralph B. Martenbach

First Baptist Church 20 Brookside Drive, Danville Phone: 570-275-1511 • Dr. Harry Wonderland, Pastor Rev. Dawes J. Dunham, Associate Pastor Rev. Mike Bayly, Youth Pastor Service Times - Sundays 8:00 am Contemporary Style Worship 9:25 am Bible School for all ages 10:45 am Traditional Style Worship 6:00 pm Evening Service & Sr. High Youth Midweek Ministries Wednesday 6:30 pm – Awana & Jr. High Youth Preceded by Dinner at 5:00 pm (Sept. - May) Special Local or National Outreach Services Upward • MOPS • Red Cross Blood Drives Church Mission Statement: “Believers in Christ - Growing God’s WORD Worship - Outrech - Relationship - Discipleship

Sunday School - 9:00am Worship - 10:30am

Mass and Confession Schedule Weekend Masses: Saturday Vigil 5:00 P.M. Sunday Masses 8:30 & 10:30 A.M.

Daily Masses: Monday, Tuesday, Friday 6:30 A.M. Thursday 6:15 P.M. First Friday 9:00 A.M. Nursing Home Masses Grandview - 3rd Monday (odd months) 2:00 P.M. Vintage Knolls - 3rd Monday (even months) 2:00 P.M.

Confessions: Saturday 3:30 - 4:30 P.M. Thursday 5:45 – 6:10 P.M.

Rev. Steven W. Fauser, Pastor Phone: (570) 275-2512 Home Page:

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Trinity Reformed UCC begins third century BLOOMSBURG — The Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ continues to embrace a mission of generous hospitality as it begins a third century of ministry in Bloomsburg. We’re also in our third year at the former Nazarene Church at 260 E. Seventh St., having moved from the corner of Iron and Third streets. Trinity shares a similar concern for people with others on Seventh Street: the YMCA, the Red Cross, the Children’s Museum, Habitat for Humanity and AGAPE. We make every effort to embody the theme of the United Church of Christ: “Wherever you are on your journey, you are welcome here!” Physically, the building features full handicap accessibility to both floors, including a ramp at the rear of the building

and all restrooms. The upper level includes the sanctuary, Jubilee Hall (used for gatherings and for festivals), a kitchen, restrooms and a pastor’s study. The lower level is home to classrooms, a lounge, the church offices and restrooms. The building also has central air and heat, as well as a large parking lot. Relationally, Trinity is excited to serve the neighborhood and community. Blood drives, a children’s carnival and movie nights, as well as our Strawberry and Peach festivals are open to all. Lenten lunch with devotions is offered each Tuesday during Lent (noon-1 p.m.). We actively support the Food Pantry in Bloomsburg, the Red Cross, the Community Soup Kitchen, Meals on Wheels, AGAPE, Protestant Campus Ministry and numerous other local missions. We also reach beyond the

familiar confines of Bloomsburg with responses to needs worldwide. Theologically, we are a diverse congregation seeking to live out God’s call on our lives and God’s mandate to serve others in the love of Christ. Ours is a creative, warm and welcoming congregation, as those who visit can attest. Worship is followed by a gathering time in Jubilee Hall prior to learning opportunities. Generally, worship takes place at 9 a.m., with occasional services at 10:30 a.m. We also partner with St. Matthew Lutheran, First Presbyterian and Good Shepherd United Methodist Church for Good Friday services and the Lutherans for Vacation Bible School (held this year at Trinity UCC). The Rev. Steve Engelhardt will begin his seventh year as pastor in June. He can be contacted through the church office, which is open Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by calling 570-784-6723. We are also very excited about our updated website,, which offers a snapshot of who we are, how to find us, links to the UCC, copies of our monthly newsletter, “The Carillon,” and copies of the pastor’s sermons.

St. Peter’s UCC is welcoming Everyone is welcome to and open in Beaver Township come to Mifflinville UMC

BEAVER TWP. — St. Peter’s United Church of Christ is part of the Nuremberg Charge. We also share our building with St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. We are an open and welcoming congregation and strongly believe the theme of the United Church of Christ: Wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. Our vision statement says, “The Nuremberg Charge is a welcoming, all inclusive family of faith, committed to serve the people of our community and our world.” In our Conference, we support One Great Hour of Sharing, Neighbors in Need and Our Churches Wider Mission (OCWM). Locally, we support the People in Need (PIN) Fund, which serves the Nuremberg Charge and surrounding communities. Annually, we hold a Walk-a-thon, which supports the PIN Fund. We provide Easter baskets to our shut-ins and a local nursing home. We also purchase Christmas gifts for needy children in the community. We have a once-a-month Joyful Noise Offering that benefits lo-

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ST. PETER’S United Church of Christ is at 114 Beaver Valley Road in Beaver Township. cal needs in our community. We partner with local churches for Beaver-Main Vacation Bible School. We join with other churches in the Charge and the community for Lenten Services and Thanksgiving Eve. The pastor is Louis Aita, and services are held every other Sunday at 8:30 a.m. The first service of 2012 was Jan. 1. An Easter service will be held at 8:30 a.m. St. Peter’s UCC is at 114 Beaver Valley Road in Beaver Township, close to the BeaverMain School. For more information, call 570-582-9550.

MIFFLINVILLE — Whether you are a regular churchgoer or haven’t stepped into a church for years, you are welcome at Mifflinville United Methodist Church, Fourth and Market streets. The Methodist church has been part of Mifflinville since the early 1800s, and the present two-story building was built in 1861. Now, every portion of the church is completely handicap accessible. A spacious elevator can easily take a person of limited mobility to the secondfloor sanctuary. And the classrooms are open to community organizations needing meeting or service space. Our calling is to make disciples of Jesus who are giving, growing and glorifying, and we claim that mission in every activity. Sunday Worship at 9 a.m. features upbeat, relevant messages and a special time for children. A nursery is provided. Sunday school for all ages follows at 10:15. Christian Adventure Club, kindergarten-sixth grade, meets Thursdays at 4:30 p.m., October-March, for Bible sto-

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THE MIFFLINVILLE UNITED METHODIST SOCIAL HALL, at Fourth and Market streets, across from the church, is available for rental. ries, crafts, games, songs and more. A Vacation Bible School is planned for the second week in June. We support missionaries, take part in short-term mission trips, care for the sick and raise funds for other ministries. We grow closer through fellowship dinners, Sunday School classes, weekday Bible studies, picnics and more. We also serve at the Salvation Army soup kitchen in Berwick. For more information, contact Pastor Andrew Burd-Harris at aburd-harris@susumc. org or 759-0552 or visit www.

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Be a beacon for Christ and join us at the

ST. COLUMBA CHURCH 3rd & Iron Sts., Bloomsburg • Phone: 784-0801 Msgr. Robert E. Lawrence Saturday Mass Daily Mass 7:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

Lightstreet United Methodist Church

Sunday Mass 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

Religious Education 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Sunday University Mass 6:00 p.m. (when in session)

Praise & Worship 8 am Sunday School 9:15 am Traditional Worship 10:30 am

“God’s Light, Our Sight Building God’s Team NOW’’ 784-9271 1640 Main St., Lightstreet, PA 17839

“A church where REAL people find REAL answers in a REAL God”

St. Luke Lutheran Church 9 St. Luke’s Way, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 Phone: 784-5035 NOW ACCEPTING PRESCHOOL REGISTRATIONS E-mail: Website:

Service Times: Sunday Morning 8:00 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Rev. Jeffrey G. Bohan, Senior Pastor

2376 State Route 42 Millville, PA 17846 570-458-4043 • 570-458-0130 David D. Rosenberger, Pastor

St. Luke Church Choir

St. Luke PreSchool dressed for Halloween

Vacation Bible School

Mardi Gras/Pancake Supper Fellowship

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Worship, learning, mission at core of First Presbyterian BLOOMSBURG — A curious person walking through the doors of First Presbyterian Church in Bloomsburg this winter might have encountered any of the following: • An enthusiastic group of young people serving soup on Souper Bowl Sunday (yes, that’s spelled correctly!), raising money for the local food pantry • A circle of adults reflecting seriously on how their Christian faith relates to the recent Quran burnings • A worshipping community singing hymns both old and new, encountering the Word of God with open minds and hearts. Worship, learning and mission — these are at the core of First Presbyterian. Our worship is traditional but not stuffy, and it’s easy to follow. Children are welcome in worship, or, alternatively, in Junior Church.

We are blessed in our musicians and our choirs, whose leadership in worship often opens for us the windows of heaven. Those who walk by on a summer Sunday morning often linger, just for the joy of listening. We believe in life-long learning and active faith. In addition to the usual church school classes, confirmation class, Vacation Bible School, women’s groups and youth group, we connect through Bible studies and book studies and offer opportunities to deepen the spiritual life through growth in prayer and spiritual disciplines. We are a congregation that takes its faith seriously enough to ask the hard questions and to struggle together with the challenges of following Jesus. We welcome a variety of viewpoints, believing that our unity is found, not in common opinions, but

in serving Christ, who breaks down the walls that divide us. Our outreach is central to our existence; our service to others extends as far as Pakistan and Nicaragua and as near as the Bloomsburg Fair. Our young people have served the homeless in Washington, D.C., and built houses in Maine. Our building houses the local Salvation Army unit as well as other community-serving groups. We believe our mission is to extend the love of Christ in very concrete ways to all those who need help. All are invited to join us, whether for a worship service, an event, a book study or a meal shared. You will find a welcome here. The church is at Fourth and Market streets in beautiful downtown Bloomsburg, with worship each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. (summer Sundays at 9 a.m.)

St. Paul’s UMC in Berwick There are several Seventh-day reaches out to community Adventists churches in the area BERWICK — St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1000 Orange St., Berwick, reaches out to the community. The church hosts Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and religious release from Orange Street Elementary School and allows community support groups to meet. We outreach to Danville State Hospital and the Mechanicsburg Children’s Home. We hold “West End” VBS (Vacation Bible School) and Lenten services with Calvary United Methodist and Grace Lutheran churches. We host Ladies’ Teas and Men’s Brunches throughout the year and make soups and shoofly pies. Annually, we hold a Holiday Bazaar and “A Night in Bethlehem” during advent. We have quilters who meet Mondays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church hosts karaoke each month. You don’t have to sing; you can come and be entertained. This is not for religious songs only; you’ll hear all kinds of songs. We do this for fun, so you don’t have to feel afraid to give it a try. We allow dancing. There is a $3 donation asked at the door. Refreshments are available. Services are held Sundays at 9 a.m. under the direction of Pastor Byron Krapf. There is

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ST. PAUL’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH is at 1000 Orange St. in Berwick. also Adult and Children’s Sunday School (10:15 a.m.), Children’s Church (during worship service), nursery (during services), quarterly communion, a monthly Fellowship Hour and quarterly Family Activities. The church is handicapaccessible on all levels. For more information, call 759-8093, e-mail or visit

BERWICK — Who are the Seventh-day Adventists? We’re glad you asked. You may have noticed that there are Seventh-day Adventist churches in Berwick, Danville, Northumberland, Shamokin, Scranton, WilkesBarre and other communities. Actually, there are 5,000 such churches across North America, with more than one million members (16 million worldwide). Seventh-day Adventists are well-known world wide for basing all of their beliefs on the authority of the Bible, God’s Holy Word. They are Bible-believing Christians who base their faith, hope and future in Jesus Christ and His saving grace!

Things to know We would like you to know that… • We worship on Saturday, the “seventh-day” Sabbath established by God at Creation, and that we are Adventist because we anticipate the second coming or “advent” of Jesus Christ. • Because we espouse a wholistic lifestyle that leads to a longer quality of life, we operate 600 hospitals and clinics worldwide and often host seminars to help people lose weight,

stop smoking and eat healthier. • We operate the largest unified Protestant school system in the world, with more than one million students enrolled in 5,000 schools and universities (including 17 in Pennsylvania). • We believe in serving the community locally through Adventist Community Services Centers (six in Pennsylvania) and worldwide through the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, which does humanitarian work in 124 countries. Want to know more? Join us for prayer and study on Wednesday night at 7 at our Berwick church. Please call the Danville church at 275-2415 for information regarding their meetings. All of our church locations have Bible study on Saturday mornings at 9:30 and worship on Saturdays at 11 a.m. We welcome your children to attend Adventurers (ages 5-9) and Pathfinders (ages 10-15). Listen to 24-7 Christian Radio on WBBY-LP at 100.3 FM in Berwick. The Berwick Seventh-day Adventist Church is at 1106 Orange St. For assistance, please call 759-2622 or 594-1170. The Danville church is at 6 Heather Hills Road, and the phone number is 275-7997. Please visit for more information.

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Grace United of Christ in Millgrove 3Miles East of Numidia

Seventh-Day Adventist Church

1106 Orange St., Berwick, PA 18603 759-2622

Worship 9:00 with Pastor David Adams Children’s Sunday School during worship hour Active Women’s Guild Annual Ham/Dandelion Dinner, Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner, Pumpkin Roll and Raisin-filled Cookie Projects ~ New pastor brings new ideas ~ Valentine Bingo, Youth-of-all-Ages Bowling, Game Night, for example.

6 Heather Hills Rd. Danville PA 17821 270-7997

E-mail Website: John Peters, Pastor Service Times: Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - Bible Study 11:00 a.m. - Worship Wednesday: 7:00 p.m. Bible Study/Prayer Meeting Please Call for Information

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 1600 Fowler Avenue, Berwick (Next To Berwick Hospital) • Phone 752-3737 The Rev. John R. Koons, Pastor • Sunday Worship 9:00 a.m. Communion Every Sunday Adult Supervised Nursery • Sunday Church School 10:30 a.m. Classes For All Ages • Wednesday Evening Prayer Services 6:30 p.m.

Come And Worship With A Friendly And Caring Congregation

Parking On Church Premises Air Conditioned Handicapped Accessible

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Good Shepherd Lutheran reaches out to all BERWICK — The mission of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1600 Fowler Ave., Berwick, next to the Berwick Hospital, is to reach out to all, proclaiming God’s love in Jesus Christ. It is the mission which forms the central focus of all ministries at Good Shepherd, which is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Holy Communion is celebrated each Sunday morning at 9. All baptized Christians are invited and welcomed at the Lord’s table. Although Sunday morning worship follows the “traditional” liturgy of the church, Good Shepherd routinely shifts among four settings of the service. The congregation is comfortable singing the old time favorite hymns, hymns rich in the Lutheran tradition, as well as hymns from Hispanic and African traditions. The people of Good Shepherd enjoy worship that, while retaining the familiar, seeks to find new and exciting ways of expressing it. Good Shepherd is air-conditioned and handicapped accessible. Ample parking, with numerous handicapped-designated spaces is available. In order to improve the worship experience for all in attendance, large print bulletins and hearing aids are on hand for any who need them. A special children’s sermon presents the week’s message in

terms the little ones can understand and remember. Parents are welcome and encouraged to bring their children to worship. Many people are involved in making worship happen at Good Shepherd, serving as assisting minister, communion assistants, acolytes, communion presenters, ushers, greeters, lectors and attendants at the visitors center. Two members have completed the Authorized Lay Worship Leaders program of the Upper Susquehanna Synod. These persons serve in leadership roles at Good Shepherd and in other congregations of the Synod. Fellowship time with coffee and cookies follows the worship service every Sunday. Sunday Church School begins at 10:30 a.m. Good Shepherd has prayer service on Wednesday evenings at 6:30, and 7 during the Lenten season. The format varies, but it is generally an informal service held in the church parlor or the outdoor pavilion in warm weather. The service lasts about 30 minutes. As with all worship services, the public is invited. Music is an important ministry at Good Shepherd. The adult Sanctuary Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings, following worship. The Bell Choir has enough members for three octaves. They meet every Monday evening at 6 for rehearsal and play once a month during

worship. In addition, a children’s choir has been formed. All children who would like to sing in the choir are invited to join them at 10:30, immediately after worship. During the year, the church provides opportunities for concerts and recitals. Brighter Light rehearses and performs at Good Shepherd. Various college choirs have requested to use the church for concerts. Good Shepherd also has a very active Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA) group. During the course of the year, in addition to having monthly meetings, with lessons, they support numerous community projects: the Salvation Army Soup kitchen, which they sponsor, cook and serve at least once a year; Beyond Violence, with food and goods; the Salvation Army food cupboard; homebound shut-in baskets at Thanksgiving and poinsettias for the homebound at Christmas. They host an annual Spring Tea, to which they invite neighboring Lutheran WELCA groups to join them for an evening of fellowship and food. A Men’s Club meets on the second Saturday of the month at 9 a.m. for breakfast and to plan projects they can work on for the church and the community. Males of all ages are invited to join them. The church has a Tuesday

morning Bible study at 10 and an evening Bible study at 7 on the third, fourth and fifth Thursdays of the month. These study groups are offered for individuals interested in learning more about the Bible and their faith and enjoying good fellowship at the same time. Good Shepherd provides a variety of youth fellowship programs and youth service projects. Weekly Sunday School classes offer devotions, discussions and Bible studies for children to find meaning and purpose for God’s Word in their lives. Good Shepherd plans an exciting week-long Vacation Bible School for children age 3 through sixth grade. This is a safe, friendly, and fun environment for children. They invite all interested children to join them for Bible stories, crafts, snacks, songs and games. Good Shepherd further serves the community by offering its facility as a meeting place for groups such as the Woman’s Civic Club and the Delphians. Good Shepherd also sponsors Brownie and Girl Scout troops. The church is also home to the day care program All About Kids. The Rev. John R. Koons serves as pastor of Good Shepherd. Many new and exciting things are happening at Good Shepherd. Come and see!

Grace Lutheran Church joins in God’s saving work BERWICK — Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, at 1315 Fairview Ave. in Berwick, is a faith community where people grow in discipleship through worship, prayer, reflection on the Scriptures and mutual support, so that they recognize, develop and use our God-given gifts to join in God’s saving work in this community and throughout the world. The new sanctuary was dedicated in December 2009. Visitors and prospective members are encouraged to join us. Our facilities are fully handicap accessible. Worship plays a central role in the life of the congregation. Holy Communion is celebrated each Sunday at 9 a.m. The Praise Team leads the music on the fourth Sunday of each month. Sunday School classes for children and adults are offered each Sunday following worship. At Grace Lutheran, members function as a second family to each other. Fellow-

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THE NEW SANCTUARY at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1315 Fairview Ave., Berwick, was dedicated in December 2009. ship events are an important aspect of congregational life. Fellowship events and activities include monthly game nights, a chili cook-off, a block party, spaghetti din-

ners and hoagie days. Other programs at Grace Lutheran include a prayer chain, Women of the ELCA, children’s choir, adult choir, a quilting group, inter-generational activities and instruction for First Communion and confirmation. Grace Lutheran Church also seeks to work together with other congregations in the area. It participates in the Berwick Area Ministerium and Today’s Lutherans in Christ. Mid-week Lenten services and Vacation Bible School are shared with Calvary and St. Paul’s United Methodist churches. As we build on our past and prepare for the future, members of the congregation invite you to come and join them for worship, education, and fellowship. If you would like additional information, please call the church at 752-3196 or e-mail

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CANBY LUTHERAN CHURCH Millertown Road Bloomsburg Pastor Martin Kessler

Maunday Thursday Service 6:30 pm


Berger’s Trinity Peace 475 South Market St., Rt. 54 • Elysburg, PA 17824 GOD BLESS

For All Your Religious Gifts Quality – Friendly – Timely Service

SINCE 1952

“Gifts the Keep on Giving” ? Candles ? Palms ? Wafers ? Vestments ? Rite Books ? Metalware ? Ordos

? Calendars ? Charcoal ? Incense ? Statuary ? Linens ? Clerical Apparel

Bibles n Books Music / Videos n Rosaries n Pictures n Statues n Medals n Holy Cards n Communication Items n Confirmation Gifts n


HOURS: TUES., WED., THURS. 10 to 6, FRIDAY 10 to 8, SATURDAY 10 to 4 (Closed Sundays and Mondays)

570-672-9339 e-mail:

Celebrating 60 Years of Service

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Orthodox Church started at beginning BERWICK — If you haven’t heard of the Orthodox Church, it is evangelical but not Protestant. It is Orthodox but not Jewish. It is catholic, but not Roman. It is not non-denominational, it is pre-denominational. It has been believed, taught, preserved, defended and died for. It is the Faith that has established the universe! • Are we Christians? Yes, indeed we are Christians! As a matter of fact, Orthodox Christians trace their spiritual roots directly back to Jesus Christ and His Apostles. When the Holy Spirit came down upon the followers of Christ on Pentecost, the Christian Church was born. From Jerusalem, the Church spread throughout the Roman empire and even beyond its borders. During the fifth century, Christians of the Eastern Church began to call themselves Orthodox. This description is derived from two Greek words, “orthos” (right, true) and

“doxa” (glory, praise, opinion). Orthodox Christians believe and proclaim that the Orthodox Church is the same Church described in the Bible as the Body of Christ and the Bride of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 5:23–25). Throughout its 2,000-year history, Orthodox Christianity has remained faithful to the teachings and practices passed on from the Apostles and early Church Fathers (2 Thessalonians 2:15).  • How we worship The Holy Orthodox Church, with her history that dates back to the very origin of Christianity, is rich in the tradition and beauty of her worship. It has been said, “the beauty of that worship is utterly transporting,” it is like heaven on earth. But even as important as her worship is her strict adherence to the teachings of Our Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. The Orthodox Church alone has preserved the True

Faith of the early Church. In maintaining the true Christian Faith, the Orthodox Church blesses, praises and glorifies God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Christian Gospel is not only read and preached in our Church, it is also prayed. It has the same power and meaning as the preaching of Christ Himself; and, in the Divine Liturgy, Orthodox Christians fully participate in the Lord’s Supper and enter into communion with God. • Local history Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church was established in Berwick in 1909 by a group of Eastern European immigrants who were looking for a place to worship God. Although the founders of Holy Annunciation were predominantly from Eastern Europe, we recognize that we are descendents of the first Christians and that the Orthodox faith is a faith for all people, and it, therefore, tran-

scends ethnic origins and race. Presently, Holy Annunciation offers services on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. We have an active youth community, woman’s organization and adult religious education, and we are also active in outreach to our local community. This is a very small introduction to Orthodox Christianity. There is infinitely more to discover and learn. We eagerly invite you to worship with us, and we welcome any questions you may have. Our church is a parish of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania of the Orthodox Church in America. We warmly welcome all who are in search of a church that is in unchanging continuity with the Church of the Apostles and where they may find the purity of the Apostolic Faith. Not sure? Curious? Come and see! For more information, contact Fr. Michael Demko, 752-3184 or see our website:

Canby Lutheran is an Bower UMC is refuge active body of Christ for souls in Berwick MOUNT PLEASANT TWP. — The mission statement at Canby Lutheran Church is “To teach, serve, and live the Word of God in Jesus Christ.” The church has been and currently is a very active body of Christ. A few years before the Civil War, Rev. E. A. Sharretts organized the congregation on Nov. 18, 1859, at its current location at 529 Millertown Road, Bloomsburg. During the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, Canby was part of the St. Luke Parish. From 1986 until Aug. 1, 2010, it was part of the former Buckhorn Lutheran Parish. Canby is now on its own and is currently being served by the Rev. Dr. Martin Kessler. Worship is held at 9 a.m.

Serving the Lord Canby’s faithful currently are serving the Lord through many activities in which all are welcome and invited to attend. A few of these activities are a monthly community

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CANBY LUTHERAN CHURCH is at 529 Millertown Road in Mount Pleasant Township. gathering that is held on the third Tuesday of the month with a free meal, a prayer shawl ministry, a monthly meeting of the Circle of Faith, monthly prayer meetings and participation in Today’s Lutherans in Christ outreach. Canby Lutheran is handicapped accessible, and there is ample parking. Canby’s doors and arms are open to all who enter, and all are welcome.

BERWICK — Bower Memorial Church has been, is and shall continue to be the refuge for souls seeking the grace of God through Jesus Christ. Situated in the heart of Berwick at Second and Pine streets, she stands like a fortress for the spiritual life. The church shares the light of Christ in Sunday School at 9 a.m. and during morning worship at 10:30 a.m. weekly. She then takes that light into the community and world during the rest of the week. Famous for her Soup and Sandwich Fridays, she shows her concern for hearts in Berwick through her Outreach Ministries by providing food for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter dinners. This unconditional love offers all those who may need a helping hand in our area and thus fosters genuine thanksgiving and celebration on holidays with an emphasis of family values. Some 450 people received the blessing last year, and the church is aiming

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BOWER MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH is at Second and Pine streets in Berwick. to increase that this year. You are invited to become a part of this living, growing fellowship of United Methodist Christians. Join us to find that meaning and purpose in your life for which you have been searching. A Maundy Thursday service will be held on April 5 at 7 p.m. and an Easter Sunrise service on April 8 at 7 a.m. outdoors by our cross. The Easter Holy Communion service will be in the sanctuary at 10:30 a.m.

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Fowlersville-Lime Ridge United Methodist Charge Pastor: Terry Brosius Fowlersville Church 10 Golf Course Road Berwick, PA 18603 570-752-6043

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church 1315 Fairview Avenue, Berwick, PA (570) 752-3196 The Reverend Chad A. Hebrink, Pastor

Sunday Services Worship 8:45 a.m. Sunday School 10:15 a.m.

Worship Times: Sunday, 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday Bible Study 9:00 a.m. Open to Public Fowlersville United Methodist Church

Lime Ridge Church 6405 4th St. Lime Ridge, PA 17815 Phone: 570-387-0140

Lime Ridge United Methodist Church

Sunday Services Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Worship 10:15 a.m. ElmCroft at Berwick 2:00 p.m. Youth Fellowship Meets 3rd Sunday of every month at Lime Ridge Community Center

Grace Lutheran Church

HOLY ANNUNCIATION ORTHODOX CHURCH 1228 Second Avenue, Berwick, PA • 570-752-3184 Reverend Michael K. Demko, Rector

Divine Liturgy on Sunday and Feast Days 9:30 AM

Vespers on Saturday 5:00 PM Vespers on Eve of Holy Days 6:00 PM

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Orangeville UMC Parish: Faithful witness to area ORANGEVILLE — We are again in the midst of another Lenten season in which we are called to deny ourselves, pick up our crosses and follow Jesus. Over the past year, those who faithfully supported the work of the body of Christ with their prayers, presence, service, giving and witness continue the care for those of our fellowship and of the needy of our communities. We continue to support the Benton and Orange Township food banks with food items and financial support. Our youth participated in the Souper Bowl program, and all donations were divided between the two food banks. Some of our youth participated in the Fishing Creek cleanup. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all who cared for God’s creation that day. We are planning local mission projects this spring which will include repairing house roofs. We are holding our Lenten services on Wednesday evenings at 6:30. As part of those

services, we have been viewing and discussing the video series “Simply Christian”; all who are interested are invited. The video series will continue after Easter. Our Tuesday morning Bible study continues to work through the Old Testament. We are now in the book of Ezekiel. We meet at 10 each week with the exception of the first Tuesday of the month when we gather at 10:30. Our youth group, which is comprised of youth from ages 10 to 17, continues to meet on the first and third Sundays of each month from 6-7 p.m. This past year, they watched the interesting video series on “Religion and Science.” We are working to live out our mission statement which reads, “We are a church of Jesus Christ, in which all people are welcome, every member is

a minister, and the world is our responsibility, disciple making is our goal and worship is our duty and delight.” We are striving to be better disciples that we might make more disciples for Jesus Christ so that we might make a difference in our little corner of the world. • The Asbury Church is at 415 Harrison Road; worship is at 10 a.m. and Sunday School for all ages at 11 a.m. The Woman’s Group meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. • The Jonestown Church is at 811 Ridge Road. Worship is 9 a.m. We continue to support Benton with food donations and help each month. The United Methodist Women (UMW) meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. • The Kitchens Church is at 262 Welliversville Road. Worship is at 10 a.m., with Sunday School for all ages at 9 a.m.

Their UMW meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. We have planned another inspiring hymn sing on April 15 at 2:30 p.m.; everyone is invited. • The Orangeville Church is at 204 Pine St. Worship is at 11 a.m., with Sunday School starting at 9:30 a.m.. The children’s Sunday School has been very active with a number of different activities this past year and especially this Lenten season. • The Rohrsburg Church is at 706 Zaners-Rohrsburg Road. Worship is at 9 a.m. The church continues to host a very active 4-H program. Our hearts and minds and doors are open to anyone who seeks a new life in Jesus Christ and in his body, which is the church. We seek to meet all needs we can with the help of God. If you are without a church family, we invite you to join us at any of our locations. For more information please contact Pastor Darwin Goshorn at 570-683-5876 or email him at

Community Alliance offers St. Columba: Continuity with great music, casual dress past and change for future Join us at Community Alliance Church Sunday mornings at 9 at the Danville campus and 10:45 at the Bloomsburg campus for our weekly worship services featuring a praise band and casual dress. We provide deaf interpretation during worship in Bloomsburg and offer nursery and children’s church at both sites. We also have Christian Education at 9:30 a.m. in Bloomsburg. Awana, a group for children age 2 to grade 6; a youth group for students in sixth to 12th grade; and adult fellowship events are offered. Plus, get plugged in to God’s Word by taking a Precepts Bible study class. The church also offers a variety of Life Groups meeting in homes that are geared to have us all plugged into an intimate and safe setting and a place for fellowship in our own communities, where we can invite our friends and neighbors to

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THE PASTORS AT COMMUNITY ALLIANCE CHURCH, with locations in Bloomsburg and Danville, are Mike Spagnuolo, left; Nathan King, center; and Jeff Salvesen. be part. The team-oriented, Biblepreaching ministry is led by lead pastor Nathan King, associate pastor Jeffrey Salvesen and assistant pastor Mike Spagnuolo. For more information, contact 784-6161 or or visit

BLOOMSBURG — The Eucharist for Sundays is offered on Saturday evening at 5 and Sunday morning at 8 and 10:30. Weekday Mass is celebrated at 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. on Saturdays. There are a variety of opportunities for faith formation and many different social and service groups, such as the Knights of Columbus. Saint Columba also has active youth basketball and Scouting programs for boys and girls, as well as, junior and senior high youth groups. Saint Columba provides a parochial school for its parishioners and any in the area who wish to take advantage of its faith-based educational program for students in preschool through eighth grade, which has the distinction of having accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Additionally, the parish provides a religious education program for its parishioners who attend public

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THE ST. COLUMBA Parish Center and Church is at Third and Iron streets in Bloomsburg. schools. Since the late 1930s, the parish has been actively involved in the lives of the Catholic students at Bloomsburg University. Currently, the parish church is used by Catholic Campus Ministry for a 6 p.m. Sunday Mass. In conjunction with the Bloomsburg Area Ministerium, Saint Columba provides outreach to the poor through a food bank on Center Street on Sunday mornings from 9:15 to 10:15 and on Tuesday afternoons from 12:30 to 2:30.

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FIRST REFORMED UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 301 West Second St., Berwick 570-759-8991 Email: Rev. Rebecca Broyan

Mifflinville United Methodist Church

4th and Market Streets, Mifflinville, 18631

“Give, Grow, Glorify” Fully handicap accessible - elevator and classroom addition available Worship Celebration: 9 A.M. (nursery provided)

Service Times Adult Sunday School - 9:00 am Worship - 10:00 am Children’s Sunday School - 10:15 am

Sunday School: 10:15 A.M. Church: 759-0552 Andrew Burd-Harris, Pastor Email:


Order of Divine Services-Liturgies

Sunday: DIVINE LITURGY at 10:30 A.M.

Saturday: 5:30 P.M. Eve of HOLY DAYS: 6:30 P.M.

Week Days: 8:00 A.M.

Confessions: 1/2 Hour before Divine Liturgy

Holy Week Schedule of Services Holy Thursday April 5 6:30 P.M. - Matins with the Passion Gospels

Great and Holy Friday April 6 6:30 P.M. - Great Vespers and Procession with Burial Shroud

Great and Holy Saturday April 7 9:00 A.M. - Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil 3:00 P.M. - Blessing of Easter Foods

Pascha - Resurrection of Christ April 8 9:00 A.M. Resurrection Matins and Divine Liturgy Blessing of Easter Foods to follow.


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Orangeville UCC Charge has three churches ORANGEVILLE — The Orangeville United Church, at 207 Main St., is one of three churches in the Orangeville United Church of Christ Charge, which also includes Zion and St. James. Pastor Darryl Kensinger leads his congregation in a building that opened its doors in 1840. This church is commonly referred to as “the White Church” in town. The Consistory meets on the first Wednesday and the Woman’s Guild on the second Wednesday of each month. The guild is instrumental in coordinating fellowship events and supporting the church in all activities. Holy Communion is served on a quarterly schedule. Special services for holidays include the teaming of the trio of churches in the Orangeville Charge. The United church joins with the Methodist church in town to form a Community Vacation Bible School experience for the youth each summer. Church parking is at ground level, and the church has a seat lift chair to enable handicapped accessibility to the sanctuary. Visitors are welcome. Orangeville United Church

church building was dedicated Feb. 17, 1857. In 1898, a bad storm blew the front of the church apart, making it necessary for a complete redecoration. The church building has not had any other major changes since that time. Over the past few years, the social hall has seen some major changes — an addition was added and rest rooms provided, and a new furnace with air conditioning was installed. Zion Church It is available to rent for small Zion Church in Forks is parties. The church and social part of the Orangeville Charge hall are handicap accessible under the leadership of Rev. with ample parking available. Kensinger. Worship is held St. James at 9:45 a.m. Sundays. On the St. James United Church of first Sunday of the month, we have a fellowship in the social Christ, at 443 Zaner’s Bridge hall with refreshments follow- Road in Bendertown (Stillwaing the service. Sunday School ter), is a member of the Oranis held starting at 8:30 a.m. geville Charge. Rev. Kensinger The Woman’s Guild meet on a leads Sunday Worship at 11 a.m. Sunday School starts at 9:45 a.m. monthly basis. Zion Church had its begin- A coffee/fellowship time follows ning in 1830 when informal worship. St. James participates Bible classes were held at the in charge-wide Lenten services school house that was located and Bible study. An Easter serwhere the cemetery is now. In vice will be held at 7 a.m., with 1842, church services started breakfast immediately followwith a German-speaking minis- ing. A pork supper and a buckter. Since then, there have been wheat cake supper are held each 20 different ministers, includ- year, as well as the popular ice ing the current minister. The cream festivals in the summer. Bank, Nursing Home Ministry and the Friendship Meal in Bloomsburg. • Worship hour, 8:45-9:45 a.m. • Fellowship time between services • Sunday School hour, 1011 a.m. For more information, contact Pastor Kensinger in the church office at 683-5104.

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ORANGEVILLE UNITED CHURCH, at 207 Main St., is one of three churches in the Orangeville United Church of Christ Charge, which also includes Zion Church and St. James United Church of Christ. mission projects include the sponsorship of three missionary family fellowships, Samaritan’s Purse and the Shoe Box Ministry. On a local level, the congregation participates in assisting the Orangeville Food

Bethany UMC strives Wesley UMC has active to be beacon for God presence in Nescopeck BERWICK — Our mission statement here at Bethany United Methodist Church is to be a beacon for God, helping people to see, to accept and to grow in the light of Christ. Sunday morning worship includes a traditional service at 8:30 and a contemporary service at 11 with a praise band. A children’s worship is available during both services for children up to fifth grade. Our Sunday School/Learning Hour classes meet at 9:50. We have classes for all ages, including four classes for adults. BYG Room Ministries (youth ministry) is held each Sunday night from 5:30 to 7 for grades six to 12. During the school year, we offer Pioneer Club on Wednesday evenings from 5 to 6:30 for age 4 to 12th grade. We also

host Boy and Girl Scout troops.

Music groups We have various music groups, adult Chancel Choir, JIGS praise band and children’s God’s Squad. We host Red Cross blood drives throughout the year. Senior Circle meets here once a month. We offer a semi-annual free clothing drive. Bethany Blessings is our preschool/daycare which is licensed by the Department of Public welfare and offers Christian-based education. We welcome all seeking to find or strengthen their faith. Please call us at 752-2576 or visit us at for more information. Hear us on the radio each Sunday at 9 a.m. on WHLM 930 AM or 94.7 FM.

NESCOPECK — Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 Broad St., Nescopeck, has been an active presence in the community since its founding in 1889. The current church building, which was constructed the year of Wesley’s founding, has undergone sever renovations, the last being a substantial addition in 1982. During the past 123 years, the church has served the community with a variety of ministries. Members of Wesley Church established the Nescopeck Area Community Cupboard nearly 14 years ago, which was housed at Wesley until three years ago. Church members are still actively engaged in the Community’s Cupboard’s ministry at its new location on Harter Avenue in Nescopeck. The church also hosts the

Berwick meeting of Narcotics Anonymous twice weekly. Wesley Church is an active member of the Nescopeck Area Ministerium and participates in the weekly Lenten services held at various community churches, as well as a community Good Friday Service. In addition, Wesley Church organizes the Nescopeck Community-Wide Yard Sale every May. Wesley Church features a children’s choir, adult choir and handbell choir, as well as educational opportunities for all ages in Sunday School, Children’s’ Church, Youth Fellowship and Bible Study. Wesley Church celebrates the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of every month. Wesley Church also has active United Methodist Women’s and Men’s groups.

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Wesley United Methodist Church 401 Broad St. Nescopeck 570-752-3502

The Orangeville United Church Charge is a group of three churches under the guidance of Pastor Darryl Kensinger. Each church meets weekly for Sunday morning services of worship and Sunday school. The congregations of the charge join several times a year for joint services, fellowship meals, pastoral led Bible studies, Community Vacation Bible School and more. Pastor Kensinger can be reached at his office in Orangeville at 683-5104

Lord’s Supper 1st Sunday of every month Founded 1889

Orangeville United Church 207 Main St., Orangeville Worship 8:45am Sunday School 10:00am

First English Baptist Church 700 Millville Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 (570) 784-1241 Website: Rev. Dr. Lee Barnhardt, Pastor

Worship 9:25 a.m. Sunday School (for all ages) 10:45 a.m. Nursery Care Available Vacation Bible School: July 22-26, 2012

Zion United Church of Christ Forks, PA Sunday School 8:45am Worship 9:45am

St. James United Church of Christ 443 Zaner’s Bridge Rd, Bendertown Listen to our service Sundays 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. On WHLM 930AM and 94.7FM & 104.3FM A congregation of The American Baptist Churches, USA

Sunday School 9:45am Worship 11:00am Easter Service 7:00am Breakfast immediately following

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Christ is center of St. Joseph’s Church in Danville DANVILLE — Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is the center of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, with His Presence radiating from the proclaimed Word, from His Word made Flesh in the Eucharist and in the service of charity and justice to the needy. Although founded as a parish in 1848, Catholics in Danville were served by traveling missionary priests as early as 1806. By 1830, there were enough Catholics in Danville (primarily Pennsylvania Canal Irish construction workers) to warrant regular visits from Milton and Silver Lake priests. One distinguished visitor was the great St. John Neumann, bishop of Philadelphia, the diocese to which Danville pertained at the time (the Harrisburg Diocese, to which the parish now belongs, was established in 1868). Neumann visited Oct. 18-20, 1857, to baptize children and perform marriages at the parish. The first church was a wooden structure now privately owned for storage and still

standing at Pine and Center streets, a block from the handsome current brick structure built in 1868, along with the adjoining rectory. The church has retained most of its architectural integrity from those first years and is the only Catholic Church of traditional interior design in the immediate area.

School founded in 1890 The church elementary school, the parish jewel, was founded in 1890 and provides a modern curriculum that includes language and computer classes, along with solid teaching in the Catholic faith. Today, God blesses the parish with members actively involved in Sunday liturgies. Vibrant youth programs include Scouting, basketball and cheerleading teams and a teen youth group. While encouraging its members to tithe, the parish tithes a portion of its own income for the poor around the world. A parish bus picks up shut-ins for weekend Mass (which is

St. Matthew Lutheran reaches out to world BLOOMSBURG — In 2012, members of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, at 123 Market St., Bloomsburg, (north of the fountain) are asking how are we called, as the people of God, to participate in God’s work in the world? We seek to serve God and reach out to our community and the world using the gifts God has given to each of us. Our life together includes : • Regular Services of Healing • A dynamic music ministry under music director Alan Hack — Choir, Bell Choir, host for the Jubilate Choir, Fountain Ringers and the BU Chamber Orchestra concerts. • Monthly emphasis of giving to the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard, regular World Hunger Appeal offerings and Missionary Support in Africa • Sale of fair trade coffee, tea, olive oil and chocolate in our library — providing support for farmers around the world • An annual Fair Trade Fair, supporting artisans around the world • Bible study • Host of St. Matthew Preschool — Cherry Slusser, director • Weekly Quilters Ministry

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ST. MATTHEW LUTHERAN CHURCH is at 123 N. Market St. in Bloomsburg. — well over 2,000 quilts made and given away! • Community-minded: Host Girl Scout troops, Herb Guild, AA, yoga Sunday morning worship is at 8 and 10:30 a.m. (8 and 9:30 from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends). Pastor Joel Zeiders and the people of St. Matthew invite you to join them for worship and ministry. There is a place for you here! Our vocation, our deep joy, is to love God and serve the world and to intentionally be inclusive in our welcome to all people. For more information, contact the church at 784-4515 or

televised on the local cable station), and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and others visit the homebound. The local Knights of Columbus meets at the parish, as well as Bible study sessions and men’s and women’s prayer groups. Mass times are Saturday (Vigil) at 5 p.m.; Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Monday, Tuesday, and Friday at 6:30 a.m.; Thursday evenings at 6:15; and First Friday at 9 a.m. Confessions are on Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. and on Thursdays at 5:45 p.m. Our mission statement reads, “We, the faith community of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church of Danville, are committed to spreading the Kingdom of God through Liturgy, Sacraments, Scripture and Education. This will inspire us to serve the larger community by bringing the Light of Christ to others through works of justice, mercy, and love.” The church is led by Rev. Steven W. Fauser, Pastor.

Find real answers at New Testament AOG near Millville MILLVILLE — New Testament Assembly of God is at 2376 State Route 42, two miles south of Millville. Its vision statement says “New Testament Assembly of God exists to: • R-each the unbelieving and unchurched of our community so that they can BELONG to the family of God; • E-ducate the new believers concerning the plan, purposes, and power of God so that they can GROW as maturing disciples of Christ; • A-ctivate the growing disciples according to each one’s unique God-given design of abilities and gifts so that they can SERVE God and the body of believers fruitfully; • L-aunch the equipped servants so that they can TOUCH the people of this REAL world of problems with the REAL answer — JESUS; all the while seeking to • M-agnify God as we WORSHIP Him with our entire lives, while living here in His REAL REALM! New Testament Assembly is a church where REAL people find REAL answers in a REAL God!”

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NEW TESTAMENT ASSEMBLY OF GOD is at 2376 State Route 42, two miles south of Millville.

Ministries, Friendship Class (for the developmentally challenged), Golden Elders (seniors ministry), Worship Team and various other seasonal/ special ministries. Under the leadership of David Rosenberger, pastor, Sunday morning worship is at 10:30 and an Evening Celebration is held at 6. Sunday School, with classes for all ages, is at 9:30 a.m. Preschool Church, Elementary Church and the Friendship Class all meet at 10:30 a.m. Other groups include Wednesday Bible Study at 7 p.m., Youth Service (grades six-12), Royal Rangers (boys in kindergarten-fifth grade), Missionettes (girls in kindergarten-fifth grade), Rainbows (children ages 3-4) and Lambs Outreach, ministries (children under 36 months). For more information, call The church’s outreach services and ministries include 458-4043 or e-mail ntag@veriCelebrate Recovery, Women’s

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The United Methodist Church

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

1000 Orange Street, Berwick, PA 18603 Telephone: 759-8093 Pastor Byron Krap

Sunday Morning Worship 9:00 am Children’s Sunday School 10:15 am Children’s Church during worship Adult Sunday School 10:15 am

Bethany United Methodist Church 116 Summerhill Ave. at Pine Street, Berwick Office: 752-2576 Email:

Sunday Services 8:30am Traditional Worship 9:50am Sunday School for all ages 11:00am Contemporary Worship Nursery Provided Hear worship every Sunday at 9:00am on radio station WHLM 930 or 94.7 FM

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

Bethany Blessings Preschool/Day Care 752-6282

Pastor Dwaine

Quarterly Communion & Family Activities Monthly Fellowship Hour

Hetlerville United Methodist Church 626 Hetlerville Road, Nescopeck, PA 18635 759-0552 Pastor Andrew Burd-Harris Mission Statement: Welcome, Embrace, Serve

Sunday School is 9:30 a.m. Worship is 10:30 a.m. Communion first Sunday of each month Good Friday Service 7:00 p.m. Easter Sunrise Service 6:30 Easter Sunday Regular Service Times


St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 5th and Race Streets, Mifflinville, PA 18631 (570) 752-2289 The Reverend Joshua L. Reinsburrow, Pastor

Worship Times: Saturday - 5:00 p.m. Sunday 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America God’s work. Our hands.

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FIRST ENGLISH Baptist Church is at 700 Millville Road in Bloomsburg.

Everyone is welcome at First English Baptist BLOOMSBURG — Tired of face-to-screen communication? Rather talk than text? Looking for real, live human beings who recognize your smile and know your name? Restless for a higher purpose than yourself ? Long to belong to a community where you make a difference? Consider First English Baptist Church! We welcome everyone to each Sunday 9:25 a.m. worship service, followed by Sunday School for all ages. We offer Children’s Church during the worship hour and professional nursery care throughout the morning. We celebrate open communion the first Sunday of every month. Catch a taste of us on WHLM radio (AM 930) which broadcasts our previous Sunday’s worship service each Sunday, 8-9 a.m. Some of our outreach programs to the community include an annual Red Cross Blood Drive, Meals on Wheels,

clothing giveaways, food collections, Project Linus blankets, emergency assistance, homebound visitation, Community Fellowship Meals, the Women’s Shelter, Operation Christmas Child, Prayer and Card ministry, Boy Scouts, encouragement of college students and military personnel, support of AGAPE ministries, Bloomsburg Fair Ministry and support of home and overseas missionaries. Our members and friends come from a “Heinz-57” assortment of places and experiences, but we come together with one goal: to love God and to love our neighbors in the power and spirit of Jesus Christ. We warmly invite you to worship and serve with us! For more information, call us at 784-1241, visit us at 700 Millville Road (Bloomsburg), or find our Web page at www.

Lightstreet United Methodist Church is founded on Christ LIGHTSTREET — Lightstreet United Methodist Church, 1640 Main St., strives to fulfill its mission statement, which reads, “Founded on Christ by loving God; Focused on Community by loving our neighbors as ourselves; and Making Disciples of Jesus Christ who continue to Build God’s kingdom.” The church just completed hosting the fifth community youth basketball program, and it hosts several “open gym nights” in the adjacent Lighthouse, featuring carnivals, movies, concerts and other events throughout the year. The Lighthouse is a multipurpose building that has been used for weddings, showers,

birthday parties, dinners and blood drives. The church is involved in various ministries, including Samaritan’s Purse, Red Bird Ministries, Kidspeace Clothing Closet and the local Food Bank. The community is often invited to join in such programs as Vacation Bible School (in midJune) and Lenten Teas. Under the leadership of Jenn Parks-Snyder, pastor, Praise and Worship is held at 8 a.m. Sundays and traditional worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:15 a.m. For more information, call 784-9271, e-mail lightstumc@ or visit www. on the Internet.

The Fowlersville-Lime Ridge United Methodist Charge is led by pastor Terry Brosius. Services at the Fowlersville Church, 10 Golf Course Road in Berwick, include worship at 8:45 a.m., fellowship time at 10 a.m. and Sunday School at 10:15 a.m., all on Sundays, plus Wednesday Morning Bible Study at 9. At the Lime Ridge Church, 6405 Fourth St., Lime Ridge, Sunday School is at 9 a.m., followed by the Sunday morning service at 10:15 a.m. The two churches work together in many of their programs. A missionary conference is held each year in October as a special outreach to spread the love of Christ both locally and worldwide. Four missionary families are supported on a monthly basis, and many others receive help for special needs. Youth Fellowship meets on the third Sunday of each month at the Lime Ridge Community Center. Each church also has its own

special programs including: FOWLERSVILLE • The “Love Loaf” program, held twice a year, benefits World Vision and Ministry to Missionaries, Inc. • Wednesday Morning Bible Study at 9 has been held since 1972 and is open to the public LIME RIDGE • Weekly Good News Club • Vacation Bible School • Monthly Youth Break-fast Through all of their ministries and programs, the congregations of the Fowlersville and Lime Ridge United Methodist churches strive to live up to their mission statement: “We are Christian, Bible-believing churches, committed to worshiping the one true God, sharing the love of Christ and growing in faith under the guidance of the Holy Spirit in order to equip the congregation to bring others to eternal life through belief in Jesus Christ for the Glory of God.”

All invited to First Reformed UCC BERWICK — First Reformed United Church of Christ is at 301 W. Second St., Berwick. Our mission statement says, “The mission of this church shall be to worship the triune God; to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ; to celebrate the Sacraments of the Church; to encourage fellowship and seek unity within this church and in the Church universal; to render loving service toward others; and to strive for righteousness, justice and peace for all persons.” Adult Sunday School is held at 9 a.m., Worship at 10 a.m. and Children’s Sunday School at 10:15 a.m. Our roots date back to the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century and the teachings of a preacher named Ulrich Zwingli.  We here at First Reformed United Church of Christ have been a church family since 1902 when 20 people began to meet for a weekly church service. Led now for almost two years by the Rev. Rebecca Broyan, we are group of dedicated and hardworking people of all ages and backgrounds who are willing to

make sacrifices for God and the Divine’s world. With a deep faith in God and a desire to serve and spread God’s name throughout the community, for 32 years we have broadcast our Sunday worship over the local cable public access Channel 10, now owned by MetroCast Communications — live at 10 a.m., taped at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. every Sunday. Other community outreach programs are overseen by our Caring Committee and ReadySet-Grow Committee and include food and clothing collections, serving a community meal two or three times a year and collecting funds and goods for local, national and world disaster relief. We have an outstanding primary organist, dedicated choir members, a children’s Sunday School and Vacation Bible School led by experienced and dedicated leaders and parents. Our Adult Sunday School is led by the pastor.  All are invited to join us: “No matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.” For more information, call 570-759-8991 or e-mail

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Evansville United Methodist Church

St Peter’s United Church of Christ

8 Lights Rd., Berwick • 570-752-5068 Pastor Dennis J. Sitler

114 Beaver Valley Road, Bloomsburg

(Beaver Township close to Beaver-Main School)

Pastor Louis Aita 582-9550

Easter Service April 8 • 8:30 am 8:30 am Worship Every Other Sunday

Adult Sunday School immediately following service

Sunday Service 10:00 am Sunday School 8:45 am

Orangeville United Methodist Parish Led by Pastor Darwin C. Goshorn

JONESTOWN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 811 Ridge Road 1/2 mile from Jonestown Worship Service 9:00am UMW meets 2nd Monday of each month

ORANGEVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 204 Pine Street Intersection of Pine & Mill Streets Worship Service 11:00am Sunday School 10:00am UMW Meets 1st Thursday of each month

ASBURY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 415 Harrison Road Intersection of Asbury and Hill Roads Worship Service 10:00am Sunday School 11:00am UMW meets 3rd Thursday of each month

ROHRSBURG UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 706 Zaners - Rohrsburg Road Worship Service 9:00am

KITCHENS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 262 Welliversville Road Welliversville Worship Service 10:00am Sunday School 9:00am UMW 2nd Thursday of each month

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Evansville UMC has been First Baptist of Danville church family since 1846 growing in God’s WORD EVANSVILLE — Evansville United Methodist Church, at Evansville and Lights roads in Briar Creek Township, has been a church family serving others through our Lord Jesus Christ since 1846. Preaching, teaching, and making the true Gospel a real life experience for our church family through worship, Sunday School Bible Study, Tape Ministry, special events, visitations and real heartfelt Christian love and caring are what we strive for. There is also a very active Ladies Aid group that supports the church and is involved in various ministries. In addition, we have a country/bluegrass gospel group called the Evansville Gang that performs at our church, other churches,

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EVANSVILLE United Methodist Church is at Evansville and Lights roads in Briar Creek Township. retirement villages and other events in the area. Someone is always available for special needs or questions.

St. John’s is little church with big heart MIFFLINVILLE — Since 1833, St. John’s Lutheran Church has embarked on spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Mifflinville and the surrounding area. With a history dating back to the late 1700s, Lutheran ministry in Mifflinville is a longstanding tradition. The church was officially organized in 1809 by the Rev. J.P.F. Kramer. In 1883, the building occupied by the St. John’s congregation was constructed at its present location at the intersection of Fifth and Race streets. St. John’s was formally incorporated in April 1874. The building has seen two renovations, and plans are moving forward to begin a capital campaign to provide new space for Christian Education and Fellowship Activities. St. John’s  is a  little church that reaches out in big ways to the community. Several outside groups currently utilize the building for meetings and other functions. St. John’s has become the unofficial “community center” for Mifflinville. St. John’s reaches out to the Mifflinville and surrounding community through: • Food collections for the Food Bank • Vacation Bible School in June • Ice Cream Social and Children’s Fun Fest in July • Community Pet Blessing

in October • Mission Mall to benefit charities in Columbia and Montour counties in December • The Fellowship of Lutheran Youth (F.L.Y.) actively serve the community… “God’s Work, Our Hands!” St. John’s has become known for its chicken and waffle Dinners offered in March and November and, most recently, the annual Valentine’s Day Surf and Turf Dinner. There is always good food and good fellowship at St. John’s! All are welcome to join us for worship each week on Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Christian education is available for all ages at 9:15 a.m., following the school calendar. St. John’s offers special worship opportunities, including healing and Wednesday Lenten Worship. The people at St. John’s continue to share what they have  with the understanding that there are no magic solutions to life’s problems in our burdened world. St. John’s believes that Christ’s heart must be the church’s heart also, and so, the “little church with the big heart” really is just a little church seeking to grow by living their calling as disciples who are grateful for God’s Heart, which has been given in Jesus. We hope you will stop by for a visit!

DANVILLE — The mission statement of First Baptist Church of Danville, 20 Brookside Drive, just off Route 642 East, is “Believers in Christ – Growing God’s WORD (Worship – Outreach – Relationship – Discipleship).” The church is affiliated with the Conservative Baptist Association of America. Service times are Contemporary Style Worship, Sundays at 8 a.m.; Sunday Bible School for all ages at 9:25 a.m.; Traditional Style Worship, Sundays at 10:45 a.m.; Sunday Evening Service and Senior High Youth at 6 p.m.; and Midweek Ministries, Awana and Junior High

Youth Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., preceded by dinner at 5 p.m., September through May. Other ministries include Upward (a basketball program for boys and girls in kindergarten through sixth grade that focuses on fundamental skill building, self esteem and fun), MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Red Cross blood drives. The staff includes Dr. Harry Wonderland, pastor; Rev. Dawes J. Dunham, associate pastor; and Rev. Mike Bayly, youth pastor. For more information, call 275-1511, e-mail or visit

Community of Christ offers fellowship BLOOMSBURG — The Community of Christ in Bloomsburg strives to proclaim Jesus Christ and promote joy, hope, love and peace in our local community. The Community of Christ encompasses people from 57 countries in a movement and an organization that is blessed with a unique call from God. We believe in modern day revelation. Our members, world wide, open their hearts and facilities to all who are lonely, poor, hungry, despised, fearful, neglected and unloved. All are invited to join and share in the blessings of community created in the name of Jesus Christ. The church was organized in 1914, with the current building at 750 Market St. being completed and dedicated in 1916. Church school for all ages is held each Sunday from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., followed by social time and Worship Service at 10:45 a.m. under the direction of Pastor Henry Shaffer and associate Pastor Robert Van Horn. A weekly prayer and sharing service is held each Wednesday at 7 p.m. The church is currently holding monthly hoagie sales, with profits being used to send our youth to a week-long summer camping program at Deer Park, New Hope, Pa. Last fall, all profits from the hoagie sales were donated to AGAPE for its ongoing flood relief. AGAPE was also the recipi-

ent of a $2,000 Tangible Love Grant from the World Church organization, given to enforce our commitment to establishing Christ’s love in our local church communities. Our ongoing partnership with AGAPE includes participating in its annual Palooza fair and volunteering on an individual basis throughout the year. The church has also provided housing for several groups from out of the area who have generously donated their time to assist in flood recovery projects. During the flood, our youth packed and distributed lunches to people in the neighborhood. Community outreach also includes weekly Alanon meetings Monday at 7:30 p.m. and Overeaters Anonymous on Thursdays at 6 p.m. In addition, we are now providing a free Zumba and exercise program at 5:30 p.m. each Wednesday at the church; all are welcome to attend. National ministries supported include the Soles for Souls shoe collection, with more than 200 pairs donated; Bread for the World cash collection to provide goats and chickens; and World Outreach Ministries to assist victims in Haiti and Japan. For more information about our beliefs, call 570-784-4753 or visit the World Church website at

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Hetlerville UMC to celebrate building’s 120th anniversary HETLERVILLE — Hetlerville United Methodist Church is at 626 Hetlerville Road about four miles east of Mifflinville. Our mission statement is “Welcome, Embrace, Serve.” At the center of our fellowship is a desire to praise and glorify God through inspiring worship, teaching, fellowship and intentional outreach. Sunday school is held at 9:30 a.m., followed by worship at 10:30 a.m. under the direction of Pastor Andrew Burd-Harris. Communion is offered the first Sunday of each month. A Good Friday service is planned at 7 p.m. and an Easter Sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. Regular service times will be observed on Easter Sunday. We are active in missions, picnics, fellowship dinners and junior church and hold hymn sings in April and October. Our “little white church on the hill” was built in 1892, so our 120th building anniversa-

St. Matthew

Lutheran Church 123 N. MARKET ST., BLOOMSBURG 570-784-4515 Rev. Dr. Joel L. Zeiders, Pastor

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HETLERVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH is a rural church on Hetlerville Road, about four miles east of Mifflinville. ry will be celebrated this year on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m., in which former pastors, members and friends will be invited to share their information. For more information, call the church office (at our sister congregation, Mifflinville UMC) at 759-0552, e-mail the pastor at or visit our church website at www.gbgm-umc. org/Hetlervilleumc.

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church 5th & Iron Streets • Bloomsburg 784-7430 • Parking at 7th & Iron

Worship 10:30 am Children’s Church 10:30 am

Worship 8:00 am & 10:30 am Summer Worship 8:00 am & 9:30 am St. Matthew Preschool Monday - Friday 8:30 -11:30 am

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St. Luke’s aims to proclaim ‘Good News’ BLOOMSBURG — St. Luke Lutheran Church, at 9 St. Luke’s Way in Bloomsburg, is dedicated to proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ to all the world. St. Luke particularly strives to begin its outreach within the community by meeting the needs of families and individuals. The congregation is committed to its “Vision and Mission,” which helps people “strive to put Christ first in their lives.” The education wing includes spaces designed for story-telling and drama, cinema and media, crafts and activities and an open activity room. There is also a Fellowship Café for Sunday morning and weekday activities. St. Luke Church utilizes a number of technology and media resources in both education and worship as a means of sharing the Gospel message in today’s world. Worship ser-

vices are offered on Sundays at 8, 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. A Learning Hour is offered at 9:15 a.m. which includes a rotational model of education for children combining drama, storytelling, crafts and technology, as well as several varieties of educational events for adults. Due to the flooding disaster in 2011, this Easter season, we would like to promote and acknowledge our Sawdust Ministry. It is an outreach ministry to the community. It started out more than 12 years ago as a few guys building a swing-set in the back yard at St. Luke. It has grown into a construction ministry that includes people from several area churches. In this group, there are men and women, seniors and youth. Their occupations include engineers, electricians, teachers, students, nuclear operators, carpenters, businessmen, accountants, nurses, domestic engineers,

heavy equipment operators, etc. Most Tuesday nights throughout the year, these people go out in the community to fix and build for people who have real needs but lack resources. Our projects have included porches, steps, insulation, drywall, sheds, bathrooms, new floors and much more. Most notably, we build wheelchair ramps; so many that we have lost count. Always, we build to code. Always, we build to honor Christ. The flood of 2011 has had an enormous impact on the mission of Sawdust Ministry. Immediately following the flood, Sawdust volunteers worked more than 1,200 man-hours in one week, and since then, have worked several thousand more with mudding-out, tearing-out drywall and insulation, washing and scrubbing, and finally, restoration. We have been exceedingly busy with helping

families re-construct their homes so that they could get back in and resume their lives. That is expected to go on for quite a while. Meanwhile, the regular mission to the community still goes on. Because of the enormous needs in our community, we have had to do work according to priority. The greatest needs must come first. With that in mind, we invite other persons in the community to take part in Sawdust Ministry, either through hands-on work or by donating financially to our mission. Always, we ask for your prayers and blessings. To find out more about Sawdust Ministry, contact the church office at 784-5035. For more information, please call the church office or send us an e-mail at stlukelc@ You can also visit the church Web site at www.

Berger’s marks 60 years of service in Elysburg ELYSBURG — Berger’s Trinity Peace Religious Gift store is a family business steeped in a history of quality service since 1952. It is celebrating 60 years of providing religious items to patrons and church supplies to pastors throughout the region. It is known as a “special” store, where you can find that very “special” gift for a “special” person. “The store started in the living room of our home in Mount Carmel as I was growing up, by a mill worker and a coal miner with a dream — my mom and dad,” stated owner Frank Berger. The store moved to its present location along Route 54 in

Elysburg in early 1990. At this location, a continued effort to expand and modernize has been ongoing; however, customer satisfaction is and always will be a cornerstone of their business. The staff, Sue and Frank Berger, works hard to answer all questions and provides support. The more than 3,000 book titles on hand and a vast inventory of unique religious gifts make it a special store. The store stays fully stocked with religious gift items for all occasions, gifts that keep on giving throughout the year. Special areas are set aside to have meaningful gifts for firefighters and police, plus areas for pastors, moms, dads, sisters, brothers,

teachers, nurses and doctors, to name a few. During Communion season, the store offers large selections of missals, rosaries, gifts, veils and cards for the communicant. Large selections of hard-to-find Confirmation gifts are always in stock. When you come and visit, you will find plentiful parking and easy store access. Vast selections of current books are on hand with special orders done daily. The store carries a large selection of medals, rosaries, crosses, indoor and outdoor statues, prayer cards, paintings, nativity sets and gifts for all occasions. Continued improvements for 2012 include

expanded book and music departments and updating of their Web page at This store is ready to meet any need you might have, large or small, personal or church supplies. Berger’s offers a full line of services to pastors. If you need it, they can provide the quality service and merchandise from any manufacturer in the church supply industry. Anyone with questions can call 672-9339 or 1-800-672-6599 or stop by the store Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Friday. 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The store is always closed Sundays and Mondays.

New ideas bloom at Grace UCC MILLGROVE — Grace United Church of Christ is in Millgrove, three miles east of Numidia. Worship is held 9 a.m. with Pastor David Adams. Children’s Sunday School is offered during worship. The church has an active Women’s Guild and holds annual ham and dandelion and pork and sauerkraut dinners,

as well as pumpkin roll and raisin-filled cookie projects. The new pastor is bringing new ideas to the church, such as Valentine Bingo, Youth-OfAll-Ages Bowling and Game Night. Grace UCC supports Family Promise, a shelter for homeless families in Lycoming County; Woody Wolfe’s Heart to Hand

Ministries; AGAPE; and charities of the UCC such as Neighbors in Need, Our Churches Wider Mission, Bethany Children’s Home, Phoebe Home and One Great Hour of Sharing. Grace UCC — a friendly, small church in a rural setting — is a member of the Roaring Creek Valley Ministerium.

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GRACE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST is in Millgrove, three miles east of Numidia.

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7th Day Adventist ....................................................................... 11 ............................ 10 Berger’s Trinity Peace................................................................. 13 ............................ 26 Bethany United Methodist Church ............................................ 21 ............................ 18 Bower Memorial United Methodist Church................................ 7 ............................ 14 Canby Lutheran Church ............................................................. 13 ............................ 14 Community Alliance Church....................................................... 5 ............................ 16 Community of Christ .................................................................. 5 ............................ 24 Emanuel Dutch Hill Bible............................................................ 3 ............................. 4 Espy Trinity United Methodist Church ...................................... 28 ............................. 2 Evansville United Methodist Church........................................... 23 ............................ 24 First Baptist Church ................................................................... 7 ............................ 24 First English Baptist Church ...................................................... 19 ............................ 22 First Presbyterian Church .......................................................... 13 ............................ 10 First Reformed United Church of Christ .................................... 17 ............................ 22 Fowlersville-Lime Ridge United Methodist Church ................... 15 ............................ 22 Good Shepherd Lutheran Church .............................................. 11 ............................ 12 Good Shepherd United Methodist Church................................. 25 ............................ 6 Grace Lutheran Church ............................................................. 15 ............................ 12 Grace United Church of Christ................................................... 11 ............................ 26 Hetlerville United Methodist Church .......................................... 21 ............................ 25 Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church.......................................... 15 ............................ 14 Lightstreet United Methodist Church ......................................... 9 ............................ 22 Mifflinville United Methodist Church .......................................... 17 ............................. 8 New Testament Assembly of God ............................................. 9 ............................ 20 Orangeville -Zion-St. James United Church of Christ................ 19 ............................ 18 Orangeville United Methodist Church......................................... 23 ............................ 16 Ss. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic .............................. 17 ............................. 2 St. Columba Church................................................................... 9 .............................16 St. John Lutheran Church........................................................... 21 ............................ 24 St. Joseph Church ..................................................................... 7 ............................ 20 St. Luke Lutheran Church .......................................................... 9 ............................ 26 St. Matthew Lutheran Church .................................................... 25 ............................ 20 St. Paul’s United Methodist Church ........................................... 21 .............................10 St. Peter’s United Church of Christ ............................................ 23 ............................. 8 Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ .................................. 5 ............................. 8 Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomsburg ......................... 28 ............................. 6 Wesley United Methodist Church, Nescopeck................................ 19 .............................. 18

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Espy Trinity United Methodist 2351 Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg (570) 784-2454; 387-0677

Pastor ~ Rev. Susan Rogutski Where the Good News of Jesus Christ is Celebrated! Service Times: Sunday School at 10:15 a.m.

Worship at 9:00 a.m.

We would love to meet you! Love.... God by loving one another Serve.... God by serving one another Celebrate.... The Good News of Jesus Christ through word and deed

The Good News - March 2012