This Week In Ministry

Institutional Ministry Schedule for Week of December 3, 2023

Sunday:

  • Lycoming County Prison, Pastor James Bond, Revival Tabernacle, Watsontown,Pa
  • Roseview Nursing Home, None scheduled.
  • Leighton Place, None Scheduled
  • Valley View Nursing Home,None scheduled.
  • We Care of Loyalsock,None scheduled.
  • Williamsport North, Tracey Mulcahey, St. Paul Calvary Church, Williamsport, Pa.
  • Williamsport South,None scheduled.
  • Williamsport Home, 3 p.m., None scheduled.
  • Pre-Release Center Women, 3:30 p.m., Gail Slocum,Yokefellow Prison Ministry, Williamsport, Pa.
  • Pre-Release Center Men, 3:30 p.m., Don Slocum, Yokefellow Prison Ministry, Williamsport, Pa.

Services during the week include:

  • Heritage Springs, None Scheduled
  • Leighton Place, 2 p.m. Tuesday, None Scheduled
  • Hillside Senior Living, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Mrs. Carol Hetler, United Churches of Lycoming County
  • Presbyterian Home, 11 a.m. Thursday, None scheduled.
On the Radio:
Radio Services are provided by the following congregations:
    • 8:30 a.m. (Saturday) Jersey Shore Assembly of God, WJSA 96.3 FM.
    • 9:30 a.m. (Sunday) Community Baptist Church, Montoursville, WJSA 96.3 FM.
    • 9 a.m. (Sunday) Pine Street United Methodist Church, Williamsport, WWPA 1340 AM/101.7 FM., WILQ HD3

Recent Articles

A Legacy

October 6, 2023

By: Peggy Thompson, Junior Church teacher, Victory Baptist Church, Bloomsburg

A legacy is something you will leave behind after departing from this world. It is a memorial of who you were in this life. What did you leave behind that will live on after you are gone? It may be our character or our monetary gain or both. Good or bad, it is something we will be remembered for. What we valued is reflected in how we lived. How are you living? How am I living? We only get this one life to live here on earth, and I want mine to count for something that will impact others for eternity.

I was at a funeral a few years ago, and there was a testimony time offered by the pastor. This was a time when those present were invited to say something about the deceased. His widow and two teenaged daughters sat quietly in the front pew. A well-dressed man raised his hand. The pastor acknowledged him, and the man said, “I did not know Mr. Jones well. I only met him once or twice. But I can tell you that he was a man of character whose legacy will live on in a marvelous way. I know this because of his young daughters sitting there. I have had the privilege of being their teacher at the Christian school they attend. They were and are a welcome ray of sunshine.”

After he sat down, others followed with similar testimonies of the life that this godly man lived. All I could think about was that people do not have to know you personally to know the legacy you leave behind. I had never thought about it quite that way before. There were many of us there who knew the person who had gone to be with the Lord. We all knew what a kind and gentle man he was. Most of all, we knew he loved Jesus, his Lord and Savior.

When his two daughters stood up in front of that packed church and began to sing, “Let The Blood Of Calvary Speak For Me,” a hymn selected by their father as he had planned his funeral, there was no doubt in anyone’s mind about that relationship. To think that, knowing he was not long to this earth, he made sure he would send a message to all who might attend the service, was amazing. He was handing the baton to his children, trusting that his convictions would live on for generations.

How I wanted to make sure that someday my legacy would be worth leaving behind! I knew it would be, if I walked close to Jesus, my Lord and Savior. Jesus left us the greatest legacy there could ever be. It has lasted over two thousand years. He set an example that we need to strive to follow. He taught us the only way to have everlasting life was to accept the payment He paid on that old rugged cross. He rose again that we may live eternally. Trust Him, and obey Him. It is the only way.

 

Cherish Each Day

September 29, 2023

By: Rev. Gwen Bernstine serves as Pastor at Lycoming Presbyterian Church, Newberry

I am especially fond of days that have nothing special scheduled, days when I can go about my daily routine or choose to do something completely different. However, the blessing inherent in these days is to take time to savor the gift of the day.

The axiom many of us grew up hearing is that we are to “stop and smell the roses.” However, if your mind is too literal, this may not be a good image, simply because we don’t always have roses (or any flowers for that matter) around us to stop and smell. I do not want anything to deter me from savoring something I find that delights me.

It may be the morning sunrise, and I will remember the rhyme my mother-in-law used to say: “Red sky in the morning, sailors warning. Red sky at night, sailors delight.” Then I can decide if I will need my umbrella later that day.

One of my favorite verses from scripture is “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24 NRSV). Not only is this often lifted up as a prayer praising God, but it is also often sung and has been set to music many times by many generations as people search for ways to praise God for the many wonders of life.

 It is easy to identify things I look forward to cherishing each day: the smell of my morning coffee or the refreshing taste after just brushing my teeth. Maybe like me, you delight in the warmth of your friends’ smile when they hear your voice, or you find joy when you see your fur-baby’s dance after you come home from a trip to the store.

One summer day, Bob and I had just finished filling our car’s tank at an area gas station when I saw people rushing across the parking lot. There had been an accident. It started with just one little misstep that landed a lady in a heap. The good news was that she didn’t hear anything snap like a bone that was broken.

The bad news was that she couldn’t get up, and it seemed everyone had seen her fall. Good and bad news came next. Many came to help, but none knew how to manage the lady, her oxygen, and cane. But a fire truck happened to be traveling by, and the firefighters saw the commotion and stopped. They knew exactly what to do, and after making sure she was okay, they continued on their way. That day, in the space of a few moments, I had so many blessings to savor I could hardly wait to tell people how I saw God actively working in our midst.

May you enjoy finding some of the ways God makes our lives extraordinary every day.

 

 

Thriving As Seasons Change

September 22, 2023

By: Holly Pentz, New Covenant Assembly of God, 1270 Pinchtown Rd, Montgomery, PA 17752

Well, as much as I have fought it, I have had to admit summer is officially over. It is not that I don’t like fall. In fact, I enjoy decking my house with shades of orange and brewing pumpkin spice! I like hoodies and hayrides and hot dogs over a firepit.

It is just that I enjoy summer so much more with its “jump in the pool” mentality, its “need no jacket” freedom and its “burgers on the grill” ease.   Some years, I try to ignore that fall is coming. We take late vacations, stretching summer into September. We keep the flip-flops out and spend time in the afternoon sun trying to retain our tans. And we keep the grill on the deck til the snow flies!

But inevitably, the seasons change. And so perhaps it is better to embrace them than to ignore them. And maybe this is true in life as well.  Life adjustments, just like the changing seasons, can change the thermostat of a household. Situations like kids going off to college, early retirement, an unplanned divorce, or an unexpected baby can leave us shivering, longing for that comfortable chaise lounge in the sun.

If life is changing a bit too fast for you right now, remember that God has set the seasons in motion in His time. Daniel 2:20-21a tells us: “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are His. He changes times and seasons” (NIV). Your changes have not caught Him off-guard, and He will walk you through them.

And not only will He get you through, He can even help you to thrive within those seasons. Acts 14:17b says, “He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”

This year, as the leaves change from green to orange, I think I will try to lean into a new season, instead of digging in my heels until the leaves fall down around me. I want to be like the tree mentioned in Psalm 1:3, which is planted by streams of water “which yields its fruit in season [ANY SEASON!] and whose leaf does not wither,” because the Scripture promises that “whatever they do prospers.” When my season gets scarey, I will remember His Word says in verse 6, “the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,” and I will continue to stand.

And the verse before, Psalm 1:2, tells me how both you and I can do that: “Delight…in the law of the Lord, and meditate on it day and night.” Might I add both summer and fall?