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Woman makes room for Jesus with multiple nativities

December 25, 2015 TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Gwen Strunk’s nativity scene rivals most families’ Christmas displays. It spans her entire house. more »»

German church celebrates ‘Star Wars’

December 25, 2015 BERLIN — The force is strong in Berli. more »»

Man builds church out of Legos for yule season

December 25, 2015 SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man designs and builds a church out of Legos and displays it at his own house of worship each year as part of a Christmas season tradition. more »»

Bishop considers a Christmas full of mercy

December 25, 2015 Editor’s note: The following is an abbreviated version of the Christmas message by Bishop Mark L. Bartchak of the Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. To read the complete message, visit ajdiocese. more »»

Parents take time to pray for kids at Catholic school

December 25, 2015 DUBUQUE, Iowa — Tammy Huntington silently prayed in a tiny chapel for the children of Holy Family Catholic Schools. “(I) just pray for ... more »»

BG commissions students as extraordinary ministers

December 25, 2015 Fourteen Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School students were recently commissioned by Bishop Mark L. Bartchak as extraordinary ministers. more »»

Security is a concern at churches, mosques

December 25, 2015 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — In Alabama, a Presbyterian church wanted to be able to hire its own police for protection. more »»

Wrapping can give off hints about what’s in the package

December 25, 2015 Let’s talk gifts, shall we? If you’re reading this column on Christmas Day, chances are there are a few recently opened packages in close proximity. more »»

Texas town permits officers to hold Bible study at station

December 25, 2015 BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — A dispute over whether Beaumont police officers can hold Bible study in a department building was resolved recently after city officials reversed course, deciding they will... more »»

Spiritual notes

December 25, 2015 Oasis of Love Church, 10991 Station Road, Huntingdon, will hold classes called “Understanding God and His Covenants” and “How to achieve Security, Confidence and Peace” at 6 p.m. beginning Jan. more »»

Churches plan services for Christmas Eve

December 18, 2015 Churches in the area will celebrate the birth of Christ with candlelight Christmas Eve services on Thursday. They include: Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd. — 6:30 p.. more »»

Churches to celebrate birth of Jesus on Christmas Day

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

Christmas notes

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

Spiritual notes

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

Comments that imply one is past prime are tough to take

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

Pope says mercy trumps moralizing as he begins Holy Year

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

Christmas Notes

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

Tales from the front pew

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

Festival of Lights to begin

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

St. Matthew offers ‘Journey to Bethlehem

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

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