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The Chancel Choir of the Bedford United Methodist Church will present its annual concert on May 19 at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary of the Bedford United Methodist Church, 132 E. John St., Bedford. The selections for the concert are favorite songs the choir has sung over the past year. Attendee…

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Members from the Bedford/Fulton PA Area Team pose at the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Connect Volunteer Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Pictured are, front, from left, Karen Diehl, Ruth Maruca and Deanna Bowser; and back: Barb Hillegass, Dottie Smith and Harry Smith. The purpose…

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The middle of Ephesians chapter six is a famous passage among Christians. It describes the armor of God — spiritual clothing every Christian is commanded to wear. Truth protects our belly and private parts, a breastplate of righteousness covers our chest, the helmet of salvation rests upon o…

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The Chancel Choir of the Bedford United Methodist Church will present its annual concert on May 19 at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary of the Bedford United Methodist Church, 132 E. John St., Bedford. The selections for the concert are favorite songs the choir has sung over the past year. Attendee…

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Clothing giveaway will be held at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 144 W. John St., Bedford, from 4 to 5 p.m. May 7 and May 21.

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Rummage sale will be hosted by the Four Point Harmony Charge churches — Hyndman, Cooks Mill, Palo Alto and Mt. Harmony Wellersburg United Methodist Churches — from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 3 and May 4 at the Hyndman church, 183 First Ave. People can take what they want and make a donation. All p…

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Annual Schellsburg community Easter Egg Hunt will be sponsored by the United Church of Schellsburg at 11 a.m. April 20 at the Schellsburg Community Park, behind the Zone gym. Children through grade 6 are welcome to participate. There will be prizes for all participants, snacks and a visit fr…

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Annual Schellsburg community Easter Egg Hunt will be sponsored by the United Church of Schellsburg at 11 a.m. April 20 at the Schellsburg Community Park, behind the Zone gym. Children through grade 6 are welcome to participate. There will be prizes for all participants, snacks and a visit fr…

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The Adult Choir of St. John’s Evangelical & Reformed United Church of Christ, 144 W. John St., Bedford, will present the Easter cantata “We Are Witnesses” in the church sanctuary on Palm Sunday, April 14, at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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Family Fun Night will be held at Time Ministries Church every last Friday of the month. Doors open at 5 p.m. for indoor archery, which ends at 6 p.m. Bring archery equipment. Other activities will begin at 6 p.m. and will include basketball, volleyball, foosball, air hockey, four square, bou…

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St. Thomas Youth Choir will sponsor the annual all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast on Palm Sunday, April 14, from 8 a.m. to noon at St. Thomas Hall, 129 W. Penn St., Bedford. Cost will be $7 for adults, $4 for children under age 12 and free for children under 2. The menu will inclu…

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Teen Encounter and Ladies Encounter ministries have announced upcoming events, slated for April 26 and April 27 at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona. The speakers and presenters will be Alan and Lisa Robertson from “Duck Dynasty.”

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I do not remember where, or exactly when, but it could not have been long after I became a Christian in 1975 when I first heard a Preacher say, “You may be the only Bible some people read.”

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Jim Hocking, founder and CEO of Water for Good, a water-drilling ministry in the Central African Republic (CAR), will speak at 10:30 a.m. March 24 at the Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church.

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Over a quarter century ago, a church with a Christian school suddenly lost their pastor and asked me to teach his Bible class at the school. Shortly before they asked, I had gone through a series of events that gave me a burden about Christendom. My concern came because I found so many belie…

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“Family Do-Over: Is It Ever Too Late?” will be the topic of discussion at the Lifetree Cafe at 6:30 p.m. March 28 at Faith United Methodist Church, 133 Main St., Woodbury. The presentation will feature a screening of the award-winning short film “The Ride.” Participants will follow the story…

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Family Passover Seder will be celebrated at Time Ministries Church at 7 p.m. April 10. Rabbi Jack Zimmerman, staff evangelist of Jewish Voice Ministries based in Arizona, will officiate the feast. He has a deep understanding of the Hebrew roots of the Christian faith. He is a former stand-up…

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There are two things you should never talk about — politics and religion. Well, here is a religious column that is about to talk about what the Bible says about the body politic.

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St. John’s Reformed Church in Loysburg will host a Southern Cove Area “Photograph and Storytelling Sharing Session” on March 30 from 2-4 pm in the church fellowship hall. Special guests sharing and describing the background of their old photos will be Clay Hull, local professional photograph…

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Seafood buffet will be served all-you-can-eat style on Fridays in Lent, March 8 through April 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s, 731 Patrick Lane, Newry. There will be baked haddock, deep-fried fish, shrimp, clams, seven side dishes, two soups, beverages and dessert. Cost will be $13 for…

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Bedford Bible Church at 15 Meadow Lane, Bedford, will host a special service on Feb. 24 at 10:45 a.m. to welcome Martin Wickens as pastor. Pastor Wickens comes from Mauldin, South Carolina, with his wife, Carrie, and children Ashleigh, Samuel, Sophie and Emily. Pastor Wickens attended the Em…

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Freedom House Ministry will share its vision and mission for helping people in need of recovery from addiction. The presentation will take place at Calvary Baptist Church Feb. 17 at 10:30 a.m. The church is located along Barclay Drive in Bedford.

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Did you know that George Washington would have used the same type of plow people employed during the days of Julius Caesar? The first real change with the plow was when Charles Newbold of New Jersey received a patent for a cast-iron plow in 1797, two years before Washington’s death.

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Faith Bible Institute will host a class on “How to Share Your Faith Without Fear” at Foundations Christian Academy from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays in February. The class will focus on 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:21 and will explore the mission, ministry, motives, method and message of what Paul referr…

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The flood of Noah came suddenly, but no one should have been surprised. Estimates on the building time of the ark range from 55-120 years, all the while, Noah preached about the coming flood waters (2 Peter 2:5). Noah’s ark was the largest boat built until steel ships came along. Therefore, …

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Currently, I live in a rural area, a county of small towns and much farmland. The largest church in our county runs about 200 in attendance. Most, however, are less than 50, with many of them, well, let’s just say there would be a lot of whooping and hollering going on if 25 people showed up.

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Donations are being accepted. The Everett Grace Brethren Church is accepting clothing, household and monetary donations for a family of five recently suffering from loss due to a fire. Donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 26 at the church. Use the front door. Clothing sizes…

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A Biglerville man is preparing to visit the Middle East to learn about culture and perhaps play a part in furthering the long-stagnant peace process.

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The seven churches of Revelation are a fascinating study. For four of the seven churches, God has some compliments and some ridicule. For two of the churches, Smyrna and Philadelphia, God had no complaints; only praise. Laodicea, however, was the opposite of Smyrna and Philadelphia, God had …

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Every Christian should study the Bible. If all you are getting are a few verses and a page or so of commentary (this column, for example) from time to time, your spiritual life will be, at best, anemic. Going to church every time the doors are open will not be enough to live the Christian li…

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The congregation of Faith Community Church of Hyndman, honored its pastor, Terry Campbell, and his wife, Yolanda, with a special morning service for Pastor Appreciation Day, Oct. 28. The guest speaker was Justin Keel of Bedford. He was accompanied by his wife, Kesha, and daughters, Daisy and…

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“Perspectives on the World Christian Movement” course will be offered Jan. 7 to April 29 at the Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church. Perspectives, a 15-week course on the biblical, historical, cultural and strategic aspects of God’s heart for the world, is hosted each year by various local chu…

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Central Assembly of God in Cumberland, Maryland, has hired Bedford County native Ricky Howsare as its new director of music. The church, located at 2020 Bedford Street in Cumberland, first heard of Howsare through his numerous public appearances here in the region.

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Christmas Eve candlelight service will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 24 at the Chaneysville Community Church.

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Annual Christmas Church Walk, coordinated by the Bedford Ministerium, will be held Dec. 26, beginning at 6 p.m., at St James Episcopal Church, 309 S. Richard St., Bedford. The walk will include seven churches located in Bedford: St. James Episcopal Church, St. Thomas Catholic Church, Bedford…

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The “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement” course organizers have announced the live speakers for the local Monday night course this spring, to be offered for the first time in Martinsburg.