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August 18, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even on a steamy summer Sunday, Vitaly Korchevsky typically would be buttoned up in suit and tie, preaching from the pulpit at the Slavic Evangelical Baptist Church in Brookhaven. But Sunday, another pastor took his place and read a letter to the congregation from the now-jailed Korchevsky. "Brothers and sisters," the stand-in pastor read softly, as babies gurgled and some worshipers' tears started to flow. Some bowed their heads in prayer. Others shot stern looks at children to hush their playing in the pews at the packed church on Edwards Avenue, a quiet residential street in this Delaware County suburb.
NEWS
March 16, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
FOR 75 YEARS, the Crescentville Baptist Church has overlooked Rising Sun Avenue, watching it change with the decades. The church changed, too, said Pastor Charles Dear: It's now a diverse congregation with a global outlook, lending its support to the faithful all over the world. Who we are: Dear describes the church as "an independent Baptist ministry serving the community and the world. " His congregation of about 100 members consists primarily of neighborhood residents, with some members who hail from Roslyn and other nearby suburbs.
NEWS
August 20, 1995 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
When the national offices of the American Baptist Churches in the USA opened in 1962, a paper published by the denomination boasted: "The building's set back from the highway - no other structure will ever intervene - which allows it to be seen, makes it a witness, a testimony. " Today, motorists driving along North Gulph Road, just east of Valley Forge National Historical Park, could easily miss the white, three-story, doughnut- shaped building. The strip of road within a mile of Route 202, the Schuylkill Expressway, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike is choked with business complexes, motels and hotels, a golf course, and a portion of what will soon be the second-largest mall in America.
NEWS
April 20, 2010 | By Robert Moran INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Baptist church protested outside the Episcopal Diocese headquarters in Society Hill on Monday as part of an ongoing dispute over a trust fund that could be worth millions. The 19th Street Baptist Church in South Philadelphia lost a years-long court battle it waged against the diocese and Wachovia Bank over the fund. The Baptist church has kept the issue alive with daily protests for the last three years outside the Wachovia Building at 123 S. Broad St. On Monday, the Baptist church expanded its protest to include the diocese offices and historic St. Peter's Church at Third and Pine Streets.
LIVING
January 31, 2001 | By Alfred Lubrano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It sounds like the beginning of a cliched joke: "A minister walks into a bar . . . " But the punch line - where the preacher buys the joint with $67,500 from the church building fund - is anything but old hat. Such is the lesson of the buying Baptists of the West Ward, the fed-up church folk in this working-class neighborhood who purchased a noisome bar just to shut it down. When you fight sin in the inner city, bring your Bible. But don't forget your checkbook. "I don't want to buy up all of Trenton," says the Rev. Simeon Spencer, pastor of Union Baptist Church, which finalized the deal in November.
NEWS
May 30, 2000 | by Ron Goldwyn, Daily News Staff Writer
Deaconess Eunice Eades is spry at 92, even if she's not so mobile. She doesn't do steps well and rarely leaves her rowhouse, even to attend her beloved 19th Street Baptist Church less than two blocks away. That's why four high-powered lawyers, a court recorder, a video cam operator and her pastor trooped into Eades' tiny living room on Titan Street near 20th in South Philadelphia recently to take her deposition about long-ago events at a church where she has belonged for 65 years.
NEWS
January 31, 1986
I applaud the truth of your editorial of Jan. 20 on the first observance of the official Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. "It is a patriotic holiday, one that should be embraced by all who love liberty and hunger for justice. " Amen! Dr. King and his cause belong to all of us. Even so, he was incorrectly identified. You named him as a Southern Baptist minister. Not all Baptists are of the same denomination. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an ordained minister of American Baptist Churches, U.S.A.
NEWS
March 15, 2000 | by Ted Rose
The Christian right is clearly going to be a presence, and an issue, in the presidential campaign. Here are some clarifying distinctions. Fundamentalist is a term used to describe American conservative Protestants, often Baptists. It is not pejorative. Fundamentalists have three defining attributes: a. Belief in the inerrancy of the Bible. The Bible is literally true. If it states that God created the world in six days, a fundamentalist believes it was six 24-hour days. b. Faith in charismatic leaders.
NEWS
September 6, 2002 | By ELMER SMITH
LAST TIME the Baptists came to town, my idea of economic development was how to help my church sell enough sweet potato pies and chicken dinners to make a righteous profit. We cleaned fish, shucked corn and stirred up enough fruit punch to float a schooner. Most of the revenue went to our church. But, for me, the greater good was to gather a little "spending change. " That was more than 40 years ago when a convention of black Baptists was still considered small change. They got the key to the city even then.
NEWS
December 7, 2012
By Michael Carroll My religious group, former Catholics, is apparently the third largest in the country, coming in just behind practicing Catholics and Baptists. So says a respected Jesuit, and when Jesuits talk, I tend to listen - not adopt necessarily, but at least listen. I was interested, maybe even a little gratified, to learn that I no longer lack a religious identity, especially in the Christmas season. This is the time when I find myself ruminating about what, if anything, I should celebrate.
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August 22, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Moments after a judge delayed the possible demolition of First African Baptist Church's 109-year-old building, two opposing groups formed around lawyers Thursday outside Courtroom 446 at City Hall. Parishioners of the state's oldest black Baptist church are split over the building at 16th and Christian Streets. Preserve its history, some say. Keep it, others insist, and the church is financially doomed. An elderly woman had one request: "Let us pray," she said. In the middle of the fourth-floor hallway, 19 people - including the lawyers - held hands in a circle.
NEWS
August 20, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. Terrence Griffith, pastor of the oldest black Baptist church in Pennsylvania, was sweating in the early-morning heat. Alone in the cavernous sanctuary of First African Baptist Church, he lamented the lack of air-conditioning. Outside, a chain-link fence protected pedestrians from a church wall that he said could collapse at any moment. The church, Griffith said, can no longer handle the burden of its 109-year-old building at 16th and Christian Streets. "I'm not going to preside over the death of a church," he said.
NEWS
August 18, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even on a steamy summer Sunday, Vitaly Korchevsky typically would be buttoned up in suit and tie, preaching from the pulpit at the Slavic Evangelical Baptist Church in Brookhaven. But Sunday, another pastor took his place and read a letter to the congregation from the now-jailed Korchevsky. "Brothers and sisters," the stand-in pastor read softly, as babies gurgled and some worshipers' tears started to flow. Some bowed their heads in prayer. Others shot stern looks at children to hush their playing in the pews at the packed church on Edwards Avenue, a quiet residential street in this Delaware County suburb.
NEWS
June 2, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
FOR MOST OF us, having a street named after us would be a pretty big deal. When the 6400 block of Emlen Street, between West Upsal and West Johnson Streets in West Mount Airy was named the "Dr. G. Daniel Jones Way," the honoree's response was, "Oh, how nice. " Dr. Jones, pastor emeritus of Grace Baptist Church of Germantown, wasn't about to do cartwheels because, as he said, he didn't go into the ministry for self-promotion, but to serve God. "I don't see myself as having done that much," he said at the ceremony designating the name change in March 2014, "for I serve for the glory of God, not for self-aggrandizement, prizes or rewards.
NEWS
February 6, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
SEVEN MONTHS after congregants of Zion Baptist Church voted to fire the Rev. Carl A. Prince, a faction that had supported him filed a lawsuit yesterday against the church's board of trustees, its chairman and its deacon board. The lawsuit demands that an $18 million bond deal to renovate Zion Gardens apartments be stopped and that a forensic audit be completed of all finances of the North Philadelphia church. The suit also asks that Prince be reinstated and that Zion trustee chairman Ronald Harper be prevented from handling or disposing of any church assets or books.
NEWS
January 26, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
IF THERE'S one congregation in the city that's embraced evolution, it's Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church. St. Matthew's dedicated worshippers have followed it across three locations in the past 15 years, adapting to new surroundings after each move. Naturally, said the pastor, Rev. Steven Avinger, those transitions required some work. Who we are: Avinger's flock numbers just over 400, he said, mostly adults in the 35- to 40-year-old range, who bring their young families with them from across the city to Sunday services.
NEWS
December 31, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IVAN BERNARD HEWITT knew something about the Gospel. After all, he had been preaching it since the age of 14. He also knew something about generosity and compassion, because he had been practicing those traits all his life. As the pastor of Thankful Baptist Church in North Philadelphia for 25 years, the Rev. Ivan Hewitt was always there for his parishioners, no matter their needs. He had a listening ear for people's problems, always ready with advice and hope, and he was there on a more practical level, when he would not only dip into the church's coffers if need be, but his own pocket as well.
NEWS
August 1, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN ALEX JAMES cooked the fish he caught, friends and family gathered around. They were there not only to partake of the delicacies he wrought, but to try to spy out his secret recipes for readying the prizes for the grill, the frying pan or the oven. "You had to watch him," said his daughter, Jill James Idan. "He didn't write anything down. " It was not that Alex wouldn't have shared his recipes. He was a famously generous man. But he was one of those cooks who cooked by instinct.
NEWS
July 29, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
LELIA Savannah Smith Holman had a fond memory of the apple tree that grew and flowered on the lot in Germantown where her church was to be built. The tree may be a cherished memory, but when Providence Baptist Church was built on that lot on Haines Street near Germantown Avenue in 1942, Savannah Holman was a founding member. In fact, her name and those of her mother and sisters were placed in the cornerstone when the church was dedicated in 1942. At her death July 19 at age 98, Savannah was the oldest founding member.
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