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July 2, 1987 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, to The Inquirer
Along with picnics, softball and barbecues, Delaware County children are singing songs and learning Bible verses as part of another summertime ritual - vacation Bible schools. Even as they participate in those traditional Bible-school activities, and their parents enjoy the accompanying free time, some church officials are adapting their school programs to meet the needs of a changing society, including adopting evening hours and sharing facilities and programs. For example, four county churches - Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian and Episcopal - have joined forces to create an ecumenical program.
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July 8, 1990 | By Eileen Kenna, Special to The Inquirer
Ask a minister or a Sunday school teacher how long vacation Bible schools have been around, and they're likely to laugh and say, "Oh, since the dawn of creation. " Though annual vacation Bible schools are as traditional as 200-year-old hymns, the one- or two-week schools have become increasingly colorful and action-packed over the years to compete with the abundance of summer activities such as computer camps and basketball camps. The updated strategy, which usually is based on prepackaged curriculums that come complete with T-shirts, original songs and modern skits, seems to work.
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July 14, 1994 | By Pheralyn Dove, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Vacation time is here, but area youngsters can still attend summer Bible school sessions. Among churches providing vacation Bible school classes during July and August are Trinity Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Abington Presbyterian Church and Grace Lutheran Church of Wyndmoor. Trinity, located at 151 West County Line Rd. in Hatboro, will conduct its vacation Bible school from July 25 to July 29. For more information, call 215-675-1811. "Beneath the Storytelling Tree . . . Parables Jesus Told" will be the theme when vacation Bible school gets underway at Abington Presbyterian Church, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
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July 6, 2008 | By Elizabeth Eisenstadt Evans FOR THE INQUIRER
It didn't take much to turn a church into a steamy jungle. A tropical painting placed in front of the wall behind the altar. A mosquito net hung over the pulpit. A wooden partition covering the lectern. Add a few brightly painted parrots, and voila: a Chester County congregation was transformed into the colorful setting for this year's vacation Bible school (or VBS), held last month. "Rainforest Adventure" was the theme of this year's VBS edition at St. John's Lutheran Church in Schuylkill Township.
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August 13, 1992 | By Don Biedeman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The smell of perfumes and spices wafted through the Palestinian marketplace. A merchant displayed an array of fabrics, their bright dyes catching the consumers' eyes. The aroma of fresh-baked bread drifted from a nearby home. As guests entered the home, the hosts washed the guests' feet. But this was not the Middle East, this was vacation Bible school at Advent Lutheran Church in Westtown, where the clock had been turned back to the Holy Land in the first century. The church's all-purpose room was the market.
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July 11, 1995 | By Christine Schiavo, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Summer isn't all lazy and hazy for Ruth Pfender, 12, of Bristol Township. While she devotes most of her long summer days to sun and fun, she reserves one week each July for her God and church. Ruth, like hundreds of other youths in the area, thinks vacation Bible school is as integral to summer as the Fourth of July. This will be her last summer as a student at Newtown Community Church's vacation Bible school, which is set to run July 24 to 28. Ruth expects to return next year and help out as a volunteer.
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June 9, 1990 | By Joseph P. Blake, Daily News Staff Writer
Summer bible schools have come a long way from the traditional teaching of biblical events. Just like regular schools have had to update curricula, Bible school has changed to keep pace with the times. For example, when Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME), Church, on 6th near Lombard Street, started it's summer Bible school 18 years ago, it quickly discovered that traditional teachings weren't enough to help with the problems its children faced living in an area that was infested with gangs and violence.
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July 30, 1992 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
How well do Christians communicate with people of other religions when it comes to matters of faith? In fact, how well do Christians communicate with anyone - for instance, people in need, people in prisons, people with an illness, like AIDS? "What do you do?" the Rev. Charles Andrews, pastor of Yeadon Presbyterian Church, asked the small group of adults attending an interfaith Bible school at the church last week. About half of the dozen people in the room said they knew or knew of someone with AIDS.
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June 27, 2002 | By Catherine Quillman INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge National Historical Park begins its series of summer carillon concerts on Wednesday. The concerts will be held rain or shine at 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday through August at the chapel on Route 23 in the park. The series will feature nine professional carillonneurs performing on the chapel's tower carillon and portable instruments. Highlights of the series include carillon music from the British Isles accompanied by an Irish bagpipe band.
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August 6, 1999 | By John Corr, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sunday is the "second first day of the eighth month," and the occasion for the annual opening of the Parkersville Friends Meeting, a 169-year-old meeting house on Parkersville Road between Routes 1 and 926, north of Kennett Square in East Marlborough. The building is a "laid-down meeting," which means that it is not in use and is opened ceremonially every year. The opening will begin with a meeting for worship at 2:30 p.m., followed by refreshments. On hand will be a printed list of those buried in the adjoining cemetery, and copies of the minutes of the meetings for the first 12 years of the meeting house.
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August 19, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
GEORDETTA Stiles-Middleton didn't like to lose touch with people. And the telephone was her favorite instrument of connection. "She could spend hours on the phone with family and friends, reminiscing, gossiping," said her husband, Wayne Middleton. "She liked to keep in touch with people she knew in school and at work. " Geordetta Stiles-Middleton, a devoted mother and active churchwoman, died Aug. 8. She was 42. She had had some health issues, but the cause of death was not determined.
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April 13, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben and Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia Fire Capt. Michael Robert Goodwin Sr. was mourned Thursday in the small neighborhood church where he attended Bible school, exchanged marriage vows, and brought his children to be baptized. Goodwin, 53, was killed Saturday fighting a fire on Fabric Row in South Philadelphia. His colleagues said he died living out his personal credo: that those who have earned positions of authority should lead by example and not dispatch others to do the hard work. Dozens of childhood friends already had filled the curved wooden pews of St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Kensington when Goodwin's mother, Elizabeth, arrived for the service.
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July 6, 2012 | By John F. Morrison, Daily News Staff Writer
WHILE THE Phillies, or any other Philadelphia sports team, battled it out on TV in the home of Magdalena Agnes Comly, the action on the screen was often accompanied by the click-clack of crochet needles. That would have been Magdalena making wedding handkerchiefs for some lucky bride, or baby blankets, while keeping her eyes on the fortunes of her favorite team. All the Philly sports teams were her favorites, and she followed their fortunes in the appropriate seasons, clicking away in her role not only as fan, but as devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
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July 6, 2010 | By JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
THERE WASN'T much activity around the Voice of Deliverance Worship Center that Phyllis M. Smith wasn't involved in. One of her missions was to help care for the poor and the desperate. That included not only providing food and clothing for the needy of her own city, but also organizing relief efforts for earthquake-devastated Haiti. That is, when she was not pestering her pastor with persistent questions about faith and Scripture. Phyllis Smith, a devoted family matriarch who was also active in educational programs in the community, died of cancer June 24. She was 58 and lived in Oak Lane.
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May 28, 2009 | By Walter F. Naedele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When she turned 20 in the summer of 1940, Mitzie Mackenzie took a two-week job at a Bible school in Chinatown. When the job ended, she stayed to help immigrant Chinese adjust to life in the city, though she did not speak their language. It was not an easy job, she said in a 2002 Inquirer interview, because it meant working until after midnight, "when people finished their shifts working in laundries. " On Monday, Maribelle Mackenzie, 88, who for 61 years was a staff member of what is now the Chinese Christian Church and Center, died of kidney failure at the Philadelphia Protestant Home on Tabor Road in Lawndale, where she had lived since 2006.
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July 10, 2008 | By Elizabeth Eisenstadt Evans FOR THE INQUIRER
Hopewell United Methodist Church has more than 450 kids registered for its Vacation Bible School next week, and is expecting about a hundred more late registrations. Director of Children's Ministries Patty Weihler doesn't seem too worried about a last-minute surge. "It's incredible what God can do," she said, citing the more than 200 volunteers who support the free July 14-18 program. "When he brings kids, he brings volunteers as well. " Hopewell is a 1,200-member congregation on the outskirts of Downingtown.
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July 6, 2008 | By Elizabeth Eisenstadt Evans FOR THE INQUIRER
It didn't take much to turn a church into a steamy jungle. A tropical painting placed in front of the wall behind the altar. A mosquito net hung over the pulpit. A wooden partition covering the lectern. Add a few brightly painted parrots, and voila: a Chester County congregation was transformed into the colorful setting for this year's vacation Bible school (or VBS), held last month. "Rainforest Adventure" was the theme of this year's VBS edition at St. John's Lutheran Church in Schuylkill Township.
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May 16, 2004 | By Gaiutra Bahadur INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Takky Zubeda stepped off a prison van to freedom in the United States of America on Friday afternoon. She emerged with two other detainees at the Greyhound station in this faded manufacturing town in the middle of Pennsylvania. This is how, every day, the York County Prison releases its inmates to lives in the outside world. For Zubeda, an asylum seeker from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, that outside world is also a country she barely knows - except for the 1,245 days she spent in one of its county jails.
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May 15, 2004 | By Gaiutra Bahadur INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After 1,245 days in jail, Takky Zubeda stepped off a prison van yesterday to freedom in the United States of America. She emerged with two other detainees at the Greyhound station in this faded manufacturing town in southern Pennsylvania. This is how, every day, the York County Prison releases its inmates to the outside world. For Zubeda, 29, an asylum seeker from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, that outside world is a country she barely knows. In the world of asylum seekers inside York Prison, she had been there the longest.
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