July 21, 2013 |
LAST YEAR, the annual mission trip for the Eastern Orthodox Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, based upstate in the coal region, headed 600 miles south to Spruce Pine, N.C., in Appalachia. There, parishioners helped build handicapped ramps for disabled people. This year the group, organized and led by the Rev. Daniel Mathewson of St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Coaldale, came to Philadelphia's Grays Ferry neighborhood to spruce up the building and grounds at the 100-year-old Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church at 28th and Snyder.
December 22, 2012 |
HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. - A man fatally shot a woman decorating for a children's Christmas party at a tiny church hall and killed two men elsewhere in a central Pennsylvania township Friday before he was fatally shot in a gunfight with state troopers. The shootings began about 9 a.m. in Frankstown Township, and investigators were processing five crime scenes within about a 11/2-mile radius, authorities said at a news briefing Friday afternoon. The troopers were responding to a 911 call of a shooting in the township when they heard calls reporting at least one other shooting elsewhere, state police spokeswoman Maria Finn said.
January 8, 2012 |
In September, the mood at Holy Cross Parish School in Mount Airy was upbeat: The school was celebrating its 100th anniversary, and a pictorial tribute on the school website ended with the words: "Looking forward to our next 100 years!" But unless the school principal and parish priest can change the minds of officials in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Holy Cross will not be around for even one more year. The 145-student, K-8 school is among 45 elementary schools in the archdiocese selected for closure.
July 28, 2011 |
Doris Forwood Gicker, 78, of Garnet Valley, a church volunteer, died of heart failure Monday, July 25, at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. Mrs. Gicker began teaching Sunday school at Elam United Methodist Church in Glen Mills when she was in her teens. For the next 60 years, she led classes of mostly 5- and 6-year-olds every Sunday morning and taught in Elam's vacation Bible school. At the church's Christmas bazaar, she was in charge of the needlework table. The hand-sewn holiday decorations, aprons, and tea towels; crocheted baby sets; and knit items were made by church women during Wednesday gatherings in her home.
May 27, 2011 |
Gone are the urinals from the men's room, the fake Roman columns out front, and the wet bar. But in the tin-toy-factory-turned-milk-bottling-plant-turned-church-turned-catering-hall, the ballroom still stands. And the Bodiford family, living in the 19th-century Port Richmond building since 2005, use it for, among other things, flamenco dancing and trapezing. But like the rest of the house, it's a work in progress. For the last six years, the Bodifords - parents Clarence and Lhianna and daughters Xia, 8, and Mahlon, 3 - have been slowly converting the 7,800-square-foot space on the corner of Ann and Tilton Streets: The former men's room is now a dressing room.
April 4, 2010 |
Forgive St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church if "Great and Holy Friday" seemed a noisy mix of solemnity, festivity, and practical necessity, but it was the congregation's first Holy Week in its new Elkins Park church. And with Easter, or Pascha, just around the corner, there were chocolates and candies to wrap, eggs to dye, crying babies to console, Jesus' tomb to venerate, and even a newly arrived cookstove to shove through the kitchen door. The church moved in last month. This is Resurrection Sunday for both Eastern Orthodox and Western Christian churches - an alignment that happens only rarely because the churches use different liturgical calendars to calculate holy days.
August 6, 2004 |
A career change from portrait painting to landscapes and still-lifes may have raised the profile of Martin Johnson Heade during his lifetime. After his death, he was nearly forgotten, but his art was revived in the 1940s and later by loyal patrons. Heade (1819-1904), who will be honored with a 37-cent commemorative in the American Treasures Series Thursday, was born in Lumberville, near Doylestown, son of a prosperous farmer and lumber-mill owner, Joseph Cowell Heed (the family's original name)
March 5, 2004 |
Switzerland will issue a pennant-shaped commemorative Tuesday to mark the centennial of the International Football Association Federation, an organization of soccer teams from virtually every nation. The 100-centime stamp is inscribed with the organization's famous acronym, FIFA, and two soccer balls within a circle. Switzerland was one of the seven founding members of the fraternity that convened in Paris in 1904, along with Belgium, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.
May 22, 2003 |
Down in the mosh pit, bodies collide like atoms in a particle accelerator. Black T-shirts slam into black T-shirts in a crazy blur of studs, spiked hair and kids laughing. Kinetic, frenetic energy fueled by the music - loud, strong, and heavy on horns and drums. Josh LaPergola of the South Jersey ska band Dirty Larry wails into the mike: Seventeen years is not enough To say that I am ready for this I am not ready to grow up . . . On the dance floor, a boy jumps into a girl's arms, legs and feet are flying all around, and fists punch the air. Tulip wallpaper notwithstanding, the Haddonfield United Methodist Church hall is rocking.
September 2, 2002 |
Mark Terry smiled at the people circled around him and announced pleasantly, almost vacuously, "Flowers are pretty. " Then he looked expectantly to his left, to Maria Jarrell, who was nodding emphatically. "Yes," she said, "flowers are pretty. And lemonade makes a good sunscreen. " OK, so nobody guffawed at this point. But someone did titter. And the comedy troupe was just warming up anyway. It was audition night for We're No Angels, a suburban group plugging away in the trenches of improvisational comedy since 1996.