July 24, 2016 |
Lutheran Pastor Violet Little held her cup up, as part of the Mass, to her congregants on the streets. Little's outdoor ministry at Logan Square is attended by the homeless and society's neglected. The twice-a-month church service is followed by coffee hour in the park, hosted by visiting congregations. She left behind her traditional congregation of 14 years to create this "church without walls," also called the Welcome Church. Retiring from her old congregation to found the new one "happened because of everything in my life leading up to it," says Little, 64. "It was exactly the right time.
July 16, 2016 |
Question: My mother has stage 4 breast cancer and is near death. My family has begun to discuss funeral arrangements. Having lived in their community for 40 years, my parents have a number of friends and acquaintances whom my father and siblings wish to invite to a church service and gathering. I have no interest in participating in a large group ceremony following my mother's death (although I have told them to go ahead without me if it will help them with their grief). I personally do not find it at all helpful to have a bunch of strangers coming up to me to tell me how sorry they are, etc. My siblings have said we should follow my father's wishes.
May 28, 2016 |
Gordon Hower was attending a Sunday church service with his wife when he saw a fellow congregant - displaying a handgun on his belt holster - reach for his weapon while speaking with another worshipper. He turned to his wife and told her, "Get everybody out of here," he testified Thursday. Hower said Mark Storms was showing his gun to Robert Braxton III, who appeared agitated at the service last month at the Keystone Fellowship Church in Montgomery Township, Montgomery County.
April 30, 2016 |
Mark T. Storms was seated with his wife and son at the Keystone Fellowship Church in Montgomery Township on Sunday morning when he saw another member of the congregation causing a commotion. Storms approached the man, police said, asked him to step outside, and flashed a badge indicating he had a license to carry a concealed gun. He then pulled out his semiautomatic pistol and, police said, fired two deadly shots at Robert Braxton. "We're talking about a church where there's 250 to 300 people attending, and shots are being fired in a crowded area," Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said Thursday as he announced charges against Storms.
April 2, 2015 |
ODELL REED was all about helping people, a passion that went in several directions in her long life. Working through her church, Tindley Temple United Methodist, she fed the homeless for 15 years as head of the soup kitchen. She made sure the needy people who came to the church were taken care of. Every Christmas, some 150 to 175 needy people each got a gift, as well as a hot meal. On Thanksgiving, there was roast turkey with all the trimmings. Throughout the year, the church fed hundreds of homeless and underprivileged people every week.
March 18, 2015 |
IT WAS the death of her mother's pet squirrel that sparked 11-year-old Mackenzie McCarty 's interest in taxidermy. The sixth-grader from the Philly 'burbs will get to showcase her talents today at 2 p.m. on NBC10's "Steve Harvey" show, where she will present him with a tiny surprise. McCarty, of Warminster, has a "no-kill" policy on taxidermy, wherein she retrieves her subjects from roadkill rather than purchasing them already dead. "My mom's squirrel died and she would take me to the taxidermist shop with her and I would love to see the animals," McCarty told me yesterday.
May 7, 2014 |
CAMDEN Not at my church. That's the attitude - described later as both "pretty stupid" and "incredibly heroic" - that two ushers displayed when an assailant pointed a gun at them and a 72-year-old friar, and snatched away a collection bag they were carrying. Without hesitating, the two younger men ran after the assailant and recovered the money. About 1:30 p.m. Sunday, after one of the busiest Masses of the year at St. Anthony of Padua in Camden - celebrating First Communion for dozens of children - ushers Francisco Torres and Jose Garcia brought the canvas bag holding the day's collection to Brother Karl Koenig in the sacristy.
April 21, 2014 |
BUX-MONT'S landmark Bryn Athyn Cathedral looms large in its community - 180 feet large, measuring to the top of its tallest tower. Inside, the view from the pews is awe-inspiring. Artisans built the place just after the turn of the 20th century to resemble Europe's great medieval churches, down to blowing their own stained glass on site. Outside, the view overlooking the Pennypack Creek Valley from the vast, terraced grounds is breathtaking. But the church's congregation is as ordinary as they come: a button-downed collection of women in sensible, pretty dresses, men in jackets and slacks, and very well-scrubbed college students from Bryn Athyn College across the street.
March 6, 2013 |
With its history of inhabiting and mixing song genres, Lyricfest eventually was bound to find its way to the spiritual and its offshoots, and did so Sunday with singers who packed the First Presbyterian Church: Denyce Graves, Lisa Daltirus, and Kevin Deas. Lyricfest has a penchant for spoken commentary, and this "Journey Toward Freedom" program had the Rev. Charles Rice sketching the Civil Rights movement's progress, interspersed with songs by Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and more classically slanted pieces by Ricky Ian Gordon, a great champion of Langston Hughes.
March 1, 2013 |
Police are investigating a reported incident of racist graffiti at the home of an African American family in Burlington County. Someone wrote "KKK" with chalk Wednesday night on the front brick wall of Eulith Rankines' house in Maple Shade, said Rankines, 41, a real estate agent. Rankines' family had left for a church service shortly before 7 p.m., and when his wife returned home, she discovered the graffiti in the area of the front porch, he said. The letters combined were about a foot square and were placed so they could be seen from the street, Rankines said.