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.
December 20, 2012 |
A Facebook friend put up his Christmas tree Monday, then wondered how he and his wife could ever celebrate, given what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Thinking about the families of those 20 kids killed in Newtown, Conn., brought them back to the death of their own child, lost years before to a birth defect. "I just want to get through this year," he said. Between the deaths of his mother and his wife's father, and then the suicide of a nephew home from Afghanistan, the couple went to more funerals than birthday parties.
December 4, 2012
PITTSBURGH - An elementary school music teacher shot his ex-wife while she played the organ during a Sunday church service, then returned minutes later to shoot her again and ensure she was dead before congregants stopped and grabbed him, police said. The shooting was detailed in a criminal complaint filed Monday against Gregory Eldred, 52, of Coudersport, who remained jailed without bond on first-degree murder and other charges in the shooting at the First United Presbyterian Church of Coudersport, about 140 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
April 9, 2012 |
THE ODDEST STORY in sports this past year went from the football field to an Easter Sunday pulpit. Tim Tebow, newly minted New York Jets backup quarterback and previously anointed savior of anything he touches, attracted 15,000 people to an outdoor church service in Georgetown, Texas. "In Christianity, it's the Pope and Tebow right now," pastor Joe Champion said in an Associated Press report. "We didn't have enough room to handle the Pope. " Tebow is deeply religious and doesn't hide it. Quite the opposite.
February 22, 2012 |
Tonight and Thursday night, two area singers will compete to keep their American Idol dreams alive. Six-foot-eight Jermaine Jones of Pine Hill, called a "gentle giant" by judge Jennifer Lopez, last week impressed in Las Vegas with his deep and soulful duet of "Make It Easy on Yourself" with a Texas "cowboy. " Lancaster native Naomi Gillies, who went to a Philadelphia private school, made it to Hollywood performing judge Steven Tyler's "Crying," and most recently advanced as part of a trio that did throwbacks "Mr. Sandman" and "Mr. Postman.