September 7, 2014 |
IT'S DIFFICULT to miss the Marlton Assembly of God in Marlton, N.J. It's the expansive - and expanding - worship site a stone's throw west of Evesham Township's municipal complex. Construction that's underway on a new $5 million Family Life Center will double its footprint from 50,000 to 100,000 square feet and will include an indoor soccer field. When it was founded 30 years ago, Marlton AG ministered to a small congregation with services held at the nearby Florence Evans Elementary School.
September 9, 2003 |
Past the ranchers, Colonials and split-levels of an ordinary Cherry Hill neighborhood, the gate sits: a long, black iron stretch, tall under a brick arch. Two sergeants-at-arms stand in front, gold badges gleaming. They peer inside an approaching car, scan, and nod politely. A rare visitor can pass. So the visitor enters a different world - the insular, complicated, joyful realm of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith. Though the small church rarely crops up on scholars' radar screens, its long, sometimes strange history in the region lends mystery to what goes on inside.
November 1, 2015 |
A small Burlington County church that sued Delanco Township last week after it was rebuffed in an attempt to use part of a warehouse for worship will occupy the space, at least temporarily. My Father's House Ministry and the township have reached an agreement to allow services in the industrial-zoned warehouse as the federal lawsuit proceeds, lawyers for the church announced Friday. The young, predominantly African American church, with beliefs similar to Baptists, plans to meet there Sunday.
June 22, 2015 |
MAYFAIR'S Devon Theater will go from theatrical dream to theological reality on Tuesday if the city's Zoning Board of Adjustment allows Kingdom Life Christian Center to turn the live entertainment venue into a church. After a long, heated debate last week, the Mayfair Civic Association voted not to oppose the theater's religious use. The vote came after the church agreed to run a food delivery service instead of a food bank, and an after-school program instead of a day-care center.
September 22, 2000 |
Bishop Benjamin F. Peterson Sr., a man of God who built a sidewalk ministry into the Greater Bible Way Temple in West Philadelphia, died Tuesday. He was 75 and lived in Overbrook Park. "Bishop Peterson began his ministry in 1957 by preaching on the street corners of South and West Philadelphia, spreading the word of God to all who would listen," recalled his daughter-in-law, Beverly Peterson. He eventually moved on to a small mission in South Philadelphia, then later converted a vacant movie theater on Spruce Street into a church.
February 18, 1988 |
For the celebration of his first Mass as archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Anthony J. Bevilacqua chose Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadelphia. About 1,600 high school students from throughout the archdiocese came to see Bevilacqua, who succeeded Cardinal John Krol a week ago. In his homily, Archbishop Bevilacqua talked about sex, drugs, suicide and the pursuit of power. He also praised the students in attendance, saying they were among the church's most valuable, treasured resources.
January 8, 1990 |
You might get an argument about Randall Cunningham being the Eagles' MVP. But in the minds of the 800 or so members of St. John Baptist Church in Camden, there's little doubt that Cunningham is the church's MVP - Most Valuable Parishioner. To them, the star quarterback is definitely No. 1. This was evident during St. John's 11 a.m. service yesterday when the church "went into an uproar" after it was disclosed that Cunningham was giving the church a nice little nest egg. Call it an Eagles' nest.
December 12, 2012 |
Even as a demolition contractor hovered around the historic Church of the Assumption wondering about bidding for the job, a city agency issued a temporary reprieve for the Spring Garden Street landmark. It was not quite the salvation for the church linked to two of Philadelphia's Catholic saints - it will take more than a temporary stay to avert its demise - but the city's Licenses and Inspection Review Board on Tuesday froze the demolition permit pending a Jan. 8 hearing. The ruling left neighbors hopeful of finding a new buyer to preserve the 1849, Patrick Keeley-designed brownstone church with distinctive twin copper-dipped spires, and left the current owner frustrated by further delays.
December 23, 2012
A church in Millville, Cumberland County, was destroyed in a three-alarm fire Saturday afternoon, officials said. Fire crews were called about noon to In His Presence Worship Center, where firefighters found the steeple and the roof on fire, Millville Fire Department Chief Kurt Hess said. There were parishioners inside the church when the fire broke out, Hess said, but all escaped without injuries. Crews were on the scene until after 8 p.m., Hess said. "It was a pretty big church, and we wanted to make sure it was out," he said.
April 1, 2014 |
When the leaders of a Royersford church in this Montgomery County community wanted to offer a Sunday teaching on second chances, they turned to an expert: Pete Rose. Famously banned from baseball for betting on games as a manager, Rose took a seat on a brightly lit stage at Christ's Church of the Valley to talk about his life in the game and why he should be allowed back into it. "I was wrong," Rose said of his gambling. But this was not part of a Pete Rose rehabilitation tour.