March 19, 2001 |
As a service began inside a church here yesterday, a lay minister was killed in the parking lot by her estranged husband, who then shot himself, authorities said. Shortly after Wadud Abdul-Haqq and Sylvia Abdul-Haqq began arguing about 8 a.m. at the Christ Temple A.M.E. Zion Ministry Center, the man pulled out a .357 revolver and shot his wife once in the head, officials said. Sylvia Abdul-Haqq, 51, fell backward into the open trunk of her husband's blue Dodge Dynasty. Wadud Abdul-Haqq, 53, then turned the gun on himself, fired one shot to his head, and also fell into the trunk.
July 12, 1995 |
Moses Colburn, retired Philadelphia Electric Co. supervisor of customer service who was a leader in his church, died Friday. He was 63 and lived in South Philadelphia. Colburn worked for PECO for 25 years and was a supervisor in the Customer Service Department when he retired in 1991. A family member said, "Moses loved his church and spoke of its great history with great pride and affection. He spoke knowlingly about the outstanding pipe organ and worked to help raise funds to restore and improve it. We will all remember him as a Christian brother, churchman, musician and friend.
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.
October 15, 2012 |
To many Polish American Catholics in South Jersey, St. Joseph's is the mother church. Their love for her endures like the New Hampshire granite of which the majestic edifice at 10th and Liberty Streets in Camden was constructed nearly a century ago. The Whitman Park neighborhood has frayed almost beyond recognition, and church membership has fallen to less than a quarter of its mid-20th-century peak of nearly 4,000 families. But St. Joe's will likely be filled next Sunday as the parish celebrates its 120th anniversary.
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.
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.
January 18, 2016 |
A DARK TOWER ON Chestnut Street was the beacon that David Braverman said he needed to navigate his way out of the Church of Scientology. Braverman, founder and owner of LeBus Bakery, says he spent close to $1 million on Scientology during nearly four decades - on the church's so-called auditing sessions to restore "beingness and ability," on travel to its massive Flag Building in Clearwater, Fla., and in fulfilling constant requests for donations....
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.