December 6, 2013 |
Dewaine Osman digs Dixieland banjo. Sanford "Sandy" Catz has a thing for swing. But what these two Tri-State Jazz Society volunteers really love to hear is applause - for the rootsy, traditional jazz performers they present in the Philadelphia area. "We're helping keep something alive," says Catz, 70, a retired engineer who is the society's president. Adds Osman, the vice president, "Without promotion, this music would probably disappear into history. " The monthly concerts feature local, national, and occasionally international artists whose music echoes the early 20th century sound of New Orleans, as well as subsequent jazz forms that flourished before bebop took off in the 1940s.
December 5, 2013 |
Hello there Business was slow at the hot dog booth Lesley and her family staffed for Diablo Japanese-American church's 2007 summer festival in Concord, Calif. - so she used the time to socialize with other volunteers she'd known most of her life. At the always-popular tempura booth, a stranger hustled to dip orders of battered shrimp and vegetables into hula-hoop-size woks of hot oil. "He looked like the Karate Kid with a bandanna around his head to keep the sweat out of his eyes," she said.
December 2, 2013 |
It was a parent's dream: a day to shop for Black Friday bargains without towing the young charges. The First Presbyterian Church of Clayton opened its doors to nearly three dozen youngsters Friday for its annual "Parents Day Out. " With schools were closed Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday, the event was also a day out for children. While their parents hit the malls and stores, children ranging in ages from 3 to 18 spent six hours at the Gloucester County church on Delsea Drive, where they played games and made crafts in the fellowship hall and watched Finding Nemo movies in the sanctuary.
December 1, 2013 |
CLAYTON It was a parent's dream: a day to shop for Black Friday bargains without towing the young charges. The First Presbyterian Church of Clayton opened its doors to nearly three dozen youngsters Friday for its annual "Parents Day Out. " With schools were closed Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday, the event was also a day out for children. While their parents hit the malls and stores, children ranging in ages from 3 to 18 spent six hours at the Gloucester County church on Delsea Drive, where they played games and made crafts in the fellowship hall and watched Finding Nemo movies in the sanctuary.
November 28, 2013 |
The pastor's faith had taken a hit. The man entrusted with the spiritual life of hundreds had lost a teenage daughter to cancer. So Jim Laverty, 48, an associate pastor at Souderton Mennonite Church, leaned on the people he shared so much with - his football buddies. They sent him texts of support. They listened when Laverty shared his grief and disappointment. And it all started with football. On the eve of the biggest pigskin binge day of the year, the Men's Monday Night Football Fellowship at the 700-member Souderton Mennonite Church is about more than touchdowns and Eagles pride.
November 23, 2013 |
When a city demolition permit was issued three years ago for the Church of the Assumption, it looked as if it would take a miracle to save the historic Philadelphia sanctuary where the Roman Catholic saint Katharine Drexel was baptized. That miracle has arrived in the form of a court ruling that appears to void the permit cleared by the Historical Commission in 2010. Though lawyers on both sides acknowledge that the ruling is confusingly written, they seem to agree that the original demolition permit is no longer valid.
November 20, 2013 |
A jury of Methodist pastors ruled Monday that a Lebanon County, Pa., minister violated church doctrine when he presided over his son's marriage to a man - a decision that the Rev. Frank Schaefer said was made out of love, not as an act of rebellion. The verdict was not unexpected; Schaefer, pastor of Zion United Methodist Church of Iona, admitted that he knew he was going against church doctrine by ministering to his son, Tim, at his wedding. A red-eyed Tim Schaefer left the building after the verdict was read, and was greeted by applause from supporters in the chilly night air. "I'm obviously very saddened, so what we're hoping for tomorrow is a light sentence," he said.
November 11, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA It began with one pastor and two grooms. But after the vows had been exchanged, the other clergy moved forward from their pews. About 50 of them filled the front of Arch Street United Methodist Church on Saturday. The closest rested their hands on the couple. The rest placed their palms on the clergy nearest. "Those whom God has joined together, let no one put asunder," they said in unison, blessing the same-sex union in defiance of church law. For the Methodist ministers in the group, a large majority of the 50, participating in the ceremony could result in the loss of their credentials.
November 5, 2013 |
ONE MAN became a weapon of Mass disruption at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Drexel Hill two weeks ago, when he punched a man in a dispute over a crying baby during a Sunday afternoon service, according to police. After a nearly two-week investigation into the Oct. 20 incident, Upper Darby police charged Matthew von Siegel, 36, of Clifton Heights, with simple assault and harassment on Friday. According to Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood, von Siegel was attending the church's 4 p.m. Mass when he turned to say something to a woman about her crying baby.
November 4, 2013 |
Handcuffed and caught in the glare of a TV news camera, Walter Logan did the one thing a man in his position is expected to do: proclaim his innocence. In 2009, the contractor was accused of bilking more than $370,000 from Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown, which had hired him to build a family center. And Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman was particularly forceful in her condemnation. "For someone to steal from a church is really very low," she told an interviewer.