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July 26, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson recalls his friend Michael R. Schurman as "the go-to guy in county government. " "When you wanted to get something done, and done right, you went to Michael," he said. After a career as a newspaper, radio, and TV reporter, Mr. Schurman was Atlantic County highway safety director from 1990 to 2011. "He was an extraordinary man," Levinson said. On Sunday, July 20, Mr. Schurman, 71, of Northfield, N.J., died of complications from Alzheimer's disease at his home.
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July 24, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
      The pastor assured the crowd that his congregation wanted the same things as the residents who are worried about a plan to build a new church in the Hatfield Township neighborhood. "You want open space. We want open space. You want walking trails, we want walking trails," John Cope, pastor of Keystone Fellowship, in Montgomeryville, told the standing-room-only crowd at the township building Wednesday night. "Softball fields, baseball fields. We want that. " But many neighbors don't want an expansive new building - church or otherwise - in the middle of it all. That difference of opinion is at the core of the church's effort to change the zoning on the church-owned property, known as the Bishop Tract, which would permit Keystone Fellowship to erect a 75,000-square-foot building on Orvilla Road in Hatfield.
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July 20, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. Frank Schaefer, recently reinstated as a Methodist minister after losing his credentials for presiding over his gay son's wedding, has one more legal battle ahead. The Methodist Church is appealing his reinstatement to its highest judicial board, according to Schaefer. Schaefer, formerly of Lebanon, Pa., and now working as a minister in California, said he wasn't surprised by the move. He said it worried him, but he also sees it as an opportunity for the LGBT cause. "I think it will be great if we could win this," he said.
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July 8, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
The day after fire ravaged a block and killed four children in Southwest Philadelphia, its cause remained undetermined as a local church opened its doors to comfort survivors, collect donations, and help an immigrant neighborhood begin to rebuild amid unthinkable loss. "Two of them are my godchildren. My heart has broken this morning. But I still have faith in the Lord," Roselyn Gray, choir director at Christ International Baptist Church, told the congregation early Sunday afternoon.
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June 30, 2014
An obituary for activist Michael P. Washington gave an incorrect date for his Celebration of Life service. It will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 5, at the Church of the Advocate, 1801 W. Diamond St.
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June 30, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
For decades farmers have tended the land on the Bishop Tract in Hatfield Township, open space since it was sold by a land speculator 271 years ago. The acres along Orvilla Road in Montgomery County produced fruits and vegetables. An old silo and farmhouse still stand. But Keystone Fellowship Montgomeryville, a growing church in Montgomery Township, has plans for the property that would transform the 43-acre landscape. It is a potential change that worries some residents and township officials.
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June 28, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
James P. Holliday Jr.'s last job before retiring from the Navy in 1969 was as a special services officer at the former Philadelphia Naval Hospital. One day, Mr. Holliday took his sons on a tour of the wards sheltering the most severely wounded from combat in Vietnam. "It was quite an experience for us kids to go walking around the Naval Hospital and see all these 18-year-olds and 19-year-olds with no arms and no legs," son Scott said. "It's something we'll never forget. " Mr. Holliday, 87, a former administrator at Temple University Hospital, died of heart failure Sunday, June 22, in the rehabilitation unit of ManorCare Health Services in Washington Township, where he lived.
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June 24, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. Canon Anna Stewart Powell, 69, of Lumberton, rector of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church there from 2001 to 2012, died of cancer Thursday, June 19, her birthday, at home. She was a canon for the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey in Trenton, said her husband, the Rev. John Charles Powell. Mother Powell "did a marvelous job" at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, parishioner Marsha Cavender, said. "When she went there, it was a mission with seven to 12 people who attended regularly.
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June 23, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Methodist church panel weighing whether to reinstate Frank Schaefer, the Pennsylvania pastor who lost his credentials after officiating his gay son's wedding, did not announce a decision Saturday, according to Schaefer's counsel. The panel, composed of nine lay members and clergy from the church's northeast jurisdiction, heard Schaefer's appeal Friday in Baltimore and had been expected to announce its decision Saturday. No reason was given for the delay. It is not known when the decision will come, but the panel has 28 days to issue a ruling.
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June 23, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  At Tabernacle Baptist Church in Burlington City, Lawrence I. Brown Jr. was more than a former chairman of the board of deacons. Robert Preston, a deacon who recently took over as treasurer from Mr. Brown, said that Mr. Brown "was a very good Bible studies teacher" who, among other duties, led a Wednesday night Bible study class. "He was a giant among the people at the church," Preston said. "Very well-loved, very well-respected. " On Sunday, June 15, Mr. Brown, 79, of West Deptford, a former member of the Willingboro Township Zoning Board, died of bone cancer at home.
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