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February 15, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Along the two blocks of North 17th Street on either side of the Vine Street Expressway in Center City, remarkably different financial trajectories of two religious groups are playing out. At the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, south of Vine, church leaders are turning property accumulated over generations - such as cemeteries - into cash in a bid to fill huge financial gaps. About a block north, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced plans this week to build a meetinghouse and a 32-story residential tower next door to its $70 million temple, already under construction.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
THE MORMON church will build a 32-story residential building and a new meetinghouse a block away from its Center City temple, officials announced yesterday. Mayor Nutter and Council President Darrell Clarke joined members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to announce the project, which will be at 16th and Vine streets and is slated for completion in 2016. The rental units and meetinghouse will be open to anyone, not just members of the church. The development, which could generate up to 1,800 construction jobs, will have 258 rental apartments, 13 rental townhouses and retail space, according to the city.
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN THE Rev. Martha A. Lang arrived to take over as pastor of Mount Tabor African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1983, she found a congregation of nine adults and six children. Discouraged? That word was never in Martha Lang's vocabulary. Instead, she applied her vision and leadership qualities to attract new members. In 1988, the congregation purchased the historic Ukrainian Baptist Church at 7th Street and Girard Avenue and moved Mount Tabor there from 22nd and Master streets.
NEWS
February 3, 2014 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
I'm worried about Mother Mary. Because she found religion. In a manner of speaking, anyway. We begin when Brother Frank tells me that he'll call me on Sunday, "after church. " I don't understand. No Scottoline has gone to church in centuries, least of all my mother, who was excommunicated from the Catholic Church after she got divorced. Can you imagine Catholicism without a Mother Mary? I asked, "Frank, did you and Mom start going to church?" "No, I meant we watch on TV. " "You and Mom watch church on television?"
SPORTS
January 31, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
With a guard-dominated lineup, Church Farm is prepping to make another strong run in the PIAA Class A district and state playoffs. Tuesday night, in moving closer to a second straight Bicentennial Athletic League Independence Division title, the visiting Griffins edged Holy Ghost Prep, 50-49, in Bensalem. "We struggled a bit early this season, but we're finding our groove now," Church Farm coach Marc Turner said. The Griffins, who improved to 11-4 overall and 8-1 in BAL action, are spurred by Aondofa Anyam, Tyler Ofray, Michael Mohammed, and Joey Shelton.
NEWS
January 29, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brooklawn School Superintendent John Kellmayer has a simple wish list for his crowded, one-building Camden County district: more space. Kellmayer hopes that he has made a strong-enough case to persuade voters Tuesday to approve a $1.9 million bond proposal to convert a nearby former Catholic church into a middle school. The district spends thousands of dollars annually to send its special-education students outside the district because it has no space. At Alice Costello Elementary School, a classroom is inside the gym. The art and music programs share a classroom, and music lessons are taught on the stage.
NEWS
January 17, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
At St. Joan of Arc School in Marlton, Mary Ellen Cermack Verdeur spent more than a decade volunteering as a teaching assistant with kindergartners. From the early 2000s to June 2013, a few days a week, she helped "teach their letters, teach their numbers," her son Mark said. "She really loved that," he said. On Sunday, Jan. 12, Mrs. Verdeur, 88, of Marlton, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease at the Kresson View Center in Voorhees. Her husband, Joseph, won a gold medal in swimming at the London Olympic Games in 1948, held several world and U.S. swimming records, and coached the men's swimming team at Temple University.
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
GLORIA SICKEL didn't like to stop moving. "If I stop moving, I'll never move again," she would say. And so, Gloria made sure she always had something to do, that is, after her four children were grown and she was left a widow 24 years ago. She worked as a crossing guard around her Oxford Circle neighborhood, a lunch monitor and door monitor at her church, St. Martin of Tours, a boys club softball coach and other volunteer activities....
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
BRIGHT HOPE BAPTIST Pastor Kevin Johnson on Sunday related to his congregation the story of Caleb, who urged Moses to lead the Israelites into Canaan - a land of powerful enemies that few believed could be conquered. Perhaps it is with this story in mind that Johnson, 39, is exploring the possibility of running for mayor in 2015. Like Canaan, Philadelphia's political arena is filled with mighty tribes and entrenched power - a land, you could say, that "devours those living in it. " And like the Israelites, Johnson is essentially an outsider.
NEWS
January 7, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
The toils and snares that led the First Baptist Church at Conshohocken to what it describes as an amazing new year back home were sparked by an errant blowtorch. It touched off a fire that engulfed the Neo-Gothic church built in 1902 and flattened everything but its bell tower and an adjacent stone wall. That was eight years ago. It has taken that long for the congregation of 60 to muster the money and labor that has enabled them to spend the start of 2014 in their new building at Fourth Avenue and Harry Street.
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