March 4, 2014 |
Rabbi Richard A. Levine, 75, of Voorhees, the longtime leader of what is now Adath Emanu-El, the Mount Laurel congregation, died of complications from a blood disease on Friday, Feb. 28, at Virtua Voorhees medical center. He was "a rabbi's rabbi, a mensch, a friend and a truly precious soul," Rabbi Benjamin David, senior rabbi at Adath, said in biographical notes written by Rabbi Levine's son Ari. Born in the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., Rabbi Levine earned a bachelor's degree in 1959 at the Wharton School.
February 3, 2014 |
DECADES before Tim Tebow came onto the scene, the Eagles had Herb "The Praying Tailback" Lusk, who on Oct. 9, 1977, after his second touchdown of the day in Giants Stadium, made history as the first NFL player to kneel and pray during a televised game. (The Eagles won, 28-10.) Since 1982, the former player, now the Rev. Lusk, has done his praying from the pulpit at North Philly's Greater Exodus Baptist Church, where he's pastor. Greater Exodus was in a sorry state when he arrived - nearly bankrupt and with only a handful of members.
January 13, 2014 |
A MINISTRY THAT'S equal parts church and counseling center, Pastor Ray Barnard's Impacting Your World Christian Center takes the "impact" part of its name to heart. The center emphasizes "real-world applications" of Biblical teachings - like how to maintain strong marital relationships, build leadership skills and manage money wisely. "There's a lot of information in that book," Barnard said. Who we are: Barnard's congregation numbers about 3,000, drawing worshippers from Philadelphia, South Jersey and Bucks and Montgomery counties.
December 18, 2013 |
CAROL AMBRUSTER didn't hesitate to speak her mind when she saw injustice. Like the time the Philadelphia Orchestra raised its single-ticket concert price to make it the most expensive in the nation. Carol hit the ceiling. "Oh, my heavens, it's really a slap in the face," she told an Inquirer interviewer in 2002. "It's the arrogance of the rich toward those of us who love music. " Carol M. Ambruster, a retired assistant astronomy and astrophysics professor at Villanova University, was stabbed to death Dec. 9 in her Germantown apartment at Wayne Avenue and School House Lane.
October 6, 2013 |
FOR 107 years old, Calvary Baptist Church isn't showing any signs of slowing down. The West Philadelphia congregation is led by a dynamic music ministry that keeps worshippers on their feet, and a powerful preacher, Pastor Garth G. Gittens, who's the host of a daily podcast on Praise 103.9FM. Calvary, which celebrates its 107th anniversary this weekend, is about to start a multimillion-dollar renovation project that will expand the church's seating capacity, add commercial space for small businesses and include a community center.
September 23, 2013 |
THE REGION Bernard Gutkowski has spent much of his 65 years on earth inside the walls of the Sacred Heart Church in the Swedesburg section of Bridgeport. That's where Gutkowski was an altar boy, got married, and later brought his children on Sundays. "This church is my whole life," said Gutkowski, who has served on several church boards and runs a funeral home in the Montgomery County town. Last week, Gutkowski and other parishioners learned their church was one of 46 in the Philadelphia area that are next to undergo a review as the archdiocese assesses its parish structure.
September 15, 2013 |
MT. CARMEL Baptist Church is a West Philadelphia landmark, a place of worship where political heavy hitters come to pray, and a force for social change in its neighborhood and beyond. We talked with the church's pastor, the Rev. Albert F. Campbell, about his congregation's beliefs, its good works, its considerable history and its challenges in the here and now. Who we are: Campbell described Mt. Carmel as a "traditional Baptist church" that has evolved and adapted to the community around it. When Campbell, 81, became pastor 47 years ago, the congregation was made up of neighborhood residents, who'd walk to the church every Sunday with their families, he said.
June 14, 2013 |
WORSHIPERS at the historically Hispanic church La Milagrosa will gather tonight to begin praying a novena, nine straight nights of prayer, in hopes of keeping the small Catholic chapel in Spring Garden from being sold and closed for good on June 30. "In our Catholic faith, we are told that if we pray with faith and it is God's will, some things are granted," Maria Miranda, one of the leaders of Salvemos La Milagrosa , or Save La Milagrosa, said...
May 14, 2013 |
The Rev. Myrtle Daniels stepped up to the altar and switched on a reading light. Lucile Stewart-Mitchell took her seat at the piano, pressing open a hymn book. Karyn Fisher turned down music playing on an iPad. "We've had a busy week," Daniels announced, facing a dozen congregants gathered Sunday morning at Mount Zion A.M.E. in Woolwich Township. A week earlier, someone had rearranged the letters on the sign outside the tiny church, defacing it with a racist - and misspelled - message: No Nigers Welcome.
May 9, 2013 |
The sign adjacent to historic Mount Zion A.M.E. Church in Woolwich Township, a one-story white frame building, usually reads, "All Are Welcome. " But on Sunday, parishioners discovered vandals had scrambled the letters to produce "No Nigers Welcome. " So the hoodlums were racist and stupid. But they were meddling with the wrong church. All 11 congregants. "I thought people had gotten past that," said the Rev. Myrtle Daniels, who was a Freedom Rider in Mississippi in the 1960s before moving north for school and a more tolerant racial climate.