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April 21, 2014 | BY BECKY BATCHA, Daily News Staff Writer batchab@phillynews.com, 215-854-5757
BUX-MONT'S landmark Bryn Athyn Cathedral looms large in its community - 180 feet large, measuring to the top of its tallest tower. Inside, the view from the pews is awe-inspiring. Artisans built the place just after the turn of the 20th century to resemble Europe's great medieval churches, down to blowing their own stained glass on site. Outside, the view overlooking the Pennypack Creek Valley from the vast, terraced grounds is breathtaking. But the church's congregation is as ordinary as they come: a button-downed collection of women in sensible, pretty dresses, men in jackets and slacks, and very well-scrubbed college students from Bryn Athyn College across the street.
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June 23, 1997 | Inquirer photographs by David M. Warren
Congregants and supporters of First Baptist Church in Glassboro rallied yesterday for a Service of Solidarity, held in the parking lot of the burned church. The church was destroyed by arson May 30. The congregation has been holding services in the A to Z maintenance building on South Delsea Drive and will continue to do so until the church is rebuilt.
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May 12, 1988 | By Gina Esposito, Special to The Inquirer
Two local synagogues have plans to merge and form a single Conservative congregation that will build on a site on Skippack Pike in Whitpain. The Norristown congregation of Tiferes Israel and the Lansdale congregation of Beth Israel plan to worship together, according to Jay Weiss, a spokesperson of the Norristown Jewish Community Center. Although the congregation does not have a name yet, the synagogue is hoped to be constructed by October 1989, Weiss said. The building that Tiferes Israel used is under an agreement to be bought by the Sacred Heart Hospital and the Suburban General Hospital, Weiss said.
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December 29, 2004 | By Jim Remsen INQUIRER FAITH LIFE EDITOR
Cinema verit? filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond got more verit? than they bargained for when they set out two years ago to capture life at First United Methodist Church of Germantown. Their two-hour documentary, The Congregation, airs at 9:30 tonight on PBS (Channel 12). The old stone church on Germantown Avenue is a haven of liberal activism at a time when so much of Christianity is tilting to the right. That drew in the Raymonds as an intriguing modern-day story line. The congregation also was in the throes of a difficult transition from a longtime, lionized pastor to his more conventional successor.
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March 25, 1993 | By Don Beideman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Hymnals in hand, members of Kemblesville United Methodist Church entered their new 160-seat church building Sunday after a short walk across Route 896 from the Kemblesville Elementary School. The congregation had been holding worship services in the elementary school since fire destroyed the church's 139-year-old sanctuary and nearby fellowship hall on Oct. 26, 1991. Officials determined that the fires were intentionally set, but no arrests have been made. The church will have an open house from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday to show off the new $825,000 building and its furnishings.
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September 25, 2000 | By Kristin E. Holmes, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Our Lady of Guadalupe, the new Roman Catholic parish established earlier this year to serve Buckingham Township, soon will have a new worship site. Beginning Oct. 8, the parish's Sunday Masses will be held at Central Bucks East High School, 2804 Holicong Rd., in Buckingham Township. Masses will be held at 8, 10 and 11:30 a.m. The parish's 5:30 p.m. Saturday vigil Mass will continue to be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 E. State St., in Doylestown. Weekend Masses will be held at those locations until the parish has constructed its own building, said the Rev. Joseph J. Quindlen, pastor of the new congregation.
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May 17, 1992 | By Nancy Petersen, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
For the 1,100-member congregation of West Chester's Westminster Presbyterian Church, the time had come to make some hard decisions. The space on South Church Street was cramped, parking was a hassle and the building needed substantial work. Like homeowners everywhere, the congregants had two choices - renovate or move. Then came the offer too good to refuse. James K. Robinson Jr., a longtime member of the church, donated 10 acres for a new complex. The land is prime real estate that has been the envy of developers in the region for years.
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March 31, 1991 | By Paul Davies, Special to The Inquirer
Ruth Stanley holds dear a fir tree outside the Unitarian Fellowship Church in West Chester. When her husband, Harry, died 13 years ago, she planted the tree at their church. In the weeks and months that followed, Stanley made sure the sapling was well-watered. One Christmas Eve, a friend decorated the tree with candles. When her sons visit, they stop by to "see how Daddy's tree is doing. " But now, the Unitarian Fellowship plans to move to Marshallton. That means selling the three-story Victorian on North Franklin Street where the fir tree stands sturdy.
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August 2, 1991 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Automotive Writer
The 1992 Ford Crown Victoria is more than a revised edition of a popular volume. It is a new book on the full-size domestic sedan. The beauty of the new Crown Vic (apart from its aero styling) is that it manages to retain all the comfortable and convenient attributes its aging congregation loves, while reaching out for younger converts with greater sophistication and performance. Yes, it continues to be a big, comfy, rear-drive sedan with room for six, a studio apartment for a trunk and a husky V-8. And it is still built on a true frame, which means that muscular engine can be put to work towing serious boats and trailers.
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May 13, 1990 | By Laurie Kalmanson, Special to The Inquirer
Adultery, sin and redemption are on the agenda at the Deerfield Presbyterian Church in Cumberland County today, when the congregation will consider whether to censure Pastor Norman A. Koop and accept his resignation. A church investigation begun earlier this year revealed that Mr. Koop, who is married, had an affair in 1984 with a married congregant. The pastor is the son of former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. In a four-page, single-spaced typed confession delivered to the church leadership on March 5, Mr. Koop admitted committing adultery.
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April 21, 2014 | BY BECKY BATCHA, Daily News Staff Writer batchab@phillynews.com, 215-854-5757
BUX-MONT'S landmark Bryn Athyn Cathedral looms large in its community - 180 feet large, measuring to the top of its tallest tower. Inside, the view from the pews is awe-inspiring. Artisans built the place just after the turn of the 20th century to resemble Europe's great medieval churches, down to blowing their own stained glass on site. Outside, the view overlooking the Pennypack Creek Valley from the vast, terraced grounds is breathtaking. But the church's congregation is as ordinary as they come: a button-downed collection of women in sensible, pretty dresses, men in jackets and slacks, and very well-scrubbed college students from Bryn Athyn College across the street.
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April 7, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
There is something very new and very old happening inside the Circle of Hope. Born of the mid-1990's Philadelphia Christian punk scene, the church with four locations in the area is rooted in one of the state's oldest denominations, the Colonial-era Brethren in Christ. Some observers glibly dismiss the current iteration as a "hipster church. " And, sure, there are plenty of beards and blue jeans and a certain laid-back stagecraft. But the theology here is meaty. There may be talk of using Google maps to view Biblical sites, but there are also citations of the Law of Moses to help contextualize the scripture.
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March 16, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
FOR 75 YEARS, the Crescentville Baptist Church has overlooked Rising Sun Avenue, watching it change with the decades. The church changed, too, said Pastor Charles Dear: It's now a diverse congregation with a global outlook, lending its support to the faithful all over the world. Who we are: Dear describes the church as "an independent Baptist ministry serving the community and the world. " His congregation of about 100 members consists primarily of neighborhood residents, with some members who hail from Roslyn and other nearby suburbs.
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March 4, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  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.
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February 3, 2014 | BY JENICE M. ARMSTRONG, Daily News Staff Writer armstrj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2223
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.
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January 13, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
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.
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December 18, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
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October 6, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
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.
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September 23, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 15, 2013 | BY VINNY VELLA, vvella@philly.com, 215-854-2513
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.
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