December 25, 2015 |
An Atlantic City pastor was searching for a miracle so he could relocate his small church to a safer home. A retired Jewish businessman from Cherry Hill was looking to sell a parcel of land valued at $75,000 to $125,000. Together, they settled on a price: $0. It may have been the holiday spirit, or a blessing. Either way, prayers were answered for the City of Hope Worship Outreach Center and Pastor Kenneth Applewhite. "It was a feel-good type of thing. I wanted to do it, and I did it," James Horowitz, 82, said of his decision to donate the vacant land on the Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., so the congregation could build a new church.
November 22, 2015 |
IN ITS 83-year history, Vine Memorial Baptist Church has had precisely two pastors. Founding pastor the Rev. Leonard George Carr presided from 1932 to 1976. The current pastor, the Rev. James S. Allen, arrived in 1978. This New Year's Eve at the congregation's annual Watch Night service, the 79-year-old Allen plans to preach his last sermon. "We always have a Watch Night service," he said. "We start at 10 o'clock and we'll be in worship as the old year passes out and the new year comes in. That's been our history.
October 11, 2015 |
ISSUES LIKE homelessness and discrimination are complex, but at St. David's Evangelical Lutheran Church, in the Northeast, the motto for confronting those evils is simple: "God's work, our hands. " "God gives us work, and we use our hands to show acceptance, peace, healing - all that stuff," said the Rev. Kevin Hilgendorf, the congregation's longtime and soon-to-retire pastor. St. David's partners, for example, with other churches to deliver food to the homeless as part of the Tuesday evening Feast Incarnate ministry.
September 18, 2015 |
ON THE ALTAR of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Germantown sits an oil painting of Pope Francis holding a tiny prisoner in his hands. The artist - the inmate pictured in the painting - resides at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, the prison where the pope will stop during his visit to Philadelphia later this month. "We're here to build a fire," Magdaleno Rose Avila, executive director of the Philly-based group Witness to Innocence, told the Daily News yesterday as he waited for Mass to begin at St. Vincent de Paul.
September 4, 2015 |
TALK ABOUT starting small. When William Fleming Todd started his church in an Ardmore storefront in 1983, it had 11 members, six from his own family. That early version of Christ Haven Pentecostal Church, little more than a prayer group that included his wife and five children, grew over the next 32 years into a congregation of more than 400. It moved from Ardmore to Darby, and finally to its present building on Lindbergh Boulevard near 68th Street, Elmwood. And William Todd, who began his ministry as a street preacher, buttonholing pedestrians on the streets of Washington, D.C., advanced to become a bishop and a force in the Pentecostal movement worldwide.
August 17, 2015 |
The congregation of a Delaware County church has urged a federal judge in New York to grant its pastor bail after he was charged this week in an international insider-trading scheme involving Ukrainian hackers. In a letter submitted to U.S. District Judge Raymond J. Dearie, board members of the Slavic Evangelical Baptist Church of Brookhaven described Vitaly Korchevsky, 50, as a "very respected and connected person within our community" devoted to "God's calling to evangelize the world.
July 21, 2015 |
WEARING A T-SHIRT emblazoned with the words "Black Lives Matter," the Rev. Mark Tyler wiped his brow at the pulpit, waiting as a few parishioners walked out of Mother Bethel AME church's air-conditioned basement chapel into the steaming summer air. After church services ended yesterday, about 100 who remained settled back into their seats to hear about Sandra Bland, a Chicago-area AME churchgoer who died in a Texas county jail cell July 12. ...
May 18, 2015 |
Before she completed her religious education at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Mount Airy, Pastor Shelly Satran was an intern at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hainesport. And in that assignment, from the fall of 2000 to the spring of 2002, her mentor was a member of the congregation, Gladys Metz. "Part of what I was learning," she said, was how "to lead worship and preach. " Mrs. Metz "took me under her wing as a teacher would," said Satran, now pastor at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Vero Beach, Fla. On Thursday, May 7, Gladys Kauffman Lowden Metz, 91, who retired in 1983 as an English teacher after 21 years at Rancocas Valley Regional High School, died at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly.
March 9, 2015 |
THE REV. Vaughn Wilson left his Chester church in 1988 because "the people did not want to follow the word of God" and came to Southwest Philadelphia with his family, one prospective member of his future congregation and no church. He found a vacant building on Woodland Avenue near 71st Street that had last existed as a candy factory in the '70s. "We rented one room," Wilson said. "We painted, hung curtains and found chairs. It was winter. There was no heat. "So every Saturday, I rented an old construction heater at Front and Hunting Park, strapped it on the back of my car, carried it to Woodland Avenue, filled it with kerosene and heated up the room," Wilson said.