June 23, 1997 |
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.
May 12, 1988 |
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.
December 29, 2004 |
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.
March 25, 1993 |
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.
September 25, 2000 |
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.
May 17, 1992 |
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.
March 31, 1991 |
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.
August 2, 1991 |
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.
May 13, 1990 |
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.
January 26, 1989 |
A small Orthodox congregation in Elkins Park was wrongly denied the right to hold services in a residential area, a panel of Commonwealth Court judges has ruled. The decision Friday overturned the Cheltenham Township Zoning Hearing Board and a Common Pleas Court judge who concluded that the Jewish congregation should not be given a special exception to a zoning ordinance because of the traffic problems it could create. Gilbert P. High Jr., the township solicitor, said Tuesday that township commissioners have not had time to determine if they will appeal the ruling, because he received a copy of the ruling only the day before.