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By TERRY MATTINGLY / Scripps Howard News Service | July 24, 2010
As the decades passed, the coach got used to hearing people call him a hero, an icon and even a saint -- even though he reminded them that only God knows the truth about any man. It was common to see the former English teacher reading the classics. But he also read his Bible daily and rarely missed church, so some friends called him "Reverend. " That was probably for the best, since he disliked his other nickname -- "the Wizard of Westwood. " John Wooden's own list of heroes was short and symbolic.
By BRIANNA DORSEY / Pulse correspondent | April 20, 2010
All of my life I have grown up in the church. I was practically born in the church. Both of my parents have always been extremely active in the church. My mother has taught many children in her Sunday school classes and has planned beautiful banquets for the church. My musically inclined father has led singing in the church for as long as I can remember. Faith in God has always been evident in my parents' lives, so I think that led me to have a false understanding of faith.
By JANET HEIM | August 31, 2010
BOONSBORO -- Marilyn Blank's demeanor is calm and content, and she admits she's in a good place right now. The scars on her face, neck, torso and leg, though, are an outward sign that there's more to her story. "At 50, I find myself starting over, but I have the most important things," Blank said. Blank, who has lived in Boonsboro for 23 years, details her personal journey in a book called "Have Faith: Live It, Speak It, Believe It & Survive. " She will share her inspirational story Thursday at the Sharpsburg Public Library at 7 p.m. Blank has two children from her first marriage and is remarried with two more children.
January 15, 2013
Isn't the Bible a myth? How can you say there is only one way to God? Why does God allow suffering? Why are Christians such hypocrites?   These and other questions about faith and life form the basis of a six-week series sponsored by St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Lappans.  The series begins Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the St. Mark's fellowship center, 18313 Lappans Road in Boonsboro. The church is off Sharpsburg Pike.  Participants are invited to a simple meal followed by a 20-minute DVD presentation by the Rev. Timothy Keller, senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Manhattan, N.Y.   Small-group discussions follow with a group session at the end of the evening.
October 14, 2009
Fields of Faith was to held be held Wednesday on the football field at South Hagerstown High School but was moved inside due to Wednesday's inclement weather. Fields of Faith is "a peer-to-peer ministry event. Students invite their own classmates and teammates to hear fellow students share their testimonies, be challenged to read the Word of God and follow Jesus Christ. An athletic field provides a neutral, interdenominational rally point where a community can come together," according to its Web site .
December 9, 2011
The Rev. Anne O. Weatherholt is one of about 40 writers featured in the collection "Wisdom Found: Stories of Women Transfigured by Faith," published this year by Forward Movement Publications.   Written from the inside of faith, these stories, poems and prayers show the role of faith in daily life. Weatherholt's essays include "Folding Clothes," a meditation on a mundane chore, "He Knows Who His Mother Is," a memory of a working mother, and "Stains on My Alb," a commentary on the life of a priest.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | March 27, 2011
Winter Street Elementary School could use clothes for students. Food Resources needs personal-care items such as soap, shampoo and toothpaste. And Flanders and his buddies could use some hard chew toys and treats. Flanders, a black Labrador, was representing Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Catoctin Region, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown’s biannual Faith in Action Fair. About 11 organizations were represented at the fair, which the church sponsors to give local residents ideas about how they can help their community through volunteering and donations.
April 23, 2008
Faith in Action is seeking to expand its services to meet the growing demand of the local senior citizen and disabled population. The group is searching for volunteers with new ideas to help revitalize this program. The volunteers help senior citizens remain in the homes they have lived in for years and help them with simple activities, such as shopping. Meetings are monthly on the fourth Monday evening of each month. The group will meet Monday at 5:15 p.m. at the REACH Center, 140 W. Franklin St., Suite 300, Hagerstown (enter at the rear of the building, next door to the WIC Office.
By BOB PARASILITI | March 18, 1999
From where most casual fans stand, athletes have become full of greed and individuality. From where Bobby Richardson stands, athletes - like those playing baseball - have become full of something which is ultimately important. That is an acceptance of God and what he brings to a life and a career. [cont. from sports page ] That grace isn't always prevalent during the competition or under the glare of television cameras, but the fellowship movement is strengthening with every passing day. "I think religion and sports is growing," said Richardson, whose 12-year career as a second baseman with the New York Yankees included a Most Valuable Player honor in the 1960 World Series.
By JULIE E. GREENE | December 20, 1999
KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - The ground breaking for a faith-based school for troubled girls is expected to happen this spring, although organizers still need to raise $1 million. Despite the large fund-raising goal, Jeannie Hellem is not discouraged because she has faith the community - businesses and individuals - will help. One million dollars may sound like a lot of money, but it's not when you think that the institution it will provide is expected to last at least 100 years and of the impact it will make, said Hellem, executive director of Eagles' Wings Educational Girls Home.
By LLOYD WATERS | September 1, 2013
“Where is my faith? Even deep down there is nothing but emptiness and darkness. What do I labor for? If there be no God, there can be no soul. If there be no soul, then Jesus you are not true.” Strange words indeed coming from the pen of Mother Teresa.  Although she is headed for sainthood in the Catholic Church, those words contained in her composed letters throughout her life suggest some serious doubts in regard to her faith. Mother Teresa has always been a person I most admired for a lot of different reasons.
By JANET HEIM | | August 31, 2013
Lucille O'Brien's life was all about family and caring for others. The second oldest of 12 children born and raised on a farm in Shepherdstown, W.Va., Lucille had a work ethic to match her strong will. “She was determined. She had a feistiness in her. Some relatives called it the Miller spirit,” said daughter Jan Young of Williamsport. “But she had a lot of faith and a strong belief in her God.” Lucille also was proud that she skipped a grade in school. Her children have good memories of the annual family reunion with a very large extended family.
August 18, 2013
Antietam Bible College, Biblical Seminary and Graduate School is offering a tuition-free online course in apologetics for the fall semester. The introductory offering is tuition-free, plus a $30 registration fee and textbook cost. The course is about defending the Christian faith. To register, call 301-797-0988 or send an email to
By ROXANN MILLER | | August 3, 2013
The 38th triennial Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Week officially got under way Saturday. During the opening ceremony on the square, Carol Christophel, Old Home Week's first female president, declared the opening of the event. “We're excited about this week and the events of this week,” said the Rev. Wayne Warren, chairman of the opening ceremony. The Rev. Stacey Crawford, who gave the invocation, told audience members that the heart of Old Home Week is friends, family and faith.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | July 25, 2013
Longtime Berkeley County Commissioner Robert L. “Bob” Burkhart had an “encyclopedic” knowledge of county government, was exceptionally fair and a faithful friend, county officials said Thursday. Burkhart, who served a total of more than 30 years on the county commission and as the county's circuit clerk, died Tuesday. He was 85. “There was only one Bobby Burkhart,” said Circuit Clerk Virginia M. Sine, who served under Burkhart after he was appointed in 1986 to the elected office she now holds.
July 15, 2013
Faith E. Hammond of Clio, Mich., 52, passed away Saturday, July 13, 2013, at McLaren-Flint. Faith was preceded in death by her mother, Judith Porter, in 2010. Surviving are father, Arthur Hammond and wife, Barbara; brothers, David (Julie) Porter, Scott (Debbie) Hammond and Kevin (Olivia) Hammond; and several nieces and nephews. Faith enjoyed reading and spending time with her family. The family wishes to express a thank you to special friends, Duana, Amy and Mary, who helped Faith through her difficult times.
By GEORGE MICHAEL | June 28, 2013
A recent front-page story in The Herald-Mail reported that a Hagerstown pharmacist pleaded guilty to writing prescriptions for powerful narcotics for hundreds of clients who drove here by the “van loads” to do business.  This story is shocking on several levels. It's bad enough that people were coming to Hagerstown from out of state to get their needed fixes. But the worst part of this story is that the pharmacist was billing Medicare and Medicaid for some of these painkillers.
May 22, 2013
Dorothy Regina Faith, 91, of Williamsport, Md., passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Reeders Memorial Home in Boonsboro, Md. Born Dec. 16, 1921, in Clear Spring, Md., she was the daughter of the late Bender Wiley and Goldie Mary Mellott Poffenberger. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles W. Faith, in 1968. She attended Williamsport schools. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Williamsport United Methodist Church in Williamsport. She is survived by son, Charles W. Faith II and his wife, Linda, of Hagerstown, Md.; son, Rodney R. Faith and his wife, Lisa, of Williamsport; sister, Hilda J. Poffenberger of Williamsport; brother, James E. Poffenberger of Williamsport; grandchildren, Lori Willett and her husband, Eric, Tray Faith and his wife, Kelly, Rodney Faith and his wife, Gera, April Morris and her husband, Stephen, and Mike Faith and his wife, Kacey; and great-grandchildren, Eric, Tori, Will, Abby, Sophie, William, Joseph, Brittney, Lynsey, Daniel, Ryan and Emily.
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | | May 4, 2013
Mildred Hays never set out to make it to 100 years old. But then, as a mother of 10 children and widowed in her mid-30s, she didn't have much time to think about it. “I was just doing everyday living,” she said. “But I'm thankful to be 100.” Hays hit that milestone April 28, and on Saturday, about 160 family members gathered at Virginia Avenue Church of God to celebrate with her. Many were locals, while others traveled from Montana, Massachusetts, Michigan and Florida.
April 12, 2013
Emmanuel Chapel , Smithsburg, The Down Home Gospel Singers, By Faith and The Bluegrass Travelers will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
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