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Religion

Religion Events: Sept. 22

Brethren Palmyra Church of the Brethren near Edinburg will hold revival services at 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. Guest speakers will be Wayne Racey on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday and Brian Duncan on Tuesday. Special music nightly.   Presbyterian The Middletown Presbyterian ...

George Bowers Sr. Allergies, immunities and television

Chances are really good that you have either heard someone sneeze already today or have done so yourself. ‘Tis the season for ragweed and pollen and all manner of allergic reactions. Although I used to suffer miserably, I’m thankful to say that my late summers and early falls are much more ...

Religion events: Sept. 15

Baptist Saint Luke Baptist Church in Berryville will host a concert by The Spiritual Harmonizers at 3 p.m. Sunday. Information: 540-955-1883.   Church of Rock The Church of the Rock will hold its annual Family and Friends service at 3 p.m. Sunday at 620 Virginia Ave., Front ...

George Bowers Sr. What has caused Florence’s fury?

By the time you read this article, Hurricane Florence will likely have made landfall in the southeastern United States affecting millions of people and, if forecasts prove accurate, causing billions of dollars in property damage. As I write this, I’m praying that God would minimize its impact ...

Religion News & Events: Sept. 8

Brethren Maurertown Brethren Church will resume regular hours starting Sunday. Sunday school will begin at 9:45 a.m. followed by the worship service at 10:45 a.m. The church will host a weekly community youth night for ages 4 and older from 4 to 6:30 p.m. starting Wednesday. The program will ...

George Bowers Sr. Good answers to hard questions

Over the years our father told us many stories about his school experiences. Times were very different, rules were very strict, and expectations were very high. There were no SOLs or Common Core and the board of education was often applied to his seat of learning. That’s not to say there ...

Religion Events: Sept. 1

Christian Strasburg Christian Church will hold a special Church in the Park service at 11 a.m. Sunday at the First Bank and R.R. Donnelly pavilions at the Strasburg Community Park.  A covered-dish dinner, hot dogs and games will follow.   Methodist Mt. Zion United Methodist Church ...

Religion Events: Aug. 25

Lutheran Morning Star Lutheran Church will celebrate homecoming at the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday at 282 Morning Star Road, Mount Jackson. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish or dessert for the meal that follows. Information: Vicar David Moore at ...

George Bowers Sr. When dad got skunked

Mention either of two very different animals, and you are sure to trigger an outbreak of free entertainment. Allude to either snakes or skunks, then sit back and listen as the tales spill out. This is one such story about a skunk that my dad shared with us years ago. When our father was a boy, ...

George Bowers Sr. How to save your barn

What would you do if someone showed up to burn your barn and devastate you financially? For many Shenandoah County residents, this question was more than theoretical when Gen. Philip Sheridan’s Union troops went through the Valley in the fall of 1864 doing exactly that. I can only imagine the ...

Religion Events: Aug. 11

Methodist The Rev. James Kilby from First Baptist Church in Little Washington will be the guest speaker at the 9 a.m. worship service Sunday at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Woodstock. UCC The Rev. Derek Ritenour will be the speaker at the 9:15 a.m. worship service Sunday at Mt. ...

George Bowers Sr. Choosing the road less traveled

Shenandoah County primarily offers two roads for north/south travel. Most days, those who enjoy lighter traffic and more scenic views take Route 11 while the majority who prefer speed and directness opt for a more crowded Interstate 81. Route 11 is slower than the interstate, but it treats its ...

Religion events: Aug. 4

Service Love and Faithfullness Church in Front Royal will hold a service at 7 p.m. today with special testimony by Randy Thompson. Information: David Clanagan at 540-247-1739.   Brethren Wakemans Grove Church of the Brethren in Edinburg will hold an outdoor concert "Under the Oaks" ...

George Bowers Sr. Beware of educated cowbirds

We are blessed here in the valley to see thousands of birds out of our windows and over our heads. Hundreds of species inhabit our fields, mountains, and even our towns. Rare is the day that one of these feathered wonders doesn’t cross our path somewhere or the other. One specie that is ...

Religion Events: July 28

Baptist Emmanuel Baptist Church in Winchester will hold vacation Bible school, Neighborhood Bible Time, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Friday for ages K4-12th grade. Transportation available. Information: 540-667-8924.   Victory Church Victory Church is swapping its normal ...

George Bowers Sr. You can trust the Bible

I don’t remember much about the sixth grade, but I vividly remember a field trip to Thunderbird Archaeological Dig in Warren County. Mrs. Josephine Lynn transmitted her love for history and geography to many of her students and planned this special outing for us to experience the work of ...

Religion Events: July 21

Brethren Maurertown Brethren Church will hold vacation Bible school from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. Sunday through Friday for children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. In lieu of an offering, children are asked to bring canned goods each evening to be donated to a local food pantry. ...

George Bowers Sr. Keeping all families together

Over the last several months, there’s been much discussion about keeping families together. Protesters along the Mexican border and in many communities all over America have demanded that children be reunited with their parents and that laws be changed to prevent such separations. While ...

George Bowers Sr. Some books can kill you

Last week, librarians in Denmark learned that three of their books from the 1500s and 1600s could easily kill them. While using x-rays to examine the composition of the inks used, they discovered instead that the covers of these books had very high levels of arsenic. Best known, perhaps, for ...

Religion Events: July 14

Baptist Mount Olive Baptist Church in Middletown will hold its annual "Church Missionary Ministry Celebration" during the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Merwyn Brisco, assistant to the pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church in Millwood. Information: ...