Grace Community Church marks 5 decades of growth

In 50 years of existence, Grace Community Church has grown in number, campuses and ministries. But despite the many changes two key aspects of the ministry have remained the same — a focus on the Bible and a desire to reach out to the community. “I really want to be a church who thinks more about those who are not yet a part of us tha…

Pope Francis confirms trip to the United States

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A pontiff who has long championed humble acts — sneaking off to break bread with the homeless as an archbishop and washing the feet of young prisoners early in his papacy — is coming to the City of Brotherly Love. Pope Francis confirmed Monday that he will make his first papal visit to the United States with a

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