Tag Archives: Punxsutawney

Western PA Churches Band Together for Hurricane-Hit Texas

CHOG Albuquerque team members unloading material in Texas.

By Carl Stagner

Pastor Greg Smith lived in Houston, Texas, from 2010 to 2013, where attended First Church of God. Over those three years, he got to know Texas pastors Tim Gould, Jim Fiertag, and Tim West. During that period, he also worked on a Homeland Security grant, and was a part of a three-person team that wrote the Mass Fatality Incident Response Plan for the city of Houston and thirteen surrounding counties. Though he now lives in Pennsylvania and pastors First Church of God in Punxsutawney, the Hurricane Harvey disaster hit home for Greg. It should come as no surprise that Greg’s church would respond. But what he might not have expected was the incredible show of support from a dozen churches across Western Pennsylvania. Continue reading

Punxsutawney Praise: Baptism Spans Three Generations


By Carl Stagner

Every Sunday in the United States and around the world, a Church of God congregation celebrates the baptisms of a new believer. Though exact figures are difficult to determine, the social media savvy rejoice in the weekly reports of known baptisms across the movement. This spring, one unique report came from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where a special baptism service spanned three generations. Continue reading