Benefit concert to aid St. John’s choir program

Benefit concert to aid St. John’s choir program
St. John’s Episcopal Church music director Lenore Alford is organizing a benefit concert in the hopes of showing how the lives of Marin County children can be enriched through all phases of music.
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St. Paul’s to welcome first woman ‘clergy-in-charge’
In the 153-year history of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Kan., there was never a woman clergy-in-charge. This will change on Jan. 8, 2011. Rev. Dixie Roberts Junk will take over at the church next January. She was chosen by Diocese of Kansas Bishop Dean Wolfe and introduced to the church last week. A native of Hutchinson, Kan., she graduated from Hutchinson Community College …
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Episcopal Church asks Pa. bishop to step down
Church leaders are asking for the resignation of an Episcopal bishop in Pennsylvania accused of covering up sexual abuse by his brother decades ago.
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Trinity Episcopal program lets kids make the choices

Trinity Episcopal program lets kids make the choices
More than a year ago, Avery Hardison and other members of his youth group at Trinity Episcopal Church went on a pilgrimage to Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Arizona.
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Lynnwood’s piece of Highway 99
Residents can get an update on the highway’s redesign at a meeting Tuesday. LYNNWOOD — A redesigned Highway 99 is the subject of an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. SW.
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City Council hopefuls relish civil discourse
Scripted public appearances and attack ads are the ingredients of many election campaigns. Not in Chandler this year.
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Inmates graduate from Seminary at San Quentin Chapel as part of Southern Baptist program by Peter Menkin

Inmates graduate from Seminary at San Quentin Chapel as part of Southern Baptist program by Peter Menkin

The program for ministry at maximum security prison San Quentin in Northern California, outside San Francisco, proves the maxim, minister where you are at the moment. For inmate Mark Baldwin, serving a life sentence, he will prove the maxim well for with his new diploma in ministry earned from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary based in the town Mill Valley, which is near the prison, will be ministering to fellow inmates for a long time—lifelong.

The Certificate for Ministry earned by the recent June, 2010 graduate Mr. Baldwin in the Southern Baptist tradition, as the seminary is a Southern Baptist seminary, is part of a larger and national program that applies the same maxim throughout its teaching efforts reach, which is really more than national. It is worldwide. That maxim remains the same wherever students learn and go into ministry. Minister where you are at this time in your life, and in the many places where you may be a long time in their location or place of life.   In a conversation by phone with a Seminary spokeswoman, more details of the educational program called Contextual Leadership Development (CLD) was found. CLD finds its home base at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary just north of San Francisco at the Southern Baptist Seminary. The Spokeswoman offers these fast notes on the CLD centers:    

  CLD center:

is established under a cooperative agreement between Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and a local Southern Baptist Church, association or state convention
offers diploma programs in Christian ministries, theology, and church planting
offers classes in English, Korean, Spanish, Thai, Chinese, Hmong, Mien, Russian, and Haitian, depending upon the center location
is approved by the CLD National Office and the Office of Academic Affairs of Golden Gate Seminary

CLD – home page on website: http://www.ggbts.edu/cld/default.aspx     She points out how Don Beall, employee of the Seminary for 5 years, has the job of running this innovative and successful program of ministry-in-place. This writer was told in that same phone conversation, “There are over 60 CLD centers in the United States. A CLD Center needs to be established…It is ethnic, but has evolved to be cultural and started out to meet the needs of ethnic people to meet the grasp of learning English to provide future ministers during their student days in the Seminary program with an education in their own language so they can have a ministry. There is a cultural relevant group for every people group in their respective country. It is currently taught in 17 States, and 11 languages.”   In the specific ministry program at San Quentin prison, the four inmates who graduated with their certificate this June, 2010 will be supervised by Prison Chaplain Morris A. Curry, Jr. (an ordained minister in the Southern Baptist Church). He is Pastor to all Protestant inmates at San Quentin Prison, and supervises the four graduates, and the one previously graduated inmate who is himself an ordained Southern Baptist Minister. (All are inmates.)   The relationship between Pastor Curry, the director of the national program Don Beall (an ordained minister in the Southern Baptist Church), and the Seminary itself is close and genuine for they have a mutual simpatico that is driven in part by the cooperation and interest of the Seminary, as evidenced by the participation of the Seminary President in the worldwide CLD program, and specifically in what is seen as the Seminary’s important educational program at San Quentin. So the Spokeswoman told this writer, “The President is very supportive and the Seminary considers it a major outreach. We have many students and graduates in the CLD program.” The San Quentin Prison program is the second such prison program of its kind in the United States, and the Seminary hopes to have a second of their own in another Prison. That would make three such programs.   The Seminary is dedicated to CLD, and prisons are a favorite among favorites because of San Quentin’s proximity to the Seminary—but 20 minutes away.   “Don Beall was one of the first teachers at San Quentin in 2007. He’s very involved in the other CLD centers because this one is special and it’s all nearby the Seminary. (He has been teaching one semester, two times a week, and every fall for a long time.)” So the Spokeswoman explains to this writer in the interview by phone.   The following interview with Don Beall reveals the dedication of the leadership in the CLD program, displaying mostly that the dedication is Bible based, and tells us something of Don Beall’s role. The interview by email was sent to this writer from Washington State, in the Western United States, when The Reverend Don Beall was on vacation this July, 2010.   1. What is your role, and how do you see this developing leadership and ministers?  Peter, I serve as the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary Contextualized Leadership Development (CLD) National Director. I work with local CLD Directors and Registrars to provide orientation, make sure they receive adequate training, coordinate our cooperative agreement/partnership.   2. Will you speak to the nature of the San Quentin ministry as a ministry in place–its Biblical authority and basis? The Bible teaches us to visit those in prison and that “some of us used to be” which teaches us that God gives eternal life to all who call upon His name. Matthew 28: 19-20 commands us to teach those we come in contact with. Preparing men at San Quentin to serve the Lord through His church in prison and outside of prison is the task of all believers. 3. Where next might the Southern Baptist Church begin another prison ministry study program? We do not initiate setting up local CLD centers across North America but respond to local Southern Baptist Church (SBC)–churches, associations and state conventions who desire to provide theological training. We will evaluate each request with a face to face meeting with those interested.  4. How do you find the support of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in this study program and ministry? Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (GGBTS) provides training support and encouragement to the local CLD Director. Dr. Jerry Stubblefield (retired GGBTS Faculty member) and Pastor/Chaplain Morris Curry who serves as the San Quentin CLD Registrar. We help enlist instructors at San Quentin, provide Course Syllabus Templates and evaluate each instructor’s syllabus to make sure what is being taught is the GGBTS course listed 5. If I recall right, you visit at San Quentin yourself. Tell us something about what you are doing with prisoners? I have volunteered to teach each CLD 1111 Ministry Foundations one semester two nights a week for 15 weeks. I also help advise the San Quentin students on their progress toward earning a Diploma in Christian Ministries or a Diploma in Theology.    The graduates of this June, 2010 ceremony, complete with sermon by Seminary President Reverend Doctor Jeff Iorg, was the same as a graduation given at the Southern Baptist Seminary proper. The graduates were Mark Baldwin of California, 50; Robert Butler of California, 51; David Cowan of Pennsylvania, 42; and Darrell Cortez Hartley of Missouri, 46.

  Speaking from a podium in the Protestant Chapel, Seminary President Iorg told the graduates, “It takes time to tell about Jesus. I challenge you to show Jesus Christ.” The Sermon spoke of the Holiness of the moment, and this writer thinks he meant by that the Holiness of the men’s new ministry in place, and the Holiness of their graduation into ministry. This wonderful sermon was a form of blessing and commissioning.   In the Sermon, preaching Seminary President Iorg said Jesus went to the most strategic places possible. He looked to minister to the product of people’s backgrounds, where they were, in the place where they live, and in the state of their lives. He said that for these new ministers, “The Church is San Quentin.” He offered a blessing, and proclaimed, “Bless the Lord.”     Donald Hart, a graduate of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary is a teacher of men in the Protestant Chapel in San Quentin for the CLD program. He taught the four recent graduates, though did not teach the one previous graduate of the program. The Protestant Chapel is inside the Prison, of course.   This interview by phone with the writer was held with Donald Hart regarding his teaching ministry to inmates. Don says of the men, “They are very proud; it is one of the programs they put a lot of effort into.” :   Don has been teaching at San Quentin for two years.   How long have you been on the faculty of the Seminary?   Approved as an adjunct for the San Quentin project two years ago, I was a student at the Seminary finishing up my Theological Masters–passed the Masters of Divinity and focused on research and writing. It’s between the Masters of Divinity and the Ph.D. I did my undergraduate work at California Baptist University in Riverside, California.     Have you had experience in teaching prisoners prior to your San Quentin experience?   I had none. Actually, San Quentin was my first time in being involved with prison ministry. I think it was a combination of both; I did not know how prepared I was until I started. If someone wanted to be involved in this ministry, they have to have a passion for teaching for one. And along with the teaching is spiritual discipleship of the men. You also have to have the mindset that men in prison can be rehabilitated… That God has a plan for them where they are at or where he wants to put them in the future.  

Interview: LifeWay Southern Baptist teacher David Francis about Sunday school, the strong program, by Peter Menkin

Interview: LifeWay Southern Baptist teacher David Francis about Sunday school, the strong program, by Peter Menkin

In a letter via email, LifeWay’s David Francis, Director, Sunday school, Discipleship, Church & Network Partnerships, LifeWay Church Resources, supplies a response to this writer’s inquiry regarding Southern Baptists, the Sunday School Church.   He responds in part to questions asked of Sharon Ely Pearson of the Episcopal Church in her earlier interview. The answers themselves provide a context for his statement. But note his email carries this quotation: “As God works through us . . . We will help people–through churches–know Jesus Christ and seek His Kingdom by providing biblical solutions that spiritually transform individuals and cultures.”   The questions with answers are found below this email letter, an informative and full reply that has the mark of inspiration and spontaneity:   The email letter: Sunday school remains a strong program of ministry in Southern Baptist churches. On a typical Sunday in our denomination, about 6 million people will gather for worship in SBC congregations. About 4 million will attend Sunday school, or two out of three worshipers. My estimate is that these folks will attend one of more than 400,000 Sunday school classes. Well over half of those who attend one of these classes, typically meeting on Sunday mornings before or after a worship service, will be adults.

In an analysis I conducted with Eric Geiger, co-author with LifeWay President Thom Rainer of the popular book Simple Church, we found that in a sample of the SBC’s most vibrant churches, over 87% operated Sunday school–or its functional equivalent by another name–as the critical “second step” in their church’s discipleship process. 50% of these groups simply called the program “Sunday School.” The rest used a different term, although I would agree with one of the comments made in response to the Episcopalian article that most of the folks still just call it “Sunday School” regardless of any new, official, cool name!

The other 12.5%? Those churches’ primary “Step 2” strategy was off-campus small groups–at least for the adults. This is a shift in Southern Baptist church practice, to be sure. Nevertheless, Sunday school remains very strong.

In terms of broader “faith formation,” the term preferred by your Episcopal source, Sharon Ely Pearson, Southern Baptist churches have traditionally operated another program ministry to help members grow more deeply in their faith, defend its doctrines, and equip themselves for ministry and missions.   This program is typically called “Discipleship” or “Discipleship Training.” That name has evolved more than “Sunday School.” It was originally “Baptist Young People’s Union,” then “Training Union,” then “Church Training,” then “Discipleship Training,” and now typically just “Discipleship” or some name that includes the word, such as “University of Discipleship.”   Typically, the occasion for “Discipleship” offers a variety of elective options. That occasion has typically been on Sunday evenings, before an evening service. In some churches, the occasion is Wednesday evenings. In others, these elective courses are offered at various times throughout the week.   The important thing to note is that in terms of “faith formation,” this program ministry represents sort of a “third step” in a discipleship process where worship attendance is step 1 and a Sunday school class or small group is step 2. Hope that makes sense! Or provides you some ammo for a probing question!

Part of our assignment at LifeWay is to provide curriculum materials for both Sunday school and Discipleship groups. Our full name is LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, and we are governed by a Board elected by the convention, and are therefore an SBC entity. We enjoy a broad base of customers from many denominations, however.   LifeWay also operates a chain of LifeWay Christian Stores and produces Bibles and trade books through our B&H Publishing Division, along with the products and services offered through the division where I work, LifeWay Church Resources.       The Interview: Is salvation individual, and if it is how the congregational or Church experience does enter into the experience and faith formation process? In what way does LifeWay introduce a concept of individual salvation and the salvation of the congregation and Church?

Salvation is individual for Baptists over against a “covenant” understanding of salvation held by those in some faith walks (such as the Presbyterian Church in which I was raised!). Here is a link to the article on “Salvation” from the Baptist Faith & Message, a statement generally agreed to (but not a creed that is binding on) by Southern Baptists.Jerry Vogel, Director of Childhood Ministry Publishing at LifeWay, wrote: “Salvation is definitely an individual response/decision. The church experience for children should include some type of small group learning experience. LifeWay resources begin at birth to lay the foundation upon which God’s Spirit can work and draw each child unto Himself in a personal relationship.    These concepts from birth through Preteen are represented in our Levels of Biblical Learning document showing the natural progression of learning precept upon precept by children. Significant adults in the church congregation provide the environment of unconditional love and trust building needed for children to begin their faith journey.   A well-planned scope and sequence provided in LifeWay childhood resources (continued throughout all of LifeSpan, providing foundations for salvation for all focus age groups beyond childhood) helps guide teachers along a balanced journey of creating learning environments for children to “hear, know and do” God’s Word.)”

Note: The Levels of Biblical Learning document Vogel refers to is quite impressive, and is a great visual depiction of how LifeWay approaches 10 basic biblical concepts from a developmental view.  

Together, these documents illustrate our approach to “Faith Development.” We have similar guidelines that guide our approach to students (youth) and adults:

How is Sunday school Christian oriented? That is student and teacher?

Sunday school teachers must be Christians. The students need not be. That includes adults. We promote Sunday school as “open groups practicing open enrollment.”   I have coined a five-word definition of an open group: “Expects new people every week.” An open group is an intentional mixture of believers and unbelievers, Baptists and non-Baptists, veteran and “rookie” church-goers. In fact, any person can enroll in any Sunday school class at any time, without making any obligation–to become a church member or even a Christ follower.   The way I say it is “Enrolling in Sunday School does not make you a church member or obligate you to become one.” I also have a five-word definition of this concept of “open enrollment:” You can belong before you believe.” Even if you never choose to believe. These principles are two of the distinctive of how Sunday school is practiced in many Southern Baptist churches.

What new directions are taken with students, re previous decades? Please speak to the new wave experience of Cell Groups.

I actually “debated” LifeWay’s small groups specialist, Rick Howerton, in a live on-line format recently on the topic “Sunday School vs. Small Groups.”
The number one challenge for the small group movement is the question, “What do you do with the kids?” Or, more seriously, at least from the standpoint of faith development, “What do you do meaningfully with the kids?” LifeWay has a brand new resource, Small Group Life that attempts to address that question.   In addition to inexpensive Bible study guides for each participant, who are flexible enough to be used either every week or every other week, free online helps are available for Bible-centered activities with the kids–written in such a way that a teenager can execute the plans–that connect conceptually to the material being studied by the parents. Samples available here. 

Does praise of God enter into the equation of Sunday school? What component does this hold in the formal Curriculum?

Music has historically been an important element of Southern Baptist Sunday Schools. Back in the pioneer days of the Sunday school movement, when Sunday Schools met many places where there was no organized church or formal worship/preaching experience, Sunday Schools conducted “opening assemblies,” where participants gathered together before going to their individual age-group classes. Singing was an important part of this “general assembly.”   Fewer and fewer churches continue this practice today, but some do. In terms of curriculum, all of LifeWay’s Sunday school materials for preschoolers and students include music as an important element. Preschool music is available as a separate resource, a CD-ROM that includes additional teaching materials as well as music.   My wife and I teach pre-K kids in our church. Yesterday, we began a unit on prayer. I put the CD in the player and set it to repeat a song about thanking God. After hearing it all morning, the kids were ready to sing it when we gathered for “large group time” to hear the Bible story. In LifeWay’s curriculum materials for elementary children, the music CD is included in the Leader Pack. Words to all songs on the CDs are printed in the back of the leader guides. LifeWay’s innovative curriculum for youth, KNOWN, includes an mp3 playlist: 

Music as well as serial dramas are a feature of LifeWay’s DVD-driven youth curriculum, called Fuel.

A press conference has been called to announce the formation of the Urban Gospel Music Association and the Gospel Music Academic Certificate Program at San Francisco State

(PRWEB) June 5, 2003

A press conference to announce the formation of the Urban Gospel Music Association (UGMA) has been scheduled June 13th, 2003, during the Bridging the Gap-Gospel Hip Hop Conference in Oakland Ca. This press conference will also introduce Evelyn Mack as the program coordinator for San Francisco State University’s new Gospel Music Academic Certificate Program.

Media credentials are free for all WORKING media, and includes free access to all events of the Bridging the Gap Conference.

ABOUT BRIDGING THE GAP:

Because of the negative image of mainstream Hip Hop as well as Gospel Hip Hop, BTG was designed to open a dialog between those in the traditionl gospel music industry and gospel hip hop communities.

Classes will also be held on marketing & promotion, and improving the overall business side of new Christian artists.

Over 40 artists are scheduled to perform during the conference held June 12-14 in Oakland Ca. at the Shiloh Christian Fellowship church, 3295 School St.

For registration go to www.gzunderground.com or call 510-472-0177

ABOUT THE UGMA:

The Urban Gospel Music Association was organized to address the needs of all urban gospel music artists in the Christian marketplace. The UGMA umbrella will include gospel hip hop, Christian jazz, reggae, contemporary gospel, comedy, and spoken word.

Composed of 5 national chapters to start, UGMA’s first official meeting will be held in Oakland Ca, sometime in July 2004 followed by the UGMA People’s Choice Awards.

For more info on UGMA contact Curtis Jermany at 510-472-0177 or crj_lawn@msn.com

FOG WEAR TO OUTFIT ALL BRIDGING THE GAP CONFERENCE REGISTRANTS

Fog Wear, (Followers Of God Wear) has agreed to provide complimentary sports tops, ( value) to all pre registered for the Bridging The Gap Gospel Hip Hop conference. FOG the group is also scheduled to perform at the new artist showcase Thurs June 12th.

ABOUT FOG WEAR

People all over the world are supporting Fogwear. National gospel artist Tonex, Righteous Riders and even Geraud Henry from B.E.T supports Fogwear. Truly the owners Michael Ballard and Deandre Taylor are making a national impact in the gospel arena with their clothes line and their newly released CD, itâ??s only imaginable what these young men will achieve in the Lord. Currently the compilation CD consists of five different artist bringing you five different flavors. Everything from Hip-Hop, R&B,Jazz, and Contemporary, this CD is sure to meet the needs of every individual. Both the CD and Clothing line can now be purchased in select store locations but soon to be available nationally.

Who are the owners of F.O.G?

In 1993 the Lord moved Assistant Pastor Michael Ballard and Minister DeAndre Taylor to develop the F.O.G. (Followers of God) Ministries concept. It was based on encouraging the lives of men and women in a time when so many people are discouraged; a ministry that reaches Christians through music, clothes, books and movies.

Fogwear (Followers Of God)

For more information or Interviews contact:

Email: fogministries2002@hotmail.com

Phone: 480-233-3235

Michael Ballard

480-343-4054

www.FOGWEAR.org



Benefit concert to aid St. John’s choir program

Benefit concert to aid St. John’s choir program
St. John’s Episcopal Church music director Lenore Alford is organizing a benefit concert in the hopes of showing how the lives of Marin County children can be enriched through all phases of music.
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Society for New Music opens season Sunday in chapel at SU
The Society for New Music’s 39th season is titled Forging the Future. Six programs are filled with world premieres as well as second and third performances.
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Church pavilion to be dedicated
SUMNER — An outdoor pavilion, built by members of the East Sumner Congregational Church along with friends and neighbors, will be dedicated on Saturday, Sept. 25.
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Spanish Workshop for Children Introduces Latest Princeton Center Central NJ Spanish Immersion Program Preparing Young People for Future Academic Success

Princeton, NJ (PRWEB) December 15, 2008

Spanish Workshop for Children, a total Spanish immersion program, has introduced its latest center in Princeton, N.J. This newest center brings Spanish Workshop for Children’s total number of locales to five. The central New Jersey location, housed at Trinity Church in Princeton, joins Blue Bell, Rosemont and Yardley, Pa. as well as Cherry Hill, N.J. on the Spanish Workshop for Children roster. Under the direction of Marcela Summerville, Spanish Workshop for Children enrollees enjoy a distinctive Spanish-teaching methodology and curriculum. Summerville is a two-time Parent’s Choice Award-winning author, has been the co-chair for the ACTFL-LLC-SIG (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and has been appointed Pennsylvania State Representative of NNELL (National Network of Early Language Learning) since November 2004, where she advocates early language learning.

The city of Princeton, N.J., boasts a long educational tradition. It is the home of a top-rated Ivy League university as well as the Educational Testing Service, which tests and scores students’ competency to enter such prestigious institutions of higher learning. Princeton-area residents don’t have to wait until their children reach high school, however, to avail themselves to all the academic advantages the region has to offer. In fact, they can now start leveraging such opportunities at the toddler and preschool levels by enrolling their future academic stars in Spanish Workshop for Children.

Spanish Workshop for Children positions itself with the slogan “Where a Good Beginning Never Ends,” a mantra that educational statistics prove holds merit. Indeed, according to the College Board, students who average four or more years of foreign language study scored higher on the verbal section of the SAT than those who had studied four or more years of any other subject matter. With its latest Princeton locale, Spanish Workshop for Children affords more children than ever the opportunity to ascend the academic ranks.

Currently, 245 families are enrolled in the total Spanish immersion program, with nearly 80 percent of them having re-enrolled from previous years. The program enjoys such a success rate thanks in large part to its departure from traditional curriculum. Instead, it takes a fun, natural and easy approach to learning a foreign language.

Simon Richter, professor and chair of the Department of German at the University of Pennsylvania, speaks highly of his Spanish Workshop for Children experience. “I’ve never seen total immersion for kids like this. Marcela takes the children on a journey into a Spanish-speaking world that engages their minds, their bodies, their imaginations and their sense of fun. Marcela is the Peter Pan of Spanish-language immersion for children. Our son Toby has been completely captivated.”

Spanish Workshop for Children runs a variety of sessions, with the half-day Preescolar Program being one of the most popular. Winter sessions, including those held at the Princeton location, begin in January 2009.

For more information on Spanish Workshop for Children’s foreign language immersion methodology, visit the program’s Web site at http://spanishworkshopforchildren.com. To learn how your Princeton-area toddler or preschooler can academically benefit from the total Spanish immersion program, contact Marcela Summerville at (610) 489-5595.

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Christ Lutheran Church outreach program is going strong

Christ Lutheran Church outreach program is going strong
Welcome Table Wednesday, a community outreach initiative of Christ Lutheran Church, is several weeks into its second year of operation, and the spirit that has driven the weekly effort remains as strong as ever.
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‘Project Linus’ being ‘reborn’ at Community Christian Church
Community Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Fayetteville is revitalizing the “Project Linus” program which makes no-sew fleece security blankets, receiving blankets, quilts, crotcheted and knitted afghans and comforters for newborns and children. The organizational meeting is this morning at 10 a.m. Those interested are asked to to meet at the church, 349 Kenwood Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 …
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Lexington Twp. church members painting Alliance homes
The Rev. Matt Lowe, of the Alliance Church of Christ, said teens of the church were inspired by the good work they learned at a Church of Christ-affiliated camp. 
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Pilgrim Covenant Church Offering Afterschool Program

Pilgrim Covenant Church Offering Afterschool Program
Pilgrim Covenant Church, located at 3121 Park Avenue, South Plainfield, is partnering with 3 Bridges Afterschool Enrichment Program. 3 Bridges is a dream of three educators who have a total of 63 years of educational experience with children and adults.
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Heartland Covenant school supply giveaway
Heartland Covenant Church will give away free school supplies starting at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the parking lot at 1700 S. Campbell.
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CHURCH NEWS
Adams United Methodist Church, Parksley, will celebrate Youth Day on Sunday, Aug. 15, at 9 a.m. with speaker First Lady Katrina Perez. There will be a trip to Ocean City following the service. Cost is $ 24. Contact Ida Nedab for more information at 757-665-4483.
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