If my fiancee and I are both catholic, but want to be married somewhere other than a church, what do we do?

Question by maryhamm01: If my fiancee and I are both catholic, but want to be married somewhere other than a church, what do we do?
We want to get married either outside or in a hall rather than a church. We’re both Catholic, and it doesn’t matter to him, but I want the Catholic church to still recognize our marriage. What would I need to do for that to happen?

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Answer by Songsparrow
You just need to find a priest whose willing to perform the wedding outside of the church. Talk to a few priests from your local diocese. Having an outdoor wedding is not that that uncommon, and I’m sure someone in your diocese, if not the priest from your parish, should be able to perform the wedding. There may be other ways, but that’s the simplest way I know to make sure your marriage is recognized.

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How do I put music into a Microsoft 2007 Publisher webpage, other than using it as background sound?

Question by abbie normal: How do I put music into a Microsoft 2007 Publisher webpage, other than using it as background sound?
I’m no Publisher expert, but I’ve been working on our church website and have it mostly functional. We’ve recorded in mp3 form several sermons that I would like to upload, but I hate to make a separate page for each sound file. Is there any other way for the website to play music? Are there any good music players that I can easily insert into Publisher? Thanks!

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Answer by Colanth
Upload the sermon files to the site. Embed a WMP for each sermon. Make them all not autostart, so the visitor can run any one of them by clicking the Play button. http://www.mioplanet.com/rsc/embed_mediaplayer.htm

(And stop using Publisher – if you’re going to write a site [Publisher lets you publish, it doesn’t make you write – embedding something requires that you write], learn how to write a site, then use Notepad Plus or something similar to write it. It’s just text, you don’t need a publishing program to write text.)

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Does anyone have ideas for decorating church pews, other than bows?

Question by ci71: Does anyone have ideas for decorating church pews, other than bows?

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Answer by rann_georgia
How about metal flower bud vases in which you could put live flowers?

That or find some type of small candle holders or maybe oil lamps.

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Overflow 2010-Cornerstone Full Gospel Baptist Church Praise Team-Nobody’s Greater Than You.mpg

ornerstone Full Gospel Baptist Church Praise Team sings Chris Lowe’s Your Name Is Above All Names (Nobody Greater Than You) at “The Overflow” in Moundville, AL on March 12, 2010.
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Family History… More than just names and dates.

I used to think that genealogy was boring. But that was before I’d done anything with it yet. Now that it has become addicting to me…. I hear others who have the same complaints that I had (before I got into it). so, I wantedt to take a name from my pedigree sheet and try to bring it to life. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the largest genealogical library in the world. This is evidence of the importance the Church puts on genealogical work (now more commonly referred to as Family History). The reason for such interest in ancestors comes from doctrines of the Church. Mormonism teaches that after death, a person’s spirit still has the opportunity to learn about the gospel, and accept Jesus Christ as his Redeemer. But in order for him to become a member of Christ’s Church, he must be baptized and have other saving ordinances performed in his behalf. This is the job of those who are still living. In temples, members are baptized, or have other ordinances done, on behalf of those who have passed away (such work is said to be done “by proxy”). This gives that person, if he chooses to accept it, the opportunity to become a member of the Church. Every person who has ever lived has a right to make such an important choice. Members of the Church are strongly encouraged to only perform ordinances for people from their own family lines, and to obtain permission from surviving descendants of the recently deceased. The LDS Church gathers genealogical information
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LifeWay Research Study Reveals Church Planting in U.S. is Bigger Than Previously Realized


Nashville, Tenn. (Vocus) November 15, 2007

Denominational growth in America has reached a plateau and in many cases has declined, but one would get the wrong idea to think the evangelical church is dying in the United States. A recent study finds just the opposite.

Dallas-based Leadership Network, in cooperation with the director of LifeWay Research , has uncovered striking changes in the number and type of new churches started in the United States. These developments promise profound cultural implications for the future.

“While much of the North American church is in decline, a surprising number and increasingly diverse group of new churches are being started in innovative ways,” said Ed Stetzer, director of LifeWay Research, the research arm of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. “These churches are causing many Americans to reconsider churches they have rejected and to re-think what church is. I anticipate that as cultures change, through the inevitable shift of time, migration, and other means, even more churches will be born that reach people from these new cultural contexts.”

The “State of Church Planting USA” study was based on interviews with more than 100 denominational leaders (representing dozens of different denominations), 200 church-planting churches and some 45 church planting networks (The four-part study including a podcast can be downloaded at www.leadnet.org/churchplanting). Stetzer headed up the project and reported that the results surprised him in many respects.

“Church planting has grown in its scope, diversity and impact,” Stetzer said. “North American churches, networks and denominations are making church planting a growing priority. Such emphases push the church closer toward a movement – where churches plant churches that plant churches across North America and the world.”

Dave Travis, managing director at Leadership Network, observed, “Most church-planting studies tend to look at either a very narrow slice of church planting or developments on a global scale. In commissioning this study, our goal was to review the current state of U.S. church-planting efforts and begin to assess what today’s reality means for the next generation of planters.”

Key findings of the six-months-long effort include the following:

1.    Interest is growing rapidly. The pace of church planting has accelerated dramatically in recent years. For example, a simple Google search on the term “church planting” now returns over one million hits. And, while only two mainstream books were published on church planting from 1996 to 2002, no fewer than 10 have been released in the last five years, with several more on the horizon. Equally important, church planting has now become a preferred ministry option, not a consolation prize – denominations and individual churches report that many of their “best and brightest” leaders are pursuing church planting as a primary ministry focus.

2.    Local churches and church planting networks are driving the charge. Historically, church planting has been a denominationally driven activity. Today, the picture is quite different – with much of the energy centered at the local level. Many of the country’s most vibrant congregations see church planting as one of their central purposes. “Church-planting networks” – loose affiliations of churches that may or may not be tied by denomination but do share a commitment to launching new, like-minded congregations – are also at the forefront of the movement. As a result, denominational offices are increasingly taking a subordinate role – equipping rather than directing local congregational efforts.

3.    “Affinity” strategies dominate. Church planters once based their efforts on geography – the goal was to place new churches in “unserved” communities and areas. Today’s church planters are much more sophisticated. As Travis noted, “Through this study, we learned that most successful church planters today are specialists who emphasize a particular style of worship or a specific demographic. For example, they may exclusively plant house churches or ethnic churches – or perhaps build purpose-driven, seeker or missional churches. And the trend toward specialization is likely to continue as more tools and resources that serve specific types of planting strategies are developed.”

4.    Survival and success are markedly greater than realized. Observers have long assumed that most church plants fail within the first year – as many as 80-90 percent, by some estimates. Research reveals a very different picture – suggesting that 68 percent of the roughly 4,000 churches planted each year are still functioning four years later. These baby churches may not yet be self-sufficient, but the congregations themselves are alive and many are thriving.

What do these results mean for the future of the U.S. church? According to Travis, “I am hopeful that this study and the growing number of outstanding church planting conferences and resources will inspire a new wave of planters in the years ahead. That would be very good news indeed. Launching vibrant new congregations is often a more feasible and more fruitful strategy than attempting to revitalize struggling congregations.”

Leadership Network has created four free reports that summarize different aspects of this groundbreaking study:

    Church Planting Overview
    Who Starts New Churches?
    Funding New Churches
    Improving the Health and Survivability of New Churches

All can be downloaded at www.leadnet.org/churchplanting. A 25-minute podcast interview of Dave Travis and Ed Stetzer is also available as a free download at www.leadnet.org/podcasts.

About LifeWay Research: LifeWay Research is a department of LifeWay Christian Resources and exists for the purpose of assisting and equipping church leaders with insight and advice that will lead to greater levels of church health and effectiveness. Additional studies can be found at www.lifewayresearch.com. Contact Chris Turner, media relations manager, LifeWay Christian Resources, to arrange an interview with Ed Stetzer, director of LifeWay Research.

About Leadership Network: Based in Dallas, Texas, Leadership Network is a non-profit public charity that fosters church innovation and growth in furtherance of its far-reaching mission to identify, connect and help high-capacity Christian leaders multiply their impact. Church planting is one of many areas in which the organization works. For more on Leadership Network, see www.leadnet.org , www.halftime.org and www.successtosignificance.com or contact Rick Long at 1.800.477.6698 x102 or rlong @ sourcepub.com.


Chris Turner, Media Relations Manager

chris.turner @ lifeway.com

(615) 251-2307

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