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A Great Wall of Sin

My first calling was to a congregation who were very strong in their faith — and in their opinions. One such parishioner was a retired surgeon, of great personal wealth, who had been extremely well respected, and feared, in the health care community.

Men In The Fire present concert

Men In the Fire of Indiana presented a concert during the Lenten mission program at St. Peter Catholic Church on March 15 and provided music for Mass on March 16. Members of the group include Tony Bingham, Mike Woodson and Greg Rucker along with musicians Keith Strong and Phyllis Walker. The featured speaker was Rev. Chester Smith of the Bowman-Francis Ministry Project.

Power of the Resurrection

During the season of Lent leading up to the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior, it is important to realize the magnitude of what God has done through the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.

A Lenten reflection

When my father died I was devastated. I was relatively young, as was he, and we were close — even though my parents were divorced and I lived with my mother in another community. The loss was enough to cause me to register shock. One of my coping devices is to compartmentalize, which I did in this case. As a result, I did not have to deal with my emotions until much later.

Church News for Saturday, June 1

Mount Bayou Missionary Baptist Church at Altheimer will honor their pastor and wife, Rev. Lafayette Woods Sr. and the first lady and evangelist Gwendolyn Woods, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The guest minister will be Rev. Jimmy Fisher, pastor of Greater Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.

Church News for Saturday, May 25

New Salem Missionary Baptist Church at Sherrill will celebrate the anniversary of their pastor and wife, Rev. Clark and Hazel Thomas, at 3 p.m. June 2. Rev. Elvin Jackson, pastor of S.C.O.P.E. Ministries Church, will be the anniversary messenger.

Laugh in the face of evil

My Grandmother Van Zandt was a lovely lady, but held very Victorian /Edwardian sensibilities throughout her life (born in 1908, she lived to be 92). She was very formal. She had, however, a delightful sense of humor, and one of the most beautiful laughs I have ever heard. I still remember its musical sound.

Who Dresses You?

I am often amazed at the outfits my teenage son wears because "it's what everyone is wearing." Just the other day I said, "Son, why are you wearing those clothes?" He was wearing all black. He looked at me and said, "What's wrong with this outfit, you're an Episcopal priest and you wear all black every day..." I think I responded with something less than parent-like.