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#2308 Oct 12, 2009
#2309 Oct 12, 2009
In photos: Old church buildings, new life
Two buildings that formerly housed Catholic churches have new uses
By RICK KARLIN, Staff writer
First published in print: Monday, October 12, 2009
Old church buildings never die.
They're just revived for other purposes, be it a new house of worship or an artists space. That was the case Sunday as two formerly unused Catholic churches found new life: one as a fledgling Baptist church in Cohoes and the other as the site of an elaborate installed-art exhibit in Albany.
"It's basically a day to open up," a beaming Chris Yager, pastor of Cohoes' Heritage Baptist Church, said Sunday morning as he welcomed congregants into the church's shiny new foyer.
Until its closure earlier this year, this was the home of St. Rita's Catholic Church. It was closed as part of a consolidation by the Albany Diocese, responding to the kind of suburbanization and demographic changes that have challenged many Catholic dioceses in the Northeast.
Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.as...
#2310 Oct 12, 2009
* Mizo church expresses concern over homosexuality
Aizawl, Oct 12 (PTI) Conferences of 39 Presbyteries of the Mizoram Presbyterian Church, which concluded last night, discussed many issues including homosexuality and prohibition in the state.
Some of the presbyteries resolved that the Mizoram Presbyterian Synod, the highest decision-making body of the church, be moved to make its stand clear on the issue of homosexuality.
The church had earlier submitted a memorandum to the Union Law Minister protesting decriminalisation of homosexuality following Delhi High Court order.
>>>>gays or lesbians living together had never been ex-communicated by the church due to the absence of proper and formal guidelines.
Some Presbyteries also made resolution asking the powerful Young Mizo Association (YMA) to re-launch anti-drug and alcohol campaign in this dry state.
#2311 Oct 12, 2009
Sarah Silverman jokingly urges the Pope:'Sell the Vatican, feed the world'
BY Joe Dziemianowicz
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Monday, October 12th 2009, 2:23 PM
Sell the Vatican, feed the world.
That's the unsolicited advice from Sarah Silverman to the Pope to make the world a better place - or at least to further her signature brand of snark-infested and taboo-tinged humor.
"You preach to live humbly, and I totally agree," Silverman says to the head of the Catholic Church in a YouTube video.
"So now maybe it's time for you to move out of your house that is a city," she adds, as inspirational music plays in the background. "On an ego level alone, you will be the biggest hero in the history of ever."
But Silverman doesn't expect the Pontiff to forsake all his earthy goods for the sake of the hungry. She suggested that he keep some of the proceeds to build a condo, with tennis court and water slide.
The funnywoman says her altruistic brainchild came from seeing images of the world's hungriest and neediest relentlessly flashing across her TV screen.
"How do I get these people out of my apartment?" she asked herself.
The answer came like a bolt from heaven.
"All I have to do is end world hunger," she said.
Selling the Vatican would do the trick.
"Who's more primed to be a hero" than the Pope? "He's literally a caped crusader."
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2009/10/12/...
#2312 Oct 12, 2009
Church Gets Cease-And-Desist Order, Fine
Haigler Street Church of Christ Fined
POSTED: 2:57 pm EDT October 12, 2009
UPDATED: 4:45 pm EDT October 12, 2009
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ABBEVILLE, S.C.-- An Upstate church has been hit with an emergency cease-and-desist order and a $2,000 fine after state officials said the church has been illegally offering insurance to its members.
According the South Carolina Department of Insurance, the Haigler Street Church of Christ in Abbeville County has been violating state statutes by providing members of its congregation insurance.
A concerned church member, who chose to remain anonymous contacted WYFF News 4 about this situation.
On Oct. 5, SCDI Director Scott Richardson issued the cease-and-desist order to the church.
Ann Roberson, public information officer for the South Carolina Department of Insurance, said, "This order was issued based on evidence he and his legal staff found demonstrating that the Haigler Street Church of Christ Sick Fund was a non-licensed entity in South Carolina, engaged in the transaction of insurance business which is in violation of state statute."
"They were selling insurance policies and products that they were not licensed to do so. And in turn can affect the people who purchased those policies and products from the Haigler Church of Christ Sick Fund," she said.
According to documents sent to News 4, state officials started investigating the church in the fall of 2005 after a Charleston funeral home sought payment for services on behalf of an individual said to be insured through the Haigler Street Church of Christ Sick Fund.
Roberson said, "We haven't issued many orders along these lines but this is a serious offense. We do take it seriously because protecting consumer interest is one of our main missions of the Department of Insurance."
In a letter from the church to the Department of Insurance, the Sick Fund Board chairman, church elder I.V. White, said: "We are not an insurance company. We have a fund. We call it a sick fund. What we are doing is pooling our resources so we will be better able to help one another in times of sickness or death."
But at the very bottom of the application page for the sick fund it states: "If there is any misrepresentation by the applicant, the church can deny the validity of any insurance granted."
She said, "If they disagree with this order they have 10 days to contact the administrative law judge to request a hearing before the administrative law court."
"They'll have to pay the fine if it says there was one in there and if they want to request a hearing, then they will have to go before the administrative law court for a hearing."
Roberson said, "This order stays until the director finds anything different. And at this point, there isn't."
#2313 Oct 12, 2009
Church members get update on finances
By Margaret Krueger of the Daily Times staff
Monday, October 12, 2009 12:46 PM CDT
Parishioners of St. Bernard's Church were told at church services on Saturday and Sunday that approximately $55,000 in church funds is missing. In addition to church funds, parishioners were told over $340,000 was collected from 31 individuals or family units, including members and others outside the parish.
The Rev. Tom Marr, longtime pastor at the church, has been on a six-month leave of absence since July while the church investigated irregularities in its bookeeping.
...The priest was ordered by the diocese to take a leave of absence after concerns over parish finances were raised in May and confirmed in mid-July through an audit.
Ganshert assured members that the church is still financially stable and able to pay its bills. A summary of financial statements from June 30, 2008, to June 30 was distributed to members. An internal audit was done by Tom O'Connor, CPA and member of the church. An external audit was done by Winter Kloman Motor & Repp SC., which has suggested changes in the manner in which church funds are administered. Wilk, pastor of St. Henry Church, was recently named administrator and pastor of St. Bernard's Church.
Ganshert said he did not know all the answers, and two investigations are still under way. Those investigations are being done by the Watertown Police Department and the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation independent of the diocese. It is not known when these investigations will be completed or if any charges will be filed through these investigations.
Ganshert said Marr invested the money in a non-traditional alternative investment that allegedly would greatly benefit the church. Marr conducted the unauthorized borrowing of funds through the church's bookkeeper, who is no longer employed by the church. Neither Marr nor the bookkeeper informed or consulted the church finance committee about the borrowing of the funds. It is estimated that the borrowing of funds occurred over an 18-month period prior to discovery in May. The audits were conducted following concerns expressed by parishioners.
Marr invested the money with a third party who acted on his own and does not appear to be affiliated with a company. None of the money has been recovered.
A civil suit to recover funds has been filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court by Laufer on behalf of St. Bernard Congregation against Arthur Eith of rural Juneau, who is a member of the parish. The case is listed on the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access Web site, commonly known as CCAP. Ganshert invited parishioners to follow the progress of the case through the Web site. The case was filed Sept. 8 and has a class code description of Intentional Tort.
#2314 Oct 12, 2009
35 dogs and >>two snails attend church ceremony
Published Date: 12 October 2009
Monday 12.05pm -
DOZENS of dogs and
>>>>two giant South American snails turned up for the pet blessing ceremony in Mablethorpe yesterday.
Rev Adrian Smith blessed the creatures at the service in St Mary's church which attracted more than 35 pooches and their owners.
Mablethorpe man John Gregory who attended and took this photo said: "What I liked about this service was the fact that he made it so much fun."
The ceremony ended with the hymn All Creatures of Our God and King.
#2315 Oct 12, 2009
For those that go out begging for Candy and treats. This is a good thing. to keep them off the streets and out of danger.. You have a problem with this. nobody got raped or molested. You falling down on the job and not reading the crap before you post???
#2316 Oct 12, 2009
Priest Idol heads back to States
An American priest who went on a TV show to help boost numbers at his church in Barnsley is heading back to the United States.
The congregation at St Mary Magdalene in Lundwood has increased from 10 to 40 since Father James McCaskill arrived.
He appeared on the Channel 4 programme Priest Idol which followed his efforts to fill the pews in Lundwood.
Father McCaskill said: "There's so much of me invested in this place, it will be a wrench to go."
The show followed the priest's progress as he knocked on doors to meet people and even walked around the village with a donkey at Easter to try to bring the community together.
With just 10 worshippers in 2005, St Mary Magdelene now regularly attracts up to four times that number at services.
Father McCaskill said he had "mixed emotions" about returning to the United States after being so warmly welcomed in Lundwood.
He said: "One of the great things about it is that they don't have that institutionalised history saying,'We've always done it this way.'"
A member of his congregation said: "We're like a family. James has made it like that."
Father McCaskill now faces a new battle because the church he is taking on in Washington DC is on the verge of closure.
#2317 Oct 12, 2009
Parishioners say goodbye to St. John the Evangelist
Monday, October 12, 2009
By LINDA REILLY
LANSDOWNE The final service at St. John the Evangelists Church was one of kindred spirit and thanksgiving.
About 100 worshippers joined in prayer with visiting priest the Rev. Charles Carter for the Sunday service, their last at the 108-year-old church on Lansdowne Avenue.
Longtime parishioners hugged and dabbed away tears prior to the opening procession down the aisle of the Gothic-style landmark structure.
We gather today to mark the closing of St. John the Evangelists Church, Carter said.Let us lift our voices in praise and in song.
The parish was founded in 1881 by the Rev. N.F. Robinson in the neighboring Fernwood section of Upper Darby and relocated to its Lansdowne site for the first worship service in 1900.
>>>>Lack of parishioners and mounting expenses evidenced by the buckets in the side aisle to collect water from the leaking roof, estimated to cost $500,000, are the causes for its closure.
We usually dont have this many people, Joseph Hypolite, senior warden of the church vestry, said of the estimated 100 persons in attendance versus the usual 30 to 40 people worshipping at Sunday services.
#2318 Oct 12, 2009
The fantasy and folklore of All Hallows
>>>the new Catholic feast honoring saints.
By Jack Santino
Provided by the Library of Congress
Halloween had its beginnings in an ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of the dead.
The festival observed at this time was called Samhain (pronounced Sah-ween).
>>>the ghosts of the dead were able to mingle with the living, because at Samhain the souls of those who had died during the year traveled into the otherworld.
>>>Samhain became the Halloween we are familiar with when Christian missionaries attempted to change the religious practices of the Celtic people.
>>>... the Druids were not unlike the very missionaries and monks who were to Christianize their people and brand them evil devil worshippers.
In 601 A.D. Pope Gregory the First issued a now famous edict to his missionaries ...
>>> if a group of people worshipped a tree, rather than cut it down, he advised them to consecrate it to Christ and allow its continued worship.
...it became a basic approach used in Catholic missionary work.
>>... Christmas, for instance, was assigned the arbitrary date of December 25th because it corresponded with the mid-winter celebration of many peoples....
>>>Samhain, with its emphasis on the supernatural, was decidedly pagan. While missionaries identified their holy days with those observed by the Celts, they branded the earlier religion's supernatural deities as evil, and associated them with the devil.
>>> The Celtic underworld inevitably became identified with the Christian Hell.
>>>The Christian feast of All Saints was assigned to November 1st....
>>>This feast day was meant to substitute for Samhain,... but the traditional Celtic deities diminished in status, becoming fairies or leprechauns of more recent traditions.
>>>The old beliefs associated with Samhain never died out entirely.
>>>The powerful symbolism of the traveling dead was too strong, and perhaps too basic to the human psyche, to be satisfied with the new, more abstract Catholic feast honoring saints.
Recognizing that something that would subsume the original energy of Samhain was necessary, the church tried again to supplant it with a Christian feast day in the 9th century. This time it established November 2nd as All Souls Day ...
>>>the traditional beliefs and customs lived on, in new guises.
>>>All Saints Day, otherwise known as All Hallows (hallowed means sanctified or holy), continued the ancient Celtic traditions. The evening prior to the day was the time of the most intense activity, both human and supernatural.
>>>People continued to celebrate All Hallows Eve as a time of the wandering dead, but the supernatural beings were now thought to be evil. The folk continued to propitiate those spirits (and their masked impersonators) by setting out gifts of food and drink.
>>>Subsequently, All Hallows Eve became Hallow Evening, which became Hallowe'en -- an ancient Celtic, pre-Christian New Year's Day in contemporary dress.
>>>Virtually all present Halloween traditions can be traced to the ancient Celtic day of the dead.
>>>The wearing of costumes, for instance, and roaming from door to door demanding treats can be traced to the Celtic period and the first few centuries of the Christian era, when it was thought that the souls of the dead were out and around, along with fairies, witches, and demons. Offerings of food and drink were left out to placate them.
>>>As the centuries wore on, people began dressing like these dreadful creatures, performing antics in exchange for food and drink. This practice is called mumming, from which the practice of trick-or-treating evolved. To this day, witches, ghosts, and skeleton figures of the dead are among the favorite disguises.
Since: Aug 09
#2319 Oct 12, 2009
#2320 Oct 12, 2009
HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES AT LOCAL CHURCHES
Grace Church of the Nazarene will host a Family Fall Fun Fest from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. The community is invited to join the congregation in the church parking lot for Trunk-or-Treat. This years theme is TV Shows. Featured activities include a Chili Showcase, Cake Walk, fun games and inflatables and lots of goodies for the kids.
The church is located at 2302 Highland Ave.
# As a safe alternative to trick-or treating, Highland Park Baptist Church, 1800 Highland Ave., will host Trunk-or-Treat from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Treats will be given from the trunks of cars in the church parking lot. The community as well as the church family is invited to attend. The event is sponsored by the churchs Preschool and Childrens Ministry. For more information, call
#2321 Oct 12, 2009
MT. Carmel Christian church
services: Mt. Carmel Christian Church, Walters, services are Sunday school at 10 a.m., worship at 11 a.m. A food pantry will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 17. Trunk or treat will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. A Halloween bash will be held at the Walters Ruritan Club from 8 to 11 p.m. Oct. 31 for middle/high school ages. For more information,
pentecostal holiness church of god
Hallelujah night: Pentecostal Holiness Church, Smithfield, will observe Hallelujah Night for the children at 5 p.m. Oct. 31. Gift bags of candy and treats will be handed out. A gospel show will follow, featuring impersonations of your favorite gospel star. If you would like to be in on the talent impersonations,
(It's still Samhain.)
Elgin Bible Church invites all families to a free event called Trunk or Treat from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the church, at 1580 E. Chicago St. Children may trick-or-treat by visiting many decorated car trunks filled with Halloween candy. There will also be a hayride, a puppet show, a maze, food and lots of games. Those attending may wear costumes if they wish. In case of rain, activities will be held inside the church building.
#2322 Oct 12, 2009
ROFL! He thinks Halloween originated in the U.S.!
Halloween protest planned
10 October 2009
A CHURCH leader has branded Halloween as 'the worst thing we ever imported from the United States' and says the event has become 'beyond a joke'.
Weston Churches Together president Reverend Geoff Eales is calling on people to make a stand against the Pagan festival this year.
Rev Eales, also the vicar at St Peter's in Milton and St Paul's in Kewstoke has helped organise Night of 1,100 Lights as a protest against Halloween and all things 'corrupt'.
He is hoping members of the area's churches will make their way to Clarence Park carrying lamps on October 31 to brighten up what he brands 'the darkest day of the year'.
The event will also coincide with a celebration on 1,100 years of the Diocese of Bath and Wells.
>>>Rev Eales said: "I am not alone in thinking that Halloween is probably the worst thing we ever imported from the United States.
"It teaches children that it's okay to demand treats with menace and when the children aren't so little and the 'victims' are old and frail and afraid to go the door on October 31, it's gone beyond a joke.
"The whole thing has just become a commercial binge and >>>Christmas is even worse.
"I believe there's a whole lot of people out there, who are sick to the back teeth of corruption, greed and many other things of darkness.
"Our Night of 1,100 lights will give them an opportunity to come, make a stand for all things light and decent, and have a good laugh into the bargain."
The free event will start at 6pm, in the park, where there will be refreshments, activities, music and games.
At 6.45pm there will be a fancy dress parade on a theme of superheroes and the evening will end with a firework display.
#2323 Oct 12, 2009
October 12, 2009
Go on, have a pint with the Lord
By Wency Leung
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
On Wednesday nights at Ballygiblin's pub in Ottawa, the most animated conversations involve neither hockey nor politics. Instead, over pints of their local microbrew, patrons are more likely to be engrossed in debate over the significance of Jesus Christ in the modern world.
Pastor Ahren Summach of the Ottawa Valley Vineyard church realizes it may be an unorthodox place to hold his weekly theological meetings.
But since they began earlier this year, his sessions regularly draw more than a half-dozen men who gather to drink and examine such questions as, "Is Jesus God?" and "If God is good and all powerful, then why is there suffering in the world?"
The appeal of holding the meetings in a pub, Mr. Summach said, "is trying to blur the lines between what's a sacred space and what's a secular space. Without the religious setting, you get more authentic discussion, more honest questions and a little more honest sharing."
He is not the only one who believes in the benefits of mixing spirituality with spirits.
A growing number of Christian groups from a variety of denominations are taking God to the bars, launching religious-themed pub nights dubbed "martini masses" or "theology on tap" in an effort to broaden their reach.
The trend, believed to have started in Britain, where pubs are an integral part of social life, has spread throughout the United States.
Over the past year, new theology pub groups have also cropped up across Canada, in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.
Often organized by church leaders, these pub nights are generally little different from traditional discussion groups held at churches or community centres, aside from readily available alcohol. While some include a sermon or prayer, Mr. Summach's consists of about an hour-long, informal discussion about a selected topic on faith.
Not everyone within the Christian community approves, however.
Darryl Dash, who organizes a theology pub group in Toronto with members from various churches, said some people have declined to attend because they were uncomfortable with the location. Others said they were worried about how their churches would react.
"There are some churches that are still into temperance and complete abstinence from alcohol," said Mr. Dash, pastor of the Richview Baptist Church.
But he noted that more churches are now tolerant of moderate consumption.
Mr. Summach has also seen a shift in Christians' attitudes.
"Two decades ago, a pastor in an evangelical church trying to do a meeting of any kind in a pub would have been tarred and feathered and run out of town," Mr. Summach said.
Pub nights are part of an ongoing trend of Christians entertaining ideas once considered taboo and exploring religion beyond church walls, he said.
Jesus Christ himself, Mr. Summach noted, was believed to have kept company with religious and non-religious people alike, in all types of situations.
If Jesus were alive today, Mr. Dash adds, a pub is "probably one of the places he would go."
In Vancouver, Shaila Visser of the interdenominational organization Alpha Canada said pubs provide an ideal space for evangelism.
Jeff Graham, communications officer for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver, said he has noticed that individual Catholic groups have recently begun initiating theology discussions in pubs around the city.
Since Christians believe Jesus's first miracle was turning water into wine, "we know that religion and alcohol can go together," he said....
#2324 Oct 13, 2009
News that makes Miss Gulch jump for joy!
OHIO v. ADAMS was a 2004 Ohio court decision. Around 11:00 PM, on Saturday, January 3, 2004, four (4) Jehovah's Witness Youths were killed while racing another carload of Jehovah's Witness Youths as both carloads returned home from a Jehovah's Witness "Get-Together", which had been held that evening in Newark, Ohio.
The two carloads of JWs were speeding westbound on I-70, about 20 miles east of Columbus, Ohio, when 18 year-old Paul Adams Jr., and his two unidentified JW Passengers, attempted to pass the second JW Auto using the right-hand emergency lane. Adams later alleged that the two autos were going about 80 miles per hour, in the rain, when he clipped the guardrail, and then struck the second JW auto, which was being driven by 18 year-old Joel Heisley, of Columbus. Joel Heisley's Toyota Camry then went out of control and struck a nearby car, and was in turn struck by a semi-truck. All four occupants of the Heisley auto were killed -- Joel Heisley, his sister, Alisha Heisley, 26, and Nathan McIntosh, 19, and David George, 20, both of Upper Sandusky, Ohio. Reportedly, Paul Adams Jr. was a close family friend of the Heisleys, who had even worked for the father, Kent Heisley, who was employed at a Columbus area golf course.
In April 2004, Paul Adams Jr. plea bargained "guilty" to four counts of aggravated vehicular homocide, and was sentenced to the minimum four years in prison. However, the week before Christmas 2004, local Judge Thomas Marcelain granted Adams' request to have his sentence reduced to only five years of probation. Adams was released from prison, apparently because Adams was a good Jehovah's Witness kid who was sorry for what he had done. Interestingly, the Judge Marcelain seemed almost to be directing Adams to become a JW Pioneer, by telling him: "Live your life in such a way as to honor the [four deceased JWs]."
#2325 Oct 13, 2009
Yes, Witness teenagers act crazy sometimes, just like all teenagers. As with grain sown in the field, you sow a handful and reap bushelsful. Very, very tragic. The judge saw true repentance, evidently, so that is good. It is also good there was no mention of alcohol involved.
The article seems to have been written by apostates, judging from the last paragraph, so we don't know if all the things presented are facts, but the story rings true to me.
#2326 Oct 13, 2009
Putin gives icon to Orthodox church in Beijing
Beijing, October 13, Interfax - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has visited the Assumption church, which is located on the premises of the Russian embassy in Beijing.
This year the church was rebuilt in the image of a cathedral that appeared on the premises of the Russian Spiritual Mission in 1902.
On Tuesday the church was consecrated by Bishop of Yegoryevsk Mark, who is also head of the Moscow Patriarchate's Secretariat for Foreign Institutions.
During his visit Putin presented the Orthodox church with a Protection of the Virgin Mary icon.
"This icon is more than a hundred years old, and we would like to leave it here, in this church," the Russian Prime Minister said.
#2327 Oct 13, 2009
Hmm! you mean that it didn't have the squeeky clean writings like a watchtower staff person would have rendered it..??
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