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Church

  • Grace Notes

    I love bad jokes.
    One of my favorites involves a house painter who used to cut corners by thinning his paint with turpentine.
    As he was on a job, up on a scaffold, the skies opened up and a torrential downpour washed away all the thinned paint on the building he was painting. Next, a crash of thunder knocked him off the scaffold and into a puddle of thinned, worthless paint on the ground.
    The painter, believing it to be a message from God, cried out, “God, forgive me! What should I do?”

  • Church News

    CENTRAL CHRISTIAN
    Central Christian Church will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church located on the corner of Second Street and Riggs Avenue.
    Games, prizes, egg hunt, candy, and more. K-fifth grade is welcome to participate in the egg hunt. A smaller egg hunt for Pre-K is also scheduled.

    CURRY/BENSON
    UNITED METHODIST

  • Rattlesnakes and mountain lions

    I pulled up to the ranger station at Zion National Park and sauntered up to the ranger. “I need to get a backcountry camping permit,” I stated very matter of factly.
    “Where do you want to camp?” the ranger asked, gesturing to a map laid out before me.
    My finger came down on an area that I thought looked inviting.  “This part of the park looks good to me,” I said.
    She shook her head, “There’s been a lot of rattlesnake activity in that area the last few weeks, I would stay out of that area.”

  • Grace Notes

    Recently I was with some friends talking about church when one said, “At my church it’s almost a competition as to who is the most broken.”
    He was joking. Sort of.
    But he was also saying something very beautiful, that at his church the members freely talk about the broken places in their lives instead of covering them up.
    In some churches, the members don’t dare share their true, broken selves -- too risky.

  • Church News

    BERRY COMMUNITY
    CHURCH
    Spring is right around the corner and along with it comes March Madness in Kentucky. We will be kicking of the infamous basketball playoff season with a Pancake Brunch on Saturday, March 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at our church in Berry, Ky. The cost will be $5 a plate and will include three large pancakes, two pieces of sausage and two pieces of bacon. Milk, coffee, tea, and orange juice will be available at the church.

  • Grace Notes

    One Ash Wednesday, a priest told a story about an old man, a great sinner, who boasted that he had sinned so much that only the pope himself could absolve him.
    So, he went to the pope to confess his sins.
    The priest who was telling the story paused and asked a little boy in the congregation, “What do you think happened after the man’s sins were forgiven by the pope?”
    The boy answered, “He sinned more!”

  • A “sanctuary”...a safe place for everyone

    Last Sunday, my husband and I visited a church in Orlando.
    For years they met at a local high school, and last year they built their own building, a “campus.” Even though the place is huge, you can’t miss the sanctuary. Above the main doors it says in big letters: SANCTUARY.
    We’ve heard the pastor preach before and already had a sense that this church truly is a sanctuary.
    Not every church that has a sanctuary, a dedicated worship space where the congregation meets with God, IS a sanctuary, a place of safety and refuge.

  • Church Briefs

    CYNTHIANA BAPTIST

    Vacation Bible School
    Vacation Bible School will be held June 23 at 6 p.m. at Cynthiana Baptist Church
    In a world that is always searching for “the next big thing,” some things never change and can never be improved upon. God, His Word, His Promises, and the Gospel will always remain unchanged and that is why we choose to Kick it Old School. We will reinforce this concept through an 80’s “old school” rock and roll concert environment.

  • Church News

    CYNTHIANA BAPTIST
    Vacation Bible School
    Vacation Bible School will be held June 23 at 6 p.m. at Cynthiana Baptist Church
    In a world that is always searching for “the next big thing,” some things never change and can never be improved upon. God, His Word, His Promises, and the Gospel will always remain unchanged and that is why we choose to Kick it Old School. We will reinforce this concept through an 80’s “old school” rock and roll concert environment.

  • Grace Notes

    It seems I started a firestorm on Facebook last Sunday.
    I had visited a church that’s not my regular church but one I’ve visited many times and where I know a lot of people. It’s a warm, welcoming, caring church, and I consider the pastor a friend.
    That said, something happened.
    Shortly after I sat down in a seat, a couple stopped near where I was sitting and looked a bit flustered.
    After 40-plus years in church, I knew that look. It was the “Oh dear, she’s in our seat” look.