Voters say they approve prayer at public meetings PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 23 May 2014 08:07
By a wide margin, American voters say it's OK to have prayer in official, public meetings. In the most recent national survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind, 73 percent of voters say "prayer at public meetings is fine as long as the public officials are not favoring some beliefs over others." Just one-quarter (23 percent) say "public meetings shouldn't have any prayers at all because prayers by definition suggest one belief or another." Republicans are significantly more likely to favor public prayer (88 percent-10 percent) than Democrats, but even Democrats by a large margin say prayer should be allowed (60 to 36 percent).  The national survey showed no significant differences between men and women, whites and nonwhites, or in different age groups.
"This has always been a praying nation, despite its very secular Constitution," said Peter J.  Woolley, professor of comparative politics at Fairleigh Dickinson University. "People generally see generic prayer as harmless, if not uplifting, not as something that is oppressive."
The U.S. Supreme Court will rule soon on the case of Town of Greece vs. Galloway, sparked by the practice in the New York state's town of Greece to use rotating clergyman to offer prayers at council meetings, and those clergymen were overwhelmingly Christian, as were their prayers. Since the lawsuit was filed in 2008, the town has become more diverse in its prayers and participants.
Church Briefs: (5-23-14) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 23 May 2014 08:06
'Fifth Friday Feast' is free
Peace Lutheran Church, 1021 W. Wooster, Bowling Green, will host another "Fifth Friday Feast at Peace."
This free community event is open to all and will be held next Friday 30 5 - 7 p.m.
The menu is picnic fare including hamburgers, veggie burgers, fruit salad and desserts.
Dinner music will be provided by the Peace Band.

C.S. Upthegrove returns
to preach at Faith Temple
C.S. Upthegrove, sometimes referred to as God's General, has been coming annually to Faith Temple Family Worship Center, 175, State St., Bowling Green, for more than 20 years.
Pastors Larry and Linda Damron say they and the congregation feel "privileged" to have Upthegrove minister at the church.
Services will be held June 1 at both 10:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and June 2-6 nightly at 7.
The visiting minister has traveled around the world preaching the gospel. During his 70 years in ministry, Upthegrove, an author of three books, has also served in the "Healing Voice Ministry" and also served with other Generals in God including Oral Roberts.
Holy Land experiencing Christian exodus PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 May 2014 07:59
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Pope Francis will arrive this weekend in the land where Christianity was born — and where Christians are disappearing.
This ancient community has dwindled to around 2 percent of the region’s population as economic hardship, violence and the bitter realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have sent Christians searching for better opportunities overseas.
Church Events: (5-23-14) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 23 May 2014 07:48
Pastor Ted Gullixson's sermon Sunday at Abiding Word Evangelical Lutheran Church will be "Jesus Speaks Plainly About Prayer."

Evangelist Harold Driver's sermon Sunday morning at Bowling Green Church of Christ will be "Christians Wanted #1." The evening service will be "Know Your Enemy #1."

Rev. Howard Mayne's sermon Sunday at Cloverdale United Methodist Church will be "Hopeful Memory."

Rev. Brent Pomeroy's sermon Sunday at First Christian Church will be "The Spirit of Truth."

Rev. Mary Jane Saunders' sermon Sunday at First Presbyterian Church will be, "The Legacy?"

Pastor Tom Mellott's sermon Sunday at First United Methodist Church will be "Promise of the Holy Spirit."SClBThe program Sunday at Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation will be "The Power of Song: Pete Seeger" by Penny Evans-Meyer.
Church Briefs: 05-16-14 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 16 May 2014 08:24
Conference slated
The Ohio Ministry Network Conference will be held Monday through Wednesday at Dayspring Church in Bowling Green. Worship on Monday begins at 7:30 p.m. Ordination will be on Tuesday at 7 p.m.; while the Missions service is Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Grads to be honored
NORTH BALTIMORE - The North Baltimore Area Cooperative Ministry will hold a Baccalaureate Service for the North Baltimore High School Class of 2014 at 7 p.m. Wednesday. It will be held at the Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist, 119 W. Broadway. The public is invited to attend and recognize the graduating seniors as they "ray them on their way."
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