Church News Bulletin for Dec 2

Written by Joel on December 2nd, 2009

Here are the stories causing a splash in the baptismal this week…

In some personal news, I have received a call to pastor St. Luke’s United Church of Christ in Timberville, VA! This pastorate begins on January 1, 2010. I am very much looking forward to this ministry. Pray for me!

Latest Jesus sighting: AP

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Jesus pressed…for you.

China sentences five Christian leaders to prison for 7 years. For, well, being Christian! They were pastors of  an “illegal” Christian church in China. All Christians must worship in state-sponsored denominations. Christian persecution still exists (but, not in America – we got it easy.). AP, Telegraph UK

Church robbed during service. A deacon laid a beat-down on the robber who got away with some cash. I doubt the sermon was on Luke 6:29 “If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic.” (NIV)  AP Texas News

In an unrelated incident, Man steals from church, leaves note “I’m sorry but I am poor.” AP

How the recession hurts churches. AJC

Many, many congregations serve a free thanksgiving meal to the poor. The Dickson Herald, TN; Chickasha News, OK; FDL Reporter; MLive; Did your church serve a thanksgiving meal? Tell all about it in the comments below.

Episcopal bishop in Massachusetts allows priests to preside at same-sex weddings. Boston Globe, Metro West

DC votes on gay marriage. Same-sex marriage approved by 11-2 vote. Washington Post.

Detroit Church hosts gun buy back. Detroit News, BeliefNet Blog

What are your thoughts on the church news this week? Did I miss any big stories?


 

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