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Across the Nation, April 2012


KENTUCKY

SOMERSET — The Cumberland Church of Christ produced a pocket-size pamphlet  that members can use to help share the Gospel. It’s titled “Heaven Awaits: Will you be there?”
“I thought it might be helpful for others who want to preach the Gospel, and we would like to put it in their hands,” minister Ed Bialon said.
For more information, write to the church at 154 Turner St., Somerset, KY 42503 or email cumberlandchurch [email protected].
LOUISIANA

MONROE — The Forsythe Church of Christ recently hosted a “First Steps in Grief Recovery” Night.
“This was our first time to do such an event,” minister John Dobbs said. “Having had experience with other grief groups that were ongoing, we wanted to do a one-night event to introduce people to the idea of the value of grief groups.”
Dobbs lost his son, John Robert Dobbs, 18, in an interstate tragedy in 2008.
He said he hopes to encourage other churches to “get involved in the difficult work of serving the grieving community.”
MONTANA

BELGRADE — More than 150 church elders, potential elders and their wives met recently to network, be equipped and find encouragement, said Scott Laird, minister for the Great Falls Church of Christ.
Twenty-six congregations were represented at the Shepherds Network event, organized by Harding School of Theology in Memphis, Tenn. Besides Montana, participants came from Alberta, Idaho, Oregon, Saskatchewan, South Dakota and Washington.
“It was an event where shepherds truly shepherded fellow shepherds,” Laird said.

NEW JERSEY

SEWELL — The Pitman Church of Christ prepares “Parent Care Bags” to benefit mothers and fathers with children at a nearby trauma hospital.
The ministry began as members contemplated unopened toiletry items that many accumulate from hotel stays, said Katherine Cooper, wife of minister Dan Cooper.
“Many of us travel, and we have more tiny bottles of shampoo and body wash than we could ever use,” she said. “We purchase toothbrushes and toothpaste, usually from the local dollar stores. We provide a different bag for moms and dads with the appropriate deodorant.”
A letter put inside each bag offers the  sympathy and prayers of the church.
TEXAS    

DALLAS — David Lane, minister for the Marsalis Avenue Church of Christ, responded to a group’s plans for a billboard touting atheism in an interview with a local television station.
“Traditionally, African-Americans come out of a tradition that is led and motivated by faith,” Lane told KDFW Fox 4 News in Dallas.
“We are where we are, and we are who we are, primarily because we’ve chosen to believe in a power that’s bigger than ourselves,” he said. “It will create a lot of dialogue. There will be congregations of all kinds in this area who will be challenged by the fact that such a movement is at our door.”
To view the full report, search for “atheist” at www.christianchronicle.org/blog.
SAN ANTONIO — Three years ago, Glen Markham, a member of the Northside Church of Christ, landed a gig with the San Antonio Rampage.
When the visiting hockey team is from north of the U.S. border, Markham sings the Canadian national anthem.
Markham also leads singing for various church functions. While he’s not Canadian, he tired of hearing elementary school choirs mess up “O Canada.”
“I knew I could do a better job and got an audition with the club,” he said. “I have been doing it ever since.”
UTAH    

CLEARFIELD — The Wasatch Church of Christ recently celebrated 30 years with Ron White as minister.
White, 66, has conducted gospel meetings in several Western states and served as an elder for more than 15 years, the Rocky Mountain Christian reported. He directs the Grand Teton Family Bible Encampment and the Utah Labor Day Weekend Family Bible Camp.
WYOMING    

CHEYENNE — Sonic? Arby’s? Wendy’s?
Those fast-food chains all receive air time in a video by the Cheyenne Church of Christ youth group. But the emphasis is on feeding the soul.
The video promoted a recent youth rally with the theme “Soul Food.”
To view it, search for “Soul Food” at www.christianchronicle.org/blog.

Filed under: National Staff Reports

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