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Across the Nation, July 2011


SAN FRANCISCO — The youth group at the Lake Merced Church of Christ baked brownies, made lemonade and sold the items to help Alabama tornado victims.
“They made a little over $160,” said Rhonda Blythe, wife of minister Richard Blythe. “That, I know, is not a lot, but it is quite a bit for our small group.”
The students donated the funds to the Central Church of Christ in Tuscaloosa, Ala., which lost its building.
WOODLAND — With a little help from Chase Bank, the Kentucky Avenue Church of Christ is about to undergo one the largest changes in its relatively brief history.
The bank has agreed to give the church the property it needs to build an auditorium that could one day house hundreds, the Daily Democrat reported.
In the 1990s, the church was a group of 12 who met in rented rooms. Since then, the ranks have swelled to more than 100 members, doubling in the last three years, elder Jim Morgan said.

FRISCO — It’s probably safe to describe worship with the Summit County Church of Christ as a mountaintop experience.
At 8,900 feet above sea level, the congregation describes itself as America’s highest.
The membership includes a mountaineer who has climbed every peak over 14,000 feet in Colorado, skiers, snowboarders, kayakers, fly fishermen, hikers, mountain bikers, nature photographers and four-wheel-drive enthusiasts, member Jeff McAbee said.
“People tell us all the time that they’ve been coming to Summit County for years and didn’t even know that we were here,” McAbee said.

VALDOSTA — “Indiana Jones” teaches Bible to kids at a Church of Christ in south Georgia.
Actually, it’s Kerry Morris — the Central Avenue Church of Christ’s answer to the big-screen adventurer — who shares the Word in the congregation’s Living Museum of Bible History.
The new museum is part of Faith Avenue, a children’s program at the church, the Valdosta Daily Times reported.


CALVERT CITY — Paula Harrington is looking for a few good Bible class teachers. (Aren’t we all?)
Seriously, Harrington is compiling a book and looking for teachers to offer advice, humorous stories and encouragement for those pressed into service.
A member of the Calvert City Church of Christ, Harrington is the author of books including “A Sunday
Afternoon with the Preachers’ Wives” and “A Common Bond.” Reach her by e-mail at [email protected].

FARMERS BRANCH — The PT Cruzers, as the seniors group at the Webb Chapel Church of Christ is known, are concerned about more than social activities.
Led by Charles and Julie Thacker, the Cruzers dedicate themselves to good works — including packing medical supplies for Healing Hands International, a humanitarian aid ministry associated with Churches of Christ.

RICHARDSON — More than 700 mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters ages 9 to 90, many wearing various shades of pink, gathered recently for the 26th annual Adolescent and Ladies Symposium at the Greenville Avenue Church of Christ.
The theme was “Life by the Spirit: Overcoming Obstacles,” and attendees came from as far away as California, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Founder Mildred Bell told the News she created the symposium as a way to follow the teachings of the Bible, “which instructs the older women to teach the younger women to live reverently.”


FALLS CHURCH — The Fourth of July is a time for food, fireworks — and fellowship.
On July 3-4, the Church of Christ in Falls Church plans its fourth annual Independence Day event for college students ­— be they interns, tourists or area residents.
Along with seeing the fireworks show in the nation’s capital, students will enjoy opportunities for spiritual growth and hear from guest speakers. For more information, see www.fallschurchcoc.org.

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    Because of this, you would have a hard time convincing me that God didn’t insist on a Game 7.
    Catholic Church of St. James
    Aynor, SC
    June, 14 2011

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