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Across the Nation: Kentucky singing tradition, hero Cub Scout and more quick takes

Across the Nation is our monthly rundown of news briefs, links and quotes from Churches of Christ across the U.S. Got an idea for this column? Email Bobby Ross Jr. at [email protected].

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Demonstrating love despite differences: Members of Louisville, Ky.-area congregations enjoy a fellowship meal at the West Broadway Church of Christ before the recent areawide congregational singing, which has brought black and white Christians together since 1968. Read an expanded story HERE.


Hero Cub Scout: A boy who worked hard to protect his younger sisters during last year’s shootings at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ has been named Cub Scout of the Year, The Tennessean reported.

“So very proud of Micah Carter!” the church said on its Facebook page. “We love him!”

Carter got ushered into a small room with his younger sisters and a few other children after gunfire broke out Sept. 24. Once inside, the boy started piling furniture against the door to block the gunman from coming inside, according to the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

He also calmed his sisters to get them to stop crying so the shooter wouldn’t know they were hiding in the room, the newspaper noted.

Quick takes


Church leaders Daniel R. Dunn, left, and Michael T. Steele died in a plane crash.

SCOTT CITY — Two leaders of the Scott City Church of Christ were killed Feb. 22 in a Kansas plane crash.

Pilot Daniel R. Dunn, 68, and passenger Michael T. Steele, 64, were identified as the victims.

Dunn served the community for 35 years as a family practice physician. He loved delivering babies and caring for the sick.

Steele was a U.S. postal carrier as well as a music teacher. He volunteered with the Boy Scouts and served as a nursing home board member.


McALESTER — Two congregations recently joined together to serve local firefighters.

Members of the Main and Oklahoma Church of Christ and the Northtown Church of Christ hosted a cookout at a McAlester fire station.

“We grilled ribeye steaks to show our appreciation to the firemen,” said Colby Clapp, pulpit minister for the Main and Oklahoma church.

About 60 church members encouraged a dozen firefighters, prayed for them and left them with a copy of the Bible, Clapp said.


ALLEN — Elaine Krazer’s Texas-based custom coffee roastery specializes in preparing imported coffee beans grown on Hawaiian plantations.

Through an in-house coffee shop at the Greenville Oaks Church of Christ, Krazer — a church member — helps support local ministries.

Krazer and her husband, David, “have assisted no less than 18 groups since the church coffee shop started nearly two years ago,” fellow member Troy Stirman said.

David and Elaine Krazer


ST. THOMAS — The 100-member St. Thomas Church of Christ thanks its brothers and sisters across the nation for the help it received after Hurricane Irma ravaged the Caribbean island.

“Electricity has been restored to the property since January,” minister Elton Terry said in early April. “The four families that were housed in a shelter following the two hurricanes (Irma and Maria) are not in that situation anymore. Though there are still members with needs, no one is in a desperate situation.”

Church members are raising funds to purchase a 30-kilowatt generator for future emergencies. Also, “the congregation is pursuing avenues to fund repairs to the roof and other areas of the building, and we would welcome any assistance to that end,” Terry said.

Donations may be sent to P.O. Box 502908, St. Thomas, VI 00805. For more information, email [email protected].

Church members wish to “express our gratitude to all individuals, families, congregations and organizations who have contributed to our needs,” Terry said.

Quote of the month

The Freed-Hardeman University women’s basketball team celebrates its national championship.

“It’s a surreal awesome feeling. It’s going take a while for it to all soak in.” — Dale Neal, head coach of Freed-Hardeman University’s women’s basketball team, on winning the NAIA national championship. Read the full story.

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