Across the nation, March 2009
GARDENDALE — The Decatur Highway church tried to do what, so far, economic stimulus plans and bailout packages have failed to do: jumpstart the economy.
Nearly 150 members of the church spiritually attacked the nation’s financial problems with an economic prayer service, NBC13.com reported. Members asked for God’s help concerning the economy, jobs and wisdom for those in charge.
JONESBORO — In response to crime, the Southwest church emphasizes ministry in its neighborhood, associate minister Chris Harrell said.
“God has given us a burden to be more proactive in loving our neighbors,” Harrell said. Renting a unit in a nearby apartment complex provides a base for additional ministry, he said.
SAVANNAH — The Church of Christ of Savannah met for the first time recently.
The new congregation is the result of a merger between the Middleground Road and Chatham churches and has a combined attendance of about 55 people, minister Manny Lago said. The church meets in Middleground Road church’s former facility.
“Both congregations … decided that, by pooling our resources together, we could do much more in the work of the kingdom here in Savannah,” Lago said.
JENNINGS — Minister J.C. Bailey believes in the power of prayer. He moved to this town of 11,000 only recently but already has called the community to pray for authorities to solve the deaths of seven parish women.
The church has opened prayer services to the public, and family members of four of the slain women have been among the visitors.
KENNETT — After an ice storm devastated the region, the Slicer Street church served first as the city’s Red Cross shelter, then as a community service center for linemen, workers and National Guardsmen, The Daily Dunklin Democratic reported.
“It’s the most wonderful group of people that I’ve worked with at a church,” Red Cross volunteer Margie Morgan said of the 100 members who volunteered.
SHAWNEE — The Northridge church recently rented out a theater to show the Christian film “Fireproof.” More than 200 people came to the free showing, most of them not church members.
The film concerns a firefighter who fights to save his marriage and finds the love of God in the process.
“It’s trying to drive home the point that there are very few marriages out there that can’t be salvaged through biblical studies and the work of Jesus Christ,” member Jimmy Barnett said. After the showing, the church featured a three-week sermon series on the “Fireproof” theme.
SHERWOOD — The recent first Sunday morning worship celebration of the Sherwood Community Church of Christ, south of Portland, drew 90 people, said Stan Granberg, executive director of the Kairos church-planting ministry.
BRENTWOOD — After a period of rapid growth, the Harpeth Hills church added a third Sunday morning worship service recently. Attendance has run around 1,300 for the three services at 8:30, 9:45 and 10:50 a.m., said Chris Miller, preaching minister.
Sunday School classes for all ages continue at 9:45. One class, targeting older adults, was added at 8:30. More than 700 people meet in 60 small groups in homes on Sunday evenings.
PALESTINE — The Crockett Road church recently hosted its 13th annual “Give Me the Bible” conference and luncheon. More than 100 people from 18 area churches participated. Aired on Sundays at 7 a.m., the “Give Me the Bible” television program features east Texas ministers discussing religious topics and answering viewers’ questions.