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Across the Nation, May 2013


COLORADO
  
AURORA —
Each Wednesday, the food bank of the Southeast Church of Christ provides groceries for more than 60 families.
“We had no idea that people from the food bank would start coming to worship with us as they are now,” minister Larry Wishard said. “Why? Because our volunteers treat them with the same love and dignity that Jesus did.”
Member Sandra Brock created a video of a day in the life of the ministry.
To view it, go to www.christianchronicle.org/blog and search for “food bank.”
MISSOURI
MOUNT VERNON —
Ralph McClurg, an elder for the Mount Vernon Church of Christ, was honored recently as an “American Red Cross Everyday Hero.”
The retired mechanical engineer collects donated medical equipment  and then puts crutches, walkers and wheelchairs into the hands of people who need tastes of freedom, television station KY3 reported.
NEVADA
LAS VEGAS —
J’Brian, a member of the Bright Angel Church of Christ, has a mission: combine clean comedy with soul-winning.
After a performance at the Line Street Church of Christ in Evansville, Ind., in 2012, J’Brian (whose given name is Brian Elston) offered the invitation. Two people responded and were baptized into Christ.
Hoping to extend that reach, the Christian comedian/dancer/singer has produced a DVD, “People Are Funny.”
For more information, visit jbrian.info.
TENNESSEE
CELINA —
John Mark and Louise Hayes, both 88, have attended the Beech Bethany Church of Christ all their lives.
On a recent Sunday, the church honored the couple as they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
The recognition included a surprise fellowship meal and an award given by the congregation, member Kenny Westmoreland said. Larry Sawyer, a former Beech Bethany minister, served as the guest speaker.
TEXAS
LUBBOCK —
Green Lawn Church of Christ members have committed $325,000 over the next five years to plant a domestic mission church.
That amount topped the goal of $250,000 set by church leaders.
“I don’t know why I was surprised,” elder Darrell Price said. “I’m always amazed at what God does.”
The church is evaluating locations.
WASHINGTON
  
PORT TOWNSEND —
Carl Hanson’s daily walk takes him 4.6 miles from his home to the post office.
His daily walk with God takes him to at least 20 states, plus Ghana and India.
Hanson, who has preached for 29 years for the Church of Christ at Cherry and A streets, sends out a daily e-mail of biblical wisdom focused on teen readers.
The “teEn-MAIL” message reaches a subscriber list of 1,500.

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