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Across the Nation, October 2011


— This summer, Dennis Nelson was baptized into Christ at the Kingman Church of Christ — by Dave Johnson.
Johnson himself was converted just a few months ago.
“Dave came out of the waters of baptism running and on fire for Christ and has not looked back,” minister Steve McCall said.

SEARCY — Those who walk into the SAME Cafe get a belly-warming meal and soul-warming fellowship.
The cafe, a ministry of the West Side Church of Christ, provides a free meal to anyone who walks through the doors, Arkansas Online reported. SAME stands for “So All May Eat.”
Although the church hosts the cafe twice a month, there is no “preaching,” deacon Daniel Dawson told Arkansas Online.
“We didn’t want it to be a ‘bait and switch’ sort of deal where we start preaching when they walk in the door,” Dawson said. “We do it like Jesus would do. … We’re there if someone needs a prayer, and we have literature there. It’s pretty low-key and very laid back.”

REDONDO BEACH — America’s newest congresswoman is a Church of Christ member and alumnus of Abilene Christian University in Texas.
Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., elected in July, becomes the third member of Churches of Christ in the U.S. House.
Hahn is a member of the Redondo Beach Church of Christ. During the recent debate on the nation’s debt ceiling, she took time out on Sunday to drive to church in Arlington, Va. “And that was no easy feat,” her chief of staff, Jason Linde, told Grant Rampy, ACU’s director of public relations.
Hahn joins Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, a member of the Bammel Church of Christ in Houston, and Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., a member of the Lehman Avenue Church of Christ in Bowling Green, in the House.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, is a member of the University Avenue Church of Christ in Austin.

MANCHESTER — As the Manchester Church of Christ celebrates its 50th anniversary, founding minister Gene Brewer remains active with the congregation.
He and wife Barbara moved to Manchester in 1961 to plant the church, which began with 17 adults and 13 children and has grown to 300 members.
Brewer, 84, served as minister until 1992 and as an elder from 1973 to 2003. “Gene has been a very prominent figure in the Northeast for the last 50 years,” member Mary Brown said.
For more information, see www.manchesterchurchofchrist.org.

HARAHAN — When Eric Dishongh began exploring the history of Churches of Christ in the New Orleans area, he never dreamed it would lead to him writing a book, the Times-Picayune reported.
“What started as a curiosity about the Churches of Christ quickly turned into a research project,” said
Dishongh, minister of the Harahan Church of Christ. “I realized there was a story here that no one had written or told, and I felt it should be told.” Dishongh’s book, “From Campbell to Katrina: A History of the Churches of Christ in New Orleans,” was published recently by Heritage Press in Florence, Ala.

COLUMBUS — The motto of the 7th Street Church of Christ is “Love God. Love Each Other. Serve the World.”
In recent months, the missions committee planned a special Missions Giving Day and asked the 300-member congregation to contribute $100,000.
Instead, the church gave $150,000 that day and in the months that followed, member Kenny Bush said.
“That amount far exceeds the missions budget in previous years,” Bush said.

NEW YORK — Lark Mason is an Asian arts expert — and an elder of the Manhattan Church of Christ.
Mason made national headlines for a recent discovery: A man arrived at the Tulsa, Okla., Convention Center with five Chinese carved cups and learned the set, made from rhinoceros horn, was valued at $1 million, the highest amount in the history of PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow.”
“As each one came out of the box, my jaw started to drop a little more,” appraiser Mason told KTUL-TV in Tulsa.

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