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Answers to your questions about life, religion and the Bible

Pastors get some of the most interesting questions from people they meet and people in their congregations.  Here are a few questions that I have gotten over the years and via email for this column,

Dear Father Paul:  Is hell real?  Who made hell?  God?  If so, why?  — Shawn
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Heritage Christian will host 10th annual ‘Dickens Village’

Heritage Christian Church in Fayetteville invites the community to come and enjoy the sights and sounds of an authentic old English Victorian Village at its 10th annual Dickens Village, held nightly for two weekends, Dec. 2-4 and Dec. 9-11 from 6-9 p.m. Dickens Village is free of charge.

According to Ken White, Dickens Village director, this year’s outdoor village is new and expanded, with an open marketplace like an old fashioned open market with fresh fish on ice, raw vegetables, nuts, fruit and hot apple cider. Read More»

McDonough Road Baptist will present Christmas drama Dec. 4

Shown above (L-R) are Bennet’s Mill students James Hartley, Ian Belwood, Oliver Whiten, and Andrew Hogan, and teacher, Martha Trisler. Photo/Special.

Several students from Bennett’s Mill Middle School recently got involved in the efforts of the Real Life Center in Tyrone and collected food and clothing for the RLC’s food pantry and thrift store. The group collected more than 2,000 cans of food and allowed the center to serve 186 families in the community.

Shown above (L-R) are Bennet’s Mill students James Hartley, Ian Belwood, Oliver Whiten, and Andrew Hogan, and teacher, Martha Trisler. Photo/Special.

Providence UMC starts garden for community

With a lot in the news lately about organic gardening, “farm-to-table food” and schools teaching children how to grow food which they then eat in the cafeteria, Providence United Methodist Church has committed to use part of its property to offer organic gardening plots for families, schools and groups in the area who want to grow their own fruits and vegetables.

The church will also grow fruits and vegetables on one large plot as an outreach to those in the community who struggle to buy healthy food. Read More»

COS will present children’s musical

Children at Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church will present “Operation Christmas Child” on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. In the musical, characters at “Fort Faithful 12-25” learn about sharing with children across the world through Operation Christmas Child, which distributes millions of shoeboxes filled with gifts. Christ Our Shepherd contributed 125 boxes this year.

The public is invited, and there is no admission cost.

The church is on the corner of Ga. Highway 54 and Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree City.

S.A.G.E. heads for Callenwolde

The S.A.G.E. group at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church (Senior Adults Going Everywhere) will enjoy Christmas at Callenwolde on Thursday, Dec. 8, leaving the church at 9 a.m. and returning at 3 p.m. The cost is $20 plus lunch at the Picadilly. Read More»

‘Love Feasts’ featured at COS

Christ Our Shepherd will offer two “Love Feasts in Moravian Tradition” on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. Following the practice of New Testament Agape meals, worshipers are served Love Feast buns and either apple juice or Moravian-recipe coffee. Beeswax candles are distributed during “Silent Night.” Read More»

Religion Briefs 11/30/11

St. Paul Lutheran announces Advent services
Christmas mid-week Advent services at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Prachtree City are planned for Nov. 30 amd Dec. 7 (Wednesdays) at 5 and 7 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. On Wednesday, Dec. 14. Advent worship will be combined with the Children’s Christmas Program at 7 p.m. No dinner will be served on the 14th. St. Paul is on Ardenlee Parkway in Peachtree City.

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Are you giving thanks, or living thanks?

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The day before Thanksgiving, an elderly gentleman in Phoenix called his son in New York and said, “Son, I hate to ruin your day, but I have some news for you. Your mother and I are divorcing. Forty-five years of misery is enough, so call your sister in Chicago and tell her.”

Frantic, the son called his sister, told her the news, and she exploded on the phone: “Getting a divorce? What are they thinking? I’ll take care of this right now!” Read More»

Still time to get tickets to Chair-ity event

Next week, community leaders and elected officials will come together to host an elegant holiday affair with delicious food and Christmas cheer. It’s the 5th Annual Children’s Chair-ity Event benefiting the abandoned, abused, and otherwise homeless children who live in the cottages at The Children’s Village at Christian City — and there’s still time to get tickets.

The event will feature a silent auction of extraordinary chairs and other works of art donated by local artisans. All proceeds will help the children who live at Christian City have a wonderful Christmas. Read More»

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