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Pastors get some of the most interesting questions from people they meet and people in their congregations. Here are a few that I have received in my ministry and via email for this column.
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FCCF will meet this Sunday

The Fellowship of Christian Churches and Friends (FCCF) will hold its regular Fifth Sunday Celebration on Jan. 29, at 2:30 p.m. at Holly Grove African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Peachtree City. The host pastor is the Rev. Larry Ervin.

FCCF membership is open to all churches who are interested in fostering unity in the body of Christ in south metro Atlanta. For more information, contact current FCCF president, the Rev. Dwight Elder of Bethlehem Baptist Church by phone, 770-631-0267 or through Deacon Robert Cofer at Read More»

Flat Creek will host training event this Friday

Each year Flat Creek Baptist Church and The Fairburn Baptist Association provide training for all Sunday School/Small Group workers. This year the theme will be “A Light Unto My Path,” taken from Psalms 119:105. The training event will be held Friday, Jan. 27, at the church. Supper will be served at 6 p.m. followed by the training event from 7-10 p.m. Read More»

Nativity elects new vestry members

Shown is the new vestry for Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Fayetteville. Seated, from left, are Marcia Meikle, Christopher Harper and the Rev. Rita Henault, rector. Standing are Patricia Hamilton, the new senior warden, and Leon Walker, junior warden.  Not pictured is Debbie McDonald, a new member who could not be present for the meeting. Photo/Special.

Patricia Hamilton is the new senior warden of Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Fayetteville. Her appointment was announced at the parish’s annual meeting Sunday (Jan. 22) by the Rev. Rita Henault, rector. Hamilton succeeds Anne Martz, whose term on the vestry (governing board) has ended. Leon Walker continues as junior warden.

New vestry members elected at the meeting are Christopher Harper, Debbie McDonald and Maria Meikle. In addition to Martz, others retiring from the vestry are Bob Page, Fred Lusk and Ross Terry. Read More»

NHBC to offer parenting class

In conjunction with the United Methodist Children’s Home in Decatur, National Heights Baptist Church in Fayetteville will host a six week parenting class on Sunday afternoons. Feb. 19-March 25 from 2:30-4:30 p.m., at the church, 103 Old Norton Rd (corner of Ga. Highway 54 and Old Norton Road).

The curriculum is designed for all types of families with children of all ages. A one time $35 fee per family includes an “Active Parenting” parent guide and six weeks of classes. Read More»

Angela Northrop will lead senior youth studies at CTK

Angela Northrop

A special study for senior high youth has begun at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Sharpsburg.

The 6-8 week study will occur during the time of the sermon and will be held in the parish life center.

The high school students will be asked to leave the sanctuary for the study and return in time to receive Holy Communion.

Leading the study will be Angela Northrop.

In 2000 Northrop began working with high school youth at First Presbyterian Church in Sioux Falls, S.D. She was a member of the same youth program while she was in high school herself. Read More»

PTC Christian will offer family movie showing

Peachtree City Christian Church has a movie showing coming up.

The church will show “7 Days in Utopia” (G) on Feb.10 at 6:30 p.m. for the cost of $1 per person. There is also childcare available at the church (pizza, games and fun included) for a cost of $20 per family with three or more children; $15 per family with two children; and only $7 per family with one child. All proceeds for the childcare goes to support Joshua’s Gift, a ministry to feed needy children in the area. Popcorn and drinks will be available for a nominal charge as well. Read More»

Religion Briefs 01/25/12

Seniors head for Columbus Jan. 27
The S.A.G.E. group (Senior Adults Going Everywhere) at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church will travel to Columbus (Ga.) to visit The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Patriot Park, view an IMAX movie, and have lunch at the Fife & Drum Restaurant on Friday, Jan. 27. The group will leave the church at 8 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. The cost is $15 and includes the museum. guided tour and IMAX movie, plus lich at the Fife & Drum. For information, call the church office, 770-461-4313. Read More»

Time is a treasure that must be well spent

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Several years ago, Tom Heymann wrote a book entitled In An Average Lifetime. I’m sure the stats are a little dated now, but it’s still interesting to think about what happens in an average lifetime.

He shared that the average American lives to be 74.9 years old and earns $1.2 million. The average American drives 413,226 miles, and sits in traffic for nine months. In an average lifetime, we spend 49 hours seeing doctors, and 64 hours waiting to see them.
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Caputo chosen as children’s director at CTK

Mrs. Lois Caputo has been named as the new children’s ministries director for the Cathedral of Christ the King, Sharpsburg. The new director will have responsibility for the current children’s church program, for Vacation Bible Schools, and for a future planned children’s Sunday school program and an expanded children’s church ministry. She will also be responsible for teacher recruitment and oversight and for the development and implementation of a solid curriculum for the children’s programs. Read More»

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