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Ask Father Paul 03/23/11

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Answers to your questions about life, religion and the Bible

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

Dear Father Paul: Where do you, your church and your denomination stand on the abortion question and why? — D.E.

Dear D.E.: We are all strongly and unapologetically “pro-life.” Read More»

Marketplace at Providence UMC opens Thursday evening

Mariah and Claire Manetti take a ride on a camel. Photo/Special.

Camels, Goliath, Roman soldiers and grape-stomping in Fayette County?

Yes, all that and more will be found at The Marketplace at Providence United Methodist Church this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 24, 25 and 26.

For this free event, the church campus is set up like a village in biblical days with artisans weaving, making pottery, making a mosaic, tending to animals, grinding grain and taking a census.

Providence invites children to “step back in time” where they can make perfume, press olives, make jewelry, weave fabric, make a mosaic, try Hebrew writing and make pottery. Read More»

Southside Church to hold groundbreaking Thursday

Southside Church Group VI Construction, LLC invites the community to a groundbreaking for the Southside Church auditorium addition/expansion located at 777 Robinson Road, Peachtree City. Groundbreaking will take place on Thursday, March 24 at 5 p.m., on the right side of the building.

The expansion, designed by Foley Design Associates Architects, includes adding approximately 11,000 sq. ft. and will provide much needed space for this rapidly growing church. Group VI is ready to begin preparing the site for the building, and plans to complete the addition/expansion in late fall of 2011. Read More»

Hopewell UMC members join ‘Stop Hunger’ project

Dayton Ivester (left) and Robbie Scott of Hopewell UMC, seal a package for the Stop Hunger Now campaign held at the Tyrone church on March 12.  The church packed 10,058 meals in one and one half hours. Photo/Special.

On Saturday, March 12, over 75 members and friends of Hopewell United Methodist Church came together and packed 10,058 meals for starving people around the world. The Tyrone church began raising funds and awareness for the “Stop Hunger Now” event in the fall of 2010. They raised $2,800, more than enough to pay for the meals. The event began at 10 a.m. and by 11:30 they had completed packing all of the meals.

The meals consisted of rice, dehydrated vegetables, soy based protein, spices and vitamins. When mixed with water, it produces a rather tasty meal. Read More»

Heritage Christian will offer car care services April 16

On April 16, Heritage Christian Church will once again host Car Care, a ministry providing free oil changes to single women, single mothers, widows and spouses of deployed soldiers.

Reservations for the free oil changes are required and can be made by visiting www.heritagechristian.org/carcare or by calling the church, 770-716-5768.

Times are available from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Read More»

Religion Briefs 03/23/11

Lenten lunches continue
Fayetteville First United Methodist Church will continue with its Lenten Lunch program each Wednesday at noon, featuring a light lunch and short message from a different speaker each week. Lunches are $2 and are provided by the FFUMC Circle groups. The church is across from the Fayette County Courthouse in downtown Fayetteville.

‘Spiritual Champions’ presentation planned Read More»

Mrs. Robbie Jean Richardson, 50, of Riverdale

Mrs. Robbie Jean Richardson, 50, of Riverdale, passed away on March 20, 2011.

She was a carpenter by trade and loved to fish.

She is survived by her dog Betsy; her brother Mike and Debra Barnes of Dillard , GA; her nieces Julie Tonnis and Staci Hamilton; and her nephew Justin Barnes. Read More»

Eagle Scouts build outdoor dog run for Fayette Animal Shelter

Eagle Scouts build outdoor dog run for Fayette Animal Shelter

Eagle Scouts team up to build an outdoor fenced area for the shelter dogs to exercise at the Fayette County Animal Shelter. Participating in the project are (L-R) Jack Lloyd, Boy Scout Troop 211; Chad Landgren, Troop 212; Garrett MaClaughlan, Troop 212; Ned Gray, Troop 212; and Matt Mosgrove, Troop 212. This was Ned Gray’s Eagle Scout Project. Submitted by Fred R. Sisson, director of Animal Control for Fayette County. The shelter's website is www.fayettecountyga.gov/animal_control/index.asp.

Mr. Lyman Jack Collins, 98, of Fayetteville

Mr. Lyman Jack Collins, 98, of Fayetteville, passed away on March 18, 2011.

Mr. Collins was born in Rico, GA on March 24, 1912 to the late Aaron and Laura Collins. He proudly served two tours of duty during World War II with the Black Hawk Division, one in the Pacific and one in Europe. After 40 years of dedicated service, he retired from Arrow Shirt Company.

Mr. Collins is preceded in death by his wife Evelyn Collins and daughter Jan Larry.

He is survived by his sister Rubye Barnes of Fayetteville ; grandchildren Christopher Larry and Brad Jones; several nieces and nephews. Read More»

Mr. Rickey G. Cleveland, 54, of Jonesboro

Mr. Rickey G. Cleveland, 54, of Jonesboro, died March 18, 2011.

Mr. Cleveland was a member of Flat Creek Baptist Church.

Rickey, preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Pauline Cleveland, is survived by his sisters Gail Leathers and Brenda Crowley; several nieces and nephews; aunts, uncles and cousins. Read More»

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