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CORUNNA — Corunna Church of the Nazarene pastor Doug Corwin invites area gospel music lovers to a Stronghold Quartet concert at 5 p.m. June 30 at the church,230 N. Woodworth St.

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While finishing her book “On Reading Well,” Karen Swallow Prior wrote a reflection on patience, suffering and the virtues of one of literature’s less celebrated heroines: Anne Elliot of Jane Austen’s final novel, “Persuasion.”

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Do you ever take a look around when you’re commuting or running errands? So often, our busy routine can leave us overwhelmed, annoyed, frustrated and rushed. Perhaps you feel a combination of all of these. Or maybe you’re simply amazed.

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A cartoon tacked to a bulletin board shows a picture of a young boy wearing a baseball cap and holding a bat and a glove. Standing next to his father, who is absorbed in reading the newspaper. the boy says, “Play with me, or trade me!”

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Integrity. Encouragement. Confidence. Accountability. These are some of the words I’ve been hearing from millennials involved in a relatively new effort called GIVEN. It’s a leadership network for Catholic women, with the goal of helping them “Discover the gift that only you can give because…

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A few days ago, Queen Elizabeth II met President Donald Trump at Buckingham Palace as he began his state visit to the United Kingdom. When I viewed their meeting on television, a commentator pointed out the flag atop the palace. Tradition says the flag flies over the palace when the queen is…

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OWOSSO — As part of the celebration of the 125th anniversary of St. John’s United Church of Christ, a concert by the Flint Jubilee Chorale will be presented at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church.

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Seventy-five years ago, on June 6, 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, gave the order sending 160,000 American, British and Canadian soldiers, sailors and airmen on to the greatest land-sea invasion in history.

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“No one should be forced into lifelong parenting if they don’t want to take on that role,” Chelsea Patterson Sobolik recently wrote, writing in regard to the strict anti-abortion laws recently passed in some states around the country. “My own birth mother was unable to parent me,” she wrote.…

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Seventy-five years ago, on June 6, 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, gave the order sending 160,000 American, British and Canadian soldiers, sailors and airmen on to the greatest land-sea invasion in history.

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“No one should be forced into lifelong parenting if they don’t want to take on that role,” Chelsea Patterson Sobolik recently wrote, writing in regard to the strict anti-abortion laws recently passed in some states around the country. “My own birth mother was unable to parent me,” she wrote.…

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The word “conversion” has been at the heart of Christianity for two millennia, with missionaries and evangelists urging sinners to repent and change their wicked ways.

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There’s a very out-in-the-open debate happening right now about whether an unborn child at the “heartbeat” stage should be considered a child. At a recent unprecedented pro-life event in New York City’s Times Square, a baby’s heartbeat was heard, with 4D sonogram imaging displayed on screens…

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“Deranged Donald” and “Uncle Joe” were trending when I logged onto Twitter this past Thursday morning. Readers, I was not surprised. Politics is nothing but a reality TV show these days, after all, and it sucks up more attention than “Survivor” did in its heyday. In fairness to Twitter, Sri …

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Are you ever tempted to compare yourself with others? You see their happy pictures on social media and you think, “Why can’t my life be happy like that?” Or you see an adorable picture of a contented baby, just after yours has pulled every toy into the middle of the floor until you can’t wal…

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OWOSSO — Stronghold Quartet will sing at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at Bethel Evangelical Free Church, 1562 N. Hickory St.

The word “conversion” has been at the heart of Christianity for two millennia, with missionaries and evangelists urging sinners to repent and change their wicked ways.

OWOSSO — Since 1998, the Don and Metta Michell Amphitheater has become the Sunday evening destination for gospel music lovers during July and August for SUMMERPraise!.

There’s a very out-in-the-open debate happening right now about whether an unborn child at the “heartbeat” stage should be considered a child. At a recent unprecedented pro-life event in New York City’s Times Square, a baby’s heartbeat was heard, with 4D sonogram imaging displayed on screens…

OWOSSO — St. Johns United Church of Christ at 429 N. Washington in Owosso is celebrating its 125th anniversary at 10:30 a.m. Sunday with a light lunch to follow.

OWOSSO TWP. — Life in Christ Christian School is hosting a preschool and kindergarten roundup from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at 1833 W. M-21.

“Deranged Donald” and “Uncle Joe” were trending when I logged onto Twitter this past Thursday morning. Readers, I was not surprised. Politics is nothing but a reality TV show these days, after all, and it sucks up more attention than “Survivor” did in its heyday. In fairness to Twitter, Sri …

Are you ever tempted to compare yourself with others? You see their happy pictures on social media and you think, “Why can’t my life be happy like that?” Or you see an adorable picture of a contented baby, just after yours has pulled every toy into the middle of the floor until you can’t wal…

OWOSSO — Stronghold Quartet will sing at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at Bethel Evangelical Free Church, 1562 N. Hickory St.

OWOSSO — After three weeks as the new lead pastor at Grace Bible Church, the Rev. Tim Balogh is already bringing in new members.

DUPLAIN TWP. — The Duplain Church of Christ is hosting a spring sharing corner, a free garage sale from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 2 and from 9 a.m. to noon May 3.

OWOSSO — After three weeks as the new lead pastor at Grace Bible Church, the Rev. Tim Balogh is already bringing in new members.

OWOSSO — An open mic night is planned as part of a new program called “Coffee House On the Square” at 7:30 p.m. May 10 in the basement level of Christ Episcopal Church, 120 Goodhue St.

CHESANING — The Chesaning Ministerial Association is hosting a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. Friday at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 1629 Brady St.

On the way to Mass the week before Good Friday, I passed the Roman Colosseum. It’s hard to have things put in better perspective. Christians were once fed to the lions there, and now it’s the background to many a tourist selfie.

CORUNNA — The First Baptist Church of Corunna, 1120 Legion Road, will host the annual community Good Friday service at 12:15 p.m. Friday.

OVID — Easter events are planned at the Shepardsville United Methodist Church, 6990 Winfield Road. Events include:

OWOSSO — Life in Christ Church, 1833 W. M-21, is inviting the public to its 9:15 and 10 a.m. services Sunday to hear former Detroit Tigers player Andy Dirks.

PERRY — The city is hosting an egg hunt at 11 a.m. April 20 at Perry City Hall.

Antonin Scalia didn’t get into Princeton University. That’s one of the many things I didn’t necessarily expect to learn when reading a new collection of reflections and speeches by and about the late Supreme Court justice, who died unexpectedly in February 2016. The collection centers around…

Rep. Ben Frederick, R-Owosso, right, welcomed the Rev. John R. Miller of Oakley Community Church to give the invocation before the Michigan House of Representatives this week. Joining them at the rostrum was Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield.

My Uber driver a few mornings ago didn’t mind the relatively short ride we embarked on. “Every trip counts,” he said, “no one is more or less important than the other.” We encounter so many people during the course of a day. Each and every one of them has a story.

OWOSSO — Every year in America, 60,000 families will receive the diagnosis that their son or daughter has an autism spectrum disorder.

VENICE TWP. — The Northwest Venice United Methodist Church is hosting its annual spring fellowship supper at 7 p.m. April 5.