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Rachel weeps. That biblical mother weeping for her children is all I could think of when I heard that that a California woman named Michelle Reaves had died in childbirth. She had been serving for the second time as a surrogate for a family. And while the baby was born, Reaves, a wife and mo…

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SHIAWASSEE TWP. — Cal Emerson has kept busy since retiring as the pastor at Northgate Wesleyan Church in 2012, penning five books with spiritual themes.

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Ray Ortlund Sr. told a great story about a family of raccoons that found their way into his backyard every springtime. These funny animals at mealtimes would wash their food in the Ortlunds’ swimming pool. The Ortlunds’ young son was amazed and at the same time was learning some truths in Su…

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The scene during the Vatican’s Christmas concert was simple and even childlike, as a young woman from Latin America instructed participants — including smiling cardinals — to fold their arms over their chests.

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“This time, with freedom!” Sisters Mary Karen and Mary Gabriel implored. It was a rare day for Sisters of Life from different convents to get to be together at the religious order’s motherhouse in the suburbs of New York. There, they gathered around an outdoor Nativity scene with fire for wa…

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It was a week before Christmas, and I found myself anxious and angry. I was paying more attention to minute-by-minute politics than I had on any other day of the year.

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During a dozen years of ministry, the Rev. Ted Giese estimates that he has performed 200 funerals and made 1,000 hospital visits to the sick and the dying. He also spends many hours in theaters, working on his movie reviews featured at The Canadian Lutheran website.

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BENNINGTON TWP. — The Pittsburg United Methodist Church, at M-52 and Grand River Road, is hosting a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. Dec. 24.

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CORUNNA — Christian musicians Mike Reath and Lynn Webster will share a potpourri of gospel classics and original songs at 5 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Corunna Church of the Nazarene, 230 N. Woodworth St.

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VENICE TWP. — The Northwest Venice United Methodist Church at the corner of Geeck and Wilkinson roads is conducting its annual program at 7 p.m. Dec. 22.

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The 1989 Cher song “If I Could Turn Back Time” comes to mind when I think about the end of the Kamala Harris’s campaign to be the Democratic candidate for president. Maybe you remember the song — “If I could turn back time/if I could find a way/I’d take back those words that’ve hurt you and …

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OWOSSO — St. Paul Catholic School will move to the former St. Joseph School for the fall of 2020, but will still carry the same name, school officials announced Friday afternoon via press release.

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SHIAWASSEE COUNTY — The Owosso Salvation Army’s ongoing annual Red Kettle Drive appears to have been targeted by thieves, impairing the charity’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

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VENICE TWP. — The Northwest Venice United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Geeck and Wilkinson roads, is having its annual Christmas Fellowship Supper at 7 p.m. Dec. 6.

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OWOSSO — Area residents will be able to watch the story of the first Christmas come to life, thanks to a reenactment of the birth of Jesus presented by the Owosso First United Methodist Church.

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OVID — A children’s Christmas musical, “The Present Is The Future,” will be performed at United Church of Ovid, 131 W. Front St., at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 8.

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BANCROFT — The 2019 Christmas Sing Along is slated for 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Bancroft United Methodist Church, 101 S. Beach St.

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OWOSSO TWP. — Santa Claus will stop at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2510 N. M-52, Dec. 15 for Supper with Santa.

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I had an overwhelming 48 hours in Washington, D.C. recently — a couple days that flew in the face of the cynicism we tend to feel about the place. Juan, who gave me a hug while he was waiting outside the homeless shelter, was a part of that, and so was Ivanka Trump.

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CHESANING — The Chesaning Area Ministerial Association invites the public to attend the annual community Thanksgiving service at 6 p.m. Nov. 24 at New Wine Full Gospel Church, 734 Brady St.

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Four-hundred forty-two thousand: That’s roughly the number of children in foster care in America. I was with a former foster child, now a mother herself, earlier this month. We were screening a short, powerful documentary called “I Lived on Parker Avenue,” about the challenges and rewards of…

The 1989 Cher song “If I Could Turn Back Time” comes to mind when I think about the end of the Kamala Harris’s campaign to be the Democratic candidate for president. Maybe you remember the song — “If I could turn back time/if I could find a way/I’d take back those words that’ve hurt you and …

OWOSSO — St. Paul Catholic School will move to the former St. Joseph School for the fall of 2020, but will still carry the same name, school officials announced Friday afternoon via press release.

SHIAWASSEE COUNTY — The Owosso Salvation Army’s ongoing annual Red Kettle Drive appears to have been targeted by thieves, impairing the charity’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

VENICE TWP. — The Northwest Venice United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Geeck and Wilkinson roads, is having its annual Christmas Fellowship Supper at 7 p.m. Dec. 6.

OWOSSO — Area residents will be able to watch the story of the first Christmas come to life, thanks to a reenactment of the birth of Jesus presented by the Owosso First United Methodist Church.

OVID — A children’s Christmas musical, “The Present Is The Future,” will be performed at United Church of Ovid, 131 W. Front St., at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 8.

BANCROFT — The 2019 Christmas Sing Along is slated for 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Bancroft United Methodist Church, 101 S. Beach St.

OWOSSO TWP. — Santa Claus will stop at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2510 N. M-52, Dec. 15 for Supper with Santa.

I had an overwhelming 48 hours in Washington, D.C. recently — a couple days that flew in the face of the cynicism we tend to feel about the place. Juan, who gave me a hug while he was waiting outside the homeless shelter, was a part of that, and so was Ivanka Trump.

CHESANING — The Chesaning Area Ministerial Association invites the public to attend the annual community Thanksgiving service at 6 p.m. Nov. 24 at New Wine Full Gospel Church, 734 Brady St.

Four-hundred forty-two thousand: That’s roughly the number of children in foster care in America. I was with a former foster child, now a mother herself, earlier this month. We were screening a short, powerful documentary called “I Lived on Parker Avenue,” about the challenges and rewards of…

Jayson Gonzalez loves Krispy Kreme doughnuts. The problem: There hasn’t been a Krispy Kreme store in Minnesota for 11 years.

OWOSSO — Nelson-House Funeral Home is offering, “Hope and Healing” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at D’Mar Banquet & Conference Center, 1488 N. M-52.

hen actor Gary Sinise and his wife Moira’s third child, Ella, was born, she had three holes in her heart. They were frightened, but the cardiologist told them sometimes these holes close on their own, so he recommended waiting a while — actually, a few years — before deciding whether surgery…

U.S. cardinals needed someone who was willing, in the spring of 2002, to face waves of microphones and cameras and answer questions about a clergy sexual abuse crisis that kept growing more and more intense.

We will observe Reformation Day on Oct. 31, the day when Martin Luther is said to have nailed his ninety-five theses to the door of the Wittenburg Castle Church in 1517. Whether it actually happened exactly that way or not, there is no question that Martin Luther has had a tremendous impact …

When preparing the 2016 Democratic Party platform, the drafting committee promised: “We will do everything we can to protect religious minorities and the fundamental right of freedom to worship and believe.”

OWOSSO — The First Church of Christ will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 18-25.

A seminar for those experiencing grief of a loved one and trying to navigate the holidays will be presented from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019.

 OWOSSO — Grace Bible Church — 201 Michigan Ave. — will host a Trunk or Treat from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Hawaii congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard recently made some comments that give me a glimmer of hope for a turn in our abortion politics. Once pro-life, Gabbard told interviewer Dave Rubin that her military deployment to Iraq changed her perspective and that sh…

A couple of cowpunchers went out on the range to bring in a wild steer from the mountains. They took with them a shaggy, little, gray donkey — a burro. A big 3-year-old steer that’s been running loose in the timber is a tough customer. Nevertheless, the cowboys had a technique for handling t…

BENNINGTON TWP. — The Pittsburg United Methodist Church will host its annual butter-basted chicken dinner from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Bennington Township Hall, 5849 S. M-52.

OWOSSO TWP. — An outdoor meditation gathering is planned at 11 a.m. Sunday at the DeVries Nature Conservancy, 2635 N. M-52.

OWOSSO — The community is invited to a Peace of Mind seminar at 6 pm Oct. 13 at the First United Methodist Church, 1500 N. Water St.

There is no record that political pollsters in ancient Rome even knew that Jesus of Nazareth told a Jewish leader named Nicodemus that he needed to be “born again” in order see the Kingdom of God.

The Owosso Salvation Army Citadel on Exchange Street is repaving its parking lot this week. Lt. Justin Steckbauer said the project is expected to take a few days to complete. Steckbauer said visitors to the citadel will need to park on the street until work is complete, however, the site rem…

Anne Graham Lotz has done her share of thinking about the past, present and future of evangelism — which is understandable, since her father, Billy Graham, liked to call her the “best preacher in the family.”

OWOSSO — An acoustic jamboree is scheduled at the Owosso Free Methodist Church, 1249 N. Chipman St., from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 4.

OWOSSO — The Community Choir is in need of voices for its annual Union Thanksgiving Concert, sponsored by the Owosso Area Ministerial Association.Practices will are at 7 p.m. each Monday at the First Congregational Church, 327 N. Washington St., beginning Oct. 7.For information, call (989) 7…

OWOSSO — Kaitlin Donihue, of Justice For All, will conduct a training session at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2510 N. M-52, from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 1 to equip Christians to respond to justifications for abortion.