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I wasn’t quite sure what the chaos was about as I sat at an open-air diner on the West Side of Manhattan the other night, trying to stay away from news and get a little work done. Times Square was sent into a panic when people thought a motorcycle backfiring was a gunshot. Broadway shows emp…

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OWOSSO — Owosso residents, the Rev. Deb Grazier (pastor of Owosso’s First Congregational Church) and Mike Bassett (deacon at St. George Orthodox Church in Flint), have joined together to offer the community a travel opportunity.

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BENNINGTON TWP. — The final closure of the Burton Community Methodist Church is slated for 10 a.m. Aug. 18 at 510 N. Baldwin Road.

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VICTOR TWP. — Laingsburg United Methodist Church is inviting the public to bring animals of all sizes and types to its first Blessing of the Animals event from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Aug. 17 at Victor Township Hall, 6843 E. Alward Road.

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I was sitting at a policy roundtable in Washington, D.C., just hours after the recent Democratic presidential primary debates. It was the kind of conference-room event where acronyms for programs most of America has never heard of are earnestly discussed. If you were mischievous, you might s…

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OWOSSO — The 2019 SUMMERPraise! season continues at 7:30 p.m. Sunday when The Calvarymen Quartet makes their final Owosso appearance.

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Can you imagine losing count of your kids? It could be quite easy if your home was as open as Karen Quinn’s.Over the course of three decades, she and her husband have been foster parents to “well over 30” children. They adopted five of them, and are legal guardians to another.Karen’s husband…

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Brides and grooms sometimes get cold feet shortly before the wedding. In some cases all the planning for the wedding and the reception have left them exhausted. They may be not only physically exhausted but emotionally spent, and that may lead to doubt. “Are we doing the right thing?” they ask.

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OWOSSO — Freshly graduated from the Salvation Army Training College in Chicago, Lt. Justin Steckbauer is eagerly jumping into his very first post-training assignment, serving as the officer with the Owosso Salvation Army.

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“God be good to him — we sure weren’t,” was the prayer that came to mind when I saw the news that Vincent Lambert had died. He died nine days after being taken off food and water following a long legal battle.

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Fifty years ago, at 10:56 p.m. July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped off the ladder of the lunar module and, as the first man to set foot on the moon, said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

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OWOSSO — The Rev. Mike Cooper invites gospel music lovers to help celebrate the St. Johns United Church of Christ’s 125th anniversary Sunday as Stronghold Quartet shares its musical message at 4 p.m.

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OWOSSO — The SUMMERPraise! season continues at 7:30p.m. Sunday when the Justified Quartet returns to the Mitchell Amphitheater Stage at 225 N. Water St.

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OWOSSO — Sunday, the Rev. Steffani Glygoroff delivered a sermon at Henderson United Methodist Church, then drove to Chapin United Methodist Church and did the same thing.

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I took my car in to be serviced the other day, taking with me the license plate that had come in the mail. After conveniently renewing the plates on the internet, I was surprised when a completely new plate came instead of the little sticker that’s placed in the upper right corner of the pla…

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“As pro-lifers, we must stand with the vulnerable wherever and whenever we see them suffering.” Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa is the founder of the New Wave Feminists, and she is explaining to me how she came to be involved in organizing a fundraising drive for supplies for asylum seekers at th…

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OWOSSO — The 2019 SUMMERPraise! season opens at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Don and Metta Mitchell Amphitheater, 225 N. Water St. when the Hendersonville, Tennessee, trio, Three Bridges returns.

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I watched a news report this week when President Donald Trump gave Staff Sgt. David Bellavia the Congressional Medal of Honor, the first living Iraq War veteran to be so honored. It reminded me of another Medal of Honor winner who actually received more notoriety for something else he did.

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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. A few weeks back, I was part of a conversation about gr…

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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. A few weeks back, I was part of a conversation about gr…

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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!”

OWOSSO — The Rev. Mike Cooper invites gospel music lovers to help celebrate the St. Johns United Church of Christ’s 125th anniversary Sunday as Stronghold Quartet shares its musical message at 4 p.m.

OWOSSO — The SUMMERPraise! season continues at 7:30p.m. Sunday when the Justified Quartet returns to the Mitchell Amphitheater Stage at 225 N. Water St.

Remember the game we used to play, in which person A tells person B a “secret?”; then B tells C and so forth until the whispered message arrives at person Z.

OWOSSO — Sunday, the Rev. Steffani Glygoroff delivered a sermon at Henderson United Methodist Church, then drove to Chapin United Methodist Church and did the same thing.

I took my car in to be serviced the other day, taking with me the license plate that had come in the mail. After conveniently renewing the plates on the internet, I was surprised when a completely new plate came instead of the little sticker that’s placed in the upper right corner of the pla…

“As pro-lifers, we must stand with the vulnerable wherever and whenever we see them suffering.” Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa is the founder of the New Wave Feminists, and she is explaining to me how she came to be involved in organizing a fundraising drive for supplies for asylum seekers at th…

OWOSSO — The 2019 SUMMERPraise! season opens at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Don and Metta Mitchell Amphitheater, 225 N. Water St. when the Hendersonville, Tennessee, trio, Three Bridges returns.

I watched a news report this week when President Donald Trump gave Staff Sgt. David Bellavia the Congressional Medal of Honor, the first living Iraq War veteran to be so honored. It reminded me of another Medal of Honor winner who actually received more notoriety for something else he did.

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. A few weeks back, I was part of a conversation about gr…

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. A few weeks back, I was part of a conversation about gr…

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.

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.”

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.

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!”

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…

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…

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.

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.

“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.…

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.

“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.…

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 …