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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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CORUNNA — Immanuel Baptist Church is hosting an evangelistic crusader Chris Miller at the Lebowsky Center downtown Owosso at 7 p.m. Thursday.The event is free and open to the public.

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OWOSSO — “Lifting Our Praise” will be the theme of Mike Reath and Lynn Webster Sunday at the Trinity United Methodist Church at 11:15 a.m. worship service.The church is located at 720 S. Shiawassee St.A combination of familiar songs and newer songs will be shared. A donation will be accepted…

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A clerk in an upscale hotel greeted a small man who asked for a room. The clerk was so unimpressed with the man that she told him no rooms were available. Just then the manager came out of his office and recognized the man. He whispered to the clerk that the small individual was Pierre Monte…

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Neil Clark Warren said a client came into his counseling office complaining she was dissatisfied with her life. When he asked what she thought the problem was, she said, “A better job would help — one with better pay and a better boss.

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“This … is a cri de coeur, a cry from the heart,” writes Bishop Robert Barron in his “Letter to a Suffering Church.” “I am a lifelong Catholic, and I’ve been a priest for 33 years and a bishop for four years. I have dedicated my life to the Church. The sexual abuse scandal has been for me, f…

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I’ve been on a boat for the last week, on the semi-annual National Review cruise. It’s a vacation mixed with political, cultural and religious analysis (we had a panel on the Vatican, among many other things). On the political front, more than a few of us appreciated being able to mark the e…

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OWOSSO — Owosso First United Methodist Church is hosting a concert featuring Randy and Marli Brown at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 in the sanctuary of the church, 1500 N. Water St.

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OVID — Shepardsville United Methodist Church, 6990 Winfield Rd., invites members of the community to attend Rural Life Sunday, Sept. 8.

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CORUNNA — Chapter 87 of Road Riders for Jesus, an international biker ministry, will host its annual meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at South 401 Restaurant in Corunna.

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OWOSSO — Grace Bible Church is inviting kids grades K-5 for bible lessons, crafts and games as part of Kids Clubhouse, from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4.

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An acoustic Jamboree is scheduled at the Owosso Free Methodist Church, 1249 N. Chipman St., from 5:30 to 8:30pm Friday, September 6. The public is invited to sing, play an instrument or just listen to the music.

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Several years ago, I heard John Maxwell tell about his nephew Troy, who came to live with John and his wife Margaret shortly after finishing college. The young man, who was blessed with a strong work ethic, was ambitious and wanted to be successful.

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Airports are places of joy, someone said to me a number of months ago — which actually startled me. I was asking him about joy in the world, and “airports” was about the last thing I expected him to come back with. Sometimes when I’m in an airport, I’m overwhelmed by how transitory so many o…

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OWOSSO — “Lifting Our Praise” is the theme of Mike Reath’s and Lynn Webster’s Sunday event when they sing at the First United Methodist Church at the 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. worship services.

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OWOSSO — During the late 1850s, several Lutheran families settled in the Owosso area, but there was no Lutheran church to attend.

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Americans who have been paying attention to arguments about religion in recent years know that two statistics have caused the most chatter in the digital public square, as well as coverage in the old-school press.

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There’s something about the Jeffrey Epstein story that’s hellish. I had already thought this before the high roller accused of sexual abuse apparently killed himself while being held in federal custody. I became more convinced of it as the news of his death broke and promptly became the topi…

Neil Clark Warren said a client came into his counseling office complaining she was dissatisfied with her life. When he asked what she thought the problem was, she said, “A better job would help — one with better pay and a better boss.

“This … is a cri de coeur, a cry from the heart,” writes Bishop Robert Barron in his “Letter to a Suffering Church.” “I am a lifelong Catholic, and I’ve been a priest for 33 years and a bishop for four years. I have dedicated my life to the Church. The sexual abuse scandal has been for me, f…

I’ve been on a boat for the last week, on the semi-annual National Review cruise. It’s a vacation mixed with political, cultural and religious analysis (we had a panel on the Vatican, among many other things). On the political front, more than a few of us appreciated being able to mark the e…

OWOSSO — Owosso First United Methodist Church is hosting a concert featuring Randy and Marli Brown at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 in the sanctuary of the church, 1500 N. Water St.

OVID — Shepardsville United Methodist Church, 6990 Winfield Rd., invites members of the community to attend Rural Life Sunday, Sept. 8.

CORUNNA — Chapter 87 of Road Riders for Jesus, an international biker ministry, will host its annual meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at South 401 Restaurant in Corunna.

OWOSSO — Grace Bible Church is inviting kids grades K-5 for bible lessons, crafts and games as part of Kids Clubhouse, from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4.

An acoustic Jamboree is scheduled at the Owosso Free Methodist Church, 1249 N. Chipman St., from 5:30 to 8:30pm Friday, September 6. The public is invited to sing, play an instrument or just listen to the music.

Several years ago, I heard John Maxwell tell about his nephew Troy, who came to live with John and his wife Margaret shortly after finishing college. The young man, who was blessed with a strong work ethic, was ambitious and wanted to be successful.

Airports are places of joy, someone said to me a number of months ago — which actually startled me. I was asking him about joy in the world, and “airports” was about the last thing I expected him to come back with. Sometimes when I’m in an airport, I’m overwhelmed by how transitory so many o…

OWOSSO — “Lifting Our Praise” is the theme of Mike Reath’s and Lynn Webster’s Sunday event when they sing at the First United Methodist Church at the 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. worship services.

OWOSSO — During the late 1850s, several Lutheran families settled in the Owosso area, but there was no Lutheran church to attend.

Americans who have been paying attention to arguments about religion in recent years know that two statistics have caused the most chatter in the digital public square, as well as coverage in the old-school press.

On my desk sits a clock I received as a promotional gift some years ago. It stopped running a while back. Obviously, it’s time to change the battery.

There’s something about the Jeffrey Epstein story that’s hellish. I had already thought this before the high roller accused of sexual abuse apparently killed himself while being held in federal custody. I became more convinced of it as the news of his death broke and promptly became the topi…

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…

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.

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

OWOSSO — The public is invited to a blessing of the schools at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 at Fayette Square.

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.

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…

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

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…

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.

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.

“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.

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.”

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…