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Everybody needs a friend. We all do better if we don’t have to slog through our difficulties all alone.

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In July 1973, our family moved to Dover, Delaware, where I assumed a pastorate. Joe Biden had been elected U.S. senator from that state the previous fall. Sometime in our first year, then-Senator Biden returned to the state to make a speech. As I recall, the event was held at a high school f…

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OWOSSO — The public is invited to enjoy fellowship and good music Friday at the Owosso Free Methodist Church.

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I read recently about Good Riddance Day, an event sponsored by an organization in New York City. It is patterned after a Latin American custom in which “New Year’s revelers stuffed dolls with objects representing bad memories before setting them on fire.”

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The 1860s were filled with despair for Henry. In July 1861, he awakened from a nap to find his wife’s dress on fire. He tried to extinguish the flames, first with a rug and then with his own body. But she had already suffered severe burns and died the next morning.

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OWOSSO — St. John’s United Church of Christ and the Shiawassee Hunger Network Food Pantry will be distributing food from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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OWOSSO — Richard and Nina DeVreese, graduates of Corunna High School who are serving as missionaries to Guatemala, will speak at First Church of Christ, 585 E. North St., at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday.

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Several years ago, “Christian Examiner” magazine carried a story about Kathi Macias, a mother and grandmother, who writes Christian fiction. One day while shopping she stopped and touched a young homeless woman on the shoulder and prayed quietly for her.

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MAPLE GROVE TWP. — A major renovation of St. Michael Catholic Church’s interior is more than 80% completed, with church leaders planning a 10 a.m. dedication on Dec. 19 — in time for Christmas.

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Bruce Thielemann suggested that Christianity is the only major religion that is immersed in music. Does any other religion have the variety and beauty of songs, hymns, and anthems that Christianity does?

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OWOSSO — The Owosso Free Methodist Church, 1249 N. Chipman St., is hosting a free jamboree from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3.

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Norman Vincent Peale wrote about going into a crowded hotel coffee shop in Indiana and sitting at a table near the window. Looking out the window at the rain, he said, “It sure is a bad day, isn’t it?”

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CHESANING — The Chesaning Area Ministerial Association is hosting its annual Community Thanksgiving Service at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Trinity United Methodist Church.

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OWOSSO TWP. — The animosity between U.S. and Japanese citizens during World War II was strong on both sides, but Americans seemed to resent the Japanese more because of the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor — and, in some cases, racism.

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OWOSSO — The Good News Guys, Jordan Sovis and Vinnie Lindquist, will lead the worship service at First Church of Christ at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 31.

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OWOSSO — The Community Christian Singles group is hosting a social event at the Owosso Free Methodist Church, 1249 N. Chipman St., from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 23.

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Decades ago, during the “golden age” of radio, when people gathered around their sets to listen to sporting events — much as they do now with television — a national radio network interviewed a well-known jockey. He was supposed to ride the favored horse in an important race, but the jockey …

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OWOSSO — The Greater Lansing Food Bank has announced a food distribution event at 3 p.m. Oct. 12, at the Owosso First Church of the Nazarene, 1865 N. M-52.

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BENNINGTON TWP. — The Pittsburg United Methodist Church will conduct a curbside butter-based chicken barbecue dinner.

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HAZLETON TWP. — More than a half dozen local charitable groups are sharing in a $100,000 donation from the Juddville United Methodist Church — a gift funded by a $2 million estate gift the church received nearly a decade ago.

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OWOSSO — The Salvation Army is hosting a free pig roast at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Citadel, 302 E. Exchange St.

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Before Lyndon B. Johnson was elected vice president and then became the 36th president of the United States, he served in the U.S. Senate. As majority leader, he often worked hard and late. Another senator complained to a colleague, “What’s all the hurry? Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

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DURAND — New Creation Church of Owosso is adding a second location in Durand with the aim of expanding its mission: helping people know God’s love for them.

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I recently heard the story of Bill Fong, who almost bowled a perfect 900. For those who don’t know much about bowling, 300 is a perfect game. It means the bowler knocked down all ten pins each time they threw the ball. But to bowl three perfect games in a row and score 900, that’s incredible…

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OWOSSO — New Creation Church is hosting a backpack outreach for families in Durand from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 14, or as long as supplies last.

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OWOSSO — Trinity United Methodist Church, 720 S. Shiawassee St., is hosting a drive-thru food bank from 5 to 6 p.m. each Wednesday.

OWOSSO TWP. — The animosity between U.S. and Japanese citizens during World War II was strong on both sides, but Americans seemed to resent the Japanese more because of the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor — and, in some cases, racism.

OWOSSO — The Good News Guys, Jordan Sovis and Vinnie Lindquist, will lead the worship service at First Church of Christ at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 31.

OWOSSO — The Community Christian Singles group is hosting a social event at the Owosso Free Methodist Church, 1249 N. Chipman St., from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 23.

Decades ago, during the “golden age” of radio, when people gathered around their sets to listen to sporting events — much as they do now with television — a national radio network interviewed a well-known jockey. He was supposed to ride the favored horse in an important race, but the jockey …

OWOSSO — The Greater Lansing Food Bank has announced a food distribution event at 3 p.m. Oct. 12, at the Owosso First Church of the Nazarene, 1865 N. M-52.

BENNINGTON TWP. — The Pittsburg United Methodist Church will conduct a curbside butter-based chicken barbecue dinner.

HAZLETON TWP. — More than a half dozen local charitable groups are sharing in a $100,000 donation from the Juddville United Methodist Church — a gift funded by a $2 million estate gift the church received nearly a decade ago.

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OWOSSO — The Salvation Army is hosting a free pig roast at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Citadel, 302 E. Exchange St.

Before Lyndon B. Johnson was elected vice president and then became the 36th president of the United States, he served in the U.S. Senate. As majority leader, he often worked hard and late. Another senator complained to a colleague, “What’s all the hurry? Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

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DURAND — New Creation Church of Owosso is adding a second location in Durand with the aim of expanding its mission: helping people know God’s love for them.

I recently heard the story of Bill Fong, who almost bowled a perfect 900. For those who don’t know much about bowling, 300 is a perfect game. It means the bowler knocked down all ten pins each time they threw the ball. But to bowl three perfect games in a row and score 900, that’s incredible…

OWOSSO — New Creation Church is hosting a backpack outreach for families in Durand from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 14, or as long as supplies last.

OWOSSO — Trinity United Methodist Church, 720 S. Shiawassee St., is hosting a drive-thru food bank from 5 to 6 p.m. each Wednesday.

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OWOSSO — There’s a new pastor at First United Methodist Church, and you might say she’s on a mission mission.

OWOSSO — Pastor Jerry Walden, of the Owosso Church of the Nazarene, invites the public to a patriotic presentation, “I Sing Of Thee, America” at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Students of history will tell you the Continental Army of 1776 had little chance against the powerful British army. The Brits were a well-discipline, well-trained fighting force. The Americans were neither … at first.

Having already suffered defeat at the hands of the ragtag, comparatively inexperienced army of the upstart Americans, ending the war for independence in 1783, the vastly better-trained and highly successful British forces did not want to suffer the same fate again only 31 years later.

Mark has been part of the church for many years, so I was surprised when I heard he was going to be baptized. I just assumed he had done that many years ago.

Did you ever get up on the proverbial wrong side of the bed? The day looked dismal before you ever got out of bed. You were pretty sure, even before you put your feet on the floor that it was going to be uphill all day.

OWOSSO — A drive-thru food pantry takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. each Wednesday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 720 S. Shiawassee St.

In December 2020, we moved to Owosso where we had lived from 1984 to 1993. From Owosso we had moved to Kansas, then Iowa, then Indiana, before moving back to Michigan. A friend joked that apparently I believed a moving target is harder to hit.

I have long admired Winston Churchill. So, I was disappointed in 1999 when Time magazine named Albert Einstein as the Person of the Century. As Charles Krauthammer pointed out, Einstein was certainly the best mind of the century and even the most admirable man of the century.

As a fan of David McCullough’s books, I recently read “The Pioneers,” his account of the brave men and women who founded Marietta, Ohio, one of the first settlements, not only in Ohio, but in the Northwest Territory.

Fifty-six years ago, the Palm Sunday tornado swept through the Midwest, doing enormous damage. Actually, it was a weather event, not just a single tornado. Over a period of 40 hours April 11-12, the outbreak spawned 55 tornadoes. It started in Cedar County, Iowa, and continued to Cuyahoga Co…

OWOSSO — A drive-thru food pantry takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. each Wednesday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 720 S. Shiawassee St.

OWOSSO — Stronghold Quartet, of the Howell/Fowlerville area, will present a concert for the mid-Michigan Community Christian Singles at 7 p.m. Saturday at Grace Bible Church, 216 Michigan Ave.

When George Washington put Rufus Putnam in charge of the defenses at Dorchester Heights overlooking Boston Harbor early in the Revolutionary War, Putnam had never read a book on military engineering and felt ill-equipped to accept the task.

As I was running some errands the other day, I noticed a car sitting alongside the highway. Its right front fender was damaged. A few yards south, a pickup truck sat alongside the highway with a damaged left rear section. It appeared to be a very fresh accident.

Did you know that one of our American presidents served under George Washington and served with Abraham Lincoln? For a time, he lived with Benjamin Franklin. According to biographer Harlow Giles Unger, this distinguished president, in his younger years, lunched with Lafayette, Jefferson, and…

LAINGSBURG — In observance of Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, the Laingsburg United Methodist Church, 210 Crum St., is providing multiple ways for people to participate in services, as well as the ceremonial placement of ashes, traditionally done in the form of a cross on a person’s forehead.

OWOSSO — The Community Christian Singles group is hosting its monthly program at 7 p.m. today at Grace Bible Church, 210 Michigan Ave.