Christian Churches – Hellven http://hellven.org/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 10:30:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://hellven.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-2-32x32.png Christian Churches – Hellven http://hellven.org/ 32 32 Reformed Church in America divides as Conservatives form …… | News and reports https://hellven.org/reformed-church-in-america-divides-as-conservatives-form-news-and-reports/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 23:12:05 +0000 https://hellven.org/reformed-church-in-america-divides-as-conservatives-form-news-and-reports/ On New Years Day, 43 Reformed Church in America (RCA) congregations split from the national denomination, one of the oldest Protestant organizations in the United States, in part because of theological differences regarding same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBT clergy. The departure of theologically conservative congregations to the new group, the Alliance of Reformed […]]]>

On New Years Day, 43 Reformed Church in America (RCA) congregations split from the national denomination, one of the oldest Protestant organizations in the United States, in part because of theological differences regarding same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBT clergy.

The departure of theologically conservative congregations to the new group, the Alliance of Reformed Churches (ARC), leaves some who remain in the ACR worried about the survival of the denomination. Before the split, the nearly 400-year-old denomination had fewer than 200,000 members and 1,000 churches.

At least 125 churches of various denominations are in discussions with ARC leaders about membership.

“Realistically, this is a large group of conservative churches that also provide a lot of income for the denomination. I really think the mass exodus of all these conservative churches is going to put CAR in a very difficult financial position, ”said Steven Rodriguez, a church planter from CAR in Brockport, New York. “I doubt that the CAR will be financially viable for long. “

The move follows the October decision of the ARC General Synod to adopt measures for a “grace-filled separation” with departing churches and to appoint a team to develop a restructuring plan for those that remain. .

The new denomination, in addition to not affirming same-sex marriage or ordination of LGBT people, will place a strong emphasis on church planting and feature a flexible organizational model intended to foster theological alignment and leadership. effective decision, according to CRA officials.

“We are passionate about having this remnant of believers part of the reform and revival in the northern hemisphere,” said Tim Vink, director of spiritual leadership and outreach for the new denomination. “Part of our strategic thinking is to design things for the 21st century that allow for more gospel-saturated churches and more disciples.”

Other conservative churches in the CAR, as well as those of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, the Reformed Christian Church in North America (CRC), and the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), are also in attendance. in the process of discerning whether they should join the CRA, according to Vink.

Other groups, such as Kingdom Network, a group of five churches in Indiana and Illinois, have formed and expect to absorb conservative churches leaving CAR.

Vink said the new alignment will promote growth. “We want to be a safe landing platform for churches in the short term, but in the long run we want to be a serious launching pad for the church, in mission, in the world,” he said. declared.

The launch of the ARC is part of a larger realignment within North American Protestantism. The past two decades have seen conservative Episcopalians, Presbyterians and Lutherans form their own denominations, and United Methodists should consider a denominational split in the fall.

A theologically and politically diverse denomination that dates back to the arrival of Dutch settlers in Manhattan in the 1620s, the CAR has been debating sexuality and LGBT inclusion since the 1970s. In 2018, the General Synod of the CAR formed a team responsible for discerning whether the CAR should stay together, restructure or separate. The team ultimately suggested a path involving the three paths, but the meeting to vote on the team’s proposals was delayed for 16 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the meantime, approximately 15 ACR congregational, regional, and strategic leaders began to virtually meet to envision a future outside of the denomination. Part of that future, they believed, involved theological unity in the interpretation of Scripture.

“We believe that if the church is to be successful in the 21st century, it must be fueled by a more agile structure and it must be more theologically aligned than theologically diverse,” said Dan Ackerman, director of organizational leadership. of the CRA.

Joel Baar, an ARC board member and alumnus of the Fellowship Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan, who chose to join the ARC by 604 to 9 votes, said the theological conformity of the ARC made part of what attracted his congregation.

“As CAR tried to define and clarify marriage,” Barr said, “and efforts had been made over the decades in this regard, there was still this tension within CAR over whether the Bible was or was not the full authority of God. Word. We started to feel at Fellowship that we no longer belonged to RCA.

But theological differences remain even within the new denomination. While the understanding of marriage between a man and a woman is a “first level” theological belief, Ackerman explained, the question of the ordination of women is a “second level problem” that local leaders can address in their own lives. own contexts.

Every five years, the organization and individual congregations will assess how well they serve each other and whether they should remain partners in ministry, Ackerman said. “Word Alliance involves a choice that occurs so that you can accomplish a certain thing, and then you reassess and say, is that alliance still useful for the next chapter? “

The ARC will replace national in-person conferences with video calls, digital messaging platforms and other forms of virtual communication to make decisions more efficiently, organizers said. Its board of directors already meets twice a month to speed up response times.

The creation of the ARC, coupled with the decisions of the ACR at the General Synod, put many ACR congregations in the position of deciding whether or not to remain in the ACR.

Baar says the decision to leave RCA was not straightforward. “My roots in CAR run deep,” he said, saying part of his followers’ discernment regarding leaving the denomination was “a process of mourning.”

The Faith Reformed Church in Zeeland, Michigan, has also taken the time to discern its relationship with the CAR. For now, the congregation has decided to stay in CAR. But staying is not easy either.

“We mourn for some of the people who are no longer in the denomination. There are churches that we have planted that are going to leave, there are children that we have raised in the church who are pastors of churches that are leaving, ”said Senior Pastor Jonathan Elgersma. “We think there must be room to lament.”

The leadership of RCA has reached out to its congregations, hoping to share with them the growing diversity of RCA and its new international church and mission planting partnerships, which includes its old global mission organization. of 375 years which supports approximately 100 missionaries and partners with its 8.5 million dollars. endowments.

Yet CAR is also committed to allowing departing churches to leave on good terms. “We want to bless our brothers and sisters who choose to find another denominational family,” said Christina Tazelaar, director of communications for RCA.

ARC also appears dedicated to a smooth transition, and ARC pastors say they are open to continuing to partner with ARC. “We bless RCA, we pray for RCA,” Vink said.

Elgersma also hopes the RCA and RCA will stay in conversation. “Are we loyal enough to respect the whole kingdom, listen to each other and learn from each other? he said. “I really hope this is where we land as this plays out.”

But, said Vink, “the October General Synod made it clear to many conservative churches that now is the time to seek a new skin.”


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Message from the Pope for Mission Day: Every Christian is a witness of Christ in daily life https://hellven.org/message-from-the-pope-for-mission-day-every-christian-is-a-witness-of-christ-in-daily-life/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 10:21:27 +0000 https://hellven.org/message-from-the-pope-for-mission-day-every-christian-is-a-witness-of-christ-in-daily-life/ Pope Francis releases his message for World Mission Day 2022, celebrated on October 23, and urges all Christians to proclaim Christ’s message of salvation in all aspects of our daily lives. By Devin Watkins Since 1926, the Church has celebrated World Mission Day, which falls in 2022 on October 23. As the Church celebrates Epiphany […]]]>

Pope Francis releases his message for World Mission Day 2022, celebrated on October 23, and urges all Christians to proclaim Christ’s message of salvation in all aspects of our daily lives.

By Devin Watkins

Since 1926, the Church has celebrated World Mission Day, which falls in 2022 on October 23.

As the Church celebrates Epiphany on Thursday, Pope Francis released his message for the event focused on the theme, “You Will Be My Witnesses” (Acts 1: 8).

“You will be my witnesses”

The Pope reflected on three foundations of “the life and mission of each disciple”. The first, he said, is “the call of every Christian to bear witness to Christ”, calling it “the heart of Jesus’ teaching to the disciples.”

Pope Francis said that Christ was the first to be sent to proclaim, as the Father’s missionary and as his “faithful witness”.

“Every Christian is called to be a missionary and a witness of Christ. And the Church, the community of Christ’s disciples, has no other mission than to bring the Gospel to the whole world by witnessing to Christ. Evangelizing is the very identity of the Church.

Living in a missionary key

The Pope said that every baptized Christian is called to accomplish the mission of the Church in a communal manner, even in the ordinary activities of our daily life.

Christians, he added, are sent on mission by the Church in the name of Christ, and never on our own initiative. He noted that Jesus sent the disciples in pairs because “Christians’ testimony to Christ is primarily of a communal nature.”

“The disciples are invited to live their personal lives in a missionary key: they are sent by Jesus into the world not only to accomplish, but also and above all to live the mission entrusted to them; not only to bear witness, but also and above all to be witnesses of Christ.

Missionaries, Pope Francis said, proclaim the Good News of God’s salvation in Christ, not their own powers or qualities of persuasion.

“In evangelization,” he added, “the example of a Christian life and the proclamation of Christ are inseparable. One is at the service of the other.

“To the end of the earth”

Pope Francis then envisioned a second foundation for Christian mission: “to the ends of the earth”.

He said the early disciples gradually broadened the scope of their mission and experienced an image of the Church “going out” and guided by divine Providence, not the desire to proselytize.

In the face of persecution, the early Christians fled their homeland, taking the gospel with them to new countries, which is happening today.

Pope Francis added that the phrase “to the ends of the earth” also challenges modern Christians to proclaim Christ to those who have yet to meet him.

“The Church of Christ will continue to” advance “towards new geographical, social and existential horizons, towards” borderline “places and human situations, in order to bear witness to Christ and to his love for men and women of all peoples. , cultures and social status. “

“The power of the Holy Spirit”

The Pope then approached the third foundation of the mission: “You will receive the power of the Holy Spirit”.

He said the Spirit broke the bonds of fear of the apostles in the early days after Jesus’ death and resurrection.

The Spirit prompted St. Peter to deliver his missionary address to the people of Jerusalem, as the Acts recount, marking the beginning of an “era in which the disciples of Jesus evangelized the world.”

Pope Francis added that Christians are only able to bear “a full and authentic witness of Christ the Lord without the inspiration and assistance of the Spirit.

“All missionary disciples of Christ are called to recognize the essential importance of the work of the Spirit, to dwell daily in His presence, and to receive His unwavering strength and direction. Indeed, it is precisely when we feel tired, demotivated or confused that we must remember to have recourse to the Holy Spirit in prayer.

Prayer, said the Pope, plays an important role in missionary life because it “enables us to be refreshed and strengthened by the Spirit as an inexhaustible divine source of renewed energy and joy to share the life of Christ with others “.

Notable missionary birthdays

Pope Francis then said that 2022 sees several notable anniversaries in the missionary spirit of the Church.

The first is the 400e anniversary since the founding of the Sacred Congregation The Fide Propaganda, today Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

This year also marks the 200e anniversary of the founding of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith by a young French woman, Pauline Jaricot, who will be beatified in 2022.

100 years ago, Pope Saint Paul VI granted the Company the status of “Pontifical”, together with the Association of the Holy Childhood and the Company of Saint Peter the Apostle.

Pope Francis prayed that the local Churches “find in these Societies a sure way of fostering the missionary spirit among the People of God”.

New era of Christian mission

In conclusion, the Pope expressed his dream of seeing a “completely missionary Church and a new era of missionary activity among Christian communities”.

“Would we all be in the Church what we already are by virtue of baptism: prophets, witnesses, missionaries of the Lord, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to the ends of the earth! Mary, Queen of Missions, pray for us!


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The Shincheonji Church of Jesus begins its seminar to unravel the secrets of heaven https://hellven.org/the-shincheonji-church-of-jesus-begins-its-seminar-to-unravel-the-secrets-of-heaven/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 14:40:00 +0000 https://hellven.org/the-shincheonji-church-of-jesus-begins-its-seminar-to-unravel-the-secrets-of-heaven/ Seoul, South Korea, January 4, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Enabled January 3, 2022, Shincheonji Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony (President Lee man-hee, “Shincheonji Church”) began his lecture series on explaining the parables of the Bible, which are essential to understanding the secrets of heaven. The Shincheonji Church of […]]]>

Seoul, South Korea, January 4, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Enabled January 3, 2022, Shincheonji Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony (President Lee man-hee, “Shincheonji Church”) began his lecture series on explaining the parables of the Bible, which are essential to understanding the secrets of heaven.

President Lee man-hee from Shincheonji Church was the first speaker at “Shincheonji Online Seminar: Witness to Parables of Heaven’s Secrets and Their True Meanings,” which was broadcast on the church’s official YouTube channel. During his lecture, President Lee explained in detail why the secrets of heaven were written in parables, why we need to understand the true meanings of parables, and how we can.

During his lecture, President Lee first explained why the prophecies of the Bible are written in parables, saying, “God said in Psalm 78 to tell future generations the things that were hidden from long ago by speaking in parables. . This is why Jesus came and spoke in parables concerning the prophecies of Revelation and the four gospels. ”

President Lee also said, “It is said in the Bible that things will not stay in parables forever, but there comes a time when things will be said clearly, that is when the prophecies in parables will be fulfilled. He added, “The true entities of the prophecies appear once they are fulfilled. These true entities will be revealed in future conferences.

“I am not God, Jesus or the Lord of any religion. I was just a country farmer, but Jesus chose me one day and showed me how the prophecies were fulfilled. He is my testimony, ”President Lee said. “Jesus chose a person to be his messenger and made him see, hear and testify of all the events of Revelation for the churches. The tribal leaders have testified to such content recently (through the seminars of the ‘Apocalypse).”

President Lee said that the testimony of Revelation has been given in previous seminars, but since the Book of Revelation is recorded with parables, there can be difficult content for many people. Through the parable seminars, which are equivalent to the elementary course at Zion Christian Mission Center, the education center run by the Shincheonji Church, President Lee said attendees will clearly perceive the true meaning of parables in the Bible and the content of the Book of Revelation.

President Lee said, “There are elementary, intermediate, and advanced classes (at Zion Christian Mission Center). You have to understand the elementary course to understand the whole Bible, so this is a must. This is why this explanation of parables began. He noted that the intermediate and advanced courses will also be preached to the whole world. To pastors in particular, President Lee said, “You should record these lectures and take notes. If there is anything that needs to be done. corrected, please let us know. Applaud if they did a good job and let’s be one under the truth. ”

Online seminars will take place March 28e, Monday and Thursday at 10:00 a.m. (KST), for a total of 24 seminars. Instructors from the Zion Christian Mission Center will lead this seminar series, and it will be broadcast in 24 languages ​​through the church’s official YouTube channel.

The main topics of the seminar will include: Two kinds of spirits; Basic Bible knowledge; Figurative seed, field, tree and bird; Figured foods and yeasts; Figurative bowl, scales and staff; Figurative fire, Censer, Pot; Figurative light, candlestick, blind, deaf and wedding clothes; Figurative and rich treasure; Figurative stone and idol – a total of 24 subjects.

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Coptic Museum of Egypt presents the history of Coptic Christianity in Egypt https://hellven.org/coptic-museum-of-egypt-presents-the-history-of-coptic-christianity-in-egypt/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 10:57:00 +0000 https://hellven.org/coptic-museum-of-egypt-presents-the-history-of-coptic-christianity-in-egypt/ CAIRO – January 2, 2022: The Coptic Museum is one of the oldest and most important Egyptian museums. It houses the largest and most important collection of Coptic artifacts in the world, with around 16,000 pieces. The museum was inaugurated in 1910 by Morcos Samika Pasha, who is considered one of the most important Christian […]]]>

CAIRO – January 2, 2022: The Coptic Museum is one of the oldest and most important Egyptian museums. It houses the largest and most important collection of Coptic artifacts in the world, with around 16,000 pieces.

The museum was inaugurated in 1910 by Morcos Samika Pasha, who is considered one of the most important Christian figures in Egypt. Samika was interested in the preservation of Coptic heritage.

Construction of the museum began in 1908 at the hands of Morcos Samika Pasha (1944-1864), the first director of an Egyptian museum, and with the support of the Coptic Church represented by Pope Kyrollos V, Patriarch No.211. The museum was officially opened on March 14, 1910.

The museum is located in the Misr Al-Qadmia district (the complex of religions), within the walls of the Roman fortress of Babylon, surrounded by a cluster of the oldest and most important churches in Egypt, including the church of the Virgin Mary, the Hanging Church and the Church of Abu Serga. This is in addition to the oldest synagogue (Ben Ezra), which dates back to the 9th century. A few minutes walk from the museum is the Amr Ibn Al-Aas Mosque.

The museum’s collection of antiques presents Coptic history from its beginnings in Egypt and during its prosperity.

The origins of Coptic Christianity in Egypt can be traced back to St. Mark’s visit to the city of Alexandria in the first century.

The antiques on display in the museum depict the blend of Coptic art with dominant cultures, including Pharaonic, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman cultures, and the evolution of its own identity.

The museum’s large collection contains beautifully illuminated manuscripts, icons, intricately carved woodwork, and elaborate frescoes decorated with religious scenes, which have survived ancient monasteries and churches.


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Why is Christianity on its way to becoming a minority religion in the UK? https://hellven.org/why-is-christianity-on-its-way-to-becoming-a-minority-religion-in-the-uk/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 21:08:34 +0000 https://hellven.org/why-is-christianity-on-its-way-to-becoming-a-minority-religion-in-the-uk/ In the grip of the pandemic and its declining relevance in society, the Church of England is struggling to keep the faithful from going astray. Perhaps for the first time in a thousand years, the number of people claiming to be Christians in England and Wales is close to falling below 50%, according to data […]]]>

In the grip of the pandemic and its declining relevance in society, the Church of England is struggling to keep the faithful from going astray.

Perhaps for the first time in a thousand years, the number of people claiming to be Christians in England and Wales is close to falling below 50%, according to data from the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) -United.

Earlier this month, the 2011 census figures were updated and the picture they paint is grim for the future of Christians in the country.

In 2011, nearly 60 percent of people identified as Christians. Now that figure is only 51 percent. Additionally, the 2021 census results are widely believed to represent a further drop in those numbers, likely making England and Wales a predominantly non-Christian nation.

In an attempt to stop the decline in the number of worshipers, the Church has spent more than $ 335 million on a “renewal and reform“program between 2017-2020, apparently without much success.

The Church of England, which represents most Christians and churches across the country, called the challenge “serious and deeply rooted.”

From challenges the Church faces is an aging congregation (the average age of the church attended is 61), a decline in the number of salaried members of the clergy, a lack of vision among some members of the clergy to create a “brighter future”, a lack of leadership to consider future challenges and institutional inertia.

The Church of England, founded over 500 years ago, sits atop some of the country’s most prestigious real estate grounds.

Some have felt that the Church of England has more than $ 29 billion in assets And one donation $ 11.7 billion, which generated approximately $ 1.3 billion annually as of 2019.

In addition to this, the Church of England advantages state grants that mean millions of dollars are spent on maintaining some of the country’s most iconic, culturally significant and architecturally rich buildings.

Money is therefore not much of an issue for the Church of England. So what is driving this seemingly inexorable decline for an institution that has been so central to the fabric of the nation?

Pandemic

Go to any English city center and visitors encounter cathedral totem poles that have shaped the spiritual landscape for centuries.

Their greatness, however, is no longer matched by a congregation.

A average congregation in any given week in an Anglican church, he was only 27 years old in 2019, and that was before the Covid-19 pandemic shut down much of daily life for the past two years .

According to the Church’s own figures, the Covid-19 pandemic has catalyzed the downward trend in attendance.

Earlier this year, the Church of England predicted that the pandemic could see nearly 20% of the faithful not returning to the Church, which would be one of the most dramatic declines in Church history.

The pandemic has also resulted in a 20% drop in donations, which has made many churches financially viable, which in turn will likely lead to a decline in the number of paid clergy.

All faiths are not the same

While the Church of England has seen a decline in attendance, evangelical Christian groups have gone to the opposite direction.

Known for their lively and exuberant gatherings, they attracted a younger cohort or followers. Less stifling and devoid of ceremonial pomp, they won over a group of people eager to live the faith differently.

And while England may become less Christian, she does not necessarily become less religious.

A die the fastest growing faiths in England are Islam. Between 2001 and 2009, Islam grew ten times faster than most other faith groups. A mix of conversation, higher birth rates and migration have contributed to this sharp increase.

In some cases abandoned churches have even been converted into mosques and, in a sense, staying true to the original intent of the buildings.

Can the Church of England take a break?

A study examining the impact of churches on British society found that “old churches, with their spiritual atmospheres and social activity, are worth £ 55 billion in economic and social value to the UK each year”.

Would English cities be worse without these great constructions in the power of faith? A growing number of activists seem to believe so and, in the process, seek to nudge an institution that permeates conservatism to adapt and meet the challenges it faces.

More and more Church of England parishes are opening up to be healthier community centers and establish pantries for those who are struggling to make ends meet.

In order to demystify its image, a Church has even become a post office.

But such is the challenge facing the Church that such measures alone may not be enough. Divine intervention could be the Church of England’s last and best hope.

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Gunmen storm Russian Christian conference https://hellven.org/gunmen-storm-russian-christian-conference/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 05:02:13 +0000 https://hellven.org/gunmen-storm-russian-christian-conference/ Russia (MNN) – Armed men stormed a Christian conference near Moscow, Russia. They threw men, women and children to the ground and kicked several pastors. Participants believed terrorists were attacking them. In reality, they were officers of the Russian Federal Security Service. Floyd Brobbel with the Voice of the Martyrs Canada said, “The leaders of […]]]>

Russia (MNN) – Armed men stormed a Christian conference near Moscow, Russia. They threw men, women and children to the ground and kicked several pastors. Participants believed terrorists were attacking them.

In reality, they were officers of the Russian Federal Security Service. Floyd Brobbel with the Voice of the Martyrs Canada said, “The leaders of this conference said they had organized everything legally. And everything was ready to go. There shouldn’t have been a problem or a backlash like the ones these security forces were facing. But it seems to me that there is some confusion. Earlier in the year, further changes were made to religious legislation. And this legislation is a bit difficult to understand.

These new laws target extremist religious groups or terrorist financing. Brobbel says, “So part of that makes sense, doesn’t it? You don’t want groups funding terrorism. But what does it mean to be involved in an extremist religion? “

The legislation also targets “unwanted foreigners,” saying they cannot lead a religious group. This designation is also confusing. Brobbel says, “These overseas-trained religious leaders must be recertified and retrained in Russia. Churches must register with governments on an annual basis.

Government bias

Because the laws are worded so loosely, security forces often interpret them as they go. Different groups often receive different treatment in Russia. The Russian Orthodox Church has very few problems. Evangelical and Protestant Christians face more discrimination. Jehovah’s Witnesses Have Faced More persecution than any other religious group in Russia. Brobbel says, “This kind of bias comes from the government down.”

Ask God to comfort Russian Christians facing harassment or violence. Brobbel said, “Pray that they will continue to be salt and light, that they continue to speak the truth, that they continue to love their neighbor, and that they continue to boldly proclaim the gospel.

The header photo shows members of the Russian Federal Security Service on a mission in 2010. (Photo courtesy of the RIA Novosti Archives, Image # 835340 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons)


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Hayden, Wanda L. 1936-2021 Worth, Missouri | Obituary https://hellven.org/hayden-wanda-l-1936-2021-worth-missouri-obituary/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 06:00:00 +0000 https://hellven.org/hayden-wanda-l-1936-2021-worth-missouri-obituary/ WORTH, Mo. -Wanda Louise Pierson Hayden, 85, of Worth, Missouri, formerly of Nodaway County, Missouri, died Friday, December 24, 2021 at Pine View Manor. in Stanberry, Missouri. She was born on October 31, 1936, on a farm one mile north of Quitman, Missouri, the only child of Ernest Lee Pierson and Louie Marjorie Garner Pierson. […]]]>

WORTH, Mo. -Wanda Louise Pierson Hayden, 85, of Worth, Missouri, formerly of Nodaway County, Missouri, died Friday, December 24, 2021 at Pine View Manor. in Stanberry, Missouri. She was born on October 31, 1936, on a farm one mile north of Quitman, Missouri, the only child of Ernest Lee Pierson and Louie Marjorie Garner Pierson. Her family lived on several different farms and attended rural primary schools in Lone Valley, Sunrise and Ireland. In 1954, she graduated from Pickering High School after spending part of her freshman year at Woodland, Washington, High School. When her parents moved from Washington to Southern California, she returned to Pickering for her senior year and lived with Bertha C. Ingels Neal, helping with household chores.

On December 21, 1953, in Orange, California, she married Harold E. Hayden and while pursuing a doctorate in veterinary medicine at Columbia, she worked for the University of Missouri in the department of accounting and statistics from the School of Business and Public Administration, then for two food and nutrition specialists at the Missouri Extension Service. After Dr. Hayden’s graduation in June 1958, they and their 13-month-old son Jeffrey settled in Barnard, Missouri. Many days and nights followed meeting the veterinary needs of the surrounding communities and making new friends, totaling 44 years in the business.

As a youngster, Wanda had taken piano lessons for six years and was able to provide music as needed for the churches her family attended starting with Workman Chapel, then Pickering Christian Church, the Barnard Christian Church and Gentry Christian Church, where she was currently a member. She was baptized into the Eternal Kingdom of Jesus Christ in 1949 and has been a dedicated Bible student, teaching Sunday School, and organizing Bible studies.

His hobbies included finding family histories and lockpicking Afghans. Among her many happy moments was sharing time with her children’s families, and she enjoyed the blessings of having grandchildren and great-grandchildren. With her husband’s retirement from veterinary medicine in 2002, they participated together in activities related to their Worth, Missouri farm, which they had purchased in 1963. In September 2004, they moved to this area.

She was a former member of the National Right to Life and the former Auxiliary of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association and is a Life Member of the Auxiliary of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Wanda was predeceased by her husband on November 22, 2018, her parents and a stepfather, Melvin Shaw.

She is survived by a fiance, Bobby Gene “BG” Clark of Stanberry; two sons: Jeffrey Lee (Lora) Hayden of Platte City, Missouri, and Paul Stephen (Heather) Hayden of Worth; two daughters: Becky Jo (David) Clements of Liberty, Missouri, and Susan Rene (Terry) Pryor of St. Joseph; seven granddaughters: Mindy (Josh) Bushman of O’Fallon, Missouri, Julie (Curt) Ramsey of Salisbury, Missouri, Amber Rhynerson of Kearney, Missouri, Tiffany (Evan) Schonour of Kansas City, Sheila (Brandon Hill) Hayden of Holden, Missouri, Megan (Mike) Colwell of Holt and Jessica (Kevin Kerrick) Mead of St. Joseph; two grandsons: Daniel Hayden of Sedalia, Missouri, and Liam Hayden of Worth; 11 great-grandchildren: Emma and Molly Fadin, Asher and Arden Rhynerson, Hayden and Annie Ramsey, Adalyn Campbell, Cohen and Darren Schonour and Bodhi and Dalton Colwell; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; a half-brother, David (Joyce) Shaw of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; two step-nieces, Shelly Shaw and LeAnn Burns and one step-grand-niece, Blythe Burns; and many cousins ​​and other relatives.

Services 11 a.m. Thursday, December 30, at Price Funeral Home. Burial at Nodaway Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 29 at the funeral home. Family will also receive friends one hour before Thursday’s service.

Briefs can be made to the Stanberry Ministerial Alliance, Inc.

As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.

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Many US churches cancel in-person Christmas services https://hellven.org/many-us-churches-cancel-in-person-christmas-services/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 18:03:16 +0000 https://hellven.org/many-us-churches-cancel-in-person-christmas-services/ NEW YORK (AP) – Amid the wave of coronavirus cases in the United States, many churches have canceled in-person Christmas services, disappointing pastors and worshipers who see them as an annual highlight. Other churches have planned outdoor services or offered a hybrid of online and in-person worship, often with strict restrictions on who is in […]]]>

NEW YORK (AP) – Amid the wave of coronavirus cases in the United States, many churches have canceled in-person Christmas services, disappointing pastors and worshipers who see them as an annual highlight.

Other churches have planned outdoor services or offered a hybrid of online and in-person worship, often with strict restrictions on who is in attendance. These included the requirement to wear masks and show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Among the major churches that canceled some or all of their in-person Christmas services included the Washington National Cathedral in the nation’s capital; St. John the Divine, the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New York; and the historic Old South Church in Boston.

Old South Senior Minister Reverend Nancy Taylor said the church – affiliated with The United Church of Christ – still hoped to hold in-person services on Christmas Day to Saturday, but was moving its popular New Year’s service Christmas online only.

“The Christmas Eve congregation tends to be larger with a lot of visitors, some of whom have come from the holidays, and many of whom are not used to the Boston mask mandate,” she explained in her announcement.

“While we cherish these guests under normal circumstances, these are not normal circumstances. We put the health and safety of our volunteers and staff first,” she said. “We know. how disappointing it is. “

Leaders at the Washington National Cathedral, which traditionally welcomes more than 15,000 people to its Christmas services, have announced that all of its services through January 9 will only be offered remotely, with no worshipers or visitors allowed into the cathedral. .

“Sadly, as the omicron variant takes hold across the world, our city appears to be the nation’s leader in infections,” said Cathedral Dean The Right Reverend Randolph Marshall Hollerith. “Given the surge in infections, I simply cannot justify assembling massive crowds as the public health situation worsens around us.”

Another major church in Washington – National City Christian Church – has also canceled its Christmas Eve service and will switch to online worship exclusively at least until January 16.

Leaders in National City – the national church of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – described their decision as “one that we desperately don’t want to make, but think we have to.” They noted that Washington Mayor Murial Bowser had declared a state of emergency in the District of Columbia.

In New York City, which is seeing a record number of positive tests for COVID-19, executives at St. John Divine have said they are moving all Christmas services online only, using its Facebook page and YouTube channel.

“The time has come once again to prioritize the needs and concerns of our community at large,” the cathedral said on its website.

Another historic New York City church – Middle Collegiate – was destroyed by fire in December 2020. After overseeing painstaking reconstruction efforts, the Reverend Jacqui Lewis – the senior minister – was eagerly awaiting a New Year’s Eve service from Christmas in person, but it has now been canceled.

The decision “is one of the most difficult choices I have had to make as a pastor,” Lewis told The Associated Press by email. “This was going to be the beautiful Christmas service that we had been waiting for a long time. But I love my people too much to risk their lives.

“My fabulous team has pivoted on a dime, and we’ll be having a wonderful celebration online,” she added. “We will have breathtaking music and fiery sermons. But above all, we will be safe. And we will be together.

Other churches that have canceled in-person Christmas services include the Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Springfield, Illinois, and the First Church of God in Columbus, Ohio, which is home to a large, predominantly African-American congregation.

Bishop Timothy Clarke, senior pastor of God’s First Church, announced his decision live on the church’s website Thursday evening.

“Blame me,” he told members of the congregation who might be disappointed. “I am the one who will stand before God and give an account. “

Just north of New York City, Westchester County’s Bedford Presbyterian Church was one of many churches nationwide that were planning to conduct in-person Christmas services despite the spread of the omicron variant.

Reverend Carol Howard Merritt – the senior pastor – said the decision was made by a group including parents, a school administrator and a doctor.

“It has become clear that although the variant is highly contagious, infections appear to lead to milder cases, especially for those who are vaccinated and boosted,” Merritt said by email. “In response, we decided to organize in-person services while making sure we needed masks, shifted seats, limited attendance and shortened services.”

At All Saints Episcopal Church in New York City’s Brooklyn, Rev. Steven Paulikas made a similar decision – to move forward with in-person services while requiring masks for all who attend. The Christmas Eve service featured music from the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, conducted by congregation member Arturo O’Farrill.

“Arturo and I decided this week to move forward with the orchestra, which are all vaccinated and tested regularly,” said Paulikas. “As Arturo said, we have to do what the congregation needs most – and what we need most right now is beauty and hope.”

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The Associated Press’s religious coverage receives support from the Lilly Endowment via The Conversation US. The AP is solely responsible for this content.


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Local Church Christmas Services | News https://hellven.org/local-church-christmas-services-news/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 19:59:00 +0000 https://hellven.org/local-church-christmas-services-news/ This holiday season is a time of giving and giving thanks. Giving gifts and making memories as a family is a wonderful time to enjoy, but it is also important to remember the religious significance. Several local churches offer services for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 702 East Ninth […]]]>

This holiday season is a time of giving and giving thanks. Giving gifts and making memories as a family is a wonderful time to enjoy, but it is also important to remember the religious significance. Several local churches offer services for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 702 East Ninth Street

Friday December 24, 5pm, Christmas Eve Worship – Theme – “Two Words” based on Luke 2: 1 – 20 – Traditional candle lighting during the singing of “Silent Night”.

Saturday December 25, 10 am, Christmas Day service – Theme – “We have seen his glory” John 1: 1 – 14

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 364 Cedar Street

Friday December 24, 4 p.m. – Children’s Liturgy; 9 p.m. – Christmas Eve Mass

Saturday December 25, 9 a.m. – Christmas Mass

There will be no confession on Saturday December 25

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First Baptist Church, 802 avenue Chadron

Friday December 24, 4:30 p.m. – Christmas Eve service

There will be no services on Christmas Day, but normal Sunday services will resume at 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. on December 26.

Chadron Christian Church, 998 East Sixth Street

Friday December 24, 4 p.m. and 5.30 p.m.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 747 Ann Street

Friday December 24, 5:30 p.m.

Episcopal Church of Grace, 450, rue de Bordeaux

Friday December 24, 7:30 p.m.

Chadron United Methodist Church, 847 Shelton Street

Whitney United Methodist Church, Whitney Lake and Brown Road

Crawford, Third and Elm Street United Methodist Church

Harrison United Methodist Church, Second and Kate Street

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Istanbul mayor Imamoglu to host dinner for Christians https://hellven.org/istanbul-mayor-imamoglu-to-host-dinner-for-christians/ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 07:12:23 +0000 https://hellven.org/istanbul-mayor-imamoglu-to-host-dinner-for-christians/ Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu will host a dinner for Christians for the first time in Istanbul’s history. Credit: Mark Lowen, CC BY-SA 4.0 Istanbul’s Turkish mayor, Ekrem Imamoglu, will host the first dinner in honor of Christians in the city’s history next Monday. Notable Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant leaders from the Armenian, Roman and Assyrian […]]]>
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu will host a dinner for Christians for the first time in Istanbul’s history. Credit: Mark Lowen, CC BY-SA 4.0

Istanbul’s Turkish mayor, Ekrem Imamoglu, will host the first dinner in honor of Christians in the city’s history next Monday.

Notable Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant leaders from the Armenian, Roman and Assyrian communities were invited to attend the event. The Turkish government also invited consuls from the United States and EU countries, as well as 39 mayors of the Turkish Republican Party (CHB) Good Party (IYI) from Georgia, Syria and Bulgaria.

But perhaps the most notable guest is the current Archbishop of Constantinople, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Celebrates 30 Years of Greek Orthodoxy Leadership

His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew completed 30 years as the spiritual leader of 300 million adherents of the Greek Orthodox Church around the world in November 2021.

It was October 22, 1991 when Patriarch Bartholomew was elected and ascended to the ecumenical throne on November 2, 1991.

During these 30 years, His All Holiness has not only worked for the reconciliation of the Christian Churches, but has also acquired an international reputation for ecological awareness on a global level.

As head of the Orthodox Church, Patriarch Bartholomew represents the voice and concerns of a long-suffering but rapidly growing faith as Orthodox churches gain adherents across the world.

The Ecumenical Patriarch marked the 30th anniversary of his enthronement with visits to the United States and Greece.

In Greece, the Patriarch met Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou, as well as the hierarchy of the Greek Orthodox Church.

Last month, he met with US President Joe Biden at the White House to discuss climate change and the measures needed to combat it.

President Biden and Patriarch Bartholomew share a history of goodwill and friendship, dating back to Biden’s eight-year tenure as vice president under the Obama administration.

Biden’s visit to Istanbul as vice president in 2011 marked a turning point in their friendship. During his stay, Biden immersed himself in the world of Orthodoxy, visiting the most important sites with the then Archbishop of America, Demetrios.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew also visited New York and dedicated the cross which was placed on top of the reconstructed St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and Shrine in Manhattan.

His All Holiness presided over the opening of Saint Nicholas directing the traditional Thyranoixia and officially opened its doors after nearly twenty years of planning and construction.

His tireless work and dedication were recognized and rewarded soon after when His Holiness received the Congressional Gold Medal at a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, DC on October 21, 1997.

It was a rare case for a religious figure to be so honored.

With his innovative initiatives and diverse work, as well as his determination, the Primate of Orthodoxy has become a figure of international prestige and has elevated the role of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.


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