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Mt. Gilead Christian Church to resume services beginning April 21 Print E-mail

Spring is here and it is time to open services at Mt. Gilead Christian Church. Services will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 21.

What a beautiful place to worship your Lord and Savior. Of course any place is okay, but there is something special about Mt. Gilead.

You ask what is so special about the 153 year old church? The pews are hard, but that will keep you awake. The outside toilets are different, but satisfactory. Neither Jesus or I had a problem running in and out all the time. The lights are new. The roof is brand new. Beautiful. Take notice of the wonderful new sign out front of the church.  Some modern conveniences that we don't have are street lights, horns honking and trains roaring through the area.

The old Mt. Gilead Church is a wonderful place to sit down, think and talk about your troubles and blessing. We have someone on duty 24 hours, seven days a week - Jesus, your Lord and Saviour.

Come and enjoy at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 21.

- Pastor Robert Jones

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Falmouth Church Softball League needs teams Print E-mail

The Falmouth Church Softball League is looking for church teams to join the league.

The $300 league fee includes: fifteen games, one tournament, umpires, all softballs and good fellowship.

Please register before Sunday, April 14 if your church wishes to take part.

For more information or to register your church team, please call Greg at 859-329-8429 or Tim at 859-468-8960.

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Religion News 4-2-13 Print E-mail

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New Zion Cemetery looking for donations for upkeep on the grounds Print E-mail

Anyone wishing to help care for the New Zion Cemetery, please make your donations to the New Zion Cemetery Fund and mail to: New Zion Cemetery Fund, C/O Martha (Sally) Hamilton, treasurer, 366 Upper Pitty Creek Road, Foster, KY, 41043.

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Fairlane Baptist Church revival Print E-mail

Fairlane Baptist Church will be having revival services April 11-14. Services will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and a time of  regular worship a 11 a.m., Sunday. Leading the services will be Rev. Richard Collins. He is a former youth minister at Fairlane, former pastor at Piner and now a full time evangelist and missionary. In the past year Rev. Collins has been to Zimbabwe, Malawi and Liberia. He also did mission work in Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.

It is our hope that you can join us for one or more of these services. We believe that you will be inspired by both the messages of Rev. Collins and the special music that will be presented.

Fairlane is located at 12898 Herringer Road, just off US 27, south of Grants Lick. Hope to see you there April 11-14 for a time of Spring renewal.

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Serpents of Wisdom: The Poetry of Norman MacCaig Print E-mail

There is wildness in Norman MacCaig's poetry. Not just his poems describing the untamed western Highlands of Scotland, but those that are set in the Edinburgh University Staff Club. Seamus Heaney says of MacCaig, "His poems are discovered in flight, migratory, wheeling, and calling. Everything is in a state of restless becoming." (From Roderick Watson's "Introduction" to The Many Days: Selected Poems of Norman MacCaig [Edinburgh: Polygon, 2010]).

It is hard for me to believe, but I only discovered MacCaig this past summer - and that was by accident. I was, in fact, looking for another poet in the bookshop in Oban, Scotland. I had just come across a brilliant poem by Hugh MacDiarmid and wanted to read more. The bookshop didn't have any MacDiarmid, but they did have a pretty good poetry section - a rarity in bookshops these days. Working my way through the shelves, I came across MacCaig's collection, The Many Days. Scanning the verses, I was immediately drawn in. Serendipitously, the volume includes two poems MacCaig wrote about MacDiarmid, the second of which is titled, "After his death." The poem ends with these delightful lines:

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Religion News 3-26-13 Print E-mail

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Prophetic Voices Print E-mail

"Therefore, because you impose heavy rent on the poor and exact a tribute of grain from them, though you have built houses of well-hewn stone, yet you will not live in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, yet you will not drink their wine." (Amos 5:11)

Last fall my colleague and friend, David Hester,  former dean of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, preached a moving and eloquent "pre-election" sermon about an issue he felt was getting very little attention from either of our two major political parties: the poor. David reminded us that in previous years and in many  past elections, such was not the case. There were vigorous debates among major candidates of the two parties in those elections about how best to address the needs of the poor.

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Religion News 3-19-13 Print E-mail

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"I Believe": The Poetry of Wislawa Szymborska Print E-mail

There is something almost fragile, something disarmingly vulnerable and at times unwieldy about the poetry of Wislawa Szymborska; fragile, vulnerable, and unwieldy in a similar way to one of Mendelssohn's "Songs without Words." Her sense of irony undercuts any pretension (a vice that she seems completely to lack in herself), and becomes a weapon, deftly cutting and destabilizing any attempt by others to mask the truth.

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