16 November, 2021

News Briefs for Oct. 27

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Upon completing recent renovations, Milligan University in Tennessee held a dedication ceremony late last week for the McMahan Student Center and a new outdoor patio. The center, located in the center of campus, includes a new open concept accented by a large video wall, an upgraded bookstore, and an outdoor patio. Renovations were made possible by a donation from 3CLANE Family Foundation Inc.

Also, during its just completed Homecoming weekend, Milligan University launched its “On Mission” fundraising campaign. The campaign will focus on increasing affordability, developing and expanding academic programs, constructing facilities and programs to sustain community, and supporting the institution’s commitment to faith.

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This Friday, Point University will host author and attorney Justin Giboney of The AND Campaign for its fall 2021 Preaching Seminar. The seminar will begin at 9 a.m. on the West Point, Ga., campus. The program is titled “Compassion & Conviction: A Conversation on Civic Engagement with Justin Giboney.” Click here to learn more.

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Lennox Industries recently partnered with local service provider Gulf Shore Cooling to donate and install a new 5-ton air conditioning system at Southside Christian Church in Fort Myers, Fla. Each year, Lennox’s “Feel the Love” program chooses to honor multiple recipients who give back to the community. Southside’s daycare facility has been closed because of air conditioning issues, the News-Press reported, but with the new system, the daycare plans to reopen soon.

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In its survey “The State of Religion and Young People 2021,” Springtide Research found that of nine contemporary issues that American young people ages 13 to 25 overwhelmingly say they care about, those same young people say their perception is the church cares far less about those issues. The gap is greatest with these four issues: LGBTQA+ rights, gender equity, immigration rights, and income inequality, Baptist News Global reported.

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Each Sojournal podcast episode features alumni of Johnson University. Click here to hear what former JU students are doing to advance the kingdom around the world.

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Abundant Life Baptist Church, a megachurch in the Kansas City, Mo., area, reached a $150,000 settlement with Jackson County over coronavirus restrictions. The church had claimed the county treated them more harshly than secular institutions when it came to COVID-19 protocols, the National Catholic Register reported.

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About 200 volunteers from Norwin Christian Church in North Huntingdon, Pa., recently teamed with Lifeline Christian Mission to box about 80,000 meals for children in Honduras. The church raised money for the mission and the meals, executive minister Joshua Persall told the Trib.

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Boise Bible College will host Aloha Love Fest 2021 Nov. 12 to benefit Boise Rescue Mission Ministries. The event will feature music from Christafari and RandyB Funk.

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Maureen Knechtel, associate professor of Physician Assistant Studies at Milligan University, recently was awarded the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants Educator of the Year award.

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During its 214th General Synod a week ago, the Reformed Church in America voted to appoint a team to develop a restructuring plan as it divides over LGBTQ ordination and same-sex marriage, Christianity Today reported. The convention also adopted regulations for churches that have chosen to leave the RCA to retain their assets and buildings. The denomination of fewer than 1,000 churches started in 1600s.

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Adam Emling, former director of ministry operations at Adventure Christian Church in Bourbonnais, Ill., has agreed to plead guilty to setting a fire that caused an estimated $200,000 in damage at the church in 2019, the Daily Journal reported, citing court records.

Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe said Emling made the agreement to plead guilty to Class 2 arson on Oct. 15, the newspaper reported. The charge carries a possible sentence of three to seven years in prison. Sentencing is set for Jan. 21.

Emling was working at the church at the time of the fire; he was arrested about a month after the arson fire.

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The former First Christian Church building in Berwick, Pa., has become “Halloween Central” in that city of about 10,000. The church had been closed for several years when Mike Henger—a “globetrotting hairstylist,” according to WNEP, Channel 16—purchased the 115-year-old building not long ago, painted it a shade of black, and remodeled the inside with religious artifacts, while keeping the existing stained-glass windows.

According to Christian Standard’s archives, First Christian Church started in 1903, originally met in a YMCA, constructed and moved into the building on Cemetery Road in 1906, and celebrated its 50th anniversary on June 13, 1953, when it had 325 members. We are not aware what happened with FCC after that.

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Hope Christian Church in Augusta, W.Va., will host the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Romney’s Christmas House from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 5 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 6. The Christmas House, a decades-long tradition, will feature food and crafts, the Times-News reported.

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Over fall break, Johnson University in Knoxville, Tenn., hosted Emerald Youth sports staff, volunteers, and middle school boys and girls. The group watched a JU soccer game and then enjoyed a meal with the players. Emerald Youth supports Knoxville’s youth and helps prepare them to be godly leaders. JU and Emerald Youth have a partnership.

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