Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

As the school year winds to a close, parents often are looking for ways of keeping their children busy. Some will choose summer camps or summer school programs, and many will seek out activities and lessons at local houses of worship.

Here’s a roundup of postings, most of which are available at our sister site, Missourian Neighborhood News. This list isn’t all-inclusive but does give you a starting place if you’re looking for ways to get involved in one of Columbia’s faith communities.

Game night at Christian Chapel: This event begins tonight and continues through the summer.

Youth camp at the Crossing, June 7-10. This is for school-age children up to fifth grade.

Vacation Bible School at Evangelical Free Church June 14-18.

Fairview Road United Methodist Church is hosting a “neighborhood on the go” series June 10, 17 and 24 at the church. The event includes information about bike and pedestrian safety. The church will host Vacation Bible School Aug. 1-2 and 4-6.

Senior high youth from Missouri United Methodist Church will take a mission trip to Belize June 11-18. The church is planning its Vacation Bible School for 9 a.m. to noon, the week of June 19-23.

Area United Methodist churches will gather for a picnic June 26 at Rock Quarry Park.

Vacation Bible School starts June 28 at Faith Baptist Church.

If you’ve got an event to announce, please contact the Missourian’s faith editor Laura Johnston at johnstonlc@missouri.edu.

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The Faith in Focus blog, authored by students at the Columbia Missourian, is taking a bit of a summer break. We’ll be posting less frequently during June and July, hoping to get back up to speed during August.

Here’s a few news highlights from the past week:

New Catholic school

Columbia’s Catholic community gathered in near 90-degree heat Sunday for a groundbreaking on a new high school. The school has been nine years in the making, and will cost an estimated $16 million to build. It should be open to students for fall 2011.

New worship location

The Jehovah’s Witnesses South Congregation could soon have a new building for its services.

The group won approval from Columbia’s Planning & Zoning Commission last week to build a Kingdom Hall on Old Plank Road, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune report. The Tribune quoted Scott Thomas as saying the south location gives the group an alternative location to its Kingdom Hall on Smiley Lane.

“We try and cover the entire area of Columbia,” Thomas said. “We hoped to put one on the south side to make it more inviting for residents to attend meetings.”

The congregation expects about 75 people to attend services at the outset. Residents surrounding the land in question expressed some concerns with the plan, including potential damage to the tree line surrounding the property.

Donations abound

The Greek organization Pi Beta Phi made a significant donation to Love INC this weekend, helping fill the group’s building with furniture, according to a story in the Tribune. Love INC helps fill the gaps for people in need by offering financial assistance programs, household goods and employment assistance. It’s only been in Columbia for a few years but Love INC has been actively working to help churches partner to serve their community. Last fall, the group began in earnest its Love Seat ministry to help people in need of furniture.

The Greek organization donated all the furniture from its 27 rooms, which are being remodeled with new furniture. The donations will quickly be put to use, Love INC volunteers say.

Expect to read more about the work of Love INC in an upcoming blog post.

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Photographers at the Columbia Missourian set out to document the beginning of Lent.

August Kryger attended the noon service at Sacred Heart Catholic Church which was led by Deacon John Weaver. Here’s what he writes:

During the service, Weaver spoke about the importance of not only giving something up during Lent, but also adding a more positive and fulfilling practice. His readings from the Bible focused on the importance of observing Lent in an inward and personal way.

Weaver said he hoped the service would help people get back on track with their religious practice. “This is the hour, this is the time,” Deacon Weaver said. “The ashes symbolize a milestone where we recognize it is time to think about this conversion of heart we seek.”

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The United Church of Christ in Columbia celebrated Mardi Gras with a traditional German meal on Tuesday.

The ColumbiaMissourian reported Tuesday that it was the 26th annual celebration of Fastnacht, and included traditional German foods and music from Der Deutschmeister Musickers. More photos are online.

Fastnacht celebration in Columbia

Helga Carter and her granddaughter Olivia Carter, 5, enjoy their time at the Fastnacht on Tuesday.

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Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin

The fifth annual Evolution Weekend begins today, Feb. 12, and continues until Sunday, Feb. 14.

Faith communities from across the globe are gathering for sermons, discussions, lectures and classes recognizing that religion and science complement one another.

The Evolution Weekend is sponsored by the Clergy Letter Project, which was founded by Michael Zimmerman in 2004. He is currently a professor of Biology at Butler University in Indianapolis.
The project has been officially endorsed by a number of Christian denominations, including the United Methodist Church of Minnesota, the Episcopal Church of Southeast Florida, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America of southwest Washington. So far, there have been more than 12,000 signatures from clergy supporting the effort. Missouri clergy represent 278 of those signatures.
Fun facts about this weekend:
  • Faith communities from 12 countries on 5 continents are participating
  • 870 scientists from 29 different countries
  • It’s the third century since the birth of Charles Darwin
  • It’s been 151 years since “The Origin of Species” was first published

Columbia Friends Meeting in Columbia will be participating in the event. The group gathers for worship at 10 a.m. on Sundays at 6408 E. Locust Grove Road.

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Several Columbia faith community groups are sponsoring events in the coming days. Here’s a compilation of some of those events:

Missouri United Methodist Church Concert Series
7 p.m. Saturday in the Sanctuary for “The Coffee Cantata and Other Pieces by J.S. Bach.” Tickets are available in the church office, 204 S. Ninth St.

Karis Community Church will host two events with Ray Ortlund, a pastor, scholar and author from Nashville, Tenn.

Ray Ortlund

Ray Ortlund

According to a news release, Ortlund will be teaching on “Illicit Worship: Escaping Spiritual Adultery” for two sessions at Middlebush Auditorium at MU.

He also will be talking about “Teaching through the Flames: Trusting God in the Trials of Ministry.” This session is geared for pastors and ministry workers.

The “Illicit Worship” sessions will be at 7 p.m. on  Feb. 17 and Feb. 19. Both events are free. The ministry-focused sessions will be held at noon on Feb. 18 at Boone Tavern. The session is free but participants are asked to consider purchasing a meal at the restaurant during the session.

For information, call 760-51-KARIS or go to karischurch.org, or e-mail info@karischurch.org.

Hindu Temple and Community Center of mid-Missouri, Shanthi Mandir, will hold its fourth anniversary banquet at 6:30 p.m. on March 5. The event will be held at the Peach Tree Banquet Hall.

The evening includes a social hour, meal, Odissi classical dances and Bharata Natyam dancing, which is another form of classical Indian dancing. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children ages 3 to 10 and $5 for toddlers.

Tickets must be purchased by Feb. 26. For information, call 875-6608.

Shanthi Mandir banquet flier

Shanthi Mandir banquet flier

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