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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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Click on image to read the article about Lana Mims at columbiamissourian.com

The Columbia Missourian published a story about Lana Mims, a track and field athlete. Her extensive missionary work and close relationship with her mother help her apply her faith to her daily life. Click on the above image to read the article from columbiamissouran.com

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Missouri United Methodist Church has several events and Bible studies planned for the week.

Lenten Bible Study

A study of “The Greatest Texts of the Bible” will be held at noon on Wednesday  in the church Parlor and again at 6:30 p.m. in Room CLC 107/109.
Taize Worship
A Taize worship service also will be held at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday in the Chapel.  This service offers a peaceful time to reflect and reconnect with God.

“24 Hours” Study
A study on Adam Hamilton’s book, “24 Hours That Changed the World,” will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday in CLC 111.

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Guest speaker, Dr. Tex Sample, preached at the United Methodist Church on Sunday. His sermon titled “The Practices of Transformation” can be found on the church’s Web site.

Does your place of worship post their sermons online? If they do let me know and I will start posting them on the blog weekly.

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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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Many Columbia congregations will observe Lent, a 40-day period of prepartion for Easter that starts with Ash Wednesday.

For a list of specific Ash Wednesday services in the community, go to our Faith Directory which  provides links to church Web sites where information can be found on service times.

The Interfaith Council in Columbia holds a Lenten Breakfast each year hosted by a different congregation each week. The meal is served from 7 to 8 a.m. each Wednesday during Lent. The first will be at First Christian Church, 101 N. Tenth St. Participants are asked to bring a donation of food that will be given to the Russell Chapel Food Pantry. The schedule for the remaining weeks:

  • Feb. 24 at Calvary Episcopal Church, 123 S. Ninth St.
  • March 3 at Columbia United Church of Christ, 3201 I-70 Drive Northwest
  • March 10 at First Baptist Church, 1112 E. Broadway
  • March 17 at First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt St.
  • March 24 at Second Missionary Baptist Church, 407 E. Broadway
  • March 31 at Missouri United Methodist Church, 209 S. Ninth St.

There also will be a Good Friday service, at noon on April 2, at Russell Chapel CME Church, 108 E. Ash St.

And for those seeking a new approach to this annual observance, Olivet Christian Church is hosting a film discussion on issues of race and class. The film showing and discussions will be held at the church on Sunday nights during Lent.

Tell us what you’ll be doing to observe Lent this year. Share ideas or make suggestions by adding your comment.

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