Thursday, February 28, 2008

Kansas City's Catholic Leaders Object to Traveling Bodies Revealed Display

Catholic leaders in the Kansas City area are the latest church officials to take sides on popular museum displays touring the country that feature donated human bodies, reports.
The bodies in Bodies Revealed are plastinated, then cut open to show how things are put together and how they work. The exhibit opens Friday at Kansas City's Union Station, but despite its billing as an educational opportunity, local bishops have ruled it off limits for Catholic school children on field trips, according to,2933,333353,00.html

Jewish School Team Faces Replacement Over Championship on Sabbath

DENVER — State senators have taken up the cause of a Jewish school's basketball teams whose playoff runs may be halted because its players can't play on their Sabbath.
Herzl/Rocky Mountain Hebrew Academy's boys team could be headed for a regional championship on Saturday, March 8, if it wins one more game Thursday. But the Denver school's religious beliefs prohibit students from playing on the Jewish Sabbath between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday.,2933,333352,00.html

The United Methodist Church and Israel

The Jewish State of Israel may not be perfect, it is however a flowering garden of civility, democracy and human rights in a desert filled with Arab-Muslim oppressive dictatorships, who deny their people basic human and religious rights and fundamental freedoms to its minorities-such as freedom of speech, press, and assembly. Given Israel's circumstances - being surrounded by hostile Arab states (and Arab-Palestinians) who seek its destruction through war and endless cycles of terrorism, Israel's record of maintaining its democracy and working to insure human rights and freedoms for all is remarkable.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

PTC First Presbyterian Church Announces Easter Week Services

March 16:
First Presbyterian Church
Palm Sunday
9 am and 11:15 AM

March 20:
First Presbyterian Church
6:00 p.m. - Soup/Sandwich Dinner
7:00 p.m. - Maundy Thursday Service

March 21:
Held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Good Friday Community Service

March 23:
First Presbyterian Church
9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. - Easter Services

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On Thursday, March 6th from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., Paul Anderson Ministries will host a FREE PARENTING CONFERENCE in the Fellowship Auditorium at First Baptist Church, Vidalia. The goal of the conference is to help parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, and youth workers better understand the challenges that children and teens face in today's culture and how they can discover life’s purpose.

Conference attendees’ questions will be answered in a Q&A session. The discussions and Q&A will be led by Paul Anderson Youth Home (PAYH) staff members: Glenda Anderson, Co-Founder and President; and Drew Read, COO; and Dean Sikes of Dean Sikes Ministry. CHILDCARE (AGES 10 AND UNDER) WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THOSE WHO REGISTER BY 9:00 a.m. on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5th. Because space is limited, please register online at or call 800-559-7294 or 912-537-7237.

Since the Paul Anderson Youth Home was established in 1961, more than 1,000 young men and their families who were in crisis and had no where else to turn have found hope for a better future. Through generations of working with youth, PAYH staff members have dealt with a broad spectrum of issues, studied the changes in the culture and youth, and become parenting “experts.” Valuable insight and understanding from the staff’s 250+ years of cumulative service will be imparted during the conference.

The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for participants to view materials at booths that will be manned by staff from the Paul Anderson Youth Home ( or 800-559-7294), Dean Sikes’ Ministry ( ), Impact 360 ( ), and WinShape Retreat ( or 877-977-3873). The conference will conclude at 8:30 p.m., and the booths will be open until 9:00 p.m.

From 1993 to date, Dean Sikes has spoken in eight nations, at more than 1,200 events, to more than 1.2 million people. His message of hope has taught young and old how to discover and fulfill God’s purpose for their lives.

WinShape Marriage Retreat in Rome, Georgia is unique in its approach to marriage ministry. Instead of using an educational model of lectures and books, WinShape Marriage assists couples in maintaining and growing their relationships through prayer, worship, group discussions, and couple mentoring.

Impact 360 in Pine Mountain, Georgia equips the emerging generation to live Christ-focused lives, to be grounded in a Biblical Christian worldview, and to impact culture in the marketplace. To accomplish this, Impact 360 helps 18-20 year olds deepen their understanding of God’s truth and how the Christian worldview provides answers to the challenges they will face.
Those who attend the March 6th conference can expect to be challenged, motivated, and walk away with sound advice, practical parenting tips, and free resources. REGISTER TODAY at or call 800-559-7294 or 912-537-7237.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Study: Nearly Half of Americans Change Their Religious Beliefs

The U.S. religious marketplace is extremely volatile, with nearly half of American adults leaving the faith tradition of their upbringing to either switch allegiances or abandon religious affiliation altogether, a new survey finds.
The study released Monday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life is unusual for its sheer scope, relying on interviews with more than 35,000 adults to document a diverse and dynamic U.S. religious population.,2933,332590,00.html
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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Clayton State Black History Month to Feature “Gospel Explosion,” Feb. 24

Gospel music is an important part of African American history and culture, serving as a means of expression, communication, inspiration, and spiritual encouragement. This genre of music was first introduced in African American churches in the early 20th century. Since then, gospel music has remained the backbone of African American churchgoers.

On Sunday, Feb. 24 at 5 p.m., the Clayton State University Black History Month Committee will introduce a little gospel in the University’s world-famous Spivey Hall. The “Gospel Explosion” will feature local choirs and artists from the surrounding Atlanta area. The public is invited and admission is free.

For more information, contact Clayton State Assistant Director of Campus Life Lakiesa Cantey at

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Museum to Perform at Coffee-n-Cones

An acoustic hour of music will be performed by The Museum, a Christian band, on March 7th, at Coffee-n-Cones in Peachtree City. The free concert will be from 8:30-9:30 pm. Coffee-n-Cones is located in the Wilshire Pavilion at 1200 Hwy 74S.

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

UK Boy Scouts Under Fire for Oath Mentioning God

London ( - Echoing a battle already fought in America, secular humanists in Britain are attacking the Boy Scouts for requiring children to swear an oath to God.In a joint campaign, the British Humanist Association and National Secular Society accused the Scout Association, which has around half a million members, of excluding atheists from its ranks.


The power and the glory of Tuesday evenings 16th annual Faith & Values Movieguide Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel went to comedy great Michael Jr., who opened the show like Oscar hosts Billy Crystal and Whoopie Goldberg all rolled into one.

Hailed as the next ‘break-out’ star in family comedy for 2008 and often compared to a ‘young’ Bill Cosby, Michael Jr. is funny for a reason! “When I saw Michael Jr. perform on the ‘Tonight Show’ I knew he just had to host the ‘Movieguide® Awards!’” says executive producer Susan Wales. “His comedy is genuine, it’s intelligent and speaks to every generation – he really took the show to a new level -- comparable to the Oscars!”

Brilliant performances were the order of the day with Grammy Award Winners Macy Gray performing ‘Amazing Grace’ and Natalie Grant performing her hit single “Home”. Founder & publisher Ted Baehr was on hand to introduce his 2008 Report to the Entertainment Industry but it was Hollywood ’s big night! Awards presenters included Lou Gossett, Jr., Lee Merewether, Buzz Aldrin, Nadia Bjorlin, Steven Baldwin, Eric Close, Eduardo Verastequi, Alli Landry, to name a few.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ “I am Legend” garnered the award for ‘Best Mature Film’, Disney’s “Ratatouille” took the award for “Best Family Film”; Bailee Madison and Abigail Mason tied for the “Grace Prize for Television” for their performances in “Saving Sarah Cain” (“Fox Faith/Lifetime TV/News Corp); Eduardo Verastequi received the “Grace Prize for Film” for his performance in “Bella,” distributed by Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate; the ‘Kairos Award” bestowed upon first-time screen writers was given to Guy W. Forrest for “If By Chance;” CBS Entertainment/Viacom received the “Epiphany Prize for Most Inspirational Television Program” with Valley of the Light,” and Samuel Goldwyn Films and Roadside Attractions took home the “Epiphany Prize for Most Inspirational Movie” for “Amazing Grace”

After the Awards presentation, comic host, Michael Jr. exclaimed, “Well, gee, I guess my prize is just being here!” And what a prize it was! In between Michael Jr.’s busy touring schedule for 2008 which includes multiple performances in California , Washington, Virginia , Michigan , Oklahoma , Tennessee and Texas , Michael Jr. has authored a new children’s book entitled “The Parts We Play” which is garnering rave reviews.

Charles Barkley Makes Bigoted Anti-Christian Remarks -- The Christian Anti-Defamation Commission Calls for Apology

Standard Newswire/ -- "Charles Barkley revealed an unfortunate lack of understanding of the Bible and Christian morality by attacking pro-life and pro-family conservatives as 'fake Christians,'" said Dr. Gary Cass, Chairman and CEO of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission.

"Barkley rips one phrase of the Bible from its context, and then asserts that anyone who is opposed to abortion or gay marriage is a 'fake Christian.'"

Dr. Cass continues, "We respect Barkley as an expert on basketball, but he is obviously not an expert on Christian moral theology. The Christian Anti-Defamation Commission calls on Barkley to apologize for his hateful remarks. We are hopeful that he will do the right thing."

Former NBA great Charles Barkley made his remarks in an interview on CNN with Wolf Blitzer. When Blitzer asked Barkley to clarify his remarks, Barkley made it clear that he did not misspeak. According to Barkley anyone who judges another person's actions is wrong.

"For Barkley to think that Christians cannot have an opinion about matters of public policy and personal morality is astonishing," said Cass. "Jesus forbids judging by hypocritical double standards, but he requires Christians to make just and sound judgments everyday according to biblical precepts."

"Ironically, Barkley engaged in the very activity of judging others that he condemned in conservatives. Barkley's words reveal an unfortunate, irrational anti-Christian bigotry."

Saturday, February 16, 2008

''The Allen Hunt Show'' Hosts Annual Luncheon Featuring UGA Coach, Mark Richt

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--“The Allen Hunt Show,” a syndicated talk radio show that focuses on “where real life and faith come together,” today announced its annual benefit luncheon will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon will feature University of Georgia (UGA) football coach, Mark Richt; and accomplished author, businessman and radio talk show host, Herman Cain.

Now in its second year, the fundraising event will bring Atlanta together to benefit youth in Georgia. Keynote speaker Mark Richt has demonstrated his leadership skills as UGA’s head football coach. UGA has won two Southeastern Conference Championships and earned four Southeastern Conference division titles. As former offensive coordinator for the Florida State Seminoles, he led his team to two national championships. Herman Cain, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and leader of many economic growth and tax organizations, will emcee the luncheon.

The luncheon will benefit Murphy-Harpst, a behavior healthcare organization for children, as well as other children’s ministries. With campuses in Northwest Georgia, Murphy-Harpst is a non-profit organization that provides support for children battling emotional and behavioral problems. The organization is divided into two campuses, each equipped with specialized staff that cares for children in need. The Harpst Campus provides community programs, foster care and residential treatment for youths age 6-17, and the Murphy Campus provides community-focused programs for 150 4-year-old children.

“Children and youth are an integral part of our future,” said Allen Hunt. “Not only that, but many have been marked as unimportant because of neglect, abuse or past failures. Our hope is to provide financial support for programs that redirect our youth in today’s society. This event provides an important avenue for us to demonstrate the values that our radio show so strongly stands for.”

The event will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, located at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets are $100 per person or $5,000 for VIP or corporate sponsorships. VIP and corporate sponsors will receive tickets for a table of 10 and an invitation to an after-lunch reception and photo opportunity with Coach Richt.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Developing the Framework for Healthy People 2020

Now Is the Time to Make a Difference
March 17, 2008 – Atlanta, GA

Public Comment Meeting

This will be the first in a series of public meetings held across the country to obtain perspectives on the framework used to organize Healthy People 2020 objectives.

Public comment on specific objectives will be sought in 2009.*

This meeting targets HHS region III and IV participants. Four more meetings will be held in spring 2008 across the country and will target participants from the remaining eight HHS regions. A final meeting is planned in the Washington, DC area.

REGISTRATION: There is no registration cost.**
Online registration is now open at

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? All are welcome.

Individuals from diverse sectors, including:
· State and local government
· Community-based organizations
· Academia
· Advocacy groups
· Businesses
· Faith-based organizations
· Health care
· Federal government
· Non-profit and/or volunteer organizations
· Those interested in improving disease prevention and health promotion efforts for the nation

MORE INFORMATION/QUESTIONS: For further details about the agenda, venue, and other regional meetings, visit, or e-mail with any questions.

*The public will also have opportunities to provide comments for the development of Healthy People 2020 through the Internet at
** Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.


Bethlehem Baptist Church to Hold Family and Friend Night

Bethlehem Baptist Church, Reverend Dwight Elder, Senior Pastor, will hold their annual Family and Friend Night celebration this Saturday, February 16th starting at 6:30 PM.

The guest Preacher will be Reverend Belinda McCastle, Senior Pastor of New Hope United Methodist Church in Inman.

Bethlehem Baptist Church is located in Peachtree City at 475 Dividend Drive, near the entrance to Falcon Field.

Be a part of a wonderful celebration and help to build unity in the local body of Christ!

Order Your Baklava & Spanakopites Now!

The Ladies Philoptochos (Friends of the Poor) Chapter of the St. Christopher Hellenic Orthodox Church in Peachtree City held its third annual Valentines Tea-Luncheon Fundraiser last weekend.
Attendees were treated to a variety of American Indian teas, Greek appetizers and other delicacies. Entertainment was provided by Ali Ramsaier, who sang and accompanied herself on keyboard. Philoptochos Chapter President, Julie Skouteris, gave a brief introduction to the accomplishments of the chapter and how it serves local and international charities. All proceeds from the event will be given to charity.

The next fundraiser is the bake sale of Greek favorites: tiropites (cheese filo triangles, $6 per dozen), spanakopites (spinach and feta cheese filo triangles, $6 per dozen), and Baklava (layered filo, nut and honey dessert, $18 per dozen), all handmade by the members. To place an order, contact or call 770-487-1004 prior to Feb. 29th.
St. Christopher Hellenic Orthodox Church is a member of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta and serves Orthodox Christians of all nationalities throughout the south and west areas of Atlanta. The church is located at 313 Dividend Drive in Peachtree City and was established in October 2003.

Photo L - R: Eunice Nichols (President of the Coweta Art Association), Barbara Kelly (member of Coweta Art Association), Helen Hayes (local Artist who is wearing a 100 year-old dress that belonged to her mother), Ellie Farrington (Fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Walk in PTC), and Silvia Garcia-Carreras Feenaghty (Peachtree City Artist)

Reaching Tomorrow's Leaders Today

The Acacia Fellowship is reaching out to tomorrow's church leaders one disciple at a time. This fellowship of young adults in their 20s and 30s focuses on the principles of Christ's teachings. Whether single or married, young adults will find something to assist them in their personal walk with the Lord. Join the Acacia Fellowship on the first Sunday of every month at 7 pm for worship and fellowship. Contact Jake Dukes at 404-697-6275 or First Presbyterian Church, 206 Willowbend Rd, Peachtree City for more information.


Thursday, February 14, 2008

Easter Breakfast and Egg Hunt March 22nd

Join the fun at the Peachtree City First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 22nd, for an Easter Breakfast and Egg Hunt. Breakfast and crafts will be 9 to 11:30 AM, with the Egg Hunt starting at 11:45 AM. For more information contact First Presbyterian Church, 206 Willowbend Rd, Peachtree City, at 770-487-7757. Participants are asked to furnish their own baskets and RSVP by March 16th.


Strength Training at First Presbyterian Church

Friday, March 14th at 7 pm at First Presbyterian Church is the place to be to learn more about Strength Training. Providing nutrition information will be certified Nutritionist and Dance Instructor Patricia Woody. Karate expert Kevin Brown and Dr. Matt Davis round out the presenters as all participants will be shown strength training exercises. For more information, contact First Presbyterian Church, 206 Willowbend Rd, Peachtree City at 770-487-7757.


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Doctor: Rev. Graham alert after surgery

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Evangelist Billy Graham underwent successful surgery Wednesday to update a shunt that controls excess fluid in his brain, and was expected to remain in the hospital for several days.