The church where I participate, First Presbyterian Church in Mount Pleasant, has introduced a program for Lent called “Lighten Up For Lent.” This is a team-challenge program where teams of six compete against each other to earn points. Points can be earned by doing things like drinking more water, getting enough sleep, exercising and/or counting steps, and encouraging one another. Yes, you also get a weekly bonus point for attending church! (We’re also competing against the Methodists across town… .)Read more
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Twenty-six-year-old Reema Ajram from Cedar Rapids met with the eight confirmands (in grades eighth and ninth), as well as the church’s pastor, Rev. Emory Gillespie. Ajram and Gillespie knew each other prior.
Gillespie said she asked the confirmation class what they would like to learn more about.
“They said they enjoyed learning about our neighbors and different faiths,” said Gillespie.
(this article first appeared in The Monticello Express at http://www.monticelloexpress.com/content/confirmation-class-learns-about-muslims-firsthand)Read more