Features: Church

Jul. 04, 2013 @ 04:06 PM

How many kids don't know someone loves them?

I have the privilege of starting each day with a walk down a long sidewalk right beside the playgrounds of our Weekday Children’s Ministry. The children all wave and say hello, the older ones calling out “Hey, Pastor Caren.” Some of them don’t quite understand the Pastor part, so they call me Mister Caren. It doesn’t matter; I answer them all with a cheery hello. It starts my day right. It makes me feel loved and that is worth its weight in gold.


Jul. 04, 2013 @ 04:03 PM

A visit to a Buddhist temple

What does one wear to a Buddhist temple? That’s the question I faced Sunday when I decided to visit one with a friend. I thought about wearing my hippie-ish skirt, but nixed it and went for jeans. The website said to come comfortable.


Apr. 23, 2013 @ 01:46 PM

Covenant Community Church is like a partnership.

Wednesday Bible study at Covenant Community Church resembles a family reunion. People greet each other with hugs and linger after it’s over to talk about the kids, the new job and jury duty.


Apr. 11, 2013 @ 05:32 PM

Christ guides owners of two businesses

Robert Summers didn’t want his business name to include the word “Christian.”


Apr. 04, 2013 @ 04:33 PM

The gay challenge facing churches

“Our command to share the Gospel of Christ must transcend political battle lines,” Pastor Chris Justice said. “We must separate the politics from the people.”

Justice pastors Lee Park Baptist in Monroe. “We have gay people in our church,” he said. “I’m thankful that they feel comfortable attending. … I would be crushed if anyone visited our church and wasn’t treated in a Christ-like manner.”


Mar. 28, 2013 @ 05:38 PM

History Channel helps pastor spread message

Millions have tuned into History Channel’s “The Bible”since the weekly show aired March 3, with the five-part miniseries enjoying consistently strong ratings. One Monroe church isn’t just watching “The Bible,” but is tuning in as the Rev. Tim Madaris bases sermons off of the show. Madaris, pastor of Union Baptist, preaches on the stories the miniseries will cover the morning before each episode airs.