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The 2020 Lenten Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church downtown begins Feb. 27, the day after Ash Wednesday and continues through April 3, the Friday before Palm Sunday.

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New Year’s always inspires new goals for self-improvements or habits we’d like to change. Yet, even with the best intentions, very few of us make our resolutions a reality. This can leave us feeling frustrated and discouraged, but the problem is usually not with us—instead, the problem is of…

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The Bible gives a broad framework for living and aging well. Those who follow a pattern of wickedness find it hard to change. Those whose feet walk a righteous path must keep to the disciplines and choices it requires.

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Do you know anyone whose birthday is Dec. 25? I have several friends born that day. As a matter of fact, experts tell us 16 million people around the world were born on Dec. 25. So what’s so special about the fact Jesus was born on that day?

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The way we see ourselves, and how we perceive others see us, shapes our very identity. Yet older adults with Alzheimer’s disease experience a cognitive unraveling of the memories that weave together their sense of self. As our older brothers and sisters in Christ struggle to recall their own…

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Many Christians are observing the season of Lent now. The season of Lent began on Ash Wednesday and continues for 40 days (excluding Sundays) until Easter. Prior to Jesus beginning his ministry, he spent 40 days of prayerful preparation in the wilderness, and Lent’s length commemorates that …

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The Lenten Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church downtown begins March 7, the day after Ash Wednesday, and will continue through April 12, the Friday before Palm Sunday.

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As luck would have it, I was at the Crescent Center when the U.S. Marshals entered the offices of Stanford Financial about five years ago and seized the company’s assets. It was a heart pumping experience. Dressed in black, with an intense sense of purpose, the marshals made it clear I didn’…

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One of the best ways to add movement to your day as an individual is to consider where you can add movement naturally to things you’re already doing— parking farther away, taking the stairs rather than the elevator, walking an extra block with the dog, and so on.

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Mindfulness means being more fully aware of our experiences in the present moment. Often when we walk, whether to get from one place to another or for the purpose of exercise, we separate movement from our thoughts. Our bodies do one thing while our minds race in another direction altogether…

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Over 20 years ago when I first started my study of gerontology, I wrote a column based on the new research that said church or synagogue attendance would be a factor in successful aging, with positive proof that your life could be extended.

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The Lenten Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church downtown begins Feb. 15, the day after Ash Wednesday, and will continue through March 23, the Friday before Palm Sunday.

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My November article was about changes that have taken place over the past 50 years that led to moral decline in our country. I spent quite a bit of time doing research and seeking wise counsel from several persons before writing the article. Soon after the November issue was distributed, I r…

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Nov. 1 was the first day of 2018 open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act Marketplace Exchanges. This year, the period lasts only six weeks and there has been almost no government sponsored advertising for people who are uninsured to know about it. There are far fewer healthcare navigator…

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A painting by well-known local artist Nancy Cheairs is featured on this year’s Church Health Christmas card, one of the healthcare organization’s biggest fundraisers of the year.

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Thirty years ago, when we opened our clinic doors for the first time, I was sweaty and jittery with nerves. What if no one came? My staff pointed fingers toward my upstairs office and told me to go there. They would call when I was needed. Fortunately, the patients came through the door, and…

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The education of the young was not an afterthought with the Puritans. Rearing children in the fear of the Lord was a sacred trust —and their textbook was the Bible. It was not uncommon for colonial children to have read the entire Bible by the age of 13 or 14, while their parents pored over …

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The Lenten Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church downtown began March 2, the Thursday after Ash Wednesday, and will continue through April 7, the Friday before Palm Sunday.

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One day an old cowboy rode his horse up to the edge of the Grand Canyon. It was the first time he had ever seen the sight. He looked to the right, then to the left, and finally his eyes stared down, down, down. He lifted his head and said, “Something mighty big sure happened here.” I can say…

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A painting by well known local artist Mary Sims will be featured on this year’s Church Health Christmas card, one of the organization’s biggest annual fundraisers.

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Editor’s Note: With Easter approaching, Highland correspondent Kathleen Twombly wanted to share the following, which is the obituary of Jesus Christ in 33 AD, written by an unknown person.

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On Sunday, Queen Elizabeth II made a rare television appearance to encourage the British people, but her words also resonate outside England. She expressed gratitude to healthcare workers and caregivers. She voiced her appreciation for their service and said it “brings us closer to a return for more normal times...”

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EASTON — On Passover, one of the four questions traditionally recited at the Seder asks, ‘Why is this night different from all other nights?’

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Change. It’s worrisome. Exhilarating. Hard. I stand on the edge looking into the unknown. Am I really supposed to do this? I’m not sure. What if…?

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The Biblical Book of John says that on the first Easter, Jesus’ disciples were isolated behind doors because they feared punishment from the Jewish leaders. Under the current stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many East Texan church members will be behind doors much like disciples were on the first Easter.

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A full parking lot of people in cars was enough to move nurses, doctors, health care workers and other employees to tears at the Christus Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital on Tuesday night.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation declaring Thursday, April 9th as a “Day of Prayer” in Iowa, urging Iowans to “unite in prayer” in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, inviting Iowans to participate in the 59th Annual Iowa Prayer Breakfast, which is offered entirely online this year.

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The world might be in the midst of one of the greatest global pandemics of all-time, but local pastors, ministers and priests say it is no match for the Holy Spirit or even the human spirit and area churches will continue to add their voice on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

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Every year people around the world come together to celebrate Easter Sunday in churches of all different denominations and sizes. Most of us have a wide variety of beliefs, traditions, and theological viewpoints, but there is one thing that, no matter those differences, we have (or should have at least) in common: Jesus died for my sins and was buried, he rose from the dead and was seen.

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While religious sermons have long been readily accessible via radio or television, Elsberry area churches are using modern technology lately to reach out to their congregations during this time of social isolation from the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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Except for Easter, 1986, when my youngest daughter made her grand entrance into the world, Easter 2020 will be the most unusual I’ve ever experienced.

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MOUNT VERNON -- With the emphasis on social distancing and a limit on mass gathering as precautions for COVID-19, Holy Week presents a special challenge because of additional church services and the significance of Easter Sunday which is usually one of the largest attended services at most churches.

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IOSCO COUNTY – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, churches in Iosco County have been forced to reconsider the manner in which they engage in fellowship with their congregations. Social distancing is considered essential to the success of the campaign to halt the spread of the disease. 

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As a sign of the changes the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought on island, Archbishop Michael Byrnes delivered Palm Sunday Mass and other Masses via livestream, instead of before a crowd of people at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica in Hagåtña.