Saturday, January 18, 2003

Some say try peace over war


Faith Matters

ANDERSON TOWNSHIP - With an Iraq war looming, some churches are focusing on peace.

The churches of the Southeastern Ecumenical Ministry will observe the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with a special joint peace service Monday.

"It's only fitting that the service be on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, one of the great champions of peace," said Pastor Henry Zorn, whose church, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, will host the service. The Southeastern Ecumenical Ministry is a collaboration of 30 churches. The group operates a food pantry, apartment buildings and a thrift store. This is the third year that a dozen of the clergy from the group have hosted a special service for the week.

"This year, we really felt peace was an important focus for the service," Pastor Zorn said. "I think (the war) is weighing very heavily on the minds of people and the hearts of Christians. At the basis of most all world religions is the love of God and the love of neighbor."

The service will begin with a simple soup and bread meal from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1950 Nagel Road, and continue with a prayer vigil at 7:30 p.m. Members of several denominations and churches in the ministry will read scripture and writings of peace leaders, including an excerpt from former President Jimmy Carter's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech and part of a letter from a relief worker in Baghdad.

For more information about the service or directions, call the church office at 474-4938.

Answers in Genesis talk

Ken Ham, the founder/president of Answers in Genesis ministries, will speak at two locations Sunday about the book of Genesis, dinosaurs and the creation/evolution debate. At the Bethel Baptist Temple, 8501 Plainfield Road, he will discuss the topics as part of the Sunday school at 10 a.m. and morning worship service at 11 a.m.

At the 10 a.m. talk, he will speak on "Defending the Christian Faith in Today's World." At 11 a.m. his talk will be on "The Relevance of Genesis." That evening at 6 p.m., Mr. Ham will speak at the Moraine Heights Baptist Church, 5661 Munger Road near Dayton, Ohio, on "Six Days and the Authority of Scripture."

For more information on the Bethel Baptist Temple service, call (859) 727-2222, ext 482. For more information on the Moraine Heights Baptist Church service, call (937) 434-6658, or visit www.answersingenesis.org.

Alpha class to begin

Princeton Crossings Community Center, 9041 Canal Way in West Chester, is offering an Alpha class beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Alpha is a 10-week, international program designed to introduce people to Christianity through weekly discussion sessions.

For more information about Alpha or the Crosspoint Church class, call 777-4441 or Pastor Thea Link at 772-7113.

Old Testament class

Abiding Word Lutheran Church, 8470 Landen Drive in Landen, is offering a Bible class on the Old Testament, "God and His People," at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday. Cost is $8, and the class is open to the public.

For more information contact Pastor Michael Otterstatter at 677-9357.

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