Methodists plan outdoor worship service

First United Methodist Church will be taking it to the streets on Sept. 8, and the public is invited.

"We will invite the Spirit to 'rise up, break through the walls, beat down the doors, crush through the windows and cover the earth,' " a news release said, quoting the lyrics from the praise song, "Cover the Earth," by Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes.

The outdoor worship service will be at 10 a.m. in front of the church at 522 White Ave. The focus of the service is on resurrection power and will feature the Lookin' Up Praise Team and Chancel Choir.

Call 242-4850 for information.

Free Alzheimer's classes are offered

First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27½ Road, will sponsor classes presented by the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

Classes are free and will be from 6–7:30 p.m. Thursdays,  Sept. 5–26. The Sept. 5 class is Know the Ten Signs: Early Detection Matters; Sept. 12, Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia;  Sept. 19, Effective Communication Strategies; and Sept. 26, Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research.

Registration is required at

Outdoor service, barbecue scheduled

St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Delta will have an outdoor service Sept. 8 in Cleland Park to celebrate Holy Communion and the launching of "A Godly Play" experience for children.

A barbecue potluck will follow the outdoor service.

The Godly Play Children's Ministry, for ages 3–13, will start on Sept. 15 at the church. The "warm and inviting Montessori-style Sunday school" includes story-telling and art activities beginning at 10:15 a.m. each Sunday.

Christian singer to perform at Vineyard

Award-winning contemporary Christian music singer/songwriter Mitchell McVicker will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Vineyard Community Church, 2711 Unaweep Ave.

"McVicker's career began in 1995 and has since spanned 10 albums and a DVD, a single on a compilation, appearance as himself and music in the closing credits in the movie "Ragamuffin," and more than 1,800 concerts in 49 states and 13 countries," according to

His career began in support of fellow musician and friend Rich Mullins, who died from injuries in a car accident. That accident also "badly injured Mitch," the website says. It was while McVicker "was still deep in a lengthy and difficult recovery period," that he and Mullins were awarded a GMA Dove award for the song "My Deliverer."

McVicker's concert is a stop on his tour that includes churches, camps and coffee houses across the country. The concert is free to attend. An offering will be taken to benefit McVicker. Call 812-3113 for information.

PAWS for a Blessing on Sunday

All furry friends, hoofy friends, feathery friends, slithery friends and fishy friends — along with their humans — are invited to the Church of the Nativity's PAWS for a Blessing Service that celebrates the human-animal bond. 

Weather permitting, the service will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, around the fire pit behind the church building, at 2175 Broadway.

Bring photos of the animals if it is more practical.

See the Facebook event page at or call 462-6892 for information.

First Chinese bishop consecrated

VATICAN CITY — A Chinese Catholic bishop has been consecrated with Pope Francis' approval, in the first such ordination since the Vatican and China signed a landmark deal last year over naming bishops.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni confirmed Tuesday that Monsignor Antonio Yao Shun had received a papal mandate. He was therefore legitimately consecrated bishop of Jining, in Inner Mongolia, at a ceremony Monday.

It was the first bishop ordination since the Vatican and Beijing signed an agreement Sept. 22 over bishop nominations. The Vatican hoped the deal would end decades of estrangement, unify China's Catholics and bring all Chinese bishops into full communion with the Holy See. Details haven't been released, but Francis says it involves a process of dialogue, including to nominate candidates, but that he has the final say.

Mormons told: Beware of fancy coffees

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is reminding members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name, that vaping is banned despite the alluring flavors and that marijuana is outlawed unless prescribed by a competent doctor.

The new guidance in a church youth magazine doesn't include any fundamental changes to the religion's strict health code. But the significant clarifications seem to reflect growing concern about young Latter-day Saints' adherence to the rules.

The article says it aims to clarify issues that could be confusing to young people about the religion's "Word of Wisdom," a set of rules about foods and drinks.

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