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No beer sales planned by religious supply store

Friday, January 4, 2008

Mildred Close applied for a liquor license and posted the public hearing notice on her the window of her business, at 821 Broadway.

She says she's been getting some surprising reactions.

Some passing by her new shop, The Life of Jesus Religious Supply Store, see the notice of a public hearing for her permit to see 5 percent beer by the drink. They grumble, their comments sometimes loud enough to be heard clearly through the shop's front window. One man strode into the shop and asked just what did she think she was doing, said Close, who is better known by her nickname, Millie.

She told him what she tells everyone who asks.

"We are selling wine to use for communion," she said in a phone interview Friday. "I'm certainly not selling beer by the drink!"

The liquor license she filled out is used to allow different kinds of sales.

"The 5 percent beer by the drink license covers every beer-related sale and any light wine, up 14 percent," said Trisha Holloway, customer service supervisor for the city of Cape Girardeau.

Close has been working on the location since November. The store hasn't had a grand opening yet, but does have a Web site, www.thelifeofjesusorg.com.

"We're open but not fully equipped or staffed," she said. "We're going slow and doing it as we're able."

She will sell books, pictures, religious art and jewelry, as well as cards, religious garments and communion materials, such as the the wafers sometimes referred to as eucharistic hosts.

Close said no wine will be sold until the permit is approved.

"It was our intent to comply with the law, jump through all the hoops," she said. The shop is non-denominational, though Close is a retired independent Pentecostal minister. She said her career has included stints as a church pastor and day care center operator.

"Before I became a Christian, I ran a grocery store and a bar," she said.

Close, a North Dakota native, said she has been a teetotaler since the early 1970s, after spending 17 years as an alcoholic and losing her husband, who was killed by a drunken driver.

Though a member of Rock of Cape (formerly Chirstian Faith Fellowship) in Cape Girardeau, Close said her shop is not affiliated with any particular church. She intends sales proceeds to support missionaries in the United States and abroad.

Her application for a liquor license is on Monday's agenda for the Cape Girardeau City Council meeting.


335-6611, extension 127

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yeah, forget the alcohol at a religious store. you don't need to see wine. somethings funny about this.

-- Posted by noteasybeingme on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 2:58 PM

something wrong with wine in a religious store? Thought I heard that Jesus himself partook of the stuff.

-- Posted by FreedomFadingFast on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 3:26 PM

I think for the city to deny this permit would be a violation of constitutionally-protected religious liberty.

A denial would be a clear cut case of a law "prohibiting the free exercise" of religion.

-- Posted by ScaliaFan on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 4:05 PM

yeah i knew well in advance that when the rush to move into cape by outsiders that it too would eventually transform its peaceful character. goodbye mark twain, safe homes, and streets, just wait until the republicans join cape and jackson officially. you've got immigrants from all over who have crowded out the natives. this can't be good can it? i recall cape when it had one japanese family and black and white families who mostly all knew each other. i miss america.

-- Posted by wyndiciti on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 4:08 PM

The bible said fruit of the vine, grape juice would work just as well. It does not have to actually be wine! Wake up people!

-- Posted by golfhitter on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 4:24 PM

Get over yourselves - it was water into wine - it wasn't water into grape juice. I bet you think they were drinking grape juice at the the Last Supper as well.

-- Posted by DickCheney on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 4:41 PM

Why would anyone care if she sells wine?

-- Posted by allen6177 on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 4:52 PM

I'm pretty shocked at the comment about Cape becoming unsafe because it is now more than just 1 japanese family along with a bunch of white & black families that knew each other. While I'm not for illegal aliens in our city and not fond of the criminal elements that seem to be looming around lately, I think that cultural diversity is one of the most wonderful things in a city like Cape. As for the wine in the religious store - I could care less. I imagine people that have an issue with it have the choice to just not go to the store.

-- Posted by CapeRes on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 5:35 PM

Get over it!!! Stop hiding behind your Bible verses.... I used to live in a small Cape county town where all the locals had to go to Jackson to buy their beer.... If you want to drink, drink... Obey the laws... Have fun!!!!

-- Posted by jazzplayermark on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 6:48 PM

You know the Catholics will be there after Mass!

-- Posted by travellin' man on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 7:20 PM

Catholics - just wanna have fu un - yeah Catholics just wanna have fun.

Get over it dude!

-- Posted by DickCheney on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 10:52 PM

"Sales to support missionaries" Does this mean that this is a not for profit business?

-- Posted by John Baker on Sat, Jan 5, 2008, at 11:50 AM

You'd think this Millie was pitching whiskey the way people have reacted to her liquor license application. Maybe she should check the buyers' hands for calluses to weed out the revenuers. (that was a joke folks.)

-- Posted by redpen on Sat, Jan 5, 2008, at 12:08 PM

You'd think this Millie was pitching whiskey the way people have reacted to her liquor license application. Maybe she should check the buyers' hands for calluses to weed out the revenuers. (that was a joke folks.)

-- Posted by redpen on Sat, Jan 5, 2008, at 12:13 PM

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