Religion briefs

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Briefly

Lenten services planned at area churches

* Sunday at 7 p.m., Southeast District superintendent David Norbury will preach at Maple United Methodist Church. The Zion UMC choir will sing.

* Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m., the Rev. William Marshall will be the speaker following lunch at Unity Baptist Church in Benton, Mo.

* Wednesday at 5:45 p.m., First Presbyterian Church's Lenten series continues with dinner followed by the meditation, "Golgotha," led by Bill Needle.

* Wednesday at 7 p.m., the Rev. John Rice of New McKendree United Methodist Church will lead the service at Zion Methodist Church in Gordonville. The Son Light Singers will sing. Dinner begins at 6 p.m.

'Reconstruction of Mankind' program set

Dr. Robert Weise, professor of Life Sciences and Pastoral Ministry at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, will speak from 7 to 9 p.m. April 1 at the University Center ballroom on the subject of "The Reconstruction of Mankind by Cloning, Stem Cell Research and Genetic Engineering." Advances such as artificial wombs, fertilizing and growing human embryos on computer chips, making babies 28 ways, sex selection and other areas such as artificial intelligence and transhumanism will be reviewed and discussed as they interface with the Biblical theology of creation and procreation. A question-and-answer session will follow. Weise has testified before the National Human Embryo Research Board and the National Bioethics Advisory Board regarding human embryonic research and cloning. The presentation is sponsored by the Lutheran Chapel of Hope and the Lutheran Student Fellowship at Southeast Missouri State University. It is open to the community. For more information, contact the Rev. David V. Dissen at 334-5736.

Teen Challenge dedicates new buildings today

Teen Challenge International of Mid-America will hold a public dedication of three new buildings at 2 p.m. today. The buildings are the result of a recent capital campaign conducted by a volunteer steering committee led by Cliff Ford. The campaign raised $2,367,355 in gifts and pledges, exceeding the goal of $2,350,000. The Rust-Kuehle Activities Center is a gymnasium with a weight room and kitchen facility to allow for small banquets and other special events. It is named in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Rust and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kuehle. Mr. and Mrs. Rust are longtime supporters of Teen Challenge, and their gift allowed for the building of the facility. Gary Rust wanted to honor his friend, the late Harold Kuehle, who was a longtime board member, past president and supporter of Teen Challenge by including him in the naming of the facility. The Lincoln Academic Center houses the Learning Center of Teen Challenge and two large lecture classrooms where students receive daily instruction in Christian living. Overcomers Hall is an addition to the main dormitory. It will allow for the eventual increase of 72 more students as well as providing efficiency apartments for two staff members. The capacity for the center will increase from 138 to 210. The Rev. Alton Garrison, assistant general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, will give the dedicatory address. Tours of the new facilities and a short reception will follow. Teen Challenge is on County Road 621, five miles north of Cape Girardeau.

-- From wire reports

Calendar

Sunday

* Vincentian Marian Youth encounter, 6 p.m., Shrine Church of Perryville, Mo.

Monday

n Christian Women's Club will have a luncheon, inspirational speaker and music from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge at 639 Elks Lane in Cape Girardeau. Open to the public.

Friday

* The World Day of Prayer services rescheduled from last week will be at 9 a.m. at Old St. Vincent Church and at 1:30 p.m. at New McKendree United Methodist Church in Jackson.

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