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Congregation will fight anti-Semitism with vigil

Rabbi Jonathan Brown talks WINCHESTER -- The Beth El Congregation didn't draw attention when vandals sprayed Nazi-related graffiti on its synagogue in the city in December. comments
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Area church breaks from Lutherans' organization

MT. JACKSON -- Morning Star Lutheran Church voted early last month to break away from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has received praise and $500 as a result, church officials said. comments
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Keeping the faith: Musican overcomes disability to become pianist, minister

1bates.jpg FRONT ROYAL -- Tony Alan Bates considers himself blessed. Blessed with an inherent musical ability, blessed with strong religious faith and blessed with a beautiful wife and son. But of all of his blessings, what was perhaps the most distinctive one originally came in disguise. comments
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Planting a seed

William Day holds a group of his Gideon Bibles EDINBURG -- The Lord called William Day through a jar of rhubarb jelly. At the Creekside Campground, owned by the Day family, the sight of jelly is as prominent as that of campers. Strawberry, blueberry, peach -- even a hot pepper jelly is present at times -- available for $5 a pint. comments
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Congregations to discuss vote allowing active gays in clergy

By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- Lutherans concerned about the direction their church is headed -- especially in light of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Churchwide Assembly's decision to allow practicing homosexuals into the clergy -- can join with like-minded individuals at a Lutheran CORE meeting Saturday at Millwood Fire Hall. At the churchwide assembly meeting in August in Minneapolis, the organization decided to allow homosexuals in committed relationships to be active in the church's ministry. The decision came on a 559-451 vote, according to a news release posted on the ELCA's Web site. "Earlier the assembly also approved a resolution committing the church to find ways for congregations that choose to do so to 'recognize, support and hold publicly accountable life-long, monogamous, same gender relationships,' though the resolution did not use the word 'marriage,'" the release says. "The actions here change the church's policy, which previously allowed people who are gay and lesbian into the ordained ministry only if they remained celibate." Ryan Schwarz, who attends a Lutheran church in McLean, is on the steering committee of Lutheran CORE, and is on the agenda Saturday. "We are a collection of congregations, individuals and reform movements, Lutherans who,... comments
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High Holy Days: Jewish tradition remembers past, offers forgiveness

Rabbi Jonathan Brown holds a Shofar The most important 10 days in the Jewish year are coming to a close, but the message they convey to the faithful is just taking effect, according to a local rabbi. comments
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First Baptist Church in Woodstock marks 50 years of service

The Rev. Michael Moore WOODSTOCK -- All of the hubbub at First Baptist Church this year is about it turning 50, but you would not realize it after talking to a few people involved. comments
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Pastor asks for blessing on sign

nightlights10.2.07.jpg WOODSTOCK -- The church leader behind the giant crosses on Interstate 81 west of Strasburg is asking for the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors' blessing when he asks the Virginia Department of Transportation for a highway sign directing motorists to his church's park. comments
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A new song: Music, band director offers more options to students

EDINBURG -- For Valley Baptist Christian School, the current recession proved to be the right time to expand its music program. For the first time, the school, at 408 Stony Creek Road, will have a full-time music and band teacher this year. comments
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Shenandoah man looks to start youth-oriented church

MT. JACKSON -- Justin Franich fell, then climbed, and now is looking to move north. A joint public hearing of the Mt. Jackson Planning Commission and Town Council is scheduled March 2 at 7 p.m. on a special-use permit for a new church, Freedom Outreach and Worship Center, to operate at 6043 Broad St. Franich, a youth pastor at Calvary Assembly of God in Staunton, will pastor the church. comments

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