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Detecting tainted products Commerce secretary praises CEM for food safety technology By Anna Johnson
Stallings N.C. Secretary of Commerce Keith Crisco visited CEM Corporation in Stallings Friday, and congratulated the company for a new technology that, he said, could have stopped tainted baby formula from entering the market last year. CEM’s Sprint Rapid Protein Analyzer ana-
lyzes protein in foods in 2 minutes, compared to the 6 hours the current method uses, without producing any hazardous waste, Crisco said. The current technology measures nitrogen in food, which correlates to the level of protein. This new technology, developed by CEM, measures protein directly. According to Lawrimore, when Chinese baby
food and baby formula was found tainted with melamine, a poisonous chemical that caused several infant deaths last year and has a high level of nitrogen, the Sprint Rapid Protein Analyzer would have shown there was not an increase in protein, suggesting that the food was tainted. He praised the company for earning a Presidential Green Chemistry Chal-
lenge Award, a distinction give to five companies in the nation that work in green technology. Buck Lawrimore, a spokesman for Union County Partnership for Progress, said the amount of protein in food determines its market value, and CEM’s method could become the world’s standard for analyzing protein. “We chose CEM (to host
Crisco) because of its innovation,” Lawrimore said. “In many ways is one of the most innovating companies in Union County.” Crisco also praised Project Legacy, a proposed 5,000 acre industrial park located in the eastern part of the county, and appointed Deputy Secretary Dale Carrol to smooth the
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WHAT’S NEWS Um, Your Honor, can I date her? APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin teenager will need legal permission to date girls for the next three years after he was convicted of fleeing to Tennessee with his girlfriend in a stolen car. Nineteen-year-old Jordan S. Christensen of Appleton was sentenced Friday to one year in jail and three years’ probation. Outagamie County Judge John Des Jardins has ordered “no dating of the opposite sex without permission of your probation agent.” Christensen had pleaded no contest to charges of auto theft, stealing a firearm and bail jumping. He apologized for his actions before the sentencing. Investigators say Christensen stole his foster parents’ car May 26 and fled to the Memphis area with his 16-year-old girlfriend.
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Nursing students donate to Christmas Bureau
One in 110 CDC estimate of Autism rate increases from 1 in 150
BY TIFFANY LANE
MONROE “I couldn’t imagine being a parent and not being able to give a gift to your child.” Jamie Nell said the toys she wrapped for the Union County Christmas Bureau aren’t just for children; their parents get the gift of giving, too. With help from fellow faculty and students, Nell and 50 classmates from South Piedmont Community College collected clothes, toys, tea sets, remote control cars, firefighter helmets, games and books for what Nell calls that one “magical” moment on Christmas morning. Nell is part of SPCC’s Associate Degree Nursing Program. Two years ago, the class sponsored two families at Christmas. Last year, its angel tree gathered enough for 50 children, and this year, 75. This year’s tree was dedicated to former classmate Nick Mayhew, who died Nov. 16. Program director Joyce Long has two boys of her own. “They’re big now,” she said, but remembers their faces lighting up to unwrap gifts “no matter
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South Piedmont Community College nursing student Kristy Ratliff totes a bicycle destined for the Union County Christmas Bureau. what’s in the package.” She said she wants other parents to feel the same joy. One SPCC student is receiving gifts from the Christmas Bureau herself, but sold a textbook and used the money to
buy an angel tree gift. Other donors used the gift drive to teach their kids about giving back. Nell’s 12-year-old daughter joined her in shopping for presents. SPCC staff members also collected more than
$1,200 to provide gifts and grocery store gift cards to five Anson County and one Union County family. Nursing student Kristy Ratliff said those helped now are likely to help someone else later on.
ATLANTA (AP) — About 1 in 110 children have autism, according to the government’s latest estimate released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s a small change from a 1 in 100 preliminary estimate that CDC officials made in October from the same study. CDC officials said the latest number comes from a more complete analysis of reports from 11 states. Until recently, the CDC had been saying autism occurred in 1 in 150 children. The new CDC estimate looks at 8-year-old children who had been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in 2006. The increase may be due in part to better diagnosis and changes in how well records were kept in the study sites, said Catherine Rice, a CDC behavioral scientist who worked on the new report. “At this point it’s impossible to say how much is a true increase and how
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A paramedic’s daughter is top EMT
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WAXHAW The daughter of a paramedic, Tasha Starnes said she learned basic life-saving skills “as soon as I could hold stuff in my hands.” Early training must have paid off for Starnes because Thursday she was recognized as Emergency Medical Techni-
cian of the Year in Union County. Earlier this winter, she was recognized as EMT of the Year at her station, the Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Department, where she has worked for four years “I’m extremely proud of her, “ said her mother, Cindy Wilson, who works as a paramedic with Union Emergency Medical Services. “My cowork-
ers say they love when she comes and runs calls with them because she knows what she’s doing and jumps right in.” Starnes said she didn’t expect to win the award. In fact, the 24-year-old was working at her fulltime job at CVS drugstore at Kensington when the Waxhaw fire chief and some co-workers came in to congratulate her.
Wilson said her daughter’s hard work and dedication attracted the county’s notice. By mid-November, Starnes had run 299 calls. One month, she answered 40 percent of the calls that came in to her station. “We have a saying that goes, ‘Paramedics save lives but EMTs save paramedics.’ We love our first responders,” Wilson said.
Starnes said she doesn’t know if she will pursue a career as a paramedic but for now, she enjoys the opportunity to help others. “It’s the thrill knowing you get to help something, that if you drop everything you’re doing, you can potentially save a life.” She said she owed the award to her community and fire department.
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DEATHS Elsie V. Tuttle
MONROE Elsie V. Tuttle, 90, of Oakboro, NC, formerly of Proctor, WV, died Thursday, December 17, 2009 at the Hillcrest Baptist Church Rest Home in Monroe, NC. She was born February 3, 1919 in Lumberport, WV, a daughter of the late Richard C. and Stella Morgan Starkey. She was a retired employee of Corning Glass Company in Paden City, WV; and a member of the Antioch Christian Church in Proctor, WV. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Tuttle; a son, Ralph Tuttle; two sisters, Vercha Gregory and Velva Frazier; and three brothers, Ralph, Leo and Willis Starkey. Survivors include a son, Roger (Elizabeth) Tuttle of Oakboro; five grandchildren, Richard Tuttle of Lilburn, GA, Brian Tuttle of Winder, GA, Sheila (D. Blaine) Nease Portsmouth, Ohio, Diane Tuttle of Charlotte, NC and Jody Tuttle of Oakboro; three great grandchildren, Garrett, Zoe and Gavin Nease of Portsmouth, Ohio; and a sister, Garnet Hayhurst of Smithfield, WV. Family will receive friends on Saturday from 6-8pm at Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, 751 Third Street, New Martinsville. Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 2:00pm at Antioch Christian Church, Proctor, WV with Rev. LeMoyne Horner officiating. Interment in Antioch Christian Church Cemetery, Proctor. Memorial contributions may be made to Antioch Christian Church, Route 1, Box 105, Proctor, WV 26055. Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com PAID OBITUARY
MONROE Inez Maria Phillips Fennell, 90, died Thursday (Dec. 17, 2009) at the Carrington Place. A burial mass will be offered at 1 p.m. today at St. Matthew Church.
CHARLOTTE — The Rev. James Gwin, 76, died Friday (Dec. 18, 2009) at his home. He was a pastor at Christian Mission Baptist Church in Monroe. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Grier Funeral Services - Monroe.
WINGATE Baby Ja’Keron Martinez, an infant, died Thursday (Dec. 17, 2009) at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Grier Funeral Services - Monroe.
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INDIAN TRAIL Mr. Rowell, 85, of Indian Trail, passed away at his home December 15, 2009. A native of Indian Trail, he was born October 23, 1924, the son of the late C.E. Rowell and Ruth Horton Rowell. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Air Force. Following the war he returned to the family farm and married Bernice Day Rowell in 1948. In 1981, he retired from Western Electric and began farming with his son until his illness. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Kenneth Rowell. Survivors, in addition to his wife of the home, include his daughter, Barbara Wood and husband, David, of Monroe; two sons, William (Bill) Rowell and his wife, Kim, of Wichita, KS, and Douglas Rowell and his wife, Kathlyn, of Indian Trail; granddaughters, Shauna Serdinsky and husband, Eric, of Monroe, Victoria Rowell and Ali Rowell of Indian Trail; grandson, Randall Wood of Monroe; great grandson, Austin Driggers; special friends, Karen Osborne and husband, Marion. The family wishes to thank Dr. Coggins, Dr. Rinaldi, and Dr. Richardson for their excellent care. The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Sunday, December 20, 2009, at Mill Grove United Methodist Church in Indian Trail. Funeral services will also be at the church beginning at 11:00 AM Monday. The Rowell family is in the care of Gaskin Services, Matthews, www.gaskinservices. com. PAID OBITUARY
CHARLOTTE — Jo Carpenter Pattishall; beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed into the arms of our beloved Father after a long and rich life on Thursday, December 10, 2009 after a three decade battle with Lupus and yearlong battle with breast cancer. Jo is survived by her husband of 50 years, Dr. Franklin David Pattishall; her daughter, Laura McLean and husband, Malcolm, of Charlotte; her son, David Pattishall and wife, Kathy, of Charlotte; her daughter, Jane Snyder and husband, Michael, of Albemarle; and her daughter, Melissa Mangham and husband, Timothy, of Badin Lake. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren, Sinclair and Joe McLean; Jack, Caroline and Lily Snyder; and Chase and Matthew Mangham. Also surviving are “adopted” son JeanPierre Kazadi Sangai and wife Donna; and beloved companion Della Massey. A service to celebrate Jo’s life was held Saturday, December 12, 2009 at Christ Episcopal Church. Contributions may be made to either of the following in lieu of flowers-Alliance for Lupus Research28 West 44th St.; Suite 1217 New York, NY 10036 or Hospice & Palliative Care – Charlotte Region 1420 East 7th St. Charlotte, NC 28204. PAID OBITUARY
‘Friendly Fire’ author dies
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — C.D.B. Bryan, whose 1976 book “Friendly Fire” about the accidental death of a soldier in Vietnam struck a chord with disillusioned Americans, has died at his Connecticut home. He was 73. Bryan died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Guilford, said his wife, Mairi. He was holding one of his iconic shaken martinis when he died, she said. Although Bryan wrote extensively for several magazines throughout his career, he was best known for “Friendly Fire.”
RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina’s Supreme Court temporarily halted the release of two convicted murderers serving life sentences Friday just an hour before the inmates were set to go free, and two lower court judges have now issued conflicting opinions on whether the prisoners should get early releases. The high court ruling gives the attorney general’s office another chance to make arguments after inmates Alford Jones and Faye Brown won two lower-court victories during a week of drama. Convicts who were sentenced to life between 1974 and 1978 received terms defined as no more than 80 years long. Some
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good-behavior credits be applied to calculate an unconditional release date for a life sentence,” Caudill wrote as he denied inmate William Folston’s request. His ruling went contrary to an order from Superior Court Judge Ripley Rand earlier this week, who ordered quick release of the Jones and Brown. Attorneys for the inmates had argued before Rand that the prisoners regularly earned a variety of credits that should be applied to their 80-year terms. The court of appeals briefly intervened to keep the inmates behind bars before rejecting the state’s appeal of Rand’s decision.
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• DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS CHAPTER 95, 9 a.m. breakfast, 10 a.m. meeting, Golden Corral, 2507 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe. Details, 704-635-7908, unionncdav@earthlink. net. • TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), 9 a.m. weigh-in, 9:20 meeting, Love Baptist Church, 707 Deese Road, Monroe. Details, 704-226-1520. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Low Bottom group, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., old Belk building, 200 Stewart St., Monroe. Details, 704-332-4387; 704-377-0244. • OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS, 10 a.m., Central United Methodist Church, room 106. • BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS CLASS, 1:30 p.m., Monroe Library. Free. Registration required; call 704-283-8184. • WIDOWS GROUP, 3 p.m., Quincy’s, 502 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe. Details, 704-207-7311. • NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 5:30 p.m. to 6: 30 p.m., Friendship Missionary Baptist Church administrative building, 501 Burke St. Details, 704821-4256, 704-763-0784. • BINGO, 7:30 p.m., Vietnam Veterans Association Post No. 14, 620 Roosevelt Blvd., $2,500 program. Doors open at 5 p.m. For details, call 704283-6165. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 8 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245.
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of them contend sentence-reduction credits mean they’ve completed their time behind bars. If the courts continue to side with the inmates, dozens could be set free. After a string of losses in the courts, state attorneys won a victory Friday that seemed to complicate the tangle. Superior Court Judge Gentry Caudill determined in an order released by state officials that the Department of Correction secretary has discretion in how to award good behavior credits, and said the secretary has decided not to apply those discounts to release “life” prisoners early. “No Secretary of Correction has ever directed
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a.m., Bazemore Center, Winchester Avenue, Monroe. Free to all senior citizens. Details, 704-282-4654. • BABY TIME, 10:30 a.m., Union West Library. Details, 704-821-7475. • TODDLER TIME, 11:15 a.m., Union West Regional Library, for children ages 12 months to 36 months. • BABY TIME, 11:30 a.m., Waxhaw Library. Details, 704-843-3131. • MICROSOFT WORD I CLASS, 3 p.m., Union West Library. Free. Registration required; call 704-821-7475. • FAMILY MUSIC FUN, 3:30 p.m., Waxhaw Library. Details, 704-8433131. • TURNING POINT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GROUP, 4 p.m. at the shelter. Details, 704-2837233. • CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Outpatient Treatment Pavilion auditorium, CMC-Union. Details, Kara Finch, 704289-5502, kfinch @carolina.rr.com. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Low Bottom group, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., old Belk building, 200 Stewart St., Monroe. Details, 704-332-4387; 704377-0244. • INDIAN TRAIL TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), private weighin, 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m; meeting 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Indian Trail United Methodist Church, 113 Indian Trail Road. First visit free. Details, 704843-9365. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 6 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245. • TOPS (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY), 6:30 p.m. weigh-in, 7 p.m. meeting, First Baptist Church, 109 Morrow Ave. Details, 704-2331610. • TURNING POINT VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Janice Bellamy, 704-283-9150. • TOPS (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY), 6:30 p.m. weigh-in, 7 p.m. meeting, Bonds Grove United Methodist Church, Waxhaw. Details, 704-843-2735. • NAMI-UNION COUNTY, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 7 p.m., Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 725 Deese St., Monroe. For details, call 704-882-1293 or 704-2835128. • UNION CHORALE, 7 p.m., Stallings United Methodist Church, 1115 Stallings Road. Details, Sandy McReynolds, 704238-1555.
• COMMUNITY CAREER CONNECTIONS, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lee Park Baptist Church. Call 704-289-4674. • VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST 5464, 7:30 p.m., 712 VFW Road, Monroe. • PROVIDENCE VFD, training, 7:30 p.m., Station 5025, Hemby Road, Weddington. For details, call Dick Bonner, 704-8461014 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays. • GRIFFITH ROAD VFD LADIES’ AUXILIARY, 7:30 p.m., station on Griffith Road at Broome Road. For details, call 704-289-8223, 704-283-6311 evenings. • NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friendship Missionary Baptist Church administrative building, 501 Burke St. Details, 704-8214256, 704-763-0784.
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East Coast braces for winter weather Virginia declares state of emergency, FAA says storm delayed Atlanta flights Friday CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A major storm moving up the Atlantic Coast on the last shopping weekend before Christmas threatened to shut down much of the region as officials warned of up to 20 inches of snow and significant power outages. People stocked up on groceries and other staples Friday after the National Weather Ser-
vice issued winter storm warnings from the Carolinas to Rhode Island. Jim Weintraub, owner of Ace Hardware in Asheville, N.C., where a foot or more of snow was expected, said he picked up 1,500 pounds of rock salt Friday morning. An hour-and-a-half later, “I’m just about out,” he said. But customers were thinking fun, too.
“I’ve been told we’re the only store around with sleds,” Weintraub said. “As I was driving back up to the store, my wife was calling me and saying, ‘Where are you? People are waiting for sleds!’” In Virginia, Gov. Tim Kaine declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm, placing the National Guard and other agencies on standby. Philadelphia officials also
declared a state of emergency and the school district canceled all weekend activities. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley urged motorists to stay home if possible. Some shoppers were trying to get their holiday buying done before the snow hit. “Most of them are coming in this morning to shop before they get snowed in,” said Kayla
ing of a competitive angler who also manages an Alcohol Beverage Control warehouse has been pulled. In exchange for $3,200 in expenses over the last three years, Kevin Helms put Jim Beam logos on his jersey, hat and boat. Mecklenburg County ABC Board CEO Calvin McDougal ended the endorsement after media revealed top staff and their spouses were treated to a $9,000 steak dinner from international distiller Diageo. McDougal and other employees have repaid the money.
access to those numbers, which were used to identify library users. She said it appears the security breach was limited. But state law requires the schools system to send a warning. The security breach of the system’s library server in Raleigh occurred Aug. 23 and was discovered the next morning.
Mahr at the Bath and Body shop at the River Ridge Mall in Lynchburg, Va. The Federal Aviation Administration said departing flights at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport were being delayed by as much as an hour Friday because of rain and wind. United Airlines says it had already canceled more than 140 Saturday
flights on the East Coast ahead of Saturday’s weather. Forecasters expected up to 20 inches of snow through late Saturday from the Washington metro area to West Virginia. They said it could be the most snow in the nation’s capital since a February 2003 storm dumped nearly 27 inches at BaltimoreWashington International Airport.
STATE BRIEFS FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Most at meeting favor immigrants in state colleges
RALEIGH — About 150 people showed up for a meeting about plans by North Carolina’s community colleges to admit illegal immigrants. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that a public hearing Friday drew 57 people who signed up to speak on the issue, with all but six favoring the open-door policy. Supporters included Hispanic high school and college students, members of religious organizations, public school teachers, and industry trade groups. One opponent complained most working people could not attend the midday hearing. The community colleges board in September approved a policy to enroll undocumented immigrants if they pay out-of-state tuition rates, graduated from an American high school, and don’t displace students in the U.S. legally.
Good Samaritan robbed, killed
McLEANSVILLE — Authorities say someone robbed and killed a North Carolina coin collector
who friends say offered financial help to those struggling this Christmas. The News & Record of Greensboro reports Friday that 76-year-old Charles Herman Brown of McLeansville was found dead Wednesday by church members who were checking on him. They found his door kicked in and his body tied up on the floor of his ransacked office. The door to a safe where Brown kept a collection of rare coins was hanging open. Friends say he frequently talked about his coins. The Rev. Dennis Tabor of Stevens Memorial Baptist Church said Brown had earned some extra money and had recently asked if anyone in the church needed money or help.
ABC employee loses Jim Bean sponsorship
CHARLOTTE — The CEO of North Carolina’s largest local enforcer of alcohol laws has revoked an employee’s bass fishing sponsorship amid a state investigation into conflicts of interest. The Charlotte Observer reported Friday that Jim Beam’s corporate back-
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College system hacked; 51,000 IDs compromised
ASHEVILLE — Authorities say a hacker accessed a computer server for North Carolina community colleges containing the personal information of nearly 51,000 people. The state Community College System will mail letters next week telling students that someone hacked a database that included Social Security and drivers license numbers. System senior vice president Saundra Williams said officials don’t believe the hacker gained
Jobless rate drops, still near highest
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s unemployment rate dipped slightly in November but hovered near its historic peak of around 11 percent for a 10th straight month, the state’s Employment Security Commission reported Friday. The unemployment rate in November dipped a fraction to 10.8 percent, from 10.9 percent in October. The monthly estimate has yo-yoed slightly above and below 11 percent since February. It peaked at 11.1 percent in May. Since the national recession starting in December 2007, North Carolina has lost 252,000 jobs. In the past year, the state’s companies have shed 154,200 workers, with manufacturing and construction companies together cutting 95,000 jobs.
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path for the project on the state level. Crisco spoke to community leaders, town mayors, businessmen and Union County commissioners and was invited to speak by Union County Partnership for Progress, the economic development agency that proposed an outline for Project Legacy. “This is a great innovation to transform the area,” Crisco said in a press release. “We’ll use every tool we can to ensure its success.” Jim Carpenter, president of the Union County Chamber of Commerce,
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Bring back the filibuster The Democrats have 58 senators, a clear majority, and the two independent senators caucus with the party, giving them more power as far as committee assignments and the like. Nevertheless, the Democrats cannot pass most of the agenda that they campaigned on in 2008 because of the threat of the filibuster. A filibuster allows the minority party a method to delay or block legislation. Informally, the term applies to “any attempt to block or delay Senate action on a bill or other matter by debating it at length, by offering numerous procedural motions or by any other delaying or obstructive actions.” The term comes from a Dutch word meaning “pirate,” and it became popular in the United States during the 1850s. In South Carolina, we can proudly state Sen. Strom Thurmond holds the record for the longest filibuster that clocked in at 24 hours and 18 minutes. “Thurmond’s effort was a lesson in voice conservation,” the Associated Press reported. “At times he spoke so quietly that he appeared to be mumbling to himself. At other times his voice rang loud and clear across the Senate floor.” Though his attempt to stop the 1957 civil rights bill failed, no one can argue that he did not fight for his beliefs. Today, that’s not the case. The filibuster and the threat of the filibuster have become words scattered like dust in the wind by newsmakers on television shows. No one ever intends to actually take the floor, decry the legislation at length or attempt to change any senator’s mind by persuasion. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), for example, once a champion of expanding Medicare, now threatens to use the filibuster if the provision is added to the health care reform package. If he had the integrity and fortitude to debate the matter, even talk at length about the error of such a measure, one could argue he is doing his job. Now, however, no one can openly question him on the official congressional record because he wants to use a threat rather than a real filibuster where he would have to be held much more accountable for his words and actions. It’s not as if one senator must filibuster alone. The procedures of the Senate allow one to yield to a colleague without losing the floor as long as he remains standing for the question. Those participating in a filibuster only have to have one member on the floor, but those on the other side of the issue must keep a majority of the Senate available to respond to a quorum call or roll call vote. The opponents of a bill or amendment have the advantage in this case. Americans often “throw the bums out” when Congress does not complete the work it set out to do. It seems unfair to do so with an unrelenting opposition that filibusters every movement in the Senate. When cots line the Senate’s anteroom as they did in the 1950s, we can be satisfied that the Senate is working hard on the issues that face this country. Until then, the opposition places itself apart from accountability and far from the moral beacons it claims to be. When the opposition cannot stand up on the senate floor and say “no” on the record for the American citizens to see, we know there are no fighters in the Senate. When the opposition chooses to manipulate our opinion of the issues through talk radio, editorialized newscasts, political action committees and advertising, we know no one is representing our interests. If you are representing the citizens of this country, you should have the guts to face us on the record. Bring back real filibusters, and bring back some accountability to our system. The Messenger of Hartsville, S.C.
Why our bubble wasn’t bigger RALEIGH I guess it’s cold comfort to say this in a state with thousands of residents underwater on their mortgages, but by national standards North Carolina didn’t experience much of a housing bubble during the past decade. Our trends look nothing like those of states such as California and Arizona where the housing markets look a bit like smoking ruins. Growth-policy expert Randal O’Toole has the data to demonstrate the point – and an explanation for why some states had huge housing bubbles and other states didn’t. Let’s start with the data. Back in October, the Cato Institute published a paper from O’Toole that reports several interesting trends. One table shows the average gain in housing prices in each state from the first quarter of 2000 to each peak, and then the average drop in housing prices in each state from the peak to the second quarter of 2008. Here are some examples of bubble states: California – 124 percent price gain, then 32 percent price drop. Florida – Up 108 percent, down 27 percent. Rhode Island – Up 96 percent, down 16 percent. Arizona – Up 87 percent, down 22 percent. I picked these because they illustrate the point that bubbles do not appear to be related to any particular geographical variable. What O’Toole noticed, however, is that virtually all of the states with major housing bubbles also enforced comprehensive state laws managing growth and land-use markets. The median state, Alaska, had a 39 percent price gain
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followed by a 6 percent drop. That’s not much of a bubble. Alaska also has no significant state controls on growth or realestate development. Virtually all of the states below the median in housing-price variability also lacked statewide growthmanagement policies. Consider North Carolina. From 2000 to peak, our housing prices rose by an average of 22 percent. From peak to 2008, they dropped by less than 1 percent. Granted, there’s been some marked declines in prices since then in North Carolina, but that’s true in most of the rest of the country, too. The point is that, comparatively, North Carolina’s housing markets did not gyrate nearly as much as those in states with comprehensive growth management laws. The explanation of this relationship isn’t hard to fathom. Urban growth boundaries and similar policies restrict the ability of developers to bring housing inventory to market. “In a normal housing market,” O’Toole writes, “home values keep up with inflation and median family incomes. Markets become abnormal when there is some limit on the supply of new homes – and most such limits result from government regulation.” In such abnormal housing markets, producers have far less ability to respond
quickly to changes in household preferences. Price swings are amplified. You can see more evidence for the effect when comparing median home values to median family incomes. In heavy-regulation bubble states, the ratio changed markedly. In California, the median home cost 3.8 times median income in 1999. The ratio rose to 8.3 in 2006 and then dropped to 5.5 by 2008. Alternatively, look at North Carolina’s ratio. The median home cost 2.1 times income in 1999, 2.5 times income in 2006, and 2.6 times in 2008. That’s not much of a change. Of course, we’re talking about statewide averages here. Within North Carolina, some housing markets are more heavily regulated than others. Some previous research by JLF demonstrated the consequences of these regulations, with communities such as Asheville and Wilmington forcing their home prices up by thousands of dollars. Housing regulation didn’t cause the financial crisis and subsequent recession, of course. But it played a role in making housing bubbles bigger – and thus making the pop louder and more painful. Thank goodness North Carolina hasn’t yet emulated California, Maryland, or Florida by passing state growth-management rules. Not that some haven’t tried. In recent years, some state lawmakers and self-styled environmentalists have sought to give North Carolina’s urban planners exactly that kind of power over housing markets. Here’s another reason to say no. • John Hood is president of the John Locke Foundation and publisher of CarolinaJournal. com.
They won’t even charge you extra to laugh at me WINGATE Nobody would confuse me for Mikhail Baryshnikov. Don’t get me wrong; I like to dance. It’s just that, well, I have a really bad case of the two-leftfoot syndrome. You can imagine my surprise when Amy Helms asked me to perform in the Union County Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ this year. Wait, I said. You do realize who you are talking to, right? Sure do, she told me. No, no, I responded. This is Jason. Jason deBruyn. I’m 6-foot-3, irreparably clumsy and I don’t look good in tights. This is ‘The Nutcracker,’ with beautiful dancers spinning and jumping and performing dance moves the names of which I can’t even pronounce. I know, she said. But we have a girl who is really tall. Last year she danced with someone shorter than her and she doesn’t want to do that again. You won’t do any ballet, just a few ballroom steps. It’s easy. Please? How could I say no? Plus, I figured, if it’s already the middle of November and she is asking me of all people, how impressive of a performance could it really be. I’ll just fake it ‘til I make it.
Mistake No. 1. I arrived at my first rehearsal and met my partner, Alexis. Amy was right; she’s tall. Immediately, everyone took their places and the music started; I vaguely recognized it from a Christmas past, but no moves were dancing through my head. All of a sudden, Alexis pulling me toward the middle of the dance studio and the dance began. I was instantly lost. I discovered that all the other dancers had performed in ‘The Nutcracker’ every year for about the past two centuries, and know the dances like they know their morning coffee routine. I know it about as well as I know how to build a coffee maker from spare parts. I started to pick up on some of the moves from watching the other dancers, but seeing
us practice must have been like watching an Olympic synchronized swimming team, only one team member (me) is a giraffe who does not know how to swim. It was bad. By this point somebody took pity on me and showed me the steps in slow motion. Alexis tried to stifle her laughter, but her snickers were hard to hide. The performance seemed doomed if I were allowed to stay ... but they released us from the first practice and called us back the next week. Every day I tried to visualize the moves so I could blend in at least halfway. Step touch, step together, I kept repeating. What? My coworkers asked, during our weekly staff meeting. Oh, sorry. Just going over my, er, dance moves. Blank stares all around. Never mind, let’s move on. After a few weeks we got to the dress rehearsal at Wingate University, and I realized that I had woefully undersold this production to my friends. I figured this would be a nice show, but more or less of high-school quality. Like I said, if they asked me, how good could it be? Mistake No. 2. (Noticing a trend?)
The dancers are majestic, the costumes elegant and the set dazzling. (This is a nonprofit group that manages to put on a $40,000 production through ticket sales, after all.) For a minute I thought I had stepped into a Broadway show. I found out Alexis has three other parts and is fantastic in all of them. Right about then I decided she probably thinks of me as about the biggest klutz she knows. We ran through a dress rehearsal and things went swimmingly. At least for the real dancers. I was still left putzing around in with my two left feet, but hey, maybe I’ll add comic value, right? After the rehearsal I started nervously whistling in the dressing room. Mistake No. 3. (I’m swiftly losing count.) One of the real dancers scoldingly informed me that whistling in the dressing room is really bad luck. Kind of a break-a-leg scenario. Um, sorry? I had no idea. It’s OK, he said. Just don’t do it again. Check. Driving home that evening, I had an ‘aha’ moment while whistling the ‘Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy’ far away from any dressing rooms.
With the down economy and my family struggling for money, we decided to forego giving gifts this year and just take time out to have a family day for games and cocoa without a cell phone vibrating every three minutes. I drew some parallels to my experience in ‘The Nutcracker.’ The whole experience has pushed me way out of my comfort zone, but the cool part is that I really like it there. Maybe one of the best gifts is immersing myself into a different culture and finding out how cool it is to prepare for a major performance. I made some new friends and learned there are incredible dancers in Union County. The best part is that they accepted me even though I’m a terrible dancer — thank goodness I have only the smallest of parts. I bet if you step out of your comfort zone this Christmas, you might find the same is true for you. And hey, you can still come watch us perform. I’ll be the clumsy 6-foot-3 guy who looks totally out of place. They don’t even charge extra if you want to laugh at me.
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Should Christian brands spoof logos? Companies fear backlash if they fight for trademarks BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Christian stores have just the Christmas gift for Facebook fans: A “Jesus Christ wants to be your friend” T-shirt that mimics the design of the popular social networking site. Do you like shirts from teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch? How about a Christian copycat that transforms the chain’s name to “Abreadcrumb & Fish,” a reference to the biblical story of Jesus miraculously feeding the multitudes with bread and a few fish? American retailers sell about $4.6 billion worth of Christian products annually, and some are spoofs or spinoffs of commercial logos or brand names. Many such goods are illegal, trademark attorneys say, but companies often are unaware their names are being copied or don’t put up a fight for fear of being labeled anti-faith. There are “iPray” hats to wear while listening to your iPod, and the logo for the popular “Rock Band” video game was tweaked for a Christian necklace with a pendant shaped like a guitar pick. Preachers are even in on the act: They can buy materials for sermons based on popular TV shows including “Lost” and “Survivor.” Church marketing consultant Brad Abare has seen tons of such stuff and doesn’t like it. He’s even come up with a name for some of it: “Jesus Junk.” “We think it’s just dumb. It’s not a true reflection of creativity,” said Abare, of the nonprofit Center for Church Communication in Los Angeles. Trademark attorney
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Christian merchandise often spoofs popular brands, from the Barack Obama ‘Hope’ poster (above) to the ubiquitos iPod.
Michael G. Atkins of Seattle said legal parodies of commercial trademarks are protected under the First Amendment, but such religious products generally don’t fall into that category. “You could take Microsoft and change their logo around to make fun of Microsoft, and that would be legal,” he said. “But I can’t use the Microsoft logo to promote my Christian theme because there’s no real connection there. That’s illegal.” Marjorie Koval of the Association for Christian Retail said it’s hard to say how much of the market is made up of parody items.
Based in Berryville, Ark., Kerusso sells Christian-themed items including T-shirts, dolls and jewelry, and it asks customers to report anyone that rips off their designs, many of which are original. Its products are available in 7,000 stores nationwide. Yet some of Kerusso’s popular products are copycats of corporate brands and logos known worldwide. The company makes the Facebook shirt for $17.99, plus one where Apple’s iPod is tweaked into “iPray.” For the same price you can buy an “Amazing Grace” shirt that resembles the “American Idol” TV logo. Kerusso’s Abercrombie & Fitch copycat is labeled a “classic” on its Web site. Kerusso CEO Vic Kennett said he gets complaints from companies whose logos are parodied, and Kerusso changes those designs or discon-
tinues merchandise. “If Jesus were here today would he make parody T-shirts? I doubt it,” Kinnett said. “But in his day, he did use parables. He used things that were common and recognized in everyday life to make a point or say something with a deeper meaning.” Abercrombie & Fitch attorney Reid Wilson said the “Abreadcrumb & Fish” design is a ripoff. “We view that type of use of our trademark as an absolute infringement,” he said. Atkins, the trademark expert, said few companies will fight the issue. “I think you have a real tension between the legal department and the PR department,” he said. “(Large companies) are very sensitive to looking like they are anti-Christian, so they are very restrained in going after the wrongdoers.”
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CHURCH BRIEFS Altan Presbyterian 108 W. Sandy Ridge Road, Monroe; www.altanpc.org Pastor: William Wiley Regular Sunday: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship Amazing Grace Evangelical Lutheran 416 W. North Main St., Waxhaw Pastor: Richard Carter Regular Sunday: 9 a.m., Sunday school; 10 a.m., worship; 7 p.m. Antioch Baptist 6223 Love Mill Road, Monroe; 704-7534977; www.antiochbaptistchurch.us Pastor: Mike Riley Dec. 13: 3 p.m., Christmas caroling. Dec. 20: 6 p.m., “Christmas — Times to Remember” program; refreshments. Regular schedule: Sunday school, 10 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m., Bible study, Kingdom Kids. Antioch Missionary Baptist 5909 Wolf Pond Road, Monroe; 704-841-7046 Pastor: Robert M. Parker Regular Sundays: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship Antioch United Methodist 3205 Antioch Church Road, Pastor: Betty Jeanne Day Regular Sunday: 9:30 a.m., worship, 9:30 a.m.; 10:30 a.m., Sunday school. Austin Grove Baptist 5919 Austin Grove Church Road, Marshville Pastor: Leon Whitley Regular Sunday: 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 10:45 a.m., 6 p.m., worship. Wednesdays: 6 p.m., Awanas; 6:45 p.m., worship. Benton’s Cross Roads Baptist 109 Lawyers Road East, Monroe; 704-753-1291 Regular Sundays: Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays: 6:45 p.m., AWANA, Brothers & Sisters in Christ; 7 p.m., Kids Music & Creative Movement for ages 3 through eighth grade; adult prayer meeting. Benton Heights Baptist 1411 Helms St., Monroe; 704-2832606 Pastor: M.A. “Sandy” Rogers Regular Sunday schedule: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship; 6 p.m., worship Wednesday: 6:30 p.m., Bible study. Benton Heights Presbyterian 2701 Concord Highway, Monroe; 704283-4912; www.bhpres.org; www.bhpcyouth.blogspot.com Pastor: Paul Saleeby Sundays: 8:45 a.m., contemporary service; 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., traditional worship. Wednesdays: Youth activities, men and women’s fellowship and Needler’s Group. Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9 a.m. to noon, mother’s morning out; ages 6 months to 4 years. Thursdays: 7 p.m., RESET service; live music, coffee bar; nursery provided Bethany Presbyterian 6713 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe; 704-764-3357 Pastor: Janet R. Tyson Regular Sundays: 10 a.m. Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship. Bethel Baptist 2317 Landsford Road, Marshville Pastor: Randy Davis Regular Sunday: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship Bethel United Methodist 3207 Wesley-Stouts Road, Monroe Pastor: Betty Jeanne Day Sundays: Sunday school, 10 a.m.; traditional worship, 11 a.m. Bethlehem United Methodist 5300 Nesbit Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Howard Fleming Dec 20: 11 a.m. Christmas Cantata Regular Sundays: 8:30 a.m., contemporary service; 11 a.m., traditional service. Bethlehem Presbyterian 7608 Concord Hwy., Monroe; 704-7534223; www.bethlehemchurch.net Interim pastor: Mike Ward Sunday: Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; “It’s not the Hilton, you know” worship, 10:30, led by youth Preschool: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, ages 3 to 5. Bonds Grove Methodist 8215 Bonds Grove Church Road, Waxhaw; 704-843-5231; www.gbgm-umc. org/bondsgrove/ Pastor: Randy Blanton Sundays: 9:15 a.m., Sunday school; 10:30 a.m., worship. Mondays: 6:30 p.m., TOPS Tuesdays: 6:30 p.m., disciple class. Calvary Baptist 2518 Lancaster Highway, Monroe Pastor: Eddie Price Regular Sunday: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 10:30 a.m., worship and children’s worship for 3-5-year-olds. Wednesdays: 7 p.m., adult Bible study, infant/toddler nursery, children’s ministry and HisSpace for youth grades 6-8, and for grades 9-12. Central Baptist 4821 Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road; 704-821-6509 Pastor: Tim Helms Regular Sundays: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worhship; 6 p.m., evening worship. Wednesdays: 7:30 p.m., Bible study, youth group. Central United Methodist 801 S. Hayne St., Monroe; www.CentralUMCMonroe.org Pastor: J. Matthew Burton Jr. Sunday: 5 p.m., “Ceremony of Carols,” “Christmas Oratorio” Christmas concert, free, offerings accepted Sunday schedule: 8:45 a.m., chapel service; 8:50 a.m., contemporary; 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., traditional worship
Christ Bible Discipleship Center 1019 Unarco Road, Marshville Pastor: David Allen; 704-624-3453 Regular Sundays: Sunday school, 9 a.m., leadership class; 10 a.m., discipleship training; 11 a.m., prophetic deliverance service. Community Baptist 212 Garmon Road, Indian Trail Pastor: Henry Funderburk Sundays: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., worship. Wednesday worship and children’s pro-
grams, 7 p.m. Corinth Baptist 3805 Corinth Church Road, Monroe Church phone: 704-289-2102 Pastor: Roy Helms Regular schedule: Sunday school 10 a.m., worship at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
fellowship meal followed by prayer meeting, age-group activities. First Church of God 301 Morgan Mill Road, Monroe Pastor: Floyd Bowen Regular Sundays: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship.
Cornerstone Community Church of the Nazarene 2707 Secrest Short Cut Road, Monroe; 704-289-6790 Pastor: Bob Humphrey Regular Sunday: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; worship, 10:45 a.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Waxhaw 7700 Waxhaw Highway, Waxhaw; 704843-4774 Pastor: James C. Shelton Sunday: 10 a.m. worship, 11:15 a.m. Sunday School
Cornerstone Worship Center 206 W. Main St., Marshville Pastor: Michael J. Oney Regular Sunday: Sunday school, 10 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Monroe 302 E. Windsor St., Monroe; 704-2892574; www.fpcmonroenc.org Pastor: John Wilkerson Sundays: 9 a.m., Sunday school, 10 a.m., worship; 4:30 p.m., youth club (grades 6 through 12). Mondays: 6 p.m., Cub Scouts. Tuesdays: 7 p.m., Boy Scouts. Wednesdays: 4:30 p.m., youth club (grades one through five).
Covenant Baptist 2706 Secrest Short Cut Road, Monroe Pastor: Rile Baucom Regular Sunday schedule: Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; worship, 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m., worship. Covenant Community 13003 E. Independence Blvd., Stallings; 704-257-4519; www.changeatc3.org Pastor: John Lofton Sundays: 10 a.m., worship; Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Bible study East Campus, First Baptist of Indian Trail 6140 W. Marshville Blvd., Marshville; 704-624-1998 Ebenezer Baptist 1417 Unionville-Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail Pastor: Timothy Rogers Regular Sundays: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 10:30 a.m., worship; 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., AWANA, discipleship classes. Wednesdays: 7 p.m., midweek prayer service; youth, children’s study. Emmanuel Baptist 3816 Morgan Mill Road, Monroe; 704289-5654; www.emmanuel-baptistchurch.org Pastor: Jack Hildreth Dec. 12: 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Benefit breakfast for the Mike Simpson family. $6 minimum donation. Co-sponsored by Lakeview Baptist Church; makes checks payable to Lakeview Baptist Church, designated for the Mike Simpson Fund. Dec. 13: 6 p.m., The Issacs in concert; love offering will be taken. Dec. 20: 6 p.m., “A Miracle on Main Street” Christmas program. Second and fourth Tuesdays: 7 p.m., GriefShare Ministry. Tuesday: 7 p.m., GriefShare meets Wednesdays: 6:45 p.m., Awana Club, ages 3 to eighth grade. Youth: Sunday at 6 p.m. and Wednesday at 7 p.m. www.n2jesusebc.org. Emmanuel Baptist 15601 Idlewild Road, Indian Trail Pastor: Leland Stephens Sundays: 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., worship. Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m., worship. Essence of the Cross Ministries 2310 Appian Lane, Monroe; 704-2919898, 704-698-0110 Pastor: W. Kaye McDonald Sundays: 11 a.m., worship Euto Baptist 6019 N.C. 205, New Salem; 704-3858117 Pastor: Dale Brooks Sundays: 8:30 a.m., coffee fellowship; 8:45 a.m., small groups; 10 a.m., worship. Wednesdays: 7 p.m. Children’s and youth ministries; 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Adult Bible study. Evangelistic Temple of Deliverance 6016 Waxhaw Hwy., Mineral Springs; 704-598-8203 Pastor: William McLain Today: 2 p.m., special service to honor pastor. Sundays: Sunday School 10 a.m.; worship 11 a.m. Fairfield Baptist N.C. 205, Olive Branch Road, Marshville; 704-624-5503 Pastor: Tommy Threatt Regular Sunday: Sunday school, 10 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesdays: 7 p.m. Bible time. Second and fourth Wednesday: 7 p.m. Children and youth. Faith Community Independence 701 Howie Mine Road, Waxhaw; 704-843-2085 Pastor: Rickey Truesdale Regular Sunday: Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. Faith United Methodist 3708 Faith Church Road, Indian Trail Pastor: David Lawrence Phone: 704-882-6623 Regular Sundays: 8:30 a.m., praise and worship; 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., praise and worship. Mondays: 6:30 p.m., Cub Scouts Tuesdays: 6 p.m., Girl Scouts; 6:30 p.m., Boy Scouts. Faulks Baptist 2234 Faulks Church Road, Marshville Pastor: David Richardson Dec. 13: 6 p.m., Christmas cantata “Emmanuel,” refreshments following Regular Sunday: Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m.; Bible study, 6 p.m. Wednesday: 9:30 a.m., morning Bible study; children’s mission groups, 5:45 p.m. First Baptist Church of Indian Trail 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail; website, www.fbcit.org; 704-8821005 Pastor: Mike Whitson Sunday: 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., worship and Life groups. 6 p.m., evening worship. Tuesdays: 7 p.m. Singles meeting. Wednesdays: 7 p.m., Power Hour. Thursdays: 10 a.m., adult prayer meeting.
Flint Ridge East Baptist Church 5720 Flint Ridge Church Road, Marshville; 704-624-5008 Pastor: Richard A. Graham Dec. 12: 6 p.m., “A Heralded Christmas Concert” Forest Hills Baptist Willis Long Road, Monroe Pastor: Neal Workman Sunday: Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesdays: 7 p.m. Youth meeting.
Iglesia Ministerio Internacional Jesucristo para las naciones 103-H Wilkes Drive, Monroe; 704-777-1207 Pastor: Ever Hernandez Indian Trail United Methodist 113 Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail Pastor: Jim Chrisawn Sundays: 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., worship; 10:10 a.m., Sunday school
Lakeview Baptist 4602 Concord Highway, Monroe; www. lakeviewfamily.org; 704-283-0019 Pastor: Steve Jirgal Regular Sunday: Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m. Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m., Bible study
Friendship Missionary Baptist 501 Bazemore St., Monroe; 704-2831917 Pastor: L.W. Leake Gilboa Methodist 5515 Gilboa Road, Marshville Pastor: Tracy Carroll Regular schedule: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship God’s Temple of Zion Internation Fellowship 5017 Waxhaw-Marvin Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Victor D. Thompson Gospel Freewill Baptist 2901 Belk Mill Road, Wingate; 704218-8051 Pastor: Henry Braswell Regular Sundays: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship; 6 p.m., worship. Gospel Way Church 7310 Tirzah Church Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Ben Karecsky Grace Baptist 3411 Weddington Road, Monroe; 704289-4917 Pastor: Joe Haskett Regular schedule: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship, children’s church. Wednesday: 7:15 p.m., worship, youth groups. Grace United Methodist 3522 Secrest Short Cut Road, Monroe Pastor: Bill Englebreth Sundays: 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship Wednesday: 7 p.m., Bible study. Greater Blessed Hope Baptist 3607 Andrew Jackson Drive, Waxhaw, 704-843-2553 Pastor: Waymon Jordan Sr. Jan. 17: 4 p.m., church anniversary celebration Greater Grace Community Baptist 880 Hasty Road, Marshville; 704-2339484. Pastor: Rodney J. Evans Sr. Sunday: Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m. Wednesdays: 6 p.m., prayer service and Bible study. Greater Grace World Outreach 5017 Waxhaw-Marvin Road, Waxhaw; 704-843-5418 Pastors: Charles Carter, Jacqueline Carter Hamilton Cross Roads Baptist 6133 Old Goldmine Road, Marshville Pastor: Jeff Smith Regular Sunday schedule: Sunday school, 10 a.m.; worship at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Prayer, Children’s and youth groups, Divorce Care. Hartis Grove Baptist 4224 Blanchard Circle, Indian Trail Pastor: Joe Kirkpatrick Sunday: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; worship, 10:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Harvest Chapel 5809 Highway 74, Indian Trail 704-882-4662, www.harvestchapelclt. org Pastor: Paul Durham Heath Memorial United Methodist 9908 Richardson-King Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Marilyn Wooten Hebron United Methodist 2820 New Town Road, Monroe Pastor: Sherry Frerichs; 704-906-1443 Regular Sundays: 9:30 a.m., worship; 10 a.m., Sunday school.
Hermon Baptist 9713 Lancaster Highway, Waxhaw; 704843-4924; email@example.com; www.hermonbaptist.org Pastor: Donnie Gamble Regular Sunday: 8:30 a.m., worship; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship; 6:30 p.m., worship, youth and children’s activities. Mondays: 6 p.m. Celebrate Weight Loss; 7 p.m., Celebrate Recovery. Wednesdays: 5:30 p.m., Family Night supper (advance reservations required); 7 p.m., Bible study and prayer; 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Awana.
Howie Baptist Howie Mine Church Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Donnie B. Crump Regular schedule: 10 a.m. Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship. Wednesday: 7:30 p.m. Bible study.
Friendly Baptist 5418 Friendly Baptist Church Road, Indian Trail; 704-753-1652 Interim pastor: Dustin Knight Regular schedule: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship; 6:30 p.m., youth Wednesday: 7 p.m., Bible study.
First Baptist Church of Monroe 109 Morrow Ave., Monroe; 704-2838534 Pastor: John Hewett Sundays: 9:30 a.m., Bible fellowship; 10:45 a.m., worship; college group Bible fellowship follows worship; 5 p.m., youth group; 6:30 p.m., supper. Wednesdays: 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.,
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Hopewell Baptist 420 Hopewell Church Road, Monroe 704-753-1084; www.whatasavior.com Pastors: Lee Pigg Sundays: 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., worship; Sunday school for 50 and older during second worship Wednesdays: 7 p.m., Discipleship groups for those younger than 50; Bible study
Indian Trail Presbyterian 200 Indian Trail Road South, Indian Trail; 704-821-8751 Pastor: James E. Johns Regular Sunday schedule: Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m.
Hemby Bridge Presbyterian 6010 Mill Grove Road, Indian Trail Pastor: Walt DeHart Sunday: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school, 10:30 a.m., fellowship brunch; 11 a.m., worship. Wednesday: 7 p.m., prayer service.
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Hope 230 E. Union St., Marshville; 704-624-2447 Pastor: Michael Stone Sundays: 10:30 a.m., contemporary worship
Freedom Biker Church of Monroe Union Baptist Association building 1744 Williams Road, Monroe; 704-9994244 Pastor: Steve Starling
First Baptist Church of Marshville 404 N. Elm St., Marshville; 704-6242710 Pastor: Alex Martin Regular Sundays: 10 a.m., Bible study; 11 a.m., worship. Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m., youth ministry activities.
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Higher Praise Deliverance 1047-A Van Buren Ave., Indian Trail; 704-904-4073 Pastor: Reginald O. Coffey Sundays: 4 p.m., worship. Hillcrest Baptist 4316 Hillcrest Church Road, Monroe
Lanes Creek Baptist Church 118 Marshville Water Plant Road, Marshville Pastor: Ronnie Collins Dec. 13: 11 a.m., Adoration in concert. Langford Chapel CME 113 S. Johnson St., Monroe Pastor: Sandra H. Gripper Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist 520 Billy Howey Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Michael Flowers Living Word Worship Center 2691 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe Pastor: R.D. Vaught Sunday: 10:30 a.m., worship Wednesday: 7 p.m., worship Love Baptist 707 Deese Road, Monroe Pastor: Don Thompson Regular Sunday: 9 a.m., worship Regular Wednesday: 7 p.m., Bible study Macedonia Baptist 610 Macedonia Baptist Church Road, Monroe Pastor: Billy Belk Regular Sunday: 9:45 a.m., Sunday school assembly; 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m. worship. Wednesdays: 7 p.m. Adult prayer and Bible study, children’s programs Maple Grove Baptist Maple Grove Church Road, Weddington Pastors: Terry Simpson Sundays: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., worship. Wednesdays: 7:30 p.m., worship Marshville Presbyterian 501 N. Elm St., Marshville Pastor: Ed Henegar Regular schedule: Sunday school, 10 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. Marshville Methodist East Union Street, Marshville Pastor: Sherri Barnes Regular Sunday: Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m. Mary Elizabeth Baptist 3703 Mary Elizabeth Church Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Curtis Laney Sundays: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship; 6 p.m., discipleship training Wednesdays: 7 p.m., prayer meeting, youth meeting, GAs & RAs Marvin AME Zion 1525 Crane Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Haven O. Anderson Master’s Family Church International 402 N. Sutherland Ave., Monroe Pastors: Charles and Emma Moore. Phone: 704-622-8881, 704-254-2868. Sundays: Noon, worship. Wednesdays: 7:30 p.m., prayer, worship Memorial United Methodist 1200 Miller St., Monroe; 704-283-6026 Pastor: Bill Englebreth Regular Sundays: 10 a.m., service; 11 a.m., Sunday school. Midway Baptist 4615 Olive Branch Road, Wingate; 704233-5632; www.midbc.org. Sunday: Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. Midway United Methodist 3625 Stack Road, Monroe Pastor: Don Meadows Sundays: 11 a.m. Worship; Sunday school, 9:45 a.m. Mill Creek Baptist 5417 Morgan Mill Road, Monroe; 704-283-8889; www.millcreekbaptistchurch.org Pastor: George Gouge Wednesday: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday night groups meet. Regular Sunday: 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship. Mill Grove United Methodist 7311 Mill Grove Road, Indian Trail Pastor: Earl Bradshaw Regular Sunday: 8:30 a.m., worship; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship. Wednesday: 7:30 p.m., youth group. Currently registering for preschool. Mineral Springs Church of Christ 6403 Waxhaw Highway, Mineral Springs; 704-243-3388; www.mineralspringschurchofchirst.org Mineral Springs United Methodist 5915 Old Waxhaw-Monroe Road, Mineral Springs; 704-843-5905 Pastor: Bruce Gwyn Monroe Christian Worship Center 1721 N. Charlotte Ave., Monroe Pastor: Billy Gowan Morningstar A.M.E. Zion 4604 Secrest Shortcut Road, Monroe Pastor: Jacqueline Roper. Regular Sundays: 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship
Mount Calvary A.M.E. Zion 800 LaSalle St., Monroe; 704-289-6186 Pastor: David L. McLendon Mount Carmel United Methodist 1712 Carmel Road, Monroe; phone, 704-289-6908 Pastor: Nicholas Rochester Today: 9 a.m., turkey shoot, Highway 75 near Rocky River Road. Sunday: 9:45 a.m. Mrs. Eula’s Prayer Group, 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship; 6 p.m., contemporary service Tuesday: 7 p.m. Choir practice Wednesdays: 6 p.m. United Methodist Women’s dinner, 7 p.m., youth, junior youth Dec. 20: 6 p.m., Christmas play Mount Olive A.M.E. Zion 119 East Ave., Monroe Pastor: Michael McCray Sr. Regular Sunday: 9:45 a.m. Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship. Tuesdays: 6:30 p.m., Bible study Mount Pleasant Baptist 2524 Stack Road, Monroe Pastor: Shad Hicks Regular Sundays: 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship Wednesdays: 7 p.m., worship, Mission Friends, GAs, RAs, youth. Mount Zion Baptist 6907 Gus Eubanks Road, Monroe Pastor: John Lindsay Regular Sunday: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. worship. Wednesdays: 7:30 p.m. Prayer service and youth groups. New Beginnings Baptist 1122 Marshville-Olive Branch Road, Marshville Pastor: Johnathan Ash Sundays: Sunday school, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m.; evening worship, 5 p.m. Wednesdays: 7:30 p.m. New Beginnings Christian Ministry Rock Rest Community Center, White Store Road Pastor: Eddie S. Parsons Sr. Sundays: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship Wednesdays: 7:30 p.m., Bible study, A 52-lesson introduction to the 66 books of the Bible. New Grace Baptist 6201 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Hemby Bridge; 704-400-3258. Pastor: Roger Johnson New Hope Baptist 5928 New Salem Road, Marshville Pastor: Tommy Butler Dec. 20: 11 a.m., “The Christmas Offering” cantata; 6 p.m., children’s Christmas program; refreshments following. Regular Sundays: Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m., night services, Kid’s Club and youth; 7 p.m., adult Bible study New Hope United Methodist 3221 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe; 704320-7607 Pastor: Ron Setzer Regular Sunday: Sunday school, 10 a.m.; 11 a.m., worship; 5 p.m., children’s choir. New Life Baptist 826 Willoughby Road, Monroe Pastor: Ricky Godwin Sundays: Sunday school, 10 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday: Bible study and prayer meeting, 7 p.m. New Life Community Temple of Faith 3216 Griffith Road, Monroe; 704-2196166 Pastor: Sharon O’Leary New Living Word Discipleship and Worship Center 7720 South Rocky River Road, Monroe; 704-764-9348 Pastor: Merv T. Massey Sundays: 9 a.m., Sunday school; 10 a.m., worship New Salem Baptist 2915 Goldmine Road, Monroe Pastor: Douglas Rumley Regular Sunday: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Worship; 6 p.m. Team Kid Club for age 3-grade 5; youth fellowship. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Children’s, youth missions classes. New Town Road Community Church 7513 Broome’s Old Mill Road, Waxhaw; 704-843-3610 Pastor: William Chandler Regular Sundays: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 10:30 a.m., worship Nicey Grove Missionary Baptist 318 Camden Road, Marshville Pastor: M.L. Kaufman Regular Sunday: 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. worship; 9 a.m., Christian education. Wednesdays: 10:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. Bible study. Nu Life End Time Word Ministries 1307 Highway 74 West, Wingate; 704320-1581 Pastors: Guillermo and Bridgette Yard Regular Sunday: 10:15 a.m., Sunday school; worship, 11:15 a.m. Oak Grove Baptist 4013 Newtown Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Richard Myers Sunday: Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m., prayer service. Oakland Baptist Church 600 E. Sunset Drive, Monroe Oasis Christian Teaching Center Hampton Inn, Monroe Pastor: Chris and Ilene Stover Regular Sundays: 11 a.m., worship. Olive Branch Missionary Baptist 9510 Monroe-Olive Branch Road, Marshville; www.obmbc.com Pastor: Tobias M. Wall Open Hands Christian Fellowship 3515 Hwy. 74 West Unit F, Monroe Pastor: James M. Kinyanjui Sundays: 10:30 a.m., non-denominational fellowship. Open Book Baptist Church 2850 Old Charlotte Highway, Monroe; 704-221-4938 Pastor: Mitchell Griffin Philadelphia Missionary Baptist 4109 Canal Road, Marshville Pleasant Hill Baptist 7002 Pleasant Hill Church Road, Marshville Interim pastor: Ollis Revels Regular Sundays: Sunday school, 10 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Pleasant Plains Baptist Church 3316 Pleasant Plains Road, Matthews Pastor: Ron Riddley Sundays: Sunday School 9:15 a.m.; worship 10:30 a.m.; Awana Clubs 5:30 p.m.; evening worship 6 p.m. Prospect United Methodist 6020 Prospect Road, Monroe Pastor: Steve Phillippi
Sundays: 8:45 a.m., contemporary service; 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., traditional service; 5 p.m., UMYF/UM Kids Red Level Baptist 1920 Rocky River Road, Monroe Pastor: Daniel M. Gatewood Sundays: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11:15 a.m., worship. Resurrection Christian 103-C Wilkes Drive Pastor: Zack F. Little Sr. Sunday: Church school, 9 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m. Roanoke Baptist 618 Roanoke Church Road Pastor: Kenny Pittman Saturday: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., youth church night at Concord Mills. More information, call Rocky Rushing at 704-5060671. Sunday: 11 a.m., children’s hand bell performance Dec. 16: 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m., youth Christmas party at church, bring a $5 gag gift Dec. 20: 11 a.m., Cantata “The Love of God at Christmas”; 6 p.m. Children’s Christmas play, refreshments afterwards Regular Sunday: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship. Wednesday: 6:15 to 8 p.m. Youth Christmas party, bring a $5 gag gift Sandy Ridge Baptist 1106 Sandy Ridge Road, West, Monroe Pastor: Eddie Powers Regular Sunday: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship; children’s church except last Sunday in month; 6:30 p.m., evening worship, youth discipleship. Mondays: 7:30 p.m., Outreach, Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Awanas, 4 years to youth; 7 p.m., adult prayer and Bible study. Secrest Grove Baptist 4505 Weddington Road, Monroe; 704289-5725, 704-486-7032 Pastor: Jeff Whitecotton Regular Sunday: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m, worship; 6 p.m., youth. Wednesdays: 7 p.m., worship. Shiloh Advent Christian Church 3601 Sikes Mill Road, Unionville Shining Light Baptist 2541 Old Charlotte Highway Pastor: Tim Cruse Regular Sundays: 9:30 a.m., Bible study; worship, 10:45 a.m., 6 p.m.; prayer, 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays. Siler Presbyterian 6301 Weddington-Monroe Road, Wesley Chapel; 704-821-7445 Pastor: Bruce Powell Smyrna Methodist 5019 Medlin Road, Monroe; 704-764-7341 Pastor: Mike Capps Regular Sundays: 9:30 a.m., worship; 10:45 a.m., Sunday school. Southbrook Church Monroe campus 1410 Skyway Drive, Monroe Pastor: Geoffrey Janes Stallings United Methodist 1115 Stallings Road; 704-821-8820; www.sumc.com Pastor: Bart Milleson First and third Saturdays: 5:30 p.m., contemporary worship. Regular Sundays: 8:30 a.m., intimate service; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school for all ages; 10:55 a.m., formal worship; 4:30 p.m., Bible Zone, youth programs. Stephenson Presbyterian 4224 Rocky River Road North; www. stephensonpres.org; 704-882-2018 Pastor: Keith Morrison Regular Sundays: Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. St. Luke’s Lutheran Church 909 Circle Drive, Monroe; 704-2835244 Pastor: Kenneth W. Fink Regular Sundays: 8:15 a.m. and 10 a.m. worship Sutton Park Baptist McIntyre Street, Monroe Sundays: Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Bible Study and prayer time. Tabernacle House of Prayer Apostolic Ministries Old Highway 74, Wingate; 704-2076681 Pastor: Addie Robinson TheRiver Meets at New Salem Volunteer Fire Department Pastor: Jimmy Brown 704-753-1929 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday: Interdenominational church meets at 10 a.m. Very casual dress, casual atmosphere. Tirzah Presbyterian 7507 Tirzah Church Road, Waxhaw; 704-843-2893; www.tirzahchurch.org. Pastor: Jill Duffield Sunday school, 10 a.m.; worship at 11 a.m. Trinity Baptist 2613 Concord Hwy., Monroe; 704-2922613; www.trinitymonroe.org Pastor: Ted Wright Turner Presbyterian 4802 Lancaster Hwy., Monroe Pastor: Roy Scarbrough Sundays: 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., prayer time; 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship. Union Baptist 4312 Old Pageland-Monroe Road, Monroe; 704-764-7289 Pastor: Joseph Hickson Sunday: 6 p.m., Reggie Saddler and Family Dec. 13: 7 p.m., “One Holy Night” Christmas cantata Regular Sunday: 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship Regular Wednesday: 7 p.m., adult Bible study. Union Chapel Missionary Baptist 621 E. Lawyers Road, Monroe; 704753-1481 Pastor: J.W. Threatt Union Grove Primitive Baptist 3619 Morgan Mill Road, Monroe Pastor: Newell Helms Union Grove United Methodist 8708 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail; 704-753-4966 Pastor: Robert Sturge Union United Methodist 6315 New Town Road, Waxhaw; 704843-1603 Pastor: Kim Higgins Sundays: 8:45 a.m., contemporary worship; 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., blended service; 5 p.m., youth Tuesdays: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., senior chair yoga. Union Springs A.M.E. Zion 4003 Morgan Mill Road, Unionville Pastor: Michael Baker Sundays: 8 a.m., Sunday school; 9:15 a.m., praise and worship; 9:30 a.m., morning worship. Continued on Page 8A
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Philip Jacob Spener: How to live a Christian life
ave you heard something like this? “The culture is changing and many are leaving or not coming to churches because they are finding answers elsewhere.” If so, you might be living in 2005, or in 1675. In the mid-1600s, Christianity was in dire straits in Germany. But one man introduced a Christian movement which partly reversed this trend and lives on today in various roles: Philip Jacob Spener and Pietism. Martin Luther ignited the Protestant Reformation (in the early 1500s), yet a century-anda-half later much of the enthusiasm had left German churches. Into this situation Spener (1635-1705) was born. He was a Lutheran minister and pastored churches in Strasburg, Frankfort, and Berlin. While at Frankfurt he began to hold weekly Bible studies in
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his home and to concentrate his efforts on renewing Christians in Germany. In 1675, he published his most popular book: Pia Desideria (Pius Desires). In it he laid out the basic ideas of Pietism, a movement designed to focus Christians on their inner lives and, subsequently, to both stimulate Christian action and to revitalize churches. It might best be described as “practical Christianity.” The main thrust of his book
is a chapter entitled “Proposals to Correct Conditions in the Church.” In this chapter he gives six remedies. First: Christians need to delve deeper into the Bible in such a way that it becomes part of their lives. “The more at home the Word of God is among us, the more we shall bring about faith and its fruits.” Second: Christians should encourage, comfort, minister to, and pray for each other more often. “Every Christian is bound not only to offer himself and what he has . . . (but) to chastise, exhort, convert, and edify (others), to observe their life, pray for all, and insofar as possible be concerned about their salvation.” Third: Being a Christian not only involves knowledge of Christ and the Bible, but action as well. “It is by no means enough to have knowledge of
the Christian faith, for Christianity consists rather of practice.” Fourth: Spener said it best: “We must beware how we conduct ourselves in religious controversies.” 150 years before Spener, Catholics killed Protestants, Protestants killed Catholics, and Protestants killed each other. As the Civil War is to us, that time of religious violence was to Spener; he knew the reality of unchecked religious anger. Fifth: Clergy need to receive both religious education and training in holiness. “(A) holy life is not of less consequence than diligence and study, indeed that study without piety is worthless.” Sixth: The focus of sermons should not only be theology and doctrine but practical advice and encouragement. “Our whole Christian religion
consists of the inner man or the new man, whose soul is faith and whose expressions are the fruits of life, and all sermons should be aimed at this. On the one hand, (sermons) should be presented in such a way that faith, and hence the inner man, may ever be strengthened more and more. On the other hand, works should be so set in motion that we may by no means be content merely to have the people refrain from outward vices and practice outward virtues . . . (but) accustom the people first to work on what is inward and only then to act accordingly.” Or as Jesus said, “First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside will also be clean.” (Matthew 23:26) Questions/comments contact Mark at drnickens@triad. rr.com; other summaries available at www.drnickens.com.
“Onward Christian Athletes” explores sports evangelism BOSTON (AP) — A toss left, a quick break past the defense, and it was obvious Philadelphia Eagles running back Herb Lusk was headed to the end zone. The real surprise came when he arrived 70 yards later. Lusk dropped to a knee in the NFL’s first public end zone prayer. High-profile expressions of faith by athletes have become routine in pro sports since Lusk’s October 1977 run. A new book by religion writer Tom Krattenmaker explores how it happened, and asks whether it’s a good thing. “Some love it, some really resent it. The comedians have a field day with it,” said Krattenmaker, author of “Onward Christian Athletes.” From the numerous Lusk copycats, to prayer circles at the 50-yard line, to jubilant players praising God in postgame interviews, an often conservative voice of the Christian faith is now commonplace in American professional sports. That reflects decades of influence by evangelical Christian groups in locker rooms and a belief among some Christian athletes that their visibility is a gift they should use to proclaim their faith. Krattenmaker says the problem is that they’re reaching a sporting public with increas-
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ingly pluralistic religious convictions, or no religion at all. “There are many secular fans who really feel annoyed by that kind of religious expression,” he said in an interview. “Even people who are religious themselves often resent this situation where athletes talk about God in this big moment of victory, sometimes seeming to imply God gave them the victory.” But Tennessee Titans All-Pro center Kevin Mawae said his Christianity is part of who he is, and he can’t separate it from his life as an athlete or anywhere else. “The fact that some people are jaded toward religion or faith shouldn’t stop a player from expressing his faith in public,” Mawae said. There’s no intent to alienate people, only to share Biblical truth, said Vince Nauss, president of Baseball Chapel, which provides chaplains to every major league baseball team. “If there’s an exclusivity, it’s because Jesus put it out there,” Nauss said. “So I don’t think there’s anything to apologize for, or to dance around in a politically correct environment.” The influence of Christianity in locker rooms can be traced to people such as baseball pioneer Branch Rickey, the executive who brought Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1954,
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Rickey agreed to help college football coach Don McClanen found the influential Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Baseball Chapel was established for players like ex-New York Yankee Bobby Richardson, who was mobbed at local churches on Sundays, Nauss said. By 1975, it had established programs for every major league team. Another prominent group, the international sports ministry Athletes in Action, places about half of the NFL’s chaplains. Krattenmaker said evangelical ministries have a near monopoly in pro clubhouses because they seized the chance, then won the teams’ trust by not exploiting their access. Other faith groups simply haven’t done the work, he said. “The conservative Christians got their upper hand in the sports world the old fashioned way,” Krattenmaker said. “They earned it.” Krattenmaker isn’t asking pro athletes to stop talking about religion, just to be more sensitive in their tone and timing. He also sees a credibility-bruising selectivity in the theologically and politically conservative messages evangelicals in sports trumpet. In his book, for instance, he highlights retired Indianapo-
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lis Colts coach Tony Dungy’s public stance against same-sex marriage. But Jesus’s teaching that “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” doesn’t get much attention among hyperwealthy athletes, he said. Joe Price, author of “Rounding the Bases: Baseball and Religion in America,” said evangelicals are driven by a unique “missionary urgency” to fulfill Christ’s call to spread the Christian message to all nations. But he said spontaneous witnessing on TV broadcasts was akin to “early Christian preaching on a street corner,” and can be easily resented or ignored. Retired NBA guard and 1993 Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward, an outspoken Christian, said when athletes publicly talk about Christianity, it’s often just a reflection of the joy of the faith. “When people are excited about something, they want to share good news with people,” Ward said. John White, who helped found Athletes in Action’s sports ethics center, advocates training to help Christian pro athletes be reflective about what they say and aware of how their audience might respond. “I think there could be more measured communication, just
some wisdom,” said White, now a professor at Cedarville College. “It would probably challenge me if I saw them equally thanking God after a loss.” Mawae said he knows outspoken Christian athletes will be held more accountable for what they say and do. “If you’re going to go out there and pray in the end zone at the end of the game and give it all up or whatever, at the same time your actions off the field have to reflect who you are on the field,” he said. Both Mawae and Ward have seen their character publicly questioned. Mawae is often named one of the NFL’s dirtiest players in player polls — something he has attributed to playing hard until “the echo of the whistle.” In the 1997 NBA playoffs, Ward was suspended after being part of an ugly brawl with the Miami Heat. In 2001, he apologized after saying Jews were “stubborn” because they didn’t accept Christ and had “blood on their hands.” Ward said he tried to show his Christianity through his struggles. “I wanted people to see that I was real, but also to wanted (them) to see humility and how you handle certain situations and allowing your faith to kind of be shown through your hang ups,” he said.
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CHURCH BRIEFS Continued from Page 6A Unionville Baptist 510 Baucom Road, Monroe Pastor: Hank Parker Jr. Sundays: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship. Walker Grove Missionary Biptist 1006 Walkers Grove Road, Wingate; 704-233-4676 Pastor: The Rev. Jasper Powe Jr. Walkersville Presbyterian Church 6204 Brady Road, Waxhaw; 704-843-3612 Pastor: Warren Nance Sundays: 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship.
Watts Grove Missionary Baptist 3105 Rocky River Road North, Monroe Sunday: Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m.
haw Sundays: Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship, 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Bible study, call 704-843-4685 for details.
Waxhaw Baptist 8213 Old Waxhaw-Monroe Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Donny Royster Sundays: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship; 6 p.m., Bible study, Kids for Christ, Y Factor Class. Wednesday: 7 p.m., prayer and youth class, Kids for Christ
Waxhaw United Methodist 200 McDonald St., Waxhaw; 704-8433931; www.waxhawumc.org. Pastor: Harrison Hinson Sundays: 9 a.m., worship; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; traditional worship, 11 a.m.
Waxhaw Bible Church 6810 Pleasant Grove Church Road, Waxhaw Waxhaw Presbyterian 8100 Old Waxhaw-Monroe Road, Wax-
Pastor: Denise Earls; phone, 704-8144739; www.wesleychapelumc.net Sundays: Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m., with childrenâ€™s church provided. For transportation, call 704-283-6106. West Monroe Baptist Church 1212 Icemorlee St., 704-283-2532 Pastor: David Hayes
Weddington United Methodist 13901 Providence Road, Weddington; 704-846-1032; www.weddingtonchurch.org
Westend Baptist 1611 Sanlee Church Drive, Monroe; 704-764-7366 Pastor: Rodney Faircloth Sundays: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., 6 p.m., worship. Wednesdays: 6 p.m., worship.
Wesley Chapel Methodist Potter and Weddington roads, Wesley Chapel
Wingate Baptist 108 E. Elm St., Wingate www.wingatebaptistchurch.com;
704-233-4256 Pastor: J. Derrill Smith Dec. 13: 6 p.m., â€œEmmanuel â€” God With Us,â€? snacks afterward in fellowship hall. Jan. 8-10: Weekend of Celebration and Renewal, marking churchâ€™s 200th anniverary. Jan. 8, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., prayer vigil; worship services at 6 p.m. Jan. 9, 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Jan. 10; guest speaker, the Rev. Jim Somerville. Regular Sunday schedule: Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m.; 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Kids Club for age 4 through sixth grade. Wednesday: 6 p.m, Mid-week Gathering, fellowship hall. Wingate United Methodist 111 Hinson St., Wingate; 704-233-4995; www.wingateumc.com Pastor: Rhonda Hartweg
Sundays: Sunday school, 10 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m.; evening prayer and praise, 5 p.m. Wednesday: 6 p.m., meal; 7 p.m., Bible study, youth meeting Word of Christ Baptist 3629 Highway 74, Wingate Pastor: Gary W. McLain Regular Sunday: Sunday school, 10 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Regular Wednesday: 7 p.m., Bible study Zion Hill Christian Fellowship Plyler Mill and Grifin Road, Monroe Pastor: Bill Sullivan Zion United Methodist 1521 Old Fish Road, Monroe Pastor: Mark Curtis Regular Sundays: 9 a.m., Sunday school; 10 a.m., worship.
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