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THE DAILY STAR-JOURNAL, WARRENSBURG, MO., FRIDAY, NOV. 16, 2012

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Three Warrensburg churches offer Thanksgiving meal AMANDA LUBINSKI Star-Journal Staff Writer Warrensburg – Three churches will offer holiday meals Thanksgiving week. Grover Park Baptist Church, 409 N. Mitchell St., will offer a meal at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20. “It isn’t on Thanksgiving

but we will have a meal in the family life center,” church secretary Tammy Shirley said Thursday. For details on the meal, call Shirley at (660) 747-9176. Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 212 N. Main St., will also host a dinner Tuesday. The meal is from 6-7:30 p.m.

Vatican pushes against gays; Mo. group asks for equal rights Vatican City (AP) — The Vatican is digging in after gay marriage initiatives scored big wins this week in the U.S. and Europe, vowing to never stop insisting that marriage can only be between a man and a woman. In a front-page article in Saturday’s Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, the Holy See sought to frame itself as the lone voice of courage in opposing initiatives to give same-sex couples legal recognition. In a separate Vatican Radio editorial, the pope’s spokesman asked sarcastically why gay marriage proponents don’t now push for legal recognition for polygamous couples as well. Catholic teaching holds that homosexuals should be respected and treated with dignity but that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered.” The Vatican also opposes same-sex marriage, insisting on the sanctity of marriage between a man and woman as the foundation for society. The Vatican’s anti-gay marriage media blitz came after three U.S. states approved same-sex marriage by popular vote in the election that returned Barack Obama to the U.S. presidency, Spain upheld its gay marriage law, and France pushed ahead with legislation that could see gay marriage legalized early next year. “One might say the church, at least on this front, has been defeated,” L’Osservatore Romano reported. “But that’s not the case.” Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi, for his part, said gays can have their rights protected by means other than through legal marital recognition. He stressed that children should have a right to say they have a father and a mother. A group in Missouri is also pushing to further gay rights by ending discrimination against gays and lesbians. Missourians for Equality may soon start circulating petitions for a ballot measure aimed at making it illegal to discriminate against gays and lesbians in the state. Aaron Malin, director of Missourians for Equality, said the goal is to get the issue before voters in 2014. The effort must still pass several administrative hurdles with the Missouri Secretary of State’s office before supporters can begin collecting signatures. Democratic state lawmakers have proposed similar legislation for more than a decade. Those bills have never made it to a floor vote. Malin says the Legislature is far more conservative than Missourians in general and that the group contends the best chance for passage is through a vote of the people. Discrimination in housing and employment is illegal in Missouri based on race, religion, national origin, gender, age and disability. Legal experts say that while it also is illegal to discriminate against transgender people in Missouri, the law doesn’t prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Santa comes to Knob Noster Knob Noster – The Fire Department will sponsor the annual Santa Claus is Coming to Town event starting at 5 p.m. Dec. 15. Department personnel will help Santa deliver gifts to the city’s chil-

dren. Parents wanting a gift delivered can pick up forms at City Hall, 218 N. State St. Forms and gifts must be left at City Hall by 5 p.m. Dec. 13. Call (660) 563-2595 for details.

BRIEFS Church provides food to needy Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 816 S.W. 401st Road, Chilhowee, will conduct a Harvesters food distribution to families in need at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 16. For directions or more information, call (660) 6563608.

Christmas Store referral deadline near The Christmas Store, a community church-based effort aimed at feeding Johnson County’s needy during the holidays, seeks donations of food and money. Donations can be dropped off at First Christian Church, 101 E. Gay St., Warrensburg. To refer a family from Warrensburg, Chilhowee, Centerview or Leeton, call Catholic Charities at (660) 747-2241 by Nov. 30. To refer a Holden or Kingsville family, call First United Methodist Church at (816) 732-4718 by Nov. 15. To refer a Knob Noster family, call First Christian Church at (660) 563-2817 between Nov. 19 and Dec. 6.

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The meal, scheduled during the regular weekly meal times, will include all of the Thanksgiving trimmings. For details, call the church office at (660) 747-5685. God’s Kitchen at The Church of Christ, 722 S. Maguire St., will offer a meal at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21.

The meal is free but reservations are required by Nov. 18. Event volunteer Mary Olas said the meal will kick off a free monthly meal. “It’s kind of a new thing we are doing. We want to have a free meal on the third Wednesday of each month. Not all of them will be like the Thanksgiving

meal, of course, but this will get it started,” she said. Although the church is not asking Olas said volunteers and food donations are welcome. “We certainly wouldn’t turn away anyone wanting to help,” she said. To reserve a spot, call the church office at (660) 747-5519.

Top bishop: We won’t give in on birth control rule Baltimore (AP) — A top American bishop said Tuesday the Roman Catholic church will not comply with the Obama administration requirement that most employers provide health insurance covering birth control. New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said church leaders are open to working toward a resolution with federal officials, but will meanwhile press ahead with challenges to the mandate in legislatures and in court. “The only thing we’re certainly not prepared to do is give in. We’re not violating our consciences,” Dolan told reporters at a national bishops’ meeting. “I would say no door is closed except for the door to capitulation.” The bishops have been fighting the regulation since it was announced by President Barack Obama early this year. Houses of worship are exempt, but religiously affiliated hospitals, charities and colleges are not. Obama promised to change the requirement so that insurance companies, not faith-affiliated employers, would pay for the coverage. But details

Cardinal Timothy Dolan

Rev. Thomas Reese

NEW YORK ARCHBISHOP

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY FELLOW

have not been worked out. And not only the bishops, but Catholic hospitals and some other religious leaders generally supportive of Obama’s health care overhaul have said the compromise proposed so far appears to be unworkable. Dozens of Catholic dioceses and charities have sued over the mandate, along with colleges, including the University of Notre Dame. The bishops have made the issue the centerpiece of a national campaign on preserving religious freedom, which they consider under assault on several fronts from an increasingly secular broader culture. The

Department of Health and Human Services adopted the rule as a preventive service meant to protect women’s health by allowing them to space their pregnancies. It’s unclear what, if any, influence the bishops have with the administration. Many bishops spoke out sharply against Obama during the election. The bishops said they were protesting policies, not the candidate himself. Obama won the overall Catholic vote, 50 percent to 48 percent, according to exit polls, but Catholics split on ethnic lines. White Catholics supported Mitt Romney, 59 percent to 40 percent. Latino Catholics

went for Obama, 75 percent to 21 percent. A White House spokesman did not immediately comment. The Rev. Thomas Reese, a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University, said the administration should compromise. Although liberal-leaning Catholics disagree with the bishops on gay marriage and other issues, these same Catholics would oppose anything that threatened the church’s social service work with the poor, war refugees and other disadvantaged people. “This is a situation where being a gracious victor is not only the right thing to do, it makes good political sense,” Reese said. Dolan, archbishop of New York, would not say whether bishops would disobey the mandate if the lawsuits fail or church leaders can’t resolve their disagreements with Health and Human Services. “It’s still not doomsday yet,” he said. Separately, the bishops voted to shelve a statement on the economy that they’d been working on for months.

OBITUARY

Rodney Ellis Gwin

Rodney E. Gwin Rodney Ellis Gwin, 47, of Warrensburg, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 at the family farm. Rodney was born Oct. 24, 1965 in Springfield, Mo., son of Samuel E. and Carolyne E. (Bridgforth) Gwin. He moved with his family to Warrensburg as a young child and graduated from Warrensburg High School in 1984. Following graduation, he went to work for Howard Concrete, now known as LaFarge Concrete. He was united in marriage to Sarah E. Stephens on Nov. 13, 1999 in Eureka Springs, Ark. He enjoyed

fishing and wildlife photography. Survivors include his wife, Sarah and children, Rachel and Samuel of the home; mother, Carolyne Gwin of Warrensburg; sister, Audrey Weber of Kansas City, Mo.; two brothers, Steven Gwin and wife of Warrensburg, and Wally Gwin of Forsythe, Mo.; father and mother-in-law, Ross and Jeanece Stephens of Warrensburg; sister-in-law, Heather Craig and husband, Troy of Clinton, Mo.; niece, Amanda Craig; two nephews, Robert Webber and Cameron Craig and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Warrensburg with Elders Donald Gill and Charles Brantner of Church of Christ, T. L. officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Williams Funeral Chapel in Warrensburg. Online condolences may be left at www.williamsfuneralchapel.net. (Paid Obituary)

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