Midweek Missouri Faith Fix: Matheny and Freese, singing inmates and t-shirts with Bible verses

Last Friday, many gathered at Second Missionary Baptist Church to celebrate the life of Almeta Crayton. Many shared their favorite memory of Crayton; let us know what your favorite memory of her was here.

Mike Matheny, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, spoke at the Annual Growing Hope Festival of Trees on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The event benefitted the Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Mid-Missouri. FAVS photo by Heather Adams.

Mike Matheny, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, spoke at the Annual Growing Hope Festival of Trees on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The event benefitted the Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Mid-Missouri. FAVS photo by Heather Adams.

Last night, St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny spoke at the Lutheran Family and Children’s Services’ Festival of Threes. He challenged his audience to act boldly on their faith. St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese was also in attendance. Freese autographed items as part of the live auction.

In Kansas City, a faith-based practice, the Hope Family Care Center, has now expanded to having two full-time doctors and more resources. It is the only medical clinic within three urban core zip codes in an area that is considered the center of violent crime.

On the Kansas side of Kansas City, the former St. John the Divine church has been approved for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Some in the neighborhood believe it to be important to the area’s Mexican-American community.

In Troy, at the Calvary Chapel Church on Sunday, Lincoln County inmates sang “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace” as part of a program called the Second Chance Choir. Capt. David Curtis is the commander of the Lincoln County Jail and has started many programs like this since taking over in January.

As of Friday, a new policy set by the Archdiocese of St. Louis will not allow drinking at any event directed primarily towards minors. Some believe this is just a minor tweak, but others believe it could hurt fundraising events.

After students wore t-shirts with biblical verses and words opposing homesexuality to Rolla High School, the students were suspended. But Rolla public schools’ superintendent clarified that the students were suspended because the clothes were disruptive, not because they had religious quotes on them.

Marylin Druk, Karen Fischer and Carol Galloway are working with Jefferson City’s First United Methodist Church to keep the program Afghans for Angels alive. Through the program, they send blankets to Missouri hospitals to give to families whose babies die.  “It’s been a real blessing to help someone in need of love, prayers, and them knowing that we care about them,” Galloway said.

This year many are calling the upcoming holiday “Thanksgivukkah” because Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlap. This won’t happen again for another 77,798 years, according to one calculation.

Some of those who oppose the Employment Non-Discrimination Act are saying that it is a bad economic move rather than arguing on religious grounds as they once did. If passed, this act would protect people who are gay, bisexual and transgender in the workplace.

Heather Adams

About Heather Adams

Heather Adams is a junior at MU. She is majoring in convergence journalism and religious studies. She's been reporting for Columbia Faith & Values as an intern since the site was launched, and she served as an intern in summer 2013. Now, she volunteers as a reporter and also helps with site marketing and community engagement.

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