Midweek Missouri Faith Fix: Everybody Eats, Christmas toys and clergy talks

This year’s information about Almeta Crayton’s Everybody Eats has been released. Volunteers, donations and participants are needed for the Thanksgiving event.

First Baptist Church celebrated its 190th birthday this week. It was the first church in Columbia when it established in 1823. During this time, there were only 130 people in Columbia. Years later, it continues to live out a history of progressiveness.

The Square in downtown Springfield has a rich history of Christmas spirit dating back to the 1930s. The History Museum on the Square’s exhibit opens Nov. 23 with more than 150 photos from over the years.

Christmas decorations. FAVS stock image by MinHee Kim.

Christmas decorations. FAVS stock image by MinHee Kim.

Speaking of holiday time, Columbia Parks and Recreation is now accepting donations for its annual toy drive.

Also speaking of toys, the Trooper Michael L. Newton Memorial Toy Fund is working with Kansas City metro-area Krispy Kreme Doughnut stores to help collect toys that the troopers will personally deliver to the children at KU Medical Center in late December.

For Betty Kluender, being part of the Be A Santa to a Senior program led to a new friend. The program provides gifts for seniors in both Kansas and Missouri who might not have family for the holidays.

The Rev. Ross Johnson is now the director of disaster response for the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, based in St. Louis. He left for the Philippines to assess damages from Typhoon Haiyan on Friday Nov. 15.

More than five dozen Missouri pastors talked with Gov. Jay Nixon about their priorities for the 2014 General Assembly session. Topics ranged from education to health care to legal representation.

Nationally, this week a United Methodist pastor was found guilty of violating church law and performing a same-sex wedding when he officiated his son’s wedding. Punishment may include loss of clergy credentials if he does not agree to stop performing same-sex weddings.

An estimated 4,000 Women from 37 states are participating in this year’s “No Make-up November.” This was put together by Rave Ministries, a Christian girls ministry associated with the Churches of Christ.

Many are talking about the Gettysburg Address’ 150-year anniversary, but some say few are looking at its religious content. A.E. Elmore, a retired English professor and playwright, said that it is even “more powerful” to read it in this way.



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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