• Religion Notes: June 13, 2014

    Bardstown United Methodist VBS

    Bardstown United Methodist Church, at 116 E. Flaget, invites children, kindergarten through fifth grade, to ‘gear up’ at Workshop of Wonders: Imagine and Build with God Vacation Bible School. VBS is 6:30-8 p.m. June 16-19. Church doors open at 6 p.m. each evening. Registration forms can be found in the church office entryway or at www.bardstownmethodist.org

    Wakefield Baptist VBS

  • St. Gregory members break ground, bring new life to parish

    For members of St. Gregory, it was a blessing last Sunday to see ground broken for an addition to the small church in Samuels.

    The building project has been going on since 2008, according to Kathy Seyle, who serves on the building committee.

    To see the dirt shoveled “was just wonderful,” Seyle said. “It was a wonderful feeling to see that we’ve finally made it. We jumped through a lot of hoops to get here — building permits, plans. Now we know it’s finally going to happen.”

  • Local sisters in Ursuline order mark anniversaries

    A native of Nelson County and two other sisters who ministered in New Haven are among 12 Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph who are celebrating anniversaries of religious profession this year.

    Sister Clarentia Hutchins is celebrating her 75th year of religious life. A native of Louisville and an educator for 46 years, she taught at St. Catherine School, New Haven, 1954-55, and in many other schools in Kentucky. She is a member of the Powerhouse of Prayer at the Motherhouse.

  • Remembering not to forget

    On Easter, my husband and I visited a church in Tampa.

    Located smack in the middle of the nightclub district of Ybor City, it’s an urban church that attracts young people with its industrial warehouse look, its nightclub lighting, loud rock music, free food and emphasis on Jesus rather than the extraneous stuff that doesn’t matter.

    As my friend Steve would say, the place smelled like Jesus.

    And thanks to a pair of complimentary ear plugs offered to us as we walked in, we thoroughly enjoyed the service.

    Last Sunday we went back.

  • Religion Notes: May 30, 2014

    Open Door Christian Center

    Open Door Christian Center, 2345 Taylorsville Road in Bloomfield, has new service times of 9 a.m., morning worship, 10 a.m., Sunday school and 7 p.m. Thursday night. Call Pastors David and Lagonda Nichols at 252-9154 for more information.

    First Christian Church homecoming

  • Raising my Ebenezer

    Unlike the ancient Israelites, I’m not in the habit of naming rocks.

    Not being judgmental, just never thought to do so.

    Apparently, the Philistines were set to slaughter the Israelites. Full-on assault, take no prisoners.

    If you recall from the story of David and Goliath, the Philistines were huge, mean and scary. So, when the Israelites heard about the upcoming attack, they went to their leader, Samuel, and begged him to ask God to save them.

  • Put yourself in their shoes


    I’m writing this during May 11-17, the observance of Hospital Week and Law Enforcement Week. The week of May 18 is EMS Week. These are weeks to express thanks and appreciation to three serving and helping agencies and their dedicated personnel, who work long hours with relatively low compensation, considering their duties, education and responsibilities.

    We tend to take helping professions for granted. I see it in my role as a chaplain and saw it for more than 50 years as a firefighter and 27 as an active EMS worker.

  • Father Brown celebrates 40 years in ministry

    Brandon Mattingly

    Springfield Sun Editor

    One thing is certain, when the Rev. Ben Brown of St. Catharine College decides to step away from the priesthood, no one will be able to say he hasn’t had a full career.

    Brown, who will celebrate 40 years as an ordained minister Sunday, has seen practically every corner of the world and served in a variety of positions that have each taught him something about his faith and the faith of others along the way.

  • Are you ‘delight worthy?’

    Those who know me know I’m a front-row pew sitter.

    My pastor used to think I sit there because I want to hang on his every word until I told him that it’s because I’m short, otherwise I’d head for the back row.

  • The plain truth

    Some people you can’t forget.

    Alta McNalley is one of them. Although I can no longer picture her face, I can clearly hear her saying, “I’m just plain. I like old-fashioned singing; I like old-fashioned ways.”

    When I met her some years back she was the pastor of a little holiness church. I remember her saying how she loved yard sales and flea markets because you never know what kind of blessings God had for you — communion sets, baby stuff for a church nursery, fabric for curtains, even a husband.