• RELIGION NOTES: Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

    Valentine luncheon

    Nelson Christian Church, 1760 New Shepherdsville Road, will host its adult Valentine luncheon Saturday, Feb. 13, at Mordecai’s in Springfield. A devotional will be given by the senior minister, Dr. Tom Mobley. The cost is $15 per person (gratuity included). The deadline for reservations is Sunday, Feb. 7. For more information or to make reservations, call the church office at 348-3495.

    Prayer breakfast

  • Homelessness teaches lessons in caring

    Recently I spent time with some people who are homeless.

    I had met some of them while tagging along at the annual countywide housing count, which is another way to say homeless count.

    Every year, people who care go out and find the people who live in the woods or in their cars or sleep in abandoned buildings and get as much information about them as they can.

    People who care want to meet these people’s immediate and ongoing needs with tents and blankets and stoves, and also their long-term needs.

  • Church members create crafts with love

    A little more than a dozen people took time out of their Saturday afternoon to make special Valentine’s Day-themed crafts for their family members and shut-ins at Bardstown Baptist Church Saturday afternoon.

    On round, wooden tables placed throughout a church recreation room, children and adults made crafts ranging from a special bookmark to a heart-shaped paper collage, all with references to religion.

    As children made their crafts, a few church members stood off to the side and chatted with one another over hot chocolate and light, sugary snacks.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Teachings of Tashi Kyil

    St. Catharine College was exposed to a culture of peace and compassion recently, when seven Tibetan Buddhist monks passed through the area during their third tour of the United States.

    The monks, who come from the Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery in Dehradun, India, met with students, faculty and community members during a weeklong stay at the college to offer various demonstrations in chanting, talks of Buddhism, and sharing of skills.

  • RELIGION NOTES: Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

    Hearts and Crafts

    Bardstown Baptist Church will host its second annual Hearts and Crafts event 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6. This is a free event, and everyone is invited to bring their children and fellowship. Children will be able to make Valentine crafts for families and friends. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. Call (502) 348-3866 or visit www.bardstownbaptistchurch.org for more details.

    Valentine luncheon

  • The good news about bad news

    When someone says, “I have good news and bad news,” which one do you prefer to hear first?

    Joe went to his doctor who posed that question to him.

    “Give me the good news first,” Joe said.

    “You have 24 hours to live,” the doctor told him.

    Clutching his chest, Joe said, “If that’s the good news, what’s the bad news?”

    The doctor said, “I meant to tell you yesterday.”

    Ba dump bump. (Groan.)

  • RELIGION NOTES: Jan. 29, 2016

    Les Six at Loretto Motherhouse

    A sextet, Les Six, including flute, oboe. clarinet, bassoon, French horn and piano, will perform music by Poulenc, Holst, and Hindemith at Loretto Motherhouse on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 3 p.m. Admission free. All are welcome.

    Fifth Sunday service

    Bardstown Apostolic Sanctuary 111 Plaza Drive will hold a special fifth Sunday service Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. that includes singing, worship and passionate preaching. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Pastor Tim Acree (270) 849-4141.

  • Filed legislation can’t impact insensitivity, but speaking up can

    By the Rev. Karl Lusk

    Recently, the news media covered a story about a bill filed in the state legislature regarding photos of accident scenes. The sponsor, Rep. “Bam” Carney, R-Taylor, admitted the language in the bill was probably unconstitutional, but wanted to file it to bring attention to a sad situation. He later withdrew the bill.

  • Monks at SCC this week

    St. Catherine College is buzzing with excitement this week as a few special visitors are exposing students and the community to a culture of peace and balance. Seven Tibetan monks arrived at the college Monday, and will visit through Saturday.

    “They are living in India as refugees, having followed the Dalai Lama to India after the Chinese occupation of Tibet,” Matt Branstetter, SCC professor of religion, told the Springfield Sun. The visit will help raise funds to build a library and school in their monastery back home.

  • Getting my hate on for the new year

     I rarely make New Year’s resolutions, and I’m not sure if this counts as one, but around the end of December, I noticed that whenever I was in church, my eyes would be drawn to the big steel crossbeam in my favorite window.

    I’d look at it, unable to look away, and think about what it means, why the cross was necessary in human history and my part in it.