Church name: Christ the King Church
After the death of a pastor Bradford Community Church had for 12 years, the Board of Trustees for the church selected the Rev. Lillie Mae Henley to fill in as interim minister for two years. Former pastor the Rev. Georgette Wonders died April 11.
Growing up, Henley knew she wanted to be a minister but didn’t see any female ministers to look up to. However, she did see a lot of female missionaries, so she decided she would pursue that instead.
Volunteers stood side by side this week at St. Peter Catholic Church. With heads bowed, they rolled up their sleeves to grate potatoes for kugelis, a Lithuanian potato pudding, and prepare Kielbasa, chicken and side dishes for the annual St. Peter Parish Family Festival.
With strong Lithuanian roots, members desired to emphasize their proud heritage by showcasing their culture and customs with a festival in 1953. It began simply, a fundraiser with carnival rides and games for the children. Later, they added ethnic food and for a while, a Polka Mass rounded out the growing popularity of the summer celebration
Church name: Strait-Way Ministries
AUSTIN, Texas — It’s a Sunday afternoon at the Opal Divine’s in South Austin, and the Rev. Steve Kinney is about to convene a meeting of spiritually minded souls in what Carrie Nation would have called a den of iniquity.
Kinney, an Episcopal priest at All Saints in Central Austin, has held monthly meetings — typically the third Sunday of each month — of what some followers informally call “pub church” at Opal Divine’s. There’s music, but not from an organ and a choir. Bread and wine are offered, but it’s not a Eucharist in the formal sense. There’s no kneeling, but there’s food and beer and cocktails for those inclined to partake of spirits to get into the spirit of things.
The Rev. Lillie Mae Henley has been selected as Bradford Community Church Unitarian Universalist’s new interim minister. She begins her ministry on Tuesday and will serve for a two-year period.
Henley graduated from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 1998 and served as a minister in Washington, D.C., as well as in Fort Worth in her native state of Texas. She also completed three interim assignments in Stafford, Texas; Toledo, Ohio, and Winston-Salem, N.C.
When Jim Black leads people on a robust walk three times a week on the grounds of the 120-acre Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., he’s got powerful company: God.
The several dozen people who join him have shown up with the same hopes that anyone brings to an exercise plan: They mean to lose weight, ditch inhalers, get stronger.
Church name: Salem United Methodist Church
Anna Nuzzo began singing in the fourth grade as a student at St. Mary’s Catholic School in a band named “Anaweim,” which means little people in the Old Testament.
The pastoral music director, Theresa Setter, pulled Nuzzo and a few other children aside one day, mentored them and put them in the group so they could sing at Mass.