Local/National Faith Briefs

Barbecue sandwiches served Thursday at St. Ann’s

Court Queen of Peace is serving lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. during Lent on Thursdays at Divine Mercy Hall, St. Ann’s Church, Slayton. The menu includes a barbecue, salads, assorted desserts. Takeouts are available by calling 507-227-6519.

Soup and Sermon is Wednesdays at Holy Redeemer Church

Soup and Sermon will be offered each Wednesday during Lent at Holy Redeemer Church. Soup will be served at 11:45 a.m. and the sermon will be at 12:05 p.m. A free will offering will be accepted. Everyone is welcome to attend.

‘Art of Marriage’ conference is March 9, 10 at E Free

Marshall E Free Church will have the “Art of Marriage” conference March 9-10. The conference is $60 per couple including books. On Saturday, March 10, there will be lunch, prizes and childcare. Limit of 15 couples. People can register online though the website — marshallefc.org.

World Day of Prayer Service Set in Garvin

Garvin Congregational Church is hosting a World day of Prayer Service at 11 a.m. Friday, March 2. Lunch will follow the program.

World Day of Prayer services are observed in 170 countries and regions. This year women, men, and children of Suriname, South America, call us to worship considering the words: “All God’s Creation is Very Good! With these words, we are invited to learn about Suriname’s history and rich cultural diversity.

Arkansas public school removes scriptures from choir room

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) — A public school in north-central Arkansas has removed Bible verses from the walls after an anonymous complaint was made to a nonprofit supporting the separation of church and state.

The Daily Citizen reported that posters displaying scriptures had been hung in the choir room of Searcy High School.

Searcy School District Superintendent Diane Barrett said Feb. 2 that the choral director removed the Christian-themed posters from her room in November and that staff have been addressed regarding religious displays.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the school district late last year requesting the posters be removed. The letter had asked school employees be made aware that it’s illegal for districts to promote religion within the school.

The foundation declined to reveal the complainant’s identity.

Centuries-old church undergoing repair work, seeks funding

WOLCOTT, Vt. (AP) — Leaders at a nearly 200-years-old Vermont church are looking to fund repairs to its rotting foundation.

The Rev. Pat Thompson and pastor Mike Thorp said they tore up the Wolcott United Methodist Church’s floor to see how badly water had eroded the wooden foundation. Local 22 & Local 44 News reports the church was built against a stone ledge in 1856, which allowed water to seep into the foundation.

Thompson said the church is looking to purchase a concreate slab to block water from coming into the foundation, but it costs about $115,000 — a hefty price tag for the 11-person congregation.

Thompson and Thorpe said they will look for funding in historical preservation grants. The church was founded by George Brown, Vermont’s first African-American Methodist minister.

Some South Carolina Episcopal churches appeal to high court

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Some Episcopal churches in South Carolina upset with The Episcopal Church are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a court decision that could cost them ownership of property.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported the Diocese of South Carolina has asked the nation’s highest court to reverse a decision by the South Carolina Supreme Court last year that said the national denomination owns the church property.

Protesting churches left the national church in 2012 citing concerns about theological issues including the ordination of gay priests.

The Episcopal Church says it’s governed by its own laws and rules. It says people are free to leave the church if they disagree but cannot take church property with them.

The U.S. Supreme Court historically refuses to hear such cases.