Local/National Faith Briefs

Meredith Andrews to perform Saturday at Lake Sarah Baptist

Word Worship Music recording artist Meredith Andrews will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lake Sarah Baptist Church, Slayton. Andrews is a two-time Dove Award winner and seven-time nominee including Worship Song of the Year and Praise Worship Album of the Year. She was nominated for 2017 K-LOVE Fan Award for Female Artist Of The Year. She has three No. 1 singles: “Strong God,” “You’re Not Alone,” and “Spirit Of The Living God”), four Top 5 singles and two Top 10 singles. She has several Billboard charting songs and albums including “Worth It All” on the Billboard 200 chart as well as two Top 10 entries on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums.

For tickets and more information, visit www.lakesarahbaptistchurch.org.

Police: Man repeatedly stole food from Delaware church

FRANKFORD, Del. (AP) — Delaware State Police said a man repeatedly broke into a Frankford church and stole or ate the church’s food.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reported 32-year-old Quinton J. Gordon was arrested Tuesday night on charges including burglary. The Frankford United Methodist Church reported a series of burglaries to state police this month. Responding troopers found each time that someone had forced their way into the church and eaten or taken food from inside.

Troopers on Tuesday conducted a traffic stop in which Gordon was arrested. He had an outstanding warrant for his arrest on an unrelated harassment charge. It’s unclear how authorities connected him to the church thefts. It also is unclear if Gordon has a lawyer.

Arrest warrant issued for man accused of stealing rare photo

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man accused of stealing a photo of an early 20th century apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints could face other charges involving stolen rare items.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported an arrest warrant was issued Tuesday for 29-year-old Kevin Schuwer of Orem for charges of theft and burglary after authorities allege he stole a photo of Orson F. Whitney from Utah State University’s library.

According to charging documents, Schuwer was captured on camera taking the photo in mid-October.

According to a search warrant filed by police at Brigham Young University, Schuwer also stole an original photo of Joseph Smith.

BYU police say Schuwer admitted during an interview to taking the photo and six rare books.

Schuwer did not return the newspaper’s message seeking comment.

Group seeks to restore trust in church after clergy abuse

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — With church leaders under scrutiny for their handling of sexual misconduct by priests, a group of lay people in western New York is focusing on restoring trust in the Roman Catholic church.

The group is planning a public symposium Wednesday evening as part of its Movement to Restore Trust initiative. Canisius College President John Hurley is set to moderate a panel discussion involving clergy and non-clergy panelists. They will explore reforms and discuss what has been done and what should be done to protect the vulnerable.

A follow-up workshop is scheduled for Dec. 8.

The Diocese of Buffalo said it is cooperating with state and federal investigations into clergy abuse. The diocese has publicly identified 78 priests with substantiated claims of child sexual abuse dating back decades.

National fund selects N.H. church for preservation grant

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — The National Fund for Sacred Places has selected a Nashua church to participate in a preservation grant program.

Nashua’s St. Mary & Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church earned a spot alongside 13 other congregations. The Nashua Telegraph reports other churches selected include one of the oldest European-designed buildings in the American West, three symbolically important congregations of the Civil Rights Era and a church designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The Philadelphia-based National Fund for Sacred Places will offer planning grants and training to the congregations, ranging from urgently needed repairs to maintenance that will ensure the congregations’ future preservation.

The church plans to use the grant to restore the structures of its main building.

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