Local/National Faith Briefs

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd offered at Holy Redeemer

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a hands-on approach to Christian formation for children ages 3 through kindergarten and offered at Holy Redeemer on Tuesday or Thursday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. beginning on Sept. 11 or 13.

The program is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the belief that God and the child have a unique relationship. More information regarding this program can be found on the parish website, www.holy-redeemer.com under the Elementary Faith Formation tab.

A New GriefShare Program started Aug. 27

Community members who have experienced the death of a family member or friend are invited to participate in a GriefShare program at Holy Redeemer Church.

This nondenominational program features Christ-centered teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The DVD video features nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion about what was seen on the DVD.

GriefShare will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays, at Holy Redeemer Church Gathering Area, 503 W. Lyon, Marshall. All faiths are welcome.

For questions, call the church office at 532-5711, or Dorothy 401-0601, Gerri 532-9218 or Jason 829-9487.

Jesus Cares Ministry Bible Class starts Sept. 6

Jesus Cares Ministry Bible Class of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Marshall is starting on Thursday, Sept. 6, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at 208 W. Marshall St. and continues to meet the first and third Thursdays of the month September-May. Any individual in the community of any age who has developmental and/or intellectual disabilities is invited to come hear the good news of Jesus Christ at your level of understanding through prayer, Bible lessons, music, and craft. You are welcome to bring family, friends, and staff. The church is fully accessible. There are also other special events throughout the year including movie night, Christmas program, and summer picnic. For more information, contact Melanie Werner at 507-828-3798 or at mel.werner21@gmail.com.

Holy Redeemer Faith Formation classes to begin

Holy Redeemer Faith Formation classes will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Holy Redeemer School. Students in grades K-5 will have class from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; grades 6-8 from 6:45 to 8 p.m. and grades 9-11 from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. For more information and to register call the Faith Formation Office at 507-532-3602.

Lawsuit: Worker fired for refusing to attend Bible study

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man has filed an $800,000 lawsuit against a construction company, claiming the owner fired him after he refused to attend Bible study.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Ryan Coleman’s lawsuit was filed in Linn County Circuit Court last week.

It stated that after he was hired as a painter for Dahled Up Construction owner Joel Dahl told him all employees were required to participate in regular Bible study sessions led by a Christian pastor during the work day.

The lawsuit said Coleman told Dahl that the requirement was illegal but Dahl wouldn’t budge.

The suit said Coleman obliged for nearly six months in order to keep his job but was fired after telling Dahl he couldn’t go anymore.

Dahl’s Albany attorney, Kent Hickam, doesn’t dispute that Dahl requires employees to attend Bible study, but said it’s legal because Dahl pays them to attend.

Lawsuit seeks public money for tuition at religious schools

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Several Maine teens and their families have filed a lawsuit challenging a state law that prevents towns without high schools from using public money to pay tuition to religious schools.

The Bangor Daily News reported the lawsuit filed last week claims the law allows discrimination against religious individuals and institutions because they are religious.

The lawsuit cited a 2017 U.S. Supreme Court decision that found Missouri couldn’t exclude a religious school from a grant program that reimburses schools that use recycled tires on their playgrounds.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the exclusion of the school was “odious to our Constitution.”

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has previously upheld the tuition ban in 1997 and 2002.

The state Attorney General’s Office declined to comment on the lawsuit Tuesday.