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Faith Briefs for May 28

GriefShare session to begin June 8

A new 13-week GriefShare session will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, at Holy Redeemer Church, Marshall.

If you have experienced the death of a loved one (spouse, child, friend, family) you are invited to GriefShare. This nondenominational 13-week DVD program features Christ-centered, biblical teaching focusing on grief topics with nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion. Participants will find encouragement, comfort, and valuable information about facing a new normal in life and renewing hope for the future. The program is designed so anyone experiencing grief can join at any time.

Register online at griefshare.org. Enter the Marshall zip code of 56258 to find the group and register. Or for more information call Dorothy at 507-401-0601 or the church office at 507-532-5711.

Operation Thou Shalt Not Steal nets church theft suspects

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida-based group of Romanian nationals stole $740,000 from hundreds of churches by taking donation checks from their mailboxes and cashing them, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Wednesday.

Four people were arrested and two others are wanted in what authorities are calling “Operation Thou Shalt Not Steal.”

The group was based in Orlando but traveled throughout Florida and other states stealing checks, investigators said. In all, authorities identified 636 churches that were victims, including 355 in Florida.

“This low-tech yet well-organized effort to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of mailed-in charitable donations — at a time when donations may have been most needed — has been stopped,” FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen said in a news release.

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