- Church briefs: Sept. 28, 2013
Joy Lady: Unhappy people usually preoccupied by too many things
A friend of mine was going through a divorce. There had been no infidelity or abuse, no mid-life crisis, no traumatic event in their marriage. My friend’s marriage was over because, as she said, “I’m just not happy.” Another friend surprised us all after church one Sunday, announcing she was no longer going to be teaching her Sunday School class or doing any thing else in our church, for she had decided she could no longer be part of our congregation. She had no idea where she was going to worship; she just knew it would not be with us. Her reason, she said was, “I’m just not happy.”
The Joy Lady: Here’s what really boggles my mind: God loves us
Some things simply boggle my mind. For example, it defies understanding how the upper portion of my body can endure a sweating, temperature-rising, face-redening hot flash while my feet are constantly freezing. It also amazes me that the pert, perky, thin woman wearing those adorably-fitting exercise clothes warns me that I need to wear loose clothing while coming to exercise alongside her. With mind-boggling speed, I replied, “Honey, if I had any loose fitting clothes I wouldn’t have had to come sign up for this exercise class in the first place!”
- Briefly: September 21, 2013
- Church briefs: September 21, 2013
- Church briefs: September 14, 2013
- Briefly: September 14, 2013
The Joy Lady: As Christians, there are times we must speak up
Sometimes something happens that is so unfair, and we feel we must speak up. Sometimes some people profess to believe things that we know just can’t be true, and we feel we must speak up. Sometimes something we read strikes us as downright stupidly absurd, and we feel we must speak up.
The Joy Lady: Yes, I am living where I am protected — in God’s keep
I have never lived in a castle, you understand, but I hear that in Medieval times, castles came equipped with “keeps.”
Poland Chapel to host ‘An afternoon with Philip Gulley’
Poland Historic Chapel will present “An afternoon with Philip Gulley” at 2 on Sept. 15.
Sisters planning Hole-y-One Golf Scramble
Golfers can have fun and support the Sisters of Providence and their ministries of love, mercy and justice to people in need. Interested players can sign up now for the 11th annual Hole-y-One Golf Scramble, taking place on Friday at the Country Club of Terre Haute. Morning and afternoon flights are available.
Gospel artist to perform at Circle City Classic service
Nationally-prominent gospel recording artist VaShawn Mitchell will perform at the Indiana Black Expo Inc. 30th Anniversary Circle City Classic Prayer and Praise Worship Service on Oct. 9, at the Eastern Star Church Northwest Campus, 5805 Cooper Road in Indianapolis.
- Church briefs: September 7, 2013
Sisters of Providence prayer service focuses on ‘Joy of the River’
The Sisters of Providence invite individuals in the Wabash Valley to step away from the daily bustle of life for an hour of song, silence and spiritual reflection from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at St. Mary-of-the-Woods.
The Joy Lady: ‘A cheerful disposition is good for your health’
I believe it was Ethel Barrymore who said we know we are grown up when we have learned to laugh at ourselves. If that is true, then I must surely be one of the most grown up people I know.
- CHURCH BRIEFS: Aug. 31, 2013
The Joy Lady: Go ahead — seek out your foundation, strengthen connection
My father was born in Toad Hop, Indiana. For my Wabash Valley readers, you know where Toad Hop is — on Darwin Road between U.S. 40 and Interstate 70. For my Madison County readers, you are just going to have to take my word for it — Toad Hop is a real place, probably named in honor of the toads who hopped their way from the spring flood waters of Sugar Creek and the Wabash River.
- Church briefs: August 24, 2013
3 downtown churches, UCM to host ‘Holypalooza’
Three downtown churches and United Campus Ministries, all located across from Indiana State University on Seventh Street, are sponsoring an event that will include a parade with bagpipes, worship, lunch and other activities.
- CHURCH NOTES: Aug. 17, 2013
Gentiva Hospice food drive under way
Staff members from the Gentiva Hospice (formerly VistaCare) office will be blanketing the Wabash Valley throughout August
THE JOY LADY: Are our words pleasing to God; do they bring honor to Him?
Well, school has begun for most every school system.
- CHURCH BRIEFS: Aug. 17, 2013
- CHURCH BRIEFS: Aug. 9, 2013
The Joy Lady: Striving to be an older woman that encourages young women, mothers
When I was a teenager, there was a special lady who didn’t treat me like the socially-inept, boy-crazy, fun-loving, but rather empty-headed teenager that I was.
Join in Taizé prayer service with Sisters at St. Mary-of-the-Woods
Join the Sisters of Providence and the larger faith community of the Wabash Valley for an hour of song, silence and scripture from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at St. Mary-of-the-Woods.
- THE JOY LADY: It is there — in the clouds — the place where we meet God If the weather predictors are correct (and, gee, aren’t they always?) we are in for some cloudy days. One guy on one channel says it’s going to be cloudy all day today. Another guy on another channel says it will be only partly cloudy tomorrow. Still another guy predicts five cloudy days in a row. Bottom line: it’s gonna be cloudy, folks.
- CHURCH BRIEFS: Aug. 3, 2013
The Joy Lady: We need only use five words to tell others about Christ
I’m constantly struggling to keep from correcting grammar goofs that pop up in everyday conversations.
Christmas Store sock, undergarment drive under way
The annual Sock and Undergarment Drive for the Catholic Charities Christmas Store is under way.
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