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There's a special kind of heat that July brings to the city. Sun blistering the surface of asphalt parking lots. Breeze blocked by tall buildings. Miles of concrete, brick and stone. South facing walls of brick turned into seven story, solar-fired heat batteries. Afternoons so hot that you'd…

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“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” — Philippians 4:8

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Ongoing global and national crises have presented significant challenges to the concept of freedom. For example, how strict or loose should we as citizens follow recommendations, guidelines, ordinances and/or laws?

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The Episcopal Churches of Grace and Trinity will begin offering Lawn Chair Evening Prayer at 7 p.m. each Sunday, weather permitting, in the courtyard of Trinity Episcopal Church, 224 N. A St., in Arkansas City.

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Area churches will join together to worship at 7 p.m. July 26 in Wilson Park under the rotunda in Arkansas City.

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“Racism is a system of inequality based on race prejudice and the belief that one race is innately superior to all other races…We believe that racism is a rejection of the teachings of Jesus Christ. …” The Book of Resolutions of the United Methodist Church.

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And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth. — Deuteronomy 28:1

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First United Methodist Church of Winfield invites the community to Drive-In Church each Sunday this summer at Memorial Park.

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I’ve enjoyed singing ever since I was a small child. In fact, I’m pretty sure that I’ve enjoyed singing for longer than I can remember. Mom and Dad both sang well, loved singing, and made singing part of being in our family. We weren’t the Carter Family but we could carry a tune.

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The weight of our country’s problems, the spreading pandemic, racial injustice, and political divide, to name just a few, can be paralyzing. My friends and I have talked about spending so much time following the news, that these problems felt heavier and heavier and heavier.

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In 1969 a group of people from the disbanded Evangelical United Brethren Church in Winfield formed a Bible study, looking to begin a new Bible-centered church. After much prayer and research, the group decided to join with the Evangelical Free Church of America. A group of 40 people held the…

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The past few weeks have seen our nation come to a new, uncomfortable, place regarding racism and race relations. If you’re like many of my parishioners, friends, and myself, this time has been jarring. I have personally wrestled with my own emotions trying to discern how God would want me to…

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“But many of the priests and Levites and heads of fathers’ houses, old men who had seen the first house, wept with a loud voice when they saw the foundation of this house being laid, though many shouted aloud for joy, so that the people could not distinguish the sound of the joyful shout fro…

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Remember “The Little Mermaid”? It’s that animated Disney movie where young Ariel dreams of a new world, singing to a fish and an adorable Jamaican crab.

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The Arkansas City Ministerial Alliance will sponsor a National Day of Prayer event from noon to 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the Blessing Heights Church parking lot at 1529 W. Radio Lane.

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Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you. — Luke 6:38

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You can’t pick your neighbors. I’ve learned that over the years, as we’ve moved to different neighborhoods. Just when you think you’ve found a house with the perfect neighbors (or so they seem), you move in, and then someone else moves out. Then someone new moves in you hadn’t counted on. I’…

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Imagine for a moment climbing a steep trail to the top of a mountain. As you climb, the air gets thinner, the trail narrower. Several times you need to stop and catch your breath. But when you reach the top, you see a spectacular view. 

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This letter is intended to voice as clearly as I can that many of us who are followers of Jesus have a different belief in God than was represented in the “Pastoral Voices” column on March 27 in the CourierTraveler.

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I am not an expert on the subject of the virus, but I have been receiving updated information from KDHE and several other organizations with accurate data. I have dutifully read every email and every link. But I feel like I don’t really know much, and most of us still don’t know nearly enoug…

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A group of 34 high school and junior high youth along with Pastor Nathan Anderson, grandson of Bob and Margaret Massey and their adult sponsors from Fairland, Okla. Christian Church spent a part of their spring break March 15 through March 18 at Mark Massey Memorial Ministries near Dexter. T…

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“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention,” (Oscar Wilde).

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