Magazine article The Christian Century

Unplanned Programming

Magazine article The Christian Century

Unplanned Programming

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I owe you a report on church life as glimpsed in church bulletins and newsletters from around the country. In Indianapolis, a recent East Tenth United Methodist Church bulletin says that "Indianapolis United Methodists have become regulars in the Marion County Jail since 1987." We hope those recidivists get ministered to by the United Methodist Jail Ministries, a group mentioned in that bulletin.

In Alpena, Michigan, the First Congregational Church fell back on a phrase of Puritan pastor John Robinson and affirmed that there was "more light and truth yet to break froth from God's Holy Word." In enthusiastic preaching?

In Cresskill, New Jersey, the Congregationalists sang a new version of Old Hundredth: "All people that on earth do swell . . ." Perhaps after eating some spoiled shrimp at the church supper?

The Madison, Wisconsin, Trinity United Methodists' newsletter tells us that the administrative council will "seek more information on making the church more accessible to handi-people." They must have been converting plumbers, electricians and contractors. But don't expect to greet them: the same bulletin announces that "there will NOT be fellowship following the service."

According to the Brattleboro, Vermont, Reformer, mourners at a memorial service at the Jacksonville Community Church heard a soloist sing the hymn "The Old Rigged Cross." All part of a divine plan.

In Woodstock, Illinois, the Presbyterians' newsletter referred to a performance of Mendelssohn's Christus as a narrative of "the passion crucifiction. …

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