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Faith related events from Sept. 12, 2014

Students rally for teacher who talks about faith

CANTON, Ga. (AP) — Students at a public high school outside Atlanta are rallying behind a teacher who says he’s standing up for his Christian beliefs and what he views as his right to talk about Jesus in the classroom.

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Backpack food program grows

The backpack program, started over two years ago by First United Methodist Church to help feed homeless students for the weekend, is growing again.

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Presbyterian church welcomes new minister

Dr. Tom Pipkin left a big-city church in the South to become senior pastor at Gateway Presbyterian Church in The Dalles, partly because he wanted more time to just hang out with folks and minister by hiking and fishing with them.

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Rapping priest performs at parish center

Fortuna was jazz musician before entering the priesthood

Bagge Gardens hosts free gospel music

Bagge Gardens, 1805 Carroll Road, Mosier, will host a free garden gospel concert Saturday, Aug. 16.

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Progressive Muslims

Muslim movement accepts once-taboo causes

Missionaries flee Ebola outbreak

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Two North Carolina-based missionary groups have ordered the evacuation of their non-essential personnel from Liberia after a doctor and a missionary contracted Ebola.

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ACTS teaches job skills at fruit stand

A fruit stand run by ACTS (Acclaiming Christ Through Sports) is not only raising money for an upcoming mission, but is teaching kids business skills and a work ethic.

Jones scholarship focuses on sobriety

The Mid-Columbia Fellowship of Churches sponsors a unique scholarship, The Marvin D. Jones Memorial Scholarship, to be awarded to a graduating senior, an adult addict in recovery or a teen with addicted parents.

Familiar faces at new school

Visitors to the upcoming open houses at Columbia Lutheran School (CLS) will see a familiar face, Mr. Doug Radliff.

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Moro sends mission to Mexico

A group from Moro Presbyterian Church went on a mission to a poor migrant town in northern Mexico, where they helped in a variety of ways, from plumbing to painting to providing hygiene instruction.

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Israel trip is life changing for visitors

Group travels grueling path seeking insight

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TDHS valedictorian heading to El Salvador

Just weeks after graduating as valedictorian of The Dalles High School, Cole McDowell headed off to serve for two years in the El Salvador, San Salvador East Mission, for the Church of Jesus Crist of Latter-day Saints.

Goldendale man to serve as Methodist pastor

Larry Gourley, a long-time attendant and later trainee at the (UMC), will serve as pastor of the First United Methodist Church in The Dalles beginning in July.

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