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The Arkansas Valley Gospel Choir is looking for more people to join their group.

The choir, directed by worship pastor Brandon Chism, will sing music from the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir as well as anthems and choruses from the late 20th century.

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Izabella Castillo and Karis Barnthouse received their First Holy Communion at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church from Rev. Fr. Stephen J. Parlet May 8.

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Multiple churches in Buena Vista will be conducting Christmas services, particularly on Christmas Eve. A couple of Christmas Day services will be available, as well as a mass celebrating the Solemnity of Mary on New Year’s Day.

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Participating in the Confirmation ceremony earlier this month at St. Rose of Lima included, from left, Laura Tilley, Fr. Steve Parlet, Keira White, Bishop Michel Sheridan, Nicole Kale, Qwyntin Barnthouse and Deacon Russell Barrows.

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St. Rose of Lima in Buena Vista celebrated 1st Holy Communion this month with, from left, Fr. Steve Parlet, Easton Hachmann, Jonah Barnthouse, Zoe Garcia, Cali Barnthouse, Casey Kinder and teachers Mary Kale and Susan Axe.

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Ever After, the free middle school event for girls, begins its sixth year. Our purpose in this event is to encourage these ladies to pursue who they are designed to be and to make healthy life choices, organizers said in a press release.

Ever After 2021 will be held at Trail West Lodge Saturday, April 10.

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Baby yellow chicks,

White tiny rabbits, too,

Means spring is arriving,

With much happiness anew.

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Grace Church and Congregational United Church of Christ will co-host a Lenten worship and reflection on prayer and healing Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m., during Lent via Zoom.

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Chaffee County Public Health is strongly recommending that places of worship use online programming rather than in-person services this holiday season.

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St. Rose of Lima celebrated their seventh year of Thanksgiving celebrations late last month. Even with the strict guidelines from the county, we were able to serve 165 dinners. Our only regret was that there were so many last-minute folks that we had to skimp a bit on the side dishes. Thank …

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I am thinking most of us have been encountering all the millers flying about, especially in our homes. Some in the bright open spaces of our homes, but most seem to be hidden. I move an object, straighten a picture on a wall or, of course, any clothing. Every crook and cranny seems to uncove…

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Let me preface this column by saying I know how to bake.

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Epiphany Anglican Fellowship: 10 a.m. Sundays, 142 Oak St. Fr. Jim Towner, 607-738-4961.

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The year 2020 began as every other year. Daily familiar, comfortable, predictable routines. Cue February: The global pandemic reaches America. Our reality changed: We were sent to our rooms (homes) by “The Landlord.”

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Franklin D. Roosevelt coined one of America’s iconic maxims in his first inaugural address: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

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How does our faith get lived out in our lives – in these times especially? When there is so much distancing we must do, how do we reach out with love and concern for our brothers, sisters and neighbors in this time of staying in, worry and loss?

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Congregational United Church of Christ: YouTube channel is CUCC Buena Vista CO. Once a service has gone “live,” it can be watched at any time.

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Congregational United Church of Christ: Now on-line. The YouTube channel is CUCC Buena Vista CO. Once a service has gone “live,” it can be watched at any time.

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It was in 1944 when Nazi Germany and the Imperial Armed Forces of Japan were engaged with the United States in the bloody global battles of WWII; a pastor’s wife, the mother of five, sensing the need of divine help in those troublous times, was inspired to write the words of this well-known …

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United Congregational Church of Christ: Offering SDSC — Socially Distanced but Spiritually Connected. Twice a week reflections from a multifaith, interfaith and interspiritual perspective for spiritual uplift in these times. Revbecca@icloud.com

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You saw the sign, right? The Speed Limit 55 sign? Well, even if you missed it, by driving on the road, you know there’s a certain prescribed speed. If you see a police car, you’ll slow down. Right? With the good music and fresh air, you’re in your own head space as the scenery whooshes by.

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During these uncertain times, attending to our spiritual well being can be especially beneficial. Spiritual practices can help to keep us grounded and calm. Here are a few things you might like to try.

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United Congregational Church of Christ: Pastor Rebecca Poos and CUCC invite you to: SDSC — Socially Distanced but Spiritually Connected. Twice a week reflections from a multifaith, interfaith and interspiritual perspective for spiritual uplift in these times. Revbecca@icloud.com to sign-up t…

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Arkansas Valley Christian Mission will hold its Annual Easter Market Outreach, Tuesday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 8, only 11 a.m.-1 p.m. No lunches will be served.

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Shortly after Lent began, I started watching a show called Metanoia, produced by The Ministry of the Wild Goose, 4PM Media and other ministry partners, https://wildgoose.tv/

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United Congregational Church of Christ: Remaining Lenten Services with Grace Church have been cancelled. Women’s Missionary Society has cancelled its March 26 program. Services for this week cancelled. As for later services, we’re going week by week.

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In the Bible, the prophet Isaiah relates the promise that the Lord will guide us and satisfy us, and that we shall “be like a watered garden.” Isaiah 58:11

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My brother Jay is one year younger than me. Growing up we loved each other and, of course, hated each other. One time my mother sent me to the chicken coop to gather eggs when I was about 6 years old. It was summertime and I took my shirt off to use to cradle the eggs.

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Consider the biosphere of the antedeluvian world (i.e. “the pre-flood world”). According to Genesis, before the story of Noah’s ark a mist watered the earth, not rain.

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Here we are in our sixth year for Ever After – the free middle school event for girls in Buena Vista, Leadville and Salida. Our purpose in this event is to encourage these ladies to pursue who they are designed to be and to make healthy life choices. Ever After 2020 will be hosted at Frontie…

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Many believers of all types come to a time in life when they wonder if they have lost their faith. Things have changed. A once joyful, enthusiastic and energetic faith now seems overcome by apathy and uncertainty. There was a time when prayers and praises were exciting and interactive, but n…

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I’ve recently discovered something like a mathematical formula in my understanding of God’s goodness: Gratitude plus love equals joy and expectation of good. Actually, gratitude itself was a new concept for me until I became a Christian as a young adult and began reading the Bible. Learning …

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‘Tis the season to come together. To gather with friends and family in warm places and spaces. To reflect on the year behind and the coming year before us.

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Over the last 3 weeks there has been a controversial exchange in this newspaper’s Faith and Opinion columns. The exchange has been between Rev. Rebecca Kemper Poos (Oct. 31) and myself (Nov. 7) and now Grace Church whose pastors wrote Nov. 14. The focus of the discussion is homosexuality in …

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Jesus ate with sinners. In public sometimes. This did not endear Him to the religious leaders of His time. To eat with someone meant that you were equals in some sense.

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In the last couple of editions of The Chaffee County Times, there have been references to Grace Church in Buena Vista; once in the Oct. 31 Faith Page column written by the Rev. Rebecca Kemper Poos, and again in a letter to the editor by Tim Burt published on Nov. 7. These references arose fr…

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“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.”

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