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Churches Bless Schools, Families as Fall Semester Dawns

Back-to-school haircut at Bedford First Church of God.

By Carl Stagner

Teachers making final preparations for their classes, students dreading the end of summer, parents adjusting to new routines, and school buses on the streets again (drivers, be careful!)—it can only mean one thing: it’s that time of year again! School is back in session or will begin again soon across much of the country, signaling a community-wide shift from one season to the next. Sometimes that shift can be anything but smooth for families, just as it can be for teachers, administrators, and staff. We celebrate the Church of God congregations across the country that recognize the need and do what they can to meet the need. School supply drives, special prayer gatherings, and “back-to-school bashes” are just a few of the ways numerous congregations are coming alongside schools and families as the fall semester dawns. Continue reading

CHOG TraffickLight: Stripped Love Offers Sunday Suppers

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By Katy Hagerman

Since women who work in the sex trade often work from late on Saturday to early Sunday morning, a traditional church service on Sunday morning just doesn’t work for them. Stripped Love, the ministry of CHOG TraffickLight led by Kimberly Majeski in Anderson, Indiana, came up with a creative response—Sunday Suppers. This new initiative began in June, allowing these women to come to church and fellowship, but at a nontraditional time. Sunday Suppers have been held from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, and include free child care for the women and all-you-can-eat food. Instead of a tradition Sunday sermon, Sunday Suppers is similar to a devotion time with the women reading from the Bible, sharing stories and struggles, and praying for each other. Continue reading