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Religion briefs

By Staff
Independent Baptist celebrates Black History Month
Editor's note: Items for Religion Briefs must be submitted typed or printed to The Star by noon the preceding Wednesday before publication on Saturday. Please, do not call in announcements.
To mail, send to: P.O. Box 1591, Meridian, Miss., 39301; Fax: (601) 485-1275; e-mail, ibrown@meridianstar.com. Photos may also accompany information (when space allows).
For more information, call 693-1551, ext. 3216.
A $1,000 grand prize will be awarded to the overall winner of a religious-based poetry competition.
To enter, send one poem 21 lines or less to: Free Poetry Contest, PMB250, 2219 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, Calif., 91506. Poems also may be entered online at www.friendlypoets.com
The deadline for entering is March 17.
Fellowship Baptist Church is collecting labels from Campbell's products soups, Pepperidge Farm cookies, crackers and other products, as well as Prego pasta sauces, Swanson broths, V-8 Juice and Franco American Spaghetti to purchase equipment for the church.
Mail labels to: Fellowship Baptist Church, 9325 Fellowship Road, Meridian, MS 39305.
LAKE A concert featuring the gospel groups Standing Tall of Penrose, N.C. and The Ridgeways of Hickory will be presented at 5:30 p.m. at Sand Ridge Baptist Church.
A love offering will be taken.
The church is located 2 miles west of Lake on Highway 80.
First Church of the Nazarene will begin a two-day revival. The Rev. Greg Beaty of Centerville is guest evangelist. The Good News Quartet and other singers and musicians will participate in the service.
Services will be held at 7 p.m. today and 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday.
The church is located at 5121 Great River Drive.
MARTIN The congregation of Pine Grove Church will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their pastor, the Rev. Curtis M. Dyer Jr. at 2 p.m.
The church is located at 11874 Pine Grove Road.
Independent Baptist Church will celebrate the heritage of African Americans at 2:30 p.m.
The Rev. Roger Gully, associate minister of Grace Baptist Church, will be guest speaker. Kenneth Chester of Love City Fellowship will present his interpretation of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech "I Have a Dream."
The choral music workshop "Lift Every Voice" will begin at St. Paul United Methodist Church.
Sponsored by the church's Sweet Spirits Inspirational Choir, the workshop will be directed by Jonas Crenshaw Jr. and Eris Jordan. A wide variety of musical selections will be featured, as well as informative sessions for choir members, directors and musicians.
The workshop will culminate on Feb. 25 as the workshop choir is presented in concert at 6 p.m.
St. Paul United Methodist Church is located at 2705 13th St.
A second planning meeting for the ecumenical walk Way of the Cross/Way of Peace will be held at 4 and 7 p.m. at St. Patrick Parish Building.
The meeting is open to those interested in general information, learning more about the event and presenter churches or representatives. This will be the final planning session. All denominations are encouraged to participate in the annual walk, which is scheduled on Good Friday, April 13.
For more information, contact Sister Andre' Burkhart, pastoral associate at St. Joseph/St. Patrick Catholic churches, at 485-5349 or 693-1321.
Coming up …
Revival will be held Feb. 25-28 at Mt. Horeb Baptist Church.
The Rev. Danny Lanier will be guest speaker. Services will be held at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 25 and at 7 p.m. Feb. 26-28.
The church is located on Zero Road.
LAUDERDALE The Meridian Gospel Travelers will celebrate their 17th anniversary March 3-4 at Mount Carmel Baptist Church.
The March 3 program will begin at 7:30 p.m. The program will be held at 3 and 7 p.m. on March 4.
Dr. Susan Einbinder, associate professor of Hebrew Literature at the Cincinnati campus of HUC-JIR, will visit Temple Beth Israel March 9 to discuss major themes facing contemporary religious communities such as faith in the modern age, congregational change, clergy shortage, pastoral care, spirituality and gender issues.
Grant Rissler, a Mennonite Voluntary Service participant and writer/photographer for Mennonite Board of Missions will be guest speaker at Jubilee Mennonite Church.
The March 25 service will begin at 10:45 a.m. Rissler will discuss voluntary service.
The church is located at 812 28th Ave.