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Faith brielfs

In December, Rev. Steve Price of Harvest United Methodist Church preached a sermon in poetic verse titled “Springing Up.” His message to the congregation was moving beyond the church walls to serve people in need. The Web site www.one.org has selected the sermon for posting as a part of its national One Sabbath Sermon Challenge. To view a transcript or listen to audio of the message, visit www.one.org/onesabbath/sermonchallenge.

ONE is a grass roots campaign and advocacy organization backed by more than two million people from around the world and every walk of life who are committed to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Co-founded by Bono, lead musician for the musical group U2, ONE launched the sermon challenge as a call for the best, original sermons on the struggle to alleviate the brutal suffering caused by global poverty and preventable disease.

For more information, contact the Rev. Price at 907-7333 or sprice@harvest-umc.org.

Musical gathering

EXALT! A musical gathering of area churches for an evening of praise and worship, has been announced by Randy Estelle, president of Courtyard Media Ministries, the organization that is coordinating the event.

EXALT will be held 6:30 p.m. March 29, at Christian Retreat Conference Center, 1200 Glory Way Blvd., off Upper Manatee River Road, East Manatee.

“We have 10 churches, from Manatee and Sarasota counties, represented in the praise group and six of the members are worship leaders — we’re very excited to honor God in this way,” said Estelle.

EXALT is free and open to the public. An offering will be received to benefit Circle: a School for Arts, Media and Ministry, the newest arm of Courtyard Media Ministries, which has been based in Manatee County since 1986.

“We’d love to see anyone interested in exalting the Lord join us. It will be a very inspiring event, and we believe with all the challenges in our world today an important time to gather together to ask for God’s help.”

Information is available by calling 322-2076 or online at the event Web site: www.randyestellelive.com.

Ner Tamid shares Shabbat meal

Close to 40 people of all ages shared a delicious Shabbat meal March 20 at Bradenton’s Congregation Ner Tamid.

This “Taste of Shabbat” was more than a dinner, as Ner Tamid’s service leader and education director, Rena Morano, provided explanations for several traditional Shabbat eve customs.

Participants lit Shabbat candles, exploring the meanings behind the tradition. They participated in the Birchat HaBanim, the Blessing of the Children, and discussed the existence of angels in Judaism as they sang Shalom Aleichem.

“As Jews,” said Morano, “we know that every moment is an opportunity for learning. Several guests brought their own kiddush cups and candle sticks, making this, in the words of a pleased participant,” a true extension of the home.”

— Herald staff reports

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