Some churches are countering the trend of Black Friday shopping and materialism by promoting "Bless Friday," an observance promoting charity work that seeks to bless the less fortunate.
Eva Kaminski, associate director of Communications at Memorial Drive Presbyterian in Houston, told The Christian Post that Bless Friday is "an encouragement for people to shift their focus from shopping to serving."
"Bless Friday is something that our congregation and staff have embraced. The beauty is in the soul-building that occurs when we focus on others instead of self, and serve in Christ's Name," she said. more >>
At the height of a refugee crisis, the Arabic version of the popular Trans World Radio program Women of Hope is being aired in prime time on a popular FM station in the heart of the Middle East, TWR announced Wednesday.
Starting this month, Laki Raja, which is the Arabic name of Women of Hope, is being broadcast free of charge four times a week by a widely heard station in Lebanon. The broadcasts reach listeners in that country as well as in Syria and Palestine.
"This is a new initiative in TWR's history," reported TWR's Arabic Ministry director, whose name is withheld for security reasons. "With many Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Lebanon, this comes as an amazing opportunity to share the Gospel with the women who have lost their homes, husbands, and sometimes children, too, and who are in desperate need of hearing a message of hope!" more >>
For some Native Americans, Thanksgiving is a time of mourning, for the meeting between the pilgrims and the Wampanoag began a series of events that led to many tribes being wiped out. But for one Native American pastor, the observance is not a source of historical mourning or regret, rather he celebrated the occasion since a youth growing up on a Virginia reservation.
Ernest Custalow, pastor at Grace Church of Fredericksburg, told The Christian Post that he recalled celebrating Thanksgiving as a child on the Mattiponi reservation. Part of this tradition involved providing a deer and a turkey to officially give to the governor of Virginia to pay their state taxes, a custom that remains to the modern day.
"The way we paid taxes was to kill a deer and turkey to give to the governor of Virginia. We still do that," said Custalow, adding that, "I grew up hunting for the governor." more >>
For the 135th year in a row, New York City's Bowery Mission will provide thousands of meals for city's homeless residents on Thanksgiving Day at their Bowery street location and other sites.
"More than 600 volunteers will prepare these meals and serve guests in the mission's century-old chapel, with music and festive decorations for the holiday," James Winans, chief development officer at the Bowery Mission, told The Christian Post.
"Meals will be served at 227 Bowery at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. Additional meals will be added throughout the day, based on the demand," he said. "Each meal will be a traditional Thanksgiving meal, with turkey, potatoes, stuffing, green beans, gravy and all the fixings, and with pie for dessert." more >>
Members of a Chicago church who were given $500 each made possible from a real estate deal the church received are using their share to help various programs and initiatives around the city.
LaSalle Church, handed out $500 to each of its congregants back in September and urged them to use the money to bless someone else. According to their pastor, Laura Truax, that's exactly what they have done.
Truax says she learned the concept in the part of the Gospel where Jesus teaches that wherever people's hearts are, that's where they will spend their money. more >>
Outspoken Republican Senator from Texas Ted Cruz called on the in-coming Republican-majority Senate to block any presidential nominee until President Barack Obama rescinds his executive action on immigration.
In a column published by Politico on Wednesday, Cruz stated that the U.S. Senate should act to check President Obama's executive power.