A Maryland-based Roman Catholic religious order has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services over the federal government's controversial preventive services mandate.
The Little Sisters of the Poor, an order that oversees multiple homes for the elderly, filed suit Wednesday in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.
In the class action complaint, the Sisters argued that they cannot comply with the final rules of the mandate due to their religious views regarding "contraception, sterilization, abortifacients, and related education and counseling." more >>
HOUSTON, Texas – Members of Pastor Joel and Victoria Osteen's Lakewood Church who have a calling for missions take part in a variety of local opportunities to serve their community, and many were volunteering their time and spiritual gifts on Saturday, wearing T-shirts that read "Serve God, help people, Isaiah 58" at Feed the Children food pantry, the Beacon, a support center for the homeless, and ministering through street evangelism outside a Harris County jail.
Those who want to get plugged into missions can give back through the church's annual "Servolution" program that provides a monthly service project the whole family can participate in, as well as volunteer opportunities at local nonprofit organizations the church has partnered with on an ongoing basis.
Sandra Harris and Irma Ferriz co-lead the church's volunteer efforts at Feed the Children and coordinate the 20 to 30 members who, in a three-hour shift one time a month, will package 800 to 1,000 boxes that are filled with food, and hygiene and Avon products that will be distributed to families in need. more >>
DALLAS, Texas – Eric Metaxas, New York Times bestselling author who has written for Veggie Tales and Chuck Colson, is featured in the 100th "I Am Second" film that will launch on Thursday.
More than 10 million people have visited the "I Am Second" website since its initial launch five years ago, and in the 100th film featuring Metaxas, the humorous New York author describes how he first began his prayerful relationship with Jesus Christ 25 years ago. Even though Metaxas had grown up in the church, he didn't have a personal relationship with God, and when he started attending the prestigious Yale University, his doubts about faith grew. But an unplanned detour in his life led him to seek after God.
To honor the movement and celebrate the success of all the films that have been viewed by more than 20 million people, Metaxas interviewed four other "seconds" during a live taping of "I Am Second Live" in Dallas. The show featured Brian "Head" Welch, guitarist for nu metal band Korn, whose film has received the most views to date; Olympic gold medal winner Scott Hamilton, whose film has received the third-highest views behind Christian rapper Lecrae; Annie Lobert, who runs Hookers for Jesus in Las Vegas, Nev.; and former U.S. Navy Seal Remi Adeleke. more >>
Several faith-based relief effort crews from the Salvation Army, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team and Convoy of Hope, a relief organization, have been dispatched to aid victims in several flood-stricken areas of Colorado, after torrential rains inundated a vast majority of the state nearly a week ago.
At least eight people have been killed by deadly flooding that swamped 17 counties, while over 500 continue to be unaccounted for, which state officials say could be an issue of "book-keeping and cross-referencing," according to ABC News. In addition, thousands have been forced to evacuate their homes while nearly an estimated 18,000 houses have been damaged.
Salvation Army response units have been in Colorado for days now and have provided over 10,000 meals to residents while they continue to establish short and long-term evacuation shelters that will remain open for the next 30 to 90 days. more >>
More than 300 bikers with the Christian Motorcyclists' Association (CMA) are meeting for a rally involving brats and ministry this weekend in Tennessee, and they've been doing so every year somewhere in 50 states.
"We have services on Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday evening, and Sunday morning," Jay W. Allgood, Tennessee State Coordinator, told the Christian Post in a interview on Friday. This weekend at Montgomery Bell State Park in Murfreesborough includes "worship, service, fundraising, and training for ministry."
"CMA is a unique ministry, in that our focus is to share the Gospel to those in the motorcycling community," Randal Tebeau, CMA's Southeast Region Evangelist, told CP. The group attends motorcycle conventions across the nation, performing various services to preach the good news to bikers. more >>
Convoy of Hope, a faith-based organization known for its food relief work in times of disasters, continues on its national community outreach tour with a stop on Saturday in Sioux City, Iowa, giving away $1 million in food, giveaways, and services.
Like several of the Convoy of Hope events that have already taken place this year, the free community outreach will feature services including haircuts, dental check-ups, health services, workforce development services, and kids' carnival.
"Convoy of Hope leaders in Sioux City are super-excited about bringing a poverty-free day to that community," said Rick Zorehkey, a special assistant to one of the organization's co-founders. more >>