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April, 2019


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Program in Aurora makes sure food that would have been thrown out helps those in need

Each week, Aurora area food pantry volunteers take aim at reducing food waste by making scheduled stops at local grocery stores to pick up food that in the past may have been thrown away. Source: Program in Aurora makes sure food that would have been thrown out helps those in need – The Beacon-News

The attack Saturday came exactly six months after a mass shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Worshipper saved grandson in California synagogue attack

by: The Associated PressPOWAY, Calif., April 28, 2019 (AP) — When gunfire erupted inside a Southern California synagogue on the last day of Passover, Shimon Abitbul recalls he immediately placed his 2-year-old grandson on the floor and waited for a break in the shooting to grab the boy and sprint away. Then Abitbul ran back to the shooting scene to try to help a woman he described as having a hole in her chest and who later died, he said, tears streaming down his face as he spoke Sunday (AprilRead More

(Rev. Bill Obalil) succeeds Rev. John Bell who has begun a four-month renewal leave scheduled to end Aug. 12.

Aurora’s Wesley United Methodist Church names interim pastor

Wesley United Methodist Church Interim Pastor Bill Obalil

by Al BensonAURORA, Ill., April 28, 2019—Rev. Bill Obalil of Arlington Heights has assumed duties as interim pastor at Wesley United Methodist Church in Aurora. Obalil debuted in the Wesley UMC pulpit Sunday (April 28), preaching on “Hope Reborn.” He succeeds Rev. John Bell who has begun a four-month renewal leave scheduled to end Aug. 12. Bell said, “I am grateful for this opportunity to step away from the daily activities of the congregation to find opportunities for rest and renewal. When you see me around town and at churchRead More

United Methodist court upholds Traditional Plan’s ban on LGBTQ clergy, same sex marriage

United Methodist Traditional Plan

by: Emily McFarlan MillerCHICAGO, April 26, 2019 (RNS) — The United Methodist Church’s top court has upheld much of the Traditional Plan approved earlier this year, continuing the global denomination’s ban on the ordination and marriage of its LGBTQ members. Approved by delegates to a special session of the United Methodist Church’s General Conference in February, the Traditional Plan strengthens language in the denomination’s Book of Discipline that bars LGBTQ clergy and forbids same-sex marriage. That rulebook currently states that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching” andRead More

[O]pened fire on worshippers with an AR-type assault weapon...

1 killed in shooting at California synagogue

California synagogue shooting

by: The Associated PressPOWAY, Calif., April 27, 2019 (AP) — Authorities say a woman has died and three others are hospitalized in stable condition after a shooting at a synagogue outside San Diego. San Diego County Sheriff William Gore said at a news conference that a white man entered Chabad of Poway on Saturday (April 27) and opened fire on worshippers with an AR-type assault weapon. Gore says an off-duty Border Patrol agent believed to be inside the synagogue shot at the suspect as he fled. The sheriff says theRead More

It was an extraordinary request for a Catholic clergyman to make...

Sunday Mass canceled across Sri Lanka a week after bombings

Sunday Mass canceled across Sri Lanka

by: Emily SchmallCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka, April 27, 2019 (AP) — Catholic leaders canceled Sunday Masses indefinitely across Sri Lanka and officials urged Muslims to stay home for Friday prayers in an extraordinary call by the clergy to curtail worship as fear of more attacks plagued the island nation after the deadly suicide bombings on Easter. Shops were closed, streets were empty and heavy security patrols continued across the country despite police saying the alleged mastermind of the attacks that killed over 250 people had died in one of the suicideRead More

Oswego Methodists to give 42,000 pounds of potatoes to food pantries

This spud (potato) is for you… area food pantries

spuds for area pantries

OSWEGO, Ill., April 27, 2019—Potatoes–42,000 pounds–are coming to west suburban Oswego. Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist, 5 W. Washington St. in Oswego, will host a first Potato Drop of 21 tons Saturday, May 4, to benefit area food pantries. Craig McGregor of Oswego, coordinator of the church’s Drop, said a tractor-trailer will deliver 21 tons of salvaged potatoes in 10-pound bags from Wisconsin to the church parking lot at 8 a.m. At 9:30 a.m., 13 area food pantries from 10 communities including Aurora, Yorkville, Batavia, Geneva, Naperville, Sugar Grove,Read More

Lives being changed by the gospel of Christ.

The Wayside story on Fox 32 News… redemption (video)

James Lukose talks with Larry Yellen.

AURORA, Ill., April 25, 2019 –  This evening Fox 32 News showed the inside of Wayside Cross Ministries (WCM), 215 E. New York St., Aurora. The Wayside story explained that the gospel of Christ is the changer of hearts.  This Aurora mission on March 29 received the prison-freed convicted murder Thomas Kokoraleis. This new housing situation raised some concerns and controversy in the Aurora community. Kokoraleis will be confined in-house at the WCM facility for least the next three to four months. On Monday, April 22, the WCM board reaffirmedRead More

Editor's Links of Interest

Franklin Graham and the High Cost of the Lost Evangelical Witness | National Review

Graham’s willingness to abandon Christian principles when it’s politically expedient has cost the church dearly. Source: Franklin Graham and the High Cost of the Lost Evangelical Witness | National Review

• Prayer Walk and Neighborhood Walks Are All Part of a Community Prayer Effort

Thursday, May 2: Aurora Prayer Walk on National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer

Aurora, Ill., April 24, 2019 (XPian News) — Aurora area residents are encouraged to participate in various prayer efforts in observation of the May 2nd National Day of Prayer.  This year, a couple of unique opportunities are being offered — a prayer walk, 9:30 a.m. – 6:15 p.m. and neighborhood walks, 7 a.m. or 7 p.m., or when convenient. These opportunities are all part of a city-wide appeal by Aurora church leaders to promote prayer and to show “the Body of Christ demonstrating unity in Christ and praying together.” TheRead More