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The East Lauderdale Covenant Churches of the Meridian District will host a Bible Reading Marathon on the front lawn of the College Park United Methodist Church Wednesday, Sept. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 2.

Jews all over the world will once again gather in their synagogues and homes, alongside family, friends, and congregants, to observe the Jewish New Year, or Rosh HaShanah.

First Christian Church Meridian invites the public to join them for the third of four Evenings of Organ Meditations at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 22. The 30-minute concert will be performed by Teodora Mitze-Circiumaru, organist and choir director at First Christian Church.

• Marcus and Lydia Linton of Whynot announce the birth of a son, Leland Cash, born June 10, 2021, at Rush Foundation Hospital.

The 9th Annual Love Out Loud Meridian is set for next week, with hundreds of Christians serving their community and sharing the love of Jesus. This year, organizers hope the event will be near pre-pandemic size, after a downsized year last year because of Covid-19.

Deesha Philyaw began writing in the early 2000s as a personal hobby. What started as respite from the duties of being a stay-at-home mom to a busy toddler has led Philyaw into literary acclaim, a path she hadn’t quite imagined for herself 20 years ago.

• Josh and Tori Jones of Livingston, Alabama, announce the birth of a son, Collin Danvis, born April 29, 2021, at Anderson Regional Medical Center.

• Jasmine Mayes and Dasma Marshall of Epes, Alabama, announce the birth of a son, Dasma Lamar Marshall III, born April 17, 2021, at Rush Foundation Hospital.

• Adam and Brittany Johnson of Philadelphia announce the birth of a son, Zander Allen, born March 11, 2021, at Rush Foundation Hospital.

“When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, ‘Lord, what about this man?’  Jesus said to him, ‘If it is my will that he remains until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!’”

“The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.” Luke 23:55-56

• Neil and Julie Deen of Meridian announce the birth of a son, Ford Loflin, born Feb. 15, 2021, at Anderson Regional Medical Center.

”Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29

• Crishania Brown of Forest announces the birth of a daughter, Marzaya AnnaZandra Denise, born Dec. 13, 2020, at Rush Foundation Hospital.

• Justin and Haley Jenkins of Meridian announce the birth of a son, Waylon Myles, born Dec. 27, 2020, at Rush Foundation Hospital.

“What profit is an idol when its maker has shaped it, a metal image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in his own creation when he makes speechless idols! Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake; to a silent stone, Arise! Can this teach? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silve…

“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-2

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Psalm 23:5-6

• Shamel and Shannon Porter of Epes, Alabama, announce the birth of a son, Braylen Gemayal, born Sept. 21, 2020, at Rush Foundation Hospital.

“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

“O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.” Isaiah 25:1

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