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August 31, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
ONE MAN's trash is another man's treasure. And in the case of one Chestnut Hill church, it's also a way to help the less fortunate. Hard to beat that kind of deal, really. For the past few months, volunteers at St. Paul's Episcopal Church have been sorting through a veritable mountain of donated clothes, books and other items in preparation for the parish's annual rummage sale, a neighborhood mainstay that routinely draws shoppers from throughout the city and beyond. Last year, the one-day sale, held the Saturday after Labor Day, netted $54,000 to benefit local charities that feed the hungry and care for the homeless, said Cathy Davis, chairwoman of St. Paul's outreach board.
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August 29, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN Deborah Broadnax was starting her course in radio, television and film at Temple University, her professor made a disheartening prediction. Looking around the lecture hall, professor Norman Felsenthal said that out of more than 100 students, "only three of you will actually work in television news. " Deborah said to herself, "Well, I'm going to be one of the three. " And she was. She worked in various capacities in TV news for Fox 29 and KYW Channel 3 for several years before moving into academia for another of her numerous careers.
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August 29, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two men connected to a Bucks County church were doing well after kidney transplant surgery at a Camden hospital Tuesday, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Rob Chifokoyo, 30, and Michael Wortell, 22, were in good condition Wednesday, said Carol Lynn Daley, director of marketing at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. Wortell, a member of Doylestown's Covenant Church, donated a kidney to Chifokoyo, a Zimbabwean mission partner of the church. A CaringBridge web page maintained by Chifokoyo's wife was updated Wednesday afternoon, saying that Wortell was able to walk and eat a meal during the day and that Chifokoyo would hopefully move from the intensive care unit into a regular room overnight.
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August 27, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - When gambling was being proposed for Atlantic City 38 years ago, most religious denominations opposed casinos. They viewed gambling as a vice that could destroy families and communities. Now, many of the same churches are standing firmly by the casino workers, a number of whom fill their pews on Sundays, who are expected to lose their jobs in massive numbers, starting Labor Day weekend with the closure of the Showboat and Revel. Many houses of worship are offering counseling for the affected workers, increased food pantry hours, or just someone to pray with.
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August 26, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN LUCILLE Parker was in 11th grade in Norfolk, Va., her mother, Cora, had to take a job to help support the family, leaving Lucille to care for five brothers and a sister. Being a substitute mother at such an early age was a valuable experience that Lucille put to good use when she came to Philadelphia and started her own family, as well as while caring for the families of others. She spent most of her long life working as a housekeeper for Philadelphia-area families, for whom she was highly valued for her work ethic, her concern and her love of others.
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August 22, 2014 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
WYLIE WALKER sat yesterday in a basement office at North Philadelphia's Second Pilgrim Baptist Church, where he is financial secretary. His church has filed a lawsuit against its minister, the Rev. Daniel E. Sutton. The church is 98 years old, and many members, like Walker, have been there for decades. Sutton was hired in November 2006. Walker and other congregants filed the suit last month, describing Sutton as "an employee" who had breached his employment contract by signing an agreement to sell the church building and three surrounding parcels for $1.1 million.
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August 15, 2014 | Chuck Darrow, Daily News
FROM THIS vantage point, the most interesting aspect of the current production of "The Book of Mormon," which runs through Sept. 14 at the Forrest Theatre, is not to be found onstage. Instead, it can be seen in the show's playbill. "Book of Mormon," of course, is the grimly unfunny musical "comedy" whose main targets are the history, beliefs, rituals and adherents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - more commonly known as the Mormon church. Which is why it's somewhat surprising to find three full-page advertisements sponsored by the Salt Lake City, Utah-based church in the show's program.
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August 7, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
AS PHILADELPHIA mourns the violent deaths of so many children - including a 3-year-old girl killed Friday by a stray bullet in Grays Ferry - Rhawnhurst Presbyterian Church has installed a memorial of 201 T-shirts, each bearing the name and age of a 2013 shooting victim. "There is one shirt for every victim of gun violence within the borders of the city in 2013," the Rev. Keith McClain said. He partnered with Heeding God's Call - a faith-based campaign to end illegal-handgun sales - and erected the activist group's traveling "Memorial to the Lost" on his church's front lawn along Loretto Avenue near Lansing Street, where it will remain through Aug. 16. A prayer vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. today at which the public is invited to walk through the memorial, reflect on what it means and, if moved to do so, quietly say a prayer for an end to gun violence.
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August 5, 2014 | BY PATRICIA MADEJ, Daily News Staff Writer madejp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
IT OPENED its doors at 63rd and Callowhill streets in 1887, becoming Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in 2005, and those doors now have closed. The once-church, then turned worship site, officially closed Friday, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced yesterday. The West Philly church had seen its fair share of changes. In January 2013, it merged with St. Cyprian Parish, at Cobbs Creek Parkway and Cedar Avenue, remaining open as a worship center. It was used only occasionally for Masses, funerals, weddings and more.
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August 4, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
IF YOU grew up going to church, chances are it wasn't like Freedom Church - and not just because services are held at the Prince Music Theater. At Freedom Church, the traditional choir has been replaced by five high-voltage singers backed by four hard-playing musicians whose sound is more rock than "Rock of Ages. " Lead Pastor Gabe Bouch (rhymes with couch) wears jeans and sneakers - as do many of his parishioners. And while it's often been said that Sunday morning is the most segregated time of the week in America, that's not the case at Freedom, where the congregation is racially diverse.
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