July 13, 1995 |
Hatboro Memorial Park looked as if Barnum & Bailey had taken over. Three huge striped tents were staked into the damp ground. The circus was not in town, however. Tent Troupe, a summer traveling theater group composed of 31 people from Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Silver Spring, Md., was setting up for two performances on a Saturday earlier this month. The group of young actors travels around the country for one month, performing mainstream plays as a way for their youth ministry to bring moral messages to the public.
September 23, 2011
Player School Class Major Bryan Arnett Eastern Jr. Theology/youth ministry Mansur Gishkaev Temple Jr. Economics Nikoloz Kurdadze Drexel Jr. Business administration Hicham Laalej Penn Sr. Systems sci., engineering Filip Rams Temple Jr. Sport, recreation mngt.
May 31, 2012 |
Calvin Zaun, 83, of Cherry Hill, the father of an American POW whose battered face became an iconic image during the Persian Gulf War, died Sunday, May 27, at the Lutheran Home nursing-care facility in Moorestown after a long illness. Mr. Zaun's son, Jeffrey, was held captive for six weeks by Saddam Hussein's forces in 1991. Calvin and Marjorie Zaun found their quiet lives on Whitman Avenue in Cherry Hill plunged into a media maelstrom after their son's captors paraded Jeffrey Zaun and other prisoners of war on Iraqi TV and forced them to read propaganda statements on Jan. 20. On March 5, a story on the front page of the Washington Post began: "Before dawn, Calvin Zaun began rejoicing, running down the street, banging on neighbors' doors and shouting ‘He's free!
April 16, 2000 |
Ted Mingle listened as a high school student prayed at a youth group meeting he was leading. "She prayed for more time in the day so she could get all of her schoolwork done," recalled Mingle, the director of youth and young adults at Media Presbyterian Church for the last four years. The prayer surprised Mingle. It led him to realize the pressures facing young people, from academics to relationships, from drug use to security. There are also the underlying issues that go with them: respect, character, morals and ethics.
November 17, 2011 |
NEW YORK - The number of foreign children adopted by Americans fell by 15 percent last year, reaching the lowest level since 1994 due largely to sharp cutbacks by China and Ethiopia, sources of most adoptees in recent years. Figures released Tuesday by the State Department for the 2011 fiscal year showed 9,320 adoptions from abroad, down from 11,059 in 2010 and down nearly 60 percent from the all-time peak of 22,884 in 2004. Once again, China accounted for the most children adopted in the United States.
May 6, 2013 |
Aliyah is a beautiful 14-year-old with sparkling eyes and a brilliant smile. Very articulate and outgoing, she has many friends and is usually the center of attention. Aliyah has an eye for fashion and loves to get dressed up and wear costume jewelry. Her favorite pastimes are shopping at the mall with her friends and creating art projects. She also enjoys writing poetry, which she feels is good for her. "I don't like to talk about my feelings," she says, "but when I get them down on paper, it helps me a lot. " Aliyah likes going to school and works very hard to please her teachers.
December 3, 2013 |
Jabriel is an outgoing and friendly 12-year-old. He is actively involved in his church and is part of its youth ministry. A natural performer, he has a beautiful voice and also has great dance moves. He recently participated in a school play; he was a member of the Temptations. The show was a big hit, and Jabriel was one of the main performers. Enrolled in the sixth grade, Jabriel does well in school. He is very conscientious and works hard to please his teachers. He enjoys receiving praise for his efforts and likes to earn rewards for his academic achievements.
July 30, 2000 |
A group of Medford students spent part of their summer making bricks, mixing cement and helping others by building a house they would never live in. More than 20 teens hopped into two vans and packed their luggage into a third on July 9, and headed to Morgantown, W.Va., to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. The students, members of the youth ministry at St. Mary of the Lakes Roman Catholic Church in Medford, spent the week working on the completion of a home - and learning the importance of volunteering.
April 21, 1991 |
After years of listening hard to rock music - and puzzling over evil influences that might rot a child's mind or turn him from God - the Rev. Don Kimball has a simple message for parents: Don't worry. There has "always been the cry that rock is destroying our youth, but less than 1 percent of popular rock is blatantly satanic," the Catholic priest said before meeting with a Yardley group of 75 last weekend. A radio host in Santa Rosa, Calif., Father Kimball told the group at St. Ignatius Church, "I play everything.
February 8, 1990 |
The Diocese of Camden yesterday agreed to an out-of-court settlement that guarantees nearly $2.3 million to an Audubon teenager who was molested by a Catholic priest. The Rev. John J. McElroy, 30, was suspended from his post with the youth ministry at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church in Barrington shortly after his May 1988 arrest. He was convicted in June and sentenced in October to five years in prison. He is free on $25,000 bail, pending an appeal. The assaults were reported to have taken place between September 1986 and March 1988, when the boy was age 12 to 14. The civil suit, filed in Camden County Superior Court by attorney Stephen C. Rubino on behalf of the boy and his family, named McElroy, the diocese and the present and former bishops as defendants.