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Gospel music jamboree Sept. 19

MABTON - Lower Valley residents are invited to listen to some inspirational Gospel music on Sunday, Sept. 19.

The Mabton Grace Brethren Church (428 B St.) will host a Gospel music jamboree that afternoon, from 2 to 4 p.m. Freewill offerings will be taken at the door.

The two-hour event will feature an open microphone for anyone who wants to perform. Several musical groups have already committed to perform, including Heart Strings & Bill Lawson, Joyfull Noise and The Gospeliers.

Grandview church to begin purpose of life campaign

GRANDVIEW - When the Church of the Nazarene in Grandview launches its "40 Days of Purpose" campaign on Saturday, Sept. 25, it will join a worldwide network of thousands of churches.

Inspired by remarkable stories of spiritual renewal and growth, an estimated 13,000 churches from 60 demoninations have experienced the purpose-driven phenomena inspired by Rick Warren's "The Purpose Driven Life." Warren's book has sold more than 16 million copies since its release in 2002, and is—except for the Bible—the largest selling hard cover non-fiction book in history.

Church leaders say almost everyone asks the question, "What is my purpose in life?" Church of the Nazarene spokesman Shigeko Jackson said during the "40 Days of Purpose" campaign in Grandview, God's five purposes for people—worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry and evangelism—will be communicated in a variety of ways.

The first method of communication will be an all-church simulcast seminar on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. The campaign will also include a weekly message by the church pastor, a daily devotional reading, a weekly Scripture verse everyone will be asked to memorize, a weekly small group lesson and a weekly e-mail of encouragement.

"We will hear about God's purposes for our lives in many different formats, allowing the truths to sink deeply into our hearts, which is essential for any permanent life change," said Jackson.

Jackson adds that everyone is welcome to join in the spiritual adventure. For more information on how to be part of the campaign, Lower Valley residents are asked to call 882-1660.

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