Hypocrites and sinners, saved by the cross

My middle sister used to say, during her rambunctious teen years, that she didn’t want to go to church because it’s full of hypocrites. My father, who is also a pastor, answered in all love and seriousness: there’s always room for one more.

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Ash Wednesday prayers

Melissa Sarmiento and her 18-month-old daughter Mila were among the faithful taking advantage of the “Ashes on the Go” Wednesday at the corner of South Ninth Street and East Edison Avenue.

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Tomorrow marks beginning of local Lenten traditions

Locals getting ready for Lent

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of the Lenten season.

Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent

On Feb. 10, Christian churches in the west will begin the season of Lent. Lent consists of the 40 days before Easter.

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Glad tidings of joy

A choir at Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sunnyside offers songs of the season during a Christmas Eve service last Thursday.

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Food drive

Waving down cars Saturday at the parking lot of El Charrito restaurant are Diana Argueta, Martin Tlatenchi, Jose Zepeda, Ariel Gurrola and Jorge Campuzano.

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Trimming the tree with history

Church ornaments tell a story

A summer Christmas project is still paying dividends nearly 50 years later for a local church.

Candlelight services set

The First Baptist Church, 401 S. Eighth St., invites the public to attend a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 p.m. Dec. 24, at the church, 401 S. Eighth St.

Nelsons to join gospel line-up

The Nelsons of Echo, Ore., will be the featured performers at the old-fashioned December Gospel Jamboree at 2 p.m., Sunday, at the Grace Brethren Church, 428 B. St.

Sharing holiday pain is program’s theme

The constant refrain on the radio and television advertisements, the music in shopping malls and churches about the happiness of the season reminds many people only of their personal losses.

Celebrating the meaning of Christmas

What do we think about most at Christmas time?

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Local church re-starts Christmas tradition

After an eight-year hiatus it’s again lights, curtain, action at a local church.

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O Tanenbaum

Melchor Reyes of Cornerstone Assembly of God Church in Sunnyside assists Hollie, Morgan and Heidi Basore, left to right, with picking out the perfect Christmas tree.

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Putting on the full armor of God

An apron and a sun bonnet served as object lessons in the fight against evil as described in Ephesians 6:10-18.

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Local church stages ‘Christmas Letters’

Dinner, music and theater are coming together in the form of Christmas Letters: The Musical now in rehearsal at Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.