Catholic Church cover up of sexual abuse & how change church culture?

Catholic  church clericalism cover up of sexual abuse — what laity can do?

“As Christians our faith is  in a person, Jesus Christ, not in an institution.” says Fr. Larry at Resurrection Catholic Community on 8/26/2018.

As a response to the recent information  of cover up of abuse by the Catholic Church [of 1,000 children by 300 Catholic priests over 70 years]   the  laity/ people in the congregation  may simply  walk away.

Fr. Larry suggests that every parish start a conversation to purify the Church.

The Church must be accountable to the People he says.   Fr. Larry suggests ways how to confront clericalism and  “demand a place at the Table of Authority…”

Lately, Pope Francis has gotten criticism concerning the church’s handling of sexual abuse.

written  8/26/2018 by Cameron Jackson   drcameronjackson@gmail.com

 

 

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Easter Resurrection in Aptos CA? What’s politically correct in churches these days?

Easter in Aptos CA

April 1, 2018 Easter Resurrection of Jesus Christ  in Aptos CA means …  Oh Lord what does it mean?

What’s politically correct spoken from the pulpit?

Try the Wall Street Journal’s story titled The Easter Effect and How it Changed the World  for a good read  ….

What about that supernatural stuff?   Did  Jesus Christ  –crucified, tortured and hung from a cross —  really  rise from the dead?

Or  is Easter just  about sharing eggs and  going to the  beach? Sharing time with people?  Beer and bongo drums?

What’s politically correct  for Aptos CA  churches to talk about?

Here’s what persons heard from the pulpit attending Resurrection Catholic Community 3/31/18   and Christ Lutheran Church 4/1/18   in Aptos, CA:

 

A 3/31/2018  8 PM  Catholic service in Aptos, CA:    Two people were “first time visitors”  at the Easter service at the church.    The large  church of 400-600  was three quarters filled.    The service was a familiar one.  Candles lit by a fire with procession.  The Word spoken including a homily by the priest.

The priest told his Easter story of  a resurrection moment.    As a young priest ( he had been  two years a priest) in order to meet families in the Diocese he walked about  2 hours across  the Philippine Islands  in 100 degree humidity. He was sent out ‘two by two’ without taking food, clothing or provisions. That was back  in 2004.

It was very hot and the priest   was quite tired from the  two hour journey when he arrived.    When  he arrived he  was graciously welcomed to a small home by a husband and wife in their late 70’s.

The woman welcoming him  — with  a hug which is rarely done in the Philippine  culture (they shake hands)  — and she  said it was the most important moment in her life;   this was the first time a priest had entered her home.

This was  was a ‘resurrection’  moment   for the priest.   The woman’s words inspired him.  He was no longer tired and exhausted.     He experienced God’s love through other people.   Walking two hours  home afterwards he was not tired.

Take away from the sermon at Resurrection Catholic Community:     When you get discouraged or depressed, think of ‘resurrection’ moments  in your own life said the  priest. Think of moments of great joy, peace and love that come through the connections and experiences you share with other people. You have your stories of resurrection to share.

 

What people heard at Christ Lutheran Church April 1, 2018  could  be titled   The Power of Assumptions.

You can hear the sermon  via YouTube.  When it’s available a link will be included to it here.

Can people make changes from the bottom up  instead of top down? The sermon mentioned   Rosa Parks ( 1960s black civil rights) and the Florida students ( 17 students killed by a former student) as examples of people who   make change from the bottom up….

Refugee Resettlement is front and center in the Easter bulletin for Christ Lutheran April 1, 2018:

Per the bulletin, this year’s Easter offering at Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos CA  goes to the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) which “has helped over 500,000 refugees”.

Given that the news  April  1, 2018 1 is that  1,200   refugees from Honduras are currently  walking through Mexico to claim refugee status in the USA,  the church bulletin’s info on Lutheran Immigration and Regufee Service (LIRS) is interesting.

Refugee Resettlement Watch (RRW)  follows closely the 9 main agencies that resettle people, one of which is LIRS.  In 2006 the American taxpayers paid 97% of all the costs incurred by LIRS [18.6 million of the 20.9 million].  Taxpayers also paid roughly 97% of all costs encourage by agencies that do resettlement for the Catholic church and the Episcopal church.

The former CEO for LIRS Linda Hartke  was paid a $300,000. package until she was fired by the LIRS board for a variety of reasons.

A wrong assumption?

 Maybe the Take Away is that an assumption  that non-profits such as  Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)   need your money may not   be true.

LIRS is more a quasi-governmental agency and only gets a pittance from individuals and churches for its support.

That’s according to Refugee Resettlement Watch.

Aptos Psychologist thoughts:  

By the year 300 or so roughly a quarter of the Roman Empire became Christian.

As portrayed in the gospels, Jesus Christ was raised from the dead.  No one saw ‘this private act’ done by God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Later, Jesus appeared to  multiple people in many situations  yet those people initially did not recognize Christ.  Mary Magdalene did not recognize him until he called her by name.  Christ told her not to touch him as he was not yet raised.    Doors and windows  were locked and Christ showed up.

So what is the   Easter Resurrection? Simple but not simple.

Read the  gospels for yourself.  Read those stories  and let God speak to you directly. The Wall Street Journal article mentioned above  [The Easter Effect…]  is a good start for thinking about the Christian faith.

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Sana Cruz, CA hospital emergency care – jammed to overflowing Feb. 2018 — what to do?

Santa Cruz CA hospital emergency care — jammed  to overflowing the last week of February, 2018. What to do?  What to know?

There are two hospitals in Santa Cruz County:  Dominican Hospital — a Dignity Hospital now — located in Santa Cruz, CA  and Watsonville Hospital located in the southern area  of the County.

The population  of Santa Cruz County has grown enormously.   Infra-structure which  supports the population — such as  hospitals and roads — has not grown. Getting around the County is a major problem only getting worse.

Our politicians and policy makers have served the population poorly concerning roads. Do we need another hospital?

Ever feel  seriously ill?  Experience major symptoms?  Think you need to get to a hospital?

What to do:

1)  Go by ambulance.  Hopefully you don’t have to travel to hospital  during  early and late hours (7-9 & 3:30 to 7).

2)   Take your medications with you.  If you are admitted,   Dominican gives generic medications which can be quite  different from those prescribed by your MD.

3) If available, bring a ‘advocate’/ scribe — someone  who can verbalize what your symptoms are to hospital personnel,  who can keep track of who does what to you   and who can write down the  changing nature of your symptoms.

Once you are in a bed in Emergency,  Dominican Hospital provides  excellent care for life threatening, catastrophic issues.

What  to know:

A  M.D. referred to a ‘Hospitalist’ is the person who decides whether you will be admitted to the hospital, i.e., stay overnight in a bed for further tests, proceedures  and observation.

The number of  M.D. ‘Hospitalists’ who see you may be one or several.  This is one reason  why it’s important that your ‘advocate’/scribe can communicate with the medical personnel you come in contact with  — especially the ‘Hospitalists’ and Nurses.

Once you are admitted to a bed in the hospital, your  R.N. communicates with the Hospitalist assigned to you.   The name of the Hospitalist is typically written on a board near your bed.

Depending on how your symptoms change and how impacted the hospital is,  you may be moved multiple times to other Units in   the hospital.

While you are in the hospital, you will   come in contact with many person performing  different  medical procedures.   It may be helpful for you to keep track of time of day, date,  and who performed what procedures on you.   That way you know what’s happening and you can better communicate with your Hospitalist concerning your medical needs.

Dealing with the fragmentation due to the  multiplicity of medical contacts and procedures:

What if some of your medial  issues are addressed but from your perspective other crucial ones are not?   If you and your advocate/scribe and family think that your  immediate medical concerns are not getting met, that more is going on than it appears,  you can request  a Rapid Response Team intervention.  This is a team that will quickly come and  evaluate you  and address your concerns.   If issues arise communicating with your R.N. there is a supervisor for all the nurses in your unit, the  Charge Nurse who can address  your concerns. Other eyes, ears and perspectives from the Speech, Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapist may provide invaluable  information and evaluation.

Discharge:   Later on, the  Hospitalist  MD assigned to your case is the person who  “discharges” you,  saying  that  you are no longer experiencing catastrophic symptoms,  and certifying that you are ready to leave the hospital for a lower level of  medical care (i.e., nursing home, home health care, out patient care).

If you do not agree with the  M.D. Hospitalist be sure to speak up and say why.

 Did the M.D. Hospialist actually  meet and talk with you before deciding  to discharge you? Did  the the Hospitalist actually  review  the results of  the medical procedures before making and conveying to you his/her  Discharge decision?    The person in charge of the Hospitalists is the Medical Director for Dominican Hospital.

Dominican Hospital has medical personnel performing ‘”Leadership” functions.  These persons (who are in top management positions)  go around to the rooms and initiate conversation  with patients as to  specific needs and as to  the overall experience.  These conversations can and do  enhance overall  communication.  From the patient’s perspective the overall experience can seem quite fragmented as the patient has so many brief contacts with many medical personnel.  

Dominican Hospital posts what it calls  the experience principles.  A promise to our patients and each other:

Know me as a person.  Connect with me, not with why I am here.

Communicate with me.  Keep me informed about decisions that impact.  Listen to me and respond to my concerns.

Empower me.  Allow me to be in charge of my care.  Advocate for me and teach me to advocate for me.

Comfort me.  Notice when I am having dificulty and take action to help to relieve my suffering.

Work together as a team.  Support each other.  Do what you say you are going to do.

Champion the ministry.  Treasure the mission.  Build and strengthen capabilities of the ministry.

Dominican Hospital’s experience principles are aspirational.  Having your own advocate/scribe can help enormously.

Traveling to and from Dominican Hospital:

Workers from Salinas, CA who start work at 6 am at Dominican Hospital  can get to work in 40-45 minutes. When the Dominican Hospital  MRI machine was ‘down’ the last week of February 2018 it took 45 minutes for an engineer to drive from Aptos, Ca to the hospital  wherein he repaired  the machine in 2-3 minutes.

Dominican Hospial’s emergency facilities are impacted by various populations including 1) a large homeless population which sleeps out ‘in the rough’ and gets sick when it’s wet and cold;  2) a  large population of drug addicted individuals ;  3) 30% of Santa Cruz County has families with children whose first language in not English. And more and more people are coming to the County.

The population of Santa Cruz CA has grown enormously in the last 30-40 years.  There were and still are only two hospitals with emergency facilities for catastrophic medical conditions. The roads are impacted and increasingly it’s more and more difficult to get to and from Dominican Hospital.

You can “schedule’ your trip to the Emergency facilities at Dominican Hospital.   Sudden major health events cannot be scheduled or dealt with by appointment.

What to do?   Start by talking about your experiences ….

Santa Cruz County has two main hospital  facilities and perhaps, given all the changes of the last 30  years, we need an additional facility located in mid-county.  Or perhaps we need  some additional  smaller facilities that are open 24 hours a day and can handle catastrophic issues?

written by Cameron Jackson   drcamearonjackson@gmail.com

 

 

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eat that pain away? or maybe wipe it away with salve? right here in Santa Cruz (herbs & foods for health)

 

joint pain

Eat that pain away?   Some foods that you can eat for pain relief include horseradish for sinus, blue berries for urinary tract infection, cherries for joint pain and tumeric for chronic pain. Heart burn? Try apple cider ….

Of course check  first with your M.D. for any possible interactions between medications and herbal remedies. Talk to your MD before you start consuming large amounts of any herbal  supplement.   Some herbs reduce blood thinners and affect blood pressure for example.  You can check for possible interactions online.

Or maybe wipe that pain away with a medicinal herb salve?   What about the aches that may be relieved with a salve made from medicinal herbs?   A Santa Cruz teenager has published a book which tells you where you can find the herbs and how  to make a salve for pain relief. His book is available from the Herb Room in Santa Cruz located at 1130 Mission St.  (831 429-8108.  Proceeds from his book go to assist homeless persons in the area.

written by Aptos Psychologist  Cameron Jackson     DrCameronJackson@gmail.com

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to sleep and really sleep! Yes it’s possible … what to do …

sleep lke a baby?  Turn off computers, TV, smart phones an hour before —  as devices make it harder to feel sleepy ….

Sleep like a baby?  Try the following suggestions for better sleep ….

Experts have standard rules on what is known as sleep hygiene: The room should be cold but not too cold; it should be dark and quiet; and you should follow rituals that signal it is time for bed. Brushing one’s teeth, putting on pajamas and turning off the lights can be signals to the body that it’s time to secrete melatonin, the hormone that helps humans feel sleepy.

KEEP YOUR BEDROOM DARK AND QUIET.  Use black-out shades, an eye mask, and ear plugs to shut out the world while your body sleeps.

FIND THE OFF SWITCH.  Turn off the computers, tablets, televisions, and smartphones an hour before you go to bed.  Studies show the artificial light coming from such devices can keep you awake and make it difficult to feel drowsy.

AVOID CAFFEINE AFTERNOON.  Watch out for hidden sources of caffeine, such as medications, chocolate, and dessert drinks.  Try green tea if you need a pick-me-up in the late afternoon because it only contains 20 mg of caffeine.

NO BOOZE BEFORE YOU SNOOZE.  Don’t drink alcohol within 3 hours of bedtime.  Alcohol keeps you from reaching the deep stages of sleep and dehydrates you, too.  Many people who have cocktails after dinner complain of waking up in the middle of the night.

DON’T NAP.  Napping regularly will disturb your sleep cycle. Avoid sleeping in the day. Keep to 8 hours a night and ideally nothing more.

CREATE A ROUTINE.  Control your sleeping pattern. Going to bed and waking up at roughly the same time every day, with few exceptions works best.

SLOW DOWN.  Encourage everyone in your house (including yourself!) to start winding down at a reasonable hour by doing something relaxing, like reading a book, taking a bath, or having a warm mug of herbal tea.  You’ll feel so much better the next morning.

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Aptos Psychologist:  Try reading the phone book sitting in a comfortable chair with a low light before you trundle off the bed.

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Firenze Sage: symbols of red and green ,… and blue and white … are symbols that offend …?

blue and white colors of Hanukkah ….

College news:  Happy Holidays still  OK?    —  but  not  Merry Christmas

red and green colors of Christmas ….

or reference to  the Jewish celebration of  Hanukkah?   Just now  a retraction by that college —  just before Christmas. 

Hot off the press:  The University of Minnesota  retracts  a document that restricted staff use of Christmas decorations on campus.

In a memo sent by the University of Minnesota earlier this month, staff was told that Santa and Christmas tree decorations were “not appropriate” for campus buildings.

In general, the following are not appropriate for gatherings and displays at this time of year since they typically represent specific religious iconography: Santa Claus, Angels, Christmas trees, Star of Bethlehem, Dreidels, Nativity scene, bows/wrapped gifts. Menorah, Bells, Doves, Red and Green or Blue and White/Silver decoration themes (red and green are representative of the Christian tradition as blue and white/silver are for Jewish Hanukkah that is also celebrated at this time of year).

The memo asked university staffers to consider using “neutral-themed” decorations when decking out their campus space.

In a comment to Campus Reform, the University of Minnesota claims that the memo was merely advisory rather than an enforced policy…

Firenze Sage:     Ebeneezer lives!

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Share children’s books with Soledad Prison?

 

Do you have some children books? Want to share with families at Soledad Prison?

Do you have a few  children’s books that might wing their way towards Soledad Prison?  A great way for families to relate is sharing a book with a child.

This is  written by Pastor Dale Sollom-Brotherton  from the December Newsletter from Christ Lutheran Church, Aptos:

“Melanie Larson is developing a project to provide new children’s books for prisoners and their
families at Soledad Prison. She is working with prison officials and a local high school teacher
who has been meeting with prisoners for the past four years.

“Here’s what one prisoner  wrote recently:
When reading The Grapes of Wrath two years ago at Soledad Prison, one of the inmates,
referring to the Joad’s plight from the dustbowl, said, “You know, when I killed that man, I put
his entire family in an emotional desert for the rest of their lives. I can’t make up for it, but let
me at least try to make my life meaningful to others.”

“This is why we go inside the prison. Deep connection and possibility.

“Using children’s books expands this effort to include the families of prisoners.

If you’d like todonate a book or two please bring it/them to the church office and leave in the box on the
desk. Or, give Melanie a call.

“I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was
in prison and you visited me.” (Matthew 25:36)

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Comment:   Resurrection Catholic Community, the  Catholic church in Aptos,  sends a bus or two down to Soledad Prison  each years so that children can visit their parents.  Maybe some children’s books could also  be on that bus?  Sharing a book is a great way for a family to relate.               Licensed Psychologist  Cameron Jackson    PSY14762 

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Jesus Heals All! Come Oct. 14 to Aptos, Resurrection Catholic Church

 Jesus Heals All!   Come Oct. 14 to Aptos   

October 14, 2017    Live Music 9:45 am  to 11:45 am    —  pot luck sharing. 

Memorial Table for those harmed in recent  fires.  

 7600 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA

Resurrection Catholic Community  

Experience  healing through  prayer,  song, laughter, sharing and listening.

 All are Welcome!   

 Coming from out of town?  Plan to stay in Aptos for the day. Enjoy a bit of Aptos  enviorns.  The entrance to Seacliff State Beach  is 1/2 mile away.              

SATURDAY, Oct. 14, 2017 — 

    9:45 am — 11:45 am:   Live Music (Secular & Sacred)  in the Community Hall.  Lulu Manus on  guitar!  

Like to participate?    bring a favorite book on healing — or some reading that helps you heal.  Bring an object that matters to you (a ring, bracelet, picture). Bring some food that you like to eat and some to share.  

There may   be  discussion of some several of the healings Jesus did with women:  Peter’s mother-in-law;  a woman who had bled for  many years; a young girl who had recently  died.  

Come and enjoy the music!  Share  food with others!  Listen!  Laugh!    Bring a friend!   

Bring your (supervised)  children & grandchildren.   Mini-cup cakes, warm cider & tea  at 9:30 am.

Can’t come for all of it?  Then come for part!  Prefer to read the newspaper?  Fine!  Need to do your work?   Then bring your  laptop or smart phone  as you listen to great music played by   Resurrection musician  Lulu Manus.

 Healing Event is offered  by Licensed  Clinical Psychologist, Cameron Jackson, Ph.D., J,D.   PSY14762     127 Jewell Street, Santa Cruz,CA  95003    831 688 6002

For information on various events happening at churches in the Aptos, CA area click on the link below: 

 www.aptoschurch.info 

 

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Wake up Aptos, CA churches: Go out to the people! Ashes to go? Wafers & prayer & jam tarts to go at the farmer’s market?

 

Ashes to go. Why not wafers and prayer to go?

  Wake up Aptos, CA  churches! Go out to the people.

One place to go is the Aptos Farmers’ Market.   Ashes to go? How about   Wafers and Prayers &  Jam Tarts to go   at the  Aptos Farmer’s Market?

farmers market

How about home made cookies from St. John’s Episcopal,  Resurrection Catholic , Christ Lutheran  and  First Baptist — made  with love & sealed with a church sticker?

 Why sell baked goods only at Christmas time?  People want cookies all year  long! People love home made pasta sauces. How  about    Tomato Preserves?   And Church cook books? Many  Aptos  churches have Women’s Guilds and those organizations  can talk to each other and work together.

   And, how about a  Prayer Station — next to the jam jars  —  where people can ask for prayers for someone they love and miss  now serving in the military?

 Why not?  Don’t wait for people to come to you.  Go to them. People need healing.

prayers available at Farmers Markets?

Looking at all those gray heads sitting in the pews  it’s clear that congregations are aging.  And shrinking.

It’s  time to go out to the people rather than hope that they — somehow — will come to your “campus’ aka “community”.

Research shows:    churches that say they have a strong sense of identity and mission have a higher level of vitality.

So what’s the mission of your church?  What’s the sense of identify that makes your church distinctive?

It’s time to  ‘invest” connecting  with people outside the church premises.   Go where people actually congregate.  Engage people on their turf.  Where are they? At Farmers’ Markets.  At the Garlic Festival and the  Santa Cruz Fair.

 Did you know that hospitals are doing exactly that?  Because hospital In-Patient services have become so expensive, hospitals are offering all sorts of services on an Out-Patient basis.

  Hospitals are investing outside their walls.  They are following the patient.

 See article in The Wall Street Journal, Tuesday, September 26, 2017:   Hospitals Invest in Outside Clinics.  Per that article,  Peggy Seasborn, vice president of strategic growth for Dignity Health [owner of Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, CA] said joint replacement seemed impossible a decade ago.  Now Dignity Health is able to replace hips and knees outside the hospital  in a limited number of cases.   People are bypassing the Hospital.  Since 1994 the has been an 80 percent increase in outpatient admissions whereas Inpatient admissions to Hospitals has remained flat or decreasing.

It’s time that local Aptos CA  churches ‘invested’ outside their walls.     Go out with a sense of Mission and Sense of Identity and engage with people. On their turf.

One near to Aptos,CA  church that does ‘go out and  find the patient’  is  Santa Cruz Hope Church located in Soquel, CA and Scotts Valley.

If Hospitals can think ‘outside the box’ —  so can Aptos  churches with  a strong sense of Mission and Identity.

  How do people experience healing?  Numerous ways:  prayer, music, singing, laughter, listening, and sharing are some ways.   In what new ways can  your church share the Healing Love of Christ? And reach out ….

 It’s time to leave  those church buildings ….

 

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written by  licensed Psychologist  PSY 14762 Cameron Jackson    DrCameronJackson@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Christ Heals Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow! — EVENT CANCELLED

  October 13 & 14, 2017   — EVENT  CANCELLED  —

 7600 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA

Resurrection Catholic Community 

Experience healing through  prayer,  song, laughter, sharing and listening.  All are Welcome!  Can you come?

Please —  SIGN UP ahead of time — via email  or phone — DrCameronJackson@gmail.com

831 688 6002

FRIDAY Oct. 13 —  3:00 pm  — Hospitality for Travelers from Afar

    If  you are coming from afar,  please contact Cameron Jackson you  if need information  regarding housing or other issues.

Come early!    Get here when there is plenty of light & enjoy a bit of Aptos enviorns.

   4 to 5 pm:     Doors Open  —  Live Music 

         Pick up Information  Know What’s Happening & Rest and Relax

  5 to 6 pm:   Food & Converstion to Share  —   please bring food to share in the  Community Hall.  One large ham and beans donated to date!

    6 to 7 pm:  Soaking Prayer  (listen)  & Praise Music (singing)  

    7  to 8:30   Program with Rev. Hugh & Monte  Bromiley —  with Praise Music or background  music during any  breaks (to be determined)     8: 30  Exit Music.             

SATURDAY, Oct. 14, 2017 —  $30 for day  suggested donation includes breakfast & lunch — donate as you are able —

 8 to 9 am:   Pancake & Sausage breakfast  in the Hall  — hosted by Boy Scouts #609

8:45 —  in  the church —  Soaking Prayer music (listen) & Praise Music (sing)    

9 to 12 noon:  Morning Program with Rev. Hugh & Monte Bromiley

12 to 1:  Lunch with  Live Music in Hall —

            Opportunities to witness concerning  Healings & Miracles

            Come get acquainted with others!   If you want to walk around Aptos there’s info  concerning places on the Info Table

 1 – 4 pm:  Afternoon Program with  Rev. Hugh  & Monte  Bromiley   — 

 Prayer Stations and Reading of Names people wish to pray for —  to be determined.

4 pm  Music  

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