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    Smith Lake Baptist Church providing meals to those in mourning

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    CRANE HILL, Ala. - In the heart of Crane Hill, Smith Lake Baptist Church (SLBC) has embarked on a mission to support those grappling with the loss of a loved one through its Mourning Meal Outreach Ministry. This heartfelt initiative aims to deliver donated...

    FAITH: ‘Raise a Hallelujah’ event fuels support for The Crossing’s mission in Cullman

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    Toe-tappers, hand-clappers and lively amens filled the sanctuary of Fairview Methodist Church on a memorable Saturday night. The Crossing, a local nonprofit dedicated to providing food, hygiene products and clothes for those in need in Cullman, orchestrated a “Raise a Hallelujah” benefit singing. The...

    FAITH: SHE Collective at Daystar Church

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    Daystar Church is providing a new biblical outlook in one of its small groups – one  specifically geared toward women seeking to be closer to God while encouraging others. The small group, dubbed SHE Collective, is a gathering of godly women that began small...

    Faith: The Gathering at Karma’s Coffee House

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    The back room of Karma’s Coffee House in Cullman’s Warehouse District is bustling with customers stuck in deep conversation, visiting with friends and waiting on the man of the hour: Ron Teal. Teal, along with fellow pastors Kim and David Trelles, lead The Gathering...

    Desperation Church adds 2 new pastors to Cullman staff

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Desperation Church last Sunday morning announced the recent hiring of two new pastors to assist in day-to-day operations at its Cullman campus. Matt Phillips and his wife, Alisha Phillips, were named new pastor and associate pastor for the Cullman location. Pastor Andy Heis...

    Devil Dawgs Concessions feeds 493 

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Volunteers stood along Main Avenue Southwest and U.S. Highway 278 Wednesday, Dec 20, waving signs making passers-by aware they were welcome to come pick up a free, hot, homemade holiday meal. Devil Dawgs Concessions food truck owners Joe and Pat Brown,...

    Prayer and Pledge Ride rolls through county

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – The weather was hot and humid on Saturday morning as motorcyclists donning black leather climbed on their bikes and headed out to the far reaches of the county. The pack of riders, with the first bike flying an American flag, sped...

    FAITH: Daystar ‘At the Movies’ series starts June 4

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    GOOD HOPE, Ala. – Daystar Church has announced the return of “At the Movies,” a series of teachings led by Senior Pastor Jerry Lawson that explores the themes and meanings of some of Hollywood’s biggest hits and how they correspond to Biblical teachings. The...

    Faith: Feast of Divine Mercy

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    All are invited to attend the annual Feast of Divine Mercy services at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church on Sunday, April 16, starting at 2:30 p.m.  This religious event celebrates Jesus' offering His mercy, powerful graces and love freely to His followers, as told...

    Holy Week at Sacred Heart

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    Below is the calendar of events for Holy Week, April 4 through Easter Sunday, April 9, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in downtown Cullman.  All services are open to the public, regardless of faith affiliation. Tuesday, April 4 Two Masses, 6:30 a.m. and noonConfessions...

    Holy Week at St. Bernard Abbey

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The solemnity and seriousness of Holy Week are very evident in the Church of St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman. Crucifixes and images of saints are covered with violet cloth as Christians “fast” from the beauty and comfort of sacred images. Even...

    Stone Bridge Farms to host Easter weekend gospel music extravaganza

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Stone Bridge Farms, a picturesque 186-acre property known for its breathtaking landscapes and acclaimed restaurants, is set to host a gospel music-filled Easter “Resurrection Celebration.” The event, titled “He’s Alive,” is scheduled for the weekend of April 8-9, 2023, and promises...

    COLUMN: The spiritual recommitment of Lent

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    While many Christians celebrate the holidays of Christmas and Easter where something material is gained in the form of presents, brightly adorned baskets and meticulously prepared feasts, far fewer choose to commit to the solemnness necessary for the Lenten season, which begins this year...

    ‘We may never really know the lives that will be saved’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Foundry Ministries, based in Bessemer, Alabama, is “where lives are reshaped by the hands of God, through Christ-centered programs and services.” Located outside of the city of Cullman near Holly Pond is The Foundry Farm, a refuge in a country...

    Beloved meteorologist calls for prayers for wife

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    HOOVER, Ala. – Lacey Simpson, wife of Holly Pond native and WVTM-13 meteorologist Jason Simpson, suffered a traumatic medical emergency last week while shopping at the family’s local Publix at Valleydale Village in Hoover. Lacey Simpson collapsed, hit her head and was unresponsive.   Jason Simpson...

    Cullman Stand Up faith event to take place Oct. 22

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Faith-based event, Cullman Stand Up, will take place at Depot Park on Saturday, Oct. 22, from noon-2 p.m. Several speakers from various local churches will give brief talks and lead prayers between songs performed by Cullman Police Capt. Jeff Warnke. The...

    Cullman man on his way to care for stray cat receives free car from Good Samaritan

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – The book of Matthew is often cited from the pulpit on Sunday mornings, reminding followers of God to care for one another and not turn a blind eye to those in need around us.   Matthew 25: 40-45 reads:  “The King will reply, ‘Truly...

    Church tweens open free library for area children

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The tweens of the Cullman First United Methodist Church have servants’ hearts for their community. At the beginning of the year, they made a list of 10 ways they wanted to give back to Cullman, the first being a free library...

    Faith Column

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    The younger generation doesn’t understand a number of words and phrases, including “broken record,” “ice box,” “party line,” “ungawa” and “Kemo sabe.” Another phrase is one we don’t hear too much anymore, “Who does she think she is, the queen of Sheba?” This phrase is...

    Cullman First Baptist dedicates Kids’ Space

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman First Baptist Church dedicated a new education space for children on Sunday, July 31, 2022. This new addition includes new classrooms, a children’s worship space and an inviting entrance for guests, fulfilling a vision that started years ago to create...

    Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training presented at West Cullman Baptist Association

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The West Cullman Baptist Association invited Lee Wright with the Alabama State Board of Missions to give a seminar Thursday on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention. He discussed policies and tools recommended by the State Board of Missions to help churches be...

    Young members of No Fences Cowboy Church with servants’ hearts host outreach

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    FALKVILLE, Ala. - No Fences Cowboy Church in Falkville is on a mission to teach an invaluable lesson to its young parishioners—the positive impact and vital Christian lesson on giving back and providing outreach to people in their community. The small but powerful children’s group...

    Guest Editorial: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

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    l. His death was certain A. Joseph of Arimathaea came to Pilate the Governor after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and requested the privilege of burying his body. Pilate wondered if Jesus was already dead. Therefore, he sent a centurion, a leader of one hundred...

    Guest Editorial: 3:16 in retrospect

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    Three: One: Six—3/16—Is it just another day on a calendar, a random series of numbers or something much more? Two years ago, on March 16, 2020, we received instructions to shut down everything involving the gathering of people. Schools, churches, businesses and more shut down...

    St. Bernard Abbey marks Ash Wednesday

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – St. Bernard Abbey on Wednesday marked the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent by marking students at St. Bernard Prep School and other attendants with the sign of the cross in ashes on their foreheads. The ashes, a reminder of...

    The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament holds Christmas Open House event

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, home to Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, held its Christmas open house all day Saturday, Dec. 18. The grounds were decorated with Christmas lights, and a huge Christmas tree was fully decorated in...

    East Cullman Baptist Association collecting backpacks for Christmas donation event Dec. 8-9

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    CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. – The East Cullman Baptist Association is preparing to hold their annual Christmas Backpacks Mission Project for the 2021 holiday season. This is a donation event designed to provide children in Cullman County with toys, clothes, food and hygiene products, while...

    ‘Christmas at the Grotto’ returns with expanded schedule

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - St. Bernard Abbey’s Ave Maria Grotto, Cullman’s most popular attraction and one of Alabama’s must-see tourist destinations, will open evenings following Thanksgiving for the third installment of “Christmas in the Grotto.” The multi-weekend festival will see the Grotto park covered in...

    Community Thanksgiving meals taking place in the Cullman area this season

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    CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. – There are several community meals will be taking place in Cullman to celebrate Thanksgiving. Below is a list of some of these events and further information.  The Brandin’ Iron Steakhouse of West Point will be holding their 6th Annual Thanksgiving meal...

    Desperation Church holds first Sunday service in new building

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The parking lot of Desperation Church’s new building was completely full for the opening Sunday. There were even attendants directing cars for parking along the street and surrounding lots. During the 9:30 a.m. service, Pastor Andy Heis spoke about when he lost...

    Desperation Church holds ribbon cutting for brand new building

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Desperation Church held the official ribbon cutting for their new facility Thursday, Nov 4. Desperation Church’s new building, located at 510 5th St SW, site of the old Cullman Civic Center, has taken almost 18 months to complete renovations. Though many...

    Restoring women: meet Kim

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman’s Restoring Women Outreach shares the story of recovery told by “Kim.” “I’m a grateful recovering alcoholic / addict. My story is all too familiar with lots of hurt, pain and disappointments. I graduated high school, college and had a career, was...

    Guest Editorial – The Valued Man: Without Condition

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    “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” The condition...

    In remembrance of Will

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - As the gates opened Thursday evening at Oliver Woodard Stadium for Cullman High School’s first regular season game of the year, everything seemed normal. The Cullman and Grissom football teams were warming up on the field, the smell of popcorn filled...

    Princess Lillie

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    HOLLY POND, Ala. - “She came out of the womb smiling,” Kelly Handley said of her daughter Lillie. “She has always been very loving, and she smiles through everything and has since the day she was born. She has been so strong and brave...

    ‘Truth in Nature is tight lines, steady aim and a cleansed heart’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Truth in Nature held an educational day for the young men of the Cullman chapter Saturday, June 26. The first half the day began with the boys learning to build picnic tables with the instruction of Chapter Leader Brian Burchett. The...

    ‘Love, Honor, Cherish’

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    WEST POINT, Ala. - West Point High School Principal Heith Yearwood and his wife, West Point High School counselor Amanda Yearwood, recently decided that their stories as a couple might be worth telling, and might help other couples’ stories turn out a little better.  The...

    Sacred Heart School nuns profess perpetual vows

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Two nuns who teach at Sacred Heart School made their Professions of Perpetual Vows recently during liturgical services at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church on the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Sr. Mary Peter Julian Lawrence and...

    Churches countywide back in action with 2021 Vacation Bible Schools

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - After taking a hiatus in 2020, Vacation Bible School is back in full-swing and churches are extremely thankful to have the children back this summer. Many are returning or have returned to in-person VBS, while others are choosing to host online...

    Mount Nebo Baptist Church holds first post-COVID-19 VBS

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Mount Nebo Baptist Church in Vinemont held their Vacation Bible School this week as they continued their passionate mission of outreach. The theme this year was Concrete & Cranes, and it was a huge success. With their VBS programs that have...

    The Refuge Church hosts annual Fishing Rodeo

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    CULLMAN, Ala.- The Refuge Church in East Point, Alabama, off Highway 278, hosted their annual Fishing Rodeo Saturday morning. The rodeo kicked off at 8 a.m. with separate age groups competing for the Biggest Fish and Most Weight categories. These boys and girls were...

    East Point Cumberland Presbyterian Church celebrates 100 years of service

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Bright and early Sunday morning, the congregation of East Point Cumberland Presbyterian Church gathered for a twofold celebration: the annual recognition of Decoration for the church graveyard, and the 100th anniversary of the church's founding. Inside the church were displays of...

    Editorial: Our Personal Trainer 

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    “But when he, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth.”  John 16:13 NIV                 Personal trainers are a wonderful asset in a person’s life. Almost everyone would love to have one. They work with individuals on a one-on-one basis to help...

    COVID-19 – Then and now

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    With so many COVID-19 restrictions being lifted and more and more people being vaccinated, folks are finally able to return to their normal activities. The Tribune stopped by the Farmer’s Market Thursday morning to chat with people about what they thought the hardest thing...

    Annual baby bottle fundraising drive underway for First Source for Women

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    CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. - Faith-based pregnancy resource service First Source for Women has begun its annual baby bottle change fundraising drive. The monetary collection assists the Hanceville-based women's clinic as the organization offers its free pregnancy services to those in need.    The fundraiser distributes baby...

    East Point Cumberland Presbyterian Church to celebrate 100 years 

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    Photo with cars is the current church building, one without cars is the original before the renovations over the years.CULLMAN, Ala. - On Sunday, May 23, East Point Cumberland Presbyterian Church (EPC) will be celebrating 100 years of "worshipping, serving and loving the Lord."...

    Devotion – Dressing for the day

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     “Put on the full armor of God; so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.”                                                                                                      Ephesians 6:11 NASB  As Alabamians, we have learned to live with unpredictable weather. Storms come up quickly, sometimes with no warning. We try...

    Alabama faith leaders call on Gov. Ivey to expand Medicaid

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Nearly 300 Alabama faith leaders released a joint letter Thursday calling on Gov. Kay Ivey to expand Medicaid coverage immediately for adults with low incomes. The letter – signed by 278 pastors, imams, sisters and other faith leaders – asks for...

    Cullman firefighter delivers thousands of pounds of food per week to needy across region

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman Fire Department Lieutenant Neville Franks has a most worthwhile pastime: for the last six years, he has been distributing food to families in need, mostly in Cullman and Blount counties, but not objecting to driving as far as Tennessee and...

    St. Paul’s Lutheran School receives flag flown over U.S. Capitol

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     CULLMAN, Ala. - Congressman Robert Aderholt, at the request of Nell Dunlap, had the Flag of the United States of America flown over the United States Capitol recently in honor of St. Paul’s Lutheran School. That flag was presented to St. Paul’s Lutheran School...

    Bringing out the best: Hanceville FUMC and other county churches going digital during social distancing

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. – As churches around Cullman feel the strain of social distancing on their worship services, many are utilizing different livestreaming services to continue bringing worship and sermons to their home-bound congregations - some uploading services to YouTube or their church's website, others...

    Bringing out the best: Daystar Church looking after seniors

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, seniors are statistically the most vulnerable population and have to take extra precautions to guard against exposure to the disease. Recognizing the specific needs that its own seniors may have during this time; Daystar Church is implementing an...

    ‘Celebrate Life’: First Source for Women holds annual banquet

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - First Source for Women (FSW) on Thursday evening held its annual fundraising dinner, the “Celebrate Life” banquet, at Loft 212 in Cullman, where more than 200 attendees were treated to a meal catered by Designs by Grace and a challenging keynote address by Christian minister,...

    ‘It’s for the kids’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman County Child Development Center (CDC) students had the chance to get up close and personal with local first responders Friday afternoon at the fourth annual Restore Love event, hosted by Cook Ministries. “It’s for the kids; it’s really just a matter...

    See You at the Pole: Superintendent Barnette joins students in Vinemont for prayer event

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    VINEMONT, Ala. - Students and faculty members from Vinemont’s schools met around the flagpole in front of Vinemont High School Wednesday morning for a moment of prayer as part of the 2019 observance of “See You at the Pole,” a global day of student-led...

    Stepping out on faith: Desperation Church moving into civic center

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    Hanceville Knapsacks for Kids going strong in 4th year

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - For some people, hunger is an open-ended question: not so much “What’s for dinner?” as it is “when” or “if.” A recent report by Alabama Possible showed that one in five Cullman County children suffer from food insecurity. The county’s multiple...

    Faith, hope and ostrich: wild game cookout brings St. Paul’s family together

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Food is an integral part of southern religious traditions, so a church picnic is not necessarily a newsworthy event. Every so often, though, someone figures out how to tweak the formula, as happened Saturday when St. Paul’s Lutheran Church held its...

    Retired Swiss Guard visits St. Bernard

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - St. Bernard students recently welcomed guest speaker Thiery Rock to campus, where he gave a presentation on his experience as a Pontifical Swiss Guard—the corps of soldiers charged with protecting the Pope.  A native of Switzerland, the 23-year-old recently retired from...

    Vinemont Baptist Church preparing to celebrate 100th anniversary

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    VINEMONT, Ala. - On Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, Vinemont Baptist Church will celebrate 100 years of service to its community. As the congregation prepared, local historian, church member and former Vinemont Principal Dr. Jane Teeter shared the history of the church: “Vinemont Baptist Church was...

    Sons of Liberty Riders and Christian Motorcycle Association offer prayers at county schools

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Saturday morning, county schools around Cullman were visited by members of the Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA) and the Alabama Sons of Liberty Riders (AL-SoLR) during their 2019 Prayer and Pledge Ride. Starting at Harmony School, the riders visited Cold Springs, Good Hope,...

    West Cullman Baptist Assoc. kicks off Christmas in August ministry

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - As part of its Christmas backpack ministry, the West Cullman Baptist Association (WCBA) kicked off its Christmas in August drive at Northside Baptist Church Wednesday night. The drive starts in August and ends Oct. 28, ensuring there is plenty of time to...

    Love letters to Jesus: ‘I just want everyone to know that Jesus loves them’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Bonnie Guess is on a loving, faith-driven mission. She wants to deliver love letters to Jesus. “My story is that I have real bad health,” said Guess. “Blood pressure drops, they (my doctors) don’t know why, and blood sugar and all that...

    (Updated) Father Marcus Voss elected 10th abbot of Saint Bernard Abbey

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Tuesday morning, July 24, on the second day of the abbatial election at St. Bernard Abbey, the bells of the abbey pealed, breaking the silent anticipation of a campus awaiting news of a new abbot.  As the monastic chapter- composed of...

    Notre Dame Children’s Choir to sing at St. Bernard Mass this Friday

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - This Friday, July 19, the Notre Dame Children’s Liturgical Choir from the University of Notre Dame’s Sacred Music Academy will sing at Mass and Vespers in the Abbey Church of St. Bernard Abbey.  Mass begins at 5 p.m. and is followed...

    Cullman County Courthouse hosts 127th annual singing convention

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - On Saturday, shaped note Sacred Harp singers and traditional music fans filled Judge Kim Chaney’s District Courtroom for the first day of the 127th annual Cullman County Courthouse Singing Convention.  The crowd was still slim when the first song was called,...

    St. Paul’s Lutheran School holds Beer, Bands & Bingo fundraiser at Goat Island

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - In preparation for its 65th school year, St. Paul's Lutheran School recently added a new fundraiser in addition to its annual Wild Game Cookout – Beer, Bands & Bingo at Goat Island Brewing. While the Wild Game Cookout, now going into its...

    127th annual Cullman County Courthouse Singing Convention coming July 13-14

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – This Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14, Cullman will celebrate what has become a unique tradition in Alabama: the state’s last regular courthouse singing convention.  Singers from all over the state, across the country, and even overseas will fill the Cullman County...

    Freedom Celebration lights up the night in Fairview

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    FAIRVIEW, Ala. - During the evening of Independence Day, crowds filled Randall Shedd Fairview Town Park as the town’s First Baptist Church hosted its 18th annual Freedom Celebration. Dr. David Chambers, Pastor of Fairview First Baptist Church, told The Tribune, “First Baptist Church of Fairview...

    New Hope #2 Baptist Church holds first 4th of July community event

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    HOLLY POND, Ala. – For the first time, New Hope #2 Baptist Church joined the list of Independence Day community events on Wednesday night. New pastor Austin Rowell stated that the event had only had two weeks of planning put into it (as he came into the...

    Branded by Christ Cowboy Church holds Faith, Family, & Fireworks Extravaganza in Good Hope

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    GOOD HOPE, Ala. – To kick off the week leading up to Independence Day, Branded by Christ Cowboy Church held its first-ever Faith, Family, & Fireworks Extravaganza Sunday night. Led by pastor Scott Guthery, the celebration featured bounce houses, games like corn hole and...

    Garden City, local churches celebrate freedom with community fireworks show

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    GARDEN CITY, Ala. - On Sunday evening, Garden City got a jump on the Independence Day holiday by holding a community fireworks show at the town’s park. The event was put on by Garden City Church of God, Garden City First Baptist Church, and...

    West Point Baptist Church reaches out with music and ice cream

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    WEST POINT, Ala. - West Point Baptist Church invited its community in for a special evening of fellowship, music and a little ice cream Sunday. Leading the evening service was a self-proclaimed “no-name quartet” made up of: Brian Witcher, Grace Chapel Baptist Church Jonathan Hayes, First Baptist...

    East Cullman Baptist Assoc. rolling out VBS for nursing homes

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    CULLMAN, Ala.  - As churches all over Cullman County launch into Vacation Bible School (VBS) programs for area youngsters, one group is gearing up to carry the summer faith tradition to youngsters-at-heart in local nursing homes.  Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) volunteers from congregations of...

    Vacation Bible School programs kicking off around the county

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    Updated 5-30-19 12:05 p.m. CULLMAN, Ala. - Churches throughout Cullman County are gearing up for Vacation Bible School. Here is a list of VBS events happening around the area. If your church is hosting a VBS and it’s not listed below, email your information to...