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    Gottesdienst: A service of the Word as our forefathers knew it

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – As the community came together to celebrate Oktoberfest and the beginning of the city’s 150th anniversary this past weekend, dozens of community members stepped into the quiet sanctuary of St Paul’s Lutheran Church in the early afternoon hours on Saturday, Sept....

    2 Benedictine monks ordained to priesthood at St. Bernard Abbey

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - St. Bernard Abbey announces the ordination of two of its monks, Father Paschal (Gabriel) Paulter, O.S.B. and Father Pachomius (Gustavo) Alvarado-Garcia, O.S.B., to the priesthood on Saturday, June 10, at the Abbey Church in Cullman by the Most Rev. Elias R....

    Christ First Ministries Church 2nd annual car and truck show coming March 25

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Christ First Ministries Church men’s ministry will host its second annual car and truck on show Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the church. The event aims to bring the community together while sharing the message of the men's...

    168 Hours of Prayer

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    Nationwide revival, call to prayer being answered locally CULLMAN, Ala. – Churches and college campuses around the country have opened up facilities for a week-long prayer revival following the surge of emotion created by the spontaneous revival at Asbury University, located in Wlimore, Kentucky, this...

    ‘We’re just saturating the place with prayer’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Members of Spring Hill Baptist Church, along with members from several other churches, will be at Depot Park Saturday at 8 a.m. for a peaceful prayer walk. Members will walk along the streets in small groups. Spring Hill Pastor Terry Blankenship said,...

    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...

    Sacred Heart of Jesus Church hosts 1st Birmingham Diocesan Day of Liturgical Formation

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    Sacred Heart of Jesus Church hosted the first Birmingham Diocesan Day of Liturgical Formation last weekend. Over 600 volunteer members from every church in the North Alabama Diocese attended the day-long training sessions which covered lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and liturgical musical...

    St. Bernard opens school with service of commitment and blessing

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - It was a moment of wonder and excitement mixed with a bit of emotional anxiety as 136 students at Saint Bernard Preparatory School made their way to the Abbey Church on the opening day of school.  In addition to the United...

    Faith

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Daystar Church recently announced a new initiative directed at parents who choose to have children in spite of hardships, or who need help when fostering or adopting children. The church issued this statement: Daystar Church is launching a bold new initiative called...

    Sacred Heart honors Mother Mary Rose, LIHM

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    Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Cullman recently honored Mother Mary Rose, LIHM Sister, during a covered dish dinner and reception in the Family Life Center. Several religious items were presented to her, including a plaque stating, "Somebody in Alabama is praying for you!" Fr....

    Shrine hires lay director of administration

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery is pleased to welcome Bill Brown as its new director of administration. A man of faith with extensive management experience, Brown brings personable wisdom to this leadership...

    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...

    Sacred Heart Church of Cullman participates in worldwide consecration of Russian and Ukraine

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Sacred Heart Church of Jesus in Cullman participated Friday morning in the worldwide event consecrating Ukraine and Russian. Father Patrick made the announcement on Facebook Thursday evening, saying, “As many of you know, the visionaries of Our Lady of Medjugorje have...

    St. Valentine’s Day: Just where did it come from?

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    Love can be a confusing thing, so it’s fitting that the calendar day devoted to love should be the subject of some confusion itself. Feb. 14 is the day marked on the calendars of multiple Christian traditions to celebrate the feast of St. Valentine....

    Religion Editorial – Refuse a common life

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    There’s an extremely antiquated mindset of masculinity that was passed down by our fathers, grandfathers--including our matriarchal figures that have embraced that men have to choose what type of life to live. Men must dominate professionally where money and status often carry more importance...

    Two enter novitiate at St. Bernard Abbey

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The journey of two men, which began with an inquiry to St. Bernard Abbey Vocation Director, Fr. Joel Martin, OSB, has entered into a new phase.  Becoming a monk doesn’t happen overnight. It is a process that takes several years. At St....

    Attorney General Steve Marshall hails Supreme Court victory in religious freedom case supported by Alabama

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala.—Attorney General Steve Marshall hailed a unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday, in a lawsuit supported by Alabama, upholding the right of Catholic Social Services to assist in Philadelphia’s foster care system without having to surrender the group’s religious beliefs.    “Alabama and...

    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...

    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...

    Bringing out the best: Northbrook Baptist Church goes online, offers to help small churches record videos

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - As churches respond to the Coronavirus pandemic by transitioning to online services and Bible studies, Northbrook Baptist Church is hoping to help smaller churches continue to minister. Pastor Keith Warden explained, “There’s a lot of smaller churches, and then there’s also just guys that are bivocational,...

    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...

    ‘Cullman Women Sing’ makes beautiful music

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman Women Sing held its Spring Concert recently at Grace Episcopal Church. The concert was free to the public and one of two for the group this year. The group is directed by Laura Doss and is made up of women...

    Grace Episcopal Church welcomes new rector Jay Gardner

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    Jay Gardner with his wife Paige and son William (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune) CULLMAN, Ala. - Grace Episcopal Church welcomed James (Jay) Wynn Gardner III as its new rector this week with a special service and reception. Bishop John McKee Sloan read the...

    St. Andrews Youth Group opens free food pantry in southwest Cullman

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    The St. Andrews United Methodist Church Youth’s Free Food Pantry is at the corner of Main Avenue and Sixth Street Southwest in Cullman. It is located in the north parking lot of the church. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune) CULLMAN, Ala. - A free...

    St. Bernard’s Abbot Cletus D. Meagher set to retire this year

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    Abbot Cletus D. Meagher, O.S.B. (St. Bernard) CULLMAN - In accordance with the law proper to the American-Cassinese Congregation of Benedictine Monks, which stipulates 75 years as the retirement age of abbots, the Right Reverend Cletus D. Meagher, O.S.B., the ninth abbot of Saint Bernard...

    A Night to Shine for the area’s special needs community

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    A guest gets into the spirit at Friday’s Night to Shine Prom at Fairview: The Grace Place in Falkville. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune) FALKVILLE - On Friday evening, Fairview Church of God/The Grace Place in Falkville hosted its third annual Night to Shine...

    Cullman’s The Steeles notch no. 1 Southern Gospel Song of 2018

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    Left to right are Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs, Brad Steele, Jeff Steele, Sherry Steele and Duke Cleghorn. (contributed) CULLMAN - On Jan 10, a special reception was held at Redeeming Grace Church of Cullman to celebrate Cullman’s own The Steeles, whose song “Prodigals” was named...

    Remembering Rev. Jim Walker (1933-2019)

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    Shown in 2016, left to right, are Mike Sparks, former Wallace State Singers and Concert Choir director; Rev. Jim Walker, founder of the school’s music program; and Tiffany Richter, current WSCC Singers and Concert Choir director. (Courtesy of Wallace State Community College) CULLMAN - Taking...

    Crowds pack Temple Baptist for North Alabama Quartet Convention; event continues Saturday

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    The performance by Eagle’s Wings was a highlight for many fans. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune) CULLMAN - Planners and promoters didn’t know what to expect from the very first North Alabama Quartet Convention in Cullman, but two hours before it even started, they...

    Church surprises Hanceville middle schoolers with holiday project

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    Before and after shots show the work a group of volunteers from Hanceville First United Methodist Church did in a girls’ restroom at Hanceville Middle School.  (Photo courtesy HFUMC) HANCEVILLE - Eighth-grade students at Hanceville Middle School (HMS) returned from Christmas break Thursday morning to...

    North Alabama Quartet Convention coming to Cullman

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    The Living Faith Quartet is the host group for the inaugural North Alabama Quartet Convention, which will take place Jan. 18-19, 2019 at Temple Baptist Church in Cullman. (Lisa Jones Photography) CULLMAN - On Jan. 18-19, 2019, Living Faith Ministries of Cullman will host the...

    Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament holds Christmas Open House

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    Guests enjoy a wagon ride at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Christmas Open House on Saturday. (Heather Mann for The Cullman Tribune) HANCEVILLE - As a way to celebrate 19 years in Hanceville and to reach out to the community, the Shrine of...

    ‘What Christmas is really about’: Don and Lynelle Wilbanks say their light display, in its 43rd year, is a ‘visual representation of the extraordinary birth of Jesus’

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    For 43 years, Don and Lynelle Wilbanks have created a beautiful Christmas light display as a gift for the community. The display features a large star shining down from 75 feet up (left) onto the creek below. Nearby are Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus....

    Thanksgiving Service held at St. Bernard Prep

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    Front row (l-r):  Sr. Mary Vernon Gentle, RSM, Nazareth House, Birmingham; Abbot Cletus Meagher, OSB, Deacon Peter Nassetta, Sacred Heart Church;  and Deacon Tim Vaughn, St. Elizabeth Anne Seton Church, Gardendale.  Second row (l-r):  Fr. Joel Martin, OSB, Rev. Patrick Cullen, Nazareth House, Cathedral...

    FBC of Fairview: ‘We see this as a way of showing God’s ways’

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    Members of First Baptist Church of Fairview prepare meals at the church’s community Thanksgiving meal. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune) FAIRVIEW - First Baptist Church of Fairview held its sixth annual Free Community Thanksgiving Meal and Coat Giveaway recently. Pastor David Chambers shared, “God has...

    3 area churches accepting Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes through Monday morning

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    Volunteers at the Northbrook Baptist Church drop-off point have received more than 1,800 boxes and hope for more than double that number by Monday. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune) CULLMAN - The Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child shoebox ministry is once again in full...

    Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week Nov. 12-19

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    Image courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse CULLMAN - This month, sites in the Cullman area will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19. Cullman families, churches and groups are busy transforming empty shoeboxes...

    St. Paul’s youth hold inaugural Harvest Walk

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    Children from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church pose in front of Cullman’s Little Pantry, where they left three wagonloads of canned goods. (contributed) CULLMAN - Recently, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church held its inaugural “Harvest Walk,” where members of the church and their children walked three packed...

    Be prepared to be impacted by ‘Nightmare on Old 69’

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    Attendees gather outside Church 212's "Nightmare on Old 69" Friday evening (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune) “We want people to think,” Church 212 Pastor Chris Harrison said Friday to a crowd of participants at “Nightmare on Old 69,” the church’s Halloween event put on...

    Catching up with First Source for Women

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    The Mobile Unit, front and center at First Source’s fundraising banquet, has become a big, very visible part of the organization’s outreach efforts. HANCEVILLE - First Source for Women (FSW), the faith-based, pro-life pregnancy and parenting support service headquartered in Hanceville, is growing by leaps...

    St. Bernard Prep holds Senior Dedication Mass

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    Front row (l-r): Kim Gao, Mya Agnello, Adrian Smith, Abbot Cletus Meagher, Samantha Silva_Elliot Deep, Phoebe Coccia and Gin Zheng; second row (l-r):  Fr. Linus Kluscarits, Chenyan Shi, Gracie Loyd, Christine Lauwerth, Andie Zatarain, Brenda Avila, Emma Pierce, Jacinta Tona and Abigail Curtis;  back...

    Benefactors Day celebrated at St. Bernard

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    Left to right: Deacon Tim Vaughn, Most Rev. John M. Quinn, D.D., Most Rev. Robert J. Baker, S.T.D. and Abbot Cletus Meagher, OSB CULLMAN - The monks of St. Bernard Abbey and their guests assembled on the 127th anniversary of the Abbey’s founding to celebrate their...

    ‘Nightmare on Old 69’ to depict real-life horrors of drug addiction

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    GOOD HOPE - Many groups put on horror houses in the days and weeks leading up to Halloween, but Church 212 has decided this year to get really frightening by depicting the real-life horror of drug addiction based on the experiences of actual victims...

    Cornerstone Church partners with Good Samaritan

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    Rev. Joe McNulty of Cornerstone Church (left) presents a check to Good Samaritan Executive Director Jolanda Hutson (right), accompanied by Clinic Administrator Cindy Barnett and Nurse Practitioner Stephanie Barnett (center, left and right). (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune) CULLMAN - On Tuesday, Cullman’s Cornerstone...

    Mission Grove Baptist opens food shelf in Berlin

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    Left to right: Pastor Josh Hogland, Curt Fortner, Zane Robertson, Cindy Alverson, Joe Alverson, Eliza Fortner in front. (Courtesy of Becki Fortner) BERLIN – Mission Grove Baptist Church was excited to open up its new food shelf earlier this week and according to Pastor Josh Hogland,...

    5th annual Divino Niño Festival this Saturday at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament

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    HANCEVILLE - This Saturday, Sept. 1, the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament near Hanceville will host a pilgrimage day for the celebration of the Feast of the Divine Child Jesus, or El Divino Niño, a hugely popular festival among Latin America Catholics.  The...

    Wild game, and games, at annual St. Paul’s cookout

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    Rev. John Bussman of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church gets soaked at the church’s fifth annual Wild Game Cookout Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune) CULLMAN - The fifth annual St. Paul’s Wild Game Cookout was held Saturday afternoon and evening. Members...

    Father Bernard Denson, O.S.B., ordained to the priesthood

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    L-R: Deacon Rhodes Bolster, Bishop Robert Baker, Father Bernard Denson, Abbot Cletus Meagher, Deacon Justin Ward CULLMAN - On Saturday, July 21, the monastic community of St. Bernard Abbey was joined by the sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery; monks of St. Benedict’s Abbey (Atchison, Kansas),...

    3 St. Bernard Abbey monks profess solemn vows

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    Br. Dominic Lee, Abbot Cletus Meagher, Br. Pachomius Alvarado, and Br. Paschal Pautler CULLMAN - It was a grand celebration at St. Bernard Abbey on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 as three monks made their Profession of Solemn Monastic Vows in the Abbey Church:   Br. Dominic...

    Churches come together for prayer walk at Hanceville schools

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    After praying at the flagpole in front of the high school and middle school, participants walk toward the elementary school in back. (W.C. Mann for The Tribune) HANCEVILLE - Early Sunday evening, members of Hanceville’s First Baptist Church, First Methodist Church and Bethlehem East Baptist...

    Bikers visit schools across county to promote prayer, Pledge of Allegiance

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    Alabama Sons of Liberty Riders President Joe Alverson and his granddaughter kneel beside one of the signs they placed during Saturday’s Cullman County God and Country Ride. (Nick Griffin for The Tribune) CULLMAN - Several schools in Cullman County got a visit from the Alabama...

    Saturday’s Cullman County ‘God and Country Ride’ to advocate for prayer in schools

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    CULLMAN – Saturday will be a big day for the Alabama Sons of Liberty as they, alongside the Christian Motorcycle Association, will be traveling on the Cullman County God and Country Ride to all Cullman County Schools. The caravan is making its way to...

    6 months in, Grace Place thriving

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    For me personally, Grace Place ranks equal to being involved in the Good Samaritan Health Clinic. I receive infinitely more than I give. It is a blessing for my soul.” Jerry Jacob   CULLMAN - Episcopal Church in downtown Cullman is home to Grace Place, a ministry...

    PROFILES IN FAITH: Northbrook Baptist calls Keith Warden as pastor

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    Northbrook Baptist Church Pastor Keith Warden (W.C. Mann for The Tribune) CULLMAN - After more than a year of searching, Cullman’s Northbrook Baptist Church called Dr. Keith Warden as pastor; he officially came on board on Sunday, June 17.  Warden grew up in the Huntsville area...

    ‘Feeding the body and the soul’: Church 212 starts community garden to feed the needy

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    Church 212 members work in the church’s community garden in early June (Photo courtesy Robert Taylor) GOOD HOPE - Right down County Road 437 from Good Hope, members of Church 212 have been tending a garden, and harvest time is about to begin.  Some plants...

    Faith traditions: 2018 Vacation Bible Schools

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    Many area churches have chosen the “Game On” theme for this year’s Vacation Bible School. (Image courtesy of Lifeway) Updated 6-4-18 CULLMAN COUNTY - This summer, numerous Cullman area churches will take their place in the 120-plus year old annual faith tradition of Vacation Bible School....

    ‘Like Me or Not’: Link director Owens takes on approval addiction

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    Author Dawn Owens signed copies of her book “Like Me or Not” Tuesday at Yates-Chance Christian Bookstore. (W.C. Mann for The Tribune) CULLMAN - As if Dawn Owens didn’t have enough to do as director of The Link of Cullman County, she decided to add...

    Foundry Farm dedicates new 80-bed dormitory named in memory of Thomas Anderson Black and Donald Wayne Sanders

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    Rain moved the dedication ceremony for Black-Sanders Hall inside but did not prevent a large crowd from attending. (W.C. Mann for The Tribune) CULLMAN COUNTY - At the end of a gravel road between Holly Pond and Berlin sits a 60-acre facility known as The...

    Local business gives back on Good Friday

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    Left to right: Justin Westmoreland, Robert Taylor, Hal Wright / Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune GOOD HOPE - Good Hope Service Center spent the Good Friday holiday giving back to the community by offering free oil changes all day. Cars were lined up out...

    Profiles in Faith: Desperation Church kicks off Passion Week with community meal at just the right time

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    On concrete pavement still marked by thousands of large hail strikes, a volunteer invites shoppers at the south Wal-Mart to enjoy free lunch provided by Desperation Church on Saturday. / W.C. Mann CULLMAN - In the wake of this past week’s weather disaster, it would...

    Saint Bernard Prep students pray the Stations of the Cross

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    Deacon Tim Vaughn, far right, completes Station 14 at the Stations of the Cross prayer service on Wednesday. Altar boys are Josh Chiodo, Christian Peterson and Lexiss Gallegos. Cullman students at Saint Bernard Prep gathered in the Abbey Church on a rainy Wednesday morning, Feb....

    Fighting the ‘right fight’: Good Hope teen reaches out to children of drug addicts

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    13-year-old Tripp Taylor speaks at Daystar Church. / Courtesy of Taylor family GOOD HOPE - When Robert Taylor lost his sister Ashley Taylor to a heroin overdose in Dec. 2016, he was overwhelmed.  He and his wife had helped raise his sister after the death...

    Empty Bowls feeds the hungry

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    For $10, guests received hot, homemade chili, a grilled cheese sandwich and a drink. Guests also got to take home an original handmade bowl. / Nick Griffin CULLMAN - The 15th annual Empty Bowls of Cullman County Chili Dinner has come and gone, and First...

    Night to Shine: special needs community enjoys magical night

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    A guest and his date arrive at the Night to Shine Prom Friday night at Fairview: the Grace Place. / W.C. Mann FALKVILLE - On Friday evening, the special needs community of a multi-county area around north Alabama gathered at Fairview Church of God, known...

    Tyrone Prothro on his past, his future and his faith

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    Former Alabama wide receiver, Tyrone Prothro, spoke at Church 212 in Cullman on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. / Nick Griffin CULLMAN - Church 212’s congregation packed out the church’s sanctuary Sunday morning, not just to celebrate its faith, but also to hear an Alabama legend,...

    Cullman FBC’s Tom Richter, Chuck Johnston visit Judson College to kick off Christian Emphasis Week

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    Cullman FBC Pastor Tom Richter speaks to Judson College students at Judson's Christian Emphasis Week. / Photo by Mary Amelia Taylor MARION - Judson College inaugurated its annual Christian Emphasis Week Tuesday with a Chapel service focused on trusting God. Cullman’s Tom Richter, the week’s...

    PROFILES IN FAITH: A little food and a lot of love: Vinemont Baptist Church’s 3rd Saturday Café

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    Vinemont Baptist Church’s Dr. Jane Teeter, left, and Lucille Greenwood, right, coordinate the 3rd Saturday Café ministry. / W.C. Mann VINEMONT - They call it the 3rd Saturday Café because it takes place on the third Saturday of every month.  It isn’t a particularly original...

    Local churches, agencies hope to see homeless shelter for men in Cullman area

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    The Cullman area currently has no homeless shelters for men. A group of local churches and agencies is working to change that. / Image courtesy pixabay The American church has tragically reduced God’s word to mere information instead of the real purpose which is the...

    Growing in faith: Desperation Church expanding to new location

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    This architectural rendering shows the future Desperation Church building that will be located on Old Hanceville Highway (Third Avenue Southeast) at King Edward Street. / Andy Heis CULLMAN - Desperation Church has become a fixture within the community at its current location next to Depot...

    Christmas Eve at Sacred Heart

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    Fr. Patrick Egan compliments the kids on a job well done. / W.C. Mann CULLMAN - On Sunday afternoon, Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in downtown Cullman celebrated one of its favorite annual traditions in the Christmas children’s pageant.  During the Christmas vigil Mass (the...

    Devil Dawgs serves up hope and joy for Christmas

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    Pat and Joe Brown (R), with help from Michael Washam (L), serve up lunch outside Five Points Grocery Thursday. / W.C. Mann Love God, serve people.  God has blessed us a lot with our business.  I’m a retired Marine, and this is all that we...

    From the mouths of babes

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    CULLMAN - First United Methodist Church Cullman (FUMC) hosted a Christmas program put on by its Mom’s Day Out and Sonshine Preschool students this week, and the sanctuary was full of excited parents and kids. The students ranged in age from 2 to 5...

    Cullman Christmas tradition: Sacred Heart Children’s Christmas Eve Pageant and Mass

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    New pageant director Monica Windham with daughter Jordan Windham (L) and niece Anna Hilb (R) / W.C. Mann CULLMAN - At Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in downtown Cullman, the annual Christmas Eve Children's Mass featuring the Christmas Pageant has become a tradition.  Around 30...

    Garden City First Baptist hosts 3rd annual Christmas carnival

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    A young guest gets a hug at Sunday’s Christmas carnival at Garden City First Baptist Church. / Nick Griffin GARDEN CITY - Garden City First Baptist Church held its annual Christmas Carnival Sunday afternoon and this year’s event had all the favorites from last year...

    Shrine Nativity Creche offers unique, quiet alternative to commercial Christmas

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    The Creche chapel includes seating for small groups, votive candles and holy water. / Courtesy of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery HANCEVILLE - For almost all of us, the beeping and booping of price scanners and cash registers are as much sounds of the...

    Grace Episcopal launching ministry for victims of memory loss

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    Deacon Jerry Jacob outside Grace Episcopal’s Parish Hall, where Grace Place will meet / W.C. Mann (A victim of dementia) is a child of God, still has a soul, still matters, and ought to matter to other people . . . They’re no less a...

    Give thanks!

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    Guests are welcomed to the inaugural Frances and Doug Reese Memorial Community Thanksgiving Meal Wednesday evening at Hopewell Baptist Church in Hanceville. / Nick Griffin HANCEVILLE - Hopewell Baptist Church opened its doors wide Wednesday evening, hosting the inaugural Frances and Doug Reese Memorial Community...

    Operation Christmas Child collection week kicks off with ceremony at Northbrook Baptist

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    Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs and project volunteers prepare to cut the ribbon. / W.C. Mann CULLMAN - On Monday morning, representatives of three area churches, along with Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs, gathered at Northbrook Baptist Church to begin National Collection Week (Nov. 13-17) for the...

    Make a joyful noise

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    Cullman County Schools Superintendent and Cornerstone Church of the Nazarene Executive Board Chairman Shane Barnette hung out with the choir, and even housed several members in his home during their stay in Cullman. CULLMAN - On its 2017 American tour, the Ugandan Kids Choir made...

    Hopewell Baptist celebrates 175 years

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    Mayor Kenneth Nail, accompanied by daughter Haana, delivered a proclamation from the City of Hanceville for Hopewell Baptist Church’s 175th anniversary. / W.C. Mann HANCEVILLE - On Sunday morning, Hanceville’s Hopewell Baptist Church held a special service celebrating its 175th anniversary.  Established in January 1842,...

    The Crossing: ministering in the face of need

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    L-R: Sheila Parker, Director Melissa Hudson, Jan Saylor, Linda Hawkins and Dianna Schmuck.  / Photo courtesy Melissa Hudson CULLMAN - Since 2011, Melissa Hudson has been on a mission to feed and clothe the needy of Cullman County.  Right now, she is already in a...

    Full slate of community events this weekend

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    CULLMAN - This weekend is packed with activities on both Saturday and Sunday. See some of the highlights below. See full details on all events online at www.CullmanTribune.com/Calendar. Know of an event not listed? Click the calendar and hit the 'Submit Event' button.   Cullman Pilot...

    First Source for Women celebrates 10th anniversary, raises $75K at annual banquet

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    Updated 10-20-2017 11:09 a.m. Dove Award-winning Christian comedian Mike Williams had audience members in stitches, and still challenged them to a deeper commitment to First Source’s pro-life mission. / W.C. Mann CULLMAN - Hanceville’s First Source for Women on Thursday evening held its annual banquet at...

    Catholic faithful mark 100th anniversary of Fatima miracle with Rosary event in Hanceville

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    Catholic faithful gathered in the gazebo of Hanceville’s Hamby Park to pray the Rosary. / W.C. Mann HANCEVILLE - On Saturday afternoon, a small group of devout Catholics gathered at Hamby Park in Hanceville to pray the Rosary publicly.  The informal group, all of whose...

    From the ashes of Simcoe Worship Center: Kingdom Life Church

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    Pastor Heath Tinker in Kingdom Life Church’s almost-finished sanctuary / W.C. Mann We’re closer than we’ve ever been, and our goal is to impact this community like never before.” Pastor Heath Tinker, Kingdom Life Church SIMCOE - On Jan. 18, 2016, fire broke out in the youth...

    “To know Him and to make Him known”: Good Hope Baptist Church marks 175 years

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    The Good Hope Baptist Church congregation celebrated the church’s 175th anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. / W.C. Mann GOOD HOPE - On Sunday morning, members of Good Hope Baptist Church celebrated the church’s 175th anniversary with a special service and full day of celebration. ...

    Hanceville First UMC raises funds, through music, for disaster relief

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    Hanceville High School Band Director Steven Porter (seated) and the Dog Pound Players / W.C. Mann HANCEVILLE - Recent events in this part of the country have heavily taxed the resources of relief agencies across the board, and many people and groups have stepped up...

    Crowds flock to Shrine for Divino Niño Day 2017

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    HANCEVILLE - On a typical Saturday, the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament near Hanceville will host up to 300 visitors.  But Sept. 2 was no typical Saturday: on this day the Shrine celebrated Divino Niño Day, a celebration of the child Jesus that...

    Profiles in Faith: Fairview teen committed to life of ministry

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    Macie Burgin, raising funds for her upcoming mission trip to the Philippines / Jennifer Limerick FAIRVIEW - Macie Burgin is not your typical 15-year-old girl.  The Fairview High sophomore and youth member of Temple Baptist Church’s Fairview campus already has a pretty clear vision of...

    Local organizations prepare for Operation Christmas Child

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    Drop-off locations this year for Operation Christmas Child include Crosshaven Church, Northbrook Baptist Church, Fairview First United Methodist Church and Cullman’s Chick-Fil-A. Churches will accept boxes Nov. 13-20, and Chick-Fil-A will accept boxes Oct.26-Nov. 11. / Andrew Cryer CULLMAN - Earlier this week, David Ozment...

    Southern gospel tradition: Joyful Hearts 25th anniversary homecoming Aug. 5

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    Southern gospel group Joyful Hearts will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a homecoming gospel singing on Saturday, August 5 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. CULLMAN - The rafters out at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church will probably vibrate a little on August 5, thankfully not from...

    125th annual singing convention coming to courthouse this weekend

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    This year’s convention is receiving special attention as part of the state’s bicentennial celebration. CULLMAN - On Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9, the Cullman County Courthouse will host its 125th annual singing convention, continuing a tradition that began in 1893.  Once a common...

    Desperation Church treats community to fireworks, much more

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    Patriots of all ages came dressed in their best red, white and blue. / W.C. Mann CULLMAN - Many came out for the fireworks, but there was much more going on at Heritage Park on the 4th of July as Desperation Church hosted its fifth...

    To Jamaica with love

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    Cullman First United Methodist Church Jamaica Missions Team / Cullman FUMC on Facebook CULLMAN - Cullman First United Methodist Church just wrapped up its fourth annual mission trip to St. Mary, Jamaica. The team of 22 volunteers left June 17 and returned to Cullman on...

    UPDATED: Vacation Bible Schools kick off around the area

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    Many area churches have chosen the "Galactic Starveyors" theme for this year's VBS. Image credit: Lifeway CULLMAN COUNTY - The first week of June brings the beginning of Vacation Bible School events around the county. Below is a list of the VBS events that we...

    Profiles in Faith: Catching up with Father John O’Donnell

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    Fr. John O’Donnell at the altar of St. Michael’s Church in St. Florian ST. FLORIAN - Fr. John O’Donnell is a longtime fixture around the Cullman area.  A Philadelphia native, he attended St. Bernard during its days as a college, and has been a monk...

    From NY to Cullman: Meet Tom Richter, Cullman FBC’s new pastor

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    Cullman FBC Pastor Tom Richter   CULLMAN - It’s a long way from New York to Cullman, but Tom Richter had good reasons to come.  He’s the new pastor at Cullman First Baptist Church (FBC), having started March 26.  The Tribune sat down with Richter this...

    33rd Annual Bloomin’ Festival this weekend will be largest ever

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    Brother Pachomius Alvarado, OSB spends a great portion of his time in St. Bernard Abbey’s Bakery baking divinely delicious cinnamon raisin bread to sell at this weekend’s 33rd Annual Bloomin’ Festival Arts and Crafts Fair. CULLMAN - Preparations are well underway for this year’s Bloomin’...