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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

    Addiction: Christ-centered recovery, part 4

    Amy Hasenbein Leonard
    CULLMAN - With addiction numbers soaring throughout the country and locally, it is estimated that over one in ten Americans are addicted to alcohol and drugs. Mind you, those numbers do not include those who are addicted to gambling, food or sex. The Zero Addiction...

    Religious Spotlight: Meet Bo Edmonds

    Bo Edmonds
    For me, the biggest challenge of being a church leader is the changing culture and society and dealing with those changes; to be uncompromising in a compromising world.” Bo Edmonds, Preacher and Evangelist CULLMAN – Cullman County is full of religious people from all different denominations....

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

    W.C. Mann
    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...

    Profiles in Faith: Karen Cook, pastor at Cook Ministries

    Karen Cook
    Unfortunately, 20 years in the funeral industry never prepared me for my brother’s death.” Karen Cook   CULLMAN – Sometimes we tend to overlook the things our brothers and sisters say to us, not giving their words a second thought, but when Karen Cook’s brother, Johnny, spoke,...

    Giving Back: Good Hope leaders serve Thanksgiving dinner to their community

    W.C. Mann
    Councilman Taft Dillashaw, Coach Alan Scott and members of the GHHS football team wash dishes. Tribune reporter W.C. Mann shares his experience at yesterday's eighth annual Good Hope Community Thanksgiving Meal. GOOD HOPE - In the Bible we are told, "The greatest among you will...

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

    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...

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

    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...

    Dr. Stanley Kilgore, Pastor of Center Grove Baptist Church

    Dr. Stanley Kilgore
    My biggest challenge is to help people to see that we live in a changing culture. Our message that ‘Christ loves all and is ready to save all who will come to Him’ must remain the same.” Dr. Stanley Kilgore, Pastor of Center Grove Baptist...

    Cullman Primary School Participates in National Day of Prayer

    Sharon Schuler Kreps/CullmanSense
    CULLMAN — On Wednesday, September 23, students, teachers and parents from Cullman Primary School participated in the 2015 ‘See You at the Pole’ prayer event. The group gathered together at the flagpole in front of the school and prayed for their teachers, their students and...

    Religious Spotlight: Meet Grace Community Church’s Pastor Samuel Tucker

    Samuel Tucker
    I surrendered to God's call to preach at the age of seventeen. I started pastoring Antioch Baptist Church near Fairview at twenty years of age.” Samuel Tucker, Interim Pastor at Grace Community Church CULLMAN – Cullman County is located deep within the heart of the Bible...

    Overcoming the Spirit of Unbelief: Resolving to Believe the Word of God

    TThere were two spirits that marveled Jesus. One was the spirit of unbelief, and the other was the spirit of faith. Those are the two spirits that operate in the lives of human beings all the time. Until you decide and make up in...

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

    Joyce Nix
    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’...

    Hopewell Baptist celebrates 175 years

    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,...

    Journey Church: Real. Life. Purpose.

    CULLMAN - Joey Coots, pastor for 12 years at Journey Church, has great advice for living a real life of purpose. To start, he said it is easy for people to get connected at Journey Church. There is always a place to get plugged...

    UPDATED: Vacation Bible Schools kick off around the area

    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...

    Sacred Heart UN-Gala: different clothes, same good cause

    W.C. Mann
    Sacred Heart School Principal Greg Hughes   CULLMAN - On Saturday evening, Sacred Heart School (SHS) held its eighth annual Legacy Gala at Stone Bridge Farms’ Browne Stone Centre.  Previously a formal soiree, this year's event went casual, earning it the self-styled title of the "un-gala." While...

    Destiny Church’s Fred and Janice Rivers

    Fred Rivers
    God has a plan for our lives. It’s a wonderful plan, to do good to us and to give us hope and a future.” Fred Rivers, Pastor of Destiny Church CULLMAN — Destiny Church's mission is simple; connect people to God's Plan. The church is doing...

    Saturday Event Guide- Oct. 8

    It's a jam-packed October Saturday! We've highlighted many of the fun events going on around the area. Events are listed below, but be sure to click on the links for full details! Have a great weekend! ☼ Oktoberfest 2016: Sacred Heart School Street Sale and Festival https://tockify.com/cullmansense/detail/144/1475924400000 ☼...

    Church Services on December 24 and 25, 2014

    CULLMAN - Christmas Eve falls on a Wednesday this year and gives everyone the perfect opportunity to have a special time with family and friends at a Wednesday evening church service. Several local churches are giving people the opportunity to attend a service on...

    Northbrook Baptist Church hosting trip to Creation Museum

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    CULLMAN - May 1-5 a group led by Northbrook Baptist Church Director of Senior Adults Wade Maynard will head out to the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. The total cost of the trip, including the $200 registration fee, due at sign-up, is $499. That price...

    Garden City First Baptist hosts 3rd annual Christmas carnival

    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...

    Ground Zero Men’s Conference held at Wallace State Saturday morning

    With the conference, our goal, locally, is to try to motivate men to be engaged and get back involved in their families, get back involved with their kids and their community and do whatever they need to do to be leaders.” Sen. Paul Bussman   HANCEVILLE -...

    Religious Spotlight: Faith Tabernacle Church’s Brother Lummie Speakman

    Patrick Jenkins
    I consider the biggest challenge would be seeing so many people pass up the opportunity the God of Heaven has given them.” Brother Lummie Speakman of Faith Tabernacle Church CULLMAN – Faith Tabernacle Church, located on 4th Street SW in Cullman, was originally established in 1968....

    Saint Bernard Prep students pray the Stations of the Cross

    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....

    Etha Baptist hosts BBQ to raise mission funds

    Andrew Cryer
    Back (L-R): Shane Rusk, Danny Baker, Wess Glispie, Shay Brown and MiKayla Hadley Front (L-R): Jo Anna Brown and Jasmine Rusk Other volunteers not pictured: Johnathan Shofner, Sherry Swindall and Ilen Gutherie  CULLMAN - Members of the Etha Baptist Church on Friday held the first of...

    Religious Spotlight: Meet Al Barton, Pastor of Ole Time Way Baptist Church

    Al Barton
    There are many rewarding moments (in preaching) but by far the most rewarding is when I help lost souls get to know Jesus as their personal Savior!” Brother Al Barton, Ole Time Way Baptist Church CULLMAN – Ole Time Way Baptist Church, located on Hwy 157...

    Light the Night attracts more than 400

    Andrew Cryer
    Syvella Johnson, with her daughters Chloe and Morgan CULLMAN - Church at the Well hosted its first Halloween Light the Night at the Link of Cullman County on Monday night. Over the course of the evening, more than 400 trick or treaters and others stopped...

    Churches come together for prayer walk at Hanceville schools

    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...

    Seventh Street Welcomes New Pastor Eric Martin

    CULLMAN – Seventh Street Baptist Church is excited to welcome their new pastor, Eric Martin. But Eric isn’t just new to Seventh Street, he’s also new to Cullman. So as he gets to know our town, let’s get to know him, too.   Eric and his...

    Ashley Tankersley: Living the Life of a Pastor’s Wife

    Ashley Tankersley
    I have always been involved in church, even before I got married I was involved in VBS and was a children’s Sunday school teacher. I always knew I was going to marry a youth pastor.” Ashley Tankersley, Youth Pastor’s Wife CULLMAN – This week’s Religious Spotlight takes a...

    St. Paul’s youth hold inaugural Harvest Walk

    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...

    Christmas through the eyes of a child: Children’s Christmas Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

    Mary Hovater
    The cast at the dress rehearsal Thursday afternoon CULLMAN - Almost every church, be it high church or low church, traditional or contemporary, from the classical parish hall to the rented storefront, has its Christmas traditions.  This time of year, we see "hanging of the...

    Praying for peace and mercy

    W.C. Mann
    Participants gathered at Hamby Park in Hanceville at noon Saturday for the third annual Rosary Rally. HANCEVILLE - Concerned citizens gathered for a rally Saturday in Hanceville, but there were no banners with elephants or donkeys, no yard signs with candidates' names, no T-shirts with...

    Religious Spotlight: Meet Mark Sanford, Pastor of Cornerstone Church of the Nazarene

    Mark Sanford
    Baptizing people, praying with people, or just having honest conversations about what God is doing in their lives has to be the most rewarding part of pastoring.” Mark Sanford, Pastor of Cornerstone Church of the Nazarene CULLMAN – Mark K. Sanford is the senior and founding...

    Growing in faith: Desperation Church expanding to new location

    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...

    Celebrate Divino Nino Day at the Shrine

    HANCEVILLE – The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament invites everyone to come celebrate Divino Nino Day. On September 6, the Shrine will host a day dedicated to celebrating the child Jesus. Many activities are planned for the day to offer the public a...

    Tyrone Prothro on his past, his future and his faith

    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,...

    Religious Spotlight: Seventh Street Baptist Church’s Pastor Eric Martin

    Eric Martin
    Seventh Street has been through difficult times in the past. I have challenged our people to take down the rearview mirror and not look back. It is a new day at Seventh Street!” Eric Martin, Pastor at Seventh Street Baptist Church CULLMAN – Cullman is full of...

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

    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...

    Fireworks over Garden City

    Jason Leonard
    GARDEN CITY - Garden City First Baptist Church hosted its annual, family-friendly fireworks celebration at Garden City Park this evening, where they provided fun for kids of all ages. Inflatables were available for children, along with games of cornhole and tug of war. The...

    Wallace State’s Campus Ministries conducts “See You at the Pole” gatherings at both campuses

    Image: Wallace State nursing student Jay Terry led Wednesday’s “See You at the Pole” session, leading a devotion and the opening prayer. HANCEVILLE - Wallace State’s Campus Ministries hosted an opportunity Wednesday for students and employees to congregate at the college’s flag pole in observance...

    2nd Annual Caring for Cullman Concert set for Sept. 19

    CULLMAN - Christian music, country and Broadway fans will be delighted to know that local artists, Eric Bennett and Paige Harbison, will be performing at this year’s second annual Caring for Cullman Concert, brought to you by the Good Samaritan Health Clinic. Save the...

    Benefactors Day celebrated at St. Bernard

    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...

    Youth Explosion “No Limits” tour swings through Cullman

    Heather Mann
    Members of Christian Soldiers Ministries CULLMAN - Despite below-freezing temperatures, the Youth Explosion "No Limits" tour went on in Cullman this weekend at the Cullman Civic Center. The tour is part of a ministry that helps provide goods and services to families and children living...

    Religious Leader Spotlight: Reverend John Richter – A Teacher at Heart

    John Richter
    I love the moment the light bulb turns on and someone gets it. It’s that moment when someone realizes, ‘Oh, that’s what God is doing in my life.’ I love helping people navigate spiritual waters.” Rev. John Richter, Sr. Pastor of St. John’s Evangelical Protestant...

    Divino Niño Weekend To be Held at Shrine Sept. 5-6

    This is our biggest event and the second year for it, so we are very excited!” Jennifer Prybyla, Assistant Director of Pilgrimages HANCEVILLE – The Nuns of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery and the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament invite the public to join...

    The Link of Cullman County ‘Flourishes’: Praise given to God for Organization’s Blessings at Annual Year in Review Event

    Sharon Schuler Kreps/CullmanSense
    CULLMAN – The Link of Cullman County celebrated all that God has done in 2014 through their ministry non-profit by hosting their annual event called, “Flourish” last Thursday at Loft 212. This year’s event included a review of 2014, along with the winners of...

    Saturday event guide: April 15

    CULLMAN COUNTY - It's Easter weekend, and the weather is gorgeous. Get out and enjoy one of these fun Saturday events! As always, if you know of an event we don't, send us an email at news@cullmansense.com. Find all of our events at www.cullmansense.com/calendar. 7 a.m.-2...

    Two enter novitiate at St. Bernard Abbey

    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....

    Pastor Bussman Establishes a Non-profit Organization

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    CULLMAN - Pastor John Bussman at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church has just started a nonprofit organization called The Ends of the Earth Foundation. It is in its very early stages with plans of growth in the near future. “It’s based on Acts chapter 1,...

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

    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...

    Cornerstone Church partners with Good Samaritan

    W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune
    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...

    Jared Folks of Faith Baptist Church Vinemont

    VINEMONT — Faith Baptist Church Vinemont has a long and rich history. Since its humble beginning in August 1971, the church has been engaged in ongoing and inspirational mission work both locally and around the world. The congregation truly believes in sharing the good...

    2016 Vacation Bible School listing

    Cullman-area Vacation Bible School listings, as of June 3. If we've missed one, please let us know at news@cullmansense.com. Antioch Baptist Church  June 26 - July 1 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. 256-796-8507 827 County Road 1659 Cullman, AL 35058   Berlin Baptist Church  June 12 - June 15  5:30 to 8:00 p.m.  256-734-1019 3596 US...

    From the church on Christmas Eve…

    W.C. Mann
    CULLMAN - At Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in downtown Cullman, one of the most treasured and anticipated traditions of the season features its children: the annual Christmas Eve Children's Mass, featuring the Christmas Pageant.  Children from the church and school put on their...

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

    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...

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

    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...

    Youth Pastor Justin Truett Speaks About Yesterday’s Fire at Simcoe Worship Center

    Heath Tinker
    I truly believe with all my heart that this will NOT have a devastating impact on our youth ministry. We believe that everything that happens - the good, the bad and the ugly - happens so that MANY PEOPLE will see the goodness and...

    Thanksgiving Service held at St. Bernard Prep

    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...

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

    Dave Warren Photography
    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...

    The Crossing: ministering in the face of need

    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...

    Kenneth Terry, Pastor of Soul’s Harbor Free Will Baptist Church

    Soul's Harbor Free Will Baptist Church
    By all accounts I should not be in the ministry if you consider my lowly beginning — But God knew all the time his plan for my life!” Kenneth Terry, Pastor of Soul's Harbor Free Will Baptist Church VINEMONT — Growing one's faith in the Lord...

    Chris Pettit, Development Pastor at Life Church

    Chris Pettit
    When you come to our church, you won’t feel judged. We are all in the same boat. What you will find is hope for a better life in Christ.” Chris Pettit HANCEVILLE – Life Church in Hanceville is all about helping people move beyond their pasts...

    Profiles in Faith: Oak Level Baptist Church

    W.C. Mann
    OLBC Pastor Rev. Etsel Riddle BERLIN/HOLLY POND - In the Southern Baptist Convention-affiliated East Cullman Baptist Association, there are 53 churches.  Among the smallest is a tiny little congregation between Berlin and Holly Pond called Oak Level Baptist Church (OLBC).  If you saw the statistics...

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

    W.C. Mann
    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...

    North Alabama Quartet Convention coming to Cullman

    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...

    125th annual singing convention coming to courthouse this weekend

    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...

    Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week Nov. 12-19

    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...

    Mother Angelica Passes on Easter Sunday

    Faith is what gets you started. Hope is what keeps you going. Love is what brings you to the end." Mother Angelica   HANCEVILLE - The Catholic Church as well as many others are mourning today the loss of Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, foundress of...

    August to be a Busy Month for the Shrine’s Lourdes Grotto

    Bishop Robert Baker has been extremely encouraging and instrumental in helping this Grotto to be a place which has enriched the spiritual lives of those in his Diocese and all who visit the Shrine.” Jennifer Prybyla, Assistant Director of Pilgrimages HANCEVILLE – The month of August will...

    Daystar Church Offers ‘Real Recovery’ for Those with Addictions

    GOOD HOPE – Daystar Church, located in Good Hope, has a program that offers help for a special group of people in the community. The ‘Real Recovery’ program offers a place where folks can gather together and support each other as they travel the...

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

    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...

    Sacred Heart School nuns profess perpetual vows

    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...

    ‘We’re just saturating the place with prayer’

    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,...

    Hundreds Flock to the Shrine for Healing Service

    HANCEVILLE – People came out in droves to attend a special healing Mass in Hanceville on Wednesday. The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament hosted the service at their beautiful Lourdes Grotto. The weather was perfect and the Mass was beautiful. “Today we had the...

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

    Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune
    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...

    3 St. Bernard Abbey monks profess solemn vows

    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...

    Garden City, local churches celebrate freedom with community fireworks show

    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...

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

    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...

    Donny Yarbrough, Pastor of Sardis Baptist Church

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    I am blessed to pastor Sardis Baptist Church in Trimble. They placed their faith in me as a young and inexperienced pastor in December of 2008 and made it official in March of 2009.”  Donny Yarbrough, Pastor TRIMBLE - Sardis Baptist Church was founded by settlers...

    St. Bernard Prep holds Senior Dedication Mass

    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...

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

    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,...

    Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday: what are they?

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    CULLMAN - This week, you may see and hear some things that are a little out of the ordinary around town: people wearing more beads than usual (especially purple, green and gold), churches serving pancakes for supper, and folks going about with sooty smudges...

    Religious Spotlight: Sandy Niiler, Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church

    I grew up in a somewhat conservative, traditional family, so even the idea of preaching was foreign to me.” Sandy Niiler, Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church CULLMAN – Mrs. Sandy Niiler is the pastor of Christ Lutheran Church. Always active in the church and community she continually...

    Sacred Heart honors Mother Mary Rose, LIHM

    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....

    Hanceville Fall Fest sees influx of thousands Sunday afternoon

    Andrew Cryer
    HANCEVILLE - Hanceville’s sixth annual Fall Fest took place Sunday afternoon, with hordes of people filling the downtown streets. Early estimates are that there were at least 3,000 people, many of whom were in costumes to celebrate Halloween. The festival was centered around Hanceville...

    Justin Truett, Youth Pastor at Simcoe Worship Center

    Justin Truett
    I'm just crazy in love with Jesus and the people that he created to love him and serve him! I just hope that the JOY that God has given me will rub off onto others!” Justin Truett, youth pastor   Photo shows Chelsea and Justin Truett. SIMCOE - Even...

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

    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. John’s 2016 Grover Reeves’ Community Thanksgiving Day Meal today at 11 a.m.

    Loretta Gillespie
    CULLMAN - More than 100 volunteers and approximately 30 drivers will serve 80 turkeys, gallons of dressing, vats of cranberry sauce and mountains of Cullman sweet potatoes today at St. John’s Evangelical Protestant Church in Cullman. An army of volunteers and the Community Thanksgiving Meal...

    Faith Column

    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...

    Cathedral of Praise Gives Back Packs Away

    VINEMONT – While most churches in the area have wonderful Bible schools in the summertime, Cathedral of Praise Church of God in Vinemont hosts a three-day Family Fest event instead. Mainly geared toward the children of the congregation, entire families tend to gravitate to...

    Oktoberfest 2016: Annual Combined Community Choirs Concert set for Sunday at Sacred Heart

    CULLMAN - Once again, Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Cullman is hosting the annual Oktoberfest Combined Community Choirs Concert, as the highly anticipated fall celebration of the community's German heritage begins.  The free musical event will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday,...

    Mixing faith with sports

    Josh McBrayer
    CULLMAN - “The vision is to see the world impacted by Christ through sports.” These were the words spoken by Northeast Alabama Fellowship of Christian Athletes Director of Campus Ministries Matt Herring when asked about the FCA following a full day of sports camp...

    Vinemont children enjoy a back-to-school bash

    Sharon Schuler Kreps
    This is two churches coming together to hand out free school supplies and let the kids have some fun before they have to start back to school.” Jamie Johnson   VINEMONT – Area children enjoyed a back-to-school bash at the Vinemont Scout House on Friday evening. There...

    Guest Editorial: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

    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...

    Garret Taylor of Christians Living Proof Ministries

    Garret Taylor
    The most rewarding moments in my ministry is (sic) when I see people who have lost everything to addiction receiving salvation through reconciliation. Jesus restores everything, like it never happened.” – Garret Taylor, pastor CULLMAN - Christians Living Proof Ministries is a group of people seeking...

    Crowds flock to Shrine for Divino Niño Day 2017

    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...

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

    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...

    Religious Spotlight: G.T. Robertson, Pastor of Emeus Baptist Church

    G. T. Robertson
    The hand of God at work within the church is evidence of His presence and always works to increase our faith and belief in Him and His Word.” G.T. Robertson, Pastor of Emeus Baptist Church LOGAN – The congregation at Emeus Baptist Church, as with many...

    Desperation Church treats community to fireworks, much more

    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...