Willow Creek Community Church gets new leadership (By Times)

1. Senior Pastor Bill Hybels, who started the Christian church in Palatine, plans to leave the church staff in October 2018.

2. Senior Pastor Bill Hybels plans to leave the staff of Willow Creek Community Church in October 2018.

3. Willow Creek Community Church, a megachurch founded in 1975, has announced a new leadership structure.

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Pope adds 35 saints to church, nearly all martyrs (By Washington Post)

1. Pope Francis, background center, celebrates a canonization mass for 35 new saints in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.

2. VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis, who often laments current persecutions of Christians, has given the Catholic Church 35 new saints, nearly all of them martyrs, from past centuries.

3. Thirty martyrs, including priests and lay persons, suffered anti-Catholic persecution in 1645 at the hands of Dutch Calvinists in Brazil, while three children, ages 12 and 13 who were indigenous persons in Mexico, were martyred in the 1520s for refusing to renounce their Catholic faith and return to their ancient traditions.

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Suffer the children who suffer through church (By Salt Lake Tribune)

1. All of this leads to the question of how to raise kids in such a way that they won’t disappoint you when they choose for themselves about church.

2. It happens sooner than you think and not always the way you hope.

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Festival Moves Event After Church Objects to Gay-Themed Content (By New York Times)

1. A human rights arts festival scheduled to take place on Sunday in a Lower East Side church hall was scrambling for a new venue after top officials of the New York Archdiocese expressed last-minute concerns that performances dealing with gay and transgender issues were not in line with church teaching.

2. Then, on Thursday, the pastor of St. Mary’s contacted the festival’s organizers to say that church officials, including Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the archbishop of New York, had expressed concern about the gay and transgender content of the show.

3. Organizers of the International Human Rights Art Festival put out a news release about the event at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on Grand Street about a month ago.

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Air Force Members Painted Satanic Symbols on Historic Church, Police Say (By NBCNews.com)

1. The suspects were arrested Thursday less than a day after law enforcement officials publicized a surveillance photo of the Sept. 29 incident at the Salem Black River Presbyterian Church in Mayesville, Sumter County, sheriff’s spokesman Ken Bell said in a statement.

2. Clockwise from left; Clayre Savage, Brandon Munoz, Kayla Eilerman, and Daveion Green, Airmen from Shaw Air Force Base arrested on charges that they spray-painted Satanic graffiti on a rural church.

3. Bell said Kayla Eilerman, 18, of Ingleside, Texas; Clayre Savage, 18, of Port Barre, Louisiana; Daveion Green, 19, of Leeland, North Carolina; and Brandon Munoz, 20, of Baltimore are now charged with trespassing, criminal conspiracy and malicious injury to a house of worship.

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Oakmont congregation could return to rebuilt church by spring (By Review)

1. Poor weather has put construction crews about a month behind schedule for rebuilding St. Paul Baptist Church at Second Street and Delaware Avenue.

2. The congregation of about 100 has been having services and Bible study at the Riverview Community Action Center since the church burned down on Sept. 19, 2014. .

3. A church that was destroyed by fire in 2014 is expected to be resurrected in Oakmont by spring.

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The Church: Man Woman Life Death Infinity (By PopMatters)

1. There are many moments in Man Woman Life Death Infinity that can arguably have come from multiple moments of the band’s history—“classic” Church moments if you will.

2. The Church have just become so skilled in incorporating them into their long-established sound that an album as concise as Man Woman Life Death Infinity still soars, no matter what the runtime.

3. And the fact that an album as potent as Man Woman Life Death Infinity can pop up this late in a 36-year career in the music business is just cake, with icing, and being able to eat it.

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Looking for a project? 1962 church in downtown Huntersville asks $1.175M (By Charlotte Agenda)

1. That’s the main stretch of the historic downtown Huntersville near places such as Crafty Beer Guys and Discovery Place Kids.

2. This large church right in downtown Huntersville is asking $1.

3. The street address is technically 100 Ranson Street, but the church faces Old Statesville Road.

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Newport’s St. James church sale is called off, and locked doors will reopen for worship (By Los Angeles Times)

1. Credits: Associated Press, Travis Geske, Getty, KTLA CAPTION Drone footage reveals the devastation wrought by the deadly Tubbs fire in Santa Rosa.

2. Credits: Associated Press, Travis Geske, Getty, KTLA Drone footage reveals the devastation wrought by the deadly Tubbs fire in Santa Rosa.

3. Credits: Associated Press, Travis Geske, Getty, KTLA Drone footage reveals the devastation wrought by the deadly Tubbs fire in Santa Rosa.

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Umstead Park United Church of Christ in Raleigh to house undocumented immigrant (By News & Observer)

1. Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane talks to her supporters Tuesday evening, Oct. 10, 2017, at Brewery Bhavana in downtown Raleigh.

2. Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane addresses supporters after polls close.

3. McFarlane and challenger Charles Francis are likely to face off in a November runoff election.

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