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Chicago church releases a beer for Advent — and the end of the world

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 19, 2020

CHICAGO (RNS) — Church members stopped by to pick up the wreaths they’d ordered for the coming Advent season — OK, so they were cardboard drink holders filled with Advent-themed beers and topped with a green ribbon and Christ candle to light on Christmas Eve.

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Chicago church releases a beer for Advent — and the end of the world

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 19, 2020

CHICAGO (RNS) — Church members stopped by to pick up the wreaths they’d ordered for the coming Advent season — OK, so they were cardboard drink holders filled with Advent-themed beers and topped with a green ribbon and Christ candle to light on Christmas Eve.

Churches hit home run with services in ballparks and stadiums as COVID-19 cancels sports

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 24, 2020

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (RNS) — With many sports canceled for the season, some churches — like South Bend City Church — have filled the stands at the empty stadiums and ballparks in their neighborhoods.

‘Kayak Church’ gathers Pennsylvania church in person — and on the water — amid pandemic

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 4, 2020

HOWARD, Pa. (RNS) — More than two dozen people joined a brightly colored flotilla for Kayak Church on Sunday (Aug. 30) as Faith United Church of Christ, like so many other churches across the country, dips its toes into meeting together in person after months apart during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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