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Bible school takes Olympics theme

Athletic competitions will be part of Church Olympics, a Vacation Bible School being held Thursday through Aug. 2 at Slatterly Park, 10th Street and 11th Avenue Southeast in Rochester.

The event — which will include Bible study and food in addition to competitions in events such as relay races, volleyball, softball, and tug of war — will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 2. There is no cost to participate.

Call 269-0525 for more information.

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Emmanuel Baptist hosts Bible school

Emmanuel Baptist Church will hold Vacation Bible School from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday for children ages K-6th grade.

Thursday night will close the week with a special program starting at 7 and an ice cream social to follow.

Emmanuel is at 2911 18th Ave. N.W. in Rochester, across from John Adam’s Middle School.

For more information, call 289-7244.

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Beach theme planned for Bible school

Bethany United Methodist Church will offer the Vacation Bible School program "Beach Party: Surfin’ Through the Scriptures" Aug. 3-5.

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The program will begin with a free picnic luau for children and their families at 4 p.m. Aug. 3. The program will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 4-5.

Bethany Church is at 19th Street and 19th Avenue Northwest in Rochester.

For more information or to register, contact the church at 289-0311.

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Bent cross on Iowa church to remain

PARKERBURG, Iowa — Members of the Parkersburg United Methodist Church say the bent cross will remain as a symbol of the town’s strength.

The cross is one of three atop the church. Two point skyward. The third is bent eastward at an angle — the same direction as the path of the tornado that hit two months ago.

Eight people in the area died and nearly half of Parkersburg was leveled by the twister. Twenty-two members of the church lost their homes, but their church was spared.

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Group files brief for Wisconsin Amish

LA CROSSE, Wis. — A national group dedicated to religious freedom is joining a fight between Amish farmers and some Wisconsin towns.

The National Committee for Amish Religious Freedom has filed a brief asking for permission to intervene in a Jackson County court case involving Albion farmer Samuel Stolzfus. Stolzfus and other Amish have been fined thousands of dollars for failing to get building permits.

New York attorney Robert Greene said the Amish won’t sign applications for building permits because it is against their religion to lie and they might not be able to keep a promise to comply with building codes.

Attorney Paul Millis, who represents the town of Albion, said failure to comply with building codes creates safety problems.

— Compiled by

Elizabeth M. Jones

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