Religion briefs for Oct. 8

The Aaron Weil Band presents an acoustic gospel concert Sunday, Oct. 17 at the Calvary Baptist Church on 1050 Yampa Ave. Free performances are scheduled for 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. The Weil family's musical style combines southern gospel vocals with bluegrass picking. They have been featured in Bluegrass Unlimited, have appeared on PBS and Christian Cable Television, and recently performed a pre-show for Ricky Skaggs. Call Rod Compton at 824-5222.

Religious poetry

contest taking entries

Poems are being accepted for a special religious poetry contest sponsored by New Jersey Rainbow Poets. "Our desire is to inspire amateur poets. We'd like to discover new ones from among the Craig area poets," said Frederick Young, the organization's contest director.

The contest is free to anyone who ever has written a poem, and the grand prize will be $1,000. There are 50 prizes in all totaling $5,000. The deadline for entering is Oct. 30. To enter, send one religious poem of 21 lines or less to Free Poetry Contest, 103 N. Wood Ave., PMB 70, Linden, NJ 07036. You can also enter online at www.rainbowpoets.com.

First Baptist Church

to honor pastor

First Baptist Church will honor Pastor Brian K. Haynes for his tireless commitment to his congregation and his community on Oct. 17 as part of Clergy Appreciation month. The church invites you to attend the special celebration at 10:30 a.m. on October 17 at 1150 W. Ninth St. Haynes came to Craig with his family in May of 1997. This year marks a milestone for the pastor and his family, having served the longest pastorate in the 92 years of First Baptist's existence. Haynes has coached local sports teams, serves with the Ministerial Alliance and the local chaplain's program, and is on the board of directors for the Salvation Army. At the church, he is the leader of the children's AWANA program.

Clergy Appreciation Month is an annual effort that seeks to acknowledge the tremendous contribution of, and pressures facing, religious leaders around the world.

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