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Missoula church explores purpose of life

Living Word Church invites anyone wondering about the purpose of life on Earth to join its services. Living Word meets every Saturday at 7 p.m. at 1714 S. Reserve St. (New Life Worship Center's building). There are also small groups meeting in homes at various times during the week.

For information, call 728-6853.

Buddhist Center programs offer study, meditation

Osel Shen Phen Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center has the following programs scheduled for January and February:

  • Sunday, Jan. 25 - 11 a.m., book study "Path to Bliss," by His Holiness.
  • Monday, Jan. 26 - 7 p.m., Meditation on working with anger.
  • Thursday, Jan. 29 - 7 p.m., Tara Puja.
  • Sundays in February - 11 a.m., book study and discussion.
  • Thursdays in February - 7 p.m., How to Mediate, by Ven. Sangye Khadro. Feb. 5, Meditation on Mindfulness; Feb. 12, Body of Light Meditation; Feb. 19, Meditation on Loving Kindness; Feb. 26, Meditation on the Buddha.
  • Feb. 21 through March 6 is Losar, the Tibetan New Year. On March 6, the Day of Miracles, a potluck will be held at 6 p.m.

Classes meet at The Center, 441 Woodworth Ave. Contact 327-1204 or osel@fpmt-osel.org for details.

Annunciation schedule alters for Vespers

This weekend the Church of The Annunciation will observe two traditional winter festivals: the Community Vasilopita Blessing of Loaves and the Three Hierarchs feast.

In a temporary departure from the usual schedule, Sabbath Vespers will begin this Saturday at 5 p.m., instead of half an hour later. Sunday's Divine Services commence at 9 a.m., followed at 10:10 a.m. by the Doxology/Great Hymn of Praise and the Divine Liturgy of God's Word and Eucharist.

The church is at 301 S. Sixth St. W. For information, call Father Gregory Wingenbach, 543-0792.

Creation of the world the focus of new class

On Tuesday at 7 p.m. Mount Zion Lutheran Church, 402 Strand Ave., will hold a class focusing on what the Bible says about the creation of the world. The video "Unlocking the Mystery of Life," which briefly explains the new Intelligent Design Theory, will also be shown in connection with this study.

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Catholic bishops plan gay marriage initiative

BOSTON (AP) - The four Roman Catholic bishops of Massachusetts are taking their fight against same-sex marriage directly to parishioners, with a direct-mail campaign targeting nearly

1 million families.

Frustrated by what they say is a public misperception about their opposition to gay marriage, the bishops are sending a four-page flier to Catholic households asking them to lobby for a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would ban same-sex marriages.

The Legislature is expected to take up the amendment next month.

In November, the state Supreme Judicial Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to bar gay couples from civil marriage and gave the Legislature until May to rewrite the state marriage laws to provide benefits for gay couples.

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