COVID-19: Indonesian churches alter Good Friday services to avoid spreading virus

first_imgAccording to Merry, the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (PGI) has offered three alternatives for Good Friday observances this year; congregants could observe the day in their respective homes, observance could be postponed until the end of the crisis, or services could be performed together online. “We have also read some theological references and have received suggestions from other pastors of the GMIT. But in the end, we decided to postpone the eucharist ritual of the upcoming Good Friday until the outbreak ends,” Merry said, adding that making the decision was not easy as many of the church’s congregants felt uneasy about the interruptions to Holy Week services.She said, however, that celebrating Easter during a pandemic should make the faithful feel even more gratitude for Christ’s sacrifice. “If, now, we are postponing the Lord’s Supper, it is because we believe that God’s blessing will keep flowing into our lives despite the postponement,” she said.Meanwhile, Christians in Manado, North Sulawesi will also experience different Good Friday services. The Christian Evangelical Church in Minahasa (GMIM) has said that Good Friday will be observed from home through online streaming.“The ritual will be guided from the church and will be streamed to houses,” GMIM head Carry Mamusung said on Monday.“This decision was made after a coordination meeting with the North Sulawesi provincial administration, the regional leaders’ forum and religious leaders in light of the recent situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic,” GMIM synod council chairman Hein Arina said.The absence of congregational activities did not reduce the value of worship, he added. “It is only the place that is different than usual, but the value of our worship is not determined by whether we do it at home or at church.”Arina acknowledged that the COVID-19 pandemic had disrupted the church’s religious activities but that every effort to end the pandemic had to be implemented.The diocese of Manado has issued a circular regarding pastoral activities during the COVID-19 outbreak, which includes the cancellation of non-mandatory congregational activities and the postponement of mandatory ones.“The [mandatory] liturgical activities can also be performed through live streaming,” Manado Bishop Benedictus ER Untu said.Several celebrations during Holy Week, the bishop said, would still involve churches and chapels with some adjustments to avoid crowds.Topics : The COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia has made the logistics of the services more complicated.The Christian Evangelical Church in Timor (GMIT) in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, for example, has decided to postpone its Lord’s Supper ritual, which was slated to take place during this week’s Good Friday observance.GMIT earlier canceled its Palm Sunday service to curb the spread of COVID-19. “The GMIT synodal assembly has decided that the performance of the Lord’s Supper ritual during Holy Week and Easter this year is postponed. We made the decision after much conversation, debate, prayer and reflection,” GMIT head Merry Kolimon told journalists in Kupang on Tuesday.   Churches across Indonesia have made adjustments to their approaching Good Friday services to adhere to social distancing measures and slow the spread of COVID-19.According to the 2010 census, about 7 percent of Indonesia’s population is Protestant – a grouping of a number of denominations – while 3 percent is Catholic. Several provinces have a majority-Christian population, including East Nusa Tenggara, North Sulawesi, Papua and West Papua.Most denominations of Christianity observe Good Friday, which commemorates the day that Jesus Christ was crucified. last_img read more

Wellington wrestlers split double dual with Augusta and Rose Hill

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Wellington’s Shane Hughes is wrestling Grant Scheer of Rose Hill Thursday Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington wrestling team hosted a double dual, splitting the night with Augusta and Rose Hill. Neither contest was a league contest.Wellington would lose to Augusta 49-28 in the first dual of the night. The Crusaders would come back and win the second 42-30 over Rose HillThe Crusaders will wrestle in the Marion Tournament tonight before finishing up the calendar year.The scores for Thursday night are as follows (Wellington wrestlers listed first). Augusta 49 Wellington 28 106 – Tim Schmidt pinned by Briggs Erwin.113 – Mitch Gould pinned by John George.120 – Daniel Schmidt major decisioned by Avin George.126 – Nic Reyes pins A.J. Linder.132 – Andrew Wolf pinned by Josh Moore.138 – A- Dominik Ketchum open.145 – Shane Hughes pinned by Nigel Collision.152 – A- Rob Winzer open.160 – Graysen DeJarnett pins Andrew Duncan.170 – Colton Glover pinned by Jake Seay.182- Aaron Schoemann major decisions Jake Seay 14-5.195 – Ian Groom decisioned by Jesse Clark 9-6.220 – Jason Norris pins Cole Edwards.285 – Miguel Lujan pins Brandon Lassiter.Wellington 42 Rose Hill 30106 – Tim Schmidt decisioned by Kyle Sackett.113 –  W- Mitch Gould open.120 – Daniel Schmidt pinned by Matt Atkinson.126 – W- Nic Reyes open.132 – Andrew Wolf pinned by Travis Bilhimer.138 – R- Corbin Isbel open145 – Shane Hughes decisioned by Grant Scheer 7-3.152 – W- Graysen DeJarnett open.160 – W- Colton Glover open.170 – W- Aaron Schoemann open.182-  W- Ian Groom open.195 – W- Drake Alcorn open.220 – Open.285 – Jace Lowe pinned by Brody Hingst.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Wednesday April 17th Local Sports

first_imgMASON CITY — The NIACC baseball team rallied from two runs down to beat Marshalltown Community College 5-3 yesterday afternoon in non-conference play at Roosevelt Field. Fox Leum was 2-for-3 with a homer and two runs batted in, Will Sturek was 2-for-4 for an RBI while Ross Cochran was 2-for-3 to lead the Trojans offensively. Chase Rath pitched the first six innings, striking out six, but it was Jake Christianson who picked up the win, striking out three in working the seventh and eighth. Michael Sturek came in for the ninth inning and picked up his fourth save of the season. NIACC is now 18-18 for the season and will travel to Estherville for a four-game weekend series Friday and Saturday against Iowa Lakes. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-out single in the seventh inning, delivering the go-ahead hit for the second straight game, as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 on Tuesday. Justin Smoak had a two-run single, and Aaron Sanchez (2-1) allowed four runs in six innings to earn the win for Toronto. Eddie Rosario hit a three-run home run and Jorge Polanco and Marwin Gonzalez also homered for Minnesota. MASON CITY — The NIACC softball team is up one spot to #6 in the latest Division II rankings which were released on Tuesday. Jones Community College of Mississippi continues to be the top-ranked team. DMACC is ranked 4th while Iowa Central is 9th in the new rankings. IOWA CITY — Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs hopes success in the weight room translates to even more improvement on the field. A video went viral of Wirfs setting a new hang-clean record with four reps of 450 pounds. He topped the record of Outland Trophy winner and Washington Redskins guard Brandon Scherff.For Wirfs it was a big improvement over last year.Wirfs would like to duplicate the improvement in the weight room with progress on the field.Spring drills for the Hawkeyes conclude April 26. AMES — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell says quarterback Brock Purdy is ready to step up and become the leader of the Cyclone offense. The Cyclones were 7-2 with Purdy as the starter as a true freshman and he led ISU to the Alamo Bowl.Campbell expects Purdy to become the team leader.Iowa State wraps up spring drills later this week. MASON CITY — Division I Indian Hills swept 6th-ranked in Division II NIACC in a softball doubleheader in Mason City on Tuesday afternoon. Indian Hills scored 12 times in the sixth inning of the opener to beat NIACC 14-1. Hailee Ausenhus had a homer in the bottom of the sixth for NIACC. Indian Hills scored six in the second on their way to an 11-3 five-inning win in the nightcap. Kaci Sherwood, Kaitlyn Carlson and Ciana Sonberg each had an RBI. NIACC drops to 20-10 overall and will travel to DMACC on Friday followed by a trip to Northeast Community College on Saturday. CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa coach Mark Farley hopes whoever wins the quarterback job will direct an offense that is more efficient next season. The Panthers converted on less than 40 percent on third down in posting a 7-6 record.The ground game is a big part of that and UNI needs to find a go to running back to replace Marcus Weymiller, who rushed for more than 900 yards last season.last_img read more

Research project supports golf’s fantastic volunteers

first_img Tags: Manchester Metropolitan University, Volunteer A research project is underway to understand golf volunteers and identify the support they need to have a great experience in their role.England Golf and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) are working together to find out what motivates volunteers and what training and education they need. The result could be even more volunteers, reflecting a diverse population.“We are very lucky to have so many fantastic volunteers,” said Matt Bloor, England Golf Volunteer Manager. “By understanding and supporting them better we will be able to recruit more new volunteers and help to grow the game even further.”There are around 50,000 volunteers in England who carry out roles in their clubs, such as chair, captain, junior organiser and chair of the green committee. Their number almost trebles when golf’s wider volunteering community is included.MMU researchers, led by Dr Chris Mackintosh, senior lecturer in sport management, have been working with 70 clubs to understand volunteers and their needs. The project is also being supported by PhD researcher Chris Mills, who will explore and test ideas over the next three years, and by a comprehensive golf club volunteer survey carried out by England Golf.The project has found that volunteers are motivated by a range of reasons, such as the wish to give back, a love of the game, a desire to make friends or support family members, and to share the benefits of the game, including better mental health and well-being.It has also discovered that support and training opportunities vary widely across the country, with volunteers themselves expressing interest in peer learning, e-learning and blended learning.Dr Mackintosh commented: “If we get the support right, from the understanding we have gained through this research, England Golf can move forward and open up further opportunities for more people to volunteer.“With 650,000 existing members and 50,000 core volunteers, we hope to see a broadening of the diversity of this workforce. We can also see, going forward, that this will strengthen the game, making it more appealing and, hopefully, have an effect on the retention and recruitment of more people to the game.”PhD researcher Chris Mills – who is learning to play golf – began his study in January. He is building on a strong background in the volunteer sector and already has an MSc in Voluntary and Community Sector Studies.Meanwhile, Matt Bloor is using the findings so far, from both the MMU research and the England Golf volunteer survey, to run pilot schemes to recruit new volunteers with three clubs and a county union.England Golf also encourages volunteers to connect and share experiences and is supporting a new Chair Network. This provides information, peer support and a forum for the exchange of ideas to help with the successful running of golf clubs. Visit for more information.Richard Flint, England Golf Participation and Club Support Director, remarked: “England Golf is committed to making golf attractive to a diverse audience and we are using research and insight to help us do this.“Golf is a game that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds and possibly has the widest variety of volunteer roles in sport.  We recognise that volunteering can be a great avenue to bring new people into the game.”Click here for further information about support and information to help the volunteers at your club.Click here for further information if you wish to become a volunteer.Caption: Hundreds of club members volunteer to support England Golf’s championships and tournaments (image copyright Leaderboard Photography). 1 Mar 2018 Research project supports golf’s fantastic volunteers last_img read more

Radric Marapao Joins Greene Realty Group

first_imgFacebook35Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Greene Realty GroupRadric Marapao has recently joined Greene Realty Group – Greene Realty Group, 1722 Harrison Avenue NW, Olympia.Radric was born and raised in Thurston County, where he attended Pope John Paul II and then Saint Martin’s University. Radric pursues a passion to help others and his community. This passion has led him to work in the medical field and real estate. Radric believes in respect, genuine kindness, and commitment to serving others, and he hopes that he will leave a lasting positive experience with those he helps.Greene Realty Group is a real estate organization filled with talented, knowledgeable full-time professionals who stand by their clients, colleagues and the community with integrity and thoughtfulness for the unique needs and best interests of each.Radric [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgAROUND 30 people from County Donegal are among the 750 staff at a Leitrim credit card company who could lose their jobs within weeks.MBNA – owned by the Bank of America – is pulling out of Ireland. It is trying to sell its company in Carrick-on-Shannon. But if that fails, the business could be wound up.And even if a buyer is found, not all of the 750 jobs are guaranteed. Workers travel to the site from several different counties.In a statement, Bank of America said it will seek to bring certainty to employees by identifying an “appropriate solution” as quickly as possible.’According to the statement, the ultimate decision taken will be based on what is in the best interests of shareholders, employees, customers and partners. Sinn Féin Roscommon/South Leitrim TD Michael Colreavy has expressed concern for the jobs at MBNA in Carrick on Shannon.  Deputy Colreavy said it would be unthinkable that this business would be closed or transferred to another centre either inside or outside Ireland.Deputy Colreavy said: “MBNA was a very welcome and badly needed industry when it was set up in Carrick on Shannon in 1997, it transformed not just Carrick on Shannon but all of Leitrim, North Roscommon, Longford and Sligo.“A thousand jobs in a previously neglected area such as this had a visible social impact. For possibly the first time in this region people had an alternative to emigration.“The operation in Carrick was regarded by MBNA as on a par or better than any of its operations worldwide.“It would be unthinkable that this business would be closed or transferred to another centre either inside or outside Ireland.“Hundreds of young couples with families have mortgages on the basis of their income from the Bank of America whilst the rental market, particularly in Carrick-On-Shannon would collapse entirely if this business were to be closed or relocated. “It is now incumbent on government and governmental agencies to closely watch developments around the sale of the Carrick-On-Shannon business.“Government must insist that the interests of the workers, their families and the wider population of this area are protected in all the choices and decisions that will be made.“Sinn Féin is committed to ensuring job security and will be keeping a close eye on all developments in this case.”THIRTY DONEGAL PEOPLE FACE UNCERTAIN FUTURE IN YANK BANK CLOSEDOWN was last modified: August 16th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:carrick on shannonjob losses?MBNAlast_img read more

Ronnie Lott appreciates the Warriors as only a mega-champion can

first_imgRonnie Lott watched the Warriors punch their ticket to the NBA Finals on Monday. His appreciation for that triumphant moment came from a place that most of us will never visit.See, Lott was one of the architects and caretakers of the 49ers dynasty. His 49ers won four Super Bowls in nine years. The Warriors are gunning for their fourth NBA title in five years. Not to mention a three-peat.“That doesn’t happen,” said Lott during an appearance on KNBR’s “Tolbert & Lund” show. “We tried. Got …last_img read more

San Francisco Giants select local Serra High product Hunter Bishop in MLB Draft

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. NEW YORK — When Hunter Bishop was in grade school, the Palo Alto, Calif. native would travel up to San Francisco to take in Giants games with his father, Randy, and brother, Braden.He watched Barry Bonds launch balls into McCovey Cove, inspiring him to believe he might one day do the same.After the Giants selected Bishop with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2019 MLB amateur draft, he’s one step closer to having his …last_img read more

Soil health workshops focused on reducing nutrient runoff to Lake Erie

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers who want to improve their soil’s health and cut input costs all while benefiting Ohio’s water quality, may want to consider adding cover crops to their fields to improve soil health.Farmers who want to learn more about growing and managing cover crops on their farms, can attend several soil health workshops being held in Northwest Ohio and Southern Michigan in the Lake Erie Watershed.Soil health workshopsJan. 4 and 5, 2018: Putnam OSU Extension Office, Ottawa, OH from 8AM to 4PM 1st day and 8AM to noon 2nd day. Cost is $10 per person.  RSVP (419) 523-6294. Jan. 24, 2018: Gottfried Nature Center, Upper Sandusky, OH 8AM to 4PM.No cost.  RSVP 419-731-2566 Feb. 6, 2018: Luckey Farmers General Office, Woodville, OH 8AM to 4PM.No cost.  RSVP (419) 898-1595. March 21, 2018: Jonesville Fire Station, Jonesville, MI 8AM to 4PM.  Cost is $10.00 per person.  RSVP (517) 849-9890 Ext. 3. March 28, 2018: Northwest State Community College, Archbold, OH 43502No cost.  RSVP 419-592-0806. These workshops are offered by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the local Soil and Water Conservation Districts along with speakers from Ohio State University Extension. For more information go to: workshops are designed to assist farmers in being successful at improving soil health along with reducing nutrient runoff from nitrogen and phosphorus to Lake Erie, said Jim Hoorman, regional soil health specialist with the Northeast Region NRCS-Soil Health Division, Ohio and Michigan.Topics for the daylong events include:Soil Ecology, Nutrient Recycling, and Keeping Nutrients out of Surface WaterBiology of Soil Compaction and Soil DemonstrationsEconomics of Cover Crops and Soil HealthRaising Homegrown Nitrogen Cover Crops and Cover Crop MixturesManaging Grasses and Brassica in your Crop RotationPreventing Pests: voles and slugsMaximizing Mycorrhizae Fungus in Your Farming System The registration costs vary and includes lunch, factsheets, power point presentations, and the Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide. For more information, contact the local OSU Extension or Soil & Water Conservation District or visit the OSU Soil Health Website for a flier: read more

Patriots Probed For Deflated Footballs

first_imgThe NFL is investigating whether the New England Patriots deflated footballs that were used in their AFC championship game victory over the Indianapolis Colts.“We are looking into it,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy wrote in an email to The Associated Press. “We do not have anything further to add at this point.”The inquiry was first reported by the website for WTHR-TV in Indiana, citing an unnamed source.The Patriots have come under scrutiny with regards to NFL rules in the past, most infamously when they were punished for videotaping sideline signals used by the New York Jets during a 2007 game.Coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000, and the team was docked $250,000 and stripped of its 2008 first-round draft pick.According to the NFL rule book, home teams are responsible for furnishing playable balls at all time. Each team brings 12 primary balls, while home teams are required to also bring 12 backup balls.Once the referee makes sure the footballs are properly inflated, they’re delivered to ball attendants provided by the home team.The league’s game operations manual notes: “If any individual alters the footballs, or if a non-approved ball is used in the game, the person responsible and, if appropriate, the head coach or other club personnel will be subject to discipline, including but not limited to, a fine of $25,000.”Deflating a football could change the way it would be gripped by a player or the way it travels through the air.The Patriots beat the Colts 45-7 to reach the Super Bowl. New England will play the defending champion Seattle Seahawks for the NFL title at Glendale, Arizona, on Feb. 1.In the Jan. 18 lopsided AFC finale, quarterback Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns and running back LeGarrette Blount gained 148 yards while scoring three touchdowns to send New England to its sixth Super Bowl in the past 14 years.Colts quarterback Andrew Luck had his worst game as a pro, completing only 12-of-33 passes for 126 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.On his regular weekly morning-after-game appearance Jan. 19 on WEEI radio, Brady said he wasn’t aware of the report about the league’s investigation into whether footballs were properly inflated against Indianapolis.“I think I’ve heard it all at this point,” Brady said with a laugh. “That’s the last of my worries,” he said. “I don’t even respond to stuff like this.”___By Howard Fendrich, AP Pro Football Writer. AP Sports Writer Howard Ulman in Boston contributed to this reportTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more