Series addresses basics of Christian faith

first_imgTags: Alpha, Brett Perkins, Campus Ministry, Christianity Alpha: An Introduction to Christianity, a new Campus Ministry program that kicked off Monday night, offers a seven-week dinner and discussion series to address the fundamentals of Christian faith.Though the series primarily aims to inform non-Christian students, Alpha encourages participants of all religious backgrounds to attend. Non-Christian attendees will learn about the Christian faith, while Christians will benefit from a refresher on the core of their beliefs, according to Alpha’s club advisor Brett Perkins, campus minister and assistant director of sacramental preparation.Alpha student leader and junior Will Harris said the program’s design makes it inclusive of students from all religious backgrounds.“One of my favorite things about this program is that it can reach out to people unfamiliar with Christianity, and it is also useful for Christians to revisit the basics of belief, especially those who were raised Catholic and took a lot of these things for granted,” Harris said.A team of sophomores, juniors and seniors lead Alpha, and each week these students will offer insights and facilitate conversation. Each of the seven Alpha meetings will consist of a dinner, a talk by one of the student leaders on some of the major questions and topics of Christianity and small group discussions, Harris said.“As a leader of Alpha, I hope to see people grow and learn from this program, but I also want to learn from the participants about what they discover and what in our faith sticks out to them,” Harris said.Alpha meetings take place every Monday of the fall semester from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in 330 Coleman-Morse Center, in addition to one Saturday retreat Nov. 1. Topics for each week include “Who is Jesus?”, “How can I have faith?” and “Why and how do I pray/read the Bible?”, according to the club’s website and handouts.“It’s different from Campus Ministry in that it’s not just a retreat; it’s not focused on conversion. It’s just our way of spreading the gospel, letting people know of God’s word and allowing them to make their own decisions based off that,” junior Taylor Billings said.Alpha also seeks to help Christians who feel uncommitted to or unmotivated by the Church.“Many people now are what my priest back home calls ‘CEOs,’ [people who attend church] Christmas and Easter only,” Alpha student leader and senior Sean Driscoll said. Driscoll said he hopes returning to the basics of faith will increase the participants’ desire to attend church more regularly.Around 20 people, ranging from freshmen to seniors and including an alumnus of the Notre Dame class of 1968 attended the first meeting Monday. Twenty-two students have registered, but Harris said he hopes involvement with the group will increase throughout the semester.“We are trying to find that interaction that kids need to stick with the faith,” Harris said.last_img read more

Football News Neymar hits out at critics; says ‘I went to the World Cup to play, not to get kicked’

first_imgNew Delhi: Brazil megastar Neymar admits that he could not look at a ball after his nation’s heart breaking quarter-final exit at the FIFA World Cup 2018 and confirmed that he will be staying with his club Paris Saint Germain following constant speculation with a move to Real Madrid.“I wouldn’t go as far as to say I didn’t want to play again but, I didn’t want to see a ball, or to see any more football played,” 26-year-old Neymar told AFP in an interview on Saturday.“I was in mourning, I was really sad about it, but sadness passes, I have my son, my family, my friends and they don’t want to see me moping around. I’ve got more reason to be happy than sad,” added Neymar.When asked about rumours in Spain linking him with a transfer to Real Madrid, the forward said “that’s all speculation from the press.” “The guys who come up with these stories seem to know more about my life than I do. I won’t respond to this type of question because nothing happened,” he said.The PSG forward then insisted that he does not feel any pressure while playing on ground, whether for his club or country.”No, all the great players feel pressure,” he said.“It’s true that when it comes to me, there are double standards. I have been aware of this responsibility, not only for Brazil, but also in club fotball, since I was 17, 18 years old.”The former Barcelona forward then hit out at the critics following a barrage of criticism for theatrical rolling during the Wolrld Cup and said he should have been better protected.“People were faster to criticise the one being fouled than the one doing the fouling,” he insisted.“I went to the World Cup to play, to beat the opposition, not to get kicked. The criticism of me was exaggerated, but I’m a big boy, I’m used to dealing with this kind of thing “And I can’t be the referee and play at the same time, but there are times I wish I could,” he said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

County, Towns Aid Restaurants In Need

first_imgFACEBOOK / LOCAL SMOKE People across the county are finding ways to support area restaurants struggling to stay open and pay staff during the COVID-19 shutdown, like Local Smoke BBQ in Red Bank. Not only is the town looking to help businesses in Holmdel, but it is also looking for ways to support small business owners who live in Holmdel, whose places of work may be outside of the community. There is now an online questionnaire available on the township website, for example, that asks respondents what they need from the public to stay afloat. That may include purchasing online gift cards or merchandise, making donations or ordering takeout or delivery. When asked what the survey responses are showing, Buontempo said most businesses are seeing inconsistency. “On any given day, their business is up because they’re getting a lot of activity or some days, they’re getting little activity. It’s not as consistent business as it was in the past,” he said. It’s been “very hard” for these business owners to predict their staffing and inventory needs. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJDEA) has presented a package of programs to support small businesses impacted by the virus, with over $75 million of state and private financial support. It will benefit an anticipated 3,000 to 5,000 small and midized enterprises through a zero-interest grant program, according to a press release. FACEBOOK / GOOD KARMA Restaurants are also supporting health care workers on the frontlines, including Good Karma Cafe, in Red Bank Some towns had already provided residents with a list of open restaurants and essential retail businesses, including Holmdel Township. According to Mayor Greg Buontempo, township employees called restaurants in Holmdel to figure out which establishments were open and what they were offering. They then composed a list of those open restaurants with hours of operation and whether they are available for pickup orders, delivery or are registered with mobile prepared food delivery applications like GrubHub, Uber Eats, etc. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and account for more than 95 percent of the business community in Monmouth County,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “It’s a quick reference guide for residents to be able to support local restaurants and eateries in town,” said Buontempo. By Allison Perrine Next, they reached out to Holmdel businesses that remain open under the government’s executive orders. Similar to what it did for the restaurants, the town found out which stores are open and listed them on the website with hours of operation. MONMOUTH COUNTY – As social distancing regulations remain in place, putting a heavy burden on restaurants and small businesses, people are stepping up to try and keep them afloat during this challenging time. As part of the initiative, announced April 2 during a county press conference, a list is now available of all area restaurants that are open for business with takeout and delivery options. It will be continually updated and is available at takeoutinmonmouth.com. Currently, it is organized by town. Residents can find their municipality, click through and find out which restaurants are open, with links to their websites. Any businesses that are open and are not on the list are welcome to email [email protected] to be added. This article originally appeared in the April 9th, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. The owner of a small business himself, Sen. Vin Gopal (D-11) says he knows personally how hard the pandemic is hitting local businesses. “Low-interest loans are helpful as a stopgap measure, but a lot of mom-and-pop stores can’t afford to go deeper into debt – they need clear and direct cash assistance now,” he said in a press release. “I’m glad to see the NJEDA taking this important step forward, and I know that we’ll continue to work to make sure that our small business can stay afloat during this crisis.” Most restaurants in the Two River area are continuing to serve their customers, if possible, with takeout and delivery options. However, those efforts may not be enough to keep some businesses out of debt or from closing permanently. Because of that, several grassroots efforts are popping up in Monmouth County to support the community, including the county’s latest initiative, “Take Out in Monmouth.” “This is such a great and easy way for residents to know where they can locally order takeout and delivery as well as for small businesses to let residents know that they are open for business,” said Sue Kiley, freeholder deputy director. last_img read more

Grizz romps past Dogs 8-2 as KIJHL enters Final Four

first_imgBrendan Urban and Bruce Silvera, including three goals, each had four points to lead the Revelstoke Grizzlies to a convincing 8-2 victory over the Osoyoos Coyotes Sunday in game one of the Okanagan Confernence Final in the South Okanagan City.The Grizz lead the best-of-seven series 1-0 with game two set for Monday in Osoyoos. The Coyotes had the best record of the regular season, posting an incredible 42-2-2-4 record.Sunday’s contest was the first of the KIJHL’s Final Four. Fernie became the latest team to qualify after the Ghostriders outlasted the Creston Valley Thunder Cats in seven games of the Eddie Mountain Division Final Saturday at the Fernie Memorial Arena.Fernie now meets Murdoch Division champ Castlegar Rebels in the Kootenay Conference Final beginning Monday in the East Kootenay City.Johnny Park scored the winning goal at six minutes of the second period and Andrew Walton stopped 24 of 25 shots to power the Ghostriders to a 3-1 victory.The pesky Cats push the Riders to the deciding game after Colton Meaden scored with a second remaining in the first overtime period to give Creston a 5-4 victory.Game two of the Kootenay Final goes Tuesday in Fernie with the series shifting back to the Sunflower City for games three and four Thursday and Saturday.Back in Osoyoos, the Grizz built a 6-0 lead — with four of the markers coming on the power play — 38 minutes into the game before the Desert Dogs were able to hit the score sheet. Osoyoos out shot the Grizzlies 40-33.This is Fernie’s fifth consecutive trip to the KIJHL Conference Final. The past two seasons the Riders lost to the Nelson Leafs. In 2007 the Ghostriders won the KIJHL title.This season Fernie plays host to the Cyclone Taylor Championship, gaining an automatic bye into the four-team tournament.The Cyclone Taylor Cup is set for March 31 to April [email protected] By The Nelson Daily SportsIt’s going to take more than just a 90-point season to dethrone the defending Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champs.last_img read more

Valley West Hawks score late to sweep past Kootenay Ice

first_imgReese Tambellini of Nelson and Bradley Ross of Trail also scored for Kootenay.Curt Doyle of Nelson was solid between the pipes for Kootenay.“We deserved a better outcome on Sunday,” Jones said.“I was proud of the kids.”Saturday, Valley West held period leads of 3-0 and 5-0 before coasting to the win.Ben Evanish scored three times to lead the Hawks.“It was a total tem struggle on Saturday from the goalies to defencemen to the forwards,” Jones admits.Kootenay, consisting of players from Castlegar, Cranbrook, Trail, Nakusp, Nelson, Vernon, Vanderhoof and Vancouver, is back on the road again, heading Saturday to Kelowna to meet the fourth-place Okanagan Rockets in the first game of a weekend series.Jones is hopeful the Ice players can feed off of Sunday’s strong play.“If continue Sunday’s efforts (this weekend) we should be able to come away with points.”Kootenay is currently tenth in the 11-team league, with a record of 1-6-1.Next home game for the Ice is October 31 when Cariboo Cougars visit the NDCC Arena. The Kootenay Ice rebounded from a lackluster performance to come close to knocking off the Valley West Hawks in BC Hockey Major Midget League action Sunday at the NDCC Arena.The Hawks rallied from a first period deficit to edge the Ice 5-4.The opening game of the two-game series was no contest as Valley West skated to an 8-0 shutout.“Finally played a solid 60 minutes,” said Ice coach Brian Jones following Sunday’s one-goal loss.“Just shows we can compete with the best in the league with that consistent effort.”Kootenay led 2-1 after the first period as Connor Seib of Trail and Hunter Floris of Vanderhoof scored just over a minute apart to erase a 1-0 Valley West lead.The Hawks outscored Kootenay 2-1 in the second period to send the teams into the dressing room tied at 3-3.The teams exchanged goals early in the third before Josh Bruce scored the winning goal midway through the frame.last_img read more

ACCEPTANCE EXTRA GAME IN WINNING $100,000 CALIFORNIA FLAG HANDICAP BY A HEAD UNDER ELLIOTT; TRAINED BY BLACK, VRONSKY COLT GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF IN 1:11.51

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 22, 2016)–Sent hard from the gate, trainer Kenny Black’s Acceptance proved extra game in deep stretch, as he held off a tenacious Richard’s Boy to win Saturday’s $100,000 California Flag Handicap under veteran Stewart Elliott. Bred in California by Old English Rancho, the 4-year-old colt by Vronsky got 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:11.51.Breaking from post position six in a field of seven California-bred or sired runners three and up, Acceptance out-dueled the runner-up going to the half mile point and was able to secure an inside position at the rail prior to crossing the dirt at the top of the lane. From there, he was all heart to the wire as he fended off serious challenges from both Richard’s Boy and favored Boozer, who ended up finishing fifth.“He was tough today,” said Black, himself a former top apprentice rider in the early 1980s. “I thought they had him two or three times, but he just dug in. You’ve got to be proud of him. He really showed a lot of heart today…I just told Stewart (with whom Black rode as a young tyro) to meet me in the Winner’s Circle…I don’t even want to think about what race might be next. I want to give him more time between races.”Owned by Finish Line Racing, LLC and the Ellwood Johnston Trust, Acceptance, who was off at 5-1, paid $12.20, $6.00 and $4.00. A two-time stakes winner on dirt as a juvenile, Acceptance garnered his fourth win from 11 overall starts. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $366,803.“He’s a nice horse,” said Elliott. He’s got ability and he tries. He’s pretty quick himself, but that was a good post…I rode him last time (a close fifth place allowance finish down the hill on Sept. 30). Kenny said he’d put me right up there or be very close and that was it.”Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Richard’s Boy held off late closer Somethings Unusual by a half length for the place. The narrow second choice in the wagering at 7-5, Richard’s Boy paid $3.20 and $2.60.Last after the first half mile, Somethings Unusual rallied wide-out under Drayden Van Dyke and finished third, 1 ¼ lengths in front of McHeat. Off at 15-1, “Something” paid $5.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.49, 43.19 and 1:05.47.last_img read more

Transport Minister Highlights Important Role of MAJ

first_img “We intend, within eight months, to take some Bills through Parliament [namely] the Maritime Labour Convention, Maritime Pollution and Ballast Water Bills. If we do not sign on to the Labour Convention and enact the laws, we will continue to deny our people opportunities,” Mr. Montague argued. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) is slated to play a critical role in the economic development of the country. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) is slated to play a critical role in the economic development of the country.Making his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives recently, Mr. Montague said that Jamaica is geographically situated at a most opportune place on most shipping lanes.However, he highlighted that the absence of critical legislation is holding back the country from benefiting fully from the sector.“We intend, within eight months, to take some Bills through Parliament [namely] the Maritime Labour Convention, Maritime Pollution and Ballast Water Bills. If we do not sign on to the Labour Convention and enact the laws, we will continue to deny our people opportunities,” Mr. Montague argued.It is estimated that just under 3,000 persons work within the maritime sector.“We can double that over time, once we sign the Convention and enact the laws. This will clear the way for shipping companies to employ many more Jamaicans, not only as officers but as crew,” the Minister said.“We will be able to get more housekeepers, spa technicians, cooks, waiters and bartenders. Shipping companies will not recruit wholesale from those countries which do not sign to these agreements,” he added.Meanwhile, Mr. Montague said the MAJ is moving to strengthen its mandate as some of the functions of the Authority are being carried out by the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ).“This became so, as the PAJ was the developer of the ports and had to fill the gap. The MAJ has now matured and will be assuming its full role as set out in the law,” he said.On the matter of bunkering, Mr. Montague pointed out that big ships pass through the country’s waters and, as such, the need for fuel will increase as the ships can take more cargo if they set sail with less fuel, knowing that they can get fuel in Jamaica,” the Minister noted.He noted that this is an opportunity being actively pursued, adding that, currently, “there are three firms doing bunkering, and we want to see more”.The Minister told the House that the country is far advanced in divesting its ship registry, and that by year end, this should be achieved.“Our new partner will be able to do more marketing, thus our earnings will increase. The maritime industry is set to grow, thus spreading the prosperity to more homes and the economy,” Mr. Montague said. Story Highlights Making his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives recently, Mr. Montague said that Jamaica is geographically situated at a most opportune place on most shipping lanes. last_img read more