Religion briefs

Church holds Back to School Rummage Sale

The Presbyterian Women will hold their Back to School Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3 and 4 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the Presbyterian church, 350 S. Washington. This will be an “open sale” with no pricing — make an offer. There will be the usual treasures, household items, bed linens, books, children’s clothing and toys, plus much more, including electrical items and plants. Proceeds go toward our mission projects. For more information, call Gerry at 565-7024.

Gospel illusionists, ventriloquists do magic at VBS

Illusionists, ventriloquists, Ken and Barbara Sibley will do their special gospel magic at “Sonlight Express” Vacation Bible School on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Aug. 8, 9, and 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Grace Baptist Church, 6176 Hwy. 160 S., Cortez (1/2 mile south of the M&M truck stop). The public is invited. For more information, call 739-1183.

‘Food and Feasts of Jesus’ lecture, food tasting fundraiser offers taste of Palestine

The recently released book, “The Food and Feasts of Jesus” will be the topic of a lecture, food tasting, and book signing at St. Barnabas Church on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. This is an event for persons who are interested in food, history, or the Bible. All proceeds will go to Grace’s Kitchen. The Rev. Doug Neel, an avowed foodie, a former caterer, the Episcopal priest in Pagosa Springs, and one of the book’s authors, will be the presenter. A $15 ticket will buy the holder, in addition to the lecture, a sampling of 12 different recipes from the book. For an additional $5, wine will be available. Tickets may be purchased at 110 W. North St. or from members of St. Barnabas. The Food and Feasts of Jesus uses meals as a lens into first century Palestine. Food production and distribution impacted all aspects of ancient life, including the teachings of Jesus. From elaborate holiday feasts to a simple farmer’s lunch, the book explores the significance of various meals, discusses key ingredients, places food within the socioeconomic conditions of the time, and offers accessible recipes for readers to make their own tastes of the first century. Come meet the author and enjoy a Middle Eastern smorgasbord as you help feed the hungry at Grace’s Kitchen. Call 565-7865 for information.

Documentary at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

The documentary “For The Bible Tells Me So” will be shown at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church (110 W. North) on Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. The award winning film addresses questions such as: Is the Bible an excuse to hate? Can the love between two people ever be an abomination? Is the chasm separating gays and lesbians and Christianity real? As it reconciles homosexuality with Biblical scripture, the film reveals that religious anti-gay bias is based almost solely on a misinterpretation of the Bible.

Through the experiences of five normal, Christian, American families — including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson — the film looks at how people of faith handle, or sometimes fail to handle, having a gay child. Informed by such respected voices as Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harvard’s Peter Gomes, Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg and Reverend Jimmy Creech, “For The Bible Tells Me So” offers healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and sexual identity and to those who support them.